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  • $10.3 million tragedy: Child mowed down

    first_imgIf so, what God saw was Lauri Dowling make a tragic mistake as she attempted to pull out of a parking space for the handicapped. Dowling, who lawyers said suffers from multiple sclerosis and drove a vehicle with hand-operated brakes, told authorities she lost control of the van after putting it in reverse. Traveling backward, the van careened onto the sidewalk and ripped Jordan from her father’s hand, not stopping until it hit a parked car. Jordan was pronounced dead at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center. Jurors found Dowling 20 percent responsible, but she will not have to pay, said Mark J. Henderson, the Sandels’ attorney. LAUSD officials are considering whether to appeal. “At the end of the day, it remains a tragedy and one we don’t think the district should have been held liable for,” said Kevin Reed, the district’s general counsel. “This little girl was exactly where she should have been that day. You just can’t foresee a car is going to come screaming at high speeds in reverse up a sidewalk.” If there is no appeal or an appeal fails, LAUSD’s insurers will cover the payout after $3 million, Reed said. Sandels said he hopes the size of the jury verdict will spur school districts nationwide to better ensure student safety. Sandels said he and his wife, Nicky, are establishing the Jordan Sandels Foundation, to which they will donate up to half of the payout. The foundation will focus on improving traffic safety at grade schools. The Sandels also plan to lobby for federal legislation regarding zero-tolerance for traffic hazards near schools. “Maybe the awareness of this could save children’s lives we don’t even know about,” Sandels said. “That is what my wife and I are going to dedicate our lives to doing from now on.” Sandels’ relationship with Jordan transcended the typically special father-daughter bond. He wasn’t just her hero. While his wife was away at work, Michael Sandels, a freelance writer and actor, played Mr. Mom. After Jordan died, the Sandels tried to stay in their Valley Glen home. But the burden was too heavy, and last year they moved to West Orange, N.J. “The house and Los Angeles will always be sacred to us,” Sandels said. “But it was just too difficult, too painful. After a while, a lot of our friends started to seem uneasy around us. It was just too painful to stay.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ENCINO – Michael Sandels held his little girl’s hand as they walked on the sidewalk next to the parking lot at Lanai Road Elementary School. Jordan Sandels was 6 and, as little girls do, was gabbing about the most trivial thing. Anything was fodder for conversation with her father, even the obstacle course she had run during school that day, Jan. 13, 2005. Only Jordan couldn’t say “obstacle.” She pronounced it “obstibable.” That is the only thing Sandels remembers about their final conversation. “We were in the middle of a sentence, and suddenly she was just gone,” he recalled Wednesday. “I looked to the side and behind me, and I totally just panicked. “But then I saw her. She was pinned underneath a minivan that had crashed into a car on the curb.” Last Thursday, a jury in Van Nuys Superior Court held the Los Angeles Unified School District liable for Jordan’s death, issuing a $10.3 million verdict because it determined the parking lot was a safety hazard that district officials were aware of. But the money won’t bring back Jordan or the Sandels’ joyful lives. It won’t bring back Shawn Sandels’ big sister. “We didn’t go to church much before that, but I chose not to blame God,” Sandels said. “I believe he was watching on, horrified, with us.” last_img read more

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  • Charlie Lake Fire Department at fire just off the 269 road

    first_imgLarge flames could be seen from Fort St. John after a fire broke out early Wednesday morning on just off the 269 road near Grandhaven.The Charlie Lake Fire Department is on scene trying to fight what appears to have been a structure fire.  As of 8 a.m., the structure had been destroyed.We will post more updates as information becomes available.- Advertisement –last_img

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  • Real Madrid announce Ronaldo transfer to Juventus

    first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo hinted after May’s Champions League victory that he was considering leaving Real MadridLONDON, United Kingdom, July 10 – Real Madrid on Tuesday announced the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo to Italy’s Juventus, with the Portuguese superstar saying the time had come “for a new stage” in his life.“Today Real Madrid wants to give thanks to a player who has demonstrated he is the best in the world and who marked one of the most brilliant periods in the history of our club and world football,” the club said in a statement. It did not give any details as to the amount of the transfer but Spanish media reports have said it could reach 105 million euros ($120 million), with the 33-year-old signing a four-year contract worth 30 million euros per season.In a letter posted on Real Madrid’s website, the multiple Ballon d’Or winner said his time in Madrid had been one of the happiest in his life.“I only have feelings of huge thanks for this club, for the fans and for this city,” he said.“But I think the time has come to open a new stage in my life and that’s why I asked the club to accept to transfer me.“I ask everyone, and especially our supporters, to please understand me.”Ronaldo, whose Portugal were knocked out of the World Cup last 16 by Uruguay, hinted after May’s Champions League victory against Liverpool that he was considering leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.“It was very nice to be in Madrid,” he said at the time, using the past-tense. He later played down the statement, but doubts over his future at Madrid lingered.Real Madrid has won the La Liga twice and the Champions league four times since Ronaldo moved there from Manchester United in 2009.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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  • Arsenal and Tottenham target set for Palermo departure this summer

    first_imgArsenal and Tottenham target Paulo Dybala is likely to leave Palermo this summer, according to the club’s president.The striker, who has been likened to fellow Argentine forward Sergio Aguero, has been on the radar of several clubs for some time.And now Palermo’s president Maurizio Zamparini has admitted the 21-year-old is likely to leave after being ‘corrupted’ by agents. “I find myself in the same situation with Dybala as with [Edinson] Cavani and [Javier] Pastore,” Zamparini told Radio Kiss Kiss.“This year he has exploded, but I already knew that he was very good.“The lad is now in the hands of some people who don’t wish him well. It’s difficult to see him staying at Palermo, maybe someone wants to take him away later, on a free transfer.“This is the foolishness of FIFA, football is now in the hands of certain characters like agents and others who just want to make money.“I don’t talk to him anymore, he has completely changed. There are people who are trying to involve him in strange situations.“He’s a great lad, who has been corrupted by bad advice. Now he’s advised by people who only see him as money making tool and nothing else.” 1 Paulo Dybala in action for Palermo last_img read more

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  • Sampdoria president offers Mario Balotelli an escape route from Liverpool

    first_img Mario Balotelli has returned to Liverpool but is expected to leave again before the start of the new Premier League season Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has offered Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli an escape route from Anfield.The Italian striker international endured a frustrating loan spell back with former club AC Milan last season, and returned to pre-season training with the Reds at the weekend as the Rossoneri opted against making his stay permanent.Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola has been trying to find a suitable destination for his client, who is thought to be surplus to requirements under Jurgen Klopp.The 25-year-old has been linked with moves to China and Turkey, but a return to his homeland could be the most likely option.And Ferrero insists he would be happy to give the out-of-form striker the platform to relaunch his career with Serie A side Sampdoria.“Balotelli is Balotelli’s own worst enemy,” Ferrero told Il Corriere dello Sport.“Just like [controversial Sampdoria striker Antonio] Cassano is Cassano’s own worst enemy.“He’s a great player who’s stuck back in the 1960s, stuck in the days of ‘Sapore di sale’ [a classic Italian song about relaxing on the beach].“He could relaunch [his career] at a passionate club like ours, but I think he’s still got mixed feelings.“I’ve tried to tell him to come to Samp because he’s a great talent.” 1last_img read more

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  • SO WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE FANAD GAELS 5K?

    first_imgDespite the poor weather conditions a good crowd of over 100 participants gathered in Kerrykeel to support Gaeil Fhánada’s inaugural 5K race.The race winner was local Rosnakill man Adam Friel running with Letterkenny Ac, who was a popular winner.Adam’s concentrations are now on athletics but was once a very prominent and capable player with Gaeil Fhánada. In second place it was club footballer Mark ‘Sparky’ Friel followed in 3rd by Kerrykeel native Joe Gallagher. The ladies winner was Fanad girl Karen Gallagher, also running with Letterkenny Ac while in second place was Mairead Coll of Gaeil Fhánada.The 5k was preceded by a mile race for u16s with some fun races for the u10 age group on the pitch. Congratulations to all involved. Results will be posted in the club notes at the weekend. Thanks to all, club members and others, too many to mention, who assisted on the day with stewarding, registration etc. Many thanks to the Kerrykeel Park Development Committee for the kind use of their facilities. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 39 17.36 Adam Friel SM Letterkenny Ac 2 92 19.04 Mark Friel SM Gaeil Fhanada3 123 19.19 Joe Gallagher SM Gaeil Fhanada4 136 19.42 Ryan McGonagle SM Gaeil Fhanada5 103 19.43 Marty Mc Ateer SM Gaeil Fhanada6 155 20.25 Damian Mc Veigh SM Gaeil Fhanada 7 161 20.26 Michael Heraghty SM Gaeil Fhanada8 96 20.37 Joe Blaney SM Gaeil Fhanada9 108 20.40 Brendan Callaghan SM Gaeil Fhanada10 137 20.48 Paul Catterson SM Gaeil Fhanada 11 172 20.57 Kevin Loughrey SM Unattached12 97 21.11 Fergal Friel SM Gaeil Fhanada13 98 21.16 Paddy Shiels SM Gaeil Fhanada14 128 21.17 Brian McBride M60 Letterkenny Ac15 138 21.18 Shaun Coyle SM Gaeil Fhanada16 113 21.19 Karen Gallagher JW Gaeil Fhanada17 148 21.23 Patrick McAteer SM Gaeil Fhanada18 90 21.24 Kevin Gallagher SM Gaeil Fhanada19 93 21.24 Patrick McConigley SM Gaeil Fhanada20 133 21.35 Manas Peoples M55 Unattached21 99 21.44 Paul Coyle SM Gaeil Fhanada22 171 21.56 shane Mc Ginley JM Gaeil Fhanada23 153 22.13 Brian Mc Bride SM Gaeil Fhanada24 101 22.15 Martin McGrory SM Gaeil Fhanada25 132 22.21 Jerry Friel SM Gaeil Fhanada26 100 22.27 Ronan McAteer SM Gaeil Fhanada27 143 22.32 Noel McBride M50 Gaeil Fhanada28 134 22.47 Shaun McGovern SM Gaeil Fhanada29 110 22.57 Mairead Coll SW Gaeil Fhanada30 32 22.58 Shaun Little Boys 16 Gaeil Fhanada31 106 23.08 Enda Carr SM Gaeil Fhanada32 31 23.13 Brendan Mc Clafferty Boys 16 Gaeil Fhanada33 178 23.18 Mark Mc conigley SM Gaeil Fhanada34 158 23.19 Shane Sweeney SM Gaeil Fhanada35 135 23.28 Gary Mc Gonagle SM Gaeil Fhanada36 162 23.48 FIONA Mc Laughlin SW Unattached37 152 23.59 Johnjoe Mc Gowan SM Gaeil Fhanada38 149 24.30 Pat Ferry M45 Milford Ac39 27 25.05 Shaun Kerr Boys 16 Gaeil Fhanada40 145 25.06 Sean O Baoill JM Unattached41 130 25.14 Josie Lawler W45 Milford Ac42 131 25.27 Mark Dorrian SM Gaeil Fhanada43 105 25.34 Una Friel SW Unattached44 164 25.35 colm McDaid M40 Unattached45 140 25.40 Pat Sweeney SM Gaeil Fhanada46 169 25.54 Debbie Houston SW Unattached47 163 25.56 Orla Mc Bride SW Gaeil Fhanada48 7 26.01 Claire Mc Intyre SW PortsalonC5k49 8 26.02 Roisin Kerr SW PortsalonC5k50 35 26.44 Caroline Mc Ateer SW PortsalonC5k51 156 27.06 Louise Mc Grory SW Unattached52 157 27.06 Brendan O Brien SM Gaeil Fhanada53 160 27.07 Sean Douglas SM Gaeil Fhanada54 121 27.12 Leona Martin SW PortsalonC5k55 91 27.32 Rachel Mc Ateer SW Gaeil Fhanada56 154 27.33 Martina Mc Veigh SW Gaeil Fhanada57 141 27.35 Brendan Little SM Gaeil Fhanada58 139 27.44 James Greene M45 Unattached59 146 27.49 Antaine O Baoill JM Unattached60 144 27.49 Colin Boyle M40 Unattached61 151 28.04 Ryan Mc Ateer SM Gaeil Fhanada62 1 28.07 Maire Callaghan Walker Gaeil Fhanada63 11 28.10 Martina Carr SW PortsalonC5k64 13 28.11 Colette Roche SW PortsalonC5k65 12 28.27 Marie Mc Ateer SW PortsalonC5k66 26 28.38 James Kerr Boys 16 Gaeil Fhanada67 109 28.46 Maria Coll SW Gaeil Fhanada68 14 28.55 Josephine Gibbons SW PortsalonC5k69 59 28.55 Niall Blaney SM Gaeil Fhanada70 120 28.58 Eileen Morning SW Gaeil Fhanada71 43 29.18 Maria Carberry SW Gaeil Fhanada72 45 29.50 Noelle Blaney SW Gaeil Fhanada73 150 29.51 Martin Gallagher SM Gaeil Fhanada74 147 30.01 Stephen Mc Gonagle SM Gaeil Fhanada75 9 30.12 Catherine Heraghty SW PortsalonC5k76 129 30.15 Darina Ferry SW Milford Ac77 3 31.14 Jackie Friel SW PortsalonC5k78 4 31.18 Kate Mc Grenaghan SW PortsalonC5k79 5 31.34 Tracey Mc Bride SW PortsalonC5k80 24 33.00 Neil Crerand Boys 16 Gaeil Fhanada81 19 33.41 Patricia Mc Fadden SW PortsalonC5k82 18 33.42 Paula Devlin SW PortsalonC5k83 112 34.05 Marion Mc Laughlin SW Gaeil Fhanada84 16 34.28 Brigid Hunter SW PortsalonC5k85 127 38.32 Ciaran McDevitt JM Gaeil Fhanada86 180 38.32 Ódhrán Duffy JM Gaeil Fhanada87 20 39.11 Michaela Mc Fadden SW PortsalonC5k88 117 41.42 Daniel Kerr SM Gaeil Fhanada89 2 41.43 Clodagh Mc Elwaine SW Gaeil Fhanada90 111 42.36 Rose Friel SW Gaeil Fhanada91 174 42.54 Wendy McElwaine SW Gaeil Fhanada92 177 42.55 aoife Nic Giolla Bhain SW Gaeil Fhanada93 175 42.57 Bridin Ni Chearain SW Gaeil Fhanada94 173 44.37 Susan Crerand SM Gaeil Fhanada95 176 44.37 Una Sugrue SW Gaeil Fhanada96 170 46.05 Kathleen O Toole SW Gaeil Fhanada97 126 46.06 Deirdre Mc Devitt SW Gaeil Fhanada98 179 46.07 Grainne Duffy SW Gaeil Fhanada99 167 46.08 Noeleen Sweeney SW Gaeil Fhanada100 159 46.19 Niamh Sweeney SW Gaeil Fhanada101 181 60.00 Frank The plumber M65 Gaeil FhanadaTotal Runners: 101SO WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE FANAD GAELS 5K? was last modified: March 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:SO WHERE DID YOU COME IN THE FANAD GAELS 5K?last_img read more

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  • 16-year old Lee Walsh shows his promise at Letterkenny Golf Club

    first_imgDespite the wet but humid weekend it was back to normal for Letterkenny Golf Club with well over one hundred competitors taking part in competitions.Saturday belonged to no other than sixteen year old juvenile member Lee Walsh [13], again showing his future potential with a magnificent return of six over par gross, 43pts.Pictured above: Recent prizewinners at Letterkenny Golf Club pictured with outgoing club Captain Ivan Fuery. With four dropped shots giving him 21pts at the turn, a birdie at the par five 11th [Settlement] was diminished slightly by a double bogey at Aughaninshin [17th] for an inward nine return of 22pts, two points clear of runner-up M.P.[Michael] O’ Donell [14] on 41pts with ‘nines’ of 20pts and 21pts respectively to relegate Michael Nelis to third place on B.O.T. Saturday’s gross went to the affable, long hitting Michael Collum [7] whose 33gross pts consisted of ‘blanks’ at 3rd and 5th, birdies at 7th, 11th, 14th and finishing off tour-style with an eagle at par five 18th, for which a drive andnine iron was enough to ‘putt’ him within aviary distance.Sunday’s confined outing was won by cat 2 member Patrick Keeney [11], again with a great score on the day of 43pts. Being just one over par on outward nine with thehelp of a birdie three at Crievesmith [9th] giving him 23pts, Patrick’s 20pts on back nine was enough to have him outpoint 2016 Ulster Cup team captain Eamon O’ Carroll [15] whose double bogeys at 5th and 9th left him three points behind on 40pts.Congratulations and every success to 2017 club Captain Colin Morrow who took over the reigns at the annual AGM on Monday evening last.16-year old Lee Walsh shows his promise at Letterkenny Golf Club was last modified: January 11th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

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  • DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

    first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORT Premier Division / Division One, Promotion / Relegation Play-OffCastlefin Celtic 0 v 0 Cranford United( Cranford United won 4-2 on penalties ) Cranford United came to Diamond Park, Ballyare on Sunday afternoon as a Premier Division team and that is exactly how they departed League Headquarters a few hours later but not before they had their Premier Division status thoroughly examined by Castlefin Celtic from the Watson Hire Division One.Ryan Mc Gonagle had the first real opening after six minutes play when he was set up by Philip Buchannan but the forwards shot was weak and didn’t trouble Anthony O’ Hagan in the Castlefin net. Mark Carlin then went through on goal but the tight angle was too much for the Castlefin man to overcome and his shot went wide of the target. Buchannan then send a long range effort over the Castlefin crossbar as Cranford started to dictate the match. O’Hagan allowed the slippy ball to squirm from his grasp midway through the half but to his relief Emmett White was on hand to clear the danger with Kyle Black lurking nearby.Castlefin started the second half better and remained on top for most of the forty five minutes apart from a ten minute spell from twenty five to thirty five when Cranford threatened. Philip Buchannan protested after he felt he was impeded from getting to a cross into the penalty area but match referee Joe Mc Hugh wasn’t interested in his claims. As the Castlefin attacks intensified Shaun Mc Elwaine became busier but the sweeper coped well behind central defensive partner Arthur Lynch. Matthew O’ Rourke, Barry Tourish and Mark Carlin all had half chances but none that could be chalked up as bad misses. Cranford had a few free kicks from just outside the Castlefin penalty area but Semi Nani Friel and Chris Dufy failed to get them on target. Cranford introduced Kieran Sharkey for Ryan Mc Gonagle and the experienced player slotted in well at right-back allowing Friel to move into a more forward role. Emmett White and Kieran Brennan, like their Cranford counterparts, were solid in the centre of the Castlefin defence while Simon Mc Glinchey looked the busiest man on the pitch as he chased every ball in his usual manner.The match ended level after the normal ninty minutes so it went to extra time. Both team were reduced in staff after a few additional minutes as Seamus Carr and Ronan Tourish both saw red. Darren Lynch replaced Philip Buchannan with Anthony White coming on for Dunnion who was suffering from severe cramp. James Butts replaced Simon Mc Glinchey who had worked tirelessly throughout as Castlefin went all out in search of a winning goal. It wasn’t to come nor did Cranford make the breakthrough so it came down to the penalty shoot-out to decide where the teams would play next season.Matthew O’ Rourke dragged his first spot-kick wade of Sean Gallagher’s goal as did Anthony White. When Semi Nani Friel scored his penalty it was Cranford’s fourth perfect kick and put them in an unassailable position.Castlefin Celtic: Anthony O’ Hagan, Michael Dunnion, PJ Mc Menamin, Emmett White, Kieran Brennan, Simon Mc Glinchey, Dominic Mc Glinchey, Ronan Tourish Mark Carlin, Barry Tourish, Matthew O’ Rourke. Subs Anthony White and James Butts.Cranford United: Seam Gallagher, Semi Nani Friel, Christopher Duffy, Shaun Mc Elwaine, Arthur Lynch, Seamus Mc Laughlin, Semi Carr, Philip Buchannan, Kyle Black, Ryan Mc Gonagle, Michael Cannon. Subs: Hughie Bradley, James Lee Mc Bride, Kieran Sharkey, Darren Lynch. Referee: Joe Mc Hugh, Assistants: Paddy Martin and Paddy DuffySATURDAYGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDonegal Town Reserves 4 Arranmore United 2 Donegal Town completed the double over Champions Arranmore United to join the islanders in Division One next season. Arranmore came to the Hospital Field as runaway Champions in Division Two but a superb Donegal performance ensured the Town also secured promotion. Donegal came out of the blocks quickly and found themselves three up after thirty minutes. Donegal’s talismanic frontman David Bustard opened the scoring prodding home a wonderful assist from Daniel McHugh. Ciarán McGinley then doubled Donegal’s advantage shortly after with a lovely curling effort which found its way into the top corner. Joe McIntyre sealed a blistering start latching onto a misplaced pass to run through on goal and finish superbly to the bottom corner. Arranmore were sprung into action at this stage and gave the Donegal men a reminder of why they only dropped 8 points all season with a superbly worked goal with five minutes left in the first half, finished off by O’Donnell.After the restart it was clear to everyone present that the next goal would be crucial. Donegal started brightly and pushed on in search of the goal to kill the game off. A late tackle on David Bustard as he when through on goal resulted in a spot kick which McGinley converted to give the Town a comfortable cushion. Arranmore never let the heads drop however and threw numbers forward as they tried to get back into the game. The central spine of the Town team which consisted of Mc Grory, Lafferty and Hegarty was outstanding throughout and dealt with everything that was thrown at them. The returning Eamonn McGinley in goal produced a wonder save from a Mc Glanaghey free kick with twenty remaining to maintain the three goal lead. Mc Glanaghey got his reward shortly after when he reacted quickest to hammer the ball home with ten minutes left on the click. It proved in the end to be in vain as the Donegal men held on to confirm their promotion and a just reward for a great season.Strand Rovers 0 Glenree United Reserves 1This game started off in perfect conditions before rain came in over the bay. Glenree started with a strong squad with no less than a win required. The game was very free flowing with Strand playing some good football at times. Strand had the upper hand but a Glenree corner resulted in a mistake by the strand keeper and defender heading into the Strand net. Strand now had to come from behind. Both teams enjoyed good possession at times with Glenree aided by the wind but the first half ended with Glenree one up. The second half started off with Strand piling on the pressure and thats the way it was for the second 45 minutes with Strand pushing all men forward including the keeper going forward at times. Good saves from the Glenree keeper and the post all denied the equaliser and resulted in a Glenree win who now go into the playoff, great team effort from Strand, and well done to Glenree on a successful seasonMilford United Reserves1 Gweedore United Reserves 5Gweedore United did what they could to keep their slim promotion hopes alive when they visited Moyle View Park on Saturday afternoon. Five goals with only the solitary reply from their hosts meant that all hinged on what was happening elsewhere. News filtered through that Donegal Town Reserves had taken victory against Arranmore United and they joined the Islanders by gaining automatic promotion. After an anxious wait on the score from Strand Park it soon became know that Glenree too had won their match and in doing so claimed the promotion / relegation play-off spot where they will face Mulroy Celtic to see which team plays Division One football next season.Cranford United Reserves 0 Keadue Rovers Reserves 4Keadue started the game strong against a young Cranford team and hadsome half chances but could not convert. Cranford came into game welland were unlucky not to score through Naoise Cullen. Keadue took the leadon the stroke of half time when Chris Greene scored from a tight angle.After the break Cranford got caught by a break-away goal with a neatfinish from David Sweeney. Cranford responded well and a Brendan Gilesheader came back of the post with the keeper beat. Dale Mc Fadden and BenMc Bride both went close with chances for Cranford. With Cranfordneeding to push men forward, they got caught with two late goals agreat strike from Chris Greene and then Luke Neely adding a fourth. Teamefforts.RESULTSGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 4 v 0 Curragh Athletic ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoDonegal Town Reserves 4 v 2 Arranmore UnitedStrand Rovers 0 v 1 Glenree United ReservesMilford United Reserves 1 v 5 Gweedore United ReservesCranford United Reserves 0 v 4 Keadue Rovers ReservesPremier Division / Division One, Promotion / Relegation Play-OffCastlefin Celtic 0 v 0 Cranford United( Cranford United won 4-2 on penalties )FIXTURESSATURDAY 10-05-2014 K.O. 2p.m. Venue T.B.C.Old Orchard Division One /Glencar Inn Division TwoSaturday Promotion/Relegation Play-OffGlenree United Reserves v Mulroy CelticDowntown Cup Final K.O. 4.30 p.m. Diamond Park, BallyareCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Glenea United ReservesSUNDAY 11-05-2014 K.O. 1.30p.m. Diamond Park, BallyareBrian Mc Cormick Cup FinalCastlefin Celtic v Milford UnitedDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: May 4th, 2014 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)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

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  • Did I consider all the possible expenses in storing beans?

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe October USDA report showed a yield reduction due to a lower plant population, which caught the market off guard. However, with the increased carryout from the stocks report two weeks ago, the U.S. and world carryout for this upcoming year are higher than what was predicted last month by the USDA. The slow pace of harvest is certainly helpful for the market as it will allow extra time to grind through more of the current production and allow for more storage of the crop still standing in the field.The USDA report increased both last year’s yield by .2 bushel per acre acre and this year’s yield by .3 bushel per acre, but then offset these increases with a reduction of upcoming harvested acres. There is little bullish news for beans right now. The most recent stock report showed more stored beans than previously anticipated and the upcoming carryout will likely be double last year and 50% higher than the highest carryout ever recorded. Did I consider all the possible expenses in storing beans?Last week I wrote about how I could guarantee 19 cents of profit collecting carry by storing beans. A reader wrote that there were additional expenses I hadn’t fully considered.“ Jon, I agree with storing soybeans but the statement (I can guarantee myself 19 cents of actual profit) is a little misleading. If you just happen to have free extra bin space, free auger/tractor, leg/conveyor to handle beans in and out, free labor to carry out the in and out of the grain, probably a little extra trucking to bring beans to the bin site and then to town. I would argue the only real profit will be in the basis gain. If soybeans are dry moisture cables and fans do work very well but that is a whole different issue. Was not nit picking but for some guy not paying close attention to basis storing could end up actually costing them money. You have some cost also with commissions and margin money on your hedge. The nineteen cents can disappear quickly.”The reader had some good points. So, let’s address all of the added costs he brings up associated with storing grain. Following is a summary of those costs:Bin space / costs of a binAuger to load or elevation systemLabor to move grain in or out of the binsTrucking to and away from the binsShrink lossCommissions and margin money History of my farm operationI prefer providing real-life examples about my farm operation, rather than broad/generalized concepts, because I think it’s easier for farmers to understand different grain marketing strategies and ideas that way.My farm is 60 miles away from the nearest processor. The lines to deliver grain during harvest usually exceed 3 hours during the busiest times of the day. Our farm is limited on labor and trucks. Logistically we can’t haul our grain to this processor during harvest.We are 5 miles away from the nearest shuttle loader who usually bids about 40 cents below the nearest bean processor throughout the year including harvest-time delivery. While the shuttle loaders bid can vary some pending export demand, historically it has averaged 40 cents pretty consistently.I estimate freight costing 22 cents on average to move beans to the processor during non-harvest time and 37 cents during harvest. This is due to long lines and lack of trucks available at harvest time.This indicates there is little advantage to haul my grain to the processor over my local shuttle loader during harvest. But, if I store my beans, I can collect about 18 cents more for my beans by storing them and hauling to the processor at some other time during the year (40-cent premium bid from processor – 22 freight cents).This 18-cent spread, along with basis appreciation opportunity and market carry, was why I built storage 7 years ago to store all of my beans every year.Now to answer the questions above. Bin costsBuilding and maintaining bins cost money, so that certainly needs to be considered in a farmer’s grain marketing strategy. Based upon the information above, I can guarantee 18 cents of premium for storing my beans until after harvest versus taking the beans to the shuttle loader at harvest.But to build a bin and pay it off in 7 years, a typical loan length for building a bin, it has cost around 30 cents per bushel per year. So, that means to break even on just the bin loan I need to generate another 12 cents of premium through carry and basis. Since I built my bins in 2011, I’ve collected on average more than that 12-cent extra premium each of the last 6 years. Last week’s article detailed an example of collecting just the carry premium for my 2018 beans.While many may debate how to figure the bin’s cost after the loan is paid off, at that point the main costs are maintenance and property taxes which are certainly less than 10 cents per bushel total per year. The 18 cents I collect on moving the beans to the processor at some point after harvest more than covers those expenses for my farm.I’ve heard some farmers being against building bins because of the increased property taxes. My farm is in a very high property tax county in Nebraska. The variance in property taxes for me was inconsequential on a per bushel expense given the storage premium I intend to collect.Every farmer’s local situation is different. Some farmers may have a processor as their only bid, or they may not have a processor within several hundred miles. The numbers outlined above would need to be calculated for an individual farm to determine if storing beans is profitable in their area. Elevation systemFarmers could use an auger and tractor system to load bins, or they could put up a leg or loop system. Each has its pros and cons as well as expense. There is certainly some kind of an elevation cost associated with loading and unloading bins that will vary by farm operation. There is also a power expense to operate the equipment as well and depreciation for each bushel ran through it. Again I think these costs are limited to around 10 cents per bushel per year. Thus the 18-cent premium I received by storing the beans until harvest is complete offsets these expenses for my farm operation. Labor costs to move grain in and out of the binsWell, it will be interesting when my father reads this section. He’s the one who cleans out our bins. Is his labor free? What should he charge to clean out the bins?Again, this would vary by farm. Some farmers have extra time on their hands and are looking for something to keep them busy. Other farmers who work part-time off their farm know the value of their time, so it may be more expensive.The size of the bins would also be a factor. The time to clean out a big bin of 50,000 bushels, takes about the same time as a smaller bin of only 5,000 bushels.Assuming it takes 2 hours to clean out a bin, at $25 per hour, it would cost 1 cent per bushel for a small bin and 1/10 cent per bushel for a big bin. TruckingThis category is arguably the most debatable expense among farmers, and where I see the most cheating. I’ve had farmers tell me freight is only the cost of the fuel when hauling out of the bins during the winter or summer months, but will be first to tell me that trucking costs are 5 times those rates during harvest. Some farmers simply want to justify why they do what they do. I prefer instead to figure actual costs based upon real numbers from commercial truck drivers.In my opinion it is way too costly for my farm operation to take grain to the local elevator during harvest. One, my time waiting in the lines even at my local shuttle loader can be up to 30 minutes. Hauling to my home bin site means there’s never a line. Then there is missed marketing opportunity from market carry and basis appreciation. Grain elevator storage fees can add up quickly if I’m waiting for basis opportunities as to storing the grain in home storage. I’d actually sooner haul my grain twice the distance to my home storage as to the local elevator. A few extra miles cost in freight is nothing compared to the profit potential I’d be missing if I put my beans in commercial storage.But what about the expense for hauling the grain from the on-farm bins? This isn’t an issue for me because I sell all of my grain with “on-farm pick up” included. I use commercial trucking companies and commercial rates to each location I sell. All my bids are FOB or picked up on the farm values. In the past 7 years of having on farm bean storage I have never had to take a price that was even the same as what my local shuttle loader was bidding and subtracting commercial freight rates to their location. Again for my operation it always has paid to store the beans at harvest and to ship out to the processer later. ShrinkThe key to minimize shrink loss is good shrink management. In my experience, some farmers just don’t run their storage operation well. Some farmers will tell me they lose 2-3% in shrink when they store their grain. You can’t just flip a switch and hope everything will work out. It’s not that simple.Just like farmers don’t put a bean head on a combine and start harvesting, to minimize shrink, things need to be adjusted and monitored. In the last 7 years, the highest shrink loss we’ve had in the bin is 1%. In talking with many elevator managers across the Midwest most tell me they expect their shrink loss to be below 1% as well. Some years there was positive shrink when we harvested during a drought at 9% and were able to add moisture during the spring with fans when humidity levels were high. Most years there was little or no shrink at all. But even assuming at most 1% shrink, with cash bean prices at $7.50 right now, that would mean a 7.5-cent per bushel cost. Admittedly, that possible cost was not included in my newsletter last week, but it’s unclear today what my shrink loss will be. Commission and margin callAll farmers using hedge accounts will have commission charges. It’s important to note that farmers using HTA’s also likely have an additional cost that is about the same cost of using a hedge account. Only farmers that are straight cash sellers won’t have this added expense.Margin call money can be easily borrowed from the bank if necessary, and I would only be out the cost of the interest on that short-term loan. Again the cost of using HTA contracts is about the same prices as the cost of commission and margin call interest so I think this portion is not relevant to the cost of storage. However compared to a straight cash seller of beans commissions would likely be 1 cent to roll the futures forward. If there was a $1 per bushel rally in the board that would create a margin call of $1 per bushel and the interest on that margin call would be a ½ cent per bushel per month. InsuranceWhile policy coverage and prices vary, most are based upon dollar values and not bushels. I’ve seen policies range from three-quarters of a cent per bushel to 2 cents per bushel for the year. I did not include this expense in my article last week and it certainly is an expense that I need to include each year. Bottom lineLast week I said I guaranteed myself 19 cents of carry, and after all this analysis I should have also included an additional 2 cents of potential insurance coverage and up to 7.5 cents of shrink potential loss. Both easily covered by the 19-cent premium.While I spent a lot of time detailing and analyzing all of the possible expenses for on-farm storage which is very necessary, the more important question is: what is my basis appreciation profit potential for holding the beans in storage even though I have the futures sold?While that isn’t guaranteed, on average basis increases 40 cents after harvest. I’ve even seen it exceed 60 cents. If I didn’t have on-farm storage I miss out on nearly all that profit potential, so I want to be set up to take advantage of it. Historically, I am most profitable when I have my crop sold with futures, I maximize the market carry and the I work the basis market.So, that’s exactly what I intend to do again this year. 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 jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

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  • Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 28, 2012

    first_imgSometimes nature takes a bite out of geocaches. Cache containers end up battered by weather or broken from regular use. Does one of your geocaches need a new logbook, is the container cracked, or did the pen or pencil in the cache disappear? The changing of the seasons is a perfectly timed reminder to check your caches.And geocache maintenance is not just for geocache owners. Courteous geocachers often help with cache maintenance, which helps increase the quality of the game for all. It’s easy. You simply bring additional supplies such as an extra geocache container, swag, logbooks, and pens on your geocaching adventures. That way you’re prepared to help out another geocacher by fixing a cache that needs maintenance on the spot. If you go geocaching on the spur of the moment and don’t have supplies to fix up a cache that needs maintenance, visit Geocaching.com and report a ‘Needs Maintenance‘ log on the cache page.If you are a geocache owner here are three ways to help make geocache maintenance a breeze:1. Place a cache that is durable and requires little or no upkeep2. Periodically check on your cache both in person and via the cache page to see if there are any issues3. If you see a ‘Needs Maintenance’ log on the cache page, fix the cache and post an ‘Owner Maintenance’ logShare with your Friends:More SharePrint Related9 Tips for responsible cache maintenanceJune 6, 2017In “Learn”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 23, 2011March 23, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”The ghost of caches pastOctober 29, 2019In “Learn”center_img Geocache Maintenancelast_img read more

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