Parliament to become more effective

first_img– as CPA trains clerks, committee chairs, parliamentariansParliamentarians, Committee chairpersons and clerks at the Parliament office of Guyana are now equipped to make the operations of the Parliament more effective after a just concluded three-day extensive training conducted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).Members of Parliament in chambersThe workshop covered the functions of committees, policy-making, development of legislation and overall international best practices guiding the operations of Parliaments.Chairperson of the CPA, Yasmin Ratansi told the Government Information Agency, (GINA) that the exchange of ideas was to chart the way forward for Guyana’s Parliament.“We would like to ensure that as we exchange ideas, the good points are brought together,” she said. In so doing, Parliamentarians’ responsibility to their constituency is strengthened, Ratansi added.The CPA Chairperson believes that Guyanese Parliamentarians are capable of addressing the issues affecting the country’s peoples. This, she said, impressed her team.“The Guyanese people have a lot of experience, a lot of intelligence and they can find solutions to all the problems… they gave us the solutions and what we can do is give you additional tools for best practices and together, because Parliament is such an evolving process, we hope we can work and build a better future for everyone.”The CPA will continue to give guidance to the process. The association and the Parliament of Guyana have over the years conducted several training programmes with parliamentarians and staff of the parliament office to build capacity in keeping with international best practices.last_img read more


first_imgLove, the feelings from within tell me thatAnyone can love,And anyone can be loved.Love,The feelings without boundariesThe feelings without limitationsThe feelings we cannot controlAre the same feelings within you and meIn the same way,You and me are unableTo withhold the feelings of loveFrom each other.It is like pink rosesTied together with blue ribbon.The same love for each of usThat cannot be controlled.But do we really have the same love?With the same amount of love?Yes, we are the same,With love, in love, around love,We cannot control our love for one another.For even though we are different persons,In love, we are really the same.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Jagdeo rubbishes “fake poll”

first_imgPresident David Granger– says Presidnet should call elections if confident of ratingsOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has challenged the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition to call elections if it is so confident with the findings of a recent opinion poll, which shows that President David Granger has a high 94 per cent approval rating among supporters.Speaking at his weekly press conference on Thursday, Jagdeo called the coalition-sponsored poll fake and desperate.“This is a fake poll designed to help APNU, they’re desperate. If they were so confident that Granger has such a high rating and they’re doing so well, why not call elections. When you have those sorts of approval ratings, you just call elections. They been hiding, running, coming up with 34 is the majority of 65 just to avoid going to elections … If you believe you’re so popular, you’re getting 94 per cent (of supporters’ votes) then call elections,” Jagdeo posited.According to Jagdeo, it is customary for political parties to conduct such polls so that they know their standing with the public and can see the areas they need to work on. However, he pointed out that when a party releases the findings of its poll, it only highlights its desperation.“This is serious desperation on the part of Government. They poll on the benign issues (such as) do you like President Granger… is he pleasant – and President Granger scores 13 per cent and Irfaan Ali (the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Presidential Candidate) three per cent – is the President genuine and trustworthy, etc. So I went through all of these issues and I see that the President scored higher than our candidate from an APNU poll, which is expected,” he stated.On this note, the Opposition Leader called the poll “pure nonsense”, pointing out that it failed to take opinions on serious “bread and butter” issues in the country such as healthcare, education, jobs, crime, and not about who smiles better or is more pleasant.“If President Granger is polled on keeping promises, he gets zero; if he’s polled on condoning corruption, he will get the highest points for condoning corruption. That’s where he will out-score Irfaan Ali by a margin of 100 to 1. If he is polled on management of Guyana, he will get zero. If he’s polled on job creation, he will get zero. He is the President who has lost the most jobs in four years than any other presidents. In the history of Guyana, not other presidents had lost more jobs than President Granger in office. And in terms of creating new jobs, making cook-up and selling people sauce can’t cut it in today’s world. If President Granger is polled on being the most ceremonial president ever, he will score high there,” the Opposition Leader posited.According to reports, the poll was conducted by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services Inc (CADRES), and was done in February, taking opinions from some 1000 Guyanese from all 10 administrative regions.Among the findings were that President Granger enjoys a 94 per cent approval rating among coalition supporters for his leadership, and a 50 per cent overall approval rating when supporters of the PPP/C Opposition and ‘uncertain voters’ are included.Furthermore, it was revealed too that some 40 per cent of uncertain voters said they approved of the President’s performance as Head of State.However, Jagdeo, who is also the General Secretary of the PPP, noted that polls conducted by his party show that it is “massively” ahead in the electoral race. But despite this, the Opposition Leader noted that the PPP was not being arrogant or complacent and was continuing to work hard to show Guyanese it was different and had plans for the betterment of everyone.He said, “In politics, you have to work hard every single day. It’s not just about sitting back and say this is a God-given right because we have the support now. Every single day our activists are on the ground … We didn’t go after APNU too much, because people know what has happened, we don’t need to tell them about the inept management of the Government,” he noted.Instead, Jagdeo noted that they were talking about their plans for the country and how all Guyanese were included.“We use this time to continue working on that so every Guyanese, regardless of how you vote, (know that) a PPP victory doesn’t mean that you will lose out in any way … We’re gonna work on the things that matter to you: jobs, housing, etc, and on the corruption and other issues, how we will tackle those … We’re not leaving anything to chances,” the Opposition Leader stressed.Following the December 21, 2018 passage of the no-confidence motion against the Government, the coalition challenged the validity of the motion and after failing to get the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, to reverse it, the Administration approached the High Court.However, acting Chief Justice Roxane George in January upheld the passage of the motion, ruling that it was validly passed with the 33 majority and as such, Government must resign and call elections. But that decision was then appealed by Government at the Appeal Court, which in March, ruled via a 2-1 majority that an absolute majority of 34 votes is needed to successfully pass the motion.As a last resort, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is being asked, in a consolidated appeal, to finally determine these matters. The Trinidad-based regional court has set June 18 for ruling on the cases.last_img read more


first_imgPictured at the launch of the online parking pre-book service at Ireland West Airport Knock were, left to right, Donal Healy, Marketing Manager and John McCarthy, Operations & Commercial Services Manager, Ireland West Airport KnockIreland West Airport Knock are delighted to announce the launch of a new online booking service which enables passengers to pre-book their airport parking online on before they arrive at the airport.The new service will see Donegal customers of Ireland West Airport Knock enjoy savings of up to 30% on the normal price of airport parking, with a weeks parking available now to prebook online from just €30.Passengers will now have the opportunity to book their parking up to 24 hours in advance of their departure on with the new site optimised for use on mobile and tablet devices. Not only does the new service offer the convenience of paying for your parking in advance, but you can also benefit from parking your car onsite, within minutes walk of the terminal, and in a first for an Irish airport offering online parking services, all car park spaces are available at the online price – with no price difference between short term and long term parking – so you can park right beside the terminal from as little as €4.28 per day*!Payment for online parking will be by credit/visa debit card and passengers will be required to insert their credit/visa debit card, used to make their online booking, into the machine at the Entry barrier to the airport car park and the same card in the machine at the Exit barrier when leaving the car park.Speaking at the launch of the new online booking service, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport Knock, said “We are delighted to introduce a new online booking service which will see Donegal passengers using our 25 International destinations make great savings on their trips abroad, when they book their parking online on“We are very appreciative of the significant business we get from the Donegal region with 10% of our Irish customer base now originating from the Donegal region which equated to almost 30,000 journeys in 2013 and is set to grow even further this year and this new parking service is another great reason why Donegal people should choose to fly from Ireland West Airport “As part of the new service customers will also be able to pre-book the new Executive Lounge at Ireland West Airport Knock with discounts of up to 25% on the normal price available when you book online.”Mr Gilmore added ‘These are further customer service enhancements which we are pleased to be able to introduce in response to customer demand and we hope to expand this service offering with more positive developments in this regard over the coming year’.As a special promotion to celebrate the launch of the new service, all passengers who book their car parking during the month of October will receive discount vouchers for use in the Airport Departures Shop, ShopWest, and Sláinte restaurant, to enjoy some shopping and food before their flight with even more great savings before departure.For the best available rates on car parking at Ireland West Airport Knock book online at www.irelandwestairport.comDONEGAL PASSENGERS TO GET 30% OFF PARKING AS KNOCK AIRPORT LAUNCH NEW ONLINE SERVICE was last modified: October 6th, 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:donegalKnock Airportnew online serviceParkinglast_img read more

Mechanics of birth

first_imgVALLEJO Noelle’s given birth in Afghanistan, California and dozens of points in between. She’s a lifelike, pregnant robot used in increasing numbers of medical schools and hospital maternity wards. The full-sized, blond, pale mannequin is in demand because medicine is rapidly abandoning centuries-old training methods that use patients as guinea pigs, turning instead to high-tech simulations. It’s better to make a mistake on a $20,000 robot than a live patient. The Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, estimates that as many as 98,000 U.S. patients die annually from preventable medical errors. “We’re trying to engineer out some of the errors,” said Dr. Paul Preston, an anesthesiologist at Kaiser Permanente and architect of the hospital chain’s 4-year-old pregnancy-care training program, in which Noelle plays a starring role. “We steal shamelessly from everybody and everywhere that has good training programs.” Noelle, from Miami-based Gaumard Scientific Co. Inc., is used in most of Kaiser’s 30 hospitals nationwide, and other hospitals are putting in orders. The Northwest Physicians Insurance Co. is sponsoring similar training programs in 22 hospitals in Oregon and Idaho, rolling out Noelle initially at five of them. Other companies make lifelike mannequins to train paramedics in emergencies, but Noelle appears to be the only high-tech, pregnant model available. Noelle models range from a $3,200 basic version to a $20,000 computerized Noelle that best approximates a live birth. She can be programmed for a variety of complications and for cervix dilation. She can labor for hours and produce a breach baby or unexpectedly give birth in a matter of minutes. She ultimately delivers a plastic doll that can change colors, from a healthy pink glow to the deadly blue of oxygen deficiency. The baby mannequin is wired to flash vital signs when hooked up to monitors. The computerized mannequins emit realistic pulse rates and can urinate and breathe. “If she is bleeding, there will be ample blood in evidence everywhere,” Preston said one rainy day recently as he put Noelle through her paces at Kaiser Permanente’s Vallejo hospital. About 50 doctors, nurses and others involved in caring for pregnant women attended the training session, which started with Noelle hooked up to standard delivery monitoring machines and tended to by nurses and doctors. David Isaza, an engineer with Gaumard, sat in a corner with a laptop, sending wireless signals to Noelle. With a keystroke, he can inflict all sorts of complications, overriding any preprogrammed instructions. As Noelle’s heart rate increased, a nurse examined her under the sheets. An umbilical cord was visible not a good thing. Immediately, the nurse called a “code 777.” Several more medical personnel burst into the room and wheeled Noelle off to the operating room, where she gave regular birth to twins after a frenzied 20-minute operation. Then it was time for the debriefing back in a conference room. “We wheeled her through the hallway with her gown open,” complained one nurse. “It was too loud,” another said of the chaotic scene that include more than 30 people jammed into a small operating room. And so it went for another 30 minutes until it was a second group’s turn with Noelle. “The mannequins are cool,” Preston said. “But it is only one training tool.”Nobody knows this better than Robbie Prepas, a Laguna Beach midwife who is a consultant to Gaumard. In 2004, Prepas was working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a $1 million Gates Foundation grant to train Afghan medical personnel in the care of women and children. Afghanistan has the world’s second-highest infant mortality rate, according to the U.S. State Department. Prepas and her colleagues hauled three different models of Noelle, including one that worked by hand crank to move the mechanical parts, for medical training at the only women’s hospital in Kabul. But while the Noelle mannequins were helpful, power failures and other technological glitches hindered the mannequins’ effectiveness. Still, Prepas said Noelle is becoming standard issue in the United States. “It’s a really effective way to teach people how to take care of patients without harming actual patients,” Prepas said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Softball Sweeps Indiana State in MVC Doubleheader

first_imgStory Links Next Game: PDF Box Score Indiana State Game 1 at Iowa 3/28/2018 – 5 PM Drake grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the second game with three runs in the second frame. Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa) drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly that scored Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.). Alexander then followed with an RBI single that scored Maddox. Roemmich then hit a single to right field that scored Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.), but Alexander, who stole second, was thrown out at the plate on a close play to end the inning. Full Schedule Roster Watch Live Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) started game two in the circle. Timmons (8-4) tossed five scoreless innings and allowed three hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Smith relieved Timmons, tossed two innings and allowed two hits and struck out one. Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) added two insurance runs in the sixth inning as the Bulldogs capitalized on a two-out Sycamores’ error. Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) reached on an infield single with one out and then moved to third base after a throwing error by Indiana State pitcher Stober on a ball hit by Newman as Stober underthrew the ball in the dirt. Alexander then made Stober pay with a single over the shortstop’s head and into left field to bring in Maddox and pinch runner Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.), who had stolen second. Live Stats Drake and Indiana State are scheduled to end the series Saturday morning with an 11 a.m. game.center_img TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University softball remained undefeated in the Missouri Valley Conference with a doubleheader sweep over Indiana State Friday. Drake (21-9, 5-0 MVC) won the opening game over Indiana State (15-11, 3-2 MVC), 4-0, and then won the second game by a score of 8-0. The road series was moved up one day due to expected inclement weather in Terre Haute this weekend. Offensively for the Bulldogs, Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) doubled in Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) for the game’s first run in the first inning. Roemmich led the game off with a single. Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning to increase the lead to 2-0. Preview Drake increased its lead to 8-0 in the seventh inning with three runs. Smith’s RBI double to left field scored Frank and then Maddox cracked a single to center field that scored Pena and Smith.   The Bulldogs added runs in the third and fourth inning. In the third, Pena lined a single up the middle as Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) scored and Frank had an RBI groundout in the fourth that scored Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.). Following the Indiana State series, Drake will travel to face in-state foe Iowa March 28 at 5 p.m. before the Bulldogs’ home opener against Bradley, March 30-31.Print Friendly Version Pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) dominated the first contest. Newman (9-2) pitched a shutout with a season-high 15 strikeouts and allowed just one hit and one walk. She earned her 51st career win, which is tied for sixth all-time at Drake with Stephanie Wright. Her 15 strikeouts put her at 661 in her outstanding career as she moved past Jessica Hicks for fourth all-time. The only hit for Indiana State came in the fifth inning with two outs and after the hit, Newman struck out seven of the final eight Sycamores to end the game. PDF Box Score Indiana State Game 2 BTN2GOlast_img read more


first_imgA man caught with €36,000 of stolen ESB materials in the back of a van when stopped by Gardai has been given one last chance by a Judge.Brian ‘Mouse’ Ward pictured in handcuffs and grey tracksuit outside a previous sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court.Brian Ward, who had 20 previous convictions, was stopped by Gardai in a van on the dual carriageway at Bonagee outside Letterkenny on September 2nd, 2013. When Gardai searched the van it contained 18 specialist allow wheels used to erect ESB poles and were valued at €2,000 each.The wheels had been filed down and disguised to look like they had been used over a period of time.However, the wheels were actually brand new and had been reported stolen from an ESB site at Menaroy, Churchill.Ward, 20, was charged with handling stolen goods while another man in the van had fled to England.Gardai said that Ward had told them that they were planning to sell the wheels and other metal for scrap to McEhinney’s Scrapyard in Ballybofey but would probably only receive about €600 for the scrap value.Judge O’Hagan asked Garda Derek Connaughton if he thought McElhinney’s knew where the goods might have come from.The Gardai replied that he knew they were not Brian Ward’s fairly quickly and that the ESB stamp were all over the goods.Judge O’Hagan said he did not believe this was an opportunist crime saying that this was very specialist equipment and said he was particularly concerned that the ESB logos had been rubbed off them on purpose.However he said he was prepared to give Ward a chance but it was a final chance.“I will give him a chance but is the last chance he is going to get. If he comes up in future for theft charges he will go away,” he warned.He sentenced Ward to two years in jail but replaced the sentence with 240 hours community service and ordered €400 handed in by Ward to court to go to the Donegal Hospice.Judge O’Hagan then initially ordered Gardai to bring a trailer being used in the theft to the scrapyard to see if they could get any cash for it!However he revoked the order after hearing it may be used in the case against a second man being sought in connection with the crime.COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR MAN CAUGHT RED-HANDED WITH €36,000 OF STOLEN ESB GEAR was last modified: July 23rd, 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:Brian WarddonegalESB equipmentGardaiJUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

Letterkenny Credit Union’s Christmas loan is back!

first_imgFEATURES: With the build up to Christmas already well underway, Letterkenny Credit Union is inviting local people to consider their budgets now and plan ahead to avoid ‘financial indigestion’ this Christmas. Research carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) last Christmas showed that in 2015, a consumer in the Republic of Ireland would take on average eight and a half weeks to financially recover after overspending at Christmas.The 2015 research showed that 9% of people approached or considered approaching a moneylender to borrow for Christmas expenses with nearly half of all consumers expecting to borrow money to get through the Christmas season, borrowing on average €388. Last year Irish consumers expected to spend on average €563 on Christmas with middle aged and mature adults likely to spend the most amount of money.Letterkenny Credit Union is urging the public to avoid borrowing beyond their means and to particularly avoid using moneylenders. Knowing your limits in terms of your finances and avoiding unnecessary debt this Christmas is hugely important.Gordon Randles, CEO of Letterkenny Credit Union told Donegal Daily, “We are all familiar with that bloated feeling after overdoing it at the Christmas dinner table.“We want to ensure our members do not experience ‘financial indigestion’ well into 2017 by helping them to carefully plan their spending this Christmas. “Our advice is to begin making Christmas preparations a little bit earlier this year. Setting a Christmas spending budget is more important now than ever, as is writing a list.“This will allow people to keep tight control on the Christmas shopping costs.”He added “Using high interest rate sources of credit, such as moneylenders or credit cards, can result in people repaying the costs of Christmas long after the Christmas spirit has worn off.“Some carefully planning now, be it via a savings plan or a low cost credit union loan, can help people to cope with the significant costs associated with the festive period, and ensure that they can get quickly get back on track.”Letterkenny Credit Union’s Christmas loan is back! was last modified: September 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

Returns for Ohio corn at RMA projected prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ben Brown, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State UniversityThe month of February represents the price discovery period for projected price of corn. The projected price represents the Risk Management Associations (RMA) baseline for establishing federally sponsored corn insurance products for 2019. The projected price for corn is the average of the February settlement prices for the December futures contract. The subsequent harvest price is the average of the October settlement prices for the same December futures contract. The projected price and the harvest price are used to identify the guaranteed revenue for revenue based crop insurance products. However, neither price takes into account local cash basis.The projected price established by RMA for 2019 corn revenue is $4 per bushel. This is up $0.04 per bushel from the 2018 and 2017 projected prices of $3.96 per bushel representing the increase in corn prices during the last few months of 2018 after a drop during the summer months. Price volatility is considered when setting premium levels for insurance products. A higher volatility increases the premium paid by the producer if all else is equal. Volatility rates are set by averaging the volatility of the most recent five trading days. Corn volatility has continued decreasing and since 2011 is at its lowest point of 0.15.In October, RMA will calculate the 2019 harvest price to set guaranteed revenue for the year. The projected price for corn has been higher than the harvest price the last six years after two years of increases in 2011 and 2012. For the entire series 2011-2018, the projected price was above the harvest price by $0.21 per bushel. Looking at only the last six years of high production values across the country, the projected price exceeded the harvest price by $0.64 per bushel. The December Futures contract is averaging below the Projected Price halfway through March. Several factors will determine the final harvest price for the December Futures contract between now and the discovery period in October. Returns for Ohio corn based on 2019 projected pricesTo calculate a cost of production for each crop reporting district in Ohio, OSU enterprise budgets were used along with inputs from credible sources. Yield estimates for each crop reporting district came from the most current 5 years of National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) data.Insurance policies are based on an Actual Production History (APH), which represents a maximum of 10 previous years of yield records for a particular field or enterprise. Since the 2012 crop year, these yields have been adjusted to account for improved crop genetics and current practices. The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Board approves a trend adjustment factor for corn and soybeans in each county. This factor is equal to the annual increase in yield, and is based on county average yields determined by NASS each year. For the calculations, a corn trend adjustment factor of 1.6 bushels is multiplied to the difference in the current year to the base year and then added to the yield of the base year. As an example, consider a county that has a yield in 2013 of 164 bushels per acre. Using 2017 as the current year, the adjustment would be ((2017-2013) 1.6) + 164) for an adjusted yield of 170 bushels per acre. Seeding rates for cost estimates were taken from the 2018 eField Report published by The Ohio State University. The most profitable seeding rate based on a $3.50 per 1,000 seeds was used in these cost calculations. Cash rent estimates for each crop reporting district were reported by NASS in 2017.Ohio producers have the option to select coverage levels from 50% of APH to 85% of APH. Using the Summary of Business operations from the RMA website, the most popular coverage level for Ohio corn producers is 80%. For this article, it is assumed that an 80% APH coverage level is selected for revenue insurance products. An 80% coverage level means that the projected price is only covered on 80% of bushels not the total number of bushels.When considering all acres, the uninsured acres have no direct revenue insurance coverage. In this case, it would equal the remaining 20% based on the 80% coverage level. The 2018 Farm Bill signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018 raised the marketing loan rates for covered commodities. These loan rates are often considered a price floor under commodity markets. In the case of corn, the marketing loan rate is $2.20 per bushel. If the marketing loan rate is used as the price floor for the remaining 20% bushels that are left uncovered then an adjustment can be made to cover all acres within a unit. The $3.64 per bushel represents the complete coverage of all acres: (0.80 x $4.00/ bu.) + ($2.20 x 0.20) = $3.64 per bushel.Four of Ohio’s nine crop reporting districts showed higher costs of production compared to the $4 projected price. However, eight of the nine districts showed higher costs of production than the “Complete” coverage when adjusting for 80% revenue coverage. Southeast Ohio was the only crop reporting district to show gains compared to the projected price set by RMA for both covered bushels only and all bushels using the marketing loan rate of $2.20 as a price floor. The districts of Central, North Central and Northwest are at best meeting their cost of production, while West Central has cost of production above the revenue guarantee. These districts represent the majority of corn revenue policies and corn production for the state.Many producers reported higher than normal yields in 2018. If higher than historical average yields appear again in 2019, cost of production per bushel will be reduced below these calculations. In 2019, these programs are protecting the downside risk for producers as proponents argue they were designed to do. Districts having net returns above cost of production have low production and low insurance coverage. Thus, these insurance programs are providing a risk management tool for Ohio producers.last_img read more

5 Easy Tips For Nailing Your Exposure On Every Shot

first_imgWe all want cameras with high dynamic range so that our lives can be made easier on set, but the truth is a camera with 7 stops of DR can look better than one with 14 stops if it is lit properly. It just comes down to making sure that the lighting setup keeps the exposure within those 7 stops, and in order to do that well a light meter is essential.The Histogram is Your FriendI’m often surprised that so few up and coming cinematographers really know how to use a histogram, considering that it is one of the most critical on camera tools that can be used to dial in exposure. While not all cameras have a built in histogram, many do – and I would strongly suggest that you start using yours properly.The histogram may look confusing at first, but really it’s very simple. The histogram simply displays the luminance (dark vs. light) values from left to right, so that you can see where your image falls. If the histogram is all crunched over to the left side, it means the image is underexposed, while if it mainly falls on the right side it likely means the image is overexposed. For most situations you will want it somewhere right in the middle, but there are definitely exceptions to that rule.PremiumBeat friend Dave Dugdale from LearningDSLRVideo shares tips on preserving the detail in highlights using the histogram:Know Your Camera’s QuirksEvery camera is different, and therefore a big part of nailing your exposure is understanding the quirks and differences of your current camera. For example, in the previous point I had mentioned that when using your histogram you usually want to have your exposure fall somewhere in the middle, but that isn’t always the case. For example, certain cameras hold detail far better in the highlights, which would mean you might want to ‘expose to the right’, or slightly overexpose intentionally so that you are left with the best possible image in post. This is just one of many dozens of examples of camera quirks, but the key takeaway here is that you absolutely need to know your camera and understand how it needs to be treated to achieve the best results when exposing your image. No matter what camera you’re shooting with, perfect exposure is the biggest key to achieving a beautiful image. Here are 5 easy tips that will help you get it right every time.Whether you’re shooting to a compressed format or to RAW, nailing your exposure in-camera will improve the look of your image and save your hours (or days!) in post-production. The tips below are especially relevant when shooting with cameras that suffer from low-bitrate recording.Use an EVF During the DayImage from Edwin Lee on FlickrOutside of using critical exposure tools (which we’ll get to soon) one of the most important factors when it comes to exposure is being able to trust your eye. Unfortunately most cameras and monitors are unable to compete with bright light sources – such as sunlight – which can make monitoring a huge challenge during day time exteriors. Although it may seem like you are getting an accurate visual read on your image, the truth is that you probably are judging your overall exposure incorrectly, and the only way to combat this is by using an EVF.If you have a camera like the C300 that has a strong EVF built right in, then things are quite simple for you. Just make sure to use it over the LCD screen. However if you have a camera with a poor EVF (or none at all) I would highly recommend investing in one.Understand Your ZebrasUnless you’re extremely new to shooting, you probably already have been using zebra stripes to some extent. For those of you that don’t know, zebras can be set to effectively highlight a portion of your image that is overexposed, so that you know when your shot is clipping to white.It sounds easy, and in many cases it is, however there are some snags that you need to know about when working with zebras. For example, many shooters expose for the zebras (so as not to overexpose their shot), but then they end up underexposing their talent. In other words, if there was a lamp in the back of the shot that was blowing out, a lot of amateur DPs would be tempted to expose the image so the lamp doesn’t clip, but then the rest of their image ends up being severely underexposed. Always remember that it’s okay for parts of your image to clip – at least within reason. Just never sacrifice the skin tones or your talent in general.Lynda has a solid tutorial for using and reading zebras:Don’t Be Afraid of Light MetersWhile I don’t personally use light meters often myself, there are certain circumstances where they are invaluable to use, and many DPs to this day still swear by them, even if they aren’t always mandatory. If you are shooting on a camera that has very limited dynamic range, it would be advantageous for you to use a light meter so that you can properly set your lighting ratios.Image from Shutterstocklast_img read more