Donegal people have all the luck – when it comes to Winning Streak appearances, that is. The gameshow producers today revealed that people from Donegal were the luckiest lot in the last season.Fifteen players from the county scooped a tidy €630,000 in the last series of the RTE One show, with an average prize per player of €42,000. Donegal people were on a real winning streak this year, as a local contestant was drawn almost every week from January 2019 onwards. One episode even featured three Donegal players at once!Cork is Ireland’s second luckiest Winning Streak county, as it had 15 players also in the last season who won an average of €36,133 each and a total of €542,000 in prize money.Winning Streak, Ireland’s longest-running television game show, returns to RTÉ One television this Saturday (28th September) for the landmark 30th season.As ever, the show co-presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy will have prizes and cash galore for five lucky players every week, with one getting the chance to spin the iconic Winning Streak Grand Prize Wheel. Donegal is officially Ireland’s luckiest Winning Streak county! was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:national lotteryWinning Streak
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn prices dropped $1 per bushel in the last three weeks, which was unexpected by many. Several sayings are now popular: “there is a lot of summer to go, prices will bounce back” and “there will be more demand with cheaper prices, so prices have to go up.”There isn’t any bullish news for corn right now. There are still too many bushels in the market. Last year corn traded on a regular basis at $3.70 futures with 1.8 billion carryout, so it’s difficult to expect higher prices with potentially 2.2 billion carryout. Farmers are hoping increased demand will push up prices, but it may take futures dropping to $3 to find those buyers. However, this won’t necessarily bring $4 corn. Even if yields were 5/bu/acre less than trend-line, the carryout would be the same as last year. I think it’s unlikely corn will spend any significant time above $3.75 for a while and I’m concerned prices may stay below $3.50 if weather conditions remain good.The window where weather forecasts can still really impact the market is narrowing (about one week at this point). Overall weather is favorable for early planted corn and it is tasseling right now. The USDA continues to show corn crop conditions at 75% good/excellent. One report did show an increase in topsoil moisture depletion from last year (18%) to this year (30%). This may sound alarming, but one must remember that Indiana and Ohio were excessively wet last year which caused some yield reductions. Everyone is watching to see if dry weather did or will impact ear development.Weather is very important for bean development right now. Current forecasts are mixed. On Thursday things looked favorable and then on Friday a heat ridge looked possible. Monday could bring more change and anything is possible right now. Beans could range $9-$14 this season. Recent market action suggests higher prices may be more difficult than everyone thought two weeks ago.Last Friday just before trading closed, I was concerned the recent bean rally may be over if it rained, so I purchased $10 Nov puts for 10 cents on 40% of my anticipated 2017 production. These expire in late October. This position provides unlimited upside potential (less 10 cents) and peace of mind that I won’t take less than $10 for some of my 2017 beans (again for 10 cents).While I hope I lose all the money I paid for these puts (because that means values stayed high), I wanted to put protections in place to reduce my farm operation’s risk.This combined with my $9 puts I purchased two months earlier, means I have the potential for a $9.50 floor price on my beans should the crop this year be trend line or better. If not, I’m only out about 10 cents. Incidentally, most of my 2016 crop is sold for $9.50, so If I liked it for this year, I should like it for next year.Lack of Market ActionResearching back, I haven’t pulled a sell order on my corn in over 7 years. However, four weeks ago when corn rallied to $4.46, I pulled an offer I had in place to sell 5% of my production at $4.48. I listened to the fear that growing conditions were deteriorating, and if it didn’t rain, there would be trouble. This was despite seeing weather maps showing a third of the country was completely fine. The next day the market traded through $4.48, but my order wasn’t there to get filled. Today, I’m clearly disappointed I acted on fear rather than my market strategy and didn’t keep the order in place.Interestingly, while it was for only 5% of my production, that sale would have boosted my entire sale average by 5 cents based upon where markets are today. That may not seem like much, but many farmers didn’t sell during this last rally and are kicking themselves now. Many elevator managers told me some farmers were calling to cancel orders as prices increased. More money was lost in these markets with cancelled orders than was made.I always recommend that farmers stick with their long-term plans and not worry about the “noise” around them. This trade was clearly in the profitable range. But, I got greedy/fearful hoping for more, while worrying about production issues (as did many other farmers). I didn’t take my own advice and will likely regret this lack of market action all year long.Why Did Corn Prices Spike and Then Drop Suddenly?Many in the trade were shocked by both the quick rise and even faster fall in corn. Some have asked “why did corn fall so hard?” The better question is “why was corn up so much in the first place?”Corn probably needed to rally to $4 or $4.20, to have enough weather premium in it for La Nina fears. But then there was drought fear and nobody wanted to be short corn, so $4.50 became the herd mentality price point. Reality set in with the June 30 stocks and acreage report showing that not only did U.S. farmers plant more corn, they had more in storage than previously thought.While I understand large-scale drought fear, weather maps have been consistently showing a different story. Most of the Corn Belt shows adequate/timely rainfall. The Corn Belt fringes are seeing dry conditions, but there is always a problem somewhere each year.In a nutshell, the market rallied largely on drought fears and irrational exuberance from the technical crowd and fund money. Then the market dropped fast after the June 30 report showed supply was higher than expected followed by much needed rain throughout most of the Corn Belt. Have we gone too low? Probably not yet, but the market always seems to find an extreme going up and down.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. 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Winning a new deal is complicated. Not only does it take time, but it also takes effort. If you don’t invest the time and effort, you are unlikely to win your dream client’s business. But you are not the only party that has to put forth the effort for you to successfully create an opportunity and a better outcome. The contacts within your dream client’s company also have to put forth the effort necessary, making your dream client’s effort as a measure of whether or not you will win their business—and whether you will be able to deliver.Are They Compelled to ChangeThere are contacts within your dream client’s company that understand the forces that are preventing them from producing the results they profess to need. They are well aware of the risks and threats to their business, yet they are unwilling to do anything about it now. The fact that they should be compelled to change is no indication that they are compelled to change. Some of these contacts are not willing to put forth the effort to do so, something that is often true even when the company is already suffering the negative impact.Imagine a company that is underinvesting in the results they need in some part of their business (this should be easy for you to imagine). This hypothetical company built a model around a particular set of assumptions, and they were profitable with that model up until one of their premises expired. The price of some input increases over time, and for the company to return to profitability, they need to raise the price they charge their clients or customers, but they are in a weak position to command a price increase. If the contacts are not willing to put forth the effort to change their pricing or change their model, their lack of energy around some change initiative is an indication they are not yet compelled to change.The lack of effort here is a signal that your effort is not likely to provide a return on the time you invest, or at least it won’t for some time.Are They Willing to Commit to the ProcessYou sell a meeting. You sell the processes. And then you sell your solution. You will find contacts who are more than willing to engage with you and explore change. They’ll give you their time, and they’ll share with you what they want and need. They’ll even accept a proposal and pricing. But what they will not do is commit to a process that would require them to put forth the energy necessary to change.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. An unwillingness to commit to meetings is a sign that your dream client either doesn’t recognize the value of the meeting, an outcome for which you are responsible, or they don’t want to put forth the effort. In larger, complex, business-to-business sales, contacts who refuse to meet to collaborate on the solution they need, to invite other stakeholders into the conversation, to engage a leadership sponsor, or to provide data or anything else that would be necessary to making a good decision and a better result, show an unwillingness to put forth effort. Skipping these conversations is sometimes an indication they believe what they are buying is a commodity and is transactional. In other cases, your dream client is unwilling to exert the effort to do what’s right.If you are reading this, it’s almost certain you have a sales process, guidance on what you need to accomplish to provide the best assistance possible in helping your dream client produce better results. Your process requires that you put forth the necessary effort to execute it. Your process is also likely to describe what you need from your prospective client to help them.Because no one can sell when there is no one buying, you need your client to put forth the necessary effort on their side. The likelihood of you winning a deal is often discovered by looking at the effort your contacts are willing to put forth in engaging in the process with you. The fact that they won’t engage with your process is not evidence that they aren’t engaged in someone else’s.Are They Willing to Do the WorkWhen you are young and naive, you believe that every failure to serve a client is your company’s fault. When you sold the deal and are accountable, you passionately think your company is in the wrong. As you mature into your role, you to start to recognize that many of your dream clients want better results, need better results, and pursue new suppliers to produce those results. However, they never achieve those results because they won’t put forth the effort.When determining whether or not you are going to be able to pursue successfully, win, and execute for a prospective client, your confidence in some part needs to factor in their willingness to put forth the effort throughout the sales conversation. An unwillingness to have the conversations and make and keep the required commitments is evidence that you may struggle to win their business and, having won it, difficulty executing your solution.None of this is to suggest that you give up, but rather, encouragement to have the difficult conversations that make one a trusted advisor and to do the work to sell well enough to increase their willingness. It’s much easier to sell and execute effectively with a client who is putting forth an effort that is equal to yours. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
Congress candidates Sheela Bhavre and Vinay Patil-Girde on Wednesday were elected unopposed as Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively of the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC). The party had retained control of the civic body in the recently held polls, winning 73 of the 81 seats. This was the first time in the history of the NWMC, which was formed in 1997, that the mayoral post was reserved for a female candidate from the Scheduled Caste (SC) category for the first two-and-a-half years. Ms. Bhavre has become the fourth woman to be elected as the first citizen of the NWMC.The elections were held during a special general body meeting chaired by Nanded District Collector.
Red Lions want to feast on Altas; JRU vs Benilde MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:40Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Far Eastern University bucked Lyceum’s gutsy stand as it rallied for an 18-25, 28-26, 25-15, 25-17 win and clinch the last semifinal berth in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tams ended the elimination round at 4-1 to wound up second behind unbeaten Group A topnotcher National U Lady Bulldogs (5-0).ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary They also dashed the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ (3-2) hopes for a playoff for the other Final Four seat.For a while, Ateneo stood a chance as Lyceum stunned a listless FEU side in the opening frame. The Lady Pirates likewise fought back from huge deficits in the second to force a deuce, only to yield with late miscues.That enabled the Lady Tams to equalize and regroup to cruise to the next stage against Group B topnotcher Adamson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU will tangle with Group B No. 2 Arellano at the start of the best-of-three semifinals on Wednesday.In the nightcap, Adamson outlasted San Beda, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 21-25, 15-11, to sweep the Group B elimination.Earlier, NU survived St. Benilde, 25-27, 29-27, 25-19, 16-25, 15-11, to clinch the last semifinal berth in the men’s division. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments
Chris Gayle continued his superlative form scoring an unbeaten 70 as Bangalore beat Rajasthan by nine wickets during the 55th IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Score | PhotosLike Rajasthan, Bangalore too got off to a fine start and the 146-run target wasn’t a very tough one for the Bangalore side considering the impressive form their opener Chris Gayle is in.He along with Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 68 runs for the first wicket before Dilshan fell in the seventh over.Dilshan tried to sweep Shane Warne, but a top edge of his bat was taken by Ross Taylor in the deep. He fell for 38.That was the last wicket to fall from the Bangalore camp as they wrapped the match in style with three over remaining. Captain Virat Kohli and opener Chris Gayle remained unbeaten till the end as Bangalore scored 151/1 in 17 overs.Gayle’s unbeaten 70 came off just 44 balls while Kohli scored 39 off 34 balls.RajasthanOpeners Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson provided Rajasthan with a good start as the hosts posted a fine 145/6 against Bangalore during their IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Bangalore captain Virat Kohli ton the toss and elected to field. Kohli was leading the side in the absence of regular captain Daniel Vettori, who is injured.Rajasthan openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson got off to a good start against Bangalore. The two were scoring at a brisk pace and keeping the run rate to good 8 runs an over.advertisementJust when it was beginning to look that the two were getting ready for a long partnership, Bangalore left-arm medium-pacer Sreenath Aravind struck and despatched both the openers in the 10th over.First, he got rid of Waston to break their stand on 73 and then a ball later got rid of Rahul Dravid. Watson scored a fine 34 while Dravid increased the team total by 37 runs.Next man Ajinka Rahane fell in the 14th over when the total was 102. A mix-up saw him get run out on 17 even as AB de Villiers displayed a brilliant piece of fielding at point.Johan Botha was the next batsman to take a walk back to the dugout. He too fell to S Aravind in the 17th over on 19 when the team total was 122/4.Kiwi Ross Taylor fell to Charl Langeveldt in the 18th over and Chris Gayle got rid on Ashok Menaria in the next over when the Rajasthan score was 133/6.Finally, Rajasthan managed to score 145/6 in their stipulated 20 overs.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.”
Ranchi: India’s seniormost player Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be “rested” for the final two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia and Friday’s match here could well be his last international outing on home soil. “We will have some changes in the last two games. Mahi will not be playing in the last two games. He will be taking rest ,” India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told mediapersons after the match. With India not having any home matches till October, the match here could well be the last time that Dhoni has played in India Blues on home soil. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe World Cup is widely believed to be Dhoni’s swansong in India colours. However, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association believes that they would get one limited overs match during the next home season where Dhoni could bid a proper farewell. Knowing Dhoni’s allergy to publicity, the chances of that happening is pretty dim at the moment. Rishabh Pant will keep wickets during the last two ODIs in Mohali and New Delhi.
Bryant, the son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, modeled his game after Michael Jordan and came closer to replicating His Airness’s silky offensive style than anyone we’ve seen. He finished his 20-year career with more points than MJ and stood apart by managing to hit impossible shots from all over the floor, despite having defenses draped over him.What Michael was to Kobe, Kobe became to the next generation of players. One possible sign: The number of guys wearing No. 8, which Bryant wore for the first 10 years of his NBA career, has more than tripled — from seven in 1995-96, the year before Bryant’s rookie season, to 231This list shows 25 players, but two were cut before they actually played a game for the team they entered the preseason with. this season. (In the second half of this career, Bryant wore No. 24, which was more popular than No. 8 before Bryant donned it. Bryant’s adoption of it doesn’t seem to have had much influence leaguewide.)But even though younger NBA players adopted Bryant’s number, few players have adopted his style of play — a ball-dominant one that involved taking tough contested shots inside the arc — as some offenses around the league have become more free-flowing and hyper-efficient.The current players who draw perhaps the most frequent comparisons to Kobe, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan (both of whom are from the L.A. area and played there collegiately), each count Bryant as a mentor of sorts and possess a handful of the same skills and flaws that he had.In Westbrook’s case, he’s so talented that he sometimes can dominate the ball too much — even when he has another superstar, or two, on the court with him. And much like Bryant did, DeRozan makes a living from midrange, a shot that goes against the grain of today’s league, where most star wing players have developed a respectable shot from 3-point range.Translation: On any given night, both guys are capable of shooting it less efficiently than other stars because they’re taking far tougher shots than just about everyone else. (DeRozan, in particular, has the highest degree of shot difficulty in the NBA among those who’ve taken at least 200 attempts, according to data from Second Spectrum, which uses high-level tracking equipment in NBA arenas to compile data.) That willingness to launch (miss) scores of contested shots is vintage Kobe.“I don’t care about that crap, and I’m sure he doesn’t either,” said then-Lakers coach Byron Scott after Bryant broke a record for the most missed shot attempts in NBA history. “I don’t mean to cut you off, but to me, it speaks of his aggressiveness and longevity.” It also speaks to his being wired far differently than many other players, who refuse to take shots that have little chance of going down for fear of hurting their field-goal percentages, which factor into future contracts and potential earnings.During the 2015-16 campaign, his farewell season, Bryant attempted more fadeaway jumpers than any guard in the league despite missing 16 games that year. And during the final three-season span of his career, Bryant ranked dead-last among 357 players2Those who attempted at least 500 shots total from the 2013-14 season through the end of the 2015-16 season. in Second Spectrum’s Quantified Shot Quality metric, which estimates the odds of a shot going in by tracking shot and defender distance. Put another way, this means he took the hardest collection of the shots in the NBA in that window. (He also shot worse than expected on those attempts.)It’s worth mentioning a couple of things here. First, it’s not really fair to focus more on Bryant’s misses3Especially late in his career, when he was clearly diminished and arguably the worst volume shooter in the league. than his makes — he was an absolutely devastating scorer in his prime — and defensive accomplishments. Secondly, even his missed shots often turned out to be a good thing. Kirk Goldsberry, then of Grantland, created the “Kobe Assist,” a metric that highlighted how Bryant’s shot attempts attracted so much defensive attention that they opened up easy putback opportunities for his teammates.There’s no telling how much more productive Bryant could have been in this era, one in which coaches, teams and even the league itself are more aggressive about resting their players in hopes of safeguarding them from injury. Bryant, of course, famously pushed himself to play through pain, especially during the final days of the 2012-13 season, in which he tore his Achilles tendon while playing enormous minutes during a playoff push.Both the increased focus on efficiency and the new-age strategy of holding players out for rest make it less likely that we’ll see another star with such a devil-may-care attitude on scoring and health. On some level, that’s what made Bryant’s finale — in which he scored 60 points on 50 shots, both NBA records for a player’s last game — so fitting. Having the courage to fire up tough shots from all over the floor, and worrying about the statistical consequences later, if at all, doesn’t happen much anymore. In fact, it’s an attitude that might’ve gone extinct with Bryant’s exit from the league.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Related: The Lab Retiring a number is the ultimate recognition of a former player’s contribution and legacy to a franchise. But for Kobe Bryant, one number apparently doesn’t do his years with the Los Angeles Lakers justice: Tonight, he’ll become the first player in NBA history to have two different numbers lifted to the rafters by the same team. It’s a fitting honor for a man who played more than 1,300 games, scored more than 33,500 points and won five titles for Los Angeles — yet couldn’t settle on one number to wear.But if there’s one thing we end up remembering the Laker legend for, it should be that he went out as arguably the NBA’s last true gunslinger. The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out