Facebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dr. Jay Rudd for Aurora LASIKIt’s time to dispel some common LASIK myths. Over the past 20 years, the LASIK procedure has evolved into one of the most successful surgical operations performed today. Current technology has allowed modern LASIK surgery to offer results that are comparable to, if not better than, contact lens vision.Despite these fantastic results, some people who could greatly benefit from LASIK surgery have steered clear because of misunderstandings about the very safe, proven procedure. I would like to address some of these misconceptions.Eye surgeons would never have LASIK on their own eyes.Aurora LASIK is located in the Hawks Prairie area of Lacey and offers some of the newest technologies in LASIK. Photo credit: Boston Harbor PhotographyIn a recent poll of refractive surgeons, 65% stated they have had LASIK or PRK surgery.Ninety-one percent of the refractive surgeons polled said they had recommended refractive surgery to their immediate family members. Dry eye is much more common after LASIK.The same FDA-sponsored studies showed a significant reduction in dry eye symptoms at the six-month follow-up visit.With Aurora LASIK’s blade-free LASIK, we have not seen ongoing problems with dry eyes. The initial three-month post-operative period requires frequent artificial tear use, but symptoms are typically reduced to baseline at three months. LASIK increases glare and halos.Two recent FDA-sponsored studies on patient reported outcomes indicate that glare and halos were dramatically reduced in patients having LASIK/PRK. compared with vision using their eyeglasses. LASIK results have not improved.Original studies, when LASIK was first introduced, had only 32% of patients seeing 20/20 or better.At Aurora LASIK, over 96% of our patients see more clearly with 20/20 or better vision.A LASIK World Literature Review published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology found that more than 95% of the patients worldwide were satisfied with their outcome. I am very excited to offer the most modern technology for LASIK surgery at Aurora LASIK. We continue to be impressed with the outstanding results our patients are experiencing. Over 96% are seeing 20/20 after their surgery. Of those, over 50% are seeing 20/15 or better after surgery.While LASIK has enjoyed tremendous success and improvements over the past 20 years, it’s important to find a surgeon and surgery center that has invested in the latest technology. Discount LASIK centers must cut corners to offer deeply discounted pricing. But do you really want to cut corners when it comes to your eyesight?At Aurora LASIK, we’re priced competitively, but in a way that still ensures you get the best outcome possible — in many cases seeing even better than you would with glasses or contacts. We feel so confident you’ll be happy, we offer our Lifetime Enhancement Policy to deliver clearer vision, and peace of mind.Contact us today to experience the Aurora LASIK difference. Check out our Google reviews. We treat you like family, giving you the best, most customized care available. The talented staff at Aurora LASIK can help answer all your questions to learn if LASIK is right for you. Photo credit: Boston Harbor PhotographyLASIK complications are common.In 1999, studies revealed that 5% of LASIK surgeries experienced complications (elevated dry eye or delayed corneal flap healing).With the advent of blade-free procedures, the complication rate has dropped to less than 1%.
RNZI reports New Zealand are co-hosting the tournament with Australia.The final will be played in Brisbane, with three pool matches also being played in Papua New Guinea.Fourteen nations will contest the tournament with New Zealand drawn in pool B where they will play Samoa, Scotland and Tonga.The Kiwis will first match will be in Auckland on October 28th against Samoa.Christchurch and Wellington will host quarterfinals with Auckland hosting the semifinal.The final will be on December 2nd.RLWC2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, said the Organising Committee made a deliberate decision to take the Rugby League World Cup to more fans than any World Cup has done before.”The Tournament Draw demonstrates how far and wide we are taking matches, from established Rugby League communities, to those new and emerging fan bases in all three countries.”The decision to take matches to places like Darwin, Perth, Christchurch and Port Moresby were made with the future of the game in mind,” he said.”They are matches we believe will give profile to the sport in markets that have already shown an appetite for Rugby League.”
A 50-year-old pastor on Thursday appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Principle Magistrate Judy Latchman charged with assaulting and threatening his wife.Accused: Pastor Hansel CalestroHansel Calestro of Citrus Grove, Port Kaituma, North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini) denied that he unlawfully assaulted his wife, Della Calestro on August 13, 2018, while in Port Kaituma, NWD.In addition to the assault charge, the pastor was slapped with a threatening behaviour charge. Police stated that on August 12, 2018, while he was in the vicinity of Citrus Gove, he made used of threatening behaviour towards Calestro.According to the prosecution’s facts, the man and his wife have been married for the past 26 years and have seven children together. However, as the woman was about to move out of the couple’s martial home following a misunderstanding, he made use of threatening language against her.Further, the court heard that the man allegedly pushed the woman to the ground after they left the welfare office the following day.The unrepresented man in his defence told the court “I am so embarrassed, God knows”. He was granted bail in the sum of $30,000 and is expected to return to court on August 22.
Swansea manager Garry Monk has quashed ongoing reports that Jacks striker Wilfried Bony is nearing an exit from the club this summer.Bony has been linked with potential moves to Liverpool and Tottenham during the transfer window, though – having pulled the plug on a deal for QPR’s Loic Remy – the Reds are reportedly leading the race for the striker who netted 27 goals for club and country last season.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins had previously admitted to talkSPORT the club will allow the frontman to leave for the right price, but Monk seems less eager to let his prized asset go this summer.Asked if there was any further news on the continuing rumours over Bony’s future in Wales, the Swansea boss told Saturday Scoreboard: “No, nothing, it’s exactly the same as it was at the start of the summer. Speculation will always be speculation.“The good thing for us is that we’re in control of everything, no player will leave unless we decide it and we think it’s good for the club.“And from Wilfried’s performances throughout our pre-season campaign I think you can see exactly how committed he is to Swansea City.”
Aaron & Aoibhe Foley jumping for JOY in San Francisco after the big win. Well done DonegalIT began with a month-long build-up, continued with a wonderful win for Donegal over Mayo last Sunday – and ended with a World Tour of the county with the Sam Maguire.We were inundated with pictures from you, our readers.Here’s a few more to remember a wonderful week in Donegal. A big ‘thank you’ to the Donegal squad for all their help this week.And a massive ‘thank you’ to you, wherever you are in the world.Eileen Cullen in Downings gets her hands on a Donegal heroPte Alan Syron from Mayo and Sgt Joe Doherty from Donegal in Camp Shamrock in Lebanon.Buncrana girls Amanda Banks and Elaine Amoroso met Rory Gallagher at Croke ParkDONEGAL BOSTON GFC CELEBRATE THE ALL-IRELAND WINTHE MEEHAN BOYS IN NEW YORK SHOW THEIR COLOURSSAM-WHERE OVER THE RAINBOW! LIAM FOY CAPTURED THIS LOVELY IMAGE IN BURTCIAN MCENTEE GETS TO MEET HIS HERO COLM MCFADDENRICHARD CONNEELY CAPTURED THIS IMAGE AT CROKERSMILING HAPPY DONEGAL FANS REMEMBER THE VICTORY SHARON WARD TOOK THIS PIC AS FLARES WERE LIT UP IN GLENTIES TO WELCOME HOME SAMWHEN JIM CAME TO HIS SECOND HOME IN CREESLOUGH MORE OF YOUR PICTURES FROM THE WEEK WHEN SAM CAME HOME TO DONEGAL was last modified: September 28th, 2012 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:MORE OF YOUR PICTURES FROM THE WEEK WHEN SAM CAME HOME TO DONEGAL
Hugh O’Donnell Presiding Officer & Maureen O’Sullivan.JUST three people voted on Inishfree today on the double referendum.The islands of Donegal got their vote on Wednesday.And the rest of the county and the State will decide the future of the Seanad and our legal system on Friday. PICTURE SPECIAL: THREE AND EASY ON INISHFREE ON VOTING DAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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 voteisland votesPICTURE SPECIAL: THREE AND EASY ON INISHFREE ON VOTING DAYreferendum
PORTLAND, Ore. – When it comes to athletic shoes, the home court advantage has been with Nike. Rival Adidas has been like a lightweight going into the ring against a well-conditioned heavyweight, trying from Germany to take on the swoosh without budging its bigger competitor in the critical U.S. market. But Adidas-Salomon AG has just added some marketing muscle with the acquisition of Reebok International Ltd., boosting the combined U.S. share of No. 2 Adidas and No. 3 Reebok to 21 percent – enough to be a real contender, analysts say. “This clearly, in our opinion, will lead to a much more serious competitive environment than the industry has been exposed to in probably the last five years,” said John Shanley of Susquehanna Financial Group. Shanley said Adidas Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer targeted Reebok as part of a deliberate strategy to confront Nike, based in suburban Beaverton. Runau, however, said the U.S. market was only one consideration in the overall growth plan for Adidas. “The North American business was only one of the many strategic rationales behind our decision to acquire Reebok,” Runau said. Shanley said Adidas has been surpassing Nike in both Europe and Japan, and its sales have grown in the United Kingdom, its home base in Germany, and in southern Europe, “markets where Nike is either treading water or losing position.” He noted that in Japan in 2005, “for the first time in well over a decade, Nike lost the market share leadership position to Adidas. That’s a heckuva statement, especially because Japan is an extremely important market for Nike.” The combination of Adidas and Reebok gives them about 28 percent of the international market for athletic footwear, nudging them much closer to the 31 percent share of sales Nike has outside the United States, according to figures by Sporting Goods Intelligence. But the situation in the U.S. market is much different. In 2004, Adidas had just 9 percent of the athletic shoe sales in the United States while Nike commanded 36 percent – in the market, that accounts for half of all the athletic shoes sold in the entire world. David Carter, president of the Sports Business Group, said the merger can be viewed in two ways: As a challenge to Nike, or an admission by Adidas and Reebok that they could never overtake Nike alone despite years of trying. Either way, Carter said, Nike is likely to respond with the kind of marketing skills that have made it the largest athletic shoe and clothing manufacturer in the world. “They’ve seen lot of people come and go, and seen the industry shake out many times,” Carter said of Nike. “And every time the industry shakes out, they have emerged smarter and stronger.” Nike spokesman Alan Marks declined to comment, other than to repeat what the company has said in the past. “Our comments have always been that we’re following our own game plan,” Marks said. The Nike “swoosh” logo is instantly recognized around the globe, and its stable of celebrity athlete endorsements from superstars such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have helped the company build an enduring image, Carter said. The Adidas three-stripe logo is familiar but not as closely tied to marquee names, he said. “For a generation of consumers who have known Nike for being nothing less than their brand, it’s their generation’s Coca-Cola, burned into their consciousness, burned into an entire generation,” Carter said. “The same can’t be said for Adidas.” Erich Stamminger, president and CEO of the Adidas brand, has said the German company has no plans to expand its own stable of celebrity athletes, including Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and English soccer star David Beckham. But that strategy could change as Adidas begins to compete for more of the U.S. market, said Ravi Dhar, professor of marketing and co-director of the Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management. “Nike has a tremendous amount of brand awareness and brand strength,” Dhar said. “But Adidas has a very strong history, too. It’s what they call a ‘heritage brand’ – it’s to the history of soccer what Nike is to the history of running.” The acquisition of Reebok could allow Adidas to divide and conquer the two major market segments for athletic shoes and clothing – style and performance, Dhar said. Reebok could focus on the style segment while Adidas could focus more on performance shoes and equipment to expand its market share with a broader offering of products, he said. And that could be a major factor in the competition for the U.S. market, where Reebok had outsold Adidas. “Where Adidas might have trouble getting retail shelf space because they sell less in the United States, now they can ride Reebok’s coattails,” Dhar said. Associated Press Business Writer Mark Jewell in Boston contributed to this story. On the Net: Nike Inc.: nikebiz.com Adidas-Salomon AG: www.adidas-Group.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Shareholders of Canton, Mass.-based Reebok approved the $3.8 billion takeover by a 98 percent margin Wednesday, a day after Adidas won European Union regulatory approval. No antitrust objections were raised by U.S. regulators. Reebok said Wednesday that the companies now expect to close the deal by Jan. 31, a quick conclusion they hope will end the uncertainty that had hurt sales and orders to retailers. Reebok acknowledged three months ago that uncertainty about integration plans had hurt sales, which declined to $912 million in the third quarter of 2005, from $1 billion in the previous year’s quarter. Adidas spokesman Jan Runau at company headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, said the Reebok headquarters would remain in Massachusetts while Adidas will maintain its separate U.S. headquarters in Portland. Adidas plans to keep the brand identities separate as well, and focus on expanding Reebok sales in Europe and Asia “where Reebok is relatively small and Adidas is very strong,” Runau said. He also said the combination should save Adidas about $25 million a year in production and supply chain costs within three years.
The new Shannon lifeboat begins to take shape.Members of Lough Swilly RNLI recently made a very special trip to check on the progress of the station’s new state of the art Shannon class lifeboat.The group visited Lymington in England, where the finishing touches are being put to their new €2.4 million lifeboat in time for its arrival into Inishowen next year.Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter, Coxswain Mark Barnett and Mechanic Gregory McDaid were invited by the RNLI to see their new Shannon under construction and they were a full guided tour by the RNLI Fleet Staff Coxswain Martin Phillips. Greg McDaid checks on the progress of the new lifeboat which comes to Donegal shores next April.The new all weather lifeboat was at the ‘topping out’ stage, where the superstructure was about to be joined with the hull and the lifeboat would then take on the shape that the public recognise today. All systems in the hull were fitted out and the lifeboat had just received its first distinctive coat of the orange paint that is present on all lifeboats.Commenting on the visit Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter said it was incredible to see our lifeboat taking shape in the boatyard.“It was completely exposed and you could see up close the minute detail that goes into every single part of the lifeboat. In just a few short months that lifeboat will be steaming in to Lough Swilly in the Inishowen peninsula to take up residence here and give support and assistance to many people over its lifetime.”Lough Swilly RNLI Coxswain Mark Barnett added this is a very special occasion in the life of the station. “I am delighted with how our new lifeboat is coming along. We were shown around the boatyard and saw the Shannon class lifeboats that were being built for other stations in the RNLI. However ours will be the first to go on service in Ireland and for that reason it is extra special. It felt amazing to be standing in a bare wheelhouse of our new lifeboat, which would soon be fitted out with the equipment and seats that will give our volunteer lifeboat crew the tools they need to carry out their roles in all weathers off our coastline.Adding his voice to the praise for the new lifeboat Lough Swilly RNLI Mechanic Gregory McDaid said he has a different view point from the other crew.“My role is to make sure that the lifeboat can safely bring the lifeboat crew out in all weathers at any hour, handle anything that is thrown at it and of course bring everyone home safely. With this in mind I was very keen to see the engines on the other Shannons that were in their final stages of construction. This lifeboat is the first modern generation all weather lifeboat to run on waterjets rather than propellers. This allows the vessel to operate in shallow waters and to be intentionally beached. The two 650hp engines help the lifeboat achieve 25 knots and each one has its own 1,370 litre fuel tank. That engine room will be my new home soon.’Excitement has been mounting locally since the RNLI announced in September that the Lough Swilly lifeboat station in Buncrana was to be the first in Ireland to receive the new Shannon class lifeboat.The lifeboat is the first class of lifeboat to be named after an Irish river, recognition by the charity of the role of Irish lifeboat crews and volunteers throughout the 190 year history of the RNLI. The new lifeboat is on course to arrive into Buncrana next April with a vigorous training schedule for the lifeboat crew to commence in January.LOUGH SWILLY RNLI TEAM CHECK PROGRESS OF NEW SHANNON LIFEBOAT was last modified: November 24th, 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:RNLI. DonegalShannon lifeboat
Liverpool are still unbeaten in the Premier League (Photo by Agency)Premier LeagueWolves vs LiverpoolMolineux Stadium, West MidlandsFriday, 21-12-2018 @11pmReferee: Craig PawsonLiverpool will be hoping they can temporary move four points clear at the top of the Premier League summit when they take on Wolves at the Molineux on Friday night.The Kops have been in scintillating form since the league start and they are still the only unbeaten side in the division. With Man City playing Crystal palace on Saturday, a win for the Reds will see them move onto 45 points, three ahead of the Citizens.However, they come up against a side that has already taken points off Man City, Man United, Arsenal and also defeated Chelsea 2-1.Team News:Wolves winger Diogo Jota is ruled out because of the hamstring problem that forced him off against Bournemouth. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has no other new injury concerns.Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is again set to miss out with a sprained ankle, but he should return over the festive period. James Milner, who sat out Sunday’s victory versus Manchester United because of a minor muscle problem, is expected to be available.What the Managers are saying:Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.“It makes you proud that when you have a bad moment and you get out of it, the way we did it, credit to the players – we solved it.“It doesn’t mean it can’t happen again, but we are ready.“They [Liverpool] are top of the league, it says we’re going to face one of the best teams in Europe. We look forward to it.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Wolves.“What they did last year in the Championship, I am not sure that happened too often.“Very often you go up with this kind of old-school British football – it’s a tough league and it makes sense to do it – [but] the only two teams [in] the last few years that did it differently were Huddersfield and now Wolves, so that’s unbelievable.“Then they brought in players again and needed a bit of time so that everything fits. Now they are really strong again, they won the last three; we have to go there and be at our best again.”Match Facts:Wolves have beaten Liverpool in two of the last five meetings, with both of those wins coming at Anfield – including in the FA Cup fourth round last year. However, their last win against the Reds at Molineux was on 29 August 1981. Liverpool, then reigning European champions, gave debuts to Mark Lawrenson and Bruce Grobbelaar in that game, which they lost 1-0. Wolves are winless in four Premier League home meetings, with their only goal a 90th-minute equaliser from Kenny Miller in a 1-1 draw on 21 January 2004. Liverpool’s haul of 45 points from their opening 17 league games is their best at this stage of a top-flight campaign. The Reds have won their last five games in league and cup. They have earned seven successive league victories against newly-promoted sides, scoring a total of 23 goals and conceding just twice. The team top of the table on Christmas Day has gone on to win the title in 14 of the 26 previous Premier League seasons, and in eight of the last nine campaigns (the exception being Liverpool in 2013-14). Wolves will be the 27th different side Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has faced in the Premier League – he has beaten all previous 26 opponents at least once.Comments Tags: premier league
29 October 2004The development of industry-specific black economic empowerment (BEE) charters in South Africa is an on-going process. However, charters have alread been developed for several sectors key sectors, including mining, the petroleum and martime sectors, tourism and financial services. Mining charter Petroleum and liquid fuels industry charter Maritime charter Tourism charter Financial services charter An empowerment framework for the country’s agricultural industry has also been launched, charters on BEE in the transport, construction and wine industries – as well as the tourism BEE scorecard – are due for completion by the end of 2004, and work has started on charters for the health and cosmetics sectors.Each charter is tailored to suit a particular industry, the charters generally stipulate a target of 25% black ownership over the next 10 years.“When we achieve that goal by 2014, we will have substantial levels of empowerment in the economy of about 25 to 30 percent”, Department of Trade and Industry director-general Lionel October said recently. “That is the critical mass one needs to create a non-racial and de-racialised economy which can grow on a sustainable basis.”Mining charterThe vision behind the country’s mining charter is to achieve a globally competitive mining industry that can benefit all South Africans. It is an important development in a sector historically dominated by white capital and profiting off the cheap labour provided by a disempowered black majority.The stated goal of the charter is to “create an industry that will proudly reflect the promise of a non-racial South Africa”. One of its key objectives is to achieve 26% ownership of mining companies by previously disadvantaged people within the next 10 years.The charter provides a framework to help mining companies comply with the Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act, which obliges mining companies to promote black economic empowerment when applying for new mineral rights or converting current rights.A key component of the charter is the mining scorecard, which provides a framework for measuring the BEE process in the sector.The scorecard has three core elements: direct empowerment through ownership and control of enterprises and assets; human resource development and employment equity; and indirect empowerment through preferential procurement and enterprise development. Mining sector charterMining scorecardOverview of main pointsMineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act Financial sector charterThe financial charter has been developed by the sector as a whole, representing banks, insurers, black business, fund managers and brokerage firms.The charter is a voluntary commitment agreed on unanimously by 10 industry associations. Signatories to the charter believe it will be a key driver of sustainable growth, redressing social and economic inequities in the country and broadening the skills and asset base of the whole economy.The charter provides for significant increases in black ownership, management and skills development over the next 10 years. It emphasises the need for procuring services from black businesses in the sector and fostering new and developing BEE firms through joint ventures, skills transferral and infrastructural support.The charter constitutes a policy framework for the future development of the industry, and is expected to underpin sound business practices and maintain the strength and stability of the financial sector as a whole.In September 2004, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced the establishment of a 21-member council to review and monitor the implementation of the goals set out in the charter. Financial sector charterFinancial sector scorecardCouncil to monitor finance charter ICT CharterA working group formed by companies in SA’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector has released its final draft of an empowerment charter for the industry – and says the charter will come into force in late 2005.The charter takes into account extensive input from the country’s ICT community, and includes the much-anticipated targets for BEE in the sector. ICT industry finalises BEE charter Agriculture BEE frameworkAgriculture Minister Thoko Didiza launched an empowerment framework for South Africa’s agricultural industry in July 2004.The AgriBEE framework document addresses issues unique to agriculture, including land reform, seeking to deracialise land ownership and control in SA and to develop initiatives to help black South Africans to own, establish, or participate in agricultural enterprises.The framework proposes various targets, including 30% black ownership of agricultural land by 2014, as well as making a further 20% of agricultural land available to black people through leaseholds.“We also propose that an amount of land be made available for use by farm workers in order to address issues of poverty alleviation as well as creating opportunities for small, medium and micro enterprise development within this sector”, the minister said.A steering committee will be set up to consult and share information about the framework, and to present a final report to the government by November 2004. AgriBEE framework for agriculture Transport, construction, wine, tourism, health, cosmeticsThe Department of Trade and Industry says that charters on black economic empowerment in South Africa’s transport, construction, and wine industries are due for completion by the end of 2004, while work has started on charters for other industries, including the health and cosmetics sectors.“We hope to have one overall charter for the health industry, which encompasses the pharmaceutical sector, care providers and retail”, DTI director-general Lionel October said, adding that BEE in the health sector would seek to ensure expanded access to quality health care for both the public and private sectors.In May, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said his department would finalise its BEE scorecard for SA’s tourism industry by the end of 2004. Charter to improve healthcareCharter for construction industryBEE plan for cosmetics sector SouthAfrica.info reporter