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first_imgJim McGuinness with Paul and his mum Anne-Marie.Big-hearted Jim McGuinness and his team have backed a little boy’s campaign to walk for the first time.The Donegal GAA stars took time out of their busy schedule to meet with young Paul Doherty from Killygordon and to back his campaign ‘Mammy I Want To Walk.’The five year old’s mum Anne Marie is trying to raise €60,000 so her son can have an operation in America next March which could help him take his first steps. The Donegal manager and his team met with Paul and his mum at MacCumhaill Park yesterday and backed their campaign.Anne Marie said later “The lads were so nice and we really appreciate them taking the time out to help Paul. They are facing such a huge game and are so busy getting ready for it but they still took the time out to help Paul and the campaign.”Anne-Marie and her crew of collectors traveled to the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park and managed to collect almost €7,000 for Paul’s operation in one afternoon.The ‘Mammy I Want To Walk’ campaign will also be traveling to Croke Park for the final where they are hoping to add to their cash fund for the operation. And with the Donegal team’s backing, Paul’s dream of taking his first steps are getting even closer.Some of the Donegal team backing Pau and Anne-Marie’s campaign. JIM AND THE TEAM BACK PAUL’S DREAM OF WALKING FOR FIRST TIME! was last modified: September 7th, 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:Anne Marie DohertydonegalGAAJim McGuinnessMummy I Want To Walk campaignpaul dohertylast_img read more

Higher interest rates and agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last month, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen announced a rare hike in interest rates. This was only the second move higher for interest rates since the Great Recession of 2009 and there will likely be more on the way later this year.Interest rates are mostly discussed when it comes to credit cards, mortgages and car loans, but the bump in the interest rates will heavily impact agriculture as well.“It all depends on how farmers are financed,” said Matt Monteiro, Senior Vice President and Treasurer with Farm Credit Mid-America. “A lot of people in agriculture are going to have farm mortgages and over 50% of the time those loans are at a fixed rate so many existing loans will not be impacted, but if a farmer is in the market for additional land the rates will be a notch higher than they were but still low.”When it comes to operating loans for inputs or feed, for example, those loans will be at a higher rate that they were at last year. Many suppliers in the recent past were offering 0% financing and that offer may be a little harder to find in 2017. It’s never a good thing when incremental costs are getting added in to a farming operation’s budget, but rates have been very manageable for a long period of time.“Since the election, the 10-year Treasury has gone up by about a half of a percent,” Monteiro said. “A half of a percent on each $100,000 is about $500 of annual interest expense so markets are still at or near their all-time lows.”If a farmer is looking to borrow money this year it is important to have a clean balance sheet.“My advice would be to pay down some operating loans, if possible, to create some excess capacity for borrowing,” Monteiro said. “It’s also important to have a good game plan and understanding of their operation to be able to show their breakeven point to their lender and show that they have a good handle on their finances.”last_img read more

A Conversation on Professional Burnout: A “Show Up Inspired” Podcast Episode

first_imgThe MFLN Military Caregiving concentration area provides professional development opportunities for helping professionals who work with family caregivers of wounded service members and their families. A highlight of the programming that Military Caregiving provides is their Show Up Inspired podcast series, which showcases the work of those who excel in challenging professional fields and what keeps them engaged and thriving. Their latest episode is entitled “How Are You Really Doing? Strategies for Assessing & Reducing Professional Burnout” and features our very own Dr. Kacy Mixon, Project Director of the Family Development team.Highlights of this podcast episode include:Ways to assess and maintain our own physical and emotional wellness as service professionals, especially for those working in high stress environments.Knowing the signs and symptoms of burnout in your professional life and what to do about it.The research and best practices involved in maintaining wellness.The three core dimensions of burnout to look out for: exhaustion, depersonalization, and a reduced sense of accomplishment.Burnout prevention strategies that can be utilized across multiple disciplines.Highlighting areas of wellness that are important to ensure we are doing effective work and being at our best for our clients.The stories and lived experiences of trauma that clients share will affect you as a clinician, but there are ways to insure self-care for yourself and to provide great care for your clients.Induction, burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma are things to look out forTo be aware of the societal stigmas that say that therapists need to be strong and shouldn’t seek out therapy or help for themselves, when seeking therapy for yourself as a helping professional can be very beneficial for not just yourself, but your clients.Also, working on yourself to prevent issues of burnout that may negatively impact your work.Kacy also discusses The Five Factor Well: an inventory for wellness.The importance of wellness, nutrition, and sleep as well as wellness activities that can help you to manage stress effectively.For more on burnout, click here for the direct link for this podcast episode, which includes CE Credit information and additional resources.  And be sure to check out  Military Caregiving and more episodes in the Show Up Inspired podcast series by clicking here.last_img read more