7 Oct 2000: A view of the Florida Gators football helmet taken on the field during the game against the LSU Tigers at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainsville, Florida. The Gators defeated the Tigers 11-9.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran /AllsportFormer Florida and NFL linebacker Neiron Ball reportedly finds himself in a fight for his life tonight. The 26-year-old is in a coma and not responding to stimuli, according to a Facebook post.The Butts County Schools Facebook page shared the information on Bell Monday night, asking for prayers. Ball attended high school in Jackson, Ga.It is unclear as of now what is causing Ball’s condition.The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to see what can be done to help him heal and wake up. This young man has already been through so much in his life, and we know the family would appreciate your love and kindness.Praying for Neiron!The Myricks and Ball family are asking for prayers to be lifted for JHS alumnus Neiron Ball. He is currently in a coma and is not responding to stimuli as desired, and the family will be with him this week to… https://t.co/sbq9Tn3H0F— Butts County Schools (@ButtsCoSchools) September 24, 2018Ball graduated from Florida in 2015 and was drafted by the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.He played in six games as a rookie, making two starts. In his only NFL action, Ball recorded nine tackles and a sack.Our thoughts and prayers are with Ball and his family. Let’s hope he is able to recover from whatever is ailing him.
The province is helping municipalities trim trees with energy-efficient lighting this holiday season. Conserve Nova Scotia is partnering with municipalities provincewide to help offset the cost to purchase light emitting diode (LED) holiday lights for trees and public displays. “The demand for electricity tends to peak during the holiday season, but there are things we can do to reduce the amount of energy we use,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia. “By switching to energy-efficient LED holiday lights, Nova Scotians are doing their part to reduce the demand for electricity, while reducing harmful greenhouse-gas emissions.” A string of LED holiday lights lasts at least 10 times longer and uses 95 per cent less energy than traditional holiday lights. Holiday LEDs also save money. LEDs use about eight cents of electricity for every 200 hours of operation with a 70 light string, whereas the same number of incandescent bulbs cost about $7.70 to operate. Since there is no filament to burn out, LEDs can last up to 200,000 hours. LEDs do not produce heat, so there is less of a fire hazard compared with traditional incandescent holiday lights. Under the cost sharing agreement, Conserve Nova Scotia is investing $20,000 to pay half the costs of the energy-efficient lighting. Participating municipalities pay the other half. All municipalities were invited to take part in the LED holiday light program through the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. To date, 24 of Nova Scotia’s 55 municipalities have participated.