first_imgLong Jump8. Tyler Zak, 20-6.25 Weight Throw7. Michael Dolan, 49-5 Complete Results (PDF) Mile15. Kyle Cass, 4:34.7618. Kyle Brandt, 4:36.21 4×400-Meter Relay3. Ahmed-Green, Rettig, Crawford, Okoye, 3:57.836. Giuliano, Kearney, Nicholson, Garcia, 4:11.02 Triple Jump1. Taryn Rolle, 40-8.25 Pole Vault2. Christina LeMunyon, 10-6.25 The men were led by a pair of top-10 finishes from All-MVC competitor Bas Van Leersum (Zandaam, The Netherlands). Primarily a 400-meter hurdles specialist, Van Leersum was third in the 400 meters in 49.28 and sixth in the 200 meters in 22.44.”Bas showed his range by dropping down and running the 200,” Bennett said. “With a PR in this event and finishing 3rd in the 400, he continues to prove to be a challenge for anyone on the track.” 60-Meter Hurdles (Final)3. Hudson Priebe, 8.306. Dominic Lombardi, 8.44 Complete Results (HTML) Competing against programs such as Missouri, Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, SIU Edwardsville and a bevy of other Midwestern teams, the Bulldogs also recorded 31 top-10 finishes with some of the team’s top competitors taking the week off from competition.”Today’s meet was a great marker to see how we as a team would fair with a short training week,” said co-interim head coach LaRon Bennett. “We were excited to see how we would fare against SEC and some of the top junior college programs in the nation. We train with the mindset that we can compete against anybody in the country, and I think tonight Drake answered that challenge.” In the jumps, Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) continued to perform well by winning the women’s triple jump with a mark of 40-8.25 that was just 1.25 inches off of her personal best, which ranks second all-time in the Drake record books. She was also eighth in the long jump. Drake Individual Men’s Results60 Meters (Prelims)17. Caulin Graves, 7.1022. Deonne Witherspoon, 7.13 800 Meters3. George Webb, 1:57.257. Cory Erickson, 1:59.729. Xavier Lechleitner, 2:00.06 Nine members of the Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams set 10 personal bests on Friday evening at the Missouri Invitational while others nearly recorded career performances in what was for many, just their second competition of the indoor season. On the track for the women, Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) was third in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.09. Prior to that, she ran the second-fastest time in the preliminary heats with a personal best time of 8.97.”Tori [Coombe] has been looking good all week at practice and with Mary [Young] being off this week, she had a chance to lead our hurdlers and she did just that with a personal best in the prelims,” Bennett added. “She executed everything right and the time showed that.” Kayla Giuliano (Lake In The Hills, Ill.) also recorded an indoor personal best in the 800 meters with a second-place time of 2:19.18 to lead three Bulldogs in the top 10 as she was followed by Danielle Griesbaum (Lake Villa, Ill.) and Meghan Kearney (Kansas City, Mo.) in third and ninth places, respectively.”Meghan [Kearney] gets the spotlight of the meet tonight,” Bennett said. “She got tripped up and fell half way through her 800-meter race. I think everybody watching would have been ok with her not finishing, but she got up and sprinted the rest of the race. That’s demonstrating the Bulldog Way and our team’s mindset. I could have not been more proud of her.”In the longer distances, freshmen Mykaela Cole (Urbandale, Iowa) and Morgan Garcia (Marion, Iowa), were fifth and eighth in the mile. 400 Meters3. Bas Van Leersum, 49.2815. Dominic Lombardi, 52.1315. Blair Barrow, 52.1321. Nihad Ejubovic, 54.60 400 Meters5. Rai Ahmed-Green, 58.319. Ebele Okoye, 1:00.8912. Victoria Coombe, 1:01.3913. Kaylen Rettig, 1:01.4720. Bryce Lang, 1:03.35 Long Jump7. Brittani Griesbaum. 17-5.58. Taryn Rolle, 17-5.25center_img High Jump3. Forest Moses, 6-4.75 Pole Vault7. Erik Olson, 13-7 800 Meters2. Kayla Giuliano, 2:19.983. Danielle Griesbaum, 2:23.609. Meghan Kearney, 2:27.6615. Paige Nicholson, 2:28.96 60-Meter Hurdles (Final)3. Victoria Coombe, 9.09 4×400-Meter Relay6. Webb, Cozine, Lechleitner, Bognar, 3:31.909. Ejubovic, Lombardi, Zak, Priebe, 3:32.45 High Jump4. Tamar Mosby, 5-37. Taylor Patton, 5-1 200 Meters6. Bas Van Leersum, 22.448. Caulin Graves, 22.5818. Hudson Priebe, 23.0926. Deonne Witherspoon, 23.4429. Nihad Ejubovic, 23.9031. Tyler Zak, 23.97 Mile5. Mykaela Cole, 5:19.408. Morgan Garcia, 5:25.73 Drake Individual Women’s Results60 Meters9. Mariah Crawford, 7.87 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)3. Hudson Priebe, 8.436. Dominic Lombardi, 8.55  Print Friendly Version 200 Meters11. Mariah Crawford, 26.2514. Ebele Okoye, 26.4719. Kaylen Rettig, 26.85 Meanwhile in the 800 meters, the Bulldogs had three runners in the top 10 with senior George Webb (Morton Grove, Ill.) finishing third in 1:57.25 while junior Cory Erickson (Duluth, Minn.) was seventh with a personal best of 1:59.72. Earlier in the evening, Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) was third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.30, just two one-hundreths of second off his personal best. Dominic Lombardi (Columbus, Ohio) was sixth in the event with a personal best of 8.44.”Overall, we had great performances from both the men and women,” Bennett said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them on how they competed from the first race to the last race. This team is special and I’m excited to see what next week at UNI will bring.”The Bulldogs continue their season next weekend in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to compete in the Jack Jennette and Mark Messersmith Invitationals Jan. 27-28. Story Links 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)2. Victoria Coombe, 8.979. Bryce Lang, 9.82 Christina LeMunyon (Overland Park, Kan.) finished second in the pole vault with an indoor personal best of 10-6.25, the fifth-best indoor mark in school history.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue highlighted the accomplishments made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the past year. USDA has continued enacting President Trump’s goals of regulatory reform, streamlining government, and refocusing USDA to be customer oriented.“In 2018 we have fought for American farmers, ranchers, and producers by delivering new and improved trade deals like USMCA and a re-negotiated KORUS agreement, provided trade assistance to farmers due to illegal trade retaliation, and helped our fellow citizens through devastating natural disasters,” Perdue said. “I am proud to say that every day at USDA we do our best to live by our motto to “Do Right and Feed Everyone.” SNAP ReformUSDA made major strides in reigning in dependence on government assistance by beginning the rule making process to move more able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to self-sufficiency. With today’s strong economy and more jobs available than there are workers, USDA’s proposal helps ensure the 3.8 million individual ABAWDs receiving SNAP benefits get back to work and on the path to self-sufficiency.Hurricane ResponseUSDA has significant roles to play in helping agricultural producers recover from hurricane-related damage and improve agricultural resilience to disasters. USDA provided a broad range of assistance to residents, agricultural producers and impacted communities at large following Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018. This assistance has included providing children affected by Hurricane Florence access to free meals, help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients replace food lost due to power outages and provide disaster food assistance to low-income families affected by storms who would not normally be eligible for the regular program but because of disaster related expenses have need for assistance, assistance to producers suffering damage to working lands and cattle mortality, helped businesses and utilities by considering requests to defer principal and/or interest payments, and provided emergency farm loans to impacted operations. In addition to offering similar assistance following Hurricane Michael, USDA also held workshops in the area where the hurricane made landfall to help connect producers with USDA programs that can help them rebuild their operations. Finally, USDA provided subject matter expertise to the FEMA Emergency Support Functions responding to these and other disasters as part of the whole-of-government effort. WildfiresIn the past year, the USDA Forest Service treated more than 3.5 million acres to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health through timber sales and prescribed fire. The USFS treated an additional 2.5 million acres to improve watershed conditions, ecosystems, infrastructure, and provide clean water for millions of Americans. Additionally, the USFS fought multiple major wildfires in 2018 conjointly with local authorities.Customer ServiceUSDA successfully merged the Agricultural Marketing Service, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, and the Farm Service Agency’s Commodity Operations programs to better meet the needs of farmers, ranchers, producers, and consumers while improving customer service and maximizing efficiencies.USDA stood up a new Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) mission area, which encompass the USDA’s domestic-facing agencies: FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency. The Department also launched the FPAC Business Center in 2018, which will eliminate redundant administrative support functions, including human resources, information technology, finance, procurement, and property management. USDA strives to be the most customer focused and customer-oriented department in the Federal government.USDA also made other efforts to improve customer service across the agencies:Created “Tell Sonny” Online Feedback Tool: Through collaboration with the Centers of Excellence, USDA built an online feedback tool, called “Tell Sonny,” which captures citizen feedback on how USDA is doing.Optimized Infrastructure: USDA achieved $21.5 million in cost savings/avoidance by optimizing its Enterprise Data Centers, and by consolidating and closing a total of 23 data centers as part of the Data Center Optimization Initiative.Strengthened Cybersecurity: USDA decreased the number of critical vulnerabilities per endpoint by 62% and the number of high vulnerabilities by 73%, decreasing USDA’s weaknesses in software or hardware that can be exploited by a hacker.Reduced Fleet Size: After reviewing the motor fleet, USDA reduced its fleet size by over 4200 vehicles, which will potentially avoid an estimated $26 million in costs in fiscal year 2019. TradeThrough the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the United States made major strides towards strengthening its highly productive and integrated trade relationship with its North American neighbors, ensuring preferential access for U.S. agricultural exports and solidifying commitments to fair and science-based trade rules.USDA efforts to break down barriers and pursue export opportunities resulted in new or expanded market access for numerous U.S. farm products in 2018. These included dairy and poultry to Canada under the USMCA, as well as lamb and goat meat to Japan, beef and pork to Argentina, poultry to India and Namibia, lamb to El Salvador, beef and poultry to Morocco, eggs to South Africa and dairy to Turkey.Foreign Agricultural Service staff around the globe assisted U.S. exporters in releasing hundreds of shipments that were detained at foreign ports. This ensured that more than $77 million of perishable U.S. products arrived safely at their final destinations. Among them were beef to Bulgaria, cherries to Taiwan, cranberries to China, lobsters to the United Arab Emirates and squid to Peru.Trade Assistance to FarmersIn 2018, USDA provided a range of assistance to farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. To help ensure this assistance reaches those affected, FSA is facilitating the Market Facilitation Program to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers; AMS is managing a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities that will be distributed through nutrition assistance programs and child nutrition programs; and FAS is making available $200 million to develop foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products. Farm BillUSDA provided over 2,000 items of technical assistance to members of Congress during the 2018 Farm Bill legislative process. In order to serve America’s farmers, producers, and ranchers to the best of our ability, USDA worked hand in hand with legislators to give technical assistance for dozens of programs affected by this year’s Farm Bill.Eradication of Pink Bollworm and Other Invasive SpeciesIn October, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced that U.S. cotton is free — after more than 100 years — of the devastating pink bollworm. This pest cost U.S. producers tens of millions of dollars in yearly control costs and yield losses. Thanks to rigorous control and regulatory activities carried out by USDA, state departments of agriculture, the U.S. cotton industry, and growers, pink bollworm was eliminated from all cotton-producing areas in the continental United States. As a result, USDA lifted the domestic quarantine for pink bollworm, relieving restrictions on the domestic and international movement of U.S. cotton. APHIS and its partners also successfully eliminated feral swine from Maryland and New Jersey, and three additional States (Iowa, Maine, and Oregon) saw significant reductions in feral swine populations. Additionally, in FY18, APHIS declared two Ohio communities free of Asian longhorned beetle, in Monroe Township after a seven-year eradication effort and in Stonelick Township after a six-year effort. National School Lunch ProgramTo make school meals more appealing to children, reduce food waste, and ease operational burdens, USDA published a final rule allowing for more flexibilities in the food served through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. This action is part of USDA’s Regulatory Reform Agenda, developed in response to President Trump’s Executive Order to eliminate unnecessary regulatory burdens.VeteransSecretary Perdue launched a USDA initiative to provide comprehensive and timely support to veterans interested in opportunities in agriculture, agribusiness, and in rural America. USDA wants to ensure veterans looking to return home, or start a new career on a farm or in a rural community have the tools and opportunities they need to succeed. The resources include a veterans website and a USDA-wide AgLearn curriculum to allow all employees to understand the unique opportunities offered to our nation’s veterans.USDA Agency AccomplishmentsUSDA is made up of 29 agencies and offices with nearly 100,000 employees who serve the American people at more than 4,500 locations across the country. While each mission area’s accomplishments may be found by using the links below, notable accomplishments are as follows:Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) collaborated across USDA agencies to develop and implement a program to purchase targeted commodities to assist farmers and ranchers affected by unfair trade tariffs.Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the Cotton Chemistry and Utilization Research Unit in New Orleans, Louisiana, developed TACgauze™ – a domestically-produced, nonwoven, cotton gauze made of greige (raw, unbleached) cotton. In comparison to standard crinkle-type gauzes made of processed cotton, TACgauze was found to be 33% lighter and 63% more absorbent in trials. It also promoted clotting more quickly. Commercialized in November, military services organizations are evaluating TACgauze for use by our warfighters on the battlefield and civilian organizations are exploring its widespread use in treating wounds.Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) played a vital role to ensure the free flow of agricultural trade by keeping U.S. agricultural industries free from pests and diseases. An example of this critical work is APHIS’ recent efforts to prevent African Swine Fever from entering the United States through a series of interlocking safeguards that includes working with producers, states and industry to ensure they are following biosecurity recommendations, restricting pork and pork imports from affected countries, and working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to train inspection dogs and increase screening vigilance for passengers and products arriving from affected countries.Economic Research Service (ERS) conducted a study on how agricultural production has shifted to much larger farming operations over the last three decades, even as the number of very small farms grows. Based on detailed farm-level data, Three Decades of Consolidation in U.S. Agriculture measured trends in consolidation and tracked developments in farm-level specialization as well as the organization of farming businesses.Farm Service Agency (FSA) added seed cotton as a covered commodity under the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2018 crop year, which provides cotton producers access to USDA risk management tools that provide other covered commodities much-needed protection from low markets.Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspected more than 160 million head of livestock and 9.47 billion poultry carcasses. FSIS Inspectors also conducted 6.9 million food safety and food defense procedures across 6,500 regulated establishments to ensure meat, poultry and processed egg products were safe and wholesome.Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provided almost 13 million pounds of USDA Foods, valued at $18.6 million, and $5.6 million worth of infant formula and baby food, to ensure those whose lives were disrupted by disaster have the food they need as they got back on their feet.Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) facilitated $2 billion in exports of U.S. agricultural commodities to Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia through the GSM-102 Export Credit Guarantee Program. FAS rolled out the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program, which helps to mitigate the effects of other countries’ trade barriers by helping U.S. agricultural exporters develop new markets. A total of 71 organizations have applied for the program, submitting requests totaling more than $600 million, for funding that will be allocated in early 2019.Forest Service (USFS) made improvements in environmental analysis and decision-making to cut costs by $30 million, and reduced analysis time by 10%. The USFS worked with sister agencies to update policies and processes for more efficient application and implementation of mineral extraction and energy production projects. The agency also reformed wildland fire systems to prioritize risk-based resource allocation and lower costs while protecting lives, property, and resources.National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) launched a new, improved online survey questionnaire for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The new system is now in use for nearly 50% of NASS surveys with the remainder coming online as they are conducted. The user-friendly questionnaire is accessible on any device, calculates totals automatically, and skips questions that do not apply. In addition to being more convenient for respondents, it streamlines data collection and analysis for USDA.National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) delivered grants to the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and Purdue Extension to host a quarterly webinar series, Combating Opioids, to make a difference in addressing opioid misuse and abuse, especially in rural communities. There have been over 575 participants from across the country on 5 webinars and over 1,000 views to archived presentations and materials housed on the project’s websiteNatural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provided technical assistance to more than 900,000 land managers, and comprehensive planning assistance to over 100,000 producers in 2018. This work resulted in conservation plans for nearly 28 million acres. NRCS actions in 2018 also resulted in 33.3 million acres being treated with conservation practices to improve water quality, with estimated reductions of nutrient loss of 47,732 tons of nitrogen and 7,821 tons of phosphorus on cropland.Office of the Chief Economist(OCE) (PDF, 130 KB) in October, USDA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a joint agency formal agreement (PDF, 578 KB) launching the Winning on Reducing Food Waste This new agreement will improve coordination across federal agencies to better educate Americans on the impacts and importance of reducing food loss and waste.Risk Management Agency (RMA) provided more than $61 million in coverage following Hurricanes Florence and Michael. RMA paid more than $1.99 billion in claims for causes of loss related to drought for the 2018 reinsurance year. Claims for 2018 coverage totaled more than $3.29 billion.Rural Development (RD) invested in new and improved high-speed e-Connectivity for more than 45,000 rural homes and businesses, modernized rural electric infrastructure for more than 7 million customers, invested in new and improved water and wastewater infrastructure for nearly 3 million rural customers, and invested in new and improved community infrastructure including streets, transportation, aviation, ports, and water and storm water resources for 1.2 million rural Americans.last_img read more

first_imgdana oshiro The creators of Firefox had the sense to realize that their uphill battle against Microsoft’s IE was not going to be fought between equal armies. Internet Explorer was already pre-installed on almost every PC, and the Redmond company had ten times the resources to spend on development and research than their open-source competitor. Spread Firefox began as an effort to harness the collective voices of the programmers, marketers and enthusiasts contributing to the Mozilla project. Rather than positioning themselves as a corporate competitor, Firefox likened itself to a political cause. Externally, the group referred to itself as a “movement”, and internally, the very infrastructure of the community site was powered by CivicSpace (formerly DeanSpace). The site is a modified version of the Drupal content management system created for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Spread Firefox became a rallying hub for open-source advocates and Microsoft dissenters. Since the very beginning, Firefox was humanized as the eager young candidate with a can-do attitude, while Microsoft’s IE was portrayed as being bloated, corrupt and resting on his laurels. In this world, the initial political platforms had nothing to do with health care or fiscal responsibility, but rather the impending threats of spyware and Trojan horses. Instead of putting signs on their lawns, volunteers put “Get Firefox” buttons on their personal websites. Instead of holding bake sales, they held hack-a-thons to build new extensions. It’s not unreasonable to compare the browser’s fans to Howard Dean’s leaflet-touting Deaniacs. While most enthusiasts opt to don t-shirts or work on web development, there are certainly zealots. One group of hardcore Oregon State University fans went so far as to create a 220 ft. Firefox crop circle.Both Dean’s campaign strategies and Spread Firefox are testament to small contributions and the power of the internet. The race to 1 billion downloads is a huge step in the browser territory struggle; however, as with Dean’s campaign, it’s still a long way from single-handedly toppling the status quo. Nevertheless, the Firefox campaign may be aided by Microsoft’s antitrust case and the company’s recent proposal to include rival web browsers in the Windows OS throughout Europe.Mozilla’s bid to become commander in chief, at least in Europe, may actually be achieved in the foreseeable future. It will be interesting to see if Opera, Safari and Chrome will step in to split the vote. For more information on Firefox, visit the Spread Firefox site, or to download the browser, visit the product page. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… According to the Mozilla Team and the Firefox Twitter account, the spunky orange browser will reach 1 billion downloads at approximately 3:45 a.m. PT tomorrow morning. Because Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is currently shipped on most Windows machines, IE still maintains its lead as supreme ruler in web browser land. But the very fact that Firefox requires users to recognize the existence of an alternative browser and actively install it, means that 1 billion downloads and 31% market share is a monumental feat. Born out of frustration with the Netscape/America Online browser, Mozilla Firefox was a resource-light alternative created by developers Blake Ross and Dave Hyatt. While America Online continued to tack bells and whistles onto the duo’s Netscape browser project, they spent their free time producing a more straightforward and speedy experience in Firefox. And they were right to do so. Within a month of its November 2004 launch, Firefox would reach 10 million people, and in less than a year, it would reach 100 million. Today, the leap from 100 million to 1 billion downloads can be directly attributed to Spread Firefox – a grassroots community devoted to the browser. Tags: #Browsers#Microsoft#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgFrom Anish Kapoor who has designed the largest public sculpture for the 2012 Olympic site to Sam Arora, a candidate for the Maryland Senate elections and Simran Preet Singh Lamba who has been allowed to wear the turban by the US Army, Punjabis are yet again making waves all over,From Anish Kapoor who has designed the largest public sculpture for the 2012 Olympic site to Sam Arora, a candidate for the Maryland Senate elections and Simran Preet Singh Lamba who has been allowed to wear the turban by the US Army, Punjabis are yet again making waves all over the world across various professions. Also, on the other side of spectrum, there is this Bhangra group, DholRythms which conducts non-stop Bhangra nights in San Fransisco, completing the Punjabi metaphor abroad.Biggie sculptorMumbai-born Anish Kapoor, who has lived and worked in London since the early 1970s, was included in The Sunday Times Rich List 2010 in April. Recently, he was named the winner of a competition to make the largest public sculpture for the 2012 Olympics site. He is best known for his Cloud Gate, a 110-tonne polished stainless-steel sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park.TurbantorIn a milestone ruling by the US Armed Forces, Simran Preet Singh Lamba has been given the goahead to serve in the army while sporting his turban, beard. Lamba follows in Captains Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi and Tejdeep Singh Rattan’s historic footsteps. “Lamba’s religious requirements should not hinder his ability to serve the United States,” says Amandeep S. Sidhu, his lead counsel. Over the past one year, more than 50 members of the US Congress have written to the military requesting that Sikhs be accepted.Bhangra beatsDancing Sardars are not an uncommon sight, and neither are Sardars who dance non-stop. What is unusual is that this is in San Francisco, and the party includes non-Sardars too. The only common factor-an almost overwhelming love for Bhangra. The third Saturday of every month sees Dholrhythms pumping up the music. In attendance are dancers and nondancers, all shaking a leg vigorously to Dholrhythms co-founder Vicki Virk’s instructions.Dholrhythms Dance Company features an eclectic group of women who aim to promote the Bhangra and Giddha dances of Punjab. They’ve grown tremendously popular, with performances in San Francisco.Election maniaAn advocate by profession, Sam Arora is contesting for delegate in Maryland’s 19th District elections.Arora served as an aide to the then Senator Hillary Clinton and worked on three of her campaigns. During the 2008 general election, he volunteered for Barack Obama and travelled to other states to help get out the vote.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Rehabilitation works on the Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary have been completed at a cost of more than $90 million.The project, spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, was undertaken to repair infrastructural damage sustained by the 146 year-old institution during Hurricane Sandy’s passage in October 2012.Refurbishing work  was done  on the female medical, paediatric, and maternity wards; Accident and Emergency unit, doctors’ and nurses’ quarters, and porters’ lodge; kitchen and  laundry room, and the roadway was repaired. These were complemented by the provision of a new ambulance.Funding was provided by a wide cross section of public and private sector stakeholders. Chief among these were: the National Health Fund (NHF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; Japanese Embassy in Jamaica; and the RJR Communications Group. A significant number of community organizations and persons also contributed to the cause.Rehabilitation of the Annotto Bay Hospital is consistent with the government’s 2013/14 strategic focus on human capital development, with emphasis on the enhancement and strengthening of health care at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels.The newly refurbished institution was re-dedicated during a ceremony on Friday (October 11).Guest speaker, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said he was “deeply moved” by the “tremendous outpouring” of support for the hospital, following the disaster. The responses, he added, are indicative that “we can move the health sector forward with a shared vision.”The Minister underscored Annotto Bay Hospital’s importance to the island’s north east region, noting that it provides direct health care for nearly 200,000 persons in St. Mary, and sections of the adjoining parishes of St. Ann, and Portland.Dr. Ferguson informed that in 2010, the institution recorded some 7,118 admissions; 25,125 visits to the Accident and Emergency Unit; and a total of 48,546 patients received medical attention.“Those figures indicate…how essential the services of this hospital are to persons in (that) section of the island. It also brings to bear, how important it was for us to focus on upgrading the facility to better serve its users,” he said.The Minister said “it is no secret” that the Government is not able to provide all the financing necessary to further modernize Jamaica’s health sector. In this regard, he argued, partnerships “are the way to go.”“The private sector, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations are critical stakeholders to move the country towards a path of development. Health care and development are two sides of the same coin; without one the other cannot be achieved. This is the type of inclusive governance that we need in Jamaica to move health care and other important sectors forward,” Dr. Ferguson argued.He thanked all stakeholders who contributed to the rehabilitation effort, and  lauded the  hospital’s staff and patients who “patiently endured the on-going work.”Meanwhile,  Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, noted that the Embassy’s input of approximately $11 million (US$123,000) was facilitated through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project. The contribution was used to assist in refurbishing the female ward.Ambassador Takese pointed out that “human security” is a priority focus for the Japanese government in executing international assistance to developing countries, like Jamaica.“The basic concept of the human security (focus) is to provide protection and empowerment to the vulnerable group of people in the society, with special emphasis on gender issues. It is in line with (this) policy that the Embassy of Japan assisted with the refurbishing of the female ward at the Annotto Bay Hospital. I am very pleased to see the wonderful job (undertaken on the ward), which will cater to the medical needs of women in the communities,” he said.Other speakers included: Custos Rotulorum emeritus for St. Mary, Hon. Alric ‘Bobby’ Pottinger, who represented Hon. Jeffrey McKitty; Port Maria’s Mayor, Councillor Levan Freeman; the hospital’s Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Ray Fraser; North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) Chairman, Leon Gordon; RJR Communications Group Managing Director, Gary Allen; and Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary, where the hospital is located, Dr. Winston Green. Rehabilitation works on the Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary have been completed at a cost of more than $90 million. Refurbishing work was done on the female medical, paediatric, and maternity wards; Accident and Emergency unit among other units The newly refurbished institution was re-dedicated during a ceremony on Friday (October 11). Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgCanada’s main stock index closed lower Tuesday while U.S. markets continued a streak of volatility with a late-day plunge that left all main indexes in the red.The sell-off in U.S. markets came a day after one of the best showings in more than two years to recover some of the heavy losses from last week.Tuesday’s return to a down market is part of a continuation of last week’s slide, as concerns on U.S. trade and policies put pressure on markets, said Sid Mokhtari, executive director of portfolio & technical research at CIBC Capital Markets.“It’s more of a follow through that we had from late last week, when we had the sell-off last Thursday and then more follow-through pressure on Friday.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 82.38 points to 15,216.18, led by declines in key financial and materials sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 344.89 points to 23,857.71. The S&P 500 index was down 45.93 points to 2,612.62 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 211.73 points to 7,008.81.The sell-off came despite easing fears on trade tensions that helped markets rise Monday, including some conciliatory signals from China and U.S. flexibility on steel and aluminum tariff exemptions.The declines look to be part of a wider shift in buyer attitudes in the market, where there’s a greater emphasis on selling and higher volumes on down days, said Mokhtari.“This is almost becoming a market that previously had a buy the dips… and now slowly you’re seeing investors focusing on selling the strength, and that’s becoming something more of a theme.”Mokhtari said the S&P 500 has been testing the 200-day moving average lately, and that if the index drops below that average it could trigger wider sales.“Once that level is breached or violated you’ll probably see a lot of accelerated selling.”The technology sector also weighed on markets Tuesday, with Twitter down 12 per cent and Facebook sliding another five per cent on continued scrutiny of data management practices.The Canadian dollar closed at 77.71 cents US, up 0.11 of a US cent.The May crude contract closed down 30 cents to US$65.25 per barrel and the May natural gas contract ended up six cents to US$2.71 per mmBTU.The April gold contract closed down US$13.00 to US$1,342.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up three cents to US$3.00 a pound.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: An 18-year-old boy bled to death after his neck was entangled in a kite string at Timarpur in North Delhi. The boy was going to the market to get some summer cooler equipment on Monday evening. As he was riding back home on his bike, his neck was cut by a sharp manjha (string). The police were immediately informed. He was soon rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his grievous injuries.The deceased was later identified as Ravi, a resident of Yograj Colony, Gandhi Vihar in Timarpur. When the police reached the spot they found a black colour string with traces of blood on it. The police have seized the string found on the road. The police team is now searching for the accused. “We have registered a case under section 336 of IPC (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (causing death by negligence). Our teams are working on it. The accused is yet to be identified,” said Nupur Prasad, DCP North. Despite ban on Chinese manjha , it is being sold illegaly and the sale increases around Makar Sankranti and Independence day when kite flying becomes a tradition. Around this time, birds become the major victims of the Chinese manjha as the bird hospitals are flooded with cases where the birds are grievously injured by the kite strings. Several human loss of life has also been reported from various parts of the country because of the Chinese manjha. The dangerous part is the majha is glass coated and causes grievous injury if the victim is moving in high speed.last_img read more

Scott McKenna might leave Aberdeen

first_imgFor the club’s manager, there are many offers from the English Premier League that might make it impossible to keep him at home22-year-old defender Scott McKenna is playing well for the Scottish national team and for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.And his great abilities are being known around the world, which might make him leave soon.“I’m hoping we can keep Scott for as long as possible but I am realistic enough to know that somebody of Scott’s ability is always going to be on the radar,” Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes admitted to the Birmingham Mail.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Just about every club in the English Championship and the Premier League have been regular visitors to our games over the last while.”“There will be clubs looking at a lot of my players, particularly Scott, who has become a key fixture in the international team as well as a key player for Aberdeen at his age,” he added.“It is natural there is going to be interesting. We will deal with whatever comes our way and not fret too much in November about what might happen in January.”last_img read more

Encinitas antigrowth housing law receives opposition

first_img Posted: February 8, 2019 Encinitas anti-growth housing law receives opposition Sasha Foo, February 8, 2019 Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsENCINITAS (KUSI)-  At a time when there’s a severe housing shortage all over San Diego County, the City of Encinitas is drawing fire from state housing regulators.Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear is feeling the pressure, after receiving a letter this week from state housing regulators saying her city must change or invalidate an anti-growth housing law.Prop A, approved by voters in 2013 requires a public vote before any project can be built that increases density or height.The law has effectively prevented developers from building apartments or other kinds of multi-family unit housing in the coastal city.Now, the city where homes have a median resale value of $1.4 million is being told it must follow California law to build housing for all income levels and create what’s called a “housing element’ or a master plan for future housing growth. Encinitas is the only city in San Diego County that does not have such a housing plan, in violation of state law.“We’re trying to comply with the state housing laws which say you have to have more housing that’s at higher density and the people have not been willing to support that,” Blakespear said.Although Encinitas has never drawn up a housing plan, state regulators did not take notice until 2017, when a tenant rights group and the Building Industry Association of San Diego decided to take Encinitas to court.As part of the lawsuit, Encinitas must submit a draft housing element to the state.However, state regulators with the Department of Housing and Community Development said they would not certify it, until the City of Encinitas either revised or invalidated its restrictive housing rules.The judge in the lawsuit has issued an April deadline for Encinitas to decide how it can submit a housing plan that complies with state law.Borre Winckel, the President and CEO of the Building Industry Association said local governments cannot decide they are above state law.“Citizens cannot vote their obligations away, the obligations that exist under state law.” Winckel estimated that the county is at least 92,000 units short of the housing that the region needs by 2020. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more