“With school in full swing, midterms over and the holiday season on the horizon, December makes sense as a time for parents to check in with their children to see how things are going,” said Wade Maybie, a registered nurse at the Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Clinic in Saanich B.C.Maybie says it’s best to call ahead to be sure you are within the clinic’s catchment area. That’s true for all clinics in B.C.“Sometimes it’s possible that what the caller really needs is a referral to a different community resource, and once the initial screening meeting occurs, the team looks at the best fit for services,” Maybie said.The following are our local area B.C. Mental Health Intake Offices;Fort St John 5020 Airport Drive, Fort Nelson Fort Nelson Tumbler Ridge For more information on the above-listed clinics; CLICK HEREFor other resources that are not in our area;Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health; CLICK HEREThe Foundry; CLICK HEREFamily Smart; CLICK HEREKelty Mental Health; CLICK HERE Suite 200 9900 100 Ave., Fort St John, VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Children and Family Development funds 100 walk-in intake clinics around the province, where children and youth who may be struggling with mental health challenges can get assessed and connected to supports and services.Not everyone knows there are walk-in intake clinics around the Province. These clinics funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development are set up for children and youth who might be struggling with mental health challenges.These children and youth can be assessed and connected to services and supports for challenges ranging from anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, to family conflict, emotional dysregulation and trauma. Self-harm and problems related to alcohol and drugs are common issues for the children and youth who come into the Child and Youth Mental Health clinics. Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Chetwynd Suite 205 1508 102 Ave., Dawson Creek Dawson Creek Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 4744 52 St., Chetwynd Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tumbler Ridge High School intake with a Clinician
Darjeeling: With the polls having ended, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has taken up the onus of cleaning up all campaigning material from the Hills.”Polls are over. It’s time to clean up the town. The youth organisation of the GJM will be cleaning Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik. Our units will clean up the GTA area constituency-wise. We will remove the posters, banners and other campaign material. We also request other political parties to do the same,” stated Sanjiv Mothay, general secretary, Town Committee, Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMembers of the Yuva Morcha went around town on Monday, removing campaign posters, banners and flexes. The campaign was flagged off from Chowk Bazaar in Darjeeling. Anit Thapa, general secretary, GJM (Binay faction) had made a similar appeal on Sunday. In his appeal, Thapa, who is also the present chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA, stated: “One of the main issues that we fought elections on this time is to make the Hills beautiful, along with reviving the lost glory. In order to once again make Darjeeling the Queen of the Hills, we have to bring about a change in the mindset of the residents. We have to take care of our Hills and make her beautiful. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWe have to unite to make her clean and green. A step in this direction would be to remove all the campaign material as the polls are over. We appeal to other political outfits to do the same.”With tourists thronging the Hills, clean and green is what should be presented, feels the GJM. The Opposition parties have hailed the move as well. “We welcome the move and we are also ready to pitch in,” stated Ajoy Edward, member, steering committee, GNLF.
Marrakesh- Moroccan exports totaled 46.6 billion dirham ($5.7 billion) in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 3.5 percent over the 45 billion dirham total during the same period last year, according to a report published by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Relatively new export sectors made a strong contribution to this increase including the auto industry, which saw shipments rise to 2.97 billion dirham during the first three months of the year, an increase of about 43 percent over the same period in 2013. Statistics also showed that breakthroughs occurred in foreign sales of consumer electronics (21.2 percent), aviation products (5.9 percent) and pharmaceuticals (3.7 percent). However, exports of agricultural products dropped 3.4 percent in the first three months of 2014, according to Reuters, and are likely to fall even lower in the second half of the year. The agricultural sector accounts for 18 percent of Morocco’s GDP.The Minister of Investments, Moulay Hafid El Alamy, recently announced more promotional support for Moroccan exports. One of the key factors for increasing support for Moroccan exports has been identified as the rise in competition in the global marketplace. The automotive and aviation sectors have proved that they can rise to the challenge while the textile industry faces ongoing challenges due to the tough global competition.Edited by Liz Yaslik
Richie Roberts (BSc ’06), Fielding Estate Winery Winemaker, pours a glass of Fielding Estate 2010 Chardonnay for alumniWhether you grew up in Niagara, or spent a few short years here while attending Brock, you doubtless came in contact with the one of the region’s greatest prides — Niagara wine. Nestled right in the middle of a wine country that boasts close to 100 wineries of varying size, Brock University and many graduates are proud supporters of Niagara’s burgeoning wine industry.So what better way to reunite graduates in Toronto and Burlington than through wine-tasting events designed to highlight, celebrate and discern the nuances of Niagara wines?Burlington wine tasting features two grads More than 30 alumni were treated to a tasting flight of six Fielding Estate wines at Appleby College on Nov. 10. Despite the fact that he was right in the middle of his harvest, Richie Roberts (BSc ’06) guided the group through wines — from Pinot Gris to a Meritage to a Vidal Icewine — while explaining the growing practices, the Beamsville Bench terroir (soil types), and challenges of this year’s harvest. With the scientific background, Kevin Kerr (PhD ’10) nicely accompanied Richie’s presentation with commentary on the exceptional 2010 growing season and its impact on the wines, the effect of weather conditions, and some insight into the cult-like following of Pinot Noir (hint: this thin-skinned grape is elusive and hard to cultivate, but in the right conditions can be exceptional).Congratulations to the Burlington Brock Alumni Network Committee for organizing the event at this unique location, highlighting our alumni. The next Burlington Network event will be in the spring at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre — stay tuned in the new year for more info.If you’re interested in being part of the Burlington Alumni Network Committee, the group that organizes these alumni events, please contact Lynne Irion at firstname.lastname@example.orgToronto Gourmet Food and Wine Expo — Vintner’s Barrel TastingOn Nov. 19, Toronto’s Brock alumni had the opportunity to taste wines specially extracted from their barrels for that day. With eight wines from four different wineries (Tawse, Lailey, Thirty Bench, Southbrook), this alumni event allowed graduates to participate in a Tutored Tasting organized through the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. According to Christopher Waters, Certified Wine Instructor at Brock’s CCOVI (Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute), and the moderator of the tasting, he had never seen so many people attend a Niagara wine-centric session. Knowing the room was full of alumni, Waters received an especially loud applause when introducing CCOVI grad Emma Garner (BSc ’04), winemaker at Thirty Bench winery.The focus of this Tutored Tasting was to school the group on the exceptional growing season of 2010 in Niagara. With the perfect amount of dry sunny weather, and the right doses of rain, the 2010 Vintage is being lauded as a vintage to watch.Emma Garner (BSc ’04), Thirty Bench Winemaker, poses for a photo with her 2010 barrel sample of Meritage (a Bordeaux blend) after the Tutored TastingToronto Committee Member, Andrea Hazard (BA ’91) mentioned her favourite part of the event: “Especially of interest for me is that we are in the process of choosing wines for our wedding reception next year and we definitely wanted to include wines from the Niagara region. The tasting was incredibly informative and we definitely have some favourites picked out to serve on the big day!”Some takeaways from the event included a new-found appreciation for Cabernet Franc, an understanding of the process of blending barrels to create blended wines (like Thirty Bench’s Meritage), and a general consensus throughout the attendees to take more ownership in promoting local Niagara wines among our circles of friends.Congratulations to the Toronto Brock Alumni Network Committee on this new style of Brock alumni event format. The next Toronto Alumni event will be in the spring, so stay tuned for details in the new year.If you’re interested in being part of the Toronto Alumni Network Committee, the group that organizes these alumni events, please contact Lynne Irion at email@example.com
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would make Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities.The combination also would bolster Aetna’s presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare coverage for military personnel and their families.Health insurers are eager to do more business with government payers due in part to a Medicaid expansion fostered by the health care overhaul and Medicare Advantage’s surging enrolment. The overhaul is expanding Medicaid coverage in several states as it seeks to provide health coverage for millions of uninsured people.Meanwhile, total enrolment in Medicare Advantage plans has tripled over the past decade to about 16.8 million people and is expected to keep growing as more baby boomers become eligible for the plans. Aetna’s acquisition of Humana would make it the largest provider of Medicare Advantage coverage, with 4.4 million members, a figure that could change depending on regulatory review.“Government markets are the most rapidly growing aspect of the system,” said Dan Mendelson, CEO of the market research firm Avalere Health.Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna announced its deal a day after the Medicaid coverage provider Centene Corp. said it would spend $6.3 billion to buy fellow insurer Health Net. That deal would help Centene expand in the nation’s biggest Medicaid market, California, and give it a Medicare presence in several western states.In addition to these deals, the Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier Anthem went public late last month with an offer of more than $47 billion for another insurer, Cigna.Health insurers see more advantages to these big combinations than a chance to build their government portfolios.Major acquisitions can offer an infusion of new business at time when growth has slowed in the biggest part of their business, employer-sponsored health coverage. Plus more employers are opting to pay their own insurance claims and hire insurers to administer the coverage. That’s a less lucrative line of work for managed care companies.Big deals also allow companies to quickly diversify their products and cover more territory. They also can yield savings when the companies combine back-office functions and cut overlapping jobs.Both Aetna and Anthem also have cited the potential to improve their technology as a major reason behind their deals. Insurers are working to develop more apps and other tools that customers can use to shop for health care, since plans are exposing those customers to bigger medical bills through high deductibles and other insurance expenses.They also are using technology more to help monitor and improve patient care. The overhaul is accelerating a push in the industry to reimburse doctors and hospitals more based on the quality of care they provide instead of just shelling out a certain amount for each procedure performed.“Any time an industry is changing … it requires investments to sort of successfully make that change,” said Shawn Guertin, Aetna’s chief financial officer.The impact these big acquisitions have on consumers can be murky and likely won’t be felt for at least a year, because insurers have already finalized most of their plans for coverage that starts in January. A combination may lead to fewer choices and some price changes for consumers, depending on where they live and who already is in their market.Aetna’s purchase price for Humana includes a combination of $125 in cash and $105.11 in Aetna shares for each Humana share. The total of about $230 per share, which is based on the closing price of Aetna’s stock Thursday, represents a premium of 29 per cent to Humana’s trading price in late May, before The Wall Street Journal reported that it was an acquisition target.The deal’s total value amounts to about $37 billion counting debt.The combined company would be based in Hartford, Conn., led by Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini and cover more than 33 million people. Only UnitedHealth Group Inc. and the Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier Anthem Inc. cover more. A combined Aetna-Humana would be the second-largest insurer by revenue.The deal is expected to close in the second half of next year.Shares of Aetna and Humana closed at $125.51 and $187.50, respectively on Thursday. Markets were closed Friday for the July 4th holiday.The shares of both companies, like several other insurers, have soared to all-time-high prices this year. FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, a sign for Aetna Inc., sits atop a building at the company headquarters in in Hartford, Conn. Health insurer Aetna Inc. has made a deal to buy competitor Humana Inc. in a $37 billion deal the companies say would create the second-largest managed care company, it was announced Friday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2015 4:09 am MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Aetna-Humana deal part of rush to consolidate in industry changing from health care overhaul
“We wanted to be sure that the United Nations would act faster, intervene more effectively and help countries to move energetically from conflict to peace,” Mr. Eliasson said, recalling the original thinking behind the creation of the Peacebuilding Commission in 2005.The Commission aims to help struggling States avoid slipping back into war and chaos by providing strategic advice and harnessing expertise and financing from around the world to aid with recovery projects. The UN Peacebuilding Fund, launched the following year, supports activities, actions, programmes and organizations that seek to build a lasting peace in countries emerging from conflict.Addressing the fourth annual stakeholders’ meeting of the Fund, Mr. Eliasson highlighted the positive result from the first-ever global, independent review of the mechanism. It found that over the last three years, the Fund “has built ‘a much stronger platform’ and developed ‘substantial credibility’ with partners.”He said that the Fund built such credibility “by being persistent, creative and focused,” citing examples of its work in countries on the Peacebuilding Commission’s agenda, including Burundi, the Central African Republic and Sierra Leone.“This is exactly the kind of catalytic, hands-on action the Fund was set up to generate,” the senior official said. He added that the mechanism has strengthened UN collaboration with international financial institutions, including the World Bank; improved cooperation within the UN system; and is helping national partnership create strong and legitimate national institutions.It also contributes to the UN’s Rights Up-Front initiative which places the promotion of respect for human rights at the core of the Organization’s agenda.“I call on supporters of the Fund to renew their commitments, especially in the light of the positive findings of the global review, and I would add, the magnitude of crises that we see emerging around the world,” Mr. Eliasson told the stakeholders meeting, underscoring that the Fund is entering its second Business Plan cycle, covering 2014 to 2016, at an annual target of $100 million. He also thanked the “impressive” donor base of more than 50 Member States “for your belief in the work and future work of the peacebuilding fund and the peacebuilding commission.”The Fund has received over half a billion dollars since 2006, of which more than $490 million has been allocated, Mr. Eliasson said. It has made new commitments to Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea, Somalia and Yemen, among others.Also addressing today’s high-level meeting is Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. “The Peacebuilding Fund has found an important niche and we are getting health funding from our donors year after year. I hope there’s no turning back,” Ms. Cheng-Hopkins said in an in-depth interview with the UN News Centre.“Peacebuilding can’t wait. It’s not like building a bridge,” she noted. “If the opportunity for peacebuilding is there, and people are willing to lay down their arms and they’re ready to talk to the other party, that opportunity may not be there for months.”
Information from the organisers confirms the success of the recent CV Show and ATS at the NEC in late April. A survey of all 672 exhibitors, itself a record number, found some 90 per cent said the three-day event was a commercial success. Next year’s CV Show and ATS at the NEC will be open from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 April inclusive. It is a business-to-business event with a proven track record as one of the biggest and most successful shows of its type in Europe. ‘This is excellent news and confirms our own belief that the show was an outstanding success,’ said Tony Young, exhibition manager. ‘And we’ve already had a record number of exhibitors asking about space at next year’s event. This is not surprising as independent data just released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations shows that we had a record 30,376 visitors this year.’ Well over 80 per cent of exhibitors said their main aims were to create sales leads, build brand awareness, widen networks and identify new opportunities. They went on to say that they were highly successful in hitting these targets. The event is owned by the CV Show Partnership, comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE), a professional sector of the Society of Operations Engineers. Crystal Communications handles stand space sales and marketing for the Partnership.More from: www.cvshow.com and www.atshow.com Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Nearly 90 per cent were happy with the event, with a similar number very pleased with the all-important visitor quality score and footfall around their stands. They also said they preferred a three-day format.
International Mining reader John Baz-Dresch, Shaft Project Superintendent at Pinos altos mine(Agnico-Eagle México) sent in this picture of the almost-complete new hoist installation for his mine. Pinos Altos is located in the Sierra Madre mountain range of Mexico, 220 km west of Chihuahua and lies on a belt of gold and silver deposits. The hoist has been designed to increase the maximum capacity of the underground mine from the current 3,000 t to 4,500 t/d.DavyMarkham supplied the double drum production hoist. The 3.7 m diameter double drum, single clutch production hoist will have a payload capacity of 10 t, a production rate of 363 t/h and will operate to depths of up to 730 m.Pinos Altos is expected to produce 159,000 ounces of gold as well as byproduct silver in 2013, and to average 148,000 ounces of gold per year from 2014 to 2015, with a mine life through 2029.
DRA Pacific and BGC Contracting are forming a joint venture offering an extensive range of services to the Australian mining industry. The new entity, called DRA BGC JV, will be a one-stop-shop delivering a full suite of services, including engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance. The JV has combined access to over 6000 employees globally.DRA Pacific is the Australian branch of the global engineering and project delivery organisation DRA, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. DRA has a proven track-record spanning more than 30 years in the study and delivery of minerals processing and mining projects globally. DRA’s experience includes iron ore, gold, base metals, coal, diamonds, PGMs, mineral sands, rare earths and fertiliser minerals.BGC Contracting is a major contractor in the Australian region, with extensive experience in mining and civil construction projects, and delivering a wide range of services across the mining, oil and gas, and public infrastructure sectors.BGC Contracting offers a diverse range of capabilities, including load and haul, drill and blast, crushing and screening, bulk earthworks, concrete works and steelwork, plant construction and plant maintenance.DRA Pacific CEO, Clive Hart, said: “We are excited by the potential benefits which will be provided by combining the complementary skills and experience of our two companies through this JV. Key benefits for DRA will be the enhancement of our ability to offer EPC and Lump Sum Turnkey (LSTK) contract packages, and other contract models such as Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT), assisted by the strong balance sheet of our two organisations.“The JV is pursuing a number of promising opportunities, which we hope to announce soon.”BGC Contracting CEO, Greg Heylen, said that joint venture with a company with such an impressive track record as DRA Pacific would provide significant growth opportunities. “The collective scale, capacity and skills of the two groups would enable the JV to deliver an expanded range of services to a wider cross section of industries.”
We on the Intelligence Committee want to know the answers to those questions, and we have begun to request information from the attorney general to allow us to get to the bottom of that.With the Russia story spreading, the Justice Department in May appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller, widely respected within both parties, as a special counsel to head a separate Russia probe.- © AFP 2017Read: Trump’s lawyer: The president never asked James Comey to stop investigating anyoneRead: James Comey on Trump: ‘I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting’ 9,452 Views 17 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 11th 2017, 5:05 PM US attorney general Jeff Sessions the next to face grilling over Russian interactions Concerns have been raised about whether Sessions helped otherwise subvert the ongoing Russia-related investigations. Short URL By AFP JEFF SESSIONS, A longtime senator until President Donald Trump picked him as US attorney general, heads to Congress this coming week when he will face a grilling about his Russian interactions.Sessions, among the earliest high-profile backers of Trump’s election campaign, appears before his former colleagues Tuesday, days after explosive testimony by ousted FBI director James Comey, whose removal he recommended.Concerns have been raised about whether Sessions helped otherwise subvert the ongoing Russia-related investigations.“This is going to prompt a lot of questions for him,” the panel’s top Democrat, Senator Patrick Leahy, told AFP of an appearance in which lawmakers will be eager to learn what role Sessions played in Comey’s firing last month.The Senate Appropriations Committee had called in the attorney general to testify about budget issues. But yesterday, after senators made clear they would zero in on Sessions’s connections to Russia, Sessions shifted his plan, opting to address the Senate Intelligence Committee.“In light of reports regarding Mr Comey’s recent testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters”, Sessions said in a letter announcing the change.The intelligence panel “is the most appropriate forum for such matters, as it has been conducting an investigation and has access to relevant, classified information,” he added.With reports circulating that Trump had been clashing with his attorney general, and that Sessions had offered to resign, the White House on Tuesday declined to say whether the president maintained confidence in Sessions.And in a stunning moment of inside-the-Beltway intrigue, Comey dropped a bombshell about why he and other top FBI officials concluded that the attorney general was going to recuse himself from the probe.“We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic,” Comey said.‘Something big’Although Sessions, a genteel 70-year-old from the southern state of Alabama who served 20 years in the Senate, backed Trump’s campaign, he was also one of the first administration officials to fly into turbulence. During his January confirmation hearing he failed to disclose meetings he held with Russian officials.On 1 March, The Washington Post reported that he met twice with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, during the campaign.The following day, Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe, and several top Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, demanded he resign. Sessions refused.He may also be under a cloud of suspicion after Comey, in his devastating testimony, suggested the attorney general may have failed to take appropriate steps to protect the FBI chief.At the conclusion of a 14 February meeting in the White House, Comey testified, Trump urged everyone else but Comey to leave the Oval Office, including Sessions.“My impression was, something big is about to happen,” Comey said, as he recalled the encounter.“My sense was the attorney general knew he shouldn’t be leaving,” Comey added.When the two men were alone, the ex-FBI director said, Trump urged Comey to stop the investigation into fired national security advisor Michael Flynn.In written testimony Comey said he told Sessions it was “inappropriate” for him to leave the FBI director alone with the president, and that Sessions “did not reply”.With Sessions already under fire for failing to disclose the two meetings with Russians, CNN reported last week that investigators were looking into a possible third Sessions meeting with Kislyak, on the sidelines of an 27 April, 2016 campaign event in Washington.Despite his recusal, Sessions in May signed a letter to Trump recommending he remove Comey, the man overseeing the investigation into Russian election meddling and the possible Russia-Trump nexus.Lawmakers and critics have expressed concern about any possible role by Sessions in either sacking Comey, or in subverting the ongoing investigation by the FBI.“There remain a number of questions about his own interactions with the Russians,” Republican Senator Susan Collins told CNN Friday. https://jrnl.ie/3438242 Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 5:05 PM Share Tweet Email1
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek political parties are working for their own interests and not that of the people, claims two KKE members on their Australian visit. Last Sunday, the Greek Democritus League in Thornbury hosted a public talk that accompanied a visit to Australia by two members of the Greek Communist Party (KKE). George Marinos, part of the Political Committee of the KKE spoke passionately to a sizeable crowd about the party’s approach to other parties, such as Xrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn), and gave reasons why the KKE refused to join a left-wing alliance with Syriza before the last round of elections in Greece. He also stressed the importance of Greeks in both Greece and Australia joining together to try to overcome Greece’s current crisis. Marinos was quite decided in his labelling of the European Union as imperialist, stressing the importance of giving both power and money back to the average citizen – of both Greece and Europe itself. And he did not exclude Syriza from these views, claiming that Syriza share the guilt of parties such as PASOK and New Democracy in working in their own interests, rather than that of the Greek population. He also mentioned the strong opposition KKE has to Golden Dawn’s more recent attacks on migrants, comparing these new residents of Greece with Greeks of the diaspora. He was joined by Costas Papadakis, head of KKE foreign relations.
His former West Ham United manager was sacked after a bad run in the English Premier League and the Austrian feels responsible for itSlaven Bilic spent only two years with West Ham United.The coach was sacked last November after defeats piled up for his team.And for Austrian footballer Marko Arnautovic, he and his teammates should have done more to help their manager.“People were hammering me,” Arnautovic told reporters was quoted by Four Four Two.“They said I didn’t track back. I watched the video and I tracked back.”“I was always with my full-back. People expected more because I came here for a lot of money. I needed to do some special things,” he added.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It would be harsh to say he [Bilic] was sacked because of me. Maybe there were a couple of occasions when I let him down.”“I have a lot of respect for Slaven. I love him as a human being and as a coach. I let him down a little bit and I think he thought that as well,” Arnautovic continued.“When he saw me playing as a striker and scoring goals, it wasn’t easy for him.”When your striker sprints 50 yards to make sure the ball goes out of play and stop the opposition from breaking… ? pic.twitter.com/v0JG6Fv3YR— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) September 19, 2018
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 15, 2018 – Providenciales – A decades’ old tradition by the Turks and Caicos Weekly News publication has unveiled another leading lady of the Turks and Caicos Islands as the Person of the Year. Rita Gardiner is gorgeously pictured on the cover of the newspaper, its first print for the New Year and cited for her pioneering performances in both sports development and gender equality initiatives.Mrs. Gardiner, who tells an intriguing story to the newspaper reveals that her love of sports as a little girl in Grand Turk near the dusty clearing of the parade grounds is where the flame of passion was ignited. Gardiner is not only responsible for broadening sports within the islands, but ensuring that women had a place in organised sporting activities.One of the more endearing facts of the news article on the 2017 Person of the Year, is Rita’s openness about her Grandmother and how this beloved woman was a motivator and instilled within her an unparalleled work ethic. The confidence to live her life as intentionally as possible was released in an edict on hard work expressed by her grandmother, and it continues to yield undeniably positive results for this wife, mother and grandmother.In the piece, written by respected journalist, Gemma Handy we delight in a report that shows how the hard work of Rita Gardiner has brought a personally profound legacy, national influence for the country’s athletes and women and an international platform that would claim global notoriety for the Turks and Caicos Islands.Gardiner is humbled by the acknowledgement of the Turks and Caicos Weekly News editorial team which follows her life’s work where in recent years the ‘spunky’ lady earned a coveted spot on the Queen’s Honour List and to the historic feat of becoming the first women, of any country, to be pinned with an achievement medal by the Commonwealth Games, which happened in 2017.From a dusty playground to the world stage, accomplished and acclaimed – Rita Gardiner is yet another embodiment of the potential of the Turks and Caicos Islander and we join the choir of people who heartily say ‘Congratulations’! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: PHOTO FROM THE TC WEEKLY NEWS cover
For 30 years, Alaska maintained a universal vaccine program, where federal funding paid for all the standard shots. But in 2011, the money started drying up, leaving only the most vulnerable populations covered.Listen now:Now, universal access to vaccines may be back, with a law that uses the state as a broker between insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies to get a bulk rate discount. At the bill signing this week, State Sen. Cathy Giessel said the idea is to make sure “all Alaskans, insured and uninsured, had access to vaccines.” On top of increasing access to vaccines, health care providers expect the law to save them time and money.Dr. Susan Beesley is making the rounds through the offices of the Anchorage Pediatric Group. Plenty of nurses stop to say hello, and one mentions giving shots. Beesley has practiced there for five years. But right now, she’s not on the clock.“Today, I’m here as a mom. I’m here for my two-month well-child check with my daughter Robin Beesley.”Her baby will be getting immunized against whooping cough and tetanus, diphtheria and rotavirus.“So, today she’s getting one oral vaccine and three shots,” says Beesley.While getting shots may be a new thing for baby Robin, immunizations are a huge part of what the Anchorage Pediatric Group does. Beesley alone sees about 20 kids every week who get vaccines.When Beesley first moved to Alaska in 2009, the state still had universal vaccine coverage. It didn’t matter if you were a kid, an adult, insured, or uninsured: If you were getting an ordinary vaccination, the federal government was probably footing the bill.“Slowly over the past five years, we’ve lost that. And it’s sort of been a step-wise progression from having universal coverage to then just a couple of shots not covered universally, and then slowly, all of them have been sort of changed over to a two-tier system.”Public funding covers about a third of the shots administered by Anchorage Pediatric Group. The rest are billed to the insurance companies or to the patient.To avoid a billing mess, the group has to make sure the vaccines are stored according to who pays for them, even though the shots are identical. That means keeping the same exact vaccine in separate bins, in refrigeration units divided by Plexiglas. Some clinics have to spend extra money on entirely different refrigerators for different types of patients.And no matter how organized a group is, Beesley says there are occasional mix-ups when it comes to distributing the public supply and the private one.“Sometimes, you give accidentally private stock to a child that you later find out may have had a private insurance, but lost it, and now they’re on Medicaid,” says Beesley. “You can end up eating the cost as the practice for that vaccine.”Those vaccines aren’t cheap. While we’re waiting for baby Robin’s appointment, Beesley grabs practice administrator Brice Alexander to explain just how much money their group spends on them.“The cost of the vaccines some of them are upwards of $200 just for the serum itself,” says Alexander.Alexander adds that the Anchorage Pediatric Group fronts $40,000 a month on vaccines for patients who don’t qualify for the public immunization program, before passing that cost on through patient bills.But starting next January, the group won’t have to do that. The State of Alaska will be implementing a new system where they act as a buyer for vaccines. They’ll assess insurance companies and private practices a fee, and then use that money to buy vaccines for providers at a serious discount. In states with similar programs, access to vaccines has increased, making disease outbreaks less likely. Providers, patients, and insurance companies have saved millions of dollars.The new system also means hospitals and clinics won’t have to segregate their vaccines anymore or bill them differently. Alexander expects that to be a time-saver.“Not having to worry about explaining to patients why they have such a huge bill, it’s much easier to focus on, ‘Yeah, you showed up for the visit. Here’s your bill for the visit, and everything else is covered,” says Alexander.Beesley also welcomes the change.“The bottom line is just that it’s such an important preventive service, and we want to be able to provide exactly the same to all of our patients,” says Beesley.While the new system should make work easier for Beesley and her colleagues, the actual shots themselves aren’t as much fun for Robin. She cries a little, but quickly stops after being patched up with some sparkly Band-Aids and being returned to her parents.After a few more minutes, Robin is ready to go until the next round.
Share A decade after Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston, a plan to build a massive storm barrier system on the Texas Gulf Coast is moving forward.Since Ike, local researchers and officials have pushed for some kind of physical infrastructure to better protect the coast – and the Houston Ship Channel in particular – against hurricanes and storm surge. Now, federal and state agencies have released their preferred path forward.The “tentatively selected plan” calls for a network of physical barriers stretching from the west end of Galveston Island to the eastern end of neighboring Bolivar Peninsula. The project would include improvements to the existing Galveston seawall, along with the construction of new levees and/or “floodwalls” along the rest of the coastal area. The “largest feature” would be a system of surge barrier gates built in the water between Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula that would allow ships to pass through.Details of the plan, one of a handful that have been under consideration, are outlined in a lengthy draft feasibility study and environmental analysis released Friday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office. The plan is expected to cost between $23 and $32 billion.U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Texas General Land OfficeA depiction of the plan for the Galveston area from the feasibility study.“The Coastal Texas Study is about protecting our people, our economy and our national security,” Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said in a statement. “The options selected are proven to be effective in mitigating the deadly effects of storm surge on our state.”In addition to the physical barriers, the plan outlines ways to boost natural storm protections through beach and dune nourishment on South Padre Island and nine ecosystem restoration projects along the coast, stretching from the Houston area to South Texas.Still, some have criticized the agencies involved for relying too heavily on physical infrastructure to better protect the coast.The group Bayou City Waterkeeper has said the Corps’ plan, which the group had expected to focus on physical barriers, would “significantly change the nature of Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula, while continuing to leave many communities unprotected from future storms.”The group is among a number of local environmental organizations who have called for a more nature-based approach that would focus on improving natural storm barriers, like wetlands and barrier islands, and minimize the use of physical infrastructure. They say protecting the coast should also involve stricter building regulations and requirements for industrial facilities to better protect themselves.Scott Jones, with the Galveston Bay Foundation, worries the impacts haven’t been studied closely enough.“You’re talking changes to everything from phytoplankton, all the way up to the bigger top predators,” he says.The Corps says it will be looking at ways to further minimize the environmental impacts of the project.Local researchers have for years debated the best approach to a coastal barrier. Texas A&M’s proposal emphasized a “coastal spine” approach similar to the one that’s now being pursued, while Rice University’s plan called for “multiple lines of defense” further inland from the coast.Proponents of the barrier idea say it’s needed to protect a growing coastal population and economy, which directly impacts the national economy because of the region’s shipping and energy sectors.Land Commissioner Bush told News 88-7 that officials hope to gather feedback from a variety of stakeholders, including residents, industry, environmental groups and others.“Philosophically, I’m open to modifications,” he said. “This is not an overnight deal by any means.”The feasibility study points to another reason: climate change.The study notes that sea levels could rise by one to six feet over the next 50 years. A four foot increase in sea level, the study says, could impact almost 75% of the ports on the Gulf Coast.A series of public meetings on the plan will be held as the Corps gathers public comments through January 9, 2019. From there, the plan could be modified before it’s sent to Congress for approval in 2021.
District of Columbia Public Schools will launch a brand-new pilot program called DC Meets Washington to introduce rising 7th and 8th grade students at Browne and Cardozo Education campuses to the city and industries that make up Washington, D.C. DC Meets Washington, which runs for five weeks, includes a morning session focused on college and career exposure and an afternoon session focused on academic programming. During the morning component of the program, students will learn from experts and experience college and career opportunities within the IT, engineering, hospitality and government sectors. They will meet with local leaders from each of these sectors, and participate in site visits where they will directly experience professional and postsecondary opportunities in each of these fields. Examples of site visits for each sector may include speakers from and visits to the floor of the United States House of Representatives, a prominent architecture firm, the DC Convention Center and the Georgetown University Schools of Public Policy and Foreign Service. The program runs from June 30 – August 1 and enrollment is currently ongoing. During the afternoon, students will receive academic supports in literacy and/or STEM from a community-based organization. DCPS is currently reviewing applications from various organizations to finalize a provider.For more information: Dcps.dc.gov.
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by The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2019 2:52 pm PDT New York City police say they’re investigating sexual assault allegations against magician David Blaine.Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea confirmed Monday at an unrelated news conference that Blaine is under investigation. He declined to discuss any details.He was responding to a report by the Daily Beast website that the New York Police Department had taken statements from two women accusing Blaine of sexual assault. The report said one of the allegations may fall outside the statute of limitations because it goes back to 1998.The 45-year-old Blaine is known for stunts like being buried underground for seven days without food or water. He also stayed in a plexiglass case suspended 30 feet (9 metres) in the air for 40 days.Phone and email messages requesting comment were sent to his lawyer on Monday.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Police: Magician Blaine subject of sexual assault probe
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