Archbishop Charles with VITAS general manager of Broward Donna Borland The new Good Shepherd Medical Center opened its doors in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on June 6, 2018, and is serving the island’s poor and needy. Sir Patrick Allen, the governor general of Jamaica, hosted the official opening, which was attended by supporters from South Florida, including representatives of VITAS Healthcare, a longtime supporter of the project. Gov. Allen noted that as a teaching clinic, the medical complex would have a lasting impact on the quality of healthcare on the island. Thanks to the continuing support of VITAS Healthcare, the center operated by Friends of Good Shepherd Foundation of Montego Bay, a local charity on the island, provides general medical care, eye care and dental services to indigent adults, children and elderly. The complex includes a chapel and nine suites for visiting teams of volunteer doctors and nurses. It is projected to serve over 30,000 residents per year.Through mission trips beginning in 2014, staff for VITAS Healthcare, the leading provider of end-of-life care in the U.S., has dedicated time, expertise, medical and other supplies to Friends of Good Shepherd International’s charity works.“Our staff has a commendable spirit of compassion and love for those in need in Jamaica,” says Donna Borland, VITAS general manager in Broward County. In granting a check for $5,000 to support the efforts of Friends of Good Shepherd International, Borland praised the ongoing partnership. “We are proud to sponsor and help support this much-needed healthcare facility that serves Jamaica’s indigent communities, where no one is turned away.”Left to Right (Front row): Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Mrs. J. Chandiram, Marie Buteau, Donna Borland (Second Row): Pino Maffessanti, Archbishop Ken Richards, Mr. Godfrey Dyer, Mrs. DyerBorland offered the gift on behalf of VITAS’ Broward, Dade-Monroe and Palm Beach programs and reaffirmed their commitment to continue sending donations of food, clothing and supplies.Marie Buteau, president of the Florida-based Friends of Good Shepherd International, paid tribute to VITAS for its continued assistance to Hope Hospice, Mustard Seed Communities (home to children with disabilities and/or HIV) and the new medical complex located in Montego Bay.Donna Borland with Chairperson of Good Shepherd Foundation, Jeanne Robinson-Foster“The complex, built at a cost of $3 million, is a major accomplishment,” President Buteau said. “Efforts to fund this project began in 2011. It is a great benefit to the people of Jamaica.”The new medical center recognized VITAS’ sponsorship with an engraved plaque naming one of the center’s medical care rooms in honor of VITAS.For more information about VITAS services, call 877.848.2701 or visit VITAS.com.About VITAS Healthcare 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of VITAS Healthcare, a pioneer and leader in the American hospice movement. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, VITAS (pronounced VEE-tahs) operates 45 hospice programs in 14 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia. VITAS employs 11,765 professionals who care for terminally ill patients daily, primarily in the patients’ homes, and also in the company’s 28 inpatient hospice units as well as in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities/residential care facilities for the elderly. At the conclusion of the first quarter of 2018, VITAS reported an average daily census of 17,380. Visit www.vitas.com.
Facebook110Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Homeless Housing HubThe Thurston County Homeless Housing Hub is proud to announce that the 2017 “Housing & Homeless Hero Award” for outstanding direct service goes to Katherine Trahan & Teal Russell of the Olympia Downtown Ambassadors. This award will be presented on noon on Monday, January 22nd at the Salvation Army Worship Center’s Fellowship Room located at 1505 4th Avenue East, Olympia.About Katherine Trahan & Teal Russell, Award RecipientsKatherine Trahan and Teal Russell were nominated for their work as the Downtown Ambassadors in recognition of their efforts to strengthen the network of services and resources for street dependent people in downtown Olympia. As the Downtown Ambassadors, they often function as the communication bridge between service providers, downtown residents, business owners, property owners, law enforcement, and others.Both Teal Russell and Katherine Trahan have been serving as Downtown Ambassadors for 3 years while the program was hosted by Capital Recovery Center. Both are Certified Peer Support Specialists, trained to work with people with mental health issues. This valuable training strongly informs their street outreach work to build rapport and trust with members of the street community. Both are passionate about their work and love Downtown Olympia. In their words,“We are happy to be a familiar and friendly face for those having a bad day, ready to help de-escalate tough situations as well as to listen to someone who just needs to be heard”.In these times when many parts of our society are polarized from each other, bridge-builders like the Downtown Ambassadors help us all to work better together.About the Downtown Ambassador ProgramThe Downtown Ambassador Program was launched in 2012 by the Capital Recovery Center with funding by the City of Olympia. This program is modeled after similar efforts across the U.S. to provide a combination of street outreach to homeless, mentally ill and other street dependent people, as well as to provide visitor information for tourists, shoppers and others in the downtown core. In 2018, the City of Olympia brought this program in-house to be part of the City’s package of services to make downtown safe and welcoming for all.About the “Housing & Homeless Hero Award”The “Housing & Homeless Hero Award” is a peer-chosen recognition of a direct service provider for exemplary service in the Housing & Homeless network of Thurston County. Nominations and votes come from direct service providers, public officials and others involved in the Thurston County Housing Action Team. This award is presented each year at the annual “Thurston County Homeless Hero Luncheon”, which is intended to recognize individuals whose exemplary service stands out in a field of many dedicated service providers. Recipients reflect the following qualities:Direct housing & homeless service providersPeople whose work strengthens the network of providersPeople who inspire other individuals engaged in human servicesPeople who by their nature maximize collaboration and minimize competition between agencies in order to better serve those in needAbout the Thurston County Homeless Housing HubThe Thurston County Homeless Housing Hub (HHH) is a sub-committee of the Thurston Thrives Housing Action Team. This committee is composed of direct service providers working with homeless people and others at risk of homelessness. Activities include networking, development of best practices & policy work as directed by the Housing Action Team leadership. Members include Behavioral Health Resources; Bread & Roses Shelter; Capital Recovery Center; Catholic Community Services; Community Action Council; Community Youth Services; EGYHOP; Family Support Center; Homes First!; Housing Authority; Interfaith Works; Fleetwood Apartments; Low Income Housing Institute; PANZA / Camp Quixote; St. Michael’s Shelter Program; Safeplace; Salvation Army; SideWalk; Out of the Woods Shelter; Partners in Prevention; Thurston County Corrections Jail Transition Services; Union Gospel Mission; Veterans Administration Homeless Programs; and, the YWCA.The HHH meets monthly on the third Monday at noon at the Fellowship Room at the Salvation Army Worship Center, located at 1505 4th Avenue East in Olympia.
Story and photos by Joseph SapiaYears in the making, a draft of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan has been released by a group composed of federal, state and American Indian agencies and now awaits comment from the public.The 134-page draft, which covers Atlantic Ocean coastal waters up to 200 miles offshore from New York to Virginia, deals with a variety of issues, including transportation, commercial fishing, wind power, recreation and national security.The draft, released July 6, is open for comment until Sept. 6. Then, the draft’s author, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB), will review the comments and is expected to submit a finalized plan to the National Ocean Council by the end of the year.The National Ocean Council is expected to either approve or turn down the plan in early 2017.The importance of the plan is that it puts various agencies of the federal government, American Indians and New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia – which the Sandy Hook-based American Littoral Society (ALS) estimated at 140 or so agencies – talking and sharing information, rather than working independently only to later find out there is disagreement.“It’s them coming to the table to work that out,” said Sarah Winter Whelan, ALS’ ocean policy program director. “The hope is to head that off before it happens.”“One of the really positive things is all the relationships (between) the agencies,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Sandy Hook-based Clean Ocean Action.“I think they’ve come a long way,” said Matt Gove, Mid-Atlantic police manager of the Surfrider Foundation, a surfing-environmental group. “I think they’ve made a historic first step in managing the ocean, bringing agencies together.”Gove, Whelan and about 45 others attended an open house – the second of five scheduled – at Monmouth University Thursday, July 14.Three open houses – in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware – also have been held. The last of the open houses is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York.At the Monmouth University open house, agencies represented as part of the RPB included the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), federal Department of Transportation (USDOT), Coast Guard and Navy. The RPB is part of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.“This is an effort to pull together all the diverse agencies to better collaborate,” said Elizabeth Semple, acting manager of the DEP’s Office of Coastal and Land-Use Planning.Kevin Hassel, the DEP’s coordinator of Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, said the plan does not impose new regulations. Instead, “it’s a huge help in how we manage everything,” Hassel said.“I think it’s really awesome, great,” Fred Akers, administrator of the Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association in South Jersey, told the agencies panel.But Akers expressed disappointment the draft made no mention of federal national scenic and recreational rivers, such as the Great Egg Harbor River.But representatives at the Monmouth University open house welcomed input from stakeholders, such as environmental groups and the general public. People’s voices show “everyone cares about the ocean,” said John Kennedy, director of the USDOT’s Maritime Administration.“You can actually change the course of our discussions,” Kennedy said.Specifics of the draft include such things as: mapping shifts in ocean species and habitats, developing a strategy for debris reduction, addressing navigation needs, conducting an inventory of obsolete pipelines and telecommunication cables, and identifying priority research needs.Those attending the open house praised the way those behind the draft sought public input.“That kind of response of ‘Yes’ and ‘Please, more’ I’ve never seen in a public meeting,” said Anne Merwin, director of ocean planning for the Ocean Conservancy.“The plan does a good job of recognizing stakeholders be involved,” said Lyndie Hice-Dunton, ALS’s Mid-Atlantic ocean planning manager.Various groups such as ALS and the Surfrider Foundation said they were preparing comments in response to the draft.While many may view the ocean as open water, it is a complicated map of transportation lanes, telecommunication cables, commercial fishing areas, recreation uses and so on.The draft has two main components: a healthy ocean and human uses of the ocean, Kennedy said. The RPB will monitor the plan and the idea is to update it every few years, Kennedy said.“I feel the plan is almost there,” said Whelan, adding she thinks, perhaps, it could be strengthened by showing how it will implement its ideas.As for the plan in general, the various agencies, despite different jurisdictions and missions, “may have more in common than they realize,” Whelan said.“The plan would help them implement better,” she said.The plan has its roots in 2009, when President Barack Obama created the Ocean Policy Task Force to foster better stewardship of the oceans and Great Lakes. In 2010, Obama created the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes.Now, to see how the plan takes action.“The theory is they’re going to put all this great work into their daily business,” Gove said. And did Whelan think this plan would work, considering it was trying to bring together almost unheard of collaboration?“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be here,” she said. The draft of the Mid-Atlantic RegionalOcean Action Plan is available at www.boem.gov/Ocean-Action-Plan/. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is at 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20240; 202-208-6474.Comments on the draft can be sent to [email protected] or Robert P. LaBelle, Federal Co-Lead, Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, BOEM, 45600 Woodland Road, Mailstop: VAM-BOEM DIR, Sterling, VA, 20166.
Draymond Green video prompts ethics complaint; BART to pay $7,500 fine for Measure RR campaign violationsBy admin on December 20, 2019
SACRAMENTO — BART will have to pay a $7,500 fine for illegally using taxpayers’ money on YouTube videos and social media posts to promote its $3.5 billion bond, Measure RR, state regulators said Monday in a preliminary ruling.State law prohibits public agencies from using public funds to campaign for any candidate or ballot measure, though they can provide factual information. Using public resources to express advocacy or opposition, however, qualifies as “an independent expenditure,” which …
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — It’s not just that the Giants went 1-6 on their homestand this week. It’s that they often never even gave themselves a chance.For the fourth time in seven games at Oracle Park, the Giants on Sunday never held a lead as they allowed two runs in the first inning and three more in the second in a 6-2 loss to Arizona, as the Diamondbacks completed the three-game series sweep and handed San Francisco its …
Electronic nose makers are smelling your dust, said Science Daily. “Despite 25 years of research, development of an ‘electronic nose’ even approaching the capabilities of the human sniffer remains a dream,” the article said. Biological noses are great at discriminating between volatile compounds. We can immediately sense things that are fruity, grassy, and earthy, for instance. Electronic noses are good for detecting particular compounds like carbon monoxide, but have a hard time doing what the human nose does easily: picking out the signatures of thousands of odors. The future doesn’t look any brighter for nose engineers: “Keeping its limitations in mind and adapted for a special purpose, this will be the future for the electronic nose for as long as the ability to smell odors rather than detect volatiles is still far away over the rainbow.”Maybe they need a code in their nose (06/27/2005, 11/07/2001). Think of it: your lowly schnotz, the mountain on your map, is a peak that geeks cannot conquer. Take time to smell the flowers as spring approaches. There’s one thing your iPhone can’t do. How do I know? iNose. I just nose.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
There have been – and are today – plenty of scientists and inventors in Africa doing remarkable work. So why does the myth persist that Africa has no scientific innovators? Engineering, architectural and social innovation … Chicoco Radio is a floating media platform being built with and for the residents of Port Harcourt’s waterfront community by Nigerian urbanism and architecture firm NLÉ. Read more.• African scientists make headway in grasping persistent TB bacteria• Girls in space! Africa’s first private satellite – designed by schoolgirls • How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?• Connecting women to technology• Robotic gliders boost for ocean research• Makoko Floating School: a model of Nigerian cutting-edge design Stewart Maganga, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University The rest of the world has long believed that Africa can’t produce its own scientific inventions. This myth can be traced back to the time of slavery and colonialism – systems that led even Africans themselves to think that nothing good could come from the continent.The myth is cemented by history books. These are replete with stories of scientific innovators from the developed world. I am not suggesting that the role these people played should be dismissed. They contributed enormously to the modern world.There must, however, also be room to celebrate African innovators who have not yet been recognised for their contributions to science, medicine, technology and food security. These would include biomedical engineer Selig Percy Amoils, electrochemist Rachid Yazami, nuclear scientist Sameera Moussa, palaeontologist Berhane Asfaw, surgical pioneer Haile Debas and plant geneticist Gebisa Ejeta.Today, there are plenty of African innovators who continue to do remarkable work.Zack Salawe Mwale is making it easier for people to cook one of Malawi’s staple foods.Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi built a floating school for the lagoon shantytown settlement of Makoko.Togolese techie Kodjo Afate Gnikou has invented a 3D printer that costs only $100 to make, using easily sourced second-hand electronics. The 3D-printer alleviates the negative effects of E-Waste and is a game-changer for the electronics industry. (Image: Daniel Hayduk, Ulule)Gloria Asare Adu is pioneering the use of bamboo in Ghana.Thérèse Izay created a humanoid traffic robot to make the Congo’s roads safer.Jamila Abass is using cellular technology to empower small-scale farmers in Kenya.But a list of names alone will not bust this myth.Building more young scientistsAfrica needs to start demonstrating to the world that it is capable of producing its own innovators.It can do this in two ways. First, by investing in the continent’s youth. Second, by creating opportunities for the new generation of African inventors and innovators to take their place on the global stage.Africa is home to the world’s largest population of 15- to 24-year-olds. This is set to double by 2045. African governments have recognised that, to build a sustainable future, they must equip their populations with the skills needed to build the continent from within – rather than relying on technologies and ideas from elsewhere.Work is already being done in this regard. In 2005 the African Youth Forum for Science and Technology programme was launched to give young African people a platform on which they can actively play a role in policy and decision-making. Another initiative is the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement. The agency gives young graduates the chance to get involved in advancing science and technology.Far more of these initiatives are needed to motivate young people in Africa to take the promise of science and technology seriously. Only then will the continent start to recognise its own potential in these fields.Universities lag behindMost African governments recognise that the only way forward is through homegrown science and technology. But many universities aren’t keeping pace.Research suggests that more and more African graduates want to work for themselves and are committed to changing their societies. This also suggests that many are innovators at heart. Yet neither their schools nor their universities appear to be equipping them for life as inventors or self-starters.These concerns have been raised by both scholars and educators. Bame Nsamenang and Therese Tchombe, for example, argue that the current African education system does not seem to reflect the realities on the ground. The system needs to be altered so that it is in tune with these realities – and so that it teaches children just how much people in Africa are able to do to address their own continent’s problems.It is also important that schools and universities in Africa not only highlight and idealise theories and thinkers from elsewhere in the world. This will help their graduates see what is possible and stop thinking of their continent as a place without innovators.Some institutions are setting the pace here. South Africa’s University of the Western Cape is offering a flagship programme on Critical Thought in African Humanities through its Centre for Humanities Research.The Pan-African University, which is being established by the African Union Commission, is another example. It aims to prioritise science, technology and innovative research that’s uniquely African, and to highlight the work coming out of the continent.Such work is an important start towards Africa recognising its own potential and hailing its own homegrown innovators. There need to be far more of these sorts of initiatives – because as long as the continent fails to recognise that the myth of itself as not innovative is just that, a myth, Africa can’t really move forward.Stewart Maganga is a doctoral candidate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. A version of this article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original.Compiled by Mary Alexander
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentFarmers in more than half the counties in Ohio are eligible to apply for emergency loans following a series of natural disasters since November 2018, culminating in a disastrous planting season this spring.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue granted the disaster designations following rain, flooding or other weather conditions that prevented thousands of acres to be planted in Ohio in 2019.“We are so appreciative of our state leaders from the governor to both our U.S. senators, our entire congressional delegation and so many others working to draw attention to the plight of far too many farmers here in Ohio by asking for these disaster designations,” said Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director of state and national policy. “Having USDA take action on those requests is a welcomed step.”According to USDA, a secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency, which may include Farm Service Agency emergency loans.“While we are still learning and working to identify exactly what resources might be available for those in a disaster area, we applaud the national recognition that farmers across Ohio are in a challenging situation to say the least,” Irvin said. “No one program will ever be able to erase the struggle in these disaster areas, but hopefully can offer a few small tools to help our farmers survive another day.”Online ExtrasUSDA designates 16 Ohio counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas–News Release Aug. 12, 2019USDA designates 12 Ohio counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas–News Release July 31, 2019 Leave a Comment
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Census Bureau has launched a national recruitment effort to hire approximately 500,000 temporary workers to help conduct the 2020 Census. Nearly 4,000 local recruiting events are scheduled to take place this week in communities across the nation.“We need people to apply now so they can be considered for part-time census taker positions next spring,” said Timothy Olson, Census Bureau associate director for Field Operations. “Recent high school graduates, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and applicants who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. It’s important we hire people in every community in order to have a complete and accurate census.”It also is important that every person in rural communities is counted. Census takers will be hired to work in their communities and go door to door to collect responses from those who do not respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail.These positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training and weekly paychecks. Pay rates vary depending on where the job is located. The Census has a pay rate calculator online.The selection process for census taker positions begins in January 2020, with paid training occurring in March and April. Actual enumeration of nonresponding households throughout the nation begins in May through early July. Visit the 2020 Census website for listings of available census taker and other jobs.About the CensusThe 2020 Census officially starts counting people in January 2020 in remote Toksook Bay, Alaska. Most households in the nation will receive invitations in the mail to respond (online, by phone or by mail) in March 2020. The Census Bureau will begin advertising nationwide in January 2020 to increase awareness about the importance and benefits of participating in the 2020 Census.The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted once every 10 years. Census data are used to determine congressional representation in the states and how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed to states and local communities every year for critical public services and infrastructure, including health clinics, schools, roads and emergency services.For more information on the 2020 Census, visit 2020census.gov.
Former boxing champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini recently said Sugar Ray Leonard would beat Floyd Mayweather if both were at the pinnacle of their careers. Leonard did not disagree.“He’s accurate. He’s correct!” Leonard said. “It’s so wonderful at the age of 49, you don’t give a sh*t (and can speak the truth). I did not want to lose. Not at all. That’s what makes fighters, makes champions. That’s what makes greatness.”And it is a trait Leonard said he sees in Mayweather that will propel him to victory in Saturday’s highly anticipated bout against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.“This is more than just a fight,” he said to The Guardian. “It’s about bragging rights. It’s about legacies. It’s about history. This is one of those mental, psychological, spiritual fights, a fight to make your palms sweat.“I think there will be a couple of surprises for the fans, knockdowns – and I don’t think this will happen late. There could be dominance, mostly by Mayweather.“It will take both fighters a few rounds to figure each other out, to know when they have, after they’ve seen each other. When you’re in the ring, it’s totally different [from perceptions beforehand]. I knew [Tommy] Hearns had long arms and was fast but I didn’t know he was that fast. I knew he hit hard but I didn’t know he hit that hard until I was in there.”Leonard said a contributing factor could be Pacquiao’s chin. He was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Márquez about two years ago.“Normally,” Leonard said, “when a fighter is knocked out in that fashion, nine times out of the 10 he’s not the same. But Pacquiao is an anomaly. He’s gifted, a blessed young man with incredible hand speed and power. . . The edge for Pacquiao is that he goes to this fight totally committed, no thoughts of: ‘I got knocked out by [Juan Manuel] Márquez.’”Thirty-seven years ago, on his way to a Hall of Fame career, Leonard stopped Mayweather’s father in a TKO. He said of the current 47-0 Mayweather: “He reminds me so much of his father. But the difference is that Floyd Jr. can punch, Senior didn’t have that much of a punch. I’m sure that it was all about bad hands [Floyd Sr. hurt his right hand in the first round of that fight]. And even Floyd Jr. has delicate hands—but he is able to get away with it, to find some way.“Without question I enjoy watching (Mayweather) because I appreciate artistry, I appreciate technique, strategy, tactics. No matter who it is, he breaks down his opponents, whether it’s body shots, the jab, countering, making the guy stop punching, mesmerized. The bigger the fight, the better he is, because he is used to that stage. Myself and Muhammad Ali had that too.”Pacquiao’s chance is a slug fest, Leonard said. “If he can bring back the Manny that fought Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and all the other guys, we’re then talking about a very interesting, physical fight,” Leonard said. “Pacquiao has been around the block a bunch of times. He has a great trainer in Freddie [Roach]. But everything has to be perfect for him, for both of them. You talk about nerves—we don’t say scared; for fighters it’s not the right word to use. But we’re concerned. They know they’re in the ring with one of the best guys, if not the best guy, in the division or in boxing.”In the end, Leonard said Mayweather’s vast skill set will be decisive.Leonard: “Mayweather has a couple of ways to win the fight: as a counter-puncher, wait for Pacquiao to make mistakes and make him pay for those mistakes; or just box him, dance around, move and do what he does best. He’s a little bit more versatile than Pacquiao.”