Vision 2030 Taken to St. Catherine

first_imgRelatedVision 2030 Taken to St. Catherine Story HighlightsCommunity leaders from across the parish of St. Catherine on February 18 participated in a workshop aimed at promoting awareness of the Vision 2030 Jamaica national development plan and its various benefits.The workshop, held at the Social Development Commission (SDC) office in Spanish Town, was the penultimate session in an island-wide series organised by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), to build national awareness of the plan, which aims to make Jamaica a place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business in 20 years.The main objectives of the sessions are to: develop understanding of the roles of individuals and community of the day-to-day activities that each can undertake towards achievement of the goals and long-term vision; and to promote dialogue on the approaches to be taken at the community level to implement Vision 2030 Jamaica. Vision 2030 Taken to St. Catherine CommunityFebruary 21, 2011Written by: Chris Patterson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Community leaders from across the parish of St. Catherine on February 18 participated in a workshop aimed at promoting awareness of the Vision 2030 Jamaica national development plan and its various benefits.The workshop, held at the Social Development Commission (SDC) office in Spanish Town, was the penultimate session in an island-wide series organised by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), to build national awareness of the plan, which aims to make Jamaica a place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business in 20 years.The main objectives of the sessions are to: develop understanding of the roles of individuals and community of the day-to-day activities that each can undertake towards achievement of the goals and long-term vision; and to promote dialogue on the approaches to be taken at the community level to implement Vision 2030 Jamaica.Communications Specialists, Vision 2030 Programme, PIOJ, Carmen Miller, said the workshops seek to sensitise community leaders, so they, in turn, will educate others about what they can do to contribute to national development. “We want you, as leaders of your communities, to spread the information and the way forward,” she told the gathering.She informed that some 15,000 documents will be distributed across the communities in the parish so that residents can become aware of the way forward.The community leaders, in stating their vision for the parish over the next five years, cited the need for more opportunities for employment and youth empowerment; reduction in poverty; the development of communities through social programmes; economic stability; and educational development.Capacity Building Co-ordinator, Training Unit, SDC, Patrick Johnson, said residents are primarily concerned about security and economic opportunities. “People really want to see what is happening in terms of that,” he noted.Marcia Gayle, who participated in the workshop, said the session will enable her to disseminate critical information to community members.  “We can get people to buy into the concept to realise that there is hope…and for us to sell Jamaica as the best place and one that everyone can come to,” she said.The island wide workshops, which began late last year, are being staged in collaboration with the SDC and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The final session is slated for Kingston and St. Andrew on February 22.center_img RelatedVision 2030 Taken to St. Catherine RelatedVision 2030 Taken to St. Catherine Advertisementslast_img read more

Boulder mass shooting victims remembered, including police officer, future grandpa

first_imgChet Strange/Getty ImagesBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(BOULDER, Co.) — They were community residents going about their normal routine of shopping at a grocery store, unaware that it would be the last act of their lives.Among the victims were a 25-year-old grocery store worker who was raised her by grandparents to be strong and independent and a 61-year-old man who will never be able to see or hold his expectant grandchild.The names of the nine civilians and one police officer killed in Monday’s mass shooting at the King Soopers store in Boulder, Colorado, were released on Tuesday, just hours after the last body was removed from the supermarket.“I don’t know all the details at this time. I’ve spoken to some of their families, and I can just tell you that they’re heartbroken and this is the worst call you could ever receive as a family member,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a news conference.Among those fatally shot was Officer Eric Talley, 51, a father of seven, who was the first officer to respond to the store when 911 calls about the shooting came in. Herold said Talley was shot when he rushed into the store to save lives and engaged the suspect in a gunfight.“I can tell you that he’s a very kind man. He didn’t have to go into policing,” Herold said of Talley, who joined the police force at the age of 40. “He had a profession before this, but he felt a higher calling. And he loved this community, and he’s everything that policing deserves and needs. He cared about this community, he cared about the Boulder Police Department. He cared about his family, and he was willing to die to protect others.”Herold said she recently had Talley and his family in her office to present one of Talley’s sons with an award for saving the life of his little brother.“Officer Talley taught CPR. He taught his family CPR. And one of his sons’ swallowed a quarter, and because Officer Talley taught his children CPR, one of his sons was able to save the little boy’s life,” Herold said.At the White House, President Joe Biden praised the “exceptional bravery” of Talley and expressed his and first lady Jill Biden’s “deepest condolences” to his family.“When he pinned on the badge yesterday morning, he didn’t know what the day would bring,” Biden said of Talley. “He thought he’d be coming home to his wife and seven children, but when the moment the act came, Officer Talley did not hesitate in his duty, making the ultimate sacrifice in his effort to save lives. That’s the definition of an American hero.”Her voice choking with emotion, Herold read the names of the other nine victims, the youngest 20 and the oldest 65.— Denny Stong, 20— Neven Stanisic, 23— Rikki Olds, 25— Tralona Bartkowiak, 49— Teri Leiker, 51— Suzanne Fountain, 59— Kevin Mahoney, 61— Lynn Murray, 62— Jody Waters, 65Rikki Old’s uncle, Robert Olds, told ABC News on Tuesday that his niece was a “strong, independent” woman who had worked as a manager at the grocery store for six years.“She was bubbly. She was the light of the room,” Robert Olds said. “Her giggle, her laugh would just bring you up to her level. You know what I mean? She was so loved, and she will be so missed. We are heartbroken and saddened and devastated.”He said his family was notified around 3 a.m. Tuesday that his niece was among the deceased.“We called the police, we called hospitals, no one had information,” he said of what he and his relatives did before they received the grim news. “We sat on the fence for 13 hours. There’s got to be a better way. My niece is lying on the concrete floor of that … store by herself.”Robert Olds said his niece was raised by his parents, Rikki Olds’ grandparents.“My dad, Richard Olds, instilled in Rikki that you need to be strong, you need to do it on your own. It’s not about anyone else, it’s about you. Don’t depend on anyone else. Depend on yourself,” Robert Olds said, adding that his father passed away six years ago. “My mom raised her as well, and she is still alive. She knows, and she is devastated. This is not supposed to happen that way.”Kevin Mahoney’s daughter, Erika Mahoney, posted photos on Twitter of her father walking her down the aisle at her wedding last summer. She wrote that she is now pregnant.“I know he wants me to be strong for his granddaughter,” Erika Mahoney wrote. “My dad represents all things Love.”Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said the “senseless tragedy” hit close to home. He said he lives in the community and has shopped at the King Soopers store.“My heart aches today, and I think all of ours does as Coloradans, as Americans, for this senseless tragedy, the loss of life,” Polis said at the news conference.Speaking of the victims, Polis said they were people of all ages “who started their day with a cup of coffee or reading the morning paper, perhaps getting their kids ready and putting on a winter coat to go out.”“None of them expected that this would be their last day here on the planet,” Polis said.“A simple run for milk and eggs, you know, getting ready to shop,” he said. “Going in the regular way we all lead our lives, something that we can all identify with, led to a complete tragedy here.”Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House for the second time in a week. Last week, the president had flags lowered to half-staff in honor of the eight Georgia spa shooting victims, an order that expired at sunset on Monday.“Jill and I are devastated, and I just can’t imagine how the families are feeling, the victims whose futures were stolen from them, from their families, loved ones, who now have to struggle to go on and make sense of what’s happened,” Biden said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Feb 22, 2017

first_imgStudy describes incidence, risk factors for MDR Enterobacteriaceae in kidsA study yesterday in BMC Infectious Diseases shows that critically ill children with tracheal Enterobacteriaceae infection are at risk for multidrug-resistant (MDR) infections.The retrospective, single-center analysis was performed on ventilated patients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit of the University Children’s hospital in Tubingen, Germany, from 2005 to 2014. While mechanically ventilated pediatric patients are known to be at risk for tracheal colonization with MDR Enterobacteriaceae, the underlying risk factors are poorly understood. The investigators were looking to determine the incidence of children with suspected MDR infection and the predisposing risk factors.During the study period, 167 Enterobacteriaceae isolates were obtained from the lower respiratory tracts of 123 intubated patients. Of those isolates, 116 (69%) were susceptible and 51 (31%) were identified as MDR Enterobacteriaceae. The most prevalent isolates were Enterobacter spp, followed by Escherichia coli and Klebsiella spp. The most prevalent MDR organisms were E coli, Klebsiella, and Enterobacter spp.Using a classification and regression tree (CRT) analysis to predict risk factors, the investigators determined that antibiotic pre-treatment for more than 7 days increased the risk of infection with an MDR isolate by 62%. In addition, they found that gastrointestinal comorbidity increased the chance of MDR infection from 25% to 40% in patients who received less than 7 days of antibiotic therapy.”Collectively, our results imply that early identification of patients at risk, rapid microbiological diagnostics and tailored antibiotic therapy are essential to improve management of critically ill children infected with Enterobacteriaceae,” the authors write.Feb 21 BMC Infect Dis studyResearchers report MCR-1 in pets, pet food in ChinaAbout 9% of pets and 20% of pet food samples tested in Beijing, China, contained the MCR-1 gene, which confers resistance to the last-resort antibiotic colistin, according to a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.An international team of experts tested 566 Enterobacteriaceae isolates collected from cats and dogs via nasal and rectal swabs in the city from 2012 through 2016. Of the total, 49 (8.7%) of the isolates harbored the MCR-1 gene, which was first reported late last year in a 50-year-old man in China. The gene was found on 47 E coli isolates and 2 Klebsiella pneumonia samples. The overall count of colistin-resistant isolates was 79, mostly E coli.The researchers also isolated the MCR-1 gene from 1 of 25 Enterobacteriaceae samples collected from 32 nasal swabs from pet owners. The isolate had the same genetic fingerprint as 5 of the pet samples.In addition, the team tested 35 dog and cat food samples, 7 of which (20%) were positive for MCR-1, signifying a possible source for the animal infections.The authors noted that colistin is not used to treat companion animals in China, and the pets tested had minimal to no contact with food-producing animals that might have been treated with the drug. They conclude, “Because of frequent and close contact between humans and companion animals, our study proposes that opportunities exist to transmit colistin-resistant Enterobacteriaceae to and from both groups.”Feb 21 Emerg Infect Dis study Study: Xpert TB test not tied to increased rates of second-line treatmentA South African study yesterday concluded that the Xpert MTB/RIF tuberculosis (TB) test was associated with a reduction in treatment delay from a median of 44 days in 2011 to 22 days in 2013 for patients with drug-resistant TB but did not significantly improve the proportion of patients receiving proper antibiotics. The study appeared in PLoS Medicine.South African and Dutch researchers aimed to assess second-line antibiotic treatment before and after the Xpert MTB/RIF test was implemented in South Africa, so they analyzed data from 2011 and 2013 on more than 5,000 TB cases resistant to the key first-line drug rifampin.The investigators found that treatment delays were halved after Xpert implementation, from 44 to 22 days. But they found no difference in those who started second-line drug treatment within 6 months of diagnosis by Xpert (62%) and those diagnosed by other methods (64%). They also found substantial variation across the country’s nine provinces in both the rate of second-line 6-month treatment initiation and the median time to treat.Although Xpert appeared to have not improved rates of appropriate treatment, the authors wrote, “given improved case detection, a larger proportion of the total population of individuals with rifampicin-resistant TB will receive treatment.” They added, “Further strategies to improve linkage to treatment for all patients diagnosed with rifampicin-resistant TB are required.”Feb 21 PLoS Med studylast_img read more

Henderson Global Investors appoints German property head

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West Florida Baseball completes four game sweep of Quincy University

first_img Share Feb. 24, 2008 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida baseball team completed a sweep of the Quincy University Hawks on Sunday, with two lopsided wins In the nightcap, a Craig Westcott Grand Slam highlighted a six run third inning, which helped the Argos get out to a 13-0 lead, after the fifth inning. Quincy would score five runs in the final two innings. Nick Presley started the game, and picked up the win, giving up only five hits in six innings pitched.Craig Westcott’s grand slam was the first of three homeruns for West Florida. Gregg Burkel drilled a two run in the fifth inning, while Eric Kroll led off the fourth inning with a drive over the left centerfield fence for a solo home run. Kyle Andrews had three hits and two runs scored in the second game.Head Coach Mike Jeffcoat was pleased with the victories, “we are starting to see progress in the younger hitters, as they are making good adjustments hitting fastballs, and using good patience at the plate. It’s good to be above .500, heading into the tough part of the schedule leading into conference play. We swung the bats real well this series, and had good pitching all week.”Ten different Argos had hits in the victory, as Steven Bingert, Scott Beckwith, and Eric Kroll each had two hits. Bingert, Burkel, and Jon Reed each drove in two runs. Beckwith and Brandon Brewer each scored two runs, and the Argos scored all their runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.The four game sweep improved the Argonauts to 9-6 on the season. West Florida is playing great baseball, on the strength of a current six game winning streak. West Florida will host a three game series on Tuesday and Wednesday at Pelican Park against Northwest Missouri State. Game times are 4:00 on Tuesday for a single game, followed by a doubleheader on Wednesday, beginning at 3:30 pm. Print Friendly Version West Florida Baseball completes four game sweep of Quincy Universitylast_img read more

Alaska Union Files Grievance Over Walker’s Budget Plan

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The union representing nearly 8,000 state employees has filed a complaint against Gov. Bill Walker and his administration for an alleged violation of contract. The Alaska State Employees Association filed the class-action grievance Tuesday in response to Walker’s recently announced budget plan for next fiscal year. The union takes issue with a part of the plan that calls for downsizing Department of Transportation staff and privatizing the majority of the agency’s design team. Walker’s budget overview includes 76 position reductions from outsourcing design and up to 300 more in the future. The grievance says plans to privatize union member positions must first have a feasibility study or an opportunity for the union to submit alternate proposals. The Department of Administration has 20 days to respond to the grievance.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho: I hope Manchester City knock out Barcelona

first_img He justified his statement by saying it would be good for English football.  CET Upd. at 17:51 Sport EN 12/03/2015center_img Chelsea and former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, showed his relationship with Barcelona is still not very good by claiming that he hoped Manchester City knocked them out of the Champions League. “I hope that Manchester City eliminate Barcelona. It’s a question of honour for English football, and that’s where I work.” After being kicked out of Europe himself by Paris Saint-Germain, he spoke and said that he wanted the English side to come back from their 2-1 defeat at home and win in the Camp Nou. last_img

WWE SmackDown LIVE Review, November 13, 2018

first_imgAdvertisement 47axyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2awzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4sndb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b905Would you ever consider trying this?😱m13lCan your students do this? 🌚bxa9mRoller skating! Powered by Firework  Advertisement The latest edition of SmackDown LIVE brought about an unlikely turn of events heading into Survivor Series. So instead of waiting for the climax, let’s dive straight into the main event:Advertisement Daniel Bryan crowned new WWE ChampionIt happened once again. For the second consecutive year, the WWE Championship changed hands prior to Survivor Series as Daniel Bryan beat AJ Styles for his fourth title reign.Advertisement It all started with a war of words between the two competitors that ultimately led to an all-out brawl before both had to be separated by WWE Officials. In an evenly contested match, Styles went to the top rope to land a Phenomenal Forearm however, Bryan, evaded it and instead, the former WWE Champion collided with the referee.Daniel took advantage of the situation and struck AJ with a low blow followed by a running knee and grabbed the pinfall victory. An unexpected heel turn from Bryan also resulted in him earning the opportunity to face Brock Lesnar in a Champion v Champion match this Sunday.Becky Lynch ruled out for Survivor SeriesThe invasion on the Monday Night RAW Women’s Division led to Becky Lynch suffering a broken nose in the carnage and consequently, it was confirmed this Tuesday night that the SmackDown Women’s Champion has not been cleared to compete at Survivor Series.However, Lynch remained confident and insisted that she would still kick Rousey’s ass with a broken face. The Man then shifted her attention to picking her replacement for this Sunday and after overseeing every superstar of the SmackDown Women’s roster in the ring, Becky hand picked Charlotte Flair to face the RAW Women’s Champion.The two old bitter enemies put aside their past rivalries aside and stood united for the Blue brand as Charlotte will square up against Ronda Rousey in a dream match for the WWE Universe.Jeff Hardy vs Andrade Cien AlmasAndrade Cien Almas began strongly off the gates following a series of vicious attacks on his opponent. The Enigmatic Jeff Hardy, however, regrouped and got himself back in the match but couldn’t capitalize on his opportunity to finish the match.Almas too had his moments and was about to hit his signature Hammerlock DDT but Hardy countered it with the Twist of Fate and gave himself the opening to land the Swanton Bomb that secured him the win and also a spot as the final member of the SmackDown Survivor Series team.Rey Mysterio vs The MizRey Mysterio clashed against SmackDown Survivor Series team Captain The Miz with his place on the line. The Miz took the upper hand early on as he locked Mysterio in a submission move although in the latter stages, Rey was able to hit the 619 but Miz dodged the frog splash as he got his knees up and rolled him up for a two count.The A-Lister was frustrated which provided Mysterio with the chance to roll him up for the win and keep his spot on the SmackDown squad intact.The former WWE World Champion’s celebration was cut short as Randy Orton snuck up from behind but Mysterio was able to avoid The Viper’s attacks and instead, Orton flattened The Miz with an RKO.The Usos unveil SD Survivor Series Tag Team lineupThe Usos and The New Day will be joined by The Colons (Epico and Primo), Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and Sanity for their match against the RAW Tag Teams this Sunday at Survivor Series.The Bar and Big Show vs The New DayBoth teams had a string of near falls but with the match speeding up, Big Show’s presence was the defining point as he eliminated the threat of Xavier Woods.Kofi Kingston was left shorthanded and the numbers game caught up as Big Show landed a knockout punch to Kofi in mid-air and grabbed the W for his team. Advertisementlast_img read more

Prices settle but still rise

first_imgTHE Fat Cattle sale at Baw Baw Livestock Exchange last Wednesday saw prices settle down slightly with values firm to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Council bid to buy cop shop

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN THE old Emerald Police Station in the heart of town could be turned into a community hub…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img