14 May

Schwartzman and Pella advance to semifinals in Buenos Aires

first_imgUruguayan tennis participant Pablo Cuevas beat the Spaniard Albert Ramos and certified to the quarterfinals of the Argentine Open, in addition to the locals Juan Ignacio Londero, Diego Schwartzman and Guido Pella.Cuevas received 6-4, 4-6 and 6-4 and in the following occasion will play in opposition to Schwartzman, that at daybreak on Friday he received his compatriot Federico Delbonis 6-3, 4-6 and 6-2.Pella beat Argentine Argentine Facundo Bagnis by 7 (7) – (2) 6, 6 (2) -7 (7) and 6-4. In quarters he’ll face Londero, who eradicated the Serbian Laslo Djere by beating him by 6 (3) -7 (7), 6-2 and 6-1.The opposite matches of the quarterfinals will probably be performed by the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in opposition to the Portuguese Pedro Sousa and the Serbian Dusan Lajovic in opposition to the Norwegian Casper Ruud.The Argentine Open, which is performed on clay on the Buenos Aires Garden Tennis Membership, will finish this Sunday.last_img read more

15 Jan

Education, Agriculture to Top Discussions at US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Conference

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah R. Malac, has disclosed that partnership dialogue aimed at discussing key issues concerning Agriculture, Education, and Energy in Liberia, is to begin soon in Monrovia.Making the disclosure to the media on February 27, at a Ministry of Information regular press briefing, Ambassador Malac said the dialogue will begin Tuesday, March 4.The US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue came into existence in 2013, as the result of a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Liberia, signed by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and President Ellen Johnson.The dialogue according to Ambassador Malac involves a high-level delegation that converges to discuss policies of mutual interest to Liberia and the United States.She said that the dialogue discusses policy differences and issues of cooperation, while identifying project for implementation to cement the relationship between the two countries.“The first partnership dialogue was held in May of 2013, in Washington, and Liberia is blessed to have it this year.  We will be looking at three key areas that include Agriculture, which will look at food security, Energy, and human development with emphasis placed on Education: one important issue for the Government of Liberia,” Ambassador Malac noted.She recalled that during the first discussion in 2013, the two countries discussed food security and energy, and this time, they decided to include Education because it is so important to Liberia, in terms of human development.Responding to questions from the Daily Observer as to what problems may have been identified in the Education Sector that need to be included in the partnership dialogue, Ambassador Malac intoned that President Sirleaf last year openly told the public that the sector is faced with a huge challenge: Education.She said considering the challenge, they see it expedient to discuss and find solution to  resolving the problems related to education, so that all Liberians can have access to good and quality education which is a right for the citizens.On the issue of US-Liberia relation, Ambassador Malac said while there may exist policy differences between the two partnering countries, the relationship is well cemented with no problem on either side.Also speaking, Liberia Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh, who is on an official visit in the country emphasized that the dialogue will look at the Education Sector in depth, taking into consideration higher education including universities and colleges.Ambassador Sulunteh said that cases affecting the sector will be identified and discussed and steps to correct the mistakes will be identified for prompt action.The issue of education in the US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue is quite significance to the development of Liberia.The Education system of Liberia has numerous challenges ranging from unqualified instructors to academic fraud.Most churches upon establishing their religious temple bring up schools as the business aspect of the spiritual activity, and it is being noted that most teachers teaching there are neither qualified nor even academically inclined—basically, emphasizing Bible verses.At the university level, exchange of money for grade is at its peak, and dual work causes many instructors not to attend to the students, thus causing a setback in their (students) studies.Moreover, it has been noted over the past weeks that many instructors teaching at universities around Monrovia brought in faked degrees from African Countries including Nigeria. A case in point now is the arrest and subsequent detention of former Vice President for Academic Affairs of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, N’dien Peters.Peters, who claimed to posse a Ph.D., was found to have a faked degree and unqualified for the position he held at the Zion University for about four years. He later applied to be a president of the St. Clement University.Zion Administration investigated the credential status of Peters and he was also sacked because of his questionable academic status.Upon his arrest, the Cameroonian national claimed there were also many Liberians he knows of, to have faked degrees.  The Commission on Higher Education is investigating; but the names of those concerned are yet to come out. NCHE’s recent moves to address the situation seem to be losing steam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

AFC seeking to support cocaine usage

first_img…hoping for backing on decriminalisation of small quantities of cocaine The Alliance For Change (AFC) is of the view that if so advised by an advisory council, they would consider decriminalising possession of not only small amounts of marijuana, but also cocaine.At a press conference at the AFC’s headquarters on Friday, AFC Member of Parliament Michael Carrington addressed the issue. Carrington, who is spearheading the bill to decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana, was asked about the drug’s notorious counterpart.“When I was looking at the law in terms of Section 5, you have small amounts of cocaine, like two grams, in terms of possession. When I was looking at it, I said watch, we deal with this one first, in terms of the cannabis. We deal with this first, and then we go to the advisory council.”“If we get the advisory council established, then they will do a lot of studies to see how we could deal with the other areas. Because to jail someone in terms of the two grams or one gram of cocaine, for that period of time, I think the best place for that individual is in a rehab centre.”Meanwhile, the AFC is hopeful it will receive unilateral support for its bill seeking to decriminalise possession of marijuana in small quantities. This is notwithstanding recent statements made by coalition partner A Partnership for National Unity.Minister of State Joseph Harmon had struck a note of caution when speaking on the matter. On the other hand, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had made known his support for the non-custodial sentences for persons caught with small amounts of marijuana.However, according to Carrington, there was likely to be support from both sides of the house for the bill.“I’m looking for a conscious vote in Parliament. We’ll have from both sides, AFC will support the bill but we will have votes coming from both sides. I don’t know how much. But whatever takes place in Parliament, I hope good judgement takes place in terms of the individuals. Because some people see a person smoking as a very bad thing… but people drink and do all sorts of things.”“And there will be a percentage of people who will do things that look bad. But we have to find a way in terms of shaping them back into reality. We know smoking is not good. But jailing a person for smoking is also not good. I think we’ll have persons from both sides coming across, in terms of supporting the bill.”Carrington noted that provisions for rehabilitation and education will have to accompany the measure. This, he said, includes the setting up of a fund to aid in rehabilitating former drug addicts.CocaineAccording to Section 4, (1) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, “Any person who has in his possession any narcotic or any substance represented or held out by him to be a narcotic, shall be liable (i) on summary conviction to fine or not less than $30,000, together with imprisonment for not less than three years nor more than five years.”Section 5 (2) goes on to state that “In any prosecution for an offence under this section, where any person (other than those allowed by law) found in possession of more than (b) one gram of cocaine, the burden of proving that he is in possession of the narcotic for a purpose other than the purpose of trafficking shall be on him.”It was only in March 2018 that the United States’ Department of State, International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), volume two report had raised concerns about Guyana being a transit point for narcotics.According to the US report, “Guyana is a transit country for South American cocaine destined for Europe, the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Cocaine is concealed in legitimate commodities and smuggled via commercial maritime vessels, air transport, human couriers, or the postal services.“Traffickers are attracted to Guyana’s remote airstrips, porous land borders, and weak security infrastructure. Largely unregulated currency exchange houses, used to transfer funds to and from the Diaspora, pose a risk to Guyana’s [anti-money laundering] AML regime,” the report states.There are a few countries, like Bolivia, that have taken the bold step of decriminalising cocaine. Other advanced countries, like the United Kingdom, have not dared go this route… although it can be used for medicinal purposes in certain jurisdictions.last_img read more

29 Dec

Chaffey, SBVC to battle for early Foothill lead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Both programs are ranked among the top 20 in the state, are off to 2-0 starts in conference and have enough weapons to put a scare into anyone. Jerome Habel, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, is averaging 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds a game for No. 16 San Bernardino Valley (14-7, 2-0). Chris Adams (6-7, 10.9 points per game) is emerging as a quiet inside force and small forward Jamar Smith (22.3 ppg) showed he’s healthy after a high ankle sprain with 22- and 24-point performances in victories over Rio Hondo and Desert last week. “It’s going to be a war; it’s a rivalry game,” Chaffey coach Jeff Klein said. “They are the defending conference champions … and they have great size and great athleticism. When you have that combination, it’s scary.” No. 17 Chaffey (17-4, 2-0), without a lot of size, counters with the state’s most potent offense, a run-and-gun shooting show that averages 104 points a game – four better than No. 6 Fresno (19-4). Point guard T.J. Smith (17.9 ppg) usually leads that assault. But Chris Brown (14.8 ppg), Larry Dew (12.1) and Vince Alvarado (11.2) all average double figures in scoring, and any number of Panthers can score double figures when Chaffey is running on all cylinders. “I don’t think Chaffey can match our big men, and we can’t match their guard play,” San Bernardino Valley coach Phil Mathews said. “It’s their guard play against our front line play. They have a nice guard tandem, and we have a pretty good front line. That’s how it’s going to break down.” But who breaks down is anyone’s guess this early in conference play. That wasn’t the case – at least not early – during a 77-76 win over No. 18 Mt. San Jacinto (13-8, 1-1) on Saturday. But Chaffey continued to trap and press and shoot, and the Panthers turned a halftime deficit into what they hope is a momentum-building victory heading into a home game against a Wolverine team picked to win the Foothill Conference. Favorites, though, can change dramatically after today. “We’re looking super forward to the challenge,” Chaffey sophomore Ronnie Bullock said. “This is what you play for. You hope the preseason gets you ready for games like this, gets you ready to contend.” NO PAIN, NO GAIN Injuries dwindled Life Pacific’s 10-man roster down to six last week. But playing without John Anderson (Rialto High), Nate Hiner (Tehachapi High), Israel Miller (Pasadena High) and Mike Wilson (Hillcrest Christian High) didn’t keep the Warriors from winning four in a row until dropping a 65-51 game to Cal Maritime on Thursday. “They are coming together,” Life Pacific coach Bruce Victor said. “There’s a lot of chemistry right now.” Life Pacific (10-9, 2-0 in the Pacific Christian Athletic Conference) hosted West Coast Baptist on Tuesday – and the Warriors expected the return of both Hiner and Miller for that contest – and will continue its season on Saturday in Phoenix against Southwestern College at 5 p.m. OWLS SOARING Rebuilding the Citrus men’s basketball program didn’t take long. The Owls (14-7) passed their 2004-2005 win total with a 64-51 win over Los Angeles Valley on Saturday – which also put them atop the South Division of the Western State Conference with a 2-0 mark – and awoke on Monday to find they had moved into the No. 14 spot in the Southern California polls. The women’s program at Citrus (11-10, 2-0) moved above .500 for the first time since Nov. 19 with a 67-50 win over Los Angeles Valley. Forward Nicole Cunningham (Etiwanda High) collected 18 rebounds and 14 points in the win, and Alexis Pope (Ganesha High) scored 20 points. Both programs continue their seasons with a doubleheader that begins today at Canyons at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, Citrus will host Glendale in a doubleheader. QUOTEBOOK “I’ve done a lot at Cal Poly Pomona,” women’s basketball coach Paul Thomas said Saturday after enduring a program-worst 90-47 loss to Cal State Bakersfield. “You have All-Americans and national titles, and you lose games by 43 points. I’ve seen and done it all. That’s all part of the experience.” The women (5-6, 2-2) and men (7-4, 3-1) will continue their season with weekend doubleheaders against Chico State on Friday and Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday. Friday’s game – which is the annual “Pack the Gym Night” – will be aired live at www.broncoathletics.com and replayed at Adelphia Channel KADL/Channel 10 on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Students, faculty and staff will be admitted into Friday’s game free with a Cal Poly Pomona I.D. Other fans can receive free admission by donating three canned food items for the athletic program’s annual charity drive. SCIAC STARTING Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action tips off today and two programs are looking to build off quality preseason performances. The women’s program at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (9-2) will play at Redlands on Thursday, while Occidental’s men’s team (9-1) will begin its season tonight at La Verne (5-5). The Pomona-Pitzer men (6-5) and women (3-7) will host Whittier today and Thursday, respectively. The CMS men (6-5) will play at Redlands tonight and the La Verne women (2-7) will host Occidental on Thursday. HARRIS TO REDSHIRT Tests performed last week revealed a stress fracture in his foot that will sideline Cal State San Bernardino’s Prentice Harris (Upland High) at least a month. Harris, the closest thing the Coyotes have to a starting point guard, played in six games of the Coyotes’ scheduled 26, which puts him just under the limit of games an athlete can play before exhausting a year of eligibility. Harris is on track to finish his degree in the spring but said he would like to play next year while working on a graduate degree. WHAT OFFSEASON? The Cal Poly women’s volleyball team isn’t resting now, not even after the best campaign in the program’s history. No, they’re continuing to build for next season and that has begun with the Broncos having three high school seniors sign national letters of intent. Samantha Casey (Twentynine Palms High), Brittany Roderick (Redondo Beach High) and Natalia Gonzales (South Hills) were inked during the early signing period and figure to become key players in the Cal Poly system. Casey, a 5-10 outside hitter, earned first-team All-De Anza League honors and was the league’s MVP for three consecutive years. Roderick, a 5-9 setter, earned All-Bay League honors and Gonzales, a 5-11 outside hitter, was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Girls Volleyball Player of the Year. NOTABLE The Mt. SAC women’s basketball team (21-1) remained No. 2 in the latest state polls. The Mounties will travel to Los Angeles Harbor today before opening North Division action in the South Coast Conference on Friday when it hosts No. 3 Pasadena (15-2). The Mt. SAC men (10-9) will play the second half of the doubleheader, with the women tipping off at 5:30 p.m. … Both the men’s and women’s swimming programs at CMS are off to 3-0 starts in SCIAC action. CMS will host Occidental on Saturday. … WR Marquis Smith (A.B Miller/San Bernardino Valley College) finished his two-year degree and will move onto Henderson State University in Arkansas. Michelle Gardner contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Chaffey’s guard play vs. San Bernardino Valley’s front line. Neither side is making any secret of what an early Foothill Conference showdown between fierce rivals will amount to when the Wolverines hit the road tonight at 7 at Chaffey College. last_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgThe Big Breakfast: Buncrana GAA are hosting a big breakfast on the morning of the Ulster Championship Semi-Final, Sunday 23rd June from 8:00am to 11:00am. Please support the club and start the day with a delicious cooked breakfast for €5 before heading off for the day to support Ryan and the lads in Breffni.Ulster Championship Semi-Final: The club would like to wish Ryan and the Donegal squad the best of luck for their Ulster Championship Semi-Final against Down on Sunday.Senior and Reserve Football: The visitors Bundoran registered the opening score of the game with a free on 3 minutes, however Buncrana responded well when some excellent work by Darach O’Connor resulted in a well taken goal by the corner forward. Buncrana then had a good period of possession, however a number of good score chances were wasted. Bundoran then capitalised on these missed chances, converting 2 frees. With 5 minutes remaining in the first half, a long ball caused confusion in the Buncrana defence lead to a somewhat fortunate own goal. HT Buncrana 1-0 Bundoran 1-2 Buncrana opened the second half brightly when Oisin Doherty pointed from 35 yards, this was followed by a point from William McLaughlin. Bundoran responded with a point before Oisin Doherty converted a free to equalise. With the home side pressing forward, Bundoran exploited their opportunities on the break and scored a free and a point from play to stretch their lead. Substitute Garbhan Friel scored a long range point from 40 yards, however this was followed by Buncrana conceding a penalty which was converted by the visitors. Despite the result there were some good performances from the younger members of the squad, including Darach O’Connor and Bruce Waldron. FT Buncrana 1-05 Bundoran 2-06Training continues on Tuesday evening at 7:30pm and Friday at 8:00pm. Senior Ladies Football: The Junior Championship draw was made at the County Board meeting on Monday night and our senior ladies have been drawn against Convoy in the preliminary round, with the first leg to played on the 7th July in Convoy. The team are continuing to preparation for the Championship and the remaining league fixtures and would welcome all support at games.Girls Football: The girls U14 footballers continued on their winning ways on Thursday in Muff, having defeated Malin in Scarvey the previous week. It was a youthful Buncrana side that took to the pitch, as 7 of the girls will be underage again next year. Aislinn Browne started by scoring a point in the first 30 seconds and went on to score a total of 3 goals and 4 points during the game. Buncrana played with the wind in the first half and dominated the play. Full forward Courtney Clare was causing havoc in the full forward line and linked up with Aislinn Browne, Shauna Coyle and Aoife Mc Gill to make numerous scoring opportunities. Despite not converting all of their scoring chances, Buncrana went in at half time with a very comfortable lead.In the second half Muff began to get back into the game and the Buncrana defence were finding it difficult to contain them. Captain Sophie “Roe” Doherty did some trojan work in midfield and, along with Kayla Deehan, were responsible for breaking up potential scoring attacks and keeping Buncrana ahead. The final score was Buncrana 3 -09, Muff 2-04. The scorers for Buncrana were Aislinn Browne 3-04, Courtney Clare 0-2, Shauna Coyle 0-01, Aoife Mc Gill 0-01 and Emer Clerkin 0-01.Girls football training is on Monday night at 7.00pm sharp. Open to all girls from the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. New players are also welcome. Please bring your own water bottle.U5 and U6 Gaelic Games: Under 5s and 6s sessions continues on Saturday mornings at 11.15am sharp in at the Scarvey. The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on European wide research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment.U8 Hurling: U8 Hurling will continue on Wednesdays at 5.30-6.30pm in Crana College. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Hurling in a fun, safe environment.U8 Football: U8 Football will continue on Friday at 6.30pm, new members are always welcome. U9/U10 Football: U9 Football (for children born in 2004) and U10 Football (for children born in 2003) is on Friday evenings in the Scarvey from 6:30pm. New players are always welcome.U12 Football: The training times are as follows: Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm and Friday 7.00-8.30pm. League matches are held each Monday evening. Mouthguards are now compulsory for all training as well as matches. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Gaelic football in a fun, safe environment.U14 Hurling: The U14 Hurlers had a day to remember in Easkey, Co. Sligo on Saturday. Considering the weather in Buncrana, Easkey was bathed in glorious sunshine. The Tournament was organised in memory of the Easkey/St. Farnens club man Stephen Timoney and consisted of county champions from Connacht who have qualified to go to Limerick for the All Ireland féile at the start of July.Buncrana begin well with a comfortable win over Galway side Annaghdown. Next up was Four Roads from Roscommon, which proved to be a tight affair with Buncrana pullling away at the end to win by 7 points. Our last game in the group stage was against Strandhill from Sligo, which proved to be a one sided affair, resulting in Buncrana topping the group to set up a final game against host club Easkey, who had accounted for Mayo sides Ballina and Westport and Roscommon side Oran. The final proved to be a hum dinger of a game and was a joy to watch for the large travelling support from Buncrana, who freely gave up the day to take the team down. Easkey scored a goal almost from the throw-in, which incidentally was the first time this year that Buncrana were behind in a competitive match. It was end to end with some fine scores being taken by both teams. Buncrana were down at halftime 2-04 to 3-03. The Scarvey boys rallied from the throw-in and with a strong work ethic and team commitment prevailed in the end to win by 7 points on a scoreline 3-05 to 4-09. Team: Jason Campbell, Cathal Óg Wilson, Paul Tourish, Oisin Hegarty, John Vaughan, PJ McCarron, Matthew Wilson, Ben Doherty (Roe), Niall O’Doherty, Oisin Grant, Dylan Duffy, Aaron Craig, Gavin Kelly, Darren Connelly, Oisin Doherty (Roe), Mark Craig and Liam O’Doherty. It would be unfair to single out any players for particular credit as all during the day the team performed at their best and were a credit to themselves and the club.The boys received the cup and enjoyed the well earned dip in the Atlantic to repair there aching bones. This group won’t get carried away and will meet some of these sides in Limerick and know they will be up against it, so for now they will enjoy the win and back to the hard graft in training which they have been doing since the start of January.Lotto: The winning numbers in the lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 4th June in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 6-13-16-30There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants:Geoffrey WassonMalacy McCann, TurkGerard O’Donnell, Millfield HeightsMartin Coyle, TullydishRónán Doherty, BallymaganClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaa, or visit our website www.buncranagaa.com.GAA NEWS – BUNCRANA TO HOST BIG BREAKFAST FOR ULSTER SEMI was last modified: June 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

22 Dec

Fury over 15 month waiting list for psychiatric treatment

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has slammed the latest waiting times figures for minors requiring psychiatric treatment in Donegal after it was revealed that some children are facing waits of more than 15 months to receive an appointment with a Psychiatrist.The figures show that there are currently 129 minors waiting for an appointment with Donegal Mental Health Services Psychiatrists, eight of whom have been on the list for more than 15 months.Describing the figures as ‘appalling’, Deputy Doherty said “Following having been contacted by constituents in relation to Psychiatry services in the county, I immediately decided to raise the issue of waiting times, psychiatric support services following patient discharge, as well as other mental health services in Donegal with the Minister. “I have now been provided with the latest data in respect of patient waiting times for appointments with the service’s Psychiatrist and the figures clearly highlight that there are major issues in the processing of referrals, particularly in relation to services for those under the age of 18.“There are a total of 134 adults on the waiting list to be seen by a Psychiatrist in the county however all of these patients have been waiting for at most 12 months, the majority of whom have been on the waiting for less than three months in total.“However, when we look at waiting times figures for children the picture is much worse. There are a total of 129 minors waiting for an appointment with a Psychiatrist however, four of these have been on the waiting list for over a year now while eight children have been on the list for longer than 15 months in total.“The fact that vulnerable young people who require Psychiatric support are being forced to wait for such lengthy periods is simply appalling and clearly demonstrates that the service is not in a position to handle its work load in a timely manner. “A number of months ago I raised the issue of the vacancy of the Addiction Counsellor within Under 18s and Adolescence Addiction services in Donegal, and here again is yet another example of how our young people in this county are being let down by the authorities due to the mismanagement of health service provisions.”“The staff, Consultant Psychiatrists and indeed all the team working within the service carry out outstanding work to keep the service functioning and to treat patients however, the problem is that they are working under extreme pressures due to the service being under resourced.“Clearly something needs to be done in order to alleviate this problem and make mental health services fit for purpose. I am now awaiting figures from the Minister in relation to the number of Psychiatrists working within the county as I believe that attention must now be drawn to the need to address the obvious deficiencies which exist within Donegal Mental Health Services.”Fury over 15 month waiting list for psychiatric treatment was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

18 Dec

Still farming at 88 with no signs of stopping

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems like an everyday occurrence that something is unveiled in agriculture that is the next greatest thing. Products that will boost yields, thwart diseases and insects and plant at twice the speed of sound are certainly steps forward in producing enough food, fiber and fuel for our ever-increasing world population.Although we can never stop thinking about how agriculture needs to look in the future, I believe that some of the greatest assets of our industry have been around for awhile.Recently, I stopped by a half-harvested soybean field in Shelby County and jumped in a John Deere combine that was being piloted by 88-year old Bernard Clinehens.Clinehens is a true veteran, not only in the military sense, but also with his 8 plus decades of farming experience. I have always felt that one of the best ways to move agriculture forward is to take a look at the past. Farmers like Clinehens have seen it all and have survived. In his lifetime, Clinehens has seen a Great Depression, a Dust Bowl, a Prohibition, multiple wars, two new states and a boom in technology, both on and off of the farm, that changed the way we live today. Who wouldn’t want to learn from someone like that?Clinehens mentioned a time or two about the “auto-steer” function on his machine and how he could head down the rows without a hand on the wheel. Heck, he was just as thrilled that the combine had a cab. He swallowed a lot of dust when he first started farming, after deciding becoming a teacher wasn’t for him.As you might imagine, Clinehens has been asked many times by many younger farmers what it takes to make it in this business. His answer didn’t have a thing to do with outguessing the markets, or having all of the newfangled gear, but it had everything to do with enjoying the job.Who, after 88 years of doing anything would still be doing it with a smile, except for a farmer? Thanks for the ride, Mr. Clinehens. I learned more in 30 minutes in your cab than I have learned in a long time.Take a look at some of our conversation with this Cab Cam video featuring Bernard Clinehens.last_img read more

9 Dec

How to Play the Long Game

first_img“You’re an animal like the other animals or you’re something different, something higher, and known to be different and higher. Someone has to be the good guy.” Peggy Noonan, A Flawed Report’s Important Lesson, WSJ, December 12, 2014Some of your competitors will lie to win a deal. They will say whatever they believe their prospective client wants to hear, knowing it isn’t the truth. You may be frustrated knowing that they’re lying and winning.Some businesses you compete against will act immoral, and some will take actions that are illegal, all to make a buck. Their success may get a lot of press, and it might look pretty in the papers right now.Some of your competitors will speak poorly of you and your business to win an opportunity. You may be frustrated and angry to learn that a competitor is trying to make themselves look better by trying to make you look bad.Some people will tell their prospective clients what they want to hear in order to ingratiate themselves to that person. The would rather have their business than tell them what they really need to hear.None of these tactics are effective long term. In fact, over time these tactics undo those who use them. Someone may effectively lie to win a deal, but over time that lie will be exposed, and the person who lied will no longer be credible. People and companies that try to win by using tactics that are illegal or immoral get a different kind of press when these actions are exposed. Eventually, you are going to judged by who you are, not what your competitors say about you. And, eventually, your dream clients are going to need to know the truth about what they need to change and how much it is going to cost.You can’t control the tactics that other people or companies use to pursue and win new business. The only thing that you can control is who you are going to be. If you decide to be something different and higher, you will be known for being those things, even if it takes time for this to be known.Character is the long game. Who you are going to be has nothing to do with the decisions that other people make about who they are going to be. Your character is your business.Legacy is the longest of long games. The difference that you are going to make is solely up to you, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that other people aren’t considering their legacy. Your legacy is your business. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

1 Dec

Where Odisha is galloping to progress

first_imgPrashant Kumar Behera, a 41-year-old junior engineer in the Rural Works Division of Odisha’s Malkangiri district is working to ensure that development is on a fast trot in some of the remotest parts of the State. He works in villages located on land cut off by the Balimela reservoir. This region lacks roads to this day, and even surveying is possible only on horseback. So Mr. Behera often borrows a horse from the villagers and sets off on his expeditions. His visits form the ground work for new roads to connect the remote villages. Looking at his method, time stands still for many as horse-borne technical surveys were a feature of the pre-Independence era. 100 isolated villages Nearly 100 villages isolated by the Balimela reservoir are not connected by roads. When the Gurupriya bridge was opened on July 26, 2018, part of this region with 151 villages got linked to the rest of Odisha and became ‘Swabhiman Anchal’ (region of pride). Now, plans are on to build roads under the Setu project of the Odisha government and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana of the Centre, to connect the 100-odd villages. The idea faces opposition from the Maoists, who stalled construction of the Gurupriya bridge for decades. Mr. Behera, posted at Khairaput along with his small team, is conducting surveys for roads in areas where no bike or four-wheeler can go. “For over 15 days a month, I use a horse. The entire region is horse country. Tribals use them for their transport and they are happy to share one,” he said. “When I am unable to return, I stay overnight at a village along with the horse,” he added. “Routes normally used by horses through the hilly forested terrain are less steep, and therefore good candidates for roads,” he explained. The horse-riding engineer also makes notes about drinking water, health and education issues and relays them to those departments. Since Maoists oppose the move, he tries to build public opinion about roads as catalysts of development. As he sees it, more people support new roads than those who oppose them, and so he has never faced a Maoist threat.He and his friends at Malkangiri have also formed a group to add a practical benefit to the surveys. They collect used clothes, blankets and household goods for the needy, and hand them over during visits.last_img read more

22 Nov

Federer beats Tsitsipas at Basel; faces De Minaur in final

first_imgTop-seeded Federer broke the Tsitsipas service at 2-2 in the first set, and created set point chances with a delicate angled drop volley for a winner. He clinched by firing an ace down the middle.Federer broke again to begin the second set, taking his chance with a powerful forehand winner down the line.Victory lifted Federer to a 50-8 record in 2019. It’s his third straight year of 50 wins since an injury-ravaged season ended early in 2016.De Minaur, ranked No. 28, has won all four of his semifinals this season. He went on take the title each time, at Sydney, Atlanta, and Zhuhai, China.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Heat too hot for Antetokounmpo, Bucks Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after winning the semifinal match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Alexandra Wey/Keystone via AP)BASEL, Switzerland — Roger Federer delighted his hometown fans by cruising past Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors semifinals on Saturday.Seeking a 10th career title in Basel, the 38-year-old Federer will play 20-year-old Alex de Minaur in Sunday’s final.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He also improved to 4-0 this season against the 37th-ranked Opelka, who stands at 6-foot-11 (2.10 meters).Opelka hit 26 aces to top 1,000 for the year and overtake John Isner for the ATP lead.“Probably the most important thing is not to get frustrated,” De Minaur said. “You’ve got to know that he’s going to serve at least 40, 50 aces against you.”Federer and De Minaur, who was born in February 1999, four months after the Swiss great played his first match at Basel, have never played each other on tour. “That’s what you do with a home court advantage,” said Federer, who has reached the final 13 straight times he has played the Swiss Indoors. “They enjoy when I’m playing good tennis and it pushes me to play even better.”De Minaur, a wild card, advanced by beating big-serving American Reilly Opelka 7-6 (2), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3) in a meeting of unseeded players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceBoth finalists have won three titles this season, though for De Minaur these are the only three of his career so far while Federer is chasing his 103rd.Serving for the match, Federer saved the only break point he allowed the seventh-ranked Tsitsipas. Federer clinched two points later with a leaping volleyed winner approaching the net after Tsitsipas struggled to handle a strong first service.last_img read more