Video: Combating pneumonia, child mortality in Zambia

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It’s a major health concern that Episcopal Relief & Development, in partnership with the Zambian Anglican Council and other stakeholders, is determined to combat through the implementation of a pneumococcal vaccination program later this year.The initial vaccination program will focus on Zambia’s Luapula Province, which borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north.“It’s made up of some extraordinary communities that are very rural, very isolated, where people live along waterways, so it’s an extremely difficult place to work,” said Abagail Nelson, Episcopal Relief & Development’s senior vice president for programs. “But it’s a place where we’re pleased to work and a place where the church has a lot of community-based networks and the capacity to bring the vaccine to children.”According to the World Health Organization, pneumococcal disease is responsible for the deaths of more than 1.5 million people worldwide every year, including more than half a million children before their fifth birthday.The pneumococcal vaccine has been available in the U.S. since the early 1900s and has been recommended since 2000 for all children aged 2 to 23 months. But only very recently has the vaccine been available in the developing world.Zambia is planning to introduce the vaccine into its health system this year, but the ministry of health relies on organizations such as the Zambian Anglican Council and Episcopal Relief & Development to ensure that treatment reaches the children who need it most.“It’s a little known fact that acute respiratory infection kills more children than AIDS. If you address diarrheal-related diseases, pneumonia-related diseases and malaria, you’re really getting at the three leading killers of children under five, particularly in contexts like Luapula,” said Nelson.The program in Luapula has the potential of reaching 250,000 children whose lives are at risk from contracting pneumonia as well as other diseases. “We’re looking at what’s called an integrated child health program … that also helps increase nutrition and reduce deaths from diseases such as malaria,” said Nelson. “If we can address these illnesses, of course, children will live, they will thrive, and they will contribute to the greater health and community life of their country.”Episcopal Relief & Development has worked in partnership with ZAC — the body that represents all five dioceses and health and training institutions for the Anglican Church in Zambia — in combating malaria through the NetsforLife® program, an Episcopal Relief & Development program partnership that has won awards and earned widespread respect for saving millions of lives in Africa.The pilot project was launched in Zambia in 2005, and a decrease in malaria cases of more than 50 percent has been reported in some areas.Due to previous success with its malaria prevention initiatives in Zambia and an earlier food security program that began in 2000, the ZAC and Episcopal Relief & Development partnership is a “model for the rest of Africa,” Stephen Dsizi, technical director for NetsforLife®, told ENS during a three-day training program in July 2011 in Lusaka, Zambia.The training program brought together international and local experts in health issues and representatives from relief and development organizations to prepare Zambian Anglicans for the pneumonia immunization program.Nelson told ENS that the Zambian Anglican Council has a “fantastic reputation with the ministry of health and other ministries. We’re privileged to be able to support them as they continue to reach out in the communities and be a strong presence for people in need.”The Zambia Anglican Council, under the directorship of Grace Phiri and in partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, “has shown how to develop and implement projects that are a demonstration for the globe,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who participated in a portion of the July 2011 training in Lusaka, told ENS at the time. “It’s remarkable work that is integrated and holistic and serving the whole community.”— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Wooloowin House / Nielsen Jenkins

first_img Houses Photographs “COPY” Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Wooloowin House / Nielsen Jenkins Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Breezway, Brodware, PGH Bricks, Timberware, Adobe, Grillworks, Slab shapers, Trimble Design Team:Lachlan Nielsen, Morgan Jenkins, Nicholas Russell, Kelsey Homer, Laura McConaghyClients:Simon Hill, Rachel HillEngineering:AD StructureLandscape Design:Jonathan Kopinski, Nielsen JenkinsConsultants:Place Design GroupBuilder:BuilderCity:BrisbaneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Shantanu StarickRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™Renders / 3D AnimationEnscape3D Real-Time Rendering SoftwareDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. The Wooloowin House sits on a very steep, west facing site with distant views towards the Samford Valley. The inherent tension between the distant mountain view and the ferocity of the summer sun from this direction led to a strategy of enabling a much more dynamic occupation of the site than is typical in these buildings.Save this picture!© Shantanu StarickSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Shantanu StarickTwo new ‘public’ rooms have been created; one internal room has been carved away through careful subtraction within the existing building envelope; and the other external room has been defined by the addition of a new framing arbour to the west, and a slender two-storey screening element to the south which shields the existing pool from the neighbouring block of units. The project stitches together small additions with the existing structure, slab, pool and roof.Save this picture!© Shantanu StarickSave this picture!© Shantanu StarickThis new arrangement has enabled a new series of grounded spaces that allow the family to occupy different parts of the site at different times of the day – retreating back into the undercroft spaces when the sun is at its harshest, and then moving outwards to the view as the sun turns to night.Save this picture!© Shantanu StarickProject gallerySee allShow lessFly Box / ARO studioSelected ProjectsHOUSE-W / N.A.OSelected Projects Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/947253/wooloowin-house-nielsen-jenkins Clipboard Photographs:  Shantanu Starick Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  Projects ArchDaily Wooloowin House / Nielsen JenkinsSave this projectSaveWooloowin House / Nielsen Jenkins Australia CopyAbout this officeNielsen JenkinsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrisbaneOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on September 17, 2020Cite: “Wooloowin House / Nielsen Jenkins” 16 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Shantanu Starick+ 19Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyHouses•Brisbane, Australia Sanctuary Landscapes, Simon Hill 2019 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/947253/wooloowin-house-nielsen-jenkins Clipboard Architects: Nielsen Jenkins Area Area of this architecture project Landscape: last_img read more

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Racism and the underfunding of Philadelphia schools

first_imgBetsey PietteWW photo: Brenda RyanBetsey Piette, of the Philadelphia branch of Workers World Party, gave this talk at the WWP national conference, held on Nov. 15-16 in New York City.In 2014, the discretionary budget for one Philadelphia elementary school was just $160 — roughly the cost of a family’s weekly groceries. It was meant to provide books, postage, staff training and supplies for 400 students.At Philadelphia’s highly ranked Central High School, the second oldest continuous public school in the U.S., students started the school year with 50 to 70 of them crowded into classrooms — without enough desks or books to go around.This is what austerity looks like as globalization and technological advances make educating the working class a low priority for U.S. corporations.Philadelphia has closed 31 schools and laid off 4,000 teachers, librarians, counselors, nurses and support staff. The deaths of two students have been tied to a shortage of school nurses.In most schools, teachers and parents are the ones buying paper, pencils, books, food, cleaning supplies and even toilet paper.Many blame funding cuts on outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett. While starving Philadelphia schools, Corbett gave corporations billions of dollars in tax breaks, and he increased funding for prison construction, fueling the school-to-prison pipeline.But voting Corbett out won’t solve anything. The source of the austerity crisis impacting the U.S.’s eighth largest school district is capitalism’s inherent drive for profits.The introduction of Common Core State Standard tests, while creating new markets for Microsoft, won’t improve education. The devastating cuts turn schools into prisons without bars for students who spend 60 percent of their time taking tests.Philadelphia’s state-appointed School Reform Commission, established in 2002, was designed to replace public schools with for-profit privatized charter schools. Students, parents and teachers have been fighting ever since.The SRC was supposed to fix a two-year $115 million deficit. Instead the district’s deficit increased 32 percent annually, reaching $1.1 billion by 2012.  Philly schools pay $280 million in debt service each year — 10 times the national average.  Much of this debt stems from interest rate swaps benefiting big banks.The SRC opened the floodgates to unregulated charter schools that drain $727 million each year from public school funds. In November, two charter schools closed, leaving students scrambling for space in already overcrowded public schools.Racism: major cause of underfunded schoolsRacism plays a major role in the underfunding of schools.  While Philadelphia has only 10 percent of Pennsylvania’s student enrollment, the city suffered 25 percent of the state’s education funding cuts. Black, Latino/a and Asian students make up more than 72 percent of the district’s enrollment. Sixty years after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision outlawing school segregation, segregation of public schools has surpassed 1954 levels.For-profit education corporations, such as the Boston Consulting Group, the Walton family, the Gates Foundations, openly advocate replacing teachers with costly technology. Their privatization drive is a vicious attack on unionized teachers.When the SRC was created, Philadelphia teachers were prohibited from striking. When the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers contract expired last year, the SRC demanded $131 million in concessions. The union refused to accept these draconian cuts.On Oct. 6 of this year, the SRC announced it was cancelling its collective bargaining agreement with PFT.  In response to the SRC’s shocking decision, students staged a one-day strike. In the largest rally to date, thousands of workers turned out on Oct. 16, with many calling for a citywide general strike.Over 50 union leaders signed a letter condemning the SRC’s “destruction of collective bargaining,” but stopped short of calling members out to support the teachers. Instead, they urged support for Tom Wolf, a Democratic candidate and businessman, who defeated Corbett in the Nov. 4 election. The PFT, rather than mobilizing members to take direct action, turned to the courts where they won a temporary injunction stopping the SRC from implementing contract cuts.We don’t know what will happen next around the education struggle in Philadelphia.  We know that relying on elections or the courts to solve a crisis deeply routed in a failing capitalist economic system leads nowhere.In 1835, Philadelphia workers staged the first general strike in U.S. history.  In 1981, a 51-day Philly teachers’ strike ended when the city’s Central Labor Council threatened a general strike. That threat provided the leverage needed to force the district to back down on demands for concessions. History shows that general strikes are effective in workers’ battles against the bosses.Severe reduction of workers’ wages, racist housing policies, endless war spending and tax cuts for wealthy corporations — not teachers’ salaries and benefits — are to blame for funding shortfalls. Taking on the fight for public education means taking out the rotten for-profit capitalist system and bringing in a system of socialism where human needs, including education, are the priorities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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‘We are not robots:’ Somali workers back down Amazon

first_imgSomali workers push back AmazonMinneapolis – Chanting “Together we can make history/in every warehouse, in every city,” nearly 500 workers and supporters rallied in support of East African workers here on Dec. 14. The workers have stunned the country by forcing industry giant Amazon to negotiate with their demands, a first-of-its-kind achievement.The Dec. 14 protest took place on a Friday afternoon at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Shakopee, nearly half an hour from downtown Minneapolis. The rally was timed so that workers walking out after their shift could directly join with jubilant supporters on the picket line.Workers took turns expressing their grievances with the corporate giant to the eager crowd of supporters. Chants such as “Amazon, hear our voice!” and “We’re people, not robots” were conducted in English as well as Somali, Amharic and Oromo. The struggle waged by the workers from East Africa at the Shakopee facility constitutes the first time that U.S. workers have brought Amazon management to the negotiating table, according to the Nov. 20 New York Times. Though management has conceded some demands since negotiations began, the workers at the rally stated that Amazon’s response has not come far enough. (tinyurl.com/y9q9ndya)The Minneapolis protest, organized by the Awood Center, represents a new stage in the burgeoning movement for collective bargaining rights in the U.S. The Awood Center is described on the web as “a place for the East African Community to learn, defend our rights at work, and build East African worker power.”Fighting for health careHealth care is one of the key issues for the East African workers. The barriers to health care they experience at Amazon are all too common for many workers in other settings in the U.S.The story of Khadra Kassim, who was pregnant when she was injured while performing her duties at Amazon, has been widely reported, including in the Times. While the media correctly reported Kassim was turned away when she went to the Amazon on-site medical office, key facets of the episode have been omitted.  Kassim stated at the rally that she had not at first been aware there was such a facility. The company had not sufficiently informed her, and they had not put in place adequate Somali-language communication. She was also turned away because she was a “new hire,” as the company-provided health insurance only activates after a worker has passed a probationary period arbitrarily set by management. Kassim pointed out at the rally that she has been out of work since September due to other work-related injuries. Amazon has not helped her with those either. ‘We are not robots’Rashid, a young Somali man who spoke, noted that the effort to organize workers at Amazon was easy because many workers were already united in their indignation with the company. He attested that Amazon has not so far taken a retaliatory approach in response to the workers’ organizing, but perhaps that’s only because of the tight unity among the workers, based on shared culture, language and community.Rashid exhorted workers around the country to join the struggle for workers’ rights: “Amazon thinks we are like robots, but we are not robots. They want us to compete with robots, work like robots work and have the same speed. … I think everybody in the world has the same problem, but they are not having their voices heard.” Rashid also stated that workers should not back down even in the face of powerful companies like Amazon. Because no matter how strong they can appear, the struggle of the workers at Amazon proves that big business can be brought to negotiations through concerted worker actions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Phlunte’ Riddle Endorsed by the Mexican-American Bar Association PAC

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Government Phlunte’ Riddle Endorsed by the Mexican-American Bar Association PAC Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 11:13 am Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img The Mexican-American Bar Association PAC (MABA PAC) has endorsed Phlunte’ Riddle for the State Senate’s 25th District, the Riddle campaign announced today.We are very proud to endorse Phlunte’ Riddle for the State Senate,” said Felipe Plascencia, President of MABA PAC . “Phlunte’s wealth of experience in law enforcement will allow her to bring a unique perspective to the challenges facing California and its communities — the need for better jobs, stronger schools, and safer communities. She is the best choice to be the next State Senator from the 25th District.”MABA PAC joins Senators Connie Leyva, Isadore Hall, III, and Holly Mitchell as well as Assemblymember Jim Cooper, and the Pasadena Police Officers Association in supporting Phlunte’ Riddle for State Senate.MABA PAC works to empower the Latino community to be more involved in civic affairs and elect leaders who will ensure that the American dream is available to people from all backgrounds. Their members include attorneys, civic leaders, and business people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.“I am honored to have earned the support of the MABA PAC,” Riddle said. “I look forward to working together with their organization to make sure Californians have good jobs, strong schools, and safe communities.”Riddle resides in Pasadena with her husband of 36 years and is the mother of three adult sons. Riddle spent nearly 29 years rising through the ranks of the Pasadena Police Department, breaking barriers as the first woman to be permanently assigned as a gang/street narcotics officer and the first African American female sergeant and lieutenant. She retired as a lieutenant, where she was the Public Information Officer & Adjutant to the Chief of Police.Riddle is an adjunct professor at Golden West College and owns a consulting company, where she trains executives and helps solve communications challenges in organizations.The 25th State Senate District encompasses the communities of Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, Bradbury, Claremont, Duarte, Glendora, La Cañada-Flintridge, La Verne, Monrovia, San Dimas, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Upland, Altadena, La Crescenta, Montrose, Atwater Village, and Sunland-Tujunga. 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stufflast_img read more

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My Eyelab Opens New Store in Lewisville, TX Area

first_img WhatsApp My Eyelab Opens New Store in Lewisville, TX Area LEWISVILLE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 29, 2021– My Eyelab, a leading optical retailer offering accessible and affordable eye care and eyewear, will open its newest location in Lewisville on Monday, February 1. Located at 101 N Stemmons Fairway, the new store marks My Eyelab’s 105 th location overall. This opening furthers business growth as My Eyelab continues to expand its base in Texas and find its footing in more communities. The Lewisville opening is being driven by Yousuf Ali, an existing franchisee who fully opened the Irving, TX location in August 2019 as his first optical retail store. After noticing success in Irving, TX with his first opening, Yousuf is on track to open Lewisville and a third location in South Denton, Texas by April 2020 to share the My Eyelab franchise with additional communities. “Growing the My Eyelab brand in Texas is an honor, since we will have more opportunities to help the community,” said Ali. “Especially in the midst of a pandemic, we’ve seen how impactful accessible eye care is for our customers and that there are plenty of areas where a My Eyelab can change lives. As we move forward, our goal is to continue our upward path and share how we make eye care easy every day.” Under the leadership of founder and CEO Daniel Stanton, My Eyelab is a retail brand of Now Optics, which also includes Stanton Optical. My Eyelab has led the optical industry in ocular telehealth by leveraging proprietary innovative telehealth technology to provide patients with affordable eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses. Tapping into its remote network of affiliated doctors, to date the company has conducted more than 1.2 million telehealth eye exams, something no other optical retailer can offer in the Lewisville area. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has not hindered My Eyelab’s success, as its proprietary telehealth technology minimizes the risk without compromising quality eye care. On top of that, an assortment of over 2,000 frames and top contact lens brands to fit both style and budgets allows consumers the ultimate freedom to experiment with unique, stylish designs that fit their personal style. For convenience, My Eyelab in Lewisville accepts both same day appointments and walk-ins for your eye exams and eyewear needs. With bilingual staff available and eye exams in English and Spanish, hours for the new optical store in Lewisville are Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 5 pm. For more information or to schedule an appointment go to www.myeyelab.com or call (469) 214-8828. ABOUT NOW OPTICS: Now Optics is a leader in the eye care industry. Its retail brands, My Eyelab and Stanton Optical, are among the nation’s fastest growing, full-service retail optical centers. The company continues to expand its retail footprint with over 200 corporate and franchise locations in 28 states while delivering affordable eye health solutions. The company consistently ranks among the largest optical retailers in the country by Vision Monday and was ranked #11 on Entrepreneur’s list of Top New Franchises in 2020. Visit myeyelab.com or stantonoptical.com for more information. Find details about franchise opportunities at myeyelabfranchise.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210129005501/en/ David Robertson, Fishman Public Relations,[email protected] 847-945-1300  KEYWORD: TEXAS UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL SPECIALTY OPTICAL HEALTH SOURCE: My Eyelab Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/29/2021 12:43 PM/DISC: 01/29/2021 12:43 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210129005501/en WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 29, 2021 center_img Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Twitter Pinterest TAGS  Previous article2021 International ICT Market Report: Country Level Data for 29 European Markets and Brazil, China, India, Japan, Turkey and USA – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleGlobal Special Purpose Logic IC Market (2021 to 2025) – Key Drivers, Challenges and Trends – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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North Carolina woman’s husband is a person of interest in her death, police re-examining death of first wife

first_imgNash County Sheriff(LEGGETT, N.C.) — A North Carolina husband is a person of interest in the unsolved murder of his most recent wife, Diana Keel, who was an emergency room nurse and mother of two, officials said Thursday.The state’s Department of Transportation employees found the 38-year-old woman’s body on Tuesday near Leggett, North Carolina, about 30 minutes from her home in Nashville, North Carolina, according to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office. Foul play was “definitely” involved, officials said on Wednesday.Authorities believe her body had been there since Saturday — the day Keel was reported missing by her 18-year-old daughter, according to the sheriff’s office. Keel also leaves behind a 10-year-old son.Keel was last seen by her husband, Rexford Lynn Keel, on Friday, the sheriff’s office said.Lynn Keel said he didn’t report his wife missing because she would leave “from time to time” and “stay gone a couple of days,” authorities said Wednesday.Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone told reporters Wednesday night that Lynn Keel remains a person of interest, adding, “There are persons of interest that I don’t want to name at this time.”“Because in any investigation you can have a person of interest and it can change at any time and go in a totally different way,” Stone said. “So were not going to rule out any possibilities at this time.”Attempts by ABC News to reach Lynn Keel on Thursday were unsuccessful.Diana Keel’s employer said she hadn’t been at work in a few days and her car has remained parked at her home, officials said.As investigators dig into Keel’s mysterious death, detectives have also followed-up on the Jan. 1, 2006, death of Keel’s former wife, Elizabeth Edward Keel, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday.Edward Keel fell and hit her forehead on the corner of the concrete steps at the front of the couple’s home, according to the sheriff’s office.Edward Keel’s death was ruled accidental based on blunt trauma to the head, the medical examiner’s office determined at the time, the sheriff’s office said.Lynn Keel was not listed as a suspect in Edward Keel’s death, said Brandon Medina, Chief Deputy of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.But, in the wake of Keel’s killing, investigators have reviewed in detail Edward Keel’s death report, autopsy report and photographs, “along with the notes from the primary deputy, investigator” and other witnesses, Medina told ABC News via email Thursday.Lynn Keel continued to live in the same house his first wife died in, officials said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Alien invasions in Antarctica – is anyone liable?

first_imgThe introduction of non-native species to Antarctica in association with human activities is a major threat to indigenous biodiversity and the region’s unique ecosystems, as has been well-demonstrated in other ecosystems globally. Existing legislation contained in the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty does not specifically make the eradication of non-native species mandatory, although it is implicit that human-assisted introductions should not take place. Furthermore, to date, eradications of non-native species in the Treaty area have been infrequent and slow to progress. In 2005 an additional Annex (VI) to the Protocol was agreed concerning “Liability arising from environmental emergencies.” This annex focusses on prevention of environmental emergencies, contingency planning and reclaiming costs incurred when responding to an environmental emergency caused by another operator within the Antarctic Treaty area. However, the types of environmental emergencies covered by the annex are not defined. In this paper we highlight potential difficulties with the application of Annex VI in the context of non-native species control and eradication, including, for example, whether a non-native species introduction would be classified as an “environmental emergency” and therefore be considered under the terms of the annex. Even if this were the case, we conclude that the slow pace of approval of the annex by Antarctic Treaty Parties may prevent it coming into force for many years and, once in force, in its current form it is unlikely to be useful for reclaiming costs associated with the eradication or management of a non-native species.last_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 12/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballWalker Memorial Classic @ Pine View H.S.ST. GEORGE, Utah-Lyman Simmons posted 31 points and 9 rebounds and the Snow Canyon Warriors bested Manti 61-53 Saturday at the Walker Memorial Classic at Pine View High School. Grady Thompson’s 15 points led the Templars in defeat.Region 20PANGUITCH, Utah-Kyler Bennett led the way with 10 points and the Panguitch Bobcats waxed Piute 38-32 Saturday in Region 20 boys basketball action. Kelby Jessen had 12 points in the loss for the Thunderbirds.MILFORD, Utah-Joey Renz had 19 points as the Diamond Ranch Diamondbacks downed Milford 51-46 Saturday in Region 20 b0ys basketball action. Heston Sullivan’s 12 points led the Tigers in defeat.Non-RegionMT. PLEASANT, Utah-Dallon Steadman posted 28 points and 6 rebounds as the North Sanpete Hawks clobbered Emery 81-58 in non-region boys basketball action Saturday. Beau Cook had 13 points for the Spartans in defeat.Girls BasketballCentral Utah Preview @ SVCRICHFIELD, Utah-Sofie Shurtliff posted 11 points before appearing to tear her ACL and the Enterprise Wolves got past Delta 44-37 Saturday at the Central Utah Preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Jadee Dutson had 20 points and 5 rebounds in the loss for the Rabbits. Enterprise improved to 7-0 with the win while the Rabbits fell to 6-4.RICHFIELD, Utah-Oakley Butler netted 11 points and the Duchesne Eagles overpowered North Sanpete 37-22 at the Central Utah Preview at the Sevier Valley Center Saturday. Kortley Cook/Tylee Henrie and Eryn Briggs had 5 points apiece in the loss for the Hawks.RICHFIELD, Utah-Kara Camp and Eliza Swallow had 13 points apiece on a combined 11-15 from the field as the Millard Eagles routed Monticello 59-21 Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center as part of the Central Utah Preview. Kennedy Brewer had 5 points for the Lady Bucks in the loss.RICHFIELD, Utah-Halle Hutchings posted 14 points as the Beaver Beavers got past North Summit 55-47 Saturday during the Central Utah Preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Hadley Richins’ game-high 20 points led the Braves in defeat.RICHFIELD, Utah-Presley Chappell netted 19 points and 14 rebounds on 9-16 from the field as the South Sevier Rams waxed Crimson Cliffs 46-34 at the Sevier Valley Center Saturday during the Central Utah Preview. Aspen Okerlund added 16 points in the win for the Rams. Ashtin Hansen had 12 points and Riann Gines added 11 points and 8 rebounds in defeat for the Mustangs.RICHFIELD, Utah-Grayce Glover posted 17 points and 6 assists as Kanab routed North Sevier 45-23 Saturday during the Central Utah Preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Milla Torgerson and Alli Mason had 9 points apiece in the loss for the Wolves.RICHFIELD, Utah-Nicole Willardson posted 14 points on 4-8 from the field as the Richfield Wildcats hammered Manti 39-19 in the nightcap from the Central Utah Preview at the Sevier Valley Center Saturday. The Wildcats outscored the Templars 21-3 in the second half to cruise to victory and improve to 7-1 on the season. Katie Larsen had 6 points and 3 rebounds in the loss for the Templars. Tags: Roundup Written by December 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 12/19 Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Ministering to health

first_imgMore than a dozen serving health ministers from Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean gathered at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) this week for a three-day gathering that is a key part of a broader program to enhance the effectiveness of such officials in developing and middle-income countries.The aim of the Ministerial Health Leaders’ Forum, jointly convened with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), is not to improve the ministers’ technical knowledge of health topics, but to help them become more effective leaders. The sessions, which ran through Wednesday, were participatory, allowing attendees to share their experiences and learn from each other as well as from faculty.“The principal purpose is to enhance leadership effectiveness of serving ministers of health with the goal of enabling them to carry out health reform in their countries in order to strengthen national health systems,” said Michael Sinclair, executive director of the HSPH’s Ministerial Leadership in Health Program and director of global programs for HSPH’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development.Sinclair said that a health minister’s role is complex. To be successful, the official must be an astute political operator, has to understand health systems, and needs to be an effective administrator. Most such ministers are highly educated but come from health care backgrounds; they may not be well-versed in how to be effective in a national political environment.The forum was part of a larger focus on health leadership at HSPH. Dean Julio Frenk, a former minister of health of Mexico and the host of the event, said Monday that one of the School’s goals is to ensure that knowledge is translated into practice. One way to do that, he said, is to engage with nations’ top health leaders and ensure they have the tools to enact necessary health reforms.“Part of our core mission is to ensure that knowledge is translated into policy,” Frenk said. “Effective leadership is a crucial link in that chain.”Frenk said when he was Mexico’s health minister from 2000 to 2006, he lacked a support network of people in the same position. One goal of the workshop is to create such a network that participants can tap into after they leave Cambridge.The sessions were immersive, Sinclair said, starting with working breakfasts at 7:30 a.m. and running through working dinners. The topics included transformational leadership, policy analysis, priority setting and political strategy, allocating resources, working with finance ministers, and prioritizing maternal and child health. The sessions, which were held in the Taubman Building at HKS, were co-sponsored by HKS and HSPH, in association with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.In addition to the ministers and Harvard faculty members, the forum drew on an “expert resource group,” made up of former health or finance ministers from around the world who could offer advice drawn from their own experiences.The participants were asked to focus on one key health reform needed in their systems and to think about ways to change it as they proceeded through the workshop. When the ministers return to their home countries, organizers will offer technical support in carrying out the reform.Hussein Ali Mwinyi, the Tanzanian minister of health and social welfare, said Monday that he hoped not just to get knowledge from Harvard faculty members, but to acquire best practices from his colleagues.“It’s an opportunity to learn,” Mwinyi said.Tanzania, he said, needs to transition from programs focused on one disease or condition to an overall strengthening of the health system. The nation is seeing a rise in non-communicable diseases, he said, even as it continues to fight infectious diseases and to work on basic health indicators such as maternal and child health.Florence Guillaume, Haiti’s minister of public health and population, said her biggest challenge is reaching the 40 percent of Haitians not covered by basic health care even as the nation gets its health system back on its feet after the devastation of the 2010 earthquake that destroyed, among other things, Haiti’s largest hospital. She also wants to better coordinate the many different nonprofit aid programs that have been operating in the Caribbean nation since 2010.The leadership challenge, she said, is coordinating the work of the many private actors so that collectively, together with the government’s efforts, progress is made toward national health goals.“It has been frank, candid, and objective,” Guillaume said of the early sessions. “It’s amazing. This is a really good initiative.”last_img read more

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