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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Announce Debut Performance At Terrapin Crossroads

first_imgBaltimore-based jam-funk quartet Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have announced their debut performance at Phil Lesh‘s Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA, set to go down on Wednesday, July 3rd.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will continue to get their spring tour underway with a performance at Cleveland, OH’s House of Blues on March 22nd followed by shows at Harrisburg, PA’s Capitol Room (3/28); Stroudsburg, PA’s Sherman Theater (3/29); Albany, NY’s Jupiter Hall (3/30); a two-night run at South Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground Ballroom (4/4 & 4/5); Portland, ME’s State Theatre (4/6); and a two-night stand at Rochester, NY’s Anthology on April 12th and 13th.Pigeons will also team up with Twiddle for a five-date co-headlining run through the midwest leading up to their highly anticipated co-headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 2nd.Tickets for Pigeons’ Terrapin Crossroads debut go on sale this Friday, March 15th at 10 a.m. (PST) here.For a full list of PPPP’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Coming Home to Cabot House: Krystal Tung ’13

first_imgHarvard College’s unusual House system brings faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates together under one roof in smaller communities that encourage residents to develop as people as well as scholars. Find out why Cabot House resident Krystal Tung ’13 says that the place where she lives is also the place where she explores, creates, connects, and, above all, learns.last_img

Come Get Funky For Clean Water

first_imgOn Friday, May 11, come get funky with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic in Asheville, North Carolina. The concert will be held at Salvage Station from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This is a charity event and proceeds from the show will fund drinking water wells in rural West Africa. Learn more and get tickets here.Now, I don’t have to tell you who George Clinton is, do I? The man is a living legend. He and the Parliament Funkadelic were inducted BY PRINCE into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997.Photo Courtesy Waterkeeper.orgGetting Funky For Clean WaterMountainTrue’s French Broad Riverkeeper works with the Yoto River Waterkeeper to help construct drinking water wells in rural Togo, along the Yoto River in West Africa. Most residents in Togo lack access to clean drinking water, so access to additional water sources is desperately needed. Together, both groups have already established three wells that provide clean drinking water to hundreds of Togolese natives. Proceeds from the event are helping make this happen.None of this would be possible without the collaboration between the two waterkeeper groups. Hartwell Carson of Asheville and Kossi Koudanenou of Togo met almost three years ago at the Waterkeeper Conference in Boulder, Colorado. Since then, they have worked together to improve the lives of those who live in the region. Learn more about how they met here (p. 16).Salvage Station in Asheville, NCAbout The VenueThe Salvage Station is the perfect venue for an event of this caliber. Located right on the French Broad River, there will be plenty of room to dance and drink for a good cause!VIP Tickets include a pre-party at the Salvage Station from 5-7pm with an appearance by George Clinton, full catered meal, drinks, and roped off viewing area with private bar. Leeda Lyric Jones will be playing the VIP Party.Get your tickets here.We’re a proud sponsor of the event along with the Waggoner Team with Movement Mortgage, Matt and Molly team of Keller Williams, and 98.1 The River.last_img read more

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Planning: Bath pours cold water on coffee shops

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KPU officially bans crowd puller events for December regional polls

first_img“Article 88C of the [revised] KPU Regulation No. 13/2020 stipulates that political parties, party coalitions, candidate pairs, campaign teams and/or other parties are banned from holding activities stipulated in Article 57,” Ilham said Thursday.Read also: Political parties to run online campaigns for regional electionsThe revised regulation, he explained, also stipulated that regional offices of the Elections Supervision Agency (Bawaslu) would issue a written notice for parties holding the said crowd-pulling activities for campaigns. If the campaign organizers for the candidates fail to follow the warning within one hour of issuance, Bawaslu will disband the campaign activities.Previously, the KPU urged the government to ban activities involving large crowds and impose stricter health protocols for the simultaneous polls, set to take place on Dec. 9, through a regulation in-lieu of law (Perppu).After several meetings with the KPU and Bawaslu to discuss the Perppu, however, the Home Ministry said the government was dropping the plan, opting to revise the KPU regulation instead.As many as 270 regions across the archipelago will participate in this year’s elections to select their new leaders. There have been mounting calls from observers and prominent organizations for the government to postpone the poll for safety reasons amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases.Topics : The General Elections Commission (KPU) has banned crowd-pulling activities during the campaign trails in the upcoming simultaneous regional polls following concerns of heightened COVID-19 transmission in the country.The prohibition was arranged in the newly revised KPU Regulation No. 13/2020 on holding the regional elections during the COVID-19 pandemic, signed by the commission on Thursday, commissioner Ilham Saputra said.Observers and government officials had raised concerns prior to the revision that Article 57 of the regulation might bring further transmission risk as it allowed candidates and supporters to hold music concerts, art performances, harvest festivals, walk and bike events, competitions, bazaars and other crowd-pulling activities during campaigns despite the ongoing outbreak.last_img read more

Pirates, Volquez fall flat in wild-card loss to SF

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Edinson Volquez throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a wild-card playoff baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Resilient Giants rock Pirates to earn spot in NLDSPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates believe they’re building something special. The San Francisco Giants provided a reminder that much work remains to be done before a contender becomes a champion.Geared up for another run at “Buctober,” Pittsburgh’s postseason journey lasted all of 3 hours, 12 minutes, just long enough for Madison Bumgarner and the Giants to overpower the Pirates for an 8-0 victory in the NL wild-card game Wednesday night.Bumgarner tossed a four-hitter while striking out 10, and Brandon Crawford hit the first grand slam by a shortstop in postseason history as the Giants put an abrupt end to Pittsburgh’s second straight postseason appearance.“We got outplayed tonight,” second baseman Neil Walker said. “Bumgarner went out there, he did what he wanted to do. He put up the strike zone and he made it tough on us. When they got up early on us we were trying to scratch and claw our way back, and he was good from the first pitch until the last pitch.”The ones in between, too.Pittsburgh was unable to duplicate last year’s victory over Cincinnati in the wild-card game that followed a 21-year playoff drought. Playing before raucous crowds at PNC Park, the Pirates pushed St. Louis to a decisive Game 5 before losing their NLDS.This year, Pittsburgh went 17-9 in September while taking the Cardinals to the final day of the season in an attempt to win the NL Central.The chase included a decision to start budding ace Gerrit Cole in the regular-season finale in the hopes of catching the Cardinals and avoiding the wild-card game. Cole struck out 12 in a brilliant performance but the Pirates lost, putting Pittsburgh’s hopes for extending its season on Edinson Volquez’s excitable shoulders.The former All-Star — in the midst of a mid-career renaissance after winning a team-high 13 games — navigated three innings in the biggest start of his career before it all unraveled in the fourth, when a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs.Crawford followed with a drive that kept carrying all the way to the seats above the 21-foot high Roberto Clemente wall to quiet the largest crowd in the 13-year history of PNC Park.“I tried to bounce it down, back foot, and the ball just kept going,” Volquez said. “Bad spot.”Bumgarner did the rest as San Francisco won its eighth consecutive postseason game and seventh in a row when facing elimination.Overpowering one of the NL’s best lineups, Bumgarner walked one and threw 79 of 109 pitches for strikes in his latest stellar October performance. The big left-hander, who allowed only four singles, has thrown 15 scoreless innings in two World Series starts.Brandon Belt drove in three runs as San Francisco added on. That was more than enough for Bumgarner, who mixed his fastball with a slider the Pirates couldn’t seem to figure out.Pittsburgh, fourth in the majors in extra-base hits this season, rarely hit the ball hard.“A professional, well-pitched game by him,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “We tried to counter-punch, we just couldn’t muster up anything.”Bumgarner was helped by his defense, too. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval — all 245 pounds of him — flipped over the railing in front of the Pittsburgh dugout to track down a foul popup off the bat of Russell Martin.Sandoval landed on his feet, a perfect symbol of San Francisco’s seemingly endless resiliency this time of year. Back in the playoffs after winning the World Series in 2010 and 2012, the Giants are looking to continue their every-other-year success.“We thrive in these situations,” Crawford said. “I don’t know what it is. We just keep fighting no matter what the circumstance.”It’s a path the Pirates insist they’re on after winning 94 games last season and backing it up by going 88-74 this year despite a series of obstacles, including extended stays on the disabled list for Cole and Francisco Liriano, and an offense that didn’t start to click until utility man Josh Harrison found a spot in the everyday lineup in mid-May.“Not to take away from this year, we know it was a good season,” Harrison said. “But these losses right here hurt. It’s not anything anybody would ever get used to. At the end of the day we still know that we are fortunate enough to be in this situation. There were a lot of teams that were eliminated on Sunday. And we had a chance to win tonight and play more.”Instead the Pirates could only watch as San Francisco piled on against Pittsburgh’s normally reliable bullpen. A sizable portion of the crowd — most of the fans dressed in black — remained until the bitter end. There was a standing ovation after the final out even as the Giants poured onto the field in celebration.An important offseason lies ahead as Pittsburgh tries to re-sign catcher Russell Martin and figures out how to address potential holes in the rotation with Volquez and Liriano becoming free agents.Owner Bob Nutting says the normally frugal Pirates will do what they can to keep Martin and build around a nucleus that includes Harrison, Cole and Andrew McCutchen. If last fall’s success was a breakthrough following 20 years of misery, this fall’s failure revealed the gap between the Pirates and a championship team is narrowing, but not quite closed.“It’s not like we’re 90-plus wins saying we’ve got work to do,” McCutchen said. “We were in the wild card again and there are things we need to improve.”last_img read more

TOGETHER! Brings Mentoring into Tumwater Schools

first_imgFacebook59Tweet0Pin0Submitted by TOGETHER!Most of us remember middle school as a time of difficult social dynamics and personal embarrassment, but some of us had it harder than others.  Students who experience higher numbers of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as poverty, homelessness, food instability, divorce, substance abuse in the home, or any form of child abuse have a much higher likelihood of behavioral, social and academic difficulties in school.There are, however, protective factors that can mitigate the effects of these ACEs, and having a positive adult ally who is consistently present and really cares is right at the top of the list.Having a positive adult mentor can make a big difference during the tumultuous middle school years. Photo credit: Kaylie RothLocal nonprofit TOGETHER! has teamed up with Tumwater School District to do something about the impact of ACEs at this complicated stage of life. As part of their Community Schools program, which works to integrate school & community resources to support all students and their families, they are piloting a school-based mentoring program designed to support students as they transition from elementary into middle school.The program is called Pathmakers and is being piloted this year at Michael T. Simmons Elementary School. Volunteer mentors will work with their mentees during the 5th and 6th grade years in both group and one-on-one activities that promote social-emotional learning skills such as emotional awareness, healthy communication, and collaborative problem-solving. If you’re interested in being a mentor or would like to learn more, click here to visit our website, or call Cynthia Spencer at 360-493-2230 x108.TOGETHER! is a local nonprofit organization that advances the health and well-being of all youth through impactful programs that align with their core values of equity, mobilization, and systems change. They partner with schools, local governments and other community organizations to provide services such as free after-school and drop-in programs, in-school resource coordination, health promotion, and substance abuse prevention. For more information about our programs and how you can be involved, please visit read more

Saints captures first win of 2010 on road at UFV

first_imgFraser Valley was quick out of the gates in the third period and made the game close, as back-to-back goals from Travis Gorman and Graham Fast drew the Cascades within one. But Leighton Allsop’s goal at the midway point of the period provided insurance before Caleb Roy scored into an empty net with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. The Cascades found themselves in penalty trouble for much of the game, as Mike Wilson and Chris Price picked up cross-checking and elbowing majors in the first and second periods respectively. And the Saints made their hosts pay with the man-advantage, striking for three goals in the second and finishing 3-for-7 on the night. Georgetti was named the game’s first star with two goals — including the game winner — and three points, while Roy and Allsop each scored and assisted. Spensor Wong was strong between the pipes for the Saints, making 37 saves on a night where his team was outshot by a 40-28 margin. Cullen, Gorman and Nathan Sagert each had two points in the defeat for Fraser Valley, who received 23 saves from netminder Rhys Chesney.  Next up for the Saints is a home game double header against Simon Fraser University on Nov. 5 at 7pm and Nov. 6 at 4pm, all at the Castlegar Complex.This article is a press release from Selkirk College. The Selkirk College Saints made the first road trip a memorable one as the Kootenay-based team doubled the University of the Fraser Valley 6-3 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League play Friday at at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.Former Nelson Leaf snipers, Caleb Georgetti of Nelson and Scott Jago of Castlegar, provided the offence, as Selkirk exploded for four second period goals in a span of 4:54.Georgetti, with a pair, Jago and Logan Simpson scored for the winners after the Cascades scored first. last_img read more

Canucks Deal Standout Hodgson to Change Team’s Mix

first_imgMost memorably, he scored a huge goal against Boston in early January, a goal that every Canuck fan will remember as he blasted a slap shot past Tim Thomas off the crossbar and in.  There have been a number of other times, in his 16 goals this year, that his contribution has come at a key time or at an important moment when the team really needed a goal. I have no idea where this added offense is going to come from now that he’s gone.  Another facet to the lost offense is that Hodgson was effective on the second power play unit, his departure leaving it without a proper centre.What makes this deal even worse from the Canucks perspective is what Hodgson looks like he’ll provide in the future.  Based on his current trajectory, it doesn’t appear like there’s much that would stop Hodgson from becoming a top-flight NHL scoring centre. Those players are rare and difficult to come by.  Here, the Canucks drafted one, developed him, nursed him through serious back injury, stuck with him, and finally when in his first year he scores 20 goals, many of them big, they trade him away for an unproven commodity.I understand the fact that the team’s braintrust felt they needed a different mix in the bottom-six, although, I’m puzzled by their consistent quotes to the contrary.  The time to win for the Canucks is now.  I really question whether or not these moves make the team better now – in fact, I believe that today the Vancouver Canucks are worse than they were this time yesterday.The Sedin twins are not getting any younger and the way Kesler plays, nobody knows how long his body will hold up.  The team will need another scoring centre at some point, and unfortunately, that time may be sooner rather than later.  And they just traded that scoring centre away. DID HODGSON’S CAMP ASK FOR A TRADE?This move is so puzzling, it has led many to ask whether or not there was something else going on.At one stage, it was apparent that Hodgson’s camp (i.e. his family and agent) were unhappy with the Canucks.  These issues go back to his back injury, which was misdiagnosed multiple times, first by team doctors and then by other doctors that the player had sought out himself.  Finally the issue was diagnosed properly and resolved. In addition, there have been rumblings about his camp being unhappy with his ice time this year.  Vigneault, not comfortable using him in defensive situations, really sheltered Hodgson from the other team’s best players, to his benefit.Certainly, Hodgson’s family appears to be too involved in his career, as evidenced by the fact he’s changed agents three times in four years.  When asked if Hodgson asked for a trade, Gillis gave a cryptic statement that effectively amounted to “no comment”.  Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.Assuming Hodgson’s camp wanted out (I say his camp because I don’t believe the player would have asked himself), the trade deadline was not the time to make this deal.  Vancouver may not have been the place for Hodgson long-term, just as a result of the fact a Hart and Selke winner are ahead of him in the depth chart. Gillis would have been better served by waiting until the summer when he could field offers from all 29 teams in order to get the best return on this asset.  I don’t believe he got the best return on this deal. CONCLUSIONI believe these trades will be ones that Canuck fans will regret for many years to come.Current team:  I don’t believe Pahlsson can contribute much to the team at this point – he’s an aging, one dimensional centre most suited to a fourth line role as opposed to third.  They have traded away Hodgson’s offense and not replaced it. They have gained a physical winger, but by all accounts, he’s only ready to contribute on the fourth line at this stage – he just hasn’t done much at the NHL level.  The Canucks are a worse team right now than they were before the deadline.One intangible benefit of these moves is the fact that Kesler won’t have to be used so much in defensive situations, which may increase his offensive output.  Unfortunately, unless he’s able to reproduce Hodgson’s 16 goals, this benefit won’t be realized. The pressure is now squarely on Kesler to produce, and produce at a rate he’s never produced at before.  This is a likely a key part of the strategy employed by the team – but is also extremely high-risk.There is also now an immense amount of pressure on Kassian to provide this physical edge that the team was apparently looking for, all while being responsible defensively and chipping in with some offense.  I highly doubt that he’s ready for the pressure he’s about to feel in a hockey-mad market like Vancouver.Many analysts and callers to local radio believe that the Canucks are “more complete” now than they were before the trade, as they now have a proper checking line and a more physical forward.  However, this thinking is flawed, because it assumes that Pahlsson and Kassian can contribute right now. I haven’t seen them play very much at all, but I seriously doubt that either player will provide what they were brought in for, at this time.Future team:  It’s always difficult to assess trades of young players.  That said – it looks like Hodgson will blossom into a bona fide NHL scoring centre, a commodity that this team is going to need in the next 3-4 years. On the other hand, Kassian is a big kid who’s an unproven commodity.  Scouts have reportedly told reporters that “he ‘may’ become a top-six NHL forward”.  That doesn’t sound too positive to me, and I certainly don’t believe he’ll ever provide the type of offense that Hodgson will.  While watching Hodgson put up 70-80 points or more in the future, I’ll always look at him as “the one that got away”. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s ( west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily. Coming into Monday’s trade deadline, it was apparent the Vancouver Canucks were going to make a move or two to help round out the team as it heads into the playoffs. The Canucks did just that and shocked most observers when they dealt impressive rookie and potential Calder trophy candidate Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres as the centerpiece of a deal that saw them acquire fellow rookie Zach Kassian.  Also heading to Buffalo was throw-in defenseman Alex Sulzer, with Marc-Andre Gragnani coming back to Vancouver.In a related move earlier in the day, Canucks GM Mike Gillis acquired centre Sami Pahlsson for ECHL prospect Taylor Ellington and a pair of fourth-round draft picks from the Columbus Blue Jackets.The move left most of Canucks nation shocked and dumbfounded.  Almost nobody saw the Canucks dealing Hodgson after the team had stuck with him through injury problems in his first couple of pro seasons, and had seen him break out this year into the player they drafted tenth overall.  Hodgson was fifth in rookie scoring at the time of the trade, and was tied for second in goals, all earned with average per game ice time of 12:43. WHY WERE THESE TRADES MADE?As I noted in my trade deadline preview, the Canucks appeared unhappy with their mix in their bottom-six forwards, most especially, the third line.  Hodgson had centered the third line most of the season, but his poor defensive abilities restricted how coach Alain Vigneault could deploy the line. AV was forced to use the line in offensive situations, as it was ill-equipped to face the opposing team’s skilled players.  Vigeault noted this in an interview a couple of weeks ago, when he explained that last year, he had a line like that (at the time featuring Manny Malhotra, Jannik Hansen, and Raffi Torres).  This impacted the team most primarily by increasing Ryan Kesler’s icetime significantly, which has negatively impacted his offensive production this year as he’s been forced into a defensive role more often than the team would like.The Canucks reportedly went after bruising Dallas forward Steve Ott, but were unable to consummate a deal with the Stars.  At that point, they apparently turned their attention to rookie winger Kassian, who has only played 27 NHL games. Not having seen Kassian play, other than his turns on Canada’s World Junior team, it’s difficult for me to comment on what exactly the Canucks have acquired.  That said, his NHL resume is very thin indeed.  He reportedly has great skating ability, has decent hands, and by all accounts “could” be a top-six NHL forward.Clearly when it was apparent the Canucks were going to deal Hodgson, they needed a responsible two-way centre for the third line and were able to target Pahlsson, who is an unrestricted free agent after the season’s end.  Pahlsson has a reputation as a good defensive centre and has wasted away the last couple of years in Columbus.  Pahlsson’s most famous for providing incredible third line minutes in Anaheim’s Stanley Cup run in 2007.As noted, the Canucks acquired defenseman Gragnani, an offensive-minded defenseman.  He’s 24 years old and will challenge for minutes in the team’s defensive group.  He’s played 44 games for the Sabres so far this season, recording 12 points.  His future contribution is a relative unknown. ANALYSISThese moves are definitely out of character for Gillis.  These moves appear very reactionary, and that hasn’t been Gillis’ style thus far in his tenure in Vancouver.Gillis has stated consistently that he didn’t believe the team needed to be “tougher”.  When the Stanley Cup final series against Boston concluded, he is on record as saying that it didn’t have to do with a lack of toughness, it had to do with a lack of scoring (it had more to do with horrible goaltending and even worse officiating, but I digress).  Gillis’ stance was that when penalties were called, the team didn’t capitalize on its power play opportunities. This season, when teams have tried to take the Bruins’ approach with the Canucks, the Canucks have won by doing just that.  That fact, combined with increased team toughness and an increased willingness to drop the gloves from the likes of Max Lapierre, Dale Weise, and Keith Ballard, led most people to believe the Canucks were happy with the makeup of their team from that perspective.With the third line operating more as an offensive line with Hodgson in the middle, many people believed the increased scoring depth that it provided meant the team was better, overall.  Malhotra hasn’t been the same player this year and was plying his trade on the fourth line, where he’s been effective at winning faceoffs and clearing the puck.With all these facts, it’s somewhat dumfounding that the Canucks have done a complete 180 here and radically altered the look of their bottom six forwards.  These moves represent a complete departure from their previous stance.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, the cost of these moves is too high.Pahlsson’s best days are behind him.  In fact, the only time in his career that he’s been a difference-maker was in that run to the Cup in 2007, which was a full five years ago.  When I did my trade deadline preview, I didn’t even mention him because he lacks the physical edge the Canucks were reportedly looking for, and he’s been ineffective in Columbus – they are a last-place team.  There’s a reason none of the prognosticators were mentioning him as a possibility to move – because nobody was interested in his services.  In perusing his career statistics, he’s been a full-time NHL’er since 2000-2001, and only once has finished a plus player, way back in 2002-2003.  It’s been five years since his magical run to the Cup – an eternity in the current-day NHL. In fact, Chicago traded for him in 2008-2009 at the trade deadline, where he finished minus-1 in 13 regular season games and minus-4 in 17 playoff games.  Chicago let him go at the conclusion of the season.He provides absolutely zero offense, as well.  As a result, I suspect that Canucks fans will be disappointed in what they have acquired as their third line is now a completely one-dimensional defensive unit, with questionable ability. Trading Hodgson for Kassian is where these moves get even more puzzling.  If you were putting a team together to round it out in the future, this move might make sense. The Canucks have an excess of NHL centremen, and a lack of large physical wingers.  In Kassian they have acquired a young player with potential, but without a complete body of work in the NHL, it’s very difficult to assess whether or not he can be a regular physical, offensive winger in a top-six role over the long term.  He’s played only 27 games, and has scored only seven points, hardly an impressive resume.  Clearly, Kassian may well round into a great NHL power forward.In giving up Hodgson, you’re letting go a proven NHL talent.  While still classified a rookie, he’s blossomed in this first full season in the NHL and has continually provided the Canucks offense at very key moments.  Mike Gillis has not made very many bad moves in his tenure here in Vancouver.  I really hope I’m wrong here, but I’m going to have to rely on blind faith in the wake of these moves – “In Gillis We Trust”.  If the Canucks win the Cup, and Pahlsson and Kassian contribute effectively, all will be forgotten by Canucks Nation. Unfortunately, anything short of that ultimate goal will be viewed as a failure. If it wasn’t before, the pressure is on.  It will be interesting to see if the rest of the team can provide enough to overcome what they have lost in order to reach the ultimate goal, because the pieces that have been brought in will struggle to fill that void themselves.last_img read more

Bombers drop 111 on Wildcats in High School Hoop action

first_imgThe Cats are shooting for a provincial berth at the A-Boy’s tournament in Chilliwack March 7-11 while the Bombers are hoping to make a return trip to the AA finals in Kamloops.Bombers beat up on J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks at the HangarThe L.V. Rogers Bombers turned up the defence, holding the Hawks to two first-half points en route to a convincing 66-15 West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball victory over J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail Wednesday night at the Hangar.The Bombers outscored the Hawks 49-2 in through two quarters to put an exclamation point on the Silver City squad.Jesse Zak led the Bomber charge with 12 points — all coming from three-point land.Center Adam Berg added 10 points while Jack Sturrup and Ethan Perkins each had eight.The Bombers get right back onto the court to conclude the regular season Wednesday in the South Slocan against the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Game at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium is 6 p.m.OVERTIME: The road to the B.C. High School AA Basketball Championships for Kootenay teams goes LVR as the Bombers play host to both girl’s and boy’s tournaments February 22-23 at the Hangar. Schedules and teams will be announced in the next week. Bomber coach Ross Naka let the boys out of the barn in the last tune-up game before playoffs.Matt Zukowski dropped in a game-high 30 points and Jesse Zak added 20 to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 111-46 West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball victory over the Mount Sentinel Wildcats Thursday in South Slocan.The Bombers broke open a close game in the third quarter, out scoring the Cats by a 32-9 margin.Cail Spencer chipped in with 15 points for the Bombers.Replying for the Cats were Devon Kabatoff  with 17 and Adam Twible with 13.Both teams now prepare for the Kootenay playoffs.last_img read more


first_imgSpring egg hunt, 10 a.m.-noon, Granada Hills Recreation Center, 17300 Sesnon Boulevard. Free. Call (818) 363-3556. Cesar E. Chavez celebration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Free parking in Rose Bowl parking lot I. Tickets: $8. Call (626) 449-9144, Ext. 5210. Electronic waste recycling event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Village Square, 390 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 449-2428. Spring Equinox reopening/reawakening celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center, Angeles Crest Highway at Red Box Road near Mt. Wilson. Call (310) 455-1588. Cherry Blossom Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 628-2725. SATURDAY Great Race of Agoura Hills, 7 a.m., Carell Avenue to Chumash Park. Registration, 6 a.m. Call (877) 478-7223. Community Service Day, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet in the parking lot behind Councilman Dennis Zine’s office, 19040 Vanowen St., Reseda. Call (213) 276-2093. Plant sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Descanso Gardens Lakehouse Nursery, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Ca ada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200. Spring Eggstravaganza, noon-3 p.m., Conejo Creek Playfields, Janss Road and 23 Freeway, Thousand Oaks. Cost: $3/child. Call (805) 495-2163. Easter egg hunt/carnival, noon-3 p.m., Verdugo Park, 1621 Canada Blvd., Glendale. Cost: $3/child. Bring basket. Call (818) 548-3785. 2007 Earthquake readiness campaign, 6-8 p.m., Canoas Banquet Room, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

New heart failure services to be brought into Donegal communities

first_imgA Heart Failure Integrated Service is on the way for Donegal communities after the proposal was granted a share of the €20m Sláintecare Integration Fund.The new service will focus on community care and integrating the services at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) with the services provided by the Community Healthcare Organisation 1 (CHO1) in Donegal.The new service will comprise two teams of nurses who specialise in treating patients with heart failure – both teams will be split between the hospital and the community to ensure a seamless journey for patients in and out of hospital.  The new service will also include a cardiac physiologist based 80% of the time in the community and 20% of the time in LUH. The service will support the early diagnosis of heart failure by providing community clinics where patients can access echocardiograms; improved access to consultant cardiologist support for GPs; education of patients and families in caring for someone with heart failure; and fast-tracking patients who need urgent assessment.Cathy Farrell, Heart Failure Clinical Nurse Specialist at Letterkenny University Hospital said, “Heart failure is the most common reason for older people to need a hospital stay and these patients often require a lengthy stay in hospital. “We know from research that when patients have access to a structured Heart Failure Programme – like what we are proposing – then they are less likely to need hospitalisation and will have a better quality of life. Also, if GPs are able to refer their patients for echocardiograms in the community, they are able to reduce the number of patients who need to be referred to the hospital to see a consultant for diagnosis.”Seán Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny University Hospital said, “Around 3,200 people in Donegal have a diagnosis of heart failure and the same number again have asymptomatic left ventricular dysfunction which means they are at risk of developing heart failure.  “Currently the majority of these patients have to be seen by a consultant in the hospital to get a diagnosis and this may involve a lengthy wait. The proposed Heart Failure Integrated Service for Donegal will integrate the care from the hospital with the care from the community and this will mean faster diagnosis and a better experience for patients by providing services closer to home.”The Chief Officer, for CHO 1, Mr John Hayes welcomed the Sláintecare Integration funding stating, “This project will aid in enhancing and developing services for patients across Donegal.  It will aid in the delivery of quality healthcare to the most vulnerable in our health system. I look forward to working with the project team in the implementation of this initiative.”  New heart failure services to be brought into Donegal communities was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:heart failure integrationHSEslaintecarelast_img read more

Health sector overhaul on track: report

first_img Also contained in the report was detailed progress on reducing new HIV infections, cutting the mother-to-child transmission rate from 3.5% in 2010 to less than 2%, increasing the total number of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) from 1.1-million in 2009 to 2.5-million, and improving the TB cure rate to 85%. Chabane said the government had seen the reduction of mother-to-child transmission from 8% in 2008 to 3.5% in 2011, protecting more than 30 000 babies from infection per year. In addition, 19.9-million people had undergone voluntary testing for HIV by 2011. “The number of people receiving treatment increased from 1.1-million in 2009 to 1.7-million in 2011,” he said. There has also been a stabilisation of HIV prevalence – the number of people living with HIV – after rising since the 1990s, which was indicated by antenatal surveys. The rate of new infections has decreased from 1.4% to 0.8% in the 15-24 age groups, with the trend looking set to continue in the coming years. Acceleration of campaigns Authorities say the turnaround could be attributed to an acceleration and expansion of HIV awareness and prevention campaigns, counselling and testing, treatment, care and support. “Since the presidential launch of the HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) Campaign in April 2010, the number of people tested has increased substantially, confirming improvements in health-seeking behaviour among South Africans,” Chabane said. “As at mid-2011, 15.1-million people had been tested and an additional 4.8-million people have since been tested.” 5 June 2012 Progress on establishing South Africa’s National Health Insurance scheme to improve the effectiveness of the country’s health system is well under way, according to a government mid-term review report released in Pretoria last week. The report, released by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane in Pretoria on Friday, reviews the progress made by the current administration at the November 2011 mid-point of its 2009-14 electoral term. “The Department of Health conducted an audit of service quality in over 75% of health facilities and improvement plans are now being developed,” Chabane said, adding that a green paper had been produced and released for public input on the matter. He said the department had also developed a human resource strategy that linked intake of health professionals to projected demand. An audit of 122 nursing colleges was also in progress. However, the report acknowledged that despite radical interventions since 1994, the country’s health sector remained poor compared to other countries with a similar profile as South Africa. South Africa has high levels of maternal and child mortality, with life expectancy declining significantly from 1994 to 2009; officials said this was an indication of a “reversal” of earlier gains made towards meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals. Long-term plans The Department of Health has committed to a strategy to change the situation. The plan will include: The number of public facilities initiating patients on ARV drugs also increased from 490 in 2010 to 2 948 in 2011 and the number of nurses trained to provide treatment increased from 290 in 2010 to 10 000 in 2011. In future, the initiation of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment at a CD4 count of less than 350 should result in increased numbers of people on treatment and reduced deaths. Through improving procurement processes, the Health Department managed to achieve a 50% decrease in the prices of ARV drugs, which will enable the health sector to treat more patients with the same amount of resources. Improvements were also made in TB control and management, with more than eight million people screened during the HCT Campaign. Of these, one million were referred for further diagnosis and management at relevant health facilities. The number of people who default on their TB treatment declined from 7.9% in 2009 to 6.5% in 2010 and, for the first time, the national TB cure rate reached the 70% mark in 2010. Despite these significant strides, the report noted that much work is required to achieve the 85% cure rate recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The department has improved the early diagnosis and detection of resistance to TB treatment, which should reduce the risk of spreading TB. Source: BuaNewscenter_img Fast-tracking the implementation of a far-reaching health care reform plan that includes a National Health Insurance scheme which will eventually cover all South Africans. Strengthening the fight against HIV and tuberculosis (TB), non-communicable diseases and injury and violence.Beefing up human resource management at state hospitals and strengthening coordination between the public and private health sector.Deploying municipal ward-based health teams and school health teams to communities and schools respectively.Regulating costs to make health care affordable to all.Increasing life expectancy from 56.5 years in 2009 to 58.5 years in 2014.last_img read more

Press release: Excellence to be rewarded at SA Premier Business Awards

first_imgThe fifth edition of South African Premier Business Awards will not only celebrate business excellence but will also recognise those enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation.Despite the lag in the local economy, South African businesses are persevering. The Premier Business Awards recognises these resilient businesses. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, 29 January 2018 – Members of the media are invited to attend the awards ceremony of the fifth South African Premier Business Awards where South African business excellence will be recognised and rewarded.The ceremony will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African under the theme Rewarding Business Excellence.Thirty companies will be vying for top honours in 10 categories which include Black Industrialists Award, Manufacturer Award, Play Your Part Award, Proudly South African Member Company Award, SMME Award, Woman Owned Award and Young Entrepreneur Award. The awards are sponsored by Tsogo Sun, Old Mutual, Wits Business School and Johannesburg Stock Exchange.According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the awards recognise business excellence and celebrate enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics, and quality.Journalists who will be covering the event are requested to contact Ntombi Ntanzi on [email protected] or (011) 712-5071/081 704 1488.More information on the South African Premier Business Awards, visit or call 0861 843 384.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Tablet Developers: Build Productive Apps, Not Games

first_imgdan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Developers have a distinct incentive to build apps for tablets before smartphones. People use their tablets for longer periods of time and tablet apps are easier to monetize than their smartphone counterparts. And, believe it or not, there is a clear area in the app ecosystem for tablets that is being underserved by developers.Tablets hold an outsized influence in the gadget economy. There are many more PCs and laptops in the world than tablets (for now). More than a billion people own a smartphones and adoption is proliferating at an exponential rate. In the second quarter of 2013, tablet shipments across the globe were 45.1 million, according to research firm IDC. That is about 19% of the 236.4 million total smartphones shipped in that same period.Yet tablets see nearly 25% of all mobile usage, according to new stats from analytics firm Mixpanel. People use their tablets for longer periods of time than their smartphones, playing games, reading and using social networks.  Tags:#Android#app developers#iOS#microsoft surface#tablet What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … If you have built a tablet app that people actually use, there is a good chance it is a game. According to Mixpanel’s latest report, 44% of all tablet usage was for gaming. The next four usage categories (social, education, e-commerce and media) account for a combined 27% of all tablet usage. The remaining 29% is divided between categories like travel, enterprise, music, messaging, photography and health. “The biggest clear difference between a tablet and a phone is screen size and I think the best apps will find a way to monetize better on the tablet,” said Mixpanel CEO Suhail Doshi. “More importantly, because you have more real estate you can push the boundaries of design as you are not as restricted as you are with the small screen of a phone.”The easy trap for developers to fall in is to say, “people use games, games make more money, let’s build more games!” Because, you know, when everybody else is doing it, you should be doing it, too. Right?Not exactly. One of the reasons games do better on tablets (and on smartphones) as a category is because both the Apple App Store and Android’s Google Play have tons and tons of games in their respective repositories. Some of those games (like Infinity Blade or Temple Run) are awesome. Some are soul-depleting time suckers (Candy Crush). It truly is the golden age for mobile game developers.Which is exactly why developers should look for the underserved categories of tablet apps. Tablets are custom made to be media consumption devices, for instance. Companies like Flipboard, Zite and Netflix serve this area very well. The New York Times and Washington Post both have fairly new updates to their tablet apps for iOS and Android. But tablets also have great potential for the workers of the world. Mixpanel’s data shows that enterprise-based apps beat only music, messaging, photo & video and dating apps in usage on its network. Health-related apps came in sixth, ahead of travel and enterprise. If you’ve ever used WebMD’s awesome iPad app, you might wonder why health apps for doctors and patients aren’t more of a priority for developers (outside of the draconian but necessary laws about transferring patient data on computers). Doshi says that enterprise-grade apps like Salesforce are just not meant for smartphones. But tablets? Yeah, that would work much better.center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces “There is no way you can really use Salesforce on an iPhone. No way. Salesforce could never build an app for a smartphone that would be sufficient for a person in the real world to use,” Doshi said. “One of the biggest aspects of Salesforce is the reporting. Building complex reports on your phone is basically not possible because there is just not enough space to build all the UI components to build a difficult report.”Mixpanel presents its data as “here are what people are doing, so this is what your opportunity is.” That may be the wrong way to look at it. Media, health, travel, enterprise and music are all market inefficiencies in the tablet app ecosystem. What do developers and entrepreneurs love to do? Correct inefficiency! That makes these app categories opportunities, not areas to be avoided. That goes double for Android tablets. According to Mixpanel, games account for 68% of overall usage for Android tablets. That’s a monopoly ripe for disruption by aspiring entrepreneurs that want to build great tablet experiences for enterprise, education and media on Android.The bottom line? The masses (and the data) will tell you to build a game for iOS. That is the way that everybody is zigging. So why not zag and build where no one else is building, where there are still consumers that need those types of apps?“I think the apps that will start to succeed on tablets are the ones that give you more creative freedom to build something. If you look at Photoshop, for example, you couldn’t ever really build Photoshop on your phone. It would just be too complex to do,” Doshi said. “But, you could do it on a tablet because there are more areas that you can build with, more options that you can mess with. I think you could build a more powerful app. I think that is where there where some of these guys in the middle ground can succeed.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more