Senator Portantino Praises New Governor’s First Budget

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  ShareShareTweetSharePin it California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) submitted his first budget to the state legislature Jan. 10 and Sen. Anthony Portantino (D) liked what he saw.“Today’s budget shows that our state is in a positive position for the long-term while investing an additional $4.8 billion in our Rainy-Day Fund — bringing its total to $15 billion,” said the senator.He highlighted the $1.4 billion marked for higher education and $40 million for a second free year of community college tuition contained in the package. Noting that his 25th Senate district is home to public schools, community colleges, and four-year universities, Portantino remarked that, “California is ensuring a long term investment in higher education for all students at any level.”In releasing the spending blueprint, Newsome said “this budget lays a strong financial foundation for our state by eliminating debts, expanding the rainy-day fund and paying down our unfunded liabilities.” 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. Community News Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Government Senator Portantino Praises New Governor’s First Budget From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 10, 2019 | 2:05 pm HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 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 Make a commentlast_img read more

Jameis Winston keeps piling up TDs, INTs for Bucs

first_img 9 months ago Saudi, UAE discuss $70B crude refinery project in India Last Updated: 28th November, 2019 15:44 IST Jameis Winston Keeps Piling Up TDs, INTs For Bucs Tampa Bay’s quarterback has thrown 20 interceptions and 22 touchdowns so far this season, joining Cleveland’s Brian Sipe in 1979 as the only quarterbacks to reach the 20-20 club in the first 11 games. LIVE TV Associated Press Television News COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago ‘Generation Greta’: Angry youths put heat on climate talks 9 months ago From Vienna to Milan, opera manager Meyer considers #MeToo 9 months ago Hong Konger complains to UK about China TV forced confessioncenter_img WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE Written By FOLLOW US It’s been an all or nothing kind of year so far for Jameis Winston.Tampa Bay’s quarterback has thrown 20 interceptions and 22 touchdowns so far this season, joining Cleveland’s Brian Sipe in 1979 as the only quarterbacks to reach the 20-20 club in the first 11 games.Winston’s 24 turnovers overall are the most in the league after 11 games since Drew Bledsoe had that many in 1994 for New England.Along with all those mistakes has come plenty of big plays as Winston is also second in the league with 3,391 yards passing. The recipients of many of those good plays have been receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans.They each have three games with at least 150 yards receiving this season after Godwin did it on Sunday against Atlanta, becoming the first set of teammates to do that in a single season in NFL history.Godwin (1,071 yards) and Evans (1,043 yards) are also the fourth pair of teammates to each top the 1,000-yard mark through 11 games, joining Denver’s Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas in 2004, St. Louis’ Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce in 2000, and the Jets’ Don Maynard and George Sauer in 1968.DOMINANT TRIONew England, Baltimore and San Francisco are off to impressive starts this season, with all three outscoring the opposition by more than 15 points a game. There has never been a year since the merger when even two teams had done that through 11 games before this year. The 11 teams that had done it had plenty of postseason success, with eight winning the Super Bowl, two losing it and the 2005 Colts falling in the division round to Pittsburgh.SMOOTH DRIVEThe Ravens scored touchdowns on their first six drives on Monday night against the Rams, becoming the fourth team to do that since 2000. The others were New Orleans against Detroit (Dec. 21, 2008), Minnesota against Detroit (Dec. 2, 2007) and New England against Buffalo (Nov. 18, 2007). The Patriots actually did it on their first seven drives that game.DOUBLE DIGITSThe Patriots are assured of their 17th straight 10-win season, breaking a tie with San Francisco (1983-98) for the most consecutive 10-win seasons in NFL history.IMPRESSIVE STREAKSSaints receiver Michael Thomas had 10 catches for 101 yards and a TD last week, becoming the fourth player to record at least eight catches and 100 yards receiving in five straight games in a single season.Thomas has 104 catches for 1,242 yards on the season, joining Antonio Brown (6), Marvin Harrison (4), Jerry Rice (3) and Herman Moore (3) as the only players to reach 100 catches and 1,200 yards in three straight seasons.GOING BACKWARDSThe Packers punt return game is going nowhere. Green Bay has lost 11 yards on the season while returning punts, on pace for the worst mark in NFL history. The lowest mark on record for a season is 27 yards for the Cardinals in 1965.SURPRISE STARRyan Tannehill didn’t even have a starting job to start the season but he has moved Tennessee into playoff contention. Tannehill went 14 for 18 for 259 yards and two TDs last week against Jacksonville for a 155.8 rating. It is the fourth time in the past five years that Tannehill has posted a rating of at least 150 in a game, tying Kirk Cousins for the most in the NFL in that span.BLOWING LEADSThe Lions (3-7-1) became the third team in NFL history to hold a lead at some point in each of the first 11 games of the season and win three or fewer, joining the 1987 Giants and 2004 Chiefs. Detroit hasn’t blown the most leads, however. The winless Bengals have led in eight of 11 games, tying for the most blown leads through 11 games since the merger.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL 9 months ago Ice wizards: NHL stars are embracing their creative side First Published: 28th November, 2019 15:44 ISTlast_img read more

Jill Painter: Minor a major deal as Braves back in series

first_imgIt was the first postseason mistake by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “Play the matchups,” Heyward said. “That’s what the postseason is about. You go lefty (against) lefty there. Me personally, I’m glad to have an opportunity to come through big for my team right there, got a pitch and I didn’t miss it.”Heyward returned from a broken jaw in September, and he returned to play the hero one day after making a throw that missed the cutoff man in the Braves’ 6-1 loss to the Dodgers.That was old news one day later. The Dodgers made things interesting when Hanley Ramirez came through with a two-run home run off Braves reliever David Carpenter in the seventh inning. All that chatter about such a sturdy Braves bullpen.But with two outs in the eighth, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez sent Kimbrel in to get four outs. Kimbrel got Uribe to ground out to second for the first out. His night wasn’t without some drama in the ninth as he walked two batters — A.J. Ellis and Andre Ethier — but he got the save and the Braves got the relief they needed in the series. Greinke didn’t deliver his end of the bargain as the Game 2 starter. He pitched well enough, but not as well as the less-heralded Minor. Greinke allowed two runs on four hits in six innings.“I don’t think anybody came into this game thinking we were going to lose again,” said Minor, who by anybody surely meant anybody in his clubhouse. “We all felt good going into the game. We were relaxed, had a good vibe in the clubhouse prior to the game and now we’re feeling really good after this win.”So good the that Dodgers have more baggage to carry than the tangible variety on the late Friday flight back to Los Angeles. Atlanta made a stunning double play in the seventh inning when reliever Luis Avilan got Carl Crawford to ground into it. Avilan made a pinpoint — yet risky — throw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who turned the double play to get Michael Young at second and then Crawford. “You see (a lot of times) that play end up in center field,” Gonzalez said. “But (Avilan) made a nice toss to Simmons, and Simmons turned it pretty good.” While the Dodgers had part-owner Magic Johnson as their celebrity in tow, the Braves had former manager Bobby Cox throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and former President Jimmy Carter sitting near the dugout.Braves fans — who didn’t sell out Turner Field for Game 1 — still didn’t make for a sellout at 48,966, but it was much closer. There was an electric atmosphere, and the Braves gave their fans something to cheer in Game 2.Solid pitching. Clutch hits. Stellar defense. That was a switch. The Braves are back. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Atlanta’s defense was in shambles in Game 1, but on Friday, Atlanta turned three double plays.The Braves’ offense was paltry in Game 1, but all four of Atlanta’s runs came with two outs. That’s clutch. Atlanta loaded the bases in the seventh inning when left-hander Paco Rodriguez intentionally walked Reed Johnson — who pinch hit for Jose Costanza — to get to Jason Heyward. Braves fans, sensing the grand opportunity, started chanting “Let’s go Heyward” when he was in the on-deck circle. Heyward hit a comebacker that ricocheted off Rodriguez’s glove to score a pair of runs, and Atlanta jumped to a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning. center_img ATLANTA >> The Braves are back.Didn’t see that one coming. Starter Mike Minor pitched in a major way for Atlanta to outduel Zack Greinke, and closer Craig Kimbrel did his usual thing, albeit with a little drama, at Atlanta held off the Dodgers 4-3 in Game 2 of the NLDS at Turner Field. The series is now tied 1-1 as Atlanta heads to Los Angeles with confidence, swagger and not the two losses that seemed inevitable with the Dodgers throwing Clayton Kershaw and Greinke in the first two games. last_img read more

Five Sumner teams make football rankings; latest WHS and WMS scores; and what’s on tap

first_imgThe Wellington tennis team remained in “others” in the latest Kansas Tennis Coaches Association poll but a lot higher in the “others” being moved from No. 8 to No. 6.Conway Springs is ranked No. 2, behind Wichita Collegiate. The rankings are as follows:Class 4A1. McPherson2. Independence3. Winfield4. Topeka Hayden5. Andover Central.Others: Wellington, Bishop Miege, Buhler.Class 3-2-1A1. Wichita Collegiate2. Conway Springs3. Wichita Independent4. Hesston5. Sterling.Others: Central Plains, Marysville, Kansas City Christian. Football rankings:Currently there are five Sumner County High School teams ranked in the latest Varsity Kansas football poll released this Sunday.The Wellington football team made no movement in the rankings this week in Class 4A Div. 1, despite going 3-0.Wellington is ranked in “others.” The top five teams in the classification remains intact. Ulysses, slated to play Wellington in the final game of the season, remained ranked No. 4 despite losing to No. 2 Class 4A Div. II Holcomb.The state rankings as follows in 4A DI:1. Miege 3-0 (1)2. Hays 3-0 (2)3. Topeka Hayden 2-1 (3)4. Ulysses 2-1 (4)5. Buhler 2-1 (5)Others: Abilene 3-0 (NR), Atchison 3-0 (NR), Basehor-Linwood 2-1 (NR), Fort Scott 2-1 (NR), KC Piper 3-0 (NR), Louisburg 2-1 (NR), McPherson 1-2 (NR), Wellington 3-0 (NR).•••••Conway Springs is perched at No. 2 as it has been all season behind Silver Lake. The Class 3A rankings are as follows:1. Silver Lake 3-0 (1)2. Conway Springs 3-0 (2)3. Rossville 3-0 (3)4. Scott City 3-0 (4)5. Wichita Collegiate 2-1 (5)Others: Beloit 2-1 (NR), Caney Valley 3-0 (NR), Centralia 3-0 (NR), Cheney 3-0 (NR), Hesston 3-0 (NR), Hutchinson Trinity 3-0 (NR), Kingman 3-0 (NR), McLouth 3-0 (NR), Nemaha Central 3-0 (NR), Norton 3-0 (NR), Riverside 2-1 (NR), Pittsburg Colgan 3-0 (NR), SE-Saline 3-0 (NR).•••••Oxford despite losing badly to Udall last weekend, is still in “others” in 8-man Div. 1.8-Man I1. Hanover 3-0 (1)2. Hodgeman County 2-0 (2)3. Central Plains 3-0 (3)4. Osborne 3-0 (4)5. Madison 2-1 (5)Others: Burlingame 3-0 (NR), Lakeside 3-0 (NR), Little River 2-1 (NR), Logan-Palco 3-0 (NR), Ness City 3-0 (NR), Oxford 2-1 (NR), Peabody-Burns 3-0 (NR), Pratt Skyline 3-0 (NR), Rock Hills 2-1 (NR), Spearville 3-0 (NR), Udall 3-0 (NR), Wakefield 2-1 (NR), Waverly 3-0 (NR), West Elk 2-1 (NR).•••••Caldwell returns to the rankings after its huge win over West Elk. Argonia-Attica remains in “others.”8-Man II1. Chetopa 3-0 (1)2. Wallace County 3-0 (2)3. Thunder Ridge 2-1 (3)4. Beloit St. John’s-Tipton 2-1 (5)5. Stafford 3-0 (NR)Others: Argonia-Attica 3-0 (NR), Caldwell 2-1 (NR), Chase 3-0 (NR), Ingalls 3-0 (NR), Linn 2-0 (NR), Minneola 2-1 (4), Northern Valley 3-0 (NR), Otis-Bison 2-1 (NR), Satanta 3-0 (NR), Victoria 2-1 (NR). Tennis rankings: Wellington freshman football:The freshman improved to 2-1 with a 34-6 victory over Circle 34-6. Wellington got five touchdowns from Logan Jones in the game.•••••Wellington Middle School volleyball: Wellington seventh grade A teams beat El Dorado and Arkansas City in a double-dual.Vs. Eldorado 25-20, 25-18Vs. Ark City 25-9, 25-22.Quote from seventh grade coach Hannah Shuck: The girls played very well. They never let up and worked very hard. Ark City was a tough team and the girls pushed through and had to play at the top of their game to beat them.•••••Wellington eighth grade A team lost its first volleyball match of the year. The Knights lost to Ark City 25-23, 10-25, 17-15. The Knights then turned around and beat El Dorado 25-18, 25-18.The eighth grade B team won both of its matches. The Knights beat Ark City: 25-15, 25-23; and El Dorado 25-9, 25-14.The eighth grade A team is now 4-1 and 3-0 in league. The B team is now 6-2 and 3-0 in league.••••WHS tennis: The tennis team finished second behind Conway Springs in an eight-team field in Kingman Saturday. Only regular starter Auni Williams went to this tournament.“We had everyone in a medal match at the end of the day and brought home two second place finishes, a third place finish, and fourth place finish,” said Wellington head tennis coach Brian Aufdengarten. “We gave many of our varsity girls the day off after Thursdays meet and everyone we took had a good day.  Our depth of our team showed today.”In No. 1 singles Dietra Sober finished third overall, going 3-1 on the day.No. 2 singles Jaylynn Luna finished second overall and she went 3-1 also.“Both singles did well both played their first matches of the year in singles,” Aufdengarten said. “It shows that our girls are very versatile.”In No. 1 doubles Auni Williams and Madison Lewellen finished fourth overall going 2-2.“I was pleased with these two, they had the toughest bracket with very good state teams from Conway Springs and Haven,” Aufdengarten said.In No. 2 doubles Alexis Hinman and Noelle Wright took second place and lost a heartbreaker 8-6 to Conway Springs in the championship.“These two played well today and really took care do business all day,” Aufdengarten said.••••On schedule today:Wellington varsity volleyball girls host triangular – Wellington vs. Circle 5 p.m.; Circle vs. Collegiate, 6 p.m.; Wellington vs. Collegiate, 7 p.m.Wellington varsity tennis at Collegiate, 3 p.m.Wellington Middle School 7th and 8th Cross Country at Andover, 4 p.m.Follow us on Twitter. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Updated rankings were released this week for football, tennis and volleyball. Here is a look at the rankings of the three sports, plus updates of various games played by Wellington High School and Middle Schoolers last weekend and on Monday…. Volleyball rankings: No Sumner County teams were ranked. Argonia fell out. Wellington, which is 11-6, has not garnered enough wins to get into the top 10.•••••Wellington JV football: The Crusader junior varsity defeated Circle 54-6. Wellington is now 1-2 on the season. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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Fans react to Pacers’ T.J. Warren engaging superhero mode in NBA bubble

first_imgWhen Pacers forward T.J. Warren tangled with Heat wing Jimmy Butler earlier this season and Butler laughed Warren off as nowhere on his level, it seemed like there was little Warren would ever be able to do to get revenge on his rival.He flipped off Butler following his ejection in that game, and Butler blew him kisses. Warren averaged 18.7 points per game before the NBA restart. He will face the Suns, who dealt him to the Pacers, next.MORE: How to become a virtual NBA fanWarren’s three-game stretch has certainly caught many NBA fans by surprise:How TJ Warren pulled up to the bubble to finish the season pic.twitter.com/GGyQM27VVw— Dom2K🏀 (@Dom_2k) August 4, 2020Jimmy Butler watching TJ Warren pic.twitter.com/TqJRs1iQS1— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) August 4, 2020TJ Warren leads the bubble in scoring with 119 points in 3 games (39.7 PPG).He’s shooting 65.3 FG% and 60.9 3P%, while also having a bubble-best +59 +/-.The Pacers are 3-0. pic.twitter.com/osEZRFbzU6— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 5, 2020Tj warren the day before the bubble started pic.twitter.com/BQWB4mhuFW— 𝐿𝓊𝓃𝒶  (@Lunagrinds) August 5, 2020TJ Warren’s next opponent….. @Suns . Yep, Get ready pic.twitter.com/0UiFPwhY7A— The Paceroos Podcast (@thepaceroos) August 5, 2020Pacers fans watching TJ Warren pic.twitter.com/9zArI3CqDY— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) August 4, 2020Hoodie MeloGang sign WallContract BledsoeUntucked KyrieTNT RondoBubble TJ Warren— Dom2K🏀 (@Dom_2k) August 3, 2020It still works.Three games, 119 points.Up next for T.J. Warren, Phoenix and its cash considerations. pic.twitter.com/DWEjZ1X6Oq— Matt Glenesk (@MattGlenesk) August 5, 2020 Butler is a five-time All-Star; Warren might never be voted into an All-Star Game.”He’s soft,” Butler said afterward. “He’s not even in my … league, nowhere near me. If I was their coach, I would never put him on me ever again.”Now, though, Warren looks like a monster on a mission to put up big numbers, potentially against the Heat in a prospective first-round postseason matchup.He’s scored 119 points in three games in the Orlando bubble on 65.3 percent shooting. On Tuesday, he scored 32 points in a 120-109 win over the Magic.last_img read more

Oropeza bill would give new citizens voting right

first_imgELECTIONS: Proposal, which would allow same-day registration to only one group, passes on party lines. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER New citizens may soon be allowed to register to vote on election day if a bill by South Bay Sen. Jenny Oropeza gets the governor’s blessing. Democrats passed Senate Bill 382 out of the Assembly this week on a strictly party-line vote of 47-30. It earlier passed the Senate on a similarly partisan tally. “These citizens of the United States have, through no fault of their own, not been given the opportunity to register to vote,” said Oropeza, D-Carson. Voter registration issues typically divide the parties, as they suspect their opponents of seeking a partisan advantage. Assemblyman Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia, said he opposed the bill because it could open the door to voter fraud. “We have made the case for many years now that same-day registration is not a positive step toward voter confidence,” Adams said. Allowing same-day registration for one group of voters could “open the floodgates” to allowing it for others, Adams said. He said he believed Democrats were trying to appeal to minority voters. But without time to verify that registrations are legitimate, Adams said he feared that operatives from both political parties could rig the system. In 2002, California voters rejected Proposition 52, which would have allowed same-day registration for all eligible voters. As the law currently stands, most voters must register by 15 days before the election. New citizens are allowed to register up until seven days before the election. The Oropeza bill would eliminate the seven-day restriction. “It seems an artificial deadline right now,” said Conny McCormack, the L.A. County registrar-recorder, who supports Oropeza’s bill. “Sometimes (naturalization) ceremonies happen a day or two after the registration deadline.” Newly minted citizens would have to go to the county seat to register, and would have to show proof of citizenship, Oropeza said. “There’s no humanly possible way to cheat on this,” she said. “We’ve covered every possible argument.” McCormack and other elections officials opposed the 2002 ballot measure, fearing people could go precinct-to-precinct voting multiple times. But Oropeza’s bill affects a much smaller slice of the electorate, McCormack said, and would be much more manageable. “That’s light-years difference,” McCormack said. Oropeza is counting on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s immigrant background and his belief in the virtues of good citizenship. “I am optimistic,” Oropeza said. “If I were to guess I’d say this is something he would support.” [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

Doctors Without Borders asks if you can make the #ToughDecisions

first_imgDr  Mohammed Dalwai  treats a patient at a field hospital in Libya. (Image credit: MSF)Sulaiman PhilipWhen a bomb detonates, the blast wave – pressurised compressed air – causes major internal injuries as victims closest to the explosion are knocked down. With the explosion comes the blast wind and a vacuum is created, making it impossible to breathe. The shockwave follows closely behind, further damaging organs in a remarkably fragile body. Victims are peppered with flying splinters, hot steel or junk metal, included in the bomb’s design to cause the maximum number of injuries. Now, imagine that you are the doctor faced with victims of that blast streaming into your impermanent, understaffed and under-equipped hospital in a bleak tribal region of Pakistan. Who do you treat first? The child covered in blood or the woman stumbling around, clutching her chest with no visible wounds to treat.South Africans working with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)) make these life-altering decisions every day. The aid group’s latest awareness campaign to publicise its life-saving work will put Twitter users in their shoes and asks if they could make those #ToughDecisions.South African citizens returning from placements with MSF find it difficult to share the intensity of their experiences, but it is these experiences that inform the new campaign. According to Borrie la Grange, head of communications of MSF South Africa, the campaign wants to turn the flippant Twitter hashtag #ToughDecisions on its head. “We all make decisions every day, about wardrobe choices or meals. We wanted to take that offhand action and show the power of making and how the same process changes lives in life and death situations. We wanted to clue South Africans in to the  work that is being done by their neighbours and friends.“Not everyone can do the work these men and women do but while sitting safely on your couch watching TV you can do something small to help them. For a price of one cup of coffee a month you can help save the life of a pregnant woman in South Sudan or treat a TB patient in South Africa.” South African medics on the frontlinesIn 2012 as bombs fell around the hospital in a cave in Syria, Dr Mohammed Dalwai had to decide: was it safe enough to stay as the fighting crept closer to their makeshift facility? “We knew there was no other medical care available. If anyone had been injured who would have treated them? In the end we stayed, but we reduced the team, keeping just the most vital medical staff in the field.”South Africa-trained medics – like Dr Vanessa Naidoo – have an enviable reputation internationally as trauma and emergency specialists. When working in a converted chicken farm in the middle of a warzone with non-existent medical infrastructure, it is the skill of the medics that saves lives.“As a doctor why do I ‘go to war’?” Naidoo asks unflinchingly. She explains that to her, and her colleagues, disregarding the sick or wounded, the newborn and the frail would be an unbearable humiliation to bear. Despite the trying circumstances she always goes back. “We don’t have much to work with in the field, but we do the best we can with what we have and what we know.  What keeps us going back is seeing the innocent and the wounded and understanding that we are all the same, and we have a responsibility to try to use our skills to ease the suffering and speak out against injustice where we can.”Naidoo is not a bleeding heart needing to save the world. She admits to a feeling of powerlessness when she looks at all the need in the world, “but I know how to help an old diabetic who has not had treatment for months. I may be able to help a child who tripped and fell while running behind a truck full of soldiers cheering them on. I could deliver a baby and save a woman in labour the unavoidable three-hour hike for medical care across an unsafe border. All of these things I can do.”Doctors like Dalwai and Naidoo, or Stefan Kruger and midwife Zani Prinsloo, do not see themselves as heroes says La Grange. The work they do is heroic but they are simply answering a call and fulfilling a need in themselves to provide medical care where it’s needed, much like MSF colleagues from around the world.George Mapiya, an MSF nurse, draws inspiration from a Somali colleague. In 2013 MSF was faced with one of its toughest decisions. After 21 years the safety of MSF staff became an issue after several attacks and the deaths of staff. Guarantees of safety were no longer in place so MSF decided to shut down its clinic in Marere, in war ravaged Somalia. A day after MSF closed operations armed men came to take over the remote Marere clinic intent on evicting staff and patients. “The assistant project coordinator was running operations and negotiating with the Al Shabab. If you see him you won’t believe it. He’s a simple, small-bodied man. The gunmen were so tough – they don’t have time to reason. But he succeeded in getting them to back off so that his team could provide five months of medication supply to the last of the TB patients in the ward. He stood up to a group of armed men for the sake of our patients. He was my hero,” Mapiya says.About Doctors Without BordersDoctors Without Borders is present in 67 countries and treats nine million of the worlds most in-need patients. Its budget is 90% funded by individual donations and allows the group to be independent, neutral and impartial. Its staff were on the ground within days of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, have run programmes in inner city slums in Johannesburg and on the battlefields of Syria. Established in 1971 the organisation also runs programmes bringing medical care to people who have been excluded from healthcare or those suffering from epidemics or neglected diseases.last_img read more

2017 National FFA Convention photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Chapter Award-Models of Excellence Finalists Otsego National Chapter Award-Premier Chapter FinalistsGrowing Leaders –Ridgemont National Chapter Award-Premier Chapter FinalistsBuilding Communities – Ridgemont American Star in Agribusiness Finalist – Shaun Wenrick, Anna American Star in Agriscience – Chrysta Beck, Pettisville Austin Shaffner, Jack Blaisdell, and Sam Shilling from the West Unity Chapter lingered in the Chevy display at the trade show with their favorite truck. Here are some of the impressive 25 national proficiency finalists from Ohio. Joel interviews proficiency finalist Jason Jenkins. Isaac Gable from the Delphos Chapter tries out running a loader on a John Deere simulator. Austin Tehan of the Southeastern Chapter ducks an obstacle at the Ford display in the trade show. Evan Callicoat presents to Ohio flag in the Second General Session in 2017 at the National FFA Convention. First General Session The Lorain County JVS Chapter prepares for the First General Session Seth Taylor from the Clyde Chapter played trombone in the FFA band. Dale talks with former state officer and 2017 American Degree recipient Kameron Rinehardt. The Highland FFA Chapter Dr. Steve A. Brown talked about the future of the FFA. The Bloom-Carroll FFA had fun in Indianapolis. Boxing champion Laila Ali was the keynote speaker Xienna Café hoisted herself up in the air with a sea of blue jackets behind her at the trade show. Photo credit to Davey Tree. 90th Annual National FFA Convention American Star in Agriscience winner – Chrysta Beck, Pettisville Members of the West Muskingum FFA enjoying the expo. Fairfield FFA members spent some time enjoying the FFA shopping mall. A busy piece of the expo was the FFA shopping mall. The Gallipolis FFA Chapter was staying busy on Thursday. Some of the Ohio State Officer Team stopped by to visit. Milan Pozderac (vice president at large); Evan Callicoat (reporter); Lane Heil, (vice president at large); and Ryan Matthews (president) have had a busy National Convention. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Photo by National FFA. Joel interviews Agriscience Fair winners in Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 4 Jared Hamilton and Joseph Glassmeyer from Felicity-Franklin. Agriscience Fair Plant Systems Division 3 winner Kayla Wyse from Pettisville Ridgemont FFA’s Stephanie Jolliff was recognized as an Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher. Mary Buehler, former president of the Ohio FFA Association, is the 2017 National Officer Candidate from Ohio. Diversified Livestock – Adam Blumenschein, Fairbanks Diversified Agricultural Production – Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont Agricultural Sales-Placement – Sierra Drewes, New Bremen Agricultural Communications – Kolt Buchenroth, Kenton-OHP Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Aaron Hendrich, Eaton-MVCTClast_img read more

Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Social Fitness

first_imgIn previous Friday Field Notes, we have described the Total Force Fitness (TFF) model and introduced the eight domains included in the model. Now, we will examine how cooperative extension can help support TFF in each of these domains.Memorial Day is upon us this weekend and it is a time in which service members, veterans, and their families may need extra social support. In today’s Friday Field Notes, we will examine the importance of social fitness and ways to leverage cooperative extension to improve social fitness.What is Social Fitness?Social fitness involves building and maintaining relationships with family and friends, as well as other social supports (e.g., co-workers, members of religious affiliations). For service members and their families, healthy social connections can improve force readiness and facilitate resilience.According to LTC Wayne Jonas and colleagues, social fitness is multidimensional and includes friends and family, recreation, religion, and hobbies, as well as superiors and peers. Cohesion is an important construct within social fitness, and minimal attention has been paid to the importance of family cohesion. These experts argue that the importance of family fitness and cohesion cannot be underestimated with regard to total force fitness.Can we measure social cohesion easily and in a way that can track whether a family has adequate support? This has been pointed out as an area of great importance as well as a challenge to total force fitness. Losada and others have illustrated that assessing personal connectivity of a team is highly correlated with its performance. Unit and family cohesion are both likely to influence the individual service member with regard to unit productivity and performance. Thus, social and family fitness are essential to total force fitness and impact performance from such disparate areas as the rate of wound healing to overall unit functioning.Cooperative Extension and Social FitnessThe cooperative extension system provides opportunities for service members and their families to build social connections in their communities. Two examples of these opportunities are below.4-H Military Partnerships. Using a positive youth development framework, 4-H Military Partnerships provide military connected children and youth opportunities to build relationships with positive mentors and each other. To find an upcoming camp for military connected youth, check out the 4-H Military Partnerships website.Relationship Education. Cooperative extension provides classes for couples who want to learn better relationship skills and improve their overall relationship satisfaction. An example of one of these programs is ELEVATE , a one day training for couples to learn relationship skills such as conflict management, communication, and stress management skills.last_img read more

Unheralded guard Geronimo fulfills PBA dreams, gets drafted Kia

first_imgChristain Geronimo was picked 42nd overall by Kia in the fifth round of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Geronimo reached for the stars, and on Sunday, he got one.The little-known guard out of PUP made his dreams come true as Kia picked him in the fifth round as the second to the last pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I feel like I’m dreaming. I can’t explain what I feel. I couldn’t believe that I will go up the stage in a PBA Draft,” he said.Now, the hardwork begins for Geronimo as he tries to prove himself that he’s worthy of a roster spot.“Whatever I could contribute, I will give to this team. I’m grateful to them because they gave me a chance. I will work hard and do my best to make it to their lineup,” he said.But if Geronimo doesn’t make it, he thinks he can be with Kia playing a different role.“I can also be an agent for them, a salesman,” he joked.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “The feeling is so great. Until now, I can’t imagine that this has happened. This hasn’t sunk in for me,” he said in Filipino.The 29-year-old knew that his chances of being plucked from the pool were slim, and was even close on accepting his fate as the annual rookie selection went deep into the rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m already telling myself that if I don’t get drafted, I’m fine with it. I was motioning to my girlfriend to not cry because I’m okay and at least I tried,” he said.But tears did fall down late at Robinsons Place Manila when the former car salesman was finally called and became part of the draftees that included the likes of Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Former FEU stars Jose, Belo reunite at Blackwater Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more