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Suicidal woman tries to open plane door mid-flight: Source

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first_imgiStock/Jetlinerimages(NEW YORK) — A suicidal woman tried to open the door of a Delta Airlines flight Friday afternoon, but the plane managed to land safely, a law enforcement source said.According to the source, the woman made comments about wanting to take her life aboard Delta Airlines flight 5935, from Raleigh-Durham to LaGuardia Airport in New York.She then allegedly tried unsuccessfully to open an emergency door.The flight landed safely at LaGuardia, where the woman was taken off the flight.Authorities stressed that regardless of what the woman tried to do, the aircraft door was designed not to open mid-flight because positive pressure inside the cabin will not allow the door to open.“We’re aware of the social media report related to the flight and are looking into it,” Republic Airways, which operated the flight, said in a statement. “But what I can tell you now is that the flight landed uneventfully and proceeded to its gate.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

AG Zoeller, Rx Task Force Host 6th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium

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first_imgTwo-day conference draws 800 attendees, national officialsINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller hosted the sixth-annual Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium in Indianapolis this week, Oct. 28 and 29, to focus on new challenges in the fight against prescription drug abuse, particularly in light of unprecedented HIV and Hepatitis C outbreaks this year triggered by intravenous abuse of diverted medications.Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli and Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Dr. Wilson Compton were keynote speakers at this year’s symposium, titled “In the Trenches, A Community Approach.” The symposium offered sessions on arming communities with strategies for curtailing abuse and providing treatment, and focused on collaboration between public health and public safety as well as among all levels of government.The annual two-day symposium is the pinnacle event for the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, which Zoeller founded in 2012 and which he co-chairs alongside Dr. Joan Duwve, chief medical officer for the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).“This year, a small community in Southern Indiana saw an unprecedented spike in HIV infections and became the face of the national opioid epidemic,” Zoeller said. “This crisis was in addition to reports that show prescription drug abusers are turning to heroin, and the continued rise in heroin overdose deaths. Though the state’s efforts to stem the flow of prescribed opioids into communities are working, we now have new challenges to address in our ongoing battle to reduce abuse in Indiana and save Hoosier lives.”According to a 2015 ISDH report, the number of heroin overdoses in Indiana more than doubled from 2011 to 2013. A 2014 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately three out of four new heroin users report having abused prescription opioids prior to using heroin.Setting record attendance with more than 800 registered attendees this year, the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Symposium is the largest statewide collaboration of professionals from local, state and federal agencies, academia, clinicians, pharmacists, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by prescription drug abuse.“Meetings that bring together public health and public safety are critical to breaking down silos that impede our progress,” Director Botticelli said in his keynote. “This issue is personal for many of us in this audience today… It’s not somebody else’s kids; it’s our kids. The goal today is to shine a spotlight on this epidemic and make sure we all walk out of here committed to doing something about it, whether we are a faith leader, elected official, law enforcement or private citizen. We all have a role to play.”Other prominent speakers at the symposium included Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams and Attorney General Zoeller. Symposium sessions covered the following topics among others:Lessons learned from the Scott County HIV crisisNaloxone (opioid overdose antidote) trainingOpioid abuse prevention strategies targeting youthOpioid addiction in vulnerable populationsSyringe exchange programsA full agenda for this year’s symposium is available here.“Every community in Indiana has been touched by opioid misuse, addiction and overdose. Opioid misuse is preventable, opioid addiction is treatable, and opioid overdose is reversible,” Dr. Joan Duwve said. “This symposium is a way for all of us to come together to learn from one another, and from national experts, and then take what we’ve learned back to our local communities where families are struggling to keep children alive and get loved ones into treatment and recovery.”Zoeller created the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force in 2012 to reduce the abuse of controlled prescription drugs and decrease the number of deaths associated with these drugs in Indiana. The Task Force has grown to approximately 100 members including legislators, state and federal regulators, clinicians, pharmacists, treatment providers, educators and law enforcement. The Task Force holds quarterly meetings in addition to meetings held by the following individual committees: Education, Enforcement, INSPECT (state prescription drug monitoring program), Treatment & Recovery and Drug Take Back.The Task Force has advanced a number of initiatives to reduce prescription drug abuse in Indiana. A key achievement was developing safer prescribing guidelines for physicians and working with the Legislature and Medical Licensing Board to adopt new rules consistent with the guidelines. Within six months of these rules taking effect, there was an 11 percent decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed in Indiana.Significant legislative accomplishments include providing more oversight for pain clinic operators, stronger reporting requirements to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program INSPECT, greater access to addiction treatment services and to the overdose antidote naloxone, and – most recently – allowing communities with an HIV or Hepatitis C outbreak to establish syringe exchanges that discourage shared needle use and direct people to treatment options. Other key legislative successes from the 2015 legislative session include ensuring that Medicaid and the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan cover addiction treatment services and appropriating new funds for the growth of mental health and addiction services.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

When undergrads are just living

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first_imgOstensibly, Harvard is a place to broaden one’s knowledge base and acquire new and important skills that carry over into life and a career. Things like course choices, papers, lab work, projects, tests, and grades all have a clear, direct effect on a student’s satisfaction. That’s why academic support resources, like advisors, counselors and tutors, are so essential.What happens outside the classroom — who you meet, what House you live in, who shares your suite, how you feel about yourself, who your friends are, and what you do after class and on weekends — plays an equally important, if not greater, role in shaping a student’s College experience. Yet it’s not always clear to all what campus options exist for assistance with one’s social life.Helping students bridge in-classroom learning with on-campus life, the Office of Student Life partners with the undergraduate residential Houses and provides support for student activities and social organizations, including the Harvard College Women’s Center, the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, and the Phillips Brooks House Association, among many others.“We’re really here to help students to engage with each other and the campus community; to provide support and reduce barriers for them to engage, and to partner with offices across the College and University to help students have the best out-of-classroom experience that they can,” said Katherine O’Dair, the new Harvard College dean of students who leads the Office of Student Life.O’Dair joined Harvard in September after 12 years at Boston College, where she was associate vice president for student affairs. Before that, she worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University. She was popular enough that Tufts students found an unusual way to thank her when she departed: They named a new student activity van “Katie.”“I think we’re at a moment in time in higher education, at a moment in time here on campus [where], more than ever, we need liberally educated leaders who are going to help us solve conflicts [and] to work across difference. I think that is the most important thing,” she said, when asked why she came to Harvard. “I want to be here right now to contribute to that.”With O’Dair and Alex Miller, assistant dean of student life, both new to Harvard, they’ve been reaching out to students since the fall to get a better sense of what today’s students want and need as the office reassesses how best to meet their changing and diverse needs.Since arriving, O’Dair has attended many informal dinners and social events to get to know students and campus life better. This spring, she’s been hosting informal gatherings in the Mather House apartment where she lives during the school week to meet students and have them meet each other. “I learned a lot about students just by listening to them,” she said, so “we’re incorporating that into the work we’re doing.”Located in University Hall, the Office provides help, offers advice, or just serves as a sounding board for students across a range of areas, from discussing weekend parties and how to meet new people to homesickness or loneliness to social and political issues like criminal and social justice. O’Dair said in time she hopes more students will drop in and share what’s on their minds so the office can find new ways to support their ideas.“What I love about [Harvard] is that students are free to express their opinions, they have agency over what they like and what they don’t, and they let us know about it,” she said. “So part of [our challenge] is, how do we provide forums for and opportunities for students to come talk to us?”Some recent dominant events, including the 2016 election, the ongoing discussion surrounding Harvard’s final clubs and other single-gender social organizations, and the food service workers’ strike last fall, prompted fresh thinking about how to better meet students’ concerns and enhance their campus experiences.“I think the strike, in many ways, revealed inequities that were always there, but that became more apparent to students,” said O’Dair. Those who could afford to dine out in Harvard Square did so, while those who could not were relegated to the limited menu available in those dining halls that remained open.“The silver lining was it made students appreciate House life and their dining hall and how important it was to be with their community,” she added. “It gave students more appreciation for our system — it’s not just about food, it’s about community,” she said.This spring, the office will help coordinate a slate of shows, parties, and social events for students. In addition to hosting “Saturday Night Live” comedian Leslie Jones’ appearance and a campus Mardi Gras celebration last month, it’s helping hold a “College night” at the Queen’s Head Pub every Thursday and the annual Yardfest in April.The office is also working to deepen the connection with faculty members to enhance learning opportunities outside the classroom and will hold a new leadership-recognition reception later this spring to honor student leaders who have made meaningful contributions in arenas ranging from community service and the arts to athletics and student government.Also, students can now apply for a new collaboration and innovation grant that provides up to $3,000 to support student-run events that unite different student organizations, as a means to help foster community.“What we heard from students is they want more opportunities to come together across their student organizations, perhaps across class year, and this collaboration grant is designed to help do that,” said O’Dair. Unlike past practice, the grant lets students take the programming initiative, much like the Undergraduate Council’s Club 1636 pilot program, where the council hosts nights at hot spots around the Square to give undergraduates an alternative to private parties on and off campus, she said.Since the best ideas come from students, not administrators, she added, “Our philosophy is not to do for them, but to provide them the resources and the infrastructure for them to create their own experiences.”last_img read more

Nominations open for 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Awards

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first_imgCredit union supporters are encouraged to nominate individuals and organizations for the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards to be presented by the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). Winners will be honored at the Foundation’s annual awards and fundraising gala on February 24, 2020 in conjunction with the CUN) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C.The nomination packet can be found here.“We are once again looking for individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to embody the mission and vision of the Foundation,’” said Gigi Hyland, executive director at the Foundation. “It’s important that we continue to celebrate and honor those in our movement who have dedicated themselves to improving the financial lives of others, serving as shining examples of the credit union difference.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Rainbows, Bull Trout catch of the day

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first_imgReel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson B.C It’s time for another boat load of fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Now that summer has arrived what better time is there to get out in the boat for some fishing.Kootenay Lake: Although the fishing tourism is way down, the main lake has still been producing lots of the usual 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, with a few Bull Trout also from 2 – 6 pounds. Some of our best days see up to 20 fish being caught.  But, an average day would produce between 8 – 12 fish.  Lots of action to keep our guests busy. We have been mixing it up a bit lately as far as fishing location on the lake as well.  We have fished the extreme north, the extreme south, and the central portions of the lake and have found the better fishing to be from the central portion and south. Lighter gear is the ticket for fun now.  Still lots of excitement catching these 2 – 4 pounders on a fly rod or lighter spinning rod.  But, be prepared to break a few fish off if you manage to hook into some of the bigger fish still around. Either way, there’s still lots of action and lots of fun to be had on the lake. The West Arm has been producing some nice fish as of late.  It seems that some of our bigger fish have been cruising the West arm in search of food.  There have been a few surprises coming in lately. Fly fishing has been a blast in the past few weeks.  Lots of 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, but were also hooking into some Rainbows and Bull Trout up to eight pounds in the Arm.  This is a pleasant surprise when targeting the smaller fish. Lots of opportunity for fish this summer.  Looking forward to the tourist season and hoping to get lots more people hooked on this great sport.Columbia River: The river was on fire for the early months of April, May, and June.  Lots of fantastic days floating the river with both floating and sinking lines.  As the water remained low, the seams were plentiful and the fish remained very active. Lots of Rainbows between 2 – 5 pounds were being caught.  Also started to see more Walleye showing up in the fishery. Now, with the rising water, the fishing holes have changed a bit and the fish are moving around.  The back eddies are producing well, especially after the crazy caddis hatches that we had early in the season. Usually these hatches don’t start until this time of year.  A sign of the times I guess, as our seasons seam to be getting earlier every year. June and July should see some of the largest caddis hatches of the year and should put these fish back into a frenzy. Also, the Walleye should get to be more plentiful as the summer continues. Looking forward to the next couple months on the river!More Fishing Opportunities: It’s that time of year again when we spread the boats out to maximize our fishing presence.  For the next few months we will have our boats stationed at the following locations:   one boat on the Columbia River,  two boats on Kootenay Lake, and one boat on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet. So, no matter what your fishing preference is, we can accommodate. Looking forward to a busy summer.What are they biting on??? Not a lot of secrets out there at this time of year.  The main lake has been producing most Rainbows on the usual bucktail flies.  Common colours have been grey/white,  black/wht, green/wht.  The common numbers of these flies are:  210, 215, 221, 222, 234. Also catching some Rainbow and Bull trout on apex lures and my favourite Lyman plugs.  Check out some of the new Lyman patterns as they have been producing well for us. On the River we have been catching most of our Rainbows on the fly.  Dry lines with elk hair caddis have been working well on the hot days.  And on the cooler days, or when we can’t seem to catch on the dry, we have been drifting nymphs through our favourite holes. On the days when we are not flyfishing, we have been spin casting with spinners and spoons,  as well as bottom bouncing with bait. The bottom bouncers or jigs have been producing best for the Walleye. Lots of different techniques to use on the river and lots of different fish to be caught. Lets Go Fishing!Tight lines………………. Kerry Reedlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 22, 2015

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first_imgBrice Blanc5072414%$297,000 Richard Baltas661310520%$536,422 John Sadler11817171714%$1,037,584 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato631311921%$635,230 Michael Pender4266414%$175,740 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Mike Smith9720191521%$2,243,551 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Mark Glatt6611111117%$493,792 Mike Puype94813139%$417,756 Drayden Van Dyke17921212312%$1,347,810 Martin Pedroza14916211811%$666,204 Hector Palma2764122%$142,370 Mark Casse56105818%$784,378 FINISH LINES: In addition to the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic against males on April 18 and the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn, Craig Lewis is considering the Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes on May 9 for Warren’s Veneda, and if all went well, the $1 million Ogden Phipps on Belmont Day, June 6 . . . Thanks mainly to a Zenyatta-like last-to-first finish by first-time starter Rutile (44.80) in Saturday’s fifth race, there is a hefty Pick 6 carryover of $92,696.80 going into Sunday’s card. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss of Zenyatta fame, Rutile is a half-sister to speed deficient 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, also owned by the Mosses . . .Multiple graded stakes winner Sahara Sky, a candidate for the Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on April 11, worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:13.20 for Jerry Hollendorfer . . . Santa Anita Handicap third-place finisher Catch a Flight, possible for the Charles Town Classic, worked five furlongs for Richard Mandella in 1:03.40 . . . Perennial SoCal leader Rafael Bejarano has opened a 58-34 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze in Santa Anita’s jockey standings through 51 racing days. Kent Desormeaux and Victor Espinoza share third with 31 wins apiece . . . With two triumphs yesterday, Peter Miller inched to within 28-26 of training leader Hollendorfer . . . Favorites are winning at a 35.68 percent clip (157 of 440) . . . Next Saturday, March 28, the Grade III Tokyo City Cup will be the feature race on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For more details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com. Gary Stevens9316141717%$1,483,818 Fernando Perez1661521169%$721,400 Santiago Gonzalez10413121713%$628,034 Flavien Prat1201014148%$619,136 Peter Eurton8113131416%$808,606 Victor Espinoza16731322419%$2,024,226 Martin Garcia12123161519%$1,716,960 Kent Desormeaux17631322018%$1,799,870 Joseph Talamo22023233510%$1,590,558 Mario Gutierrez9481399%$429,760center_img TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Felipe Valdez6910111014%$326,328 Peter Miller13426271519%$1,320,396 James Cassidy62981115%$369,930 Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Doug O’Neill14716132211%$832,798 Thomas Proctor4676315%$525,628 Steven Miyadi3575320%$218,210 Steve Knapp3362318%$260,510 CALIFORNIA: A CHAMPIONSHIP STATE OF MINDBAFFERT HOLDING STRONG HAND FOR DERBYOCHO OCHO OCHO SEEKING BLUER PASTURES? Ron Ellis54114820%$426,470 Richard Mandella52109919%$641,766 Jeff Bonde3190329%$324,240 Edwin Maldonado11614111412%$514,354 Jerry Hollendorfer14828202319%$3,170,038 (Current Through Saturday, March 21) Eddie Truman1761235%$255,180 Jack Carava47610613%$191,970 Rafael Bejarano24158343124%$2,685,642 Tiago Pereira1101291411%$419,542 Elvis Trujillo19423241712%$1,311,950 Tyler Baze26134323113%$2,100,784 Bob Baffert9220161322%$1,764,752 ‘WEATHER’ OR NOT, SANTA ANITA IS ‘PARADISE ON EARTH’The other night at The Meadowlands in North Jersey, trotters were running throughsnow flakes the size of golf balls.Meanwhile, 3,000 miles away in California, the sun was out and temperatures were in the 80’s.Call it coincidence. Credit the good purses, the good racing surfaces and the greatweather, but whatever it is, from north to south, California currently is the home of the best and the brightest in the business, to wit:Los Alamitos Race Course in Orange County is the headquarters of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome; Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area is the stomping grounds of the best horse in America, Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief; Santa Anita is the permanent residence of the two Kentucky Derby favorites, American Pharoah and Dortmund; and, with all due respect to Untapable, the home court of the best older mares in training, Beholder and Warren’s Veneda.“It’s paradise on earth,” said native Los Angelino Craig Lewis, who trains Warren’s Veneda, the streaking California-bred mare who has won three straight, including the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 14.“The surfaces and the purses are very good, and you can’t beat the weather,” Lewis said. “Hot Springs (Oaklawn Park in Arkansas) calls me every day trying to get me to run Warren’s Veneda there (in the Grade I, $600,000 Apple Blossom on April 10), and I said to the guy, ‘Why would I come all the way across the country to run against the best mare in the country, Untapable?’“And he told me, ‘You’ve got the best mare in the country.’“You can’t beat the weather we’ve got. We’re fortunate to be here.”CLOCKER FANCIES BAFFERT DUO FOR KENTUCKY DERBYThe Kentucky Derby is six weeks hence, but twisting Gary Young’s arm today for his picks, he wouldn’t deviate from the obvious.“If I had to name a Derby winner on three notes right now it’d be American Pharoah, Dortmund and Carpe Diem,” said the respected private clocker, referring to Bob Baffert’s dynamic duo and Tampa Bay Derby winner Carpe Diem, trained by Todd Pletcher.“As far as the two Baffert horses are concerned, I think Pharoah is probably the more brilliant horse,” Young said. “But just looking at who’s bigger, looking at their bodies and their stride, Dortmund might have a better chance of getting a mile and quarter than Pharoah.“You’ve got to go back a long time since one guy had two horses as strong as this, six weeks from the Derby. These are two good horses.“One thing about Baffert: he gets good horses and he’s not afraid to train them.”In other Santa Anita Derby news:Trainer Jim Cassidy said he may opt out of the Santa Anita Derby in favor of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 4 for Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho, who suffered superficial leg cuts when finishing eighth behind Dortmund in the San Felipe Stakes.In either case, his current go-to rider, Santiago Gonzalez, would have the mount.Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day. -30-last_img read more

Warning over door to door scammer targetting vulnerable people

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first_imgGardaí in Donegal are warning people to be vigilant of a man who is wanted in connection with bogus calls, theft and trespassing.A description has been issued of the man who is known to target the elderly and the vulnerable in their homes and scam them into giving over money.The man operates on a nationwide level and is sought for questioning by Gardaí in numerous counties. “The male in question is a British citizen. He is believed to be of Indian descent,” said a Garda spokesperson.“He is approx. 6ft in height with black hair, he occasionally wears glasses. This male targets the elderly and the vulnerable.“He usually calls to the door offering to sell clothes and can become forceful. He demands extortionate rates for the clothing and has been known to take people to the ATM to withdraw cash for him.”Gardaí believe that the man may have been in the Northern region over the past few days and he has access to a black Vauxhall Astra, the registration number starts with NU5. The man is wanted for questioning in relation to various offences such as theft, fraud, robbery and trespassing. Gardaí in Letterkenny are looking to speak to anyone who believes they have been visited by the man in question. They are also appealing for people to inform anyone they know who lives alone in relation to this man and advise them to be vigilant.Sgt. Eunan Walsh issued safety advice in this week’s community notice: “The usual advice applies, fit a chain-lock to your door, never let anyone into your home that you do not know and beware of all callers offering services who call to your home. Genuine sales people or service providers do not usually call door to door offering goods or services.” Warning over door to door scammer targetting vulnerable people was last modified: June 7th, 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:bogus callerscamlast_img read more

COP 17 solar geyser campaign a success

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first_img9 December 2011Over 8 500 solar geysers were installed across South Africa during the two-week UN climate summit (COP 17), surpassing the initial target of 8 000, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.Another major success of the campaign was recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, where more than 500 systems were installed in households since the start of the climate conference, thanks to pledges made by individuals and companies.At the start of the conference last week, the Department of Economic Development, the Industrial Development Cooperation and Eskom invited the public and business to pledge towards the solar geyser campaign.The initiative raised R685 000 to install 510 solar water heaters in Groutville, north of the city.“This is a resounding success, it shows the opportunities that are there in the green economy, and I think COP 17 has brought about a new thinking amongst many of us in terms of our approach to the green economy,” Patel said.“With the contribution from companies, unions and individuals we can step up the rate of installation and show the value of broader solidarity across society to grow jobs and improve the lives of our people.”To date, the total number of solar geysers installed throughout the country is estimated at 211 000, with additional funding from Eskom’s rebates system for solar water heaters.Patel said it was important that South Africa take full advantage of the continent’s hot temperatures and, in the process, relieve pressure on the national electricity grid.The campaign would also ensure that government met its job creation target of 300 000 new jobs in the green economy.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA in International Club tennis title defence

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first_img25 July 2014South Africa will be aiming to make it two in a row when they defend their title at the International Club under-16 Junior Challenge Worldwide finals in London next week. In 2012, they took the honours in Adelaide, Australia.The event, which takes place from 28 July to 1 August, is being hosted by the International Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain and will be played on the Championship courts at Wimbledon.In October 2013 the International Club of South Africa hosted and won a 16-and- under regional play-off against Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Botswana to secure a place in London.The winning South African team was made up of twins Lee and Zani Barnard, Jan- Louis Maritz and Richard Thongoana. They will represent Africa in the finals, with Terry Schweitzer coaching coach and captaining the side.‘Excitement’“As it will be my players’ first opportunity to compete on grass at Wimbledon, you can only imagine the excitement in the team,” Schweitzer said in a statement on Thursday. “Added to this, the exposure in playing against other top international players is such an opportunity.“Playing at Wimbledon is a goal and a dream for each one of my players.”‘A great initiative and opportunity”Gavin Crookes, the President of Tennis South Africa (TSA), said TSA was grateful to the International Club for arranging the event. “This is such a great initiative and opportunity for juniors worldwide,” he enthused.“It awards our up-and-coming juniors from South Africa the opportunity to play at the ‘home of tennis’, which is bound to be an awesome experience.“On behalf of all of our members and citizens we wish the South African team all the very best.”TeamsJoining South Africa at Wimbledon are the other regional qualifiers – the USA, Argentina, Italy, Japan and the hosts, Great Britain.Open to all 40 International Clubs around the world, the Under-16 Junior Challenge is the International Club Council’s premier junior event.The tournament will feature a round-robin format over a five-day period and will conclude on Friday, 1 August.Each team will be represented by two under-16 boys and two under-U16 girls, plus an adult captain/coach. Matches will feature two boys’ singles, two girls’ singles, one boys’ doubles and one girls’ doubles match. The final positions will be determined by the number of tie wins.The referee for the event is Clare Wood, a former professional player and an assistant referee at The Championships, Wimbledon.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation creates scholarship for large animal veterinary students

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) has created a new scholarship fund to benefit large animal veterinary students attending The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. OCF has committed $25,000 over five years to the new scholarship fund. The first scholarships generated from this fund will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year.The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Fund will provide two scholarships each year to third or fourth-year veterinary students who have demonstrated interest in practicing large animal (food/farm) medicine and plan to practice in the state of Ohio. Preference will be given to candidates whose work, research or community involvement demonstrates interest in the beef industry, or to those who are involved with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. The College of Veterinary Medicine, in consultation with Student Financial Aid, will oversee the scholarship fund, application process and will determine the scholarship recipients each year.It is commonly understood within the agricultural industry that the educational costs and subsequent debt load associated with a veterinary degree inhibit potential students from pursuing a career in the field or have long-term financial burdens for those who do. Thanks to the success of the Cattlemen’s Gala fundraiser, the OCF is pleased to be able to provide funds to create this impactful scholarship program.“As a cattle producer, I know first-hand the importance of having access to excellent veterinary care around the clock for my animals. However, as an industry we need to recognize the financial burden that a veterinary degree can place on students,” said Joe Foster, OCF president, of Gallipolis. “Our hope is that this scholarship enables more students to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian here in Ohio, benefitting cattle producers across the state for years to come.”In the next 15 to 20 years, it’s estimated that more than 25% of Ohio veterinarians will retire, requiring a new supply of veterinarians to fill gaps across the state. The need for well-educated, qualified veterinarians to ensure animal and public health is one every cattle producer knows all too well; the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation is proud to play a part in ensuring the future of veterinary care in Ohio.To learn more about the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarship Fund through Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, please contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or cattle@ohiocattle.org.last_img read more