Military Family Caregiving

first_imgHowever, in the line of duty these men and women’s heroism are put to the test. Their valor comes at the price of death, and for those few that are able to live to see another day, these individuals struggle with effects from a lifetime of war.Those heroes who live to see another day face a great challenge, a challenge so difficult it could make the wounded warrior seem as if they were back on the “front line.”What is this challenge? It is the “will to live;” to battle the scars from war.Yet during this new challenge wounded warriors has a different unit watching their backs…it is their families and those who support them.We often remember our fallen service members and veterans, what we often forget, are their caregivers.Cooperative Extension–Supporting our military family caregiversWhen a new initiative is introduced in the caring of Soldier and Families, Extension staff, working together with their military partners, meet the challenge to provide quality programs, activities and resources to assist the Soldier and Family in whatever they require.With an array of online resources for caregivers, it can be difficult at times to find resources at is relates to military caregiving and military medical conditions.With the help of Cooperative Extension, our Military-Extension partnership in particular, we are able to bring some of those resources to one location.Our military family caregiving initiative first began when Texas AgriLife Extension Service was charged with the task of providing educational programs, online resources and caregiving skills through the use of Military Families Learning Network for military caregivers.The materials for military family caregiving focus on loved ones (spouse, mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, partner, etc.) caring for a very seriously injured (VSI) or seriously injured (SI) service members.The medical conditions we are currently working on pertain to wounded warriors with post-traumatic stress disorder, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, loss of limb, and loss of vision.Each topical article will offer a brief overview of the topic, what the military caregiver can expect from the condition of his/her wounded warrior, tips to reduce the caregiver burden, and resources to find more information.Continue to check back to this blog, Facebook, Twitter, and the Military Families Learning Network page for the latest Military Caregiving articles and resources. Photo provided by the Fort Hood SentinelMany believe our heroes are those fighting on the front line for a country that long stands to prosper and in turn adhere to our tradition of the “Land of the free, and home of the brave.”last_img read more

Nikola Jokic tows Nuggets past Mavericks with buzzer beater

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDoncic led Dallas with 24 points. He had a go-ahead dunk with 5.8 seconds left and was fouled, but missed a free throw that would have put the Mavericks up by two.“I should have made that free throw,” Doncic said. “I feel like I let my team down.” Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Jalen Brunson had 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 for the well-traveled Mavericks.Dallas looked like the team with more energy, building an eight-point lead in the first half and ending the second quarter on a 13-2 run to take a six-point lead at the break.Denver came out strong in the third quarter, but the Mavericks responded with eight straight points and led by as many as 12.The Nuggets used a 12-2 run in the fourth to get to 93-91. Jokic, who was 0 for 4 from the floor in the first three quarters, hit a layup to get Denver within a basket. Millsap tied the game at 95, and a free throw by Jokic with 1:06 left gave the Nuggets a 98-97 lead.Brunson missed a baseline jumper, but a Denver turnover with 20.3 seconds left gave Dallas the ball and set up the final sequence.TIP-INSMavericks: F Kristaps Porzingis was with the team a day after taking part in his first 5-on-5 practice. Porzingis, acquired from New York on Jan. 31, has not played since tearing his ACL last season.Nuggets: Torrey Craig was out with a left shoulder sprain sustained Tuesday night. Craig was hurt in the last 20 seconds of mop-up time. … F Trey Lyles was active after missing nine games with a left hamstring strain.STRANGE DAYSCarlisle has spent more than three decades in the NBA as a coach or player, but the Mavericks’ flight being pushed back to Thursday morning because of the blizzard was a new one for him. “In the modern era of private planes or charters, I’ve never been with a team that this has happened,” he said.“It was a different kind of day, for sure. It’s a very unusual situation. Some people got some photos from the air of rows of cars slid out all over the place. It must have been a crazy day (Wednesday).”UP NEXTMavericks: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.Nuggets: Wrap up their three-game homestand against Indiana on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The big man rescued Denver after the Nuggets trailed by 12 early in the fourth quarter. Jokic finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, hitting all four of his field goals in the fourth — including the game-winner.“That’s what we need him to do. He’s been doing it for us all year,” teammate Paul Millsap said. “He’s got my vote for MVP, for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Denver called a timeout and drew up a play for Jokic. He drove to the right of Dwight Powell, stopped and thought about a fadeaway, but the shot wasn’t there.“I felt like he was going to block it, so I just go to the right hand and throw it somehow. And the ball went in,” Jokic said. “Powell played really good defense. He was right there but I made a lucky shot.”It spoiled a gutty effort by the Mavericks. The team was scheduled to leave Dallas on Wednesday afternoon, but Denver International Airport canceled flights in and out due to poor weather, forcing the Mavericks to fly in on Thursday morning. The team left Dallas at 8 a.m., arrived in Denver at 9 a.m. and nearly pulled off the upset before Jokic’s clutch shot.“Luka made a great play to get the lead, and they hit as difficult a shot as you’re going to hit to win a game with no time left,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.Millsap finished with a season-high 33 points for the Nuggets (45-22), who strengthened their hold on the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference after holding Dallas to 10 points in the fourth quarter. They lead the surging Houston Rockets by 3½ games with 15 to go.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Donovan Mitchell, Jae Crowder help Jazz crush tired Timberwolves Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, is congratulated for his game-winning basket by guard Monte Morris during the team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 100-99. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Luka Doncic’s emphatic dunk capped a great night for the Dallas Mavericks rookie. Nikola Jokic topped him and saved the game for the Denver Nuggets, earning him some support in the MVP race.Jokic hit a falling, one-handed shot as time expired to lift the Nuggets over the weary Mavericks 100-99 on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Eumir Marcial settles for silver medal, loses to Russian foe at boxing worlds

first_imgTrump awards Penske Presidential Medal PLAY LIST 01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano A knockdown early in the second round doomed Marcial chances as Bakshi connected with a sweeping left hook to send Filipino bet to the canvas. That proved to be the deciding factor as the Russian took the lead in all the scorecards, 29-28, 29-28, 29-27, 29-28.Marcial was the more aggressive of the two but that second round saw Bakshi connect with the more meaningful shots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Bakshi peppered Marcial with power shots, cutting up the Filipino near the left eye and prompting the ringside doctor to look at the wound a couple of times in the fight.Marcial tried to counter in the third with flurries but Bakshi was wise enough to halt any momentum the two-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist could establish. MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Now healthy, Almazan focused on elevating his game to finally help Meralco Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eumir Marcial loses in the gold medal match at the Aiba World Boxing Championships in Russia.MACAU—Eumir Marcial, the lone Filipino boxer to have to made it to the final, settled for the silver medal in the 2019 Aiba World Championships Saturday at Expo Centre in Ekaterinburg, Russia.Marcial absorbed a 5-0 unanimous decision loss to Russia’s Gleb Bakshi in the title round of the middleweight event.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Greek Teen Sets World Swim Record

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – An 18-year-old Greek swimmer who twice set a world record in the 100-meter backstroke at the European Juniors Championship meet held in The Netherlands said he hopes it will be a springboard for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Apostolos Christou surprised the swimming world by breaking the world junior record twice within 24 hours to win gold over the former record-holder, Italy’s Simone Sabbioni.The Olympiakos swimmer clocked 54.41 seconds in the semifinal to knock three-tenths off Sabbioni’s record, then left the Italian in his wake, winning the final with a clocking of 54.04 seconds, some 37 seconds off the Greek teen’s personal best.Christou is one of the swimmers to represent Greece at the Young Olympic Games in China next month, choosing this event over the European Swimming Championships.He said his ambition is to swim at the Olympics. “It’s everyone’s dream. I want to be in Brazil in two years’ time and be able to stand out,” he told Kathimerini.last_img read more

India in England: Virat Kohli’s men look for happy hunting grounds

first_imgTest matches in England are traditionally dominated by team with the better fast bowlers in their playing XI.England’s current generation has seen James Anderson and Stuart Broad win them numerous matches owing to their combined brilliance in whites.The upcoming five-match Test series against India promises 42 days of action-packed cricket with the duke ball testing the best in the business in trying conditions.But unlike the last series in 2014, where fast bowlers dominated proceedings, experts are predicting a different outcome this time around.Also read – India in England: Brief history of 6 Test wins in 43 yearsEngland is in the middle of its warmest summer in recent years and there is a chance the conditions might favour spinners.This doesn’t mean that the fast bowlers won’t be dangerous but it just evens out the contest a bit as India has world class spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and the rookie Kuldeep Yadav.Also read – Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England TestsEngland were also contemplating recalling leg-spinner Adil Rashid due to this very reason, who was in top form during the one-day series.In fact given the hot and dry conditions, former captain Allan Lamb backed the Indians as the favourites to win the series.Also read – Can India repeat history in England after 47 years with new-age spin trio?”India will start as the favourites going into the series. I expect the conditions to be in their favour as the series unfolds,” Lamb said in an interview with the Times of India.advertisement”It has not rained here much in the last few weeks. This will result in wickets being on the drier side and that should bring the Indian spinners into play. I would go with a 3-1 scoreline in favour of India,” Lamb had said.Virat Kohli probably embarrassed by 2014 tour, wants to do better: Graeme SwannLamb also wants to see Kuldeep Yadav in action in the Test series after the chinaman impressed with his performance in the limited-overs series where none of the English batsmen, barring Jos Buttler and Joe Root, were able to pick his variations.”I am impressed with Kuldeep. Yes, Joe Root and a few others did read him in the one-dayers, but I would want to still see him in action in the Tests. He and Ashwin will be a good combination to go with,” Lamb said.Joe Root’s bat-drop in front of Virat Kohli could be a huge mistakeSPIN FRIENDLY VENUES IN ENGLANDKuldeep’s best performance on the tour so far has come at Trent Bridge where he picked up a 6-wicket haul in the first ODI. It is also the venue for the third Test match from August 18.James Anderson reclaims top spot in ICC Test bowling rankingsKuldeep destroyed the English top-order with the wickets of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, with the last two falling in the same over. He then returned for another spell and removed Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and David Willey to record the best bowling figures by a left-arm wrist spinner in ODI history.The Rose Bowl in Southampton is another ground where spinners have done well in the recent past.India’s only practice match ahead of England Tests reduced to 3 day-affairIn fact the last Test match played at this ground was the third match between England and India four years ago when Ravindra Jadeja picked up five wickets in the match while Moeen Ali spun England to victory with 8 wickets including a 6-wicket haul in the second innings.The fourth Test will be played at the Rose Bowl and Jadeja might be India’s preferred choice looking at his past record on this ground.THE LORD’S HEADACHE India beat England by 95 runs at Lord’s in 2014 to win its first match at the Mecca of Cricket after 28 years (Reuters Photo)The Mecca of Cricket has proved to be an Achilles heel of sorts for England as their record at Lord’s in the last 10 years is nothing to boast about.England have hosted 22 Test matches here since 2008 with 11 wins, 6 losses and 5 draws. This is also the same venue where India registered one of its most memorable wins after beating England by 95 runs in the second Test in 2014.Memories from that win should still be fresh in the Indian camp with three major performers from that game – Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay – expected to play big a part in the second Test at Lord’s once again from August 9.advertisementIndia will clinch the series if they win the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Test at these three venues but the job will be easier said than done. Experts are giving the visitors a good chance of creating history in England while the conditions are also expected to favour spinners and India has a better bunch of them than the hosts.It is now up to Virat Kohli’s team to deliver the results on the field for the month-and-a-half starting from August 1.last_img read more

Manchester United come from behind to draw vs Arsenal, Liverpool beat Burnley

first_imgManchester United remained distant spectators in the Premier League title race but at least showed plenty of spirit as they twice responded to going behind to draw 2-2 with in-form Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Liverpool came from a goal down to beat Burnley 3-1 and cut the gap on leaders Manchester City to two points, Tottenham Hotspur climbed to third with a 3-1 win over Southampton and Chelsea suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.Storm clouds have been gathering over Jose Mourinho’s misfiring United side, but goals by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard at least ensured they did not suffer a first home league defeat by the Gunners since 2006.Arsenal, who are now 20 matches unbeaten in all competitions since a shaky start to the season under new manager Unai Emery, led when United keeper David De Gea allowed Shkodran Mustafi’s weak header to cross the line.The visitors went ahead again through Alexandre Lacazette but surrendered the lead less than a minute later to Lingard’s strike as they ended the night out of the top four.Second-placed Liverpool confirmed their best ever start to a top-flight campaign as they hit back from a goal down at struggling Burnley.James Milner levelled for the Reds after Jack Cork’s surprise opener and substitute Roberto Firmino set Liverpool on course for a 12th win in 15 league games with his first touch.Tottenham Hotspur shook off their north London derby defeat by Arsenal to move into third spot with a 3-1 victory over Southampton at Wembley — Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min all on target for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.advertisementCity, who won at Watford on Tuesday, have 41 points to Liverpool’s 39 with Tottenham, who are yet to draw, on 33.Chelsea are fourth with 31 points, above Arsenal on goal difference, despite losing 2-1 at Wolves who came from behind with quickfire goals by Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota to claim a first victory in seven league games.Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri welcomed his old club Leicester City to Craven Cottage and shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw while Everton were held 1-1 at home by Newcastle United.Southampton, Burnley and Fulham occupy the three relegation spots with nine points each.last_img read more

USMNT’s final exam against France will be brutal

first_imgUnited States Youthful USMNT squad’s final exam will be a brutal one as full-strength France awaits Ives Galarcep 04:18 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Ireland international friendly 2018 Dan Mullan United States France v United States France Friendlies The third of the U.S. national team’s three pre-World Cup friendlies sees the Americans taking on a stacked French side in its final World Cup tuneup Since the current U.S. national team was thrown together with a collection of youngsters still finding their feet as professionals, let alone internationals, we have heard about the tests being thrown their way.First there was a Bolivia B team, in a home game that could be best described as a cushy pop quiz . Then came a trip overseas, to take on a more mature Republic of Ireland squad in a mid-term exam that showed the young Americans just how much they have to learn .That loss to Ireland provided a dose of reality, which should ensure the U.S. team has its eyes wide open heading into Saturday’s friendly against France, a powerhouse and World Cup contender boasting some of the best players in the world. The French will deploy their strongest possible squad in their final pre-World Cup tuneup, which is going to force the USMNT to either step up to the challenge or risk being annihilated. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “We know that we’re not preparing for a tournament, but at the same time these are invaluable experiences for a group of players that is just starting to come together,” U.S. midfielder Wil Trapp said. “It’s their last game before the World Cup so we know that the energy, the excitement from them, the quality, should be high and we’re prepared for it, we’re excited for it.”It’ll be difficult, but these are the games you want to play in.”The lackluster showing against Ireland shouldn’t necessarily be used to measure how the Americans will respond against the French. Since this run of friendlies was announced, the France match has been seen as the showcase, the one most players were circling on the calendar. It isn’t a stretch to think some U.S. players overlooked Ireland, but there are no surprises on Saturday. They will be taking on the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, which is the type of challenge that should bring the best out of a brash crop of young American talents.”One thing I’ll tell you about this group is they don’t get intimidated,” U.S. caretaker coach Dave Sarachan said. “When we played Portugal in November with a similar younger team, FIFA had them third in the world, and they played without fear. This group is going to do the same.”Once we step on the field this group will compete.”The USMNT will once again be without its best player — Christian Pulisic — who went on vacation and skipped the team’s European-based friendlies. His absence, coupled with the injury to Kenny Saief and the inability to secure releases of some MLS-based midfielders, has left this U.S. team facing a playmaker drought. Sarachan turned to Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams as a central tandem in front of Trapp, a partnership that yielded very little in the way of chances created.The good news is that central midfield trio will have to be much more focused on defending and trying to slow down France’s vaunted attack, which plays to the strengths of McKennie and Adams, though the U.S. as a group still needs to do a better job of keeping the ball and moving it around.”I think we were a little bit afraid to play when there was some pressure on us,” U.S. defender Tim Parker said. “I think we just have to work on getting in good spots for one another when we have the ball. This way it makes it easier for the next guy.”From an individual standpoint, Saturday’s friendly should tell us quite a bit about several youngsters. Tim Weah plays for Paris Saint-German and has expressed his excitement about facing the French. The 18-year-old winger has impressed in the team’s recent friendlies, but finding success against France’s defense will be an entirely different kind of challenge.GFX USMNT Projected XI vs FranceMcKennie will have his opportunity to face off against Champions League caliber competition as he prepares to fight for a regular role in Schalke’s looming Champions League campaign, while Adams is expected to make a move to a top European league in the near future, and going up against the likes of Griezmann and Kante should only help raise his profile.Defensively, the center back tandem of Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-VIckers had some shaky moments against Ireland, but will find a significantly more difficult challenge on Saturday. That’s assuming Sarachan doesn’t break up the pairing to give a start to Parker, who was impressive off the bench against Ireland.Whichever defense Sarachan settles on will need to play much better than the unit that faced Ireland. As much as the Americans are a long shot to knock off Les Bleus, the only chance they have of avoiding being overrun is if the team’s defensive shape and commitment is excellent.”We just want to make the game tough for them,” Parker said. “I think we want to put on a good showing for ourselves, but obviously not make it easy for them.”last_img read more

MOU Signed for OUTAONE Agro-Economic Zone Project

first_img One such facility is expected to open in St. Elizabeth in August, with four others to be set up throughout the country. The initiative is geared towards selling and exporting produce coming out of the agro-economic zones being established across the island through a public-private partnership. The government of Jamaica and CNET Group Incorporated/OUTAONE EXCHANGE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at providing a framework for achieving the objectives of the OUTAONE Agro-Economic Zone Project. The government of Jamaica and CNET Group Incorporated/OUTAONE EXCHANGE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at providing a framework for achieving the objectives of the OUTAONE Agro-Economic Zone Project.The initiative is geared towards selling and exporting produce coming out of the agro-economic zones being established across the island through a public-private partnership.One such facility is expected to open in St. Elizabeth in August, with four others to be set up throughout the country.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said that the MOU signals an important step in making the zones a reality for the growth of the agriculture sector.He was speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew on Monday (March 4).Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson (right), accepts a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Government and CNET Group Incorporated/ OUTAONE EXCHANGE for implementation of the OUTAONE Agro-Economic Zone Project. From left are President, CNET Group Incorporated, Errol Bailey; Director, CNET Group, Robert Thompson; and Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dermon Spence.center_img Story Highlights Under the Agro-Economic Zone Project, OUTAONE will develop Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)-certified processing facilities throughout Jamaica, creating a one-stop shop for farmers.The farmers will have the opportunity to sell their produce in the commodities market, or open an account with the OUTAONE EXCHANGE to accept payments for goods as well as investments for future crops.The Ministry, for its part, will provide the lands necessary for the project by way of lease; ensure that enrolled farmers are best suited for the project, and adhere to quotas set; facilitate access to government resources/assistance as needed; and facilitate international linkages and market support.Director, CNET Group Incorporated, Robert Thompson, said that the project will help to satisfy the demands of the overseas market.“As a Jamaican, I am very honoured to play a role in the economic development of this country… The [oversees] market is there, but we just have to be prepared… . We just have to put the right systems in place,” he added.OUTAONE EXCHANGE is a regionally focused initiative aimed at revolutionising and unlocking the economic potential of the diaspora through farming, agro-processing, marketing and financing.last_img read more

JAMVAC Pushing for ‘Multi-Porting’

first_img Speaking at the recent Team Jamaica and Montego Bay City Tour Guides graduation ceremony in Montego Bay, Ms. Roberts said this would mean that a cruise ship would “come to Montego Bay today, tomorrow it goes to Ocho Rios, then the next day it goes to Port Antonio”. Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations Limited (JAMVAC), Joy Roberts, says there are plans to encourage ‘multi-porting’ in the local cruise sector, in order to boost the onshore experience of visitors. Story Highlights She noted that this concept will be complemented by plans to theme each port area and promote a different experience to cruise-ship visitors at each stop. Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations Limited (JAMVAC), Joy Roberts, says there are plans to encourage ‘multi-porting’ in the local cruise sector, in order to boost the onshore experience of visitors.Speaking at the recent Team Jamaica and Montego Bay City Tour Guides graduation ceremony in Montego Bay, Ms. Roberts said this would mean that a cruise ship would “come to Montego Bay today, tomorrow it goes to Ocho Rios, then the next day it goes to Port Antonio”.She noted that this concept will be complemented by plans to theme each port area and promote a different experience to cruise-ship visitors at each stop.“It is something that we are looking at, but before we are able to do that, we have to first theme the different port areas, which is something we are embarking on right now. By theming, I mean the experience or the things sold in each area would have to be different,” Ms. Roberts explained.“So, you come to Montego Bay, it’s a different experience than when you go to Kingston or Falmouth. This is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism and we would be pushing that,” she added.Arrival figures indicate that the island welcomed just over 4.31 million visitors in 2018, a 5.3 per cent increase over the 4,300,241 tourists who came in 2017. The industry also generated gross earnings of some US$3.3 billion, a nine per cent increase over the 2017 figure of US$3 billion.Jamaica Vacations, under the Ministry of Tourism, is mandated to create the conditions for accelerating the rate of growth of visitors to Jamaica.last_img read more

MENA Countries Worlds most Depressed People Study

first_imgSidi Ifni – According to researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland, people from the Middle East and North Africa are the world’ most depressed population. The high depression rates in these countries have left a negative, destructive impact in people’s lives.Published in early November, the study reveals that depression is the second reason to bring about disability. More than 4 % of the world’s population suffers from it.Whereas depression rates in the Middle East, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean are high, the rates are lower in East Asia Australia/New Zealand and Southeast Asia. The survey shows that while Japan is the world’s least depressed country, Afghanistan is the most depressed nation. One in every five people in Afghanistan is diagnosed with depression disorders, whereas only 2.5 % of Japanese people are depressed.Among the reasons reportedly lying behind the prevalence of depression in some countries are conflict, serious epidemics, social problems, inadequate health services and unsteady economies.“In the case of North Africa/Middle East, conflict in the region increased the prevalence of [depression], leading to a higher burden ranking,” researchers underscored.On the other hand, social scientists associate the spread of depression with unemployment rates and income inequality.Depression is a mental state characterized by mood swings, feelings of sadness, disappointment, loneliness, and hopelessness.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia UN envoy holds talks on name issue

Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, met today with the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other officials from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and heard detailed assessments of their latest positions. Yesterday Mr. Nimetz had what he said was a “good meeting” with the Greek Foreign Minister and other Greek officials in Athens. No specific new proposals were put forth but the “outline of a solution” was discussed.Mr. Nimetz has frequently held talks with the two sides in recent months – including a round earlier this month in New York – to try to reach a deal, but he said in March that there has been no progress on the issue, despite an acknowledgement by both sides that a solution was in their best interests. The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between Athens and Skopje on the name issue. It obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the Secretary-General’s auspices in a bid to reach agreement. 27 June 2008A United Nations envoy has held talks today in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which is involved in a long-standing dispute with neighbouring Greece over its name. read more

Mastermind in major Indian fraud case had met Maithripala

TOI has also come to know that Surendra, who is in Delhi, had even called up a senior officer of SOG on Wednesday to enquire about the whole racket. Sources further said that SOG officials had also told the Sri Lankan bureaucrat that the accused has been nabbed before he could execute his plan in their country. “So far, we could make out a case of embezzling Rs 16 crore. The quantum of fraud could be much bigger than what has come out so far,” said an officer. The 37-year-old BBA graduate and mastermind in the case, Abhishek Joshi, had not only allegedly met the President of Sri Lanka in Goa, he was also in touch with top administrative officers of the island nation to start financial institutions. On Wednesday, the SOG unearthed the embezzlement of nearly Rs 16 crore and illegal money exchange of Rs 1.38 crore by cooperative bank officials, and arrested five ,persons including the CEO, former chairman, present chairman and the mastermind of the fraud.Abhishek is seen as the kingpin in planning and executing the whole embezzlement.Joshi is a BBA graduate and fluent in English. While investigating the case, the sleuths of SOG were stunned when they recovered a photograph of Abhishek with Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan President. Sleuths further stated that Abhishek had hired 12 personal bodyguards and used their services whenever he visited Alwar. “Prior to the seizure of Rs 1.32 crore, Abhishek’s lifestyle was the talk of the town in Alwar. He used to travel in a gold-plated SUV,” the officer added. (Colombo Gazette) “We found that the accused Abhishek had visited Sri Lanka and had explored possibilities to start a bank in any of the states in the island nation. We have also recovered a photograph of the accused with the Sri Lankan president. He was in touch with some top-ranked administrative officers of a few states in the neighbouring country,” said a senior officer of the SOG on Wednesday on condition of anonymity.Asked about the interest of the accused in Sri Lanka, Dinesh M N, inspector general of police, said, “All I can say is that we are investigating and looking into every angle in this case. Various things that we have recovered need to be verified.”A senior officer close to investigations, said, “He was expected to meet Surendra Gunaratney, who is an adviser to the government of Sri Lanka on international affairs, and also a chief secretary rank officer to discuss investment possibilities on Wednesday. During his interrogation, Abhishek had also confessed to planning to start a bank in Sri Lanka. Thus, there could be a possibility that the Rs 16 crore, which he had embezzled with his family, was to be invested in Sri Lanka.” During the investigation, the SOG team also found that he was planning similar frauds in the neighbouring country after starting the bank. The mastermind in a major Indian fraud case had met President Maithripala Sirisena and was looking to open a bank in Sri Lanka, investigators revealed, according to the Times of India.The investigation carried out by the special operation group (SOG) of Rajasthan police, which revealed that Rs 16 crore was embezzled at Alwar Urban Cooperative Bank, brought to light plans hatched by the accused, which included starting a bank in Sri Lanka. read more

1st production model Stratocaster guitar sold to private collector for asking price

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first production model Fender Stratocaster guitar has been sold for $250,000.George Gruhn of Nashville sold the 1954 guitar on consignment for owner and guitar historian Richard Smith. Gruhn said Thursday that the guitar was shipped and the purchase finalized this week.Gruhn, who owns a Nashville guitar shop, says the buyer wanted to remain anonymous, but he said the private collector lives in the United States and is not a professional musician. Gruhn also says he encouraged the buyer to contact the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix about displaying it.“I think it would be great if periodically he would loan it out,” Gruhn said. “I would hate to think that it would spend the next 40 or 50 years completely out of sight and not seen or heard.”The sunburst-finish Strat bears the serial number 0100. Although some Strats have lower numbers that begin with 0001, Gruhn says they actually were manufactured later in that first year of production. He says the number-one Strat was originally sold to an amateur who evidently took good care of it.Smith purchased the guitar from the original owner, and Gruhn said Smith was very pleased with the sale.The Fender Stratocaster, first produced in 1954, has been described as a guitar that changed the world. Buddy Holly played one. So did Jimi Hendrix, a decade later, when he transformed the psychedelic experience into sound. Bob Dylan chose a Stratocaster for his revolutionary electric set, when he fired a defiant shot at tradition during the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.__Follow Kristin Hall on Twitter at —’s Guitars: by Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Mar 27, 2014 11:04 am MDT 1st production model Stratocaster guitar sold to private collector for asking price of $250K read more

Police arrest man 27 on suspicion of murder as detectives link deaths

“I know that everyone’s immediate thoughts will be with the family and friends of these gentlemen, and as you would expect, we are providing as much support as we can to them.”The investigation is being led by our major crime investigation team, supported by local detectives, forensic staff, family liaison officers, and an extensive range of other specialists who have been working around the clock since Monday afternoon.”Residents in the area of both Bonhay Road and Cowick Lane will continue to see police cordons today as we continue vital work. The local neighbourhood team will be out on foot over the next few days in order to provide advice, support, and to answer questions.”While a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to these incidents, we must keep an open mind and avoid speculation as we are still in the very early stages of what is already a complex investigation.”We have therefore issued an appeal for information from the public and for any potential witnesses who were in either area during specific times. It is vital that anyone who has any information shares with us it as soon as possible.” Forensic officers at Bonhay Road Forensic police officers were seen on Wednesday at a large, detached house on the road, where one neighbour said the two men found dead were twins.Police arrested the 27-year-old man on Tuesday and he remains in police custody.Detective Chief Inspector Roy Linden, from the major crime investigation team, said: “At this time there are several and significant common factors between the two addresses.”In terms of the level of violence used we decided last night to link the investigations. Originally they were treated as two separate murder investigations. One suspect has been identified and formally arrested yesterday evening.””There were significant levels of injuries and some commonality between the two incidents, which led us to link those investigations and treat them as one single investigation at the moment,” he said.Superintendent Matt Lawler told reporters the force had  “yet to establish a clear connection between the parties involved”. Police have launched a triple murder investigation after three men in their 80s were killed in similar circumstances and found within a mile and a half of one another. A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of the victims were discovered in two properties in Exeter in the space of 22 hours, Devon and Cornwall Police said.The deaths of the three men, one aged 80 and two aged 84, showed “similar injuries” and “similar levels of violence”, according to police, who said the way the bodies were “presented” led them to believe the three murders are linked. Police said the deaths were “unprecedented in the city” and admitted it had “shocked us all”. The body of an 80-year-old man was found at an address in Bonhay Road at around 3pm on Monday a house near St David’s Railway Station in Exeter – a busy road which runs north from the town centre to the station, parallel to the River Exe.While the house remains behind a police cordon, a handwritten note stuck to the front door reads: “Elderly man, 80 years of age, wants accommodation for himself and his pet cat.” He asks for any replies to be posted through his letterbox. Forensic officers at Bonhay RoadCredit:Dale Cherry Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Earlier, he released a statement saying: “I know that this news will cause significant and understandable concern and is an unprecedented event in our city which has shocked us all. A day later, the bodies of the two 84-year-old men were found after officers were called to a property in Cowick Lane at 1pm on Tuesday.The second house is a mile and a half away from the first, and some houses on Cowick Lane sell for more than £1million.  read more

Operation Midland officers were not incompetent insists Assistant Commissioner

He went on: “As a result, the lives of a number of important and very dedicated public servants were very badly damaged.”But a number of people looked at the investigation as it was progressing and I believe if they thought the investigation was incompetent it would have been stopped at an earlier point.”Incompetent is not the word I would use…I don’t accept that the officers were incompetent. “He added: “I do have to go back to the point that we were working at a particular time…was there an over compensation because of previous errors? I think that is a fairly good way of looking at it. Sir Richard’s initial findings were published in November 2016 in a heavily redacted form and the Met has since pledged to publish a fuller version of the report in the coming weeks.Questioned by the committee about what redactions might remain, he said virtually everything would be put into the public domain.”We are going to not publish graphic sexual violence, in detail where it is horrific, we are not going to publish some addresses that will identify locations that have nothing to do with the situation and we are not going to publish some names of people who have nothing to do with the case, apart from that everything will be published,” he said. Carl Beech has been jailed for 18-years One of Scotland Yard’s most senior figures has defended the officers involved in the disastrous Operation Midland investigation denying they were incompetent.Assistant Commissioner Sir Steve House said while the detectives who investigated fantasist Carl Beech’s lies had made mistakes, they had not broken the law or acted maliciously.But he accepted officers had been willing to believe Beech’s lies because of mistakes they had made in the past when they had failed to listen to genuine victims of child abuse.Beech, who was jailed for 18-years in July after being found guilty of lying about being the victim of a VIP paedophile ring, was described by Scotland Yard as credible and true.As a result of his lies the homes of Lord Brittan, Lord Bramall and Harvey Proctor were raided and their reputations dragged through the mud during a multi-million pound 18-month long investigation.An inquiry into the scandal which was carried out by retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques, concluded the Met had made 43 mistakes, including possibly carrying out the raids illegally.But grilled about the shambolic police actions by the Mayor of London’s Police and Crime Committee, Sir Steve, rejected accusations of incompetence. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Carl Beech has been jailed for 18-years He said: “Mistakes were made in the investigation we should have been more questioning of the allegations that were made. read more

McLanahan refurbs DDCSizer for New South Wales coal miner

first_imgMcLanahan says it has completed its first refurbishment for 2019 with the shipment of a DDC-Sizer to a coal customer in New South Wales, Australia.The DDC-Sizer has been an integral part of the customers’ site for over 14 years, and has been refurbished regular by McLanahan since its original manufacture in 2005, McLanahan said. The DDC-Sizer is currently one of two machines running parallel and receiving underground feed at 1,600 t/h through bifurcated chute work.Minor refurbishments and upgrades typically occur every three or so years, according to McLanahan. These include a process of strip and assess by McLanahan Service, which allows McLanahan to provide a fixed-cost on scope of works to bring the machine back to its true OEM specification.All spare parts required were available stock on hand from McLanahan’s 3,500m² workshop and fitted by McLanahan service technicians out of its Cameron Park facility. At any given time, McLanahan has stock for standard design items such as bearings and seals, it said.“In order for McLanahan to complete the refurbishment, the client opted to select free issued McLanahan parts from their own stock holding to use in the restoration. These parts will be replenished at the end of the project, ready for the next rebuild,” the company said.The DDC-Sizer was retrofitted with a wheel box and tow point upgrades. This customisation developed by the technical services team allows the machine to move with ease and efficiency when maintenance is required, according to the company.Before the DDC-Sizer was shipped back to the customer, it underwent mandatory Factory Acceptance Testing on February 8, where the customer was invited to attend at the McLanahan workshop for the duration.“The test went for a standard three-hour period, in which the bearings were assessed for their correct temperature specification. Upon completion, there were no anomalies recorded in the data and the DDC-Sizer was now able to be prepared for shipment,” McLanahan said.The strategy of having a rotable replacement DDC-Sizer has proven to be a very efficient means of maintaining optimum production for this customer, McLanahan said. “They run both machines very hard and have increased the mean time between shuts. Having the ability to remove the machine from service and replace it with a refurbished spare allows the customer to maximise production whilst the existing machine is being maintained in the workshop rather than on site.”Direct Drive Crushing Sizers, specifically McLanahan DDC-Sizers, provide primary, secondary and tertiary reduction of friable, low silica materials such as coal, salt, gypsum, phosphate, limestone, bauxite, petroleum coke, lignite, trona, carbon anodes, oil sands, clay, shale and more, the company said.DDC-Sizers have a direct drive arrangement and low-profile design that allows wheel mounting for a movable configuration. The preferred method of installation is to mount the unit on rails with a non-rigid connection between the feed and discharge chutes. Since the drives are attached to the mainframe of the sizer, the entire unit can be rolled out from the feed stream to facilitate maintenance, McLanahan said.last_img read more

Opinion Summer thyme and the remedys easy

first_imgNO MATTER HOW careful I am, I never make it through a summer without a touch of sunburn, a nettle rash or indeed an insect bite or sting of some kind – being an active gardener it is almost an occupational hazard but being a gardener with a holistic background means I have also picked up some simple and effective remedies that come from ordinary plants growing in the garden, often at the very site of the accident. We all remember as children searching for the dock leaf to stop a nettle sting – well the ‘doc’ is not the only doctor leaf out there.Aloe vera is often proclaimed as a first aid plant – the exuding sap from a broken open leaf, once coated on the skin surface, can soothe a burnt thumb fresh from the barbecue or cool the heat of sunburn. Better still it has phytochemicals that help the skin regenerate and recover quicker from the injury. That said, you don’t need an expensive aloe if you have sempervivums growing in your garden or in a windowbox on your balcony – the humble ‘houseleek’, as it is commonly known, also has soothing sap – remedial to burns and mixed with a little vinegar can prevent peeling.Skin problems and stingsEven with the highest SPF sunblock on, or wearing long sleeves in the shade, hot days like those we have been blessed with recently can still deliver a prickly heat rash. The acetic acid in vinegar (be that plain old white malt or fancy apple cider vinegar) is principally a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that will take down the itch and irritability of the affected sweat ducts. I have a spray bottle with vinegar and a sprig of rosemary (extra antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties) inside as a quick spritz for such occasions and also to counteract the alkaline venom of a wasp sting or an ant bite.When it comes to bees, the trick is bicarbonate of soda: it neutralises their acidic venom, but always endeavour to get the stinger out quickly, as it can keep pumping venom for up to 20 minutes. Comfrey root and leaf is anti-inflammatory and a poultice of either is good for stings, bites, sunburn and even to remedy the wear and tear on gardeners’ joints.In this weather we can be prone to heat cramps – triggered by deficiencies in the electrolyte ‘sodium’ – which can be the first red flag on the road to heat exhaustion or, worse, heat stroke. So you have to take this one both seriously and with a pinch of salt. The aim is to rehydrate and to get a blend of nutrients and mineral agents into the bloodstream and into the muscles quickly; a berry smoothie is ideal, handpicked from your own strawberries and garden fruits – mixed with some apple or orange juice and a pinch of salt to replace the lost sodium. Most commercial isotonic drinks have a little salt to make the fluid absorb easier into the blood stream.Cuts and scrapesIf you scrape a knee or knuckle or get a cut, one of the best natural antiseptics is garden thyme – it can be rubbed on like the dock or made into a fridge-stored rinse (lasts one week) by simply infusing a sprig in a half cup of hot water and letting cool before applying. Internally and externally an infusion of thyme is effective treatment to candida albicans. Thyme in culinary terms is a very good source of vitamin C and A, as well as iron, manganese, and copper – just what you need in hot weather.Calendula petals are packed with lutein and are great as both healthy garnish and as skin conditioners. Chamomile tea really calms and a mix of chamomile, thyme and calendula can boost our system to the environmental stresses of summer. Culinary mint is refreshing in flavour but added to a basin of warm water as a foot soak with a little Epson salts, will regenerate tired feet, swollen ankles and ward off wellie foot. In the same foot soak, add two tablespoons of mustard powder to relieve sinus congestion, migraine and summer flu.And, lastly, if the warm evenings have had you sample an extra glass of red wine or two then remember that not only is the fragrance of lavender very effective for hangovers but strawberries for breakfast rehydrate the body and brain, lower stress levels in the body and naturally whiten teeth – lifting the most stubborn stains of coffee, nicotine and red wine. So there are more reasons than good weather to keep us smiling.Fiann Ó Nualláin is an advocate of gardening for health with a background in horticulture, nutrition, naturopathy and ethnobotany. His new book, The Holistic Gardener, published by Mercier Press, is available to buy now. Column: Plants are at the heart of many crucial global issues facing us todayRead: 23 scientifically-backed ways to reduce stresslast_img read more

Poll Should there be a ban on using free bus passes during

first_img Yes (4139) Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 8:12 AM Jun 20th 2018, 8:12 AM Not sure (513) 47,080 Views 187 Comments Image: Leah Farrell/ No (10130) Share883 Tweet Email1 center_img THE TOP CIVIL servant in the Department of Public Expenditure of Reform has floated the idea of a potential ban on using free bus passes on public transport during rush hour.Secretary general Robert Watt said that a debate needs to be had on how infrastructure, including public transport, is “priced” and “used”, the Irish Independent reported this morning.Such a measure would create more space for workers and commuters on packed public transport. Any such move, however, would likely be fiercely resisted by pass holders, including the over-66s.So, today we’re asking you: Should there be a ban on using free bus passes during rush hour? By Sean Murray Short URL Poll: Should there be a ban on using free bus passes during rush hour? A senior civil servant has floated the idea but it’s likely it would be fiercely resisted. YesNoNot sureVote Poll Results: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

Jankewitz wants first team as quickly as possible

first_imgThe Swiss young star has been signed by Southampton and he hopes to break into the senior squad to be able to play in the Premier League soonSwiss central midfielder Alexandre Jankewitz is one of those small jewels one can find in European football.The former Servette FC player has just joined Southampton and he is aiming high, as he wants to be part of the senior squad “as “quickly as possible.”Jankewitz is known for his versatility in the U17 Swiss national team and know will be able to play for the first time in England.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s a pleasure to be here and I’m very excited to begin something new. A new life and I can’t wait,” the youngster told the club’s official website.“Everyone has been very friendly and they’ve given me a great welcome.”“I’m a box-to-box player. I like defending as much as attacking. My target is to play as many games for the U23s as I can and then we will see what happens from there,” he described himself.“In the long term, I want to give my best to try and break into the first team as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Womens Roller Derby Returns To Wilmington On June 23

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Boston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Saturday, June 23, 2018.Doors open at 4pm.  Live music at 4:30pm. The action begins at 5pm with the Third Place Game — The Harbor Horrors vs. The Nutcrackers.  More live music at 6:30pm. The Championship Game — The Wicked Pissahs vs. The Cosmonaughties — takes place at 7pm. An After Party starts at 9pm in the Fez Room. Tickets include admission to the game, plus entry into the after party.Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package.  Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE.  Learn more about the league HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On June 15In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On May 18In “Sports”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Women’s Roller Derby On August 3In “Sports”last_img read more