S.Africa: DA to tackle Energy Minister on nuclear deal

Posted On May 9 2021 by

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Featured image: Stock Previous articleBotswana manufacturer bags deal to customise switchgearsNext articleS.Africa: Young scientists address water and energy needs Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector In South Africa, the Democratic Alliance has said it will not hesitate to interdict any attempt by the Minister of Energy, David Mahlobo, to force through a nuclear deal.The DA said in a statement: “We will not allow Mahlobo to appease his friends, the Russians, at the expense of millions of South Africans who are struggling to survive with no jobs in a flat economy.”This follows an earlier comment by the Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, who told City Press in an exclusive interview that the country’s new nuclear build programme is not affordable and not necessary.“There was a time when it was felt that nuclear is necessary and it must be implemented and programmes were started. But it became clear, as the economy took a serious dip, that we were not going to afford nuclear, that the country couldn’t afford it and the budget couldn’t afford it,” Gigaba said. Read more…Brakes off on nuclear dealAcknowledging recent media reports, the DA said: “The energy department has been forced to work overtime to ensure the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is ready by 14 November, a full four months ahead of when it was due.“With each passing day, it becomes clear that Minister Mahlobo was appointed to make sure that the ‘necessary’ nuclear deal would be pushed through.” Read more…The political party said “they will use every legal and Parliamentary tool at our disposal to ensure that the generations to come will not be shackled to massive debt that will compromise South Africa’s future.”The DA is a South African political party and the official opposition to the governing African National Congress (ANC).center_img BRICS Finance and Policy UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Generationlast_img read more


Deployed Air Force dad surprises son for his birthday

Posted On May 3 2021 by

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A little boy from North Dakota got the surprise of a lifetime for his birthday — in the form of his military dad returning home from deployment.Ronin Coffelt, nine, was expecting to see his father, Mark, for his 9th birthday, but instead received a distressing note attached to a massive present. His father, the note read, apparently wouldn’t be able to make it this year.“I am so sorry,” Ronin read aloud from the note he thought was from his father. “And it looks like I will not be home for your birthday this year.“I am so sorry,” he read, his voice cracking.Ronin starts crying, but his mom, Aleecia, urges him to open the big birthday box.When he opens the box, it leads to another box, then another. Until finally, there’s another note.“Surprise,” Ronin read, confused.That’s when he looks up, sees his father, and runs toward him.“Daddy, daddy, daddy!” he screams, jumping into his father’s arms. “I love you!”Mark Coffelt, who is an Air Force master sergeant, told ABC News later that his deployments have required a lot of sacrifices.“While I’ve been deployed, I’ve missed several life moments,” he said Sunday. “The last three have been the hardest.”“We did have a plan for about three months before Mark came home,” Aleecia Coffelt said. “And the plan fell through.”The first plan didn’t work out, but they had a backup.Mark and Aleecia had the whole thing planned out. After returning from deployment in Al Udeid, Qatar, Mark hid nearby, waiting for the perfect moment to pop out and surprise Ronin.They tried to have Mark pop out of a box, but could not find one big enough. So they settled on the note.And when Ronin opened up the box and read from the note, Aleecia recorded the whole thing — and the video has gone viral.The surprised worked, but Ronin wondered about mission’s tactics.“Why’d you have to put it all in boxes?” Ronin asked, referring to the surprise note.“Well, you know,” Mark responded, hugging his son. “I had to make the surprise good.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


CO Patient Service Coordinator/CMA

Posted On May 2 2021 by

first_img Sr. Programmer Analyst Maryland, United States Two (2) years relatedwork experience preferred.Knowledge of medical insurance coveragepreferred.Medical terminologyand basic computer skillspreferred.PreferredQualificationsRequires one-year work experience in a similarservice oriented industry.Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilitiesRequires successful interpersonal and communicationskills with patients, families, physicians, and other health careteam members in order to foster optimal quality of outpatientcare.Ability to use computer keyboard functions to inputand obtain data.Applicants must be able to drive and have access toa personal vehicle.Classified Title: PatientService Coordinator/Medical AssiWorking Title: COPatient Service Coordinator/CMARole/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/02/ODStarting Salary Range:$31,421 – $43,238/Commensurate with ExperienceEmployee group: Full TimeSchedule: Monday – Friday, 8:30a-5:00p/ 40 hrs perweekExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation: 24-MD:JH at Greenspring StationDepartment name: 10002805-SOM DOM CardiologyPersonnel area: School of MedicineThe successfulcandidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employmentbackground check.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employmentphysical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, workingwith research subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf GeneralSummary/PurposeThe position within the Department of Medicine hasdual responsibilities as both a Patient Service Coordinator andCertified Medical Assistant to offer friendly, courteous, andconfidential assistance to every patient to ensure that the patienthas a positive experience while at Johns Hopkins at GreenspringStation. Maintain accurate information on each patient tofacilitate the patient encounter. Use automated systems to expeditepatient scheduling, pre-registration, check-in, and checkout. Workwith others in a team environment.Specific Duties &ResponsibilitiesPatient Service Coordinator positionresponsibilities: 50%Offer friendly, courteous, and confidentialassistance to every patient to ensure that the patient has apositive experience while at assignedclinic.Maintain accurate information on each patientto facilitate the patient encounter. Use automated systems toexpedite patient scheduling, pre-registration, check-in, andcheckout. Work with others in a teamenvironment.Schedule patients for laboratory tests, medicalexaminations, and consultations. Relay information to patientsregarding preparation for laboratory tests andexaminations.Coordinate visits either within the departmentor between several departments. Telephone and interview patientsand/or family members to obtain accurate pre-registrationinformation and to confirm appointments. Print and mail directions,maps, fee schedules, and department specific information topatients. Send medical questionnaire forms to patients to obtainmissing information. Verify and enter pre-registration andinsurance information into the computer system and prepare dailyprinted schedules for designated areas. Obtain and/or verifypatient’s demographic data by phone or in person. Confirmappointments by telephone and/or mail. Fill vacancies due tocancellations.Obtain pre-certifications as required bypatients’ health care insurers or managed care providers. Registerpatients for clinical appointments using computerized database.Inform patients of costs of care being provided, and guide them toappropriate resources for further information, guidance, orassistance. Arrange or assist in arranging patienttransportation.Answer phones and provide routine informationto callers. If a patient has to be admitted to the hospital, takecare of administrative tasks of admission so that the patient maygo directly to the floor.Review patient charges and extract chargeableitems. Collect time of service payments, issues receipts, andprepare cash settlement records. Input diagnostic and procedurecodes to TAP system for computer billing. Discuss patient charges,if appropriate, with patients and/or patients’ families. Work withavailable downtown and local support to evaluate eligibility foralternative sources of financing such as Medicaid, Patient CareFunds, loans or other payment sources. Refer patient to appropriateoffice and ensure application for funds has been made. Preparepatient’s statement of charges and review withpatient.Assist with basic insurance and third partyqueries and explain payment policies. Mail lab and patient resultletters, file, create and maintain paper and electronic patientcharts, provide accurate and timely messages to MDs, fulfill HIPAAcompliant ingoing and outgoing medical records requests, manageincoming and outgoing faxes, provide accurate appointmententry/check in/ check out.Certified Medical Assistant Responsibilities:50%Clinical: Participates in the care of the patient,under the direct supervision of the Physician and in collaborationwith the healthcare team.Collects patient information and assessmentdata. Obtains and records patient’s vital signs: temperature,pulse, respirations, blood pressure, weight and height. Reportsassessment findings to practitioner, and records on appropriatedocumentation forms in a timely manner. Obtains additional datafrom patient and significant other based on initial datacollection. Performs chart review prior to clinic visit to obtainhistorical data.Monitors patient status recognizing andreporting abnormal findings or changes incondition.Organizes patient care activities based onassessment findings.Confirms and clarifies written orders prior toimplementation of delegated tasks.Maintains and uses principles of aseptictechniques and infection control when performing clinical dutiesand tasks.Under clinical supervision, performs delegatedprocedures common to the specialty area in a safe, effective, andefficient manner according to Clinical Practice Policy andProcedures. (See attached skills list).Assists practitioner in identified patientprocedures/treatments/examinations, (preparation, positioning,supplies, equipment). Proactively problem-solves and identifiessolutions to barriers to safety.Appropriately obtains and manages specimens,including: labeling, form completion, transport to laboratories,and log maintenance. Performs quality control for waivedtesting.Recognizes emergency situations and implementsemergency procedures according to clinic guidelines. Administersfirst aid, CPR, and maintains emergency equipment andsupplies.Provides appropriate patient education, healthinformation materials and community resource lists as directed, andmaintains educational supplies. Identifies patient’s need foradditional information, and refers to appropriate healthcareresources.Perform injections, including but not limitedto, flu, Hepatitis A, B, and CKnow how to administer breath tests andcapsulesTake pre-visit vitals, including but notlimited to, weight, blood pressure,temperatureObtain lab results, and under MD guidance, doesroutine patient notification of results.Unit Operations: In close partnership with healthcare team, assures smooth and efficient patient flow and clinicaloperation.Assists patients to exam room and preparespatients for examination. Assists patients in wheelchairs andstretchers with transfers to and from exam tables, proceduretables, and scales utilizing proper body mechanics and safetymeasures. Identifies patients with specialneeds.Directs patients with medical complaints whocall or arrive to the clinic to the patient’s physician and/oremergency room for assistance.Orders, stocks, and maintains exam rooms andclinic areas with standard levels of supplies, medications, linens,nourishments, forms and equipment. Recognizes patient care trendsaffecting unit supplies and notifies clinicmanager.Operates clinical equipment according toequipment procedures including safety and quality control checks.Checks clinic area and rooms for malfunctioning equipment andgeneral maintenance problems on a regular basis. Reports findingsto appropriate person or arranges for repairs asrequired.Ensures that soiled linen, needle containersand potentially infectious waste are appropriately disposed andremoved from the clinic and exam area according to the infectioncontrol guidelines.Performs related and delegated tasks, whichincludes requests for prescription refills, taking and relayingmessages, directing patient flow and runningerrands.Works with healthcare team to assure smooth andefficient patient flow and clinical operation. Problem solvesobstacles to throughput process and notifies manager and patientsof wait time.Assist with front desk duties, including butnot limited to- Save Nurse Practitioner JH at GreenspringStation Salary Not Specified Maryland, United States Twitter Minimum Qualifications(Required)High School Diploma/GED.Completion of an accredited Medical Assistanttraining program, such as courses provided through Medix, communitycolleges, and/or vocational schools.Must have currentcertification in CPR and beCMA/RMA.One (1) year work experience in customer servicerequired. LinkedIn Similar jobs Johns Hopkins University Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University Save Informationist III/Librarian III Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Nurse Practitioner center_img Save Sr. Programmer Analyst Salary Not Specified Salary Not Specified You need to sign in or create an account to save Informationist III/Librarian III Facebook The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm More searches like this Johns Hopkins University You need to sign in or create an account to save Pediatrics Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Health & Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore FilingScanningPurgingRecordsClearing the faxmachine and distributing documentsappropriatelyPrinting EPRnotes You need to sign in or create an account to save Share Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more


City’s biggest construction union hits speed bump on road to independence

Posted On May 2 2021 by

first_imgDavid Pié and Glen McGorty The city’s largest construction union has hit a snag in its journey to independence.David Pié, inspector general of the New York City District Council of Carpenters, resigned earlier this month. His departure is a “setback” for the union, according to a report issued by the union’s independent monitor, as it works to eventually shed the need for outside supervision.The union created the inspector general’s office a few years ago as part of its efforts to eventually operate without a monitor. The monitor, appointed as part of court supervision that began in the 1990s to help root out organized crime and corruption in the union, has gradually shifted responsibilities to the inspector general’s office.“While the [Office of Inspector General] — like the District Council — has made tremendous strides, the departure of the current Inspector General is definitely a setback and will require the [Independent Monitor] team to be more active in investigations in the near term,” Glen McGorty, the union’s monitor, wrote in a report filed in federal court this week. “Our first order of business will be to help identify a suitable replacement. Once a new Inspector General is in place, I believe that the district council will continue to benefit from the support of and collaboration with my office.”Read moreCarpenters union mulls ways to root out mobCarpenters’ union umbrella to decide whether to take over scandal-ridden localCarpenters union official accused of stealing $1.5M from pension funds McGorty notes that the union will also work to address “lingering distrust” of the inspector general’s office, which predated Pié.The report states that Pié left after finding employment closer to where he lives. When reached by phone, Pié said his reason for leaving was personal and declined to discuss the issue. He said the inspector general’s office is “well on its way to accomplishing its mission.”His departure follows other recent leadership shakeups at the union. The district council elected a new president, Paul Capurso, in February, following the resignation of two presidents amid allegations of misconduct. It appears that the union could also have a new monitor next year. In his report, McGorty notes that he considered leaving, but has agreed to stay at least through the end of the year and will consider extending his term “unless the needs of the union would be better served by a new monitor.”The carpenter’s union has been under court supervision since 1994, a product of a federal racketeering case. The district council, which is made up of nine local unions, counted nearly 20,000 members as of September. Last year, leaders of two locals, 157 and 926, were arrested on conspiracy and fraud charges. The district council’s parent organization, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, took over Local 926 and voted in October to extend its supervision, until the local shows it can “function effectively,” according to McGorty’s report. The monitor also notes that the district council is considering new compliance rules in light of the criminal case against the locals.Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more


Book throws 5 TDs as No. 9 Notre Dame routs Bowling Green

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_img Google+ Facebook By Associated Press – October 5, 2019 0 257 Twitter Notre Dame running back Avery Davis (4) makes a catch during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Bowling Green, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 52-0. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book threw five touchdown passes and had only four incomplete passes in a little more than two quarters of work as No. 9 Notre Dame rolled over Bowling Green 52-0 on Saturday.The Fighting Irish (4-1) had their way with the Falcons, a first-time opponent from the Mid-American Conference whose campus is just 164 miles away. The winning margin matched Notre Dame’s winning difference in a 66-14 victory over New Mexico earlier this season and was Notre Dame’s first shutout since 2014.“I thought Ian did a nice job,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “Obviously a lot of good things happened as we had an opportunity to do things against an undermanned Bowling Green team today.”The Irish had 573 total yards, with senior Tony Jones Jr. rushing over 100 for the third time this season. Jones had 102 yards on seven carries. Notre Dame limited the Falcons (1-4) to 228 yards.Book, who matched his previous high of five touchdown passes against New Mexico last month, completed 16 of 20 for 261 yards before giving way to backup Phil Jurkovec at the 4:11 mark of the third quarter. Jurkovec, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, added a TD pass in the third quarter, a 7-yarder to Avery Davis.“I am definitely happy with the performance this week,” Book said after not throwing a touchdown pass last week in Notre Dame’s 35-20 victory over Virginia. “We wanted to go out there and put up some points and have an attention to details.”After going three-and-out on their first possession, the Irish drove 80 yards in six plays and 1:58, culminating with Book’s 17-yard scoring pass to Tommy Tremble. Scoring passes to Cole Kmet (21 yards) and Chase Claypool (34 yards) made it 21-0 after the first quarter. Book then hit Claypool (8 yards) and Javon McKinley (25 yards) with scoring passes in the second quarter for a 35-0 halftime lead.Meanwhile, the Irish defense, which had eight sacks and produced five turnovers in a 35-20 victory over Virginia last week, earned its first shutout since a 31-0 blanking of Michigan. The Irish managed two sacks and one takeaway but had seven quarterback hurries of Bowling Green’s two quarterbacks.“I think there’s not a hole on their defense,” Falcons coach Scot Loeffler said. “They’ll be a top-five team. They’re a great football team in my opinion.”Grant Loy completed 13 of 25 passes for 106 yards and Quintin Morris had 10 receptions for 92 yards for the Falcons.THE TAKEAWAYBowling Green: The rebuilding Falcons, who came into the game being outscored 149-27 in losses to Kansas State (52-0), Louisiana Tech (35-7) and Kent State (62-20), managed 136 yards in the first half on seven drives, the first three of which were three-and-outs. They had a 14-play drive that reached the Irish 22. But QB Grant Loy was called for intentional grounding and a loss of 21 yards when pressured by Julian Okwara.Notre Dame: The Irish offense was hardly tested against the Falcons’ defense coordinated by Brian VanGorder, who spent 2¼ years as Brian Kelly’s defensive coordinator at Notre Dame from 2014-16. The Irish had 339 of their yards by halftime.POLL IMPLICATIONSNotre Dame: The ninth-ranked Irish, who moved up a spot in last week’s poll, probably will remain there after entering the game as 45½ -point favorites and leading 35-0 at halftime.UP NEXTBowling Green: The Falcons entertain MAC rival and I-75 neighbor Toledo.Notre Dame: Irish play host to long-time rival Southern California on Saturday night. Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Book throws 5 TDs as No. 9 Notre Dame routs Bowling Green WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNewsSports Previous articleWoman killed in OWI crash in Walkerton, husband jailedNext articleLawmakers focus on non-budget issues in meeting with Whitmer Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more


Hesburgh made Irish citizen

Posted On Feb 8 2021 by

first_imgAlready a major date on Notre Dame calendars, this year’s St. Patrick’s Day had additional significance for the University. Enda Kenny, Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland, visited campus Saturday evening to present an Irish passport to University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh. At a dinner celebration on the 14th floor of the Hesburgh Library, Kenny said he was proud to present the honor to Hesburgh. The award recognizes the president emeritus as an Irish citizen.  “It’s a particular privilege, and a very special privilege, to meet Fr. Hesburgh here,” Kenny said. “He’s an extraordinary man. I am very privileged indeed, on behalf of all the people of Ireland, to shake [his] hand.” Chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees Donald Keough introduced Hesburgh and said doing so for such an important figure in the Notre Dame community is almost “unnecessary.”  “It’s like introducing the Golden Dome. It’s impossible,” he said. “He’s the soul of this place.” Hesburgh set out with an “impossible” vision to create the “greatest Catholic university in the world” when he became president, Keough said, a mission that continues to this day. “He meant it,” Keough said. “He started this place on a journey, and it never ended.” Hesburgh said much of the progress of the University could be attributed to the many lay people, young and old, who have shared this vision. “The Church would be nothing today without the leadership of so many laymen,” he said. “It’s the laymen and the dedication they have for [Notre Dame] that make this place possible.” Hesburgh, whose grandfather was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States as an infant, said he recognized the relationship between Ireland and Notre Dame has been an especially significant one throughout the University’s history. “It’s a link at the heart of all that we are, and I think it’s at the heart of all that we aspire to be,” he said. Hesburgh said the University was honored to host such a major Irish political figure on the holiday. “To be here with us on this Feast of Saint Patrick, it’s the kind of miracle we get used to at Notre Dame,” he said. In welcoming the Taoiseach to campus, University President Fr. John Jenkins said Notre Dame has always possessed a strong Irish presence, stretching back to the founders and ranging from University presidents to the student body. He said this is embodied in the name “Fighting Irish,” which originally possessed derogatory meaning. “The name ‘Fighting Irish’ was originally intended as a slur in the 1930s to indicate a University of rowdy, unruly drunken Irishmen,” he said. “But the University embraced that name, and transformed it to represent a real resilience.” Now, regardless of ethnicity, all members of the University community are part of this heritage, Jenkins said. “Today, at Notre Dame, we’re of Asian, African, European and Latino ancestry, but we’re all Fighting Irish and very proud of that,” he said. Hesburgh said the evening offered an opportunity to celebrate this spirit. “It’s an evening that we can all be Irish for a while, even though we may be half or a quarter something else,” he said. This spirit applies to the people of Ireland as well, Kenny said. “I am thrilled about this ‘Fighting Irish’ concept, for we have no fear for the future so long as we respect where it is that we came from,” he said. Kenny said he knew before coming to Notre Dame the importance of the University in Irish-American heritage. “Somebody said to me before I left, ‘When you go there, remember you are in the center of the soul of what it means to be Irish-American,’” he said. After taking part in Chicago’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade earlier in the day, Kenny said he recognized how important the spirit of his nation is to many people in the United States.  “Everyone wants to be Irish,” he said. The Taoiseach is also set to visit New York City and the White House in his trip to America. As the Notre Dame football team prepares to square off against Navy at Dublin on Sept. 1, Kenny said he is excited for Notre Dame to reciprocate his visit. “We look with great excitement to the flights incoming from the west into Dublin in September when Notre Dame comes to destroy Navy,” he said.last_img read more


Shout, ‘Glory!’ Cardinals 7-game slide ends at HBU

Posted On Jan 26 2021 by

first_img “We kept shooting ourselves in the foot in the first half,” said Schultz. “I think we had nearly 300 yards of offense in the first half and weren’t able to score many points. We came out in the second half and stopped making those mistakes. We kept taking some shots down the field and they didn’t work out but we felt like if we kept attacking eventually we would hit one and we finally did.”Senior Blake McKenzie completed 12 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball 12 times for 42 yards.The Cards’ inspired defensive effort was led by senior Jaylon Bowden who recorded a team-high nine tackles, including one for a loss. Classmate Manasseh Miles added seven stops. Seven different Cardinals recorded a tackle for a loss on the day.Junior Davon Jernigan played one of the better games of his career finishing with four tackles, an interception and a key pass break up on third and long to prevent a first down late in the game. “It’s great to get a win,” said LU head coach Mike Schultz. “The kids kept playing hard. It’s just one win but it’s a great win for our kids at this time of year. This is something that we can build on moving forward. I’m just really excited for the kids. They’ve worked hard all year long and it was good for them to get a win. We have to stay the course, stick with the process and eventually we will get this turned around.”HBU (1-9, 0-8 Southland) ran into a stingy Cardinals defense that didn’t allow the home team much freedom on their Senior Day. Thirteen of the Huskies’ 16 points came in the first half and those two scores were both the results of LU turnovers.The Cardinals (2-8, 1-7) outgained their hosts, 460-187, and overcame 11 penalties for 85 yards, to record the win. Big Red finished the day with 267 yards on the ground led by a career effort from freshman running back Myles Wanza. The Houston native carried the ball 26 times for 143 yards and a touchdown. Lamar sports informationHOUSTON – Houston Baptist was held to just three points offensively as Lamar traveled to Houston Baptist and picked up a thrilling 23-16 victory Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium.The victory snaps a seven-game skid for the Cardinals, and serves as the first Southland Conference victory for first-year head coach Mike Schultz.center_img The opening half was 30 minutes of missed opportunities for the Cardinals. LU dominated the half holding the ball more than 6 minutes longer than Houston Baptist and outgained the Huskies by more than 200 yards (306-88).Big Red’s opening drive was the perfect description of the first 30 minutes of play. Behind the direction of McKenzie, the Cardinals moved the ball deep into HBU territory before a McKenzie pass ricocheted off the hands of a receiver and was picked off by Raphael Lewis and returned 96 yards for the score.The Huskies’ second score also came off an LU turnover. After the Cardinals’ defense forced HBU to punt the ball away, senior Rodney Randle had the ball slip through his hands and it was recovered by the Huskies. HBU made Big Red pay for the mistake on the very next play with a halfback pass for the score.Randle made amends on the ensuing point after try. Following a block by Dedrick Gardner, Randle scooped up the loose ball and returned it the length of field to cut the HBU lead to 13-2.The Cardinals appeared to put their first touchdown on the board late in the quarter when junior Nate Jones fielded a punt on the 8-yard line and returned it 92 yards for the score, but the return was negated by a penalty.The defenses took over for the rest of the half as neither team was able to dent the scoreboard until 40 seconds remaining in the half, but the drive didn’t start well for the Cardinals. HBU punter Christian Guzman pinned the Cardinals down inside the one yard line following a 39-yard punt. McKenzie took the ball and guided the Cardinals on a 9-play, 99-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard run from freshman Wanza. The drive was kept alive on a third down completion from the LU four-yard line.The third quarter remained a defensive struggle as the only points came off the leg of kicker Alec Chadwick. The HBU kicker booted a 58-yard field goal – the longest at the FCS level this season – to extend the Huskies lead to seven, 16-9.The Cardinals finally pulled even in the game with another big play from special teams. The Huskies were forced to punt in their own territory but junior Brandon Dabney broke through the line to block the punt which was picked up by Beaumont’s Desmond Veals in the end zone. The special teams TD tied the game at 16.The score remained tied until 6:11 remaining when McKenzie hit Isaiah Howard over the middle with 35-yard touchdown pass. The drive started with a 32-yard run from Wanza to put the Cardinals in HBU territory. Two plays later the Cardinals found pay dirt.The ensuing HBU drive started positively for the Cardinals. Big Red dropped the HBU signal caller for a six-yard loss but he scrambled for 16 yards on the following play, and HBU moved into Cardinal territory following a pass interference call against the Cards. HBU moved the ball down to the LU 34 but the drive stalled out as the Huskies came up empty on two pass plays and turned the ball over on downs. The Cardinals were able to kill off the clock on the ensuing possession to preserve the victory.The Red and White close out the 2017 regular season next Saturday when they return home to host McNeese State in the annual Battle of the Border. The game against the Cowboys will kick off at 7 p.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium and serve as Senior Night.last_img read more


Two on Overland Park council prepare push to rescind tax abatement for Dimensional Innovations

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgLocated in northern Overland Park, Dimensional Innovations specializes in custom architectural design and fabrication. The council approved a 10-year tax abatement for the business in December. Photo credit Johnson County Appraiser’s Office.Discord may be in store on the Overland Park City Council tonight as new member Scott Hamblin and mayoral candidate Faris Farassati try to rescind a tax abatement that was strongly favored by nine of the twelve-member council.Hamblin and Farassati say the abatement is clouded by a faulty cost analysis and ethical concerns because of a family connection between one council member and a company official. But one council member who supported the tax break counters that it is a political move.Ward 5 Councilman Faris Farassati was the lone “no” vote on the tax-abatement package when it came before the council in December.Farassati and Hamblin said Friday they plan to call for a reversal on the council’s Dec. 16 decision to grant a ten-year property tax abatement to Dimensional Innovations, an architectural design and fabrication company on the city’s extreme northern edge. The abatement starts at 50 percent, but has the potential to grow to 65 percent under certain conditions.If December’s discussion is any indication, the council may be headed for a first test of how the three new members will interact on what could be a contentious issue. Tax incentives were a major part of the campaign season in which two incumbents were defeated.In December, most council members took turns supporting the move, citing the cost analysis and saying again and again it would help a part of the city that, in the words of a DI official, “needs a little love.”But anger bubbled over when Farassati, the lone “no” vote, argued that the cost data didn’t support the incentives. In reaction, Councilmember Chris Newlin, who sat next to Farassati, slammed down his hand, saying, “Jesus! It’s right here in your face!” Later, Councilmember Fred Spears said he would take the unusual step of a direct public confrontation with another council member by noting that Farassati, a doctor, has supported incentives for a project at Menorah Medical Center. “I think you’re letting your bias show,” he said.Family connections to former council member prompt questionsThe CFO of Dimensional Innovations is the son of former Overland Park Councilman Rick Collins, seen above in a file photo, who was defeated in November’s elections by Scott Hamblin.Dimensional Innovations, at 3421 Merriam Drive, designs and builds distinctive architectural features on public buildings and has a national footprint. The company designed the large book spines on Kansas City’s downtown library, as well as the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame.Its headquarters is just off the intersection of Interstates 35 and 635, near the junction of Merriam and Kansas City, Kan. with Overland Park. Company officials want the abatement to help them expand at their current site, which is located in an area dominated by used car sales and mechanical companies.The company estimated it would add 225 people to its 187-person workforce over the next ten years. According to a computer-generated cost-benefit analysis, that would result in a total of 705 direct and ripple-effect jobs over the same time period. That analysis said the city would get $3.51 back for every dollar invested. Other taxing districts were estimated to get a wide range of return on the dollar, from $7.29 for the state of Kansas to $1.72 for Johnson County Community College.Hamblin and Farassati now say the abatement should be rescinded. In explaining their reasoning, they note that the company CFO is Tom Collins, son of former councilmember Rick Collins, that the application was made shortly after Hamblin defeated Collins in November and voted on before the new council members took their seats.“If that doesn’t raise some suspicion then I think you’ve got to have your head in the sand,” Hamblin said.Collins recused himself from the discussion and abstained from the vote. Councilmember John Thompson was absent the night the incentive was passed, 9-1.According to Hamblin’s research, the analysis used an incorrect multiplier to figure how many jobs would be created. He and Farassati say the company was already invested in buying nearby property, negating their argument that they might have to move out of Overland Park without the incentives.Farassati said the incentives are not offered to smaller companies. “If we’re going down this path, who is a qualified candidate for it?” he said. “That’s why Overland Park is getting criticized that it is only in business for the big boys.”Lyons says move is ‘politically motivated’Councilmember Paul Lyons called the reasoning “absurd, ridiculous and outrageous.”“I think the whole purpose here is to push forward Faris’s campaign for mayor,” he said. “I think they’re trying to put doubts in people’s minds that something nefarious is going on here and that something isn’t right.”The company was clear about its options without the incentives, Lyons said. The fact that it was invested in adjacent property before the vote only proves officials were keeping their options open, he said, adding that it was reasonable for company officials to take their case up before the new members took office.Unless more council members abandon their enthusiasm for the expansion, it seems unlikely that the incentives will be rescinded. Under the rules, a rescission would be asked for tonight and then discussed at the following council meeting. But since Farassati voted no, a supermajority will be needed to bring the matter back up.“They know they’re not going to get the votes to make this happen,” Lyons said. “If this was a legitimate concern they had, then there are avenues for them to go to deal with through our staff and through the mayor and through the council and not through the press. The fact that they’re going to the press tells me that it’s politically motivated, for the purposes of supporting Faris’s campaign. I’m irritated by it because it gives me the impression that we’re going to see this kind of nonsense going on for the next two years.”last_img read more


The Best Live Animal Feeds From Around the World

Posted On Dec 8 2020 by

first_imgIf you can’t get out into the natural world, let it come to you. The internet has dozens of smile-inducing animal feeds from around the world. … Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media > If you spend hours scrolling through cat videos online, there’s a scientific explanation for why that’s a hard habit to kick: A new study has found that watching footage of cute animals can reduce your anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate.center_img The study, led by the University of Leeds in Britain, Singapore Airlines and Western Australia’s tourism agency, featured videos of a quokka — a cuddly-looking wallaby native to Australia that the internet dubbed “the happiest animal on earth.” But footage of other wildlife can also elicit positive emotions like adoration, awe and love, said Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies how nature impacts the human psyche. “We are a visual species,” he said. “We derive a lot of health and happiness from our relationship to the natural world.”last_img read more


COVID-19 Scan for Jun 01, 2020

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgAsymptomatic carriers unknowingly spread COVID-19 in Asia, reports sayA multicenter study published yesterday in Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease shows that 60% of asymptomatic (symptom-free) COVID-19 patients in Sichuan province, China, were diagnosed as having pneumonia on their first computed tomography (CT) scan.The study involved 100 asymptomatic and 411 symptomatic coronavirus patients in hospitals in 21 cities and 47 counties or districts from Jan 25 to Feb 20.The researchers also found that patients without symptoms were younger and came from higher-altitude areas with less resident mobility and more defined epidemiologic history than patients with symptoms but had similar rates of underlying conditions.Of initially asymptomatic patients, 27.4% later developed symptoms, two of them older patients who developed severe symptoms. No asymptomatic patients died. One patient was believed to have transmitted the virus during the incubation period.And in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, a May 30 letter details likely asymptomatic COVID-19 spread in a household and school after travelers returned to Brunei after attending a religious event in Malaysia from Feb 28 to Mar 2. Of the more than 4,000 confirmed cases linked to the event, 19 from Brunei tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home, where they infected 52 others.The authors said that their findings support the use of testing and longitudinal surveillance of asymptomatic close contacts, as well as widespread testing at mass gatherings in places with known community spread.May 31 Travel Med Infect Dis study May 30 Influenza Other Respir Viruses letter Low COVID-19 prevalence found among pregnant, postpartum womenUniversal testing found an overall low prevalence of COVID-19 among pregnant and postpartum women in Seattle, Washington, according to a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.The study was conducted at University of Washington-associated labor and delivery units and clinics from Mar 2 through Apr 15. The researchers used rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, which returned results in 6 to 8 hours. Women were tested in the hospital, at outpatient clinics, and via drive-through testing.Researchers found a (2.7% [5 of 188]) prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 among pregnant and postpartum patients after initiating universal testing. Among symptomatic patients (22.2% [4/18]) tested positive, and among 170 asymptomatic patients, two were positive or inconclusive; repeat testing at 24 hours was negative.The authors said the low prevalence in pregnant and postpartum women, as compared to that of New York City, is reflective of virus trends in Seattle.”Despite low numbers of additional cases identified, universal screening of pregnant patients provides important surveillance information due to the representativeness of this population to the greater community,” they concluded. May 30 Clin Infect Dis study  CDC study finds no secondary COVID-19 transmission of early US caseA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contact tracing investigation of one of the first US COVID-19 patients identified no secondary transmission among close contacts on molecular or serologic testing after 14 days of last exposure.The study, published late last week in Emerging Infectious Diseases, identified 11 coworkers, 31 waiting-room contacts at an urgent care clinic, and 8 unprotected healthcare contacts of the patient, a 35-year-old man returning to Washington state on Jan 15 after visiting Wuhan, China.Thirty-eight of the 50 contacts (78%) were interviewed, and 11 (29%) reported unprotected interactions with the patient, who had worked while ill. Thirty-seven (74%) tested negative for coronavirus, and none of the 23 who underwent serologic testing for 6 weeks had detectable antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The presence of antibodies would indicate previous infection.All contacts were monitored daily for 14 days. Median contact age was 44 years (range, younger than 1 to 86 years), and 25 (50%) were male. Eight contacts developed symptoms, including cough, headache, runny nose, sore throat, and fever.Of the 11 coworkers who had face-to-face interactions with the patient, four (36%) had been exposed to the patient over 1 day, and seven (64%) had been exposed over 2 days for 2 to 90 minutes. Six coworkers (55%) said they had touched the patient. Three of seven coworkers who had attended a 2-hour lunch with the patient had also traveled in the same vehicle for a total of 30 minutes.The authors said that the lack of secondary transmission may be “the nature of the community exposures to the case-patient compared with the more intimate and continuous exposures that would typically be experienced by household contacts.”May 29 Emerg Infect Dis studylast_img read more