Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin ruled out for the rest of the season

first_img Reuters LondonJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 18:24 IST Hector Bellerin went down clutching his knee while challenging for the ball against Chelsea on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHector Bellerin suffered a knee injury against Chelsea on SaturdayBellerin will have surgery to repair the injury to his left knee and is expected to be out for up to 9 monthsArsenal next host Manchester United in an FA Cup fourth round tie on FridayArsenal right back Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea, his club said in a statement on Tuesday.Bellerin will have surgery to repair the injury to his left knee in the coming days and the Spain international’s rehabilitation is expected to take between six and nine months.The 23-year-old, who was making his first start after returning from a calf injury, went down clutching his knee while challenging for the ball in the second half and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.His injury is another blow to manager Unai Emery, who had already lost defender Rob Holding for the rest of the season to a similar knee problem last month.The Spanish coach said he had players to fill in for Bellerin and was unlikely to dip into the transfer market to sign a replacement, having previously said he could only take players on loan in the January transfer window.”We have Ainsley [Maitland-Niles]. He can help us by playing like a right back or a right winger. And also, [Stephan] Lichtsteiner is another player,” Emery said.”I don’t forget [Carl] Jenkinson… he played some matches and if we need [him], he is okay to help us.”Arsenal next host Manchester United in an FA Cup fourth round tie on Friday, before returning to Premier League action against Cardiff City at home on January 29.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Hector BellerinFollow ArsenalFollow Premier league Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin ruled out for the rest of the seasonHector Bellerin suffered a knee injury in Arsenal’s 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

Mayor to attend memorial ceremony for victims of the Toronto van attack

first_imgTORONTO – Thousands of cards, photos and flowers will be dismantled by city staff at an event in Toronto on Sunday, to be replaced with a permanent memorial for the victims of the deadly van attack.Mayor John Tory will be in attendance as the impromptu memorials left in the days after the April 23 attack are taken down.He said the items will be placed in storage until the city comes up with an appropriate way to display them.“They should form part of the historical record of Toronto because this was such a tragic event, and the reaction to it was an important part of the history of Toronto,” said Tory.Sunday’s event will take place at Olive Square and Mel Lastman Square, the approximate sites where the attack in the city’s North York neighbourhood began and ended.City staff will install temporary plaques on Sunday, and Tory said the city will then decide how to proceed with a permanent memorial.He said it’s important to establish a permanent memorial at the site of the attack, as the many mementoes left by mourners wouldn’t last forever.“I think a lot of Torontonians would want to honour the memories of those who died, because it was a horrific and very unusual thing to have happen in a city as peaceful as Toronto,” said Tory.He added it is important to consult with the families of the victims and with people who live in the neighbourhood to create a memorial they believe is appropriate.“Its part of the healing this city has to go through,” said Tory.Ten people were killed and another 16 were injured when a van jumped the curb and ran over multiple people on the sidewalk.A 25-year-old man from Richmond Hill, Ont., faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in the incident. His case has been put over until September.last_img read more

What CBC Radio Gets Right

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment What it comes down to is, what is the CBC’s purpose? Whose stories is it supposed to tell? When you look at why it was created, it was meant to tell stories that reflect Canada’s regional and multicultural complexities. I’d argue that these programs do exactly that.READ MORE Facebook There is a lot to be said about the CBC.There’s a lot to be critical of, and we should be critical. But in an earlier piece written by Nick Fillmore, there is misdirected dragging of CBC Radio One’s new programming — because the kind of “human connections” programming that Fillmore takes issue with is exactly what the CBC’s mandate demands that it do.There are official and unofficial guiding policies that have moved the CBC throughout its history. The ideas that Canadians should be connected “from coast-to-coast-to-coast” and that the broadcaster should serve “everyone, every way,” are critical in understanding its extremely broad and wide-reaching mandate. Given this, it’s not surprising that some days it feels like the CBC isn’t doing anything well. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Farmer Wants a Wife Alberta bachelor stars in Belgian reality TV show

first_imgBjorn Bonjean of Spirit Hills honey winery in Alberta is shown in in this undated handout photo. Bjorn Bonjean didn’t have trouble dating in southern Alberta — he just hadn’t found the right woman, when producers of a reality television show in Belgium came calling. The 28-year-old winemaker is one of five farmers from around the globe vying for the hearts of Belgian women in the show that echoes the long-running American dating series “The Bachelor” and its spinoffs.”Boer Zoekt Vrouw,” which translates to “Farmer Wants a Wife,” has been on the air for about 10 seasons but its latest stars bachelors in other countries who are originally from Belgium. HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement “They roll up their sleeves, have a passion for their business, but they lack that nice Flemish woman,” says the show’s website.Filmed earlier this year, the show just started airing this week on the VTM network. Bonjean says he’s sworn to secrecy on the outcome set for November.“I can’t tell you if it ends with a proposal or not,” he says. “It’s not like ‘The Bachelor’ … The entire idea is to give the opportunity of something happening. But there’s no expectation of a proposal or even a relationship after it.”But Bonjean did reveal that he’s happy.“I’m happy with the choice that I’ve made.”Bonjean was seven when his family moved to Canada from Grobbendonk in northern Belgium. They now run Spirit Hills honey winery near Millarville, southwest of Calgary. Bonjean is head winemaker, using honey from the farm’s own beehives to create various wines and sangria.The show’s producers originally wanted both Bonjean and his sister to be part of the season, as bachelorettes have been featured in some versions of the show. But she was dating someone and didn’t speak Flemish or Dutch as well as her brother, said Bonjean.He was also dating someone at the time and turned down the offer. Months later, after a break up, he agreed to join the show.Bonjean said it’s nothing like “The Bachelor.” There are no rose ceremonies. And there’s little drama.After airing profiles of the five farmers, 1,500 women sent the show photos and letters. About 150 wanted to meet Bonjean.In the first episode, the bachelors travel to Belgium and, after putting on black eye masks, are lead into a horse riding arena and onto a stage of hay bales before a crowd of screaming women.They each meet 10 women in a speed-dating round and, after choosing five, go on an afternoon group date. They then select three to bring back to their home countries.Bonjean said it was awkward at first talking with potential partners while cameras were rolling, but he got used to it. He also used his trip to Belgium to visit with his grandmother and meet with wine importers, who agreed to market Spirit Hills in the country.“We chose Bjorn Bonjean as he’s good looking, in a good age category, and he runs a lovely, organic farm on a magical place on Earth,” the show’s story editor, Katrien Geens, said in an email.She also refused to hint at whether he finds love.“How it ends, remains a secret, until aired.”— By Chris Purdy in Edmonton Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook MILLARVILLE, Alta. — Bjorn Bonjean didn’t have trouble dating in southern Alberta, he just hadn’t found the right woman … then producers of a reality television show in Belgium came calling.The 28-year-old winemaker is one of five farmers from around the globe vying for the hearts of Belgian women in the show that’s similar to the long-running North American series “The Bachelor” and its spinoffs.“Boer Zoekt Vrouw,” which translates to “Farmer Wants a Wife,” has been on the air for about 10 seasons but its latest series stars bachelors in other countries who are originally from Belgium. Besides Bjorn from Canada, there’s Jitse, who runs a therapeutic care farm in Norway; Jeroen, a dairy farmer in Germany; Manu, an olive farmer in South Africa; and Jan, a cowboy in Australia.last_img read more

Prime Minister Harper attends ceremonial closing of TRC at Rideau Hall

first_imgAPTN National NewsThis week’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission events came to a close Wednesday with special events, including a ceremony at Rideau Hall, home of the governor general.Prime Minister Stephen Harper was among those in attendance.Seven years ago, Harper apologized to victims of residential schools.APTN’s Annette Francis was at the ceremony and has this story.afrancis@aptn.calast_img

Enbridges pipeline support claim a sham aboriginal group

Andrew Barr/National Post VANCOUVER — An aboriginal group along the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline says Enbridge’s claim of widespread support among First Nations is a “sham.”On Tuesday, Enbridge announced it had signed agreements with 60 per cent of the aboriginal communities on the route, saying it’s proof there’s more support for the pipeline than opponents would suggest.But the executive director of the Coastal First Nations, an alliance of 10 First Nations who oppose the project and that live on the land the pipeline will traverse, accused Enbridge of manipulating the facts.Art Sterritt questioned how many First Nations along the route actually support the project, which would transport oil along the $5.5-billion pipeline between Bruderheim, Alta., and Kitimat B.C.Paul Stanway, Enbridge’s spokesman on the pipeline, wasn’t available for comment Wednesday. But he said Tuesday the equity-sharing deals mean there isn’t the wall of opposition that project opponents sometimes claim.However, Enbridge has refused to name the First Nations that have signed deals.“We have checked with all the First Nations along the pipeline route west of Prince George and only two First Nations have signed equity agreements,” said Sterritt in a statement.Sterritt called Enbridge’s numbers flawed, noting the company expanded its corridor by 80 kilometres to boost the number of supporters, and many of the First Nations who have signed on are located outside of any area that could be impacted by a potential spill.The company also included the Metis in the tally, but Sterritt said that aboriginal group doesn’t have rights or title to land inside the corridor.‘We have checked with all the First Nations along the pipeline route west of Prince George and only two First Nations have signed equity agreements’Of the two aboriginal groups that have said they have signed an equity deal, Sterritt noted the Gitksan people have rejected the agreement and some in the community are working to stop the project.Enbridge has said First Nations who sign the deal will get about $280 million over 30 years, and the cash would start flowing within the first year of the pipeline’s operation.There are 45 First Nations along the pipeline, but Stanway wouldn’t give a final figure on how many signed on because of contractual agreements.Support for the project among aboriginal groups is split about evenly between Alberta and B.C. First Nations, said Stanway.The B.C. Metis Federation said in a statement that while it has been seeking a voice for Metis on the pipeline, the federation’s leaders oppose the project.Enbridge’s signed deal is with the Metis Nation British Columbia, but the federation called that group incompetant and said it does not speak for the wider Metis community.“Despite the obvious Metis community and family concerns, MNBC signed the Enbridge equity deal announced May 26th with absolutely no mandate from Metis people or communities in British Columbia,” the federation said in a news release.“In some of proposed corridor locations, the Metis population count is greater than the local First Nations.”The public hearing process on the proposed pipeline is at about the midway point, and in September formal hearings will begin where expert witnesses will testify under oath to the review panel.The Coastal First Nations includes the Wuikinuxv, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Haisla, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation, an alliance representing some 20,000 members. read more

Health at very center of disaster risk reduction say UN agency officials

“If we’re going to come out of emergencies in good shape, we’re going to have to go into them with healthier, more resilient populations,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director General for Emergencies at the UN World Health Organization (WHO), briefing reporters in Sendai at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.Noting that the aim of the current conference, which opened yesterday and wraps up Wednesday 18 March, is to agree a new set of measures for managing disaster risk to reduce mortality and curb economic losses and which will succeed the landmark 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), Dr. Aylward said thus far, health appears to be featuring very prominently in the current negotiations.“This framework is very different from what we saw in Hyogo because its not just about protecting people’s health but the recognition that health is at the very centre of disaster risk reduction, he said, alongside Ciro Ugarte, Director, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief at WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas, Alex Ross, Director of WHO’s Kobe Centre, and Remi Sogunro, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Officer-in-Charge in Liberia.“Health and disaster risk reduction are deeply connected; healthy people are resilient people and resilient people recover more quickly from disasters,” continued Dr. Aylward, who is also Special Representative to the WHO Director General on Elba, stressing that while the HFA had included only three references to health, the current framework contained some 30 mentions and spoke specifically to risks associated with epidemics and pandemics.West Africa’s current Ebola crisis, along with Typhoon Haiyan, which wreaked havoc in the Philippine archipelago in 2013, and ongoing conflict in countries such as Syria and the Central African Republic have all made it plainly clear that health must be a central concern.He said that WHO is uniquely placed within the UN system to ensure the new framework deals effectively with health matters. In Sendai, the agency will spotlighting several key initiatives, including: a policy framework WHO and its regional partners had put together to help them take the post-2015 framework and translate it into concrete actions for ministries of health; and efforts to ensure multi-hazard early warning measures and capacities are bolstered to be able to detect, report and respond to disease outbreaks and pandemics quickly and more effectively.The agency has also fast-tracked its ‘hospital safety index’ to be ready for launch in Sendai. This tool, explained Dr. Aylward, lays out 151 specific indicators for governments and health ministries. It provides a snapshot of the probability that a hospital or health facility will continue to function in emergency situations, based on structural, nonstructural and functional factors, including the environment and the health services network to which it belongs.Here, he noted that when Typhoon Ruby struck the Philippines last year, no medical facilities had been lost, largely because of lessons learned and measures put in place after Haiyan, which had destroyed some 600 health facilities.“But this is about more than buildings,” Dr. Aylward said, stressing that managing disaster risk also includes ensuring entire health systems can function properly and effectively in the wake of crisis, outbreaks or pandemics.Echoing this, Mr. Ugarte said the WHO index and similar measures aimed to address the real fact that in many cases, hospitals are lost exactly when critical services are needed. “We have to move from theory to practice,” he continued, adding that efforts should be made, as had been the case in Japan in the wake of multiple natural disasters, to focus on the facilities that will have to remain operational “no matter what.” Indeed, the experts stressed, resilient health systems can reduce underlying vulnerability, protect health facilities and services, and scale-up the response to meet the wide-ranging health needs in disasters. read more

Coal company compliance over wage bonds under investigation

Beshear announced the review Tuesday. Kentucky law requires any coal or construction business under five years old to pay the bond to cover payroll for four weeks.The cabinet has issued Blackjewel a citation including a $366,500 fine for violation of the law.Blackjewel says it will reimburse employees by collecting a per-ton fee expected to accumulate $550,000 over the next two years. It says it will also pay workers $450,000 from a deal allowing Kopper Glo Mining to purchase two Blackjewel mines.Related Article: Harlan County Blackjewel miners caravan to court proceeding(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office will investigate whether coal companies are posting performance bonds intended to secure employee wages.News outlets report Blackjewel LLC hadn’t posted the bond with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet when it filed for bankruptcy July 1, causing miners’ paychecks to be clawed back .- Advertisement – read more

Brock recognizes firstever BEd Specialist grad

For Lauren Caldwell, the BEd Specialist program offered by Brock was another opportunity to perfect the craft of teaching that she loves so dearly.The program flashed onto Caldwell’s radar when it launched in 2011 and the Toronto teacher immediately knew it was a perfect fit.Working at her own pace, and often choosing the flexibility of online courses, Caldwell completed the program and became Brock’s first-ever BEd Specialist graduate at Convocation on Tuesday, June 6.Her time with the University began in 2006 when she studied Junior and Intermediate Concurrent Teacher Education.Upon completing her initial degree in 2011, Caldwell moved to Hong Kong to work as a Grade 4 teacher.During her time overseas, she embarked on her first online additional qualification (AQ) course in special education — part of the BEd Specialist program — in order to help understand specific learning needs in her classroom.“After my first AQ course, I was hooked,” she said with enthusiasm. “I had set a goal early on in my career that I wanted to learn about each age group of students including primary and senior grades, as well as specialize in ESL (English as a Second Language), special education, and guidance and career studies.”Caldwell continued her education, completing additional qualification courses in each target area as her career grew and changed.When she returned to teach in Toronto, she had a new focus on special education.“It was important for my professional development to continue with my specialist in order to be fully equipped and prepared for the responsibilities of my role as a special education teacher,” she said.Caldwell has since gone on to work as an ESL teacher and a guidance counsellor.The BEd Specialist program helped her to gain the confidence needed to take on new roles in education, she said.“Each AQ course allowed me to learn about specific skills connected with the age of students and supports to implement into the classroom to enhance their learning experience.”Caldwell was surprised when she learned she was Brock’s first-ever BEd Specialist grad — an honour she plans to wear proudly.Professor Chunlei Lu, Director of Brock’s Centre for Continuing Teacher Education, said the BEd Specialist program has been a great success since launching in 2011.“It allows us to provide more options for teachers,” he said of the unique second degree program that is available only to certified teachers.Brock currently has about 500 students enrolled in the program.A Specialist designation often opens the door for pay increases and professional promotions, making it a desirable addition to most teachers’ resumés, Lu said.“Specialists are widely recognized as leaders in the field.”There are plans to expand the program in the coming years, potentially introducing new additional qualification courses covering various topics of interest in the teaching world. read more

Warning of cuts to family doctors in NHS overhaul

first_imgTwo of the “Sustainability and Transformation Plans” which are being brought in following a record NHS overspend last year, propose to reduce the number of GPs in the local area.However, many other plans are “vague at best”, according to the profession’s leaders, and could be a prelude to more widespread reductions.In November the British Medical Association said that two out of three NHS doctors had not been consulted over plans which could also see bed cuts and closures of Accident & Emergency departments.It comes as research shows the proposals, being drawn up across the NHS, will mean at least £22bn in cuts.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College, said: “The future of our health service relies on high quality, robust general practice, but it would appear that this may not be the case for vast swathes of the patient population across England.”“GPs and our teams conduct the vast majority of patient contacts in the NHS for a fraction of the budget.“We provide the most cost-effective form of care, keeping our patients safe, in the community, and out of hospitals where care is more expensive.” GP leaders have warned that local health chiefs are exploiting plans to overhaul the NHS in order to slash the the number of family doctors.The Royal College of General Practitioners said last night the number of GPs proposed for many of the regional re-organisations went “against all common sense”.It also criticised the process for prioritising major hospitals at the expense of local surgeries, despite mounting evidence that shortages of GPs ultimately puts hospitals under more pressure. 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.center_img GPs and our teams conduct the vast majority of patient contacts in the NHS for a fraction of the budgetProfessor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitionerslast_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn hugs woman as she tells him about girl 12 missing

first_img Jeremy Corbyn meeting staff and volunteers at St ClementÕs Church Jeremy Corbyn meeting staff and volunteers at St Clement’s ChurchCredit:David Mirzoeff/PA Jeremy Corbyn has been pictured hugging a woman clutching posters seeking a 12-year-old girl missing after the Grenfell Tower blaze.The Labour leader was pictured comforting the unnamed local resident at St Clement’s Church in west London on Thursday.The woman told him about a missing young girl believed to have been on the 20th floor of the tower when it caught fire.Volunteers have been using the church to provide shelter and support for people affected by the fire that has left at least 17 people confirmed dead. “Questions on the sprinkler system, questions on the fire breaks, questions on why the cladding apparently burnt, questions on building control regulations, questions on the safety.”Hundreds of thousands of people in our country live in tower blocks, very high-rise tower blocks. Every single person who lives in a high-rise apartment today is going to be thinking, ‘How safe am I?”‘ Emergency services leading the operation in north Kensington have warned that the death toll is likely to rise further – with specialist search and rescue teams expected to enter the devastated building imminently.Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the disaster, demanding that the “terrible tragedy” be “properly investigated”.center_img 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. Community leaders showed Mr Corbyn the donations that have been pouring in.”It’s great that you’re in place,” the Labour leader told them.Community representative Ishmael Blagrove told him: “This country needs you – somebody has to be held accountable and responsible.”We don’t want the Government to kick this into the long grass.” Mr Corbyn replied: “Emma (Dent Coad) is your MP, she will speak for your community. We have to get to the bottom of this – the truth has got to come out and it will.”Mr Corbyn told reporters after the visit: “Some very hard questions have got to be asked and some very hard questions must be answered.”The fire is not supposed to spread from one flat to another, it’s supposed to be contained. It wasn’t – it spread and it spread upwards and it spread outside as well through the cladding.last_img read more

Sandvik introduces smarter compact exploration core drills

first_imgSandvik DE130i and DE140i, the company’s latest compact core exploration drills, feature more automation, increased productivity and easier operation thanks to computer systems that control all drilling. Not only do DE130i and DE140i enable better productivity and safer operation through automation advancements, the two new developments of the established fully-hydraulic core drills DE130 and DE140 also offer the possibility of extensive data logging for better management of crucial information down the hole and reporting.The control system, based on the proven Sandvik SICA platform, executes all operating commands in AUTO mode automatically from a built-in touchscreen featured on a height-adjustable control panel. The user-friendly graphical interface features a menu with 11 pre-programmed operating modes. Individual user profiles also enable the operator to save settings at a particular site for quick startup. Appropriate parameters can also be selected for less-experienced drill crews.Two joysticks featured on the control panel enable the operator to take over and run semi-automatically or entirely manually, if needed.“With Sandvik DE130i and DE140i, operators set safe machine limits, initiate the drilling operation, put the drill in AUTO mode and then watch it drill a complete ‘run,’” said George Tophinke, Global Exploration Equipment Manager at Sandvik Mining. “During the entire operation, the control system will automatically compensate for sudden changes in conditions to optimize drilling within the pre-set parameter range. This is an important advantage, since it allows the operator to focus on other tasks while waiting. If drilling in unattended mode, the control system is designed to shut down at the end of the three-meter cycle and if the pre-set parameters are exceeded.”The use of CAN-bus technology provides major advantages with regard to communication between the different main parts of the system and handles all communication between the drill rig and the control panel. All operations carried out by the control system are registered and can be copied to a USB or directly transmitted to an external computer. Together with the presentation system, this provides the geologist or drilling engineer a good base for making multi-variable analyses of the drilling sequences and of the influence from varying rock conditions in the drill hole.A great deal of importance has been placed on increasing the system’s reliability and facilitating fault tracing with built-in monitoring and safety features. Components with proven performance have been adapted for the new automated control system on the new drills.DE130i key features: •Depth capacity of 815 m (2,674 ft) N size•Feed force of 4.7 t (10,350 lbf)•Pull force of 6.3 t (13,820 lbf)•Maximum torque of 800 Nm (619 lbf ft)•N-head rotation unit with hollow spindle ID 77 mm (3 in)•1,700 mm (5 ft 7 in) feed stroke•Up to 1,200 m (3,937 ft) wireline hoist capacity DE140i key features: •Depth capacity of 1,220 m (4,003 ft) N size•Feed and pull force of 9.4 t (20,730 lbf)•Maximum torque of 937 Nm (691 lbf ft)•H-head rotation unit with hollow spindle ID 103 mm (4 in)•1,710 mm (5 ft 7 in) feed stroke•Up to 1,200 m (3,937 ft) wireline hoist capacitylast_img read more

Working in Clark County Colleen Stevenson pet sitter

first_imgWith about 500 clients on her pet sitting business list, Colleen Stevenson and her 10 contractors see a lot of big brown –and blue– eyes anxious for attention. Giving pet owners some peace of mind while working or vacationing, Sit & Stay! is like having a nanny in the home, she says. “We are happy to make sure their pets and homes are being taken care of when they are away. I know I can be a bright spot in an animal’s life, even for just a few hours a day.”Business name: Sit & Stay! Pet and House Sitting Services; 360-574-6855, www.sitstaypets.com. Sit & Stay! on FacebookAge: 47How — and when — you got started in your business: I’ve always had pets: birds, fish, rats, dogs, cats. I’ve always been active in some kind of animal care, pet sitting for neighbors when I was a kid and grew up wanting to be a veterinarian. In college, I worked at a pet store for several years and worked my way up to manager. After that, I worked as a veterinary assistant for another two years before I had to move, leave college, and enter the corporate world.In 2002, I lost my job. After three days of feeling sad, I decided to take a leap and start my own pet sitting business. Since I was just starting out, I didn’t want to turn any clients down, so I found myself running all over the place. It was just me for a year until I reluctantly hired my first independent contractor. It worked out well since I no longer had to cover the entire county by myself. Now I have 10 wonderful contractors working for me. Our services are priced both by the visit and by the task.Personal/business philosophy: Honest and reliable care for your pets and home. We do have first aid training, and all of my sitters are able to give medication, and 90 percent of them can give shots (e.g., for diabetic pets). We are working to train each sitter as they come on board.last_img read more

ASA Seeking USDA Help to Fund Soybean Rust Monitoring and EarlyWarning System

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is urgently requesting help from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Ed Schafer in funding for 2009 the soybean rust early warning and management system that has helped soybean farmers manage and protect their crops. The system, known formally as the Integrated Pest Management Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (ipmPIPE), was developed in 2004 between agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the soybean industry.”After four years as the critical early warning and management system for soybean farmers to minimize the impact of Asian soybean rust, the program has no funding secured for the 2009 crop year,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “Without funding for the ipmPIPE system, the U.S. soybean crop, with an estimated farm-gate value of $37 billion, will be put at risk.”The ipmPIPE has been highly effective in helping growers make informed decisions about fungicide application. The system includes a surveillance and monitoring network, a Web-based information management system, criteria for deciding when to apply fungicides, predictive modeling, and outreach. USDA’s Risk Management Agency has provided more than $2 million in funding for this program in each of the last three years.”We regret that the broken Congressional appropriations process leaves us with no option but to seek USDA funding for this critical program,” Hoffman said. “Soybean farmers have been and remain willing to work with USDA. In each year since 2005, more than $500,000 of state and national checkoff funding has been contributed toward this effort. But soybean farmers cannot assume the entire responsibility and cost of this program by themselves.”The development of the Web-based tracking and early-warning system has greatly enhanced the ability of farmers to manage risk and avoid unnecessary fungicide applications. USDA’s Economic Research Service has found that rust management due to ipmPIPE saved farmers an estimated $299 million in 2005. Surveys conducted by land grant universities estimate a $299 million savings in 2006 and another $209 million in 2007.”While losses due to rust have not been severe, growing conditions in the last several years have been atypical, mainly due to drought in Southern and Southeastern states, which inhibits the spread of rust,” Hoffman said. “We will not be protected from soybean rust without the tools that ipmPIPE provides.”The American Soybean Association strongly supports the continuation of ipmPIPE. The risks are simply too great, and the costs too small, to abandon it now. ASA is asking Secretary Schafer for his commitment to continue this highly effective and critically important program.”Our partnership with USDA in preparing for and now monitoring the advancement of soybean rust has been remarkable,” Hoffman said. “We commend the Department for its early recognition of the dangers posed by soybean rust and for the many agencies that have reached out to growers to work together in fighting it.”last_img read more

Virgin Trains USA hold groundbreaking for new Central Florida line

first_imgORLANDO, FLA. (WSVN) – Virgin Trains USA officials held a ground breaking ceremony while they announced phase two of its train line to Central Florida.The new project will connect riders from Miami to Orlando International Airport and is expected to be completed by 2022.Passengers have been able to ride the train from Miami to West Palm Beach.Eventually, officials said, riders will be able to ride the train to Tampa.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Nellore police focus on community development SP Aishwarya

first_imgNellore: Police personnel are not only confining to protection of law and order and detecting crimes, they are also taking care of community welfare by improving sanitary conditions in SC/ST colonies and basic amenities in government schools in various mandals across the district through Sama Samaja Sandarshini activity. The policemen are laying roads, conducting repairs to bathrooms, toilets, and flooring of hostels and many others in the district. District SP Aishwarya Rastogi directed the officials of various police stations to identify villages, colonies and schools for taking up some service by the police personnel for improving the conditions. Police officials have found some important interventions in various mandals for improving conditions in colonies, schools and hostels. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us The police laid a gravel road for 300 metres in Chembedu ST Colony in Pellakur mandal, renovated bathrooms, water taps and toilets in SC boys hostel in Vakadu, they dug a borewell and installed a motor at SC Boys hostel in Sullurpet, constructed toilets in SC Girls hostel in Manubolu and renovated overhead water tank pipewall at ST Colony in Dagadarthi. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us The police also taken up toilets repairs in Social Welfare Hostel in TP Gudur, repairs to bathrooms, toilets and to water pumping system at Sarvepalli in Venkatachalam mandal, water purifier arranged at ST hostels at Ravuladonka in Indukurpet mandal, conducted repairs to drainage in ST Colony Checkpost Centre in Sangam; repairs to septic tank located in Social Welfare Girls hostel, arranged street lights in Jyothi Nagar SC Colony, repairs to borewell and drainage system in ST Colony in Atmakur; and renovation of flooring works in AP Tribal Welfare Residential School for Girls in Vedayapalem, Nellore city. Advertise With Us “We have taken up these works on the directions of DGP Gautam Sawang where police personnel also need to focus on community development besides their regular duties. We instructed the officials to mingle with communities and work for their progress too. It is our responsibility to support community needs extending helping hand,” said Aishwarya Rastogi.last_img read more

BCL activist hacked dead in Jessore

first_imgA local activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was stabbed to death by a group of miscreants at Katakhal village in Jessore’s Jhikargachha upazila on Saturday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Milon Hossain, 26, son of late Alamgir Hossain of the village.Officer-in-charge of Jhikargachha police station Abu Saleh Masud Karim said a group of miscreants waylaid Milon when he was returning home from Jhikargachha Bazar after attending a party meeting and stabbed him mercilessly around 1:40pm, leaving the BCL activist injured.He was taken to Jhikargachha Upazila Health Complex.Later, Milon died while being shifted to Jessore Medical College Hospital, said the OC adding the miscreants might have killed the BCL man over previous enmity.last_img read more

Kashmir journos frustrated by communications blockade

first_imgIndian security forces personnel patrol a deserted street during restrictions after the government scrapped special status for Kashmir, in Srinagar 9 August, 2019. Photo: ReutersKashmir has nearly 180 English and Urdu daily newspapers, but only five are publishing these days due to restrictions imposed by Indian authorities to prevent unrest after New Delhi revoked the state’s autonomy.That is frustrating for the region’s journalists, many of whom are veterans of covering a long insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and operating under prolonged curfews.”This is the biggest story of our generation and we haven’t been able to report it,” said Faisul Yaseen, associate editor of Rising Kashmir, one of the handful of newspaper groups that is still publishing.With phone lines and internet services suspended, six newspaper editors and journalists told Reuters they have no way to access wire reports or any outside online news sources, their district correspondents, and seek comment from government officials.Only five newspapers out of 174 dailies are now publishing, according to newspaper distributor Mansoor Ahmed, and they are being distributed within a 5-km radius of Lambert Lane, the main newspaper hub of the region, because of severe restrictions on movement, he said.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government imposed the blackout after it stripped Kashmir of its special status this week and broke up the state into two federal territories aiming to fully integrate the Muslim majority region.Officials said restrictions will slowly be lifted. The big concern is there could be large scale demonstrations against the decision to withdraw Kashmir’s special rights to frame its own laws and lifting of a ban on people from outside the region buying property.An Indian foreign ministry spokesman said there was no restriction on the press.”Nobody has been prohibited or stopped from publishing anything. Now, because of logistical constraints if they are not able to publish it is a different matter,” the spokesman said.Usually a 12-page edition, the Rising Kashmir English daily is now only bringing out four pages, much of it sourced from a few national TV news channels and four reporters who have living and working from Rising Kashmir’s office.The final layout of the paper is hand-delivered to the press on the outskirts of the city in the evening when movement restrictions in some parts are slightly relaxed.Two other Rising Kashmir newspapers – one in Urdu, another in Kashmiri – that the group publishes are suspended.Within Srinagar, reporters and photographers are finding it difficult to work without any passes to go through security checkpoints.Editors of two Urdu newspapers in Srinagar said they had ceased publication because of a lack of news sources, movement restrictions, and staff being unable to reach the newsroom.”Even in the worst of times, the press were given curfew passes,” said Morifat Qadri, executive editor of the Daily Afaaq, which usually prints 4,000 copies daily.”They don’t want that anybody covers the current situation,” he said.last_img read more

17Year Old Charged in Attempted Murder Case

first_imgBaltimore Police have arrested and charged a suspect in the December shooting of a 23-year-old man.Teon Grant, 17, was arrested this week and charged with attempted murder in a shooting on Dec. 19. (Courtesy Photo)Teon Grant, 17, of the 6600 block of Eberle Drive in Northwest Baltimore, will be charged as an adult for the attempted murder of a man he shot in the head, chest and forearm while the victim sat in a car around 4:20 p.m. in the 500 block of Wellesley Street, in Gwynns Falls Parkway community in West Baltimore, on Dec. 19, according to police.Police do not release the names of victims that have survived shootings. No motive was given for the attack.Grant, who was arrested Jan. 22, is charged with 10 criminal counts, including first and second degree attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and handgun violations according to Maryland Case Search.Grant did not have an attorney listed as of Jan 23. Visits by the AFRO to Grant’s listed address went unanswered.Grant, is being held at Central Booking and had not been seen by a court commissioner as of AFRO press time.Police urge anyone with any information in the case to call 1-866-7LOCKUPlast_img read more