Gymnasium still needs funding – JAGA

first_img BOOST FOR SPORT Three months after the arrival of a 60x120ft steel structure at the Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association (JAGA) property at Slipe Road in Kingston, the equipment is unused because of lack of funding. “It has been there since late November, but we can’t do anything until the building is erected. We still need approximately $10 million to get the building in place,” president of JAGA, Nicole Grant-Brown told The Gleaner yesterday. “We have not gotten a dollar towards the building, and the steel structure is lying outside wasting. However, we are still pressing on and are very determined,” she added. “The companies that JAGA approached for assistance are already committed to other sports. We are allocated $107,000 per month from the SDF (Sports Development Foundation), but this goes towards our overhead expense,” Grant-Brown said. Meanwhile, a JAGA development team participated in the Carib Fest Gymnastics tournament last Saturday in Ashburn, Virginia in the United States and performed creditably. “We won the level one and level two team awards, and also several third places and individual awards. This is a boost for the sport. It is our development group that we are preparing for top level competition. We have to maintain a level of performance,” the president disclosed. “Our plan is to sell advertisement spaces at the facility. It is really for the children, especially the ones from the inner city as they are very talented. We are appealing for help,” she said. JAGA will now prepare for the Caribbean Gymnastics Championship to be held in Barbados from April 28-29. “They will go back to their respective clubs to prepare. We don’t have a national facility as yet so we have to work with the clubs,” Grant-Brown said.last_img read more

AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “They could tell the public that they will investigate every single case. There are many things that can be done, even just having a policy of zero tolerance,” she said. “If every single hospital would just take a stand and issue a statement saying clearly that any sexual misconduct with patients won’t be tolerated and that there will be consequences including permanently revoking the medical license of every doctor found guilty.”Current guidelines from the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, which represents doctor rehab programs in 47 states, are largely silent on handling sexual misconduct treatment and describe sexual harassment as a “cause of impairment” in a doctor. Programs to treat doctor impairment are inherently supposed to be “nondisciplinary,” per the federation’s guidelines.Linda Bresnahan, who heads the federation, said its guidelines are being rewritten and, despite their language, should not be applied to sexual misbehavior. A statement provided by the federation says only about half of doctor rehab programs nationwide accept doctors accused of sexual misconduct, a choice the group considers to be “a local issue beyond the purview of national guidance.”The harm committed by sexually abusive doctors is aggravated by the personal nature of the doctor-patient relationship, according to experts and doctors’ victims.When Marissa White came to Dr. Gunwant Dhaliwal in 2007 for neck pain after a car accident, he reached under her shirt and into her bra, grabbing her breasts.A jury convicted him of misdemeanor battery in the case, and Florida’s medical board concluded that his crime demonstrated his “lack of good moral character” and “lack of worthiness” to practice medicine. But despite that finding — and at least six other similar allegations made by women patients and employees, both before and after the incident with White, according to court cases and police complaints — Dhaliwal can still be found practicing at his Tampa-area urgent care clinics.“I had to sit there in front of him, look him in the eye, they made their guilty verdict and that’s it, nothing came of it,” White told the AP of her experience at trial. She still lives in Florida, but won’t even go to the neighborhood where Dhaliwal practices medicine.“He should have lost his license a long time ago. He should have lost it the first time it happened.”But his office manager told the AP that, while the Florida board referred him to the state’s impaired physician network for evaluation, nothing came of it.“They did an evaluation and did not find anything wrong,” the woman told the AP. “They don’t do any treatment.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this image provided by the Conway (Ark.) Police Department, Robert Rook is seen in this June 3, 2016, photo. An Associated Press investigation finds that even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving. Rook was allowed to keep his family practice open, so long as he’s chaperoned, despite facing multiple criminal charges for rape. Prosecutors subsequently downgraded the charges to more than 20 counts of sexual assault in the second- and third-degree, charges for which Rook says he is innocent. (Conway Police Department via AP)WASHINGTON — The first time that Dr. Anthony Bianchi came onto a patient, California’s medical board alleged, the gynecologist placed a chair against the exam room door, put his fingers into the woman’s vagina and exposed his erect penis.The second time, the board claimed, he told a patient that he couldn’t stop staring at her breasts and recounted a dream in which he performed oral sex on her in the office.ADVERTISEMENT Some doctors who are reported to medical boards for sexual misconduct receive reprimands instead of suspensions. G. Eric Nielson, a medical malpractice attorney in Utah, says that’s because doctors tend to try to protect other doctors as much as possible.“There’s an institutional bias on the part of the medical review board,” he said. “They’re generally doctors, they work very hard to get their medical degrees and they’re very, very disinclined to yank the license of another doctor. The primary focus is: Let’s take care of the doctor and help him get through this problem.”A medical board in California in 2009 revoked the license of Dr. Kamron Hakhamimi after it ruled that his conduct constituted abuse, neglect and exploitation when he prescribed powerful drugs to a woman he met online and then had sex with her; he had previously pleaded no contest to a pair of misdemeanor charges stemming from the incident. But the board stayed the revocation in favor of seven years’ probation and a requirement that he complete an ethics class and a course on professional boundaries, though the California Department of Health Care Services barred Hakhamimi from participating in any federally funded programs for 12 years.When contacted for comment, Hakhamimi said, “Nothing happened in the clinic. No medical malpractice, no suspension.” When asked whether the courses were effective, he said, “they’re mandatory for a reason: It’s a business,” and then hung up.Sexually abusive physicians are not generally required to apologize or even acknowledge having acted inappropriately in order to keep their license. Three years after his misdemeanor battery conviction, for example, Florida doctor Dhaliwal was acquitted of molesting another patient. He took the opportunity to issue a news release calling the women who have accused him of misconduct liars motivated by greed.In email statement, Florida Medical Board spokesman Brad Dalton said the doctor disciplinary boards “do not have the legal authority to force a physician to speak or place a gag order on them to prevent them from doing so.”In practice, even some lawyers who represent doctors find the physician health programs to be problematic.David Spicer, who has represented doctors facing medical board discipline in Florida, says the state’s doctor rehabilitation program isn’t well designed to evaluate or treat sexual misbehavior. The program’s key component, he said, is a “one-size-fits-all” requirement that doctors engage in therapy sessions and not get into trouble for a specified period, generally five years.Spicer said Florida’s program, run by an independent organization called the Physician Research Network, does a better job dealing with doctors’ who abuse alcohol or drug, but it hasn’t been effective at evaluating or treating doctors with sexual problems.Experts in the treatment of sexual misbehavior question whether the treatments mandated for doctors who molest patients are even appropriate for such misconduct. MOST READ The third time, the board charged, he told a pregnant patient suffering from vaginal bleeding that she shouldn’t shave her pubic hair before her next visit, as he was getting too excited.These episodes led to disciplinary actions by the state’s medical board in 2012 and in 2016. Bianchi agreed not contest the charges, and he held onto his medical license. Under a settlement with California’s medical board, he agreed to seek therapy and refrain from treating women during five years of probation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBianchi did not respond to telephone messages from The Associated Press left for him at the workers’ compensation clinic in Fresno, California, where he now evaluates occupational health claims.In recent months, Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and top politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned their posts in the wake allegations of sexual misconduct. In contrast, the world of medicine is often more forgiving, according to an AP investigation. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The office manager, who refused to provide the AP with her full name, noted that Dhaliwal had not had any new complaints brought against him since his settlement with the medical board. When the AP asked to speak with Dhaliwal, she said that he was declining on the advice of his lawyers.Dhaliwal did not respond to requests for comment left with his clinic’s staff or a voicemail left with his lawyer.Examples of problematic behavior are easy to find in states across the country.In Arkansas, Dr. Robert Rook was allowed to keep his family practice open, so long as he’s chaperoned, despite facing multiple criminal charges for rape. Prosecutors subsequently downgraded the charges to more than 20 counts of sexual assault in the second- and third-degree, charges for which Rook says he is innocent.Rook did not return phone messages left with a secretary at his Conway office. He is set to face trial later this year.The Idaho State Board of Medicine in May reinstated the license of Richard Pines, a child and adolescent psychiatrist who lost his license in 2013 after the board accused him of having sexual relationships with four former patients, including taking nude photos of a 14-year-old and convincing the boys that he needed to practice giving naked massages to keep his medical license.The state’s highest court in 2015 ruled that Pines had engaged in sexual misconduct, but determined that two of the four alleged victims were not former patients. The court remanded Pines’ case to a lower court and vacated his punishment, instead ordering the board to re-evaluate the scope of disciplinary action based on the charges the court upheld. The court’s order also blasted the board for being impartial, accusing its members of “passionately railing” against Pines in its decision.The AP reached out to Pines’ former employers and contacted his most recent attorneys, but was unable to reach him. The AP also left a message for a biller at Sage Health Care, where Pines still processes invoices. The receptionist said Pines bills through the office but was unable to provide more details about his current practice.State-authorized programs that attempt to oversee the rehabilitation of doctors who have committed sexual misconduct aren’t always forthcoming about their methods. In Florida, the Professional’s Resource Network, which the state medical board assigned to evaluate Gunwant Dhaliwal after his battery conviction, asked the AP to provide detailed questions and a list of sources before it would answer questions.After the AP provided the head of the program, Alexis Polles, with basic questions about the program’s approach to clearing doctors for return to work after instances of sexual abuse, she declined to answer any of them. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments NYC Marathon champ comes home, looking to end Boston drought Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ When the doctors are disciplined, the punishment often consists of a short suspension paired with mandatory therapy that treats sexually abusive behavior as a symptom of an illness or addiction, the AP found.Decades of complaints that the physician disciplinary system is too lenient on sex-abusing doctors have produced little change in the practices of state medical boards. And the #MeToo campaign and the rapid push in recent months to increase accountability for sexual misconduct in American workplaces do not appear to have sparked a movement toward changing how medical boards deal with physicians who act out sexually against patients or staffers.The sentencing of Larry Nassar, a former doctor for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics program convicted of abusing more than 150 women and girls, has put a high-profile case of physician misconduct in the spotlight. But across the country, most doctors accused of sexual misconduct avoid a medical license review entirely. A study last year found that two-thirds of doctors who were sanctioned by their employers or paid a settlement as the result of sex misconduct claims never faced medical board discipline.“There’s been a failure of the medical community to take a stand against the issue,” said Azza Abbudagga, a health services researcher with nonprofit advocacy organization Public Citizen.She published a report recently detailing sexual misconduct among physicians. Its findings showed that of the 253 doctors reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank for having been sanctioned by their respective hospitals or health care organizations for sexual misconduct, or paid a settlement that stemmed from such an allegation, 170 of them were not disciplined by state medical boards, even though all boards have access to the reports filed with the data bank.ADVERTISEMENT The lenience of penalties for sexually abusive doctors sometimes a source of frustration even for members of the medical board who administer the discipline, according to Jason Rosenberg, a former chairman of the Florida medical board.“This is incredibly inappropriate,” Rosenberg said during one 2013 meeting when Florida’s medical board allowed James Yelton-Rossello, a psychiatrist alleged to have molested jailed psychiatric patients, to keep his license. The settlement with the Florida board of medicine did not require Yelton-Rossello to admit guilt.“You can’t do this and serve french fries,” Rosenberg said at that meeting, citing fast food restaurants’ policies against hiring sex offenders. “I’m ashamed of what’s going on here.”Yelton-Rossello’s lawyer did not respond to telephone messages or an email request for comment.Some medical boards blame administrative law judges for tying their hands from seeking harsher punishments.In an interview last year, Rosenberg said he responded to an administrative law judge’s refusal to uphold a different license revocation by attempting to compel that doctor to display a sign stating “I molest patients” in his office.Rosenberg’s effort failed, though some doctors have been required to post signs in their office stating that they must be chaperoned in the presence of female patients.Bob Cohen, the chief judge in Florida’s division of administrative hearings, rejected the idea that administrative law judges are responsible for watering down the punishments of sexually abusive doctors. He said the board of medicine could seek to override administrative law decisions they disagree with, something the Florida board acknowledged in a statement to the AP.“One of the reasons they don’t always appeal is they have a lot of cases,” Cohen said of state health officials. He acknowledged, however, that “consistency” was a goal in punishments, and that past leniency shown to doctors sets a precedent for weaker punishments in the present day.The question of doctor punishments is part of a larger problem in the medical field. Numerous factors, including hospitals’ disinclination to report abusive doctors, to shortfalls in a private, interstate system meant to flag them to future employers, and patients’ simple reluctance to challenge a medical professional, skew the field in doctors’ favor, according to a 2016 investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s insufficient,” said Rory Reid, a UCLA psychology professor who studies addiction and hypersexual behavior. While some types of sexual behavior, such as the compulsive viewing of pornography, might best be addressed through addiction treatment therapy, rehabilitation programs for sex offenders typically focus on restitution and empathy for a person’s victims.“We have clinical trials for everything underneath the sun,” Reid said. “But there’s not one clinical trial that I’m aware of on the efficacy of treatment for doctors who have engaged in sexual misconduct.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

Bicycle bandits rob businesswoman

first_imgBusinesswoman Felicity Carmichael of North Sophia, Georgetown was walking along Pike Street, Campbellville at about 22:20h on Sunday when two armed bicycle bandits approached her and confiscated her purse, which contained her cell phone and jewellery and cash valuing $273,000.In carrying out their attack, the duo first rode past her and proceeded to block her path. One of the riders then pulled out a pistol from his pants waist and pointed it at her, demanding that she hand over her valuables. Immobilised with fear, the 49-year-old could do nothing as one of the bandits grabbed her bag from her shoulder.The men then quickly rode away in a westerly direction in making good their escape. The matter was reported, and the Police are investigating.last_img read more

Pierre told to fine-tune his approach

first_imgThe question is whether Pierre, who is seven years into a productive career in the majors, can make such an adjustment – or if he should even be asked to, considering the Dodgers signed him to a five-year, $44 million contract based on the player he already was. “I’ll just go out and play my game,” Pierre said. “I don’t get a lot of walks, but … it’s not like I’m just up there hacking.” The biggest knock against Pierre is that his career on-base percentage (.350) isn’t what teams look for from a leadoff man. Pierre doesn’t draw many walks, a fact he blames on his lack of power because pitchers aren’t afraid to challenge him when they are behind in the count. But Little also made it clear in announcing last Thursday that Furcal would lead off and Pierre will be more a second leadoff man than a prototypical No. 2 hitter. Little seemed to reiterate that even as he called for Pierre to take more pitches. “He did ask me about sacrifice bunting with (Furcal) at first base,” Little said. “I don’t think we’ll have much of that. If he sees an opportunity for a (bunt) base hit in those situations, he might be doing that. But we’re not going to be giving up outs when we have a runner on first who is fully capable of stealing a base.” Told after the workout of Little’s comments, Pierre initially seemed taken aback. But ultimately, he acknowledged having had such a conversation with Little. “We talked about it when we talked about me batting second,” Pierre said. Pierre is a contact hitter who struck out just 38 times in 699 at-bats with the Chicago Cubs last season and who has struck out just once every 16.5 at-bats throughout his career. LOOKING BACK Veteran reliever Rudy Seanez, who is in camp on a minor-league contract, returned after a two-day absence to attend his grandmother’s funeral. No sooner had he gotten back than he was reminded of a game at Dodger Stadium last Sept. 18, when Seanez gave up a two-run homer to Nomar Garciaparra in the 10th to give the Dodgers a dramatic win over San Diego. The Dodgers had hit four consecutive homers in the ninth to tie the game. The two clubs wound up tied atop the National League West, with the Padres getting the title based on head-to-head play and the Dodgers making the playoffs as the wild card. “In a game like that, with everything that had gone on, I think there was a feeling that we just weren’t going to win,” Seanez said. “But the biggest thing was, we just came back from it and I just came back from it. I think it showed what both teams were made of.” KOUFAX VISITS Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who lives nearby, made his first Dodgertown appearance of the spring on Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – Three days after saying he didn’t want Juan Pierre to change his approach despite being dropped to second in the order, Dodgers manager Grady Little said before Sunday’s spring-training workout that he has asked Pierre to be more patient at the plate. “We talked to him about (that),” Little said. “It might help him get on base more.” last_img read more

Taylor open house next week to discuss Highway 97 and Pine Avenue improvements

first_imgPlans for the project include adding signals to the intersection, adding pedestrian crossing from frontage roads across the highway, lengthening the turning lanes on Highway 97, and adding dedicated left turn lanes from Pine Avenue.“This project will significantly improve safety at this intersection as it is difficult for residents to cross the road without signals, and several days a year this area receives heavy fog creating unsafe conditions for drivers,” Peace River North MLA, Pat Pimm said. “This open house is your opportunity to engage with project leaders and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on how to improve this section of road an intersection in Taylor.”This is a partnership project between the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the District of Taylor, with funding coming from both the province’s Oil and Gas Rural Road Improvement Program and from the District of Taylor.- Advertisement -“Taylor has been advocating for a fully signalized intersection for many years. It will allow school age children to safely cross the highway, improve walkability, and provide safe access for industry within our community,” District of Taylor Mayor, Fred Jarvis said. “We would like to thank MOTI and the province for their commitment and support of this important project.”Work is expected to start July 2015 and be completed September 2015.The open house will take place at the Taylor Community Hall, 9896 Cherry Avenue West, between 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mount Kenya knocking on relegation door

first_img0Shares0000Mount Kenya United head coach Melis Medo and his assistant Anthony Mwangi dish out instructions to the players during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – Mount Kenya United will be officially relegated from the Kenyan Premier League on Saturday if they fail to turn up for their match against Sony Sugar, just a week after handing a walk over against Mathare United at the Kasarani Stadium.The cash-strapped side handed out their second walk over of the season when they failed to turn up against Mathare United on Sunday and the players have vowed to continue their boycott until their unpaid dues hit their accounts. This now means that according to KPL rules, Mount Kenya will drop to the National Super League should they hand a third walkover.“You haven’t paid someone for seven months and you are not saying anything about it. That is absolutely insane. The players have decided they have had enough of it and they will not be honoring any match until a miracle happens and our dues are paid. It is difficult for everyone. As much as you want to go out and play, there is no motivation,” a member of staff at the club told Capital Sport.Sources intimate that the club hasn’t paid its players since last November and the club’s ownership doesn’t seem to be putting enough effort to ensure that the players’ welfare is looked out for.Mount Kenya United head coach Melis Medo and his assistant Anthony Mwangi dish out instructions to the players during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAlready, Mount Kenya has accrued fines of Sh1.5mn from the KPL management due to the two walkovers and if they give a third on Saturday, a further Sh1.5mn will be added on to that fine. This, according to KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda will be deducted from their grants.“We have written a letter to them asking for a right of reply but up to this point, they are yet to respond. But those are the sanctions that are there for them,” Oguda said.The players are said not to be keen on a return to the team as they are also not training and Capital Sports understands the only thing that will sway them back to don the team’s colors is money in their accounts.“Last time when we gave a walk over to Gor, the owner came and gave us a promise that he will withdraw the monet meant for or grants and then add some from his own pocket and send us. That’s the last we heard of him. The promise was never fulfilled,” a player who talked to Capital Sport but sought anonymity stated.He added; “How can we trust him again? This time, it is just money or nothing else. We can’t rely on promises. The situation here is bad.”Action between Mount Kenya United and Western Stima in a past Kenyan premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAnother player stated that teammates have been forced to look for jobs to fend for themselves and their families.“Some have gone to live with friends or relatives because their houses have been locked due to rent arrears. We have families, we have kids going to school but we don’t have money. This can’t go on and I think we will not play again. We are not even training,” the player stated.Efforts to reach owner Francis Mureithi were unsuccessful as calls went unanswered. Mureithi took over the team former owners Nakumatt Holdings and after few honeymoon months, the struggles started.“It is like for these people, football is not their core business. They don’t care. They are not in line with reality,” a member of staff added.Mount Kenya sit bottom of the KPL log with 18 points, 11 away from safety. Last season, they survived relegation after beating Ushuru FC in the play-offs.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barkley dropped but Hazard starts – Chelsea vs Everton confirmed line-ups

first_imgMaurizio Sarri, the Chelsea boss, is also hoping to set a new record by avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge, with no other Premier League manager going unbeaten for 12 matches at the beginning of their top flight career.History points entirely at a Chelsea win this afternoon; the Blues have not lost at home to Everton in the Premier League since 1994, and the Toffees have failed to win at Stamford Bridge in their last 28 visits in all competitions.Their manager Marco Silva has also lost all six of his away Premier League matches in London, which ranks as the joint-worst record in the competition’s history. 1 huge blow Expecting Everton to use counter attack as their main threat, can understand why Kovacic’s dribbling and tactical skills put him in ahead of Barkley from the startCOME ON YOU BLUES!— Gazard (@cfcfansverdict) November 11, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Really unfortunate for Barkley to be dropped today. I’d let him at ‘em— James Marshall (@_jamesmarshall_) November 11, 2018 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE Chelsea can go top of the Premier League if they pick up a win against Everton on Sunday afternoon.The Blues will move ahead of Manchester City with three points, with Pep Guardiola’s side not kicking off in the Manchester derby until later in the day. REVEALED MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Barkley benched— Brian (@tacticsofsarri) November 11, 2018 Chelsea currently sit second, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED It’s a good thing Barkley isn’t starting again, I don’t want him getting complacent, this rotation/ competition for the spot is healthy— Chad (@Chad7CFC) November 11, 2018 Good to see Barkley not starting hype got to his head last 2 games.— rMethodology (@RRmethods2210) November 11, 2018 Latest Football News Chelsea will be hoping to extend their remarkable run against Everton, but who has been selected for the clash?The confirmed line-ups can be seen below…Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Willian, Morata, HazardSubstitutes: Fabregas, Caballero, Giroud, Zappacosta, Christensen, Barkley, PedroEverton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Andre Gomes, Gueye, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard, RicharlisonSubstitutes: Baines, Jagielka, Tosun, Stekelenburg, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, LookmanThe decision to drop Ross Barkley was greeted with a wealth of reaction on social media, with a mix of people both praising and criticising Sarri’s choice. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ At least Dross Barkley ain’t starting— N (@J97_V3) November 11, 2018 Decent lineup today, glad to see kovacic back in the starting 11. Barkley more of an impact player from the bench. Would have liked to see Pedro in the team over Willian as always 🤣🤣— Ben (@meyerb99) November 11, 2018 REVEALED no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Main man Barkley not starting but then Kovacic is. Win win situation— 🤓 (@MaurizioSai) November 11, 2018 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

Ireland’s heatwave to end as rain returns for the week

first_imgThe recent spell of summer weather enjoyed in Donegal is set to change this week with the return of rain. Temperatures will remain warm throughout the five-day outlook, but are not likely to reach the hot highs of 26C that Donegal experienced last week.This afternoon (Monday) will stay cloudy and mostly, but forecasters have predicted thick clouds and rain from Wednesday. Met Eireann forecasters said: “Wednesday will start out dry and warm but increasing southerly winds will bring a change in the weather conditions. Clouds will increase along the west coast and thicken to bring rain there by afternoon.”Highest temperatures in Ulster this week will range from 16-18C, with a chance of isolated showers and cooler, fresh winds.On the other hand, the change in conditions will bring relief to hayfever sufferers in the country. The pollen count ranged from high to very high last week,  but will return to moderate levels from Wednesday.Ireland’s heatwave to end as rain returns for the week was last modified: June 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:weatherlast_img read more

Reducing pesticide spray drift using a universal computational model

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Application of pesticides using air-assisted, ground-based sprayers or airplane sprayers (or even drones in the very near future) has become a necessity to ensure high efficiency crop production. Meanwhile, intensive and extensive pesticide spray also has caused significant safety, health, and environmental concerns. Development of advanced precision and smart spray application technology and management can enable sustainable crop production and reduce the safety, health, and environmental concerns. Off-target deposition and drift of pesticideSpraying pesticides to suppress plant diseases or insect prevalence is a very complicated process. It involves mechanical generation of spray droplets, delivery of droplets to various plants, interaction of spray droplets with crops and the ambient environment, on-target droplet deposition, off-target droplet deposition onto ground, and off-target droplet drift in the atmospheric environment. Please notice that pesticide is typically sprayed as liquid droplets but sometimes can be applied as very fine dry dust particles. The U.S. EPA defines pesticide spray drift as “the movement of pesticide dust or droplets through the air to any site other than the area intended.” Obviously, we all wish a 100% on-target pesticide deposition because both off-target ground deposition and atmospheric drift represent not only as a loss of chemicals and waste of money, but also serious environmental pollution problems. In reality, the off-target spray droplet deposition and drift vary widely as a few types of traditional pesticide sprayers are widely used with relatively constant settings for different crop production at different geographic regions with highly varied environmental conditions. The off-target spray droplet deposition and drift can account for a large percentage of the total pesticide applied. Up to 70 million pounds of pesticide active ingredients are wasted to drift per year. Between 1% and 10% of agricultural pesticide sprays drift from the target. Environmental and health concernsWhen spraying pesticide, chemicals drift and transport through nearby fields and reach long distances in both rural and urban areas, it can have direct impact on humans, animals, and the environment. On non-target areas, pesticides can damage nearby vegetation and impact nearby aquatic systems. Drift of herbicides can injure other non-target crops. Exposure of humans to pesticides can potentially result in both acute problems such as skin irritation and asthma and chronic pulmonary diseases such as cancer. Key factors affecting pesticide applicationPesticide off-target deposition and drift are primarily affected by the weather conditions and application operating conditions. The weather conditions include wind direction and speed, ambient air temperature, relative humidity, and the terrain and vegetation. The pesticide application conditions include the type of nozzles used, nozzle operating pressure, nozzle size, boom height, spray volume, droplet or particle size, and spray control. Development of advanced intelligent sprayersTo reduce the off-target pesticide deposition and drift, researchers at the USDA-ARS Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU) have been conducting research for 75 years and made significant scientific and technical contributions for optimizing pesticide application technologies to improve pesticide application efficiencies, protect crops from pest damages, and safeguard environmental quality and food and worker safety. Recently, Heping Zhu, an Agricultural Engineer and the Lead Scientist at ATRU has led the development of sensor-guided intelligent sprayers for efficient variable-rate pesticide applications and a significant reduction of off-target pesticide deposition and drift.Assessment and control of pesticide drift using mathematic models. To further control the off-target pesticide deposition and drift, mathematic computational models can be developed to simulate interactions of pesticide droplets with corps to predict drift potentials in coordination with local weather conditions. Over the years, different models have been developed for prediction of drift from pesticide spray application. The models are expected to account for the pesticide movement including the effect of gravitational acceleration, air resistance, evaporation, and mode of application, and be used more universally. However, due to the complexity and high variability of the pesticide drift issues, there is no simple method existing for effective assessment of the issue. It is very difficult to control the drift without proper assessment methods. An effective, but simple assessment method and integration of the assessment with spray equipment control is needed.Researchers, Sewoon Hong, a postdoctoral research associate and Lingying Zhao, an extension engineer and professor, at The Air Quality and Bio-Environmental Engineering Lab (AQBEL) of The Ohio State University, are collaborating with Heping Zhu to develop the much-needed model tools as an effective approach to control pesticide application schedules for further minimizing drift potentials for the intelligent sprayers. We are applying recent advances in dispersion models to develop and validate a universal pesticide dispersion model and a model based expert system that will enable environmentally friendly and effective pesticide applications.A universal spray drift model based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is being developed using FLUENT to calculate complicated flow and dispersion close to the equipment and to distances up to 200 m. Then the outputs of the universal models will be used as inputs for the long-range dispersion and transport (0.2-10 km) using the U.S. EPA air pollution dispersion models: AERMOD and CALPUFF. These models will be validated by actual observations of spray drift from field studies. The values of spray drift distance and off-target deposition from validated models as a function of the weather conditions, topography, and terrain conditions will be interpolated, and then a database will be created. A user-friendly interface will be developed to access the database under-specified conditions, and this will be fed into the instrumentation of the sprayer equipment to help make intelligent spray decisions. The model tools will provide a practical approach to assess the probable risks of pesticide spray and help explore application strategies to mitigate pesticide drift, pesticide waste, and environmental and health risks.In summary, application of pesticides has become a necessity to ensure sustainable, high efficiency crop productions. Off-target pesticide deposition and drift have caused significant safety, health, and environmental concerns. Researchers at the USDA-ARS Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU), led by Heping Zhu, has developed sensor-guided intelligent sprayers for efficient variable-rate pesticide applications and a significant reduction of off-target pesticide deposition and drift. Researchers with OSU and ATRU are collaborating to develop a universal spray drift model to further control operation schedule of sprayers to reduce the off-target deposition and drift of pesticide.Lingying Zhao, Professor and Extension Ag. Engineer, can be reached at This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Entrepreneurs: The Newspaper Industry Needs You

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As struggling newspapers file for bankruptcy left and right, the quest is on to find the new business models for news consumption in a new digital age. Recently the New York Times announced that it has begun investigating and testing a system for placing some of their content behind pay walls based on a daily allowance of free articles, but this may just be a new spin on an old trick. Entrepreneurs are needed to help the news industry as it shifts online, and that’s precisely who the Knight Digital Media Center (KDMC) is targeting for an expenses paid seminar this May.The KDMC is a partnership funded by the Knight Foundation between the USC Annenberg and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Hoping to discover the next Adrian Holovaty, founder of local news aggregator EveryBlock; or David Cohn, creator of crowd-funded reporting site Spot.Us; the KDMC will be hosting the 2010 News Entrepreneur Boot Camp. “This intense one-week boot camp is designed for 20 competitively selected digital entrepreneurs with great ideas for community news and information initiatives in the public interest,” a description on the KDMC homepage says.Accepted applicants will be provided with food and lodging for the week-long seminar as well as a stipend to assist with travel costs. The KDMC will be bringing in expert professionals and professors to speak at the seminar and provide “coaching and virtual-learning during a six-month follow-up period.”For media entrepreneurs with an idea for changing the way media is consumed and monetized, this forum could be a valuable opportunity to receive feedback and network with other like-minded individuals. As new platforms like the iPad add to the mix of new media opportunities, perhaps all that is needed are some entrepreneurial minds to stir the pot. The KDMC is taking applications now, and the deadline to apply is February, 19.Photo by Flickr user katerha. chris cameroncenter_img Tags:#events#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more