Related The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has contracted VERO Communications, the London based sports communications consultancy led by Chairman Mike Lee OBE.Vero has worked with a number of clients in sport and the business of sport, including: Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio 2016 Paralympics, the UCI and UEFA.VERO’s scope of work will include helping to develop ITU’s international communications strategy, liaising with international sports media and promoting the federation. VERO will also assist ITU in strengthening its social media platforms, as well as helping to create a digital media strategy to increase public engagement internationally.Marisol Casado, IOC Member and ITU President, said “We are very pleased to appoint VERO as our communications partner and we look forward to working with them to further develop our international communications strategy. Since triathlon joined the Olympic Programme at Sydney 2000, the sport has grown in popularity around the world.“ITU is immensely proud of triathlon’s Olympic and Paralympic status and we look forward to continuing the sport’s development internationally and engaging new participants and fans. With VERO’s proven expertise in international sport, combined with the work of the ITU team, we know we have a very strong group to help us grow our communications and engagement over the coming years.”Mike Lee, VERO Chairman, said “We are thrilled to be appointed by ITU as the organisation’s international communications advisors. The federation has a real ambition to harness the appeal of triathlon in existing markets and spread the message of the sport to new parts of the world. ITU has a very positive story to tell and our role will be to help ensure that this story is communicated effectively to international sporting stakeholders, media and fans.”www.verocom.co.ukwww.triathlon.org
A Shawnee-based nonprofit is raising funds for a school supplies drive to support students this fall at Nieman and Shawanoe elementary schools.Moneytalk Financial Foundations is trying to raise $50,000 for the two elementary schools by mid-July. So far, it has raised $1,100. The two schools have roughly 1,000 students combined, which allows about $50 of supplies for each student.The fundraising effort is part of the nonprofit organization’s initiative alongside Caring for Kids KC to ensure the students have the school supplies they need to start the school year, regardless of what the school year will look like because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Shawanoe Elementary has a larger concentration of students living at or below the federal poverty level, qualifying it for Title 1 funding.Both of the elementary schools are Title 1 schools, since they have larger concentrations of students living at or below the federal poverty level. Teresa McGarry, founder and executive director of MoneyTalk Financial Foundations, said the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdowns have put even more stress on the families of these students.Nancy Miller, a grandparent with a student at Nieman, said she and her husband, Stephen, adopted three grandchildren and have four other grandchildren at home.“It’s very hard for us because we’re on a fixed income,” Miller said, noting that she and her husband decided against buying diabetes medication so they can care for the grandchildren first. “We only get so much, so for us to buy clothes and school supplies and cover our medical bills, you just never know where our next meal is going to come from. We’re just struggling. It would just be amazing if we could at least get the school supplies, that would free up the money for something else.”McGarry said administrators have shared concerns with her about families struggling to cover school-related expenses.“The staff and principals have mentioned concerns about how normally, they have a hard time with families being able to afford the kids’ school supplies anyway,” McGarry said, citing financial hardships by families who can’t pay for things like school shirts that make their students feel included at school.McGarry said school administrators also shared concerns that, once restrictions on evicting tenants are lifted, then families who are still financially strapped through unemployment or reduced wages may become homeless.Teachers at Nieman and Shawanoe elementary schools will be able to use leftover funds from the drive for classroom supplies.“There’s no way they’re going to be able to afford school supplies,” she added. “We would like to gift these families with school supplies for their children, and then the money that they would have spent on buying supplies, they can put towards rent, utilities, groceries, shoes, clothes, those kinds of things.”If the nonprofit exceeds its goal, then McGarry plans to use leftover funds to help students with meals on the weekends and also support for teachers’ supplies in the classroom. In the event of remote learning similar to what the Shawnee Mission School District had this spring, then the school supply list will look different based on what teachers need to continue education.“We have a plan to make sure it all goes to them somehow, in whatever way they need it, and in a priority list of how that will be applied,” McGarry said.Monetary donations allow the nonprofit to purchase supplies in bulk, she added.
Minnesota women take first at SDSU, second at Eau ClaireThe Gophers recorded a near-perfect score of 18 at SDSU. Dane MizutaniOctober 3, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesotaâÄôs womenâÄôs cross country team dominated its first encounter with a flat course this season, winning the South Dakota State Invitational on Saturday with a near-perfect team score of 18 points.âÄúWe had a good meet,âÄù head coach Gary Wilson said. âÄúEverybody was tough today. Everyone fought the whole way and moved up. It was a great effort.âÄùAll-American Steph Price captured her second title of the season in South Dakota. She won the meet and finished the 5,000-meter course with a time of 17 minutes, 19 seconds.Missa Varpness found her way back to the front of the pack after falling behind at both the Oz Memorial and the Roy Griak Invitational earlier in the season. Varpness finished second overall and 13 seconds behind Price.âÄúI thought Missa Varpness ran a great race,âÄù assistant coach Sarah Hesser said. âÄúShe was really patient, whereas she has been a little impatient the last couple weeks. She really showed herself she can still run really well if she starts off a little slower.âÄù Molly Kayfes (fourth), Laura Docherty (fifth), Ashlie Decker (sixth), and Katie Moraczewski (seventh) rounded out the top finishers for the Gophers. Twelve Minnesota runners placed in the top-20. âÄúThe best thing about today was we only had [a] 28-second split between our first and sixth runner,âÄù Wilson said.Success running on a relatively flat course bodes well for the team, as the remainder of its schedule is loaded with flat courses âÄî most notably the Big Ten championships at Illinois on Oct. 30. Other team members competed at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational on Friday.These runners battled for the final two spots on the roster that Minnesota will take to the Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., in two weeks.Liz Berkholtz won the meet running unattached for the Gophers with a time of 22 minutes, 9 seconds.Kaila Urick and Kate Bucknam finished third and fourth and also ran unattached.Andrea Rediger took sixth as MinnesotaâÄôs first official finisher. She was running in uniform and Berkholtz, Urick and Bucknam were not.âÄúOverall we were really pleased with what they did,âÄù Hesser said. âÄúIt was a good meet after a big week of training for us.âÄúWe didnâÄôt really pull back for this meet at all, so the fact that people went in there and ran [personal bests] or close to [personal bests] was definitely impressive given the week of training they had.âÄùHesser said the team will take next weekend off and forego their scheduled meet at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Invitational in preparation for the Adidas Invitational.
The New York Times:As a 65-year-old working actor who wants to continue working, Lynn Ann Leveridge relies on her experience, her reputation and, above all, her memory.“It’s imperative,” says Ms. Leveridge, who lives in Los Angeles. “Although an audition doesn’t have to be memorized, you need to be as familiar with the material as possible to audition well, particularly if it’s an on-camera audition.”A native of Riverdale in the Bronx, she made her Broadway debut in 1975 playing Hadass in the musical “Yentl” (the role played by Amy Irving in the film version). She then went on to a recurring role as Tango Humphries in the TV soap opera “Edge of Night” and parts in TV dramas like “Southland” and the FX hit “American Horror Story,” where this year she enjoyed the distinction of being beat up by Jessica Lange’s character.A married mother of two adult daughters, Ms. Leveridge also works in regional theater. Her memory was really put to the test recently memorizing 50 pages of dialogue, including two or three pages of monologue, for a play titled “Therapy” staged in Los Angeles.Surely, given such evidence of cognitive strength, Ms. Leveridge is immune from the “where did I leave my keys?” lapses so common among those of her age.Well, no.“I still forget names, still have those senior moments,” she says, with a chuckle. “Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m very sharp at all.”Ms. Leveridge’s experience says something about memory — its specificity, how it can be improved and the limits of that improvement as we age.…“Good acting involves retrieving the dialogue and movements from long-term memory but using them spontaneously,” says Helga Noice, a psychologist at Elmhurst College in Illinois. “That is a highly complex cognitive process.”Read the whole story at: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
By early February 2019, transmission of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) Ituri province was largely under control, and declines were observed in Katwa and Butembo, several leading experts on the outbreak wrote yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).But a sudden increase in violent attacks on healthcare workers and facilities throughout North Kivu province have caused the outbreak to spike in the last 2 months and become intractable.The experts, including DRC Minister of Health Oly Ilunga Kalenga, MD, and the World Health Organization (WHO) African regional director, Matshidiso Moeti, MD, published a special report on the 10-month-long outbreak, the world’s second largest.”Numerous operational challenges posed by chronic insecurity are compounded by political tensions associated with contested national elections. Violence has increasingly been targeted at EVD response teams and facilities, exacerbating the spread of the virus,” they said.Today, Reuters reported that 26 members of a rebel group thought to be linked to the Islamic State were killed near Beni in a shootout with DRC military. The rebels are part of the Allied Democratic Forces, but the Islamic State is also claiming responsibility for the attack, which was directed against the Congolese army.Need for political will to end outbreakThe authors of the NEJM report said though the outbreak officially began on Aug 1, 2018, in Ituri province, cases likely date back to April of that year. This was the first time Ebola was recorded in this part of the DRC, and most residents had never heard of the virus before: Malaria, diarrhea, and childhood diseases were the common illnesses among communities.Nosocomial transmission likely played a large role in early transmission. Though the outbreak was quickly contained in Ituri province within 1 month, infected people traveling to Beni, Butembo, and Katwa, brought the disease to those locations.Violence is what has allowed Ebola to continue. The authors produced a graph that shows how major times of unrest in the outbreak region have been followed by increased Ebola transmission, including a massacre in Beni, violent protests after the DRC’s recent presidential election, and February’s burning of Ebola treatment centers.The authors concluded by saying that all the tools of outbreak control are in place, including an effective vaccine, surveillance means, and growing community engagement. But without political will, the outbreak will go on.”The alignment of key political and armed groups behind the response effort is essential to stop the violence against health care and rehabilitate the humanitarian space required for outbreak control,” the authors said.Total now 1,945 cases, including 2 newly infected health workersYesterday the DRC’s ministry of health confirmed 19 new cases of Ebola, raising the outbreak total to 1,945, including 1,302 deaths.Fifteen new deaths were recorded yesterday, and 297 suspected cases are still under investigation. Of the 15 newly recorded deaths, 10 occurred in the community, which raises the risk of transmission.There are now 108 health workers infected with the virus, including two newly diagnosed workers from Kalunguta and Mabalako. Both had been vaccinated. Thirty-six health workers have died during this outbreak.Vaccination efforts continue, with a total of 126,565 people reached as of yesterday.Lessons from West Africa outbreakYesterday in the Lancet, authors from the Ebola Gbalo Research Group published an article outlining lessons learned during the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone in 2013-2015.Community engagement was the key, they suggested, for successful response efforts.”Burial teams and contact tracing worked best when the recruits were local,” the authors wrote. “Where local agents, including health personnel, government workers, and families, were strongly involved in planning and implementing the response it was more effective.”See also:May 29 NEJM report May 30 Reuters storyMay 29 DRC report May 29 Lancet article
STATE News:Multi-agency state effort addresses access to food, child care, cultural learning opportunitiesSANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming. Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources, child care resources and other materials. These resources are available on http://www.newmexico.gov/summer-youth-programs/, along with a full list of COVID-19 Safe Practices for in-person programs.“Children have always been a top priority of this administration. They must be able to play and learn and eat during the summer, even during the current health crisis. Working together, these state agencies are making sure that happens and happens safely,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. CYFD will support food deliveries to communities in need in New Mexico, including tribes and pueblos, throughout the summer. To date, CYFD has led the coordination and distribution of more than 1 million pounds of food and 5.4 million meals throughout the state. CYFD will also continue to prioritize outreach and support to children and youth in custody throughout the summer. Staff are working to connect families and foster parents to summer recreational and educational activities for children and families, many offered through the Early Childhood Education and Care Department and the Department of Cultural Affairs, including options for child care in addition to fun activities, books, arts and crafts and science experiments that can be done at home. For older youth and young adults, CYFD will continue to help with access to housing, jobs, apprenticeships, and preparation for fall academic activities. Increased video and telephonic “visits” with children in foster care and young people previously in CYFD custody who are now living independently will address any emergent needs through the summer months. “One thing we’ve seen during this incredibly difficult time has been our staff’s desire to connect more with families and families’ reciprocal engagement as that’s happened,” CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock said. “We’re seeing children and young people trusting more than ever that CYFD is here for them, and that’s helping increase access to supports and helping them thrive. These more frequent and meaningful connections are something we’re looking to continue doing for the long term.” CYFD also continues to support telehealth services throughout the summer. People who have benefited from the convenience of increased behavioral health access at home and through the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line and its companion app, NMConnect, will be pleased to know telehealth services are here to stay.The Early Childhood Education and Care Department will continue to assist families in accessing child care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age in centers and homes. Families who need care can call New Mexico Kids (1-800-691-9067). ECECD is also working to make state government programming available to child care centers – including DCA’s “bookmobile” program. “Supporting families during this public health emergency means striking a balance: providing opportunities for children to learn, grow, and develop, while preventing the spread of the virus.” said Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “These resources do just that.” The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to continuing to provide educational, enriching programming to the children of New Mexico and their families throughout the summer. All DCA’s annual Summer Youth Programs will continue in a virtual environment. Exciting events and programs, including the first statewide summer reading program, will be available online. New Mexico’s museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions are creating fun, educational activity kits that will be distributed to families via programs throughout the state. Families can take advantage of the weekly Friday night concert series, Our Fair New Mexico, and a variety of virtual exhibit tours, fun DIY activities, and engaging video content can be found on Visit Virtually. Explore all of DCA’s resources on http://www.NewMexicoCulture.org. Check back often as content is always being added.“The incredible educators and instructional staff at all of DCA’s divisions have been working hard to bring our state’s rich culture into the homes of all New Mexicans this summer,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego, “We are committed to providing hands-on activities and virtual experience to help New Mexico families and children throughout the summer.” The Public Education Department determined that it would not be possible to meet the statutory requirements of K-5 Plus for summer 2020. However, Extended Learning Time Programs may still be possible in August while adhering to public health requirements and best practices. The PED encourages school districts to run locally funded, remote, or virtual summer school opportunities. The Summer School 2020 Guidance document published by PED on May 21st offers districts and school leaders resources and considerations based on what has been learned in the shift to remote learning and the research behind summer learning. Recent evidence suggests that expanding summer learning beyond remediation to provide students with rigorous opportunities to preview and practice knowledge and skills aligned to upcoming grade-level standards is effective at bolstering student achievement. Likewise, providing social and emotional learning supports for students yields benefits in more traditional school contexts. Families are encouraged to check in with their local schools to learn about remote summer program opportunities in their area. The PED offers the following resources to families in support of social and emotional well-being:Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance LearningSupporting Mindfulness in LearningCASEL Resources: scroll down to see links that support SEL at HomeBuilding Positive Conditions for Learning at Home (In both English and Spanish)In addition, Grab and Go meal sites for children will continue operating throughout the summer – and educational, cultural and social emotional resources will be available for families at these sites. A site list is available here.
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India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has maintained a negative-to-stable outlook for the shipping sector for the Fiscal Year 2016, saying that the performance of dry bulk and container operators will continue to be affected by weak global trade growth and persistent overcapacity.The agency, however, believes that the tanker segment, which accounts for a majority of the Indian fleet, will remain an exception due to its better demand-supply situation. Global demand for tankers increased in 2HFY15 as the sharp drop in crude oil prices resulted in floating storage and onshore stockpiling, Ind-Ra says. This along with a rise in long haul trade due an increase in crude oil purchases from Africa and Latin America by Asian buyers led to an increase in spot freight and time charter rates which has continued into FY16.However, Ind-Ra suggests that the rates will come down gradually during the year as demand will not sustain at the current artificially high levels. Nevertheless, the decline will be limited only to moderate levels as the fundamentals of the segment have improved over the last couple of years with an improving demand-supply scenario. Global capacity additions over the last two years have been only marginal (FY15: 2.2%; FY14: 0.2%).The oversupply in the dry bulk segment, along with weaker demand conditions, particularly in China, kept freight rates low throughout FY15. The agency expects the segment to be under pressure again in FY16 as overcapacity will persist and demand growth will remain subdued.Continued increase in global container capacity (FY15: 6.2%; FY14: 5.6%), coupled with subdued demand conditions, have led to a decline in container freight rates across most routes since the start of 2015. The agency expects freight rates to stay under pressure for the rest of FY16 as global capacity growth will continue to outstrip demand growth. As a result, the operating margins of container operators will decline in FY16.The agency expects the leverage indicators of shipping companies to remain high in FY16 as performance across most segments will be subdued. The credit profile of companies in the tanker segment will not show a meaningful improvement, despite the segment’s better fundamentals, as most companies also have a sizeable presence in other segments which are expected to perform weakly.
Campaign groups have pleaded with the government to climb down over ‘no fee, no fee’ changes after publishing new research. A survey of recent claimants using the conditional fee arrangement (CFA) found that more half of respondents had an income below the national average of £25,000. Nearly half of the cases involving CFAs had a compensation value below £5,000, with almost three-quarters winning a payout of up to £10,000. The Access to Justice Group (AJAG) and Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), who jointly commissioned the research, say ‘huge numbers’ of the three million claimants in the last five years would have lost their right to compensation under government proposals. The Ministry of Justice wants an overhaul of the civil justice system amidst fears of what it describes as a ‘compensation culture and an unwieldy justice system’. AJAG co-ordinator Andrew Dismore said: ‘The government must think again and not give in to the special pleading of the fat cat multinational insurance companies, who are the sole beneficiaries of their plans. ‘They will save millions of pounds at the expense of ordinary people who have been hurt on the roads or at work. The government’s plans are Draconian and will end access to justice for the less well off. ‘The system we have now works well and has huge satisfaction rates from those who use it.’ Both groups say they will ‘redouble efforts’ to fight proposals before they are formally debated in Parliament this summer. The Ministry of Justice wants to raise the small claims limit and abolish the recoverability of success fees and associated costs in ‘no win no fee’ claims. Claimants will have to pay their lawyer’s success fee, rather than the additional cost being charged to defendants, a move which opponents claim will restrict some people’s access to justice if they have been injured.
Health MEC Dr Nomafrench Mbombo spoke about restoring hope to parents who might never have been able to afford reconstructive surgery for their children. Tygerberg Hospital senior ward administrator Kathy Marlow, of Brackenfell, with Kiara Jansen. 1 of 2 Tygerberg Hospital senior ward administrator Kathy Marlow, of Brackenfell, with Kiara Jansen. Putting the smile on the face of a child born with a facial deformity is something the Smile Foundation takes pride in doing.Last week, the foundation celebrated 11 years of bringing smiles to children’s faces, with several surgical procedures at Tygerberg Hospital.According to Moira Gerszt, Smile Foundation’s operations executive director, most of the procedures from Monday November 11 to Friday November 15 were reconstructive procedures on children with craniofacial deformities with some focusing on feet and hands.Health MEC Dr Nomafrench Mbombo said the initiative restored hope to parents who might never have been able to afford reconstructive surgery for their children.Sharieka Jacobs,of Kraaifontein, was in Ward D3 with her son, Shafiq, 4, for a procedure on his tongue. “He couldn’t talk, move his tongue or lift his lip. He wants to express himself but words can’t come out properly,” she said. Shafiq was among the first of the 18 children who had procedures thanks to the Smile Foundation and its sponsors. Ms Jacobs said they had been waiting for the operation for five months. “We were so excited when we got the call. It’s still a long way to go. He will now have speech therapy. But his school work is very good. You would never say he cannot talk,” she said.Shaun Thompson, who has skull and facial deformities, was at the hospital with his aunt, Olga Thompson. She described the 15-month-old as a very clever, happy, friendly little boy who loved playing and was not afraid of anything. Shuraya Esbach, 5, had come from Beaufort West with her guardian, Shahida Willemse, for a cleft-palate operation. Kiara Jansen, from Eersterivier was born with six fingers on each hand. Mom Chantal Jansen said her 18-month-old had had one finger removed in June and was having the extra finger on her right hand removed during Smile Week.“I was very nervous the first time, but it went very well, and when the bandage came off, we were ecstatic,” she said.The children have been selected from clinics and hospital referrals and Smile’s own database of those appealing to it for help.Surgeon Dr Gideon van Tonder said many children needed multiple procedures throughout their lives due to the overlap of the oral cavity and throat. Later in life, they might need further surgery to correct swallowing or voice. “So Smile Week is a bonus, although in the past, we had two theatre lists and only have one this year due to staffing and funding constraints,” he said.Tygerberg Hospital senior ward administrator Kathy Marlow, of Brackenfell, said she loved her job and worked overtime to make sure everything was ready for Smile Week. She said they usually had 32 little patients, but there were fewer this year because the second theatre was being renovated.Smile Foundation uses 11 academic hospitals around the country, including Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, where operations took place two weeks ago, and George Hospital, where Smile Week takes place in December.For more information on the Smile Foundation, visit www.smilefoundation.co.za or call 086 127 6453.