Health Secretary Shona Robison will visit Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary on Thursday, August 6, to find out more about the health board’s plans for this coming winter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Health boards and the Scottish Government are now planning for the additional pressures winter brings, as well as learning from how last winter impacted on NHS services.Ms Robison will visit the hospital’s emergency department and meet with frontline staff during her visit.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA £10,000 sum from Nithsdale Health and Social Care Partnership is set to help communities in Nithsdale tackle social isolation and promote independence.The Day Opportunities Fund is intended for the creation of new groups and activities which tackle the issue of social isolation and loneliness, as well as to help further develop existing initiatives.Nithsdale Health and Wellbeing Partnership (NHWP) – which includes NHS, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Third Sector and Public Representatives – distribute the funding.NHWP Chair Tina Gibson said: “We’re delighted that this latest round of funding has been delivered to the Day Opportunities Fund, allowing it to continue supporting some of the very important work which is taking place within our communities aimed at addressing social isolation.“Over the last few years we’ve seen the fund support initiatives such as The Food Train’s Befriending Project, the Veterans Breakfast Club run by The First Base Agency at Carnsalloch, Fitness Fun For All at Summerhill Community Centre, and The Community Garden Project at Allanton Peace Prayer Society.“In 2015/16 the fund supported twelve projects, ten in 2016/17, and nine so far in 2017/18, including the Freedom Cafe run by Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus as well as Computer Companions run by Buddies, the organisation supporting people with intellectual disabilities.”The principle aim of the Day Opportunities Fund is to reduce social isolation and promote independence among adults aged 18 and over.Applications will be considered for projects or activities which support at least one of the following criteria:Helping people to feel less isolated and lonelyImproving health and wellbeingDeveloping new skills that support independenceKeeping mentally and physically wellLeading a more fulfilling lifeSelf-managing a long-term conditionThe following types of project/activities may be supported: Social groups, friendship groups and community activities that aim to help people stay connected with others, eg community garden projects, intergenerational projects, men’s sheds, carer support, lunch clubs, reminiscence and local history projects, arts and crafts activities.Preference is given to organisations that were not funded by The Day Opportunities Fund in the previous financial year, and the fund will not support one-off events such as Christmas meals or day trips.Heathhall Friendship Club are just one of the recipients of funding, and they said: “We presently have 33 senior citizens attending our club on a regular basis, many of them living on their own. We provide them with the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.“(The) funding has been used to assist with hall rent, insurance and paying the travel costs of guest speakers. This year we have had talks on a variety of subjects including health issues, Robert Burns, archaeology, glass painting, wood turning, cookery demonstrations and origami, to name a few.”Incredible Edible Dumfries also tapped into the funding, to help acquire tools and promote a group who not only grow food but encourage sustainably produced local food.They said: “We have had a steady number of new volunteers joining the group, several of whom have taken responsibility for specific plots. We have also become aware of many more people helping themselves to produce – and that has been really gratifying. These have included families with young children, students and older people.”Enquiries about applications to the Day Opportunities Fund should go to Dyfrig Hywel at email@example.com or 01387 244410.
Share BusinessLocalNews Royal Bank donates to National AIDS Program’s Food Bank by: Dominica Vibes News – July 2, 2015 Tweet The staff of the Royal Bank of Canada has donated a number of grocery items to the National AIDS Program’s Food Bank.The donation, which was made on Wednesday 1 July 2015, included rice, biscuits, beans, macaroni and canned goods, among other items.“It’s really timely, this contribution to the Food Bank of the National AIDS Program,” Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Nurse Julie Frampton said.“Most persons know its end of financial year in the government system and the food bank is very sparse so this donation is timely and we are very pleased and the clients that will benefit from the donation will be pleased,” Nurse Frampton added.Customer Service Representative and Coordinator for community service at the Royal Bank of Canada, Bianca Payne informed that the donation was made as part of the Bank’s ‘One Million Acts of Good’ promotion.“This was staff’s way of just appreciating persons and giving back to the community. It’s all about love and togetherness, RBC it’s all about you and we’re making it all about them as well,” Ms Payne said. Photographs compliments of Health Promotion Resource Unit: – / 5 Sharing is caring! Share Share 94 Views no discussions
(From left) Outgoing ECCB Monetary Council Chairman, Chief Minister of Anguilla Victor Banks, Governor of the ECCB, Timothy Antoine and new Chairman Prime Minister Gaston Browne. (Photo by Kieron Murdoch)(Antigua Observer) Chief Minister of Anguilla and former chairman of the OECS Assembly, Victor Banks is blaming the stagnation of the body on a lack of funding.He said the assembly has been struggling with finances for years, but it is time for a change.“Somewhere along the line, I know there are scarce resources in the member states, but we have got to make a commitment to make the organisation work…,” he said. “I think financing is the key issue, being able to get a funding mechanism in place.”The Assembly was only able to meet for the second time in Antigua last week Thursday, since it convened its inaugural sitting in 2012.The body’s relevance has, however, been questioned since only one Bill was on the agenda.Banks said he hoped that more would have come out of last week’s meeting.“I would have hoped there would have been a lot more dialogue, if not in terms of the open assembly, but certainly in terms of maybe a Committee of the House, for lack of a better term,” he said.He said this would have allowed the politicians to discuss serious matters affecting the region and exchange experiences as the governments’ work to strengthen ties.Social commentator, Arvel Grant, who agreed with Banks, said the issues affecting the Assembly must be addressed soon or it will be seen as a “talk shop”.“It is something that we must take extremely seriously, or else it would become a kind of toothless paper tiger,” he said. “Without the funding and the reliable resources for it (the Assembly) to do the functional things, then it serves very little purpose to the taxpayers.” Share 196 Views no discussions NewsPoliticsRegional Politician says OECS needs better funding by: Antigua Observer – July 25, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet
AmpliTech Group announced that they received over $1 million worth of orders in the 4th Quarter of 2015. The company also announced that they reached a record high in revenues for 2015 which amounts to a 16% increase over last year’s revenue.AmpliTech’s strategy for increasing revenue and profitability is working and with the large increase in bookings this year, they expect to have a great future as well. With new products coming out next year and continued sales and marketing strategy, the company expects revenue will continue to increase. Also, with new lower rate financing, they hope to improve their throughput as well as their bottom line.AmpliTech also announced that they will be moving into a new larger facility with double the space. This will improve production and increase the overall efficiency of their manufacturing and development process. The company plans to move into the new facility by February 1st, 2016.
Opensignal, the independent global standard for measuring real-world mobile network experience, presented their latest analysis on the global 5G experience at MWC Los Angeles 2019. The analysis compared early 5G network adoption from first-mover nations like South Korea, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Australia and the U.K. with the United States.Key findings of the report show that Opensignal U.S. mobile users with 5G-equipped devices enjoy the fastest 5G speeds in the world but are spending the least amount of time actually connected to 5G. Whether this is a symptom of the 5G rollout being in its early stages or due to unique 5G spectrum challenges in the U.S. remains a key question.5G Delivers on Speed PromiseOpensignal analyzed the maximum speeds that U.S. 5G smartphone users experienced over a 6-month period. Results show 5G speeds are evolving quickly. The U.S. tops the chart with maximum 5G download speeds of 1.8 Gbps, delivering on the promise of mm-Wave technology. However, Australia, Switzerland and South Korea all logged download speeds over 1 Gbps, showing that mid-band 5G technologies can deliver as well.5G Users Spend Vast Majority of Time on 4GWhile U.S. 5G mobile users have speed, they lack network reach. Opensignal found users with 5G smartphones in the U.S. only achieved 5G connection on 1% of attempts. By contrast, in South Korea, which has 3 million 5G users already signed up, 20% of attempts were on 5G. The U.S. has a relatively higher reliance on mmWave spectrum (which offers more limited coverage and reach) than the rest of the world who tended to utilize mid-band spectrum for early 5G rollouts. These new findings highlight some of the spectrum challenges faced in the U.S. where 5G mid-band spectrum has been relatively harder to come by compared with other countries.According to Brendan Gill, CEO of Opensignal, the latest analysis helps spotlight some key questions the industry is facing when it comes to 5G – namely, how do you market a service like 5G that is only available a fraction of the time, at least initially. And as 5G comes in different ‘flavors’ depending on the spectrum used, each with its own set of benefits and challenges, how does one tackles the unique set of hurdles that mmWave will need to overcome. The early focus has clearly been on speed, especially in the USA, but the conversation needs to evolve quickly to focus on making sure 5G is really here, not just here.Click here to read the complete Opensignal analysis.
KINGSTON, R.I. – Cleveland State began a four-game stretch in the Cancun Challenge with a 73-45 setback at Rhode Island on Saturday night.The Vikings fell to 1-2 with the loss, while the Rams improved to 2-1.Rob Edwards, who was making his first career start, scored 16 points and added five rebounds and three steals. Kenny Carpenter tallied nine points and two rebounds, while Jibri Blount added five points, two rebounds and two assists. Jeron Rogers scored five points.Rhode Island had four players in double figures, led by 16 points from Hassan Martin. Kuran Iverson added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Jared Terrell scored 14 points and Jarvis Garrett added 13.Rhode Island raced out to a 9-2 lead less than four minutes into the game, but the Vikings managed to pull within four (11-7) at the 12:36 mark. After the teams traded baskets to keep the URI lead at four points, the Rams used a 20-7 run to open up a 17-point lead (33-16) with just under four minutes to play in the first half.The Rams hit 14-of-20 (.700) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes and 10-of-14 from the free throw line. URI finished the game shooting .634 (26-41) from the field and held a 37-26 advantage on the glass.The Vikings are back in action on Tuesday (Nov. 24) when CSU plays Rider in Cancun, Mexico at 12:30 pm. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede Related TopicsCleveland State VikingsRob Edwards
Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. This Columbus Blue Jackets team is no longer just “a good story” about a hot start.The Jackets won their seventh-straight game on Tuesday, defeating the Oilers 3-1 at Edmonton.Edmonton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Columbus shut the Oilers down the rest of the night, thanks to ridiculous goaltending like this from Sergei Bobrovsky:is this guy human pic.twitter.com/rG59BuEbRF— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 14, 2016Sam Gagner (12) tied things up at the 7:59 mark of the second period, assisted by Alexander Wennberg and Zach Werenski.it just *had* to be Sam. #CBJ pic.twitter.com/KXRigkGnoO— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 14, 2016Gagner came through again at the 7:10 mark of the third, setting up Cam Atkinson (11) for a power play goal to take the lead.that #CBJ power play ????? pic.twitter.com/6rK7mSGNAK— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 14, 2016Wennberg also assisted on the goal and leads the team in that category with 18 on the season.Less than 90 seconds later, Matt Calvert (3) put the nail in the coffin off an assist from Josh Anderson.third period best period #CBJ pic.twitter.com/Ks5Mis0mMC— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 14, 201611 more minutes of lights out defense and just like that: the Blue Jackets are 18-5-4 on the season.It’s been time for people to start paying attention to this team for the past two months, but this type of dominance is getting ridiculous.Fun fact:#CBJ have outscored opponents 27-10 over 7-game win streak and 33-14 over 9-game point streak (8-0-1).— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) December 14, 2016Facts are fun:The @BlueJacketsNHL have won seven straight games and have earned points in 14 of their past 15 contests (12-1-2). pic.twitter.com/6sXuvzU42g— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 14, 2016The truth is a beautiful thing.@BlueJacketsNHL Yo pic.twitter.com/25yf6ZMiLh— Matt Medley (@MedleyHoops) December 14, 2016The Blue Jackets are back in action on Friday night at Calgary. Related Topics Matt Medley
Piatt: “We have millions of seabirds in Alaska and many of those die every year, there’s always something drifting ashore, both birds and mammals. So that said, sometimes you get unusually high numbers and that usually raises a red flag.” Piatt says these events are not considered one incident, but the similarities cannot be ignored. Investigation into increased biotoxins affects on sea-birds are also being investigated since warmer water temperatures allow those algae to bloom. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An unusually high number of dead tufted puffins washed ashore in the Bering Sea last month, adding to the rising number of sea-bird deaths that baffle Alaska’s science community. Most of the sea-bird carcasses involved in the die-offs appear to be emaciated, or starving, prompting scientists to investigate what is prohibiting the animals from finding sufficient food. He says the Blob did not appear to affect Alaskan sea-birds in 2014. But as it spread north, reports of unprecedented die-offs of common murres started rolling in from the Alaska Gulf in the fall of 2015. One of the most widely cited causes is the warmer temperatures the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea have been exhibiting. Researchers are continuing to investigate the many facets of the die-offs. From August through October, shores of the Pribilof Islands turned up approximately 250 dead sea birds, mostly tufted puffins, which Piatt says just adds to a ‘continuing phenomenon’. Research Biologist John Piatt with the Anchorage USGS… Not only do those temperatures impact the birds’ food directly, but have indirect impacts like causing larger predator fish to eat more of the same fish as the birds, meaning less food supply. Those continued throughout the winter of 2015 and , stacking up reports of over 40,000 dead birds sited, including on the shores of Alaska’s largest freshwater lake during the spring of 2016. Piatt: “There was a very large die-off of Cassin’s Auklets off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, now Cassin’s Auklets are related to puffins, they’re in the same family of sea-birds, they typically feed on zooplankton like krill, but still, there was a very large die-off in 2014 that was associated with the warm water that was found off the coast at that time, ‘The Blob’ as we now call it.” *Photo courtesy of the Bering Watch Facebook Page. BeringWatch is a community-based monitoring program developed and managed by the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office.*
AFG (Assistance to Firefighter) grants through FEMA are awarded to fire departments, state fire training academies, and emergency medical service organizations. Other departments in the state that received grants: Ninilchik Emergency Services: Recruitment and Retention – $298,650.00City of Aniak: Recruitment and Retention – $215,850.00McKinley Volunteer Fire Department: Regional Request – $2,380.95City of Whittier: Operations and Safety – $45,714.28City of Craig: Operations and Safety – $84,952.38Alaska Dept. of Public Safety: State Fire Training Academy – $453,409.09City of Kenai: Regional Request – $994,909.09 Chief Tucker: “This was the largest award for any department in the State of Alaska. It will go towards replacing all of the packs in all three departments, which totals 171 breathing apparatus.” The grant from FEMA totaled $994,909 with a local match of 10% in total making the available funding $1,094,400. The City of Kenai submitted the grant on behalf of all three departments. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai and Nikiski Fire Departments along with Central Emergency Services were awarded a grant from FEMA to replace all of their outdated breathing apparatus. Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker: “The City of Kenai in partnership with Nikiski Fire Department and Central Emergency services applied for, and was successful in getting, an Assistance to Firefighters grant from FEMA this year to replace all of our self-contained breathing apparatus. Those are the backs that we wear on our backs when we fight fires.” Photo courtesy of Chief Tucker