Avian flu prevention puzzle: linking knowledge, action

first_imgJan 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – An uptick in human cases of H5N1 avian influenza is focusing attention on the unsolved problem of crafting influenza-prevention messages that developing-world farmers—the group at highest risk for the disease—will trust and follow.New research into avian flu prevention in Cambodia, one of the virus’s past hot spots, underlines the difficulty, reporting that villagers did not take preventive action even when they knew what to do to protect themselves.The persistent mismatch between knowledge and action has researchers wondering whether blanket bans on handling and slaughtering sick poultry are impractical—and whether the effort to keep the disease out of humans should instead adopt a “risk-reduction” model that applauds small positive steps.This week the World Health Organization (WHO) announced two new human cases of H5N1 flu in Indonesia, the country’s first in six weeks. On Dec 27, the WHO reported a cluster of three deaths—a 15-year-old girl, a 26-year-old man, and a 30-year-old woman—in a family in Egypt, 8 weeks after the last previous case there. (Yesterday the WHO also reported a case in a Chinese farmer, China’s first case since July.)Health officials in Indonesia and Egypt said the latest victims were probably infected by sick poultry or ducks. Both countries have run public education campaigns about the risk of acquiring bird flu. The victims were aware of the education efforts, the ministries said; they first denied, and then admitted, handling or slaughtering the birds.The oldest of the three Egyptian victims “was frightened of admitting she had been rearing ducks at home,” Hamdi Abdul Wahad of Egypt’s Health Ministry said in remarks carried by IRIN News, a United Nations agency. “This indicates she knew of the risk, but did not appreciate the extent of the danger.”Cambodian study shows paradoxThe gap between knowing what to do and doing it is spotlighted by a dispatch in the January edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The paper—written by scientists from the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Cambodian and UN agencies—reports the results of a “knowledge, attitudes and practices” survey of 460 Cambodian villagers in two provinces judged to be at high risk for H5N1 flu.Cambodia recorded its first H5N1 outbreaks in poultry in 2004. It had four human cases in 2005 and two last year; all six victims died.Ninety-seven percent of the 269 households where the villagers lived kept chickens, while 39 percent also raised ducks. And 81% of the households had learned about avian flu and flu prevention from announcements on television; 78% had heard similar messages on the radio.Those messages had penetrated: 72% of the participants understood that avian flu is a fatal disease that can be transmitted to humans, 67% thought it was unsafe to touch sick or dead poultry with their bare hands, and 70% knew it was not safe to eat wild birds. Those risks were not theoretical: Poultry had died in 62% of the households in the previous 6 months.Nevertheless, large proportions of the villagers admitted doing things they had been cautioned against. Seventy-five percent acknowledged touching sick or dead poultry bare-handed; 45% ate poultry that had died from illness; 33% ate wild birds; and 8% collected and ate dead wild birds.In addition, though half of the participants agreed on the importance of reporting poultry deaths to authorities, many did not report—41% because they did not know how, 31% because they had not done so in the past, and 18% because they believed it would hurt sales of their surviving birds.”These findings provide evidence that high awareness does not necessarily lead to behavior change,” the researchers said with significant understatement.Several factors contributed to the mismatch between message and execution, they added. Villagers who did not follow safe practices nevertheless had not gotten sick, leading others—including family members of H5N1 patients—to conclude that eating sick and dead poultry was worth the risk. Equipment that could protect them during handling and slaughtering (rubber gloves and masks, and also soap) is hard to obtain. And farmers whose flocks are culled as a protective measure receive no compensation from the government, unlike what is done in neighboring Thailand and Vietnam.”Intervention programs must include feasible options for resource-poor settings . . . and must offer farmers alternative methods to safely work with poultry on a daily basis,” the authors conclude.Alternative persuasion tacticsThe divide between developing-world villagers’ avian-flu beliefs and practices is familiar and frustrating territory to groups that work on flu control.”It is not enough just to tell people what to do; we have known that for a long time,” said Silvio Waisbord, senior program officer at the nonprofit Academy for Educational Development (AED), based in Washington, DC, which conducts avian-flu programs in Southeast Asia and Africa.”Even though people are told not to do something, if they see people around them not complying with that message, and there are no damaging consequences, it is unlikely they will go along with the promoted behavior,” he added.Some avian-flu prevention programs, including AED’s, improve their success when they choose locally trusted sources, such as Vietnam and Laos’s powerful Women’s Unions, to deliver flu-control messages. In addition, “We try to ask what the motivation is—why people will do this,” Waisbord said. “Technical messages may not work, but ‘Do it for your family,’ or ‘Protect your birds so you will have them for religious festivals,’ those messages resonate with people’s existing concerns.”Economic incentives such as payments in exchange for preventively slaughtered birds can be a powerful persuader—so important that the World Bank, in a report on compensation issued in early December, recommended that it be paid directly to farmers in cash within 24 hours of a cull.”Reporting, not selling and eating sick poultry, fencing birds, all have economic disincentives that have not been adequately addressed yet,” said Whitney Pyles, avian influenza coordinator for CARE International, which is conducting community-based flu control programs in Southeast Asia.Lessons from HIV preventionRecently, staff at some nonprofit organizations that work on avian flu have been comparing efforts against the disease to campaigns against HIV/AIDS. Early on it became clear that blanket prohibitions on behaviors that transmit HIV would never conquer human nature, but campaigns that encouraged incremental protective steps had a chance of success. (One, the ABC campaign—from its slogan”Be Abstinent, Be faithful, use a Condom”—is credited with contributing to a sharp drop in AIDS incidence in Uganda, previously one of the hardest-hit countries in the world.)That risk-reduction model, advocates argue, may have a better chance of controlling avian flu than broad prohibitions that effectively order villagers to sacrifice important sources of protein and income.CARE has seen some openness to a step-wise approach among villagers in its programs, Pyles said: “Recent findings from our studies in Vietnam and Cambodia demonstrated that people were more likely to change behaviors around hand-washing and handling dead birds, rather than activities that had an economic disincentive, such as building a cage or fence or reporting outbreaks.”She added: “We don’t have to achieve a perfect record of individual behavior change in order to prevent or stall a pandemic. What you do need is a critical mass of behavior change that results in reduced human cases.”The essential component, she said, is turning out to be community participation. Protective behaviors that are discussed and agreed to by a community have better adherence than solutions imposed from above by national health authorities. In a CARE program in central Vietnam, those behaviors include agreements to improve rates of hand-washing and safe food preparation.”There has to be mechanism for communities to weigh in on and make decisions about what will happen to them,” she said. “Participation gets better results than draconian enforcement. I think we will find local participation in decision-making will end up being the gold standard in controlling avian influenza.”See also:Emerging Infectious Diseases report on study in Cambodiahttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/13/1/130.htmWorld Bank report on compensation of farmers for culled poultryhttp://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTARD/Resources/HPAI_Compensation_Final.pdflast_img read more

Football Playoff Night

first_imgTonight begins the sectional round of the state football playoffs.  Unlike many other states, all Indiana schools make the playoffs despite their season record.  Two of the area schools with the best chances of advancing seem to be in the EIAC.  East Central and Lawrenceburg are both highly ranked in the state.   Two other area schools finished their seasons very strongly.  They are Milan who finds themselves in a highly competitive sectional, and Batesville who also has ranked teams in their sectional.Since everyone enters the sectional 0-0, who is to say that any team could not go on and win?  This is the nice part of the Indiana playoff system.  Good luck to all the area teams.last_img

No. 3 Syracuse fends off No. 21 Virginia Tech comeback, 14-13

first_img Published on April 3, 2019 at 6:29 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ From the time Emily Hawryschuk scored the 14th and final goal for Syracuse, to the time the final whistle blew, Syracuse committed 11 fouls. They were fouls that put the Orange down a player, fouls that led to free-position shots and fouls that led to Virginia Tech goals in a game decided by one point. It was the second time this season the opening draw took place over a gold circle with CMB overlapping in the middle instead of standing over an orange block S. Last time the Orange played at Christian Brothers Academy, they came back against then-No. 12 Notre Dame. On Wednesday, SU almost discovered what it felt like to be the Fighting Irish in SU’s 10-9 win. The Hokies (8-6, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) staged a comeback, but No. 3 Syracuse (13-2, 5-1) outlasted VT and won by one point, 14-13.“We hung on, we did what we needed to do to get the W and made it exciting for the fans, again,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. Syracuse started the game in a similar fashion as most games this season: score early and score a lot. Within a minute of Hawryschuk winning the opening draw, Mary Rahal scored. Then Megan Carney, Vanessa Costantino and Meaghan Tyrrell scored within a minute of each other and SU was up by four. When they were up 5-1, a shooting space penalty gave Nicole Levy a free-position attempt. She wound her stick a few times waiting for the whistle. When it came, she passed to Rahal who was running toward the goal. Rahal caught the ball but soon lost it and Virginia Tech’s goalie scooped it. Cradling it a few times, her stick tipped back too far and caused an own goal, giving the Orange a 6-1 advantage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia Tech’s own goal was a turning point. Moving forward, SU was unable to run up the score and struggled to keep Virginia Tech from scoring. After the Hokies responded to the own goal, and SU netted one more, the Orange suffered 12 dry minutes. During those 12 minutes, the Hokies brought it within three.Prior to Wednesday, SU hadn’t allowed an unranked team to get within six goals going into the second half. The Hokies did, almost going into the half three goals behind the Orange, similar to SU in its comeback win against Notre Dame.With 17 seconds before the first half whistle blew, Levy was in a scrum. Surrounded by black jerseys in front of the goal, her white uniform stood out as she twisted her stick and found the net to give SU a four goals lead.It was the start of SU’s longest scoring run since VT’s own goal. Coming out of the half, Carney was awarded an open net free position shot she converted on then, the freshman assisted Hawryschuk on the junior’s 50th goal of the season. Then, Syracuse started to foul, leading to player down and free-position opportunities. “We had some cross checks, some sticks got close to the head,” Gait said. “They made the calls. We went man-down a few times.”The Hokies were set up for multiple scoring opportunities. A foul by Ella Simkins led to a VT free position shot. SU goalie Asa Goldstock saved it, but, moments later, a foul by freshman Sarah Cooper led to another free position attempt for the Hokies. This time, the ball found the net and SU’s lead was down to four. Twice more as the clock wound down Virginia Tech was awarded a free position shot. Both were overshot. The first was intercepted by SU defender Kerry Defliese. The second time though, the ball flew past the end line. Players from both teams rushed to the spot where the ball exited the field of play with their sticks outstretched. Virginia Tech was awarded possession and that quickly turned into a goal. The Hokies were down by two with a minute and a half left. Hawryschuk won the draw control for SU but VT caused a turnover on Tyrrell. They cleared the ball and scored with the clock stopped at 30 seconds. Hawryschuk was at the draw again. She won it and SU played keep away for the final seconds, keeping Virginia Tech just out of reach of an upset.“It was a game that literally went down to the last minute,” Hawryschuk said. “Coming out with a game where we played the full 60 minutes is awesome.” Commentslast_img read more

SOLD: Lukaku!

first_imgInter Milan announce signing of Lukaku from Man UnitedRome, Italy | AFP |  Romelu Lukaku has signed for Inter Milan from Manchester United on a five-year deal, the Serie A club announced on Thursday. “The Belgian footballer, arriving from Manchester United on a permanent basis, has signed a contract with the Nerazzurri until 30 June 2024,” Inter said in a statement.The club did not reveal Lukaku’s wages nor the fee paid to Premier League side United, reported to be in the region of 80 million euros ($90 million).td/jcShare on: WhatsApplast_img

Creating the Shine for the High Holy Days in Rumson

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezRUMSON – Just as in many homes, when the holidays come around and company is expected, people spruce up the house and bring out the good silver to polish.At Congregation B’nai Israel of Rumson, a dedicated group, armed with chamois cloths, Q-tips, toothbrushes and silver polish, gather to polish the decorative ornaments that adorn the Torah for the upcoming High Holy Days, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.Members of the Congregation B’nai Israel silver-polishing committee, from left, Gloria Landy, Shirley Adler, Sybil Scheinhartz and Claire Keiteman, prepare the silver ornaments that adorn the Torah at Rumson temple.The Torah, the Scroll of the Law, is held in the temple’s ark – or aron kodesh – located along the wall facing Jerusalem. To honor the Torah, the scrolls are adorned and protected by a cloth mantle and silver breastplates and finials – called rimonim – which fit over the two rollers of the Torah’s scrolls. At B’nai Israel, two of the scrolls are adorned with a crown – or keter. In addition, the silver yad – which means hand and is a pointer – is polished.Gloria Landy has been part of the polishing team since she was president of the congregation in 1983. “The first woman president,” she says.Previously, the task fell to staff members. Since then, the group has gone through changes but a handful of members remain devoted to the twice a year ritual of polishing the silver. They assemble before the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur High Holy Days and again before Passover.The women – Landy, Claire Keiteman, Shirley Adler, Sybil Scheinhartz and Sandra Rosenbloom – have formed a cohesive group, hallmarked by camaraderie, devotion and pride.“The job has gotten easier over the years,” says Landy. Whereas the team would laboriously rub with silver polish cream, buff and then carefully wash so the polish didn’t leave black residue, trial and error – and a creative idea – has streamlined the process.Twice a year, before the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and again at Passover, the volunteers polish the silver that decorates and protects the Torah.A few years ago, Landy decided to call staff at the Museum of Metropolitan Art in New York City. “I asked them how do they polish their silver.” If anyone would know how to take care of precious silver, she thought, they’d be the ones.Following the museum’s recommendation, the team started using Hagerty’s silver polish aerosol spray. Time spent on the arduous job was cut in half.When the Torah, with the newly polished sparkling adornments, is brought out from the ark and before the congregation, worshippers can kiss the Torah with the edge of their tallit – prayer shawl – or prayer book, called siddur.“The Torah is carried through the temple as well, for everyone to see,” says Landy. “We have the satisfaction in saying that we made them shine.”“I always tell people on the holidays: Wear your sunglasses, it’s so bright,” says Claire Keiteman.The ark’s clear glass doors allow congregants to view the Torah and its shining silver adornments, thanks to the hard work of the silver-polishing committee.“It brings a sense of satisfaction,” says Sybil Scheinhartz, in addition to being able to give back to the congregation. “The community is looking at it and it really stands out.”Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 4; Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Friday, Sept. 13.For information on services at Congregation B’nai Israel, 171 Ridge Road, visit http://cbirumson.org.last_img read more

State Denies Red Bank Charter School’s Plan For Growth

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – State Commissioner of Education David C. Hespe made known his decision this week, allowing for a sigh of relief for many in the community and delivering a major setback for the charter school community.Hespe on Monday issued his nervously anticipated decision, in the final analysis denying the Red Bank Charter School’s proposal to expand its enrollment and facility – a proposal that had become quite controversial and contentious in Red Bank.In his brief, one-page letter sent to the charter school’s board of trustees on Monday, Hespe offered little in way of explanation other than saying the state Department of Education (DOE) had reviewed the charter school’s request “based on a review of its academic, operational, and fiscal standing as well as an analysis of public comments, fiscal impact on sending districts, and other information in order to make a decision,” concerning the charter school’s plan. But based upon his review of the school’s request and information provided and review of the public comments, Hespe decided against the proposal.In response to Hespe’s ruling Meredith Pennotti, the charter school principal, offered a released statement: “The Red Bank Charter School is disappointed in the Department of Education’s to deny the expansion to the charter school. This is a missed opportunity to have served Red Bank and an increased number of disadvantaged students via the weighted lottery. We look forward to continuing to serve our students and families with a high-caliber education.”“It’s quite relieving,” said Jared Rumage, the district’s superintendent of schools, after being notified Hespe had denied the charter school’s proposal.Rumage had been expressing his fears about what a larger charter school would mean for the public school district, saying it would have a profound impact on the district the state traditionally underfunds. He regularly said it would be “devastating” to the public school district.“Certainly, the board of education and I are very satisfied with the decision,” Rumage said, referencing Hespe’s action.The Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland St., had very quietly initially sought approval from Hespe and the DOE to double the enrollment to 400 students over a three-year period and to expand its facility to an available Monmouth Street property that abuts the school’s Oakland Street location. School officials had maintained given the school’s ongoing waiting list for placement, the availability of the neighboring property and the state’s modification to the random lottery system that would give added weight to more disadvantaged students, it was an ideal time to undertake this plan. Officials said the expansion would be a benefit for the community, offering families a choice in public schools.When the charter school’s submission became public last December, concern and opposition began and grew as all waited for Hespe’s decision. Public school officials said the expansion would mean the cutting or elimination of much-needed programs and staff members for the district that has considerable challenges. It would also mean additional taxes for property owners to help meet the cost requirements of the expansion; and the expansion would exacerbate what is already a heavily segregated district, with charter school white students outnumbering the number of whites in the primary and middle schools.The local board of education has made these arguments in the past, even taking the charter school to court, alleging it worsened segregation in the public schools and had a detrimental impact on the traditional public schools. The board was unsuccessful a decade ago with both the state education officials and the Superior Court of Appeals rejecting the arguments.The public school district out of its budget supplies 90 percent of the charter school funds – currently at approximately at $1.6 million – to provide a thorough and efficient education under the state formula. The charter school also receives additional direct state aid.Amanda Vega, director of communications for the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, provided a statement that noted: “Commissioner Hespe’s letter indicates the reason for denial was based upon information received during the 60-day public comment period. The Christie Administration has stated a strong commitment to strengthening not only the charter community, but also supporting public education overall.”As time progressed, public opposition grew. The borough council offered its bipartisan, unanimous opposition to the plan. Mayor Pasquale Menna had convened a special committee to study the proposal and reported it would have “devastating” effects on taxes and the public school. (Some charter school supporters alleged the committee’s verdict was politically charged and motivated.)Red Bank RiverCenter, which manages and advocates for the borough commercial Special Improvement District, issued a statement that the threat of higher taxes to support the expansion could have a negative impact on business recruitment and by extension the entire community. State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and the 11th District’s Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, both Democrats, all voiced opposition, especially in light of the state’s continued short funding of educational aid. Just last two weeks Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), who acknowledged he is ideologically supportive of school choice, also raised objections to the plan.One community member who attended a meeting in Trenton with Harold Lee, the state’s director for the Office of Charter Schools, said Lee told the Red Bank group he hadn’t experienced such an outpouring of community opposition, as had been the case for the Red Bank Charter School.“I’m in shock, in shock, in shock,” said a jubilant Board of Education Member Ben Forest over the denial. “Based upon the state policies of encouraging and expanding charter school’s I’m very proud the commissioner of education did the right thing.”Menna said what he was hearing from those in the know in Trenton, the expansion was a fait accompli. But “What I think tipped the scales was basically the community coming together to speak with one voice.”Indeed, both Hespe and Gov. Chris Christie are on the record as supporting school choice. Hespe last month announced at a school choice conference in Jersey City, that the Christie Administration hoped to expand the number of charter school classroom seats to 50,000, from its current approximately 41,000, by the end of the administration’s term in 2018.The Department of Education recently approved 16 charter school expansion proposals and gave the OK for three new ones.“This is a tremendous win for the people of Red Bank,” the mayor said, “and for the public schools, which have done an incredible job making up for years of challenges and really creating a fantastic educational atmosphere for people to grow in.”“The sweetest thing in all this, as I see it,” observed Marybeth Maida, a borough resident opposed to the charter school’s proposal, “is the community rose up and the community spoke. And what a great feeling to be part of a movement that made sense and prevailed.”“It was the perfect civics lesson,” Maida noted.The charter school could reapply to the DOE again next year or even seek to appeal Hespe’s decision to the state Superior Court of Appeals, according to a DOE spokesman.This year seven of eight charter schools that sought expansion through the charter renewal were approved by the state; nine of the 18 that requested expansion through the amendment process – as was the case with Red Bank – were approved, according to the DOE. Correction, March 10The Page 1 story “State Denies Red Bank Charter School’s Plan for Growth” in the March 3 edition of The Two River Times mischaracterizes the position of Red Bank RiverCenter. According to James Scavone, RiverCenter’s executive director, the business organization was neutral on the charter school’s expansion plan; but expressed concern about what a possible tax increase to pay for it would mean for the current business community and for RiverCenter’s efforts to attract new businesses.last_img read more

Walton backstops Leafs to 5-2 win over Castlegar Rebels in Murdoch showdown

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsLast season Castlegar coach Steve Junker had the luxury of knowing he had a netminder that could steal a game on any given night.Friday he saw that same goalie snatch two points from the palm of his hands.Leaf goalie Andrew Walton came back to foil his former mates, stopping 32 of 34 shots en route to backstopping Nelson to a 5-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win before a crowd of 488 at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs, scoring four times on the power play, climbed to within a single point of the Rebels in Murdoch Division standings.“It was a combination of things, (Andrew) had a terrific game . . . he was a wall back there for them,” Junker told The Nelson Daily following the Murdoch Division loss.“And without a doubt our penalty kill wasn’t too good tonight. That’s the other reason why we lost.”Despite firing only four shots at Rebel netminder Jordan Gluck during the first period, it was Nelson that finished the opening 20 minutes with a 2-1 lead. Fact is, at one point of the frame Nelson had only two shots but both were goals as Nick Newman and defenceman J.J. Beitel put the puck past Gluck.But the lackluster start caught up to the Leafs as Anthony Delong, late in the first period, and Kootenay Ice call-up Quinn Klimchuk, 33 seconds into the second, tied the game at 2-2.That’s when Walton time took over.Despite facing 23 shots during the final two periods, Walton, earning first-star accolades, stood tall making gave-saving stops off brother Stuart and the Rebels’ second leading goal scorer, Delong.“Just having (Andrew) in net is a terrific confidence boost for us,” Newman, who finished the game with five points, said when asked about the Leafs No. 1 goalie.“We know no matter what he’s always going to be there to back us up . . . he’s our last line of defence.”After Klimchuk tied the game on the power play, the Leafs special teams went to work.Linden Horswill gave the Leafs the lead for good, combining with Newman and Beitel with the man advantage.Colton Schell pounced on a rebound to roof a shot past Gluck, once again, with the man advantage.In the third Newman put the game away as his shot trickled past Gluck for the fourth special teams goal of the game for the Leafs.“It’s a real big win,” Newman said. “It’s huge because these guys are right ahead of us in the (Murdoch Division) standings.”Nelson now has a few days off to prepare for an early week road trip to Kimberley.For Castlegar, the Rebels get right back at it Saturday when Summerland Steam invades the Community Complex Arena.GAME NOTES: Leaf forward Colton Malmsten didn’t see very much time on the ice Friday. The native of Yellowknife earned a quick trip to the showers after receiving two 10-minute misconducts midway through the game. . . .Nelson’s newest edition, forward Marc Lepine, finished the game with no points. The 18-year-old Edmontonian came to the Leafs from the Golden Rockets Sunday in exchange for defenceman Riley Henderson. Nelson coach Frank Maida made the deal due to an abundance of rearguards and only 12 healthy forwards on the roster. Lepine, at 5’10”, 180 pounds, had two goals in 22 games for the Rockets. . . . Castlegar played its first game without defenceman Joren Johnson. The 17-year-old South Slocan product recently signed with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League. Castlegar coach Steve Junker said Johnson’s departure is a huge loss to the Rebel blueline. . . . Beaver Valley continued its red-hot play, winning its 10th straight game 5-1 over Spokane Braves [email protected]last_img read more

Edwards powers Hawks past Leafs; Rebels sweep Bruins in Murdoch weekend action

first_imgBeaver Valley travels to Grand Forks Tuesday before meeting the Rebels in a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday.The Hawks then play the Braves in Spokane before hosting the Leafs in the final game of the regular season — a game that could decide the Murdoch Division crown.Nelson plays Grand Forks in a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Nelson at the NDCC Arena. Puck drop is 7 p.m.Bruins sliding out of race for final Murdoch Division playoff spotHunter Jenerou scored twice and Kody Disher added three assists leading the Castlegar Rebels to a 6-2 victory over the Border Bruins Saturday in Gand Forks.The win was the second time in as many nights the Rebels defeated the Bruins by a 6-2 score.Matt Reed and Aaron Brewer gave the Rebels a 2-0 first period lead before Jenerou and Connor Beauchemin scored in the second to give the visitors a commanding 4-1 lead.Aaron Petten had the other goal for Castlegar.Connor Gross and Dakota Kittle replied for the Bruins, losers of three straight games.Castlegar outshot the Bruins 62-41 as Nate Rabbit secured the win in goal for the Rebels.The weekend sweep, combined with a Spokane loss to Kimberley, gives then third-place Rebels a three-point lead over the Braves.Grand Forks, still with seven games remaining on the schedule, trails Spokane by eight points in the hunt for the final playoff spot.Spokane is in Creston to meet the Thunder Cats Sunday. Beaver Valley Nitehawks held serve against the Nelson Leafs in the race to finish on top of the Murdoch Division in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Ryan Edwards snapped a 1-1 tie with a power play goal late in the third period to lift the Hawks to a 2-1 victory over the Leafs in KIJHL action Saturday night at the Fruitvale Arena.The win allows the Hawks to climb to within four points of the division-leading Leafs. Beaver Valley has two games in hand on Nelson.Nelson opened the two-game home-and-home set with a convincing 6-2 victory Friday at the NDCC Arena.Edwards took advantage of Nelson’s leading scorer Jamie Vlanich in the penalty box, serving a two-minute slashing penalty.After a scoreless first period that saw the Hawks out shoot Nelson 17-9, Beaver Valley opened the scoring when Sheldon Hubbard beat Brad Rebagliati in the Leafs net 17 minutes into the second period.Alec Wilkinson tied the game in the third, combining with Vlanich to beat Bret Clark in the Beaver Valley net.It was Clark to came into Friday’s game after Grayson Sharpe was unable to stop the Nelson offensive attack, serving up five goals in two period.The Hawks then held of a late charge by the Leafs to secure the victory and make the final two weeks of the season a sprint to the Murdoch title and home ice through the division playoffs.Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 43-31 making a winning out of Clark.Rebagliati lost for the first time in three games in the Leaf nets.last_img read more

2018 will be more difficult for sugar workers – former Tug Captain

first_img…berates outgoing CEO for performanceBy Shemuel FanfairA former Tug Captain attached to the Wales Sugar Estate, Gordon Thomas has expressed much despondency regarding the future of sugar workers across the country, indicating the difficulties that lie ahead for the industry.This comes in light of reports that some 4000 sugar workers will lose their jobs by year-end.Former Tug Captain at Wales Sugar Estate, Gordon ThomasThomas, a vocal critic against the closure of the estates, told Guyana Times in a recent interview that much of the recent misfortunes registered in the ailing industry should be attributed to outgoing Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Errol Hanoman. The CEO is expected to part ways with the State entity when his contract expires at the end of this year.“It’s a great relief not only to the people in Wales but in the whole industry that Hanoman is finally gone. He misled this Government but there’s a saying: ‘too late, too late shall be the cry’… at the end of the day, the peoples’ cries were on Hanoman; workers are pleased that he is gone,” Thomas told this newspaper.Hanoman had resigned from the position under the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government in 2010, after just one year serving in the post and was rehired after the coalition Administration assumed office in 2015. On both occasions, it was reportedly observed that personal commitments were responsible for his leaving. Thomas, nevertheless, berated Hanoman for his performance, saying that the official did not make use of allocations from the State to assist in the industry’s operations.“2018 will continue to be more a difficult time for sugar workers, not only in Wales but in the entire industry. People continuing to feel the brunt, because there is no increase, no API and people’s morale are very low because of the management of GuySuCo,” the former Wales Tug Captain observed.In 2015, production reached 200,000 tonnes, but at the end of December last year, it was announced that 2016’s figure (183,652 tonnes) was the lowest production since 1990 when 129,920 tonnes of sugar had been recorded.Thomas further claimed that the current Administration has not been employing suitable managers to effectively run the industry.“The Government listens and takes instructions from people who don’t even have an idea of running this industry. It is a very sad moment for sugar workers. Unless you put the right people to run the industry, you wouldn’t get good results,” Thomas contended.His comments come on the heels of his fellow sugar workers highlighting the strain of not having enough money to meet their basic needs following the closure of the Wales Estate on December 31, 2016. To date, many workers are still coping without their severance payments as they opted against taking up employment at Uitvlugt Estate, located some 22 miles away.Some of the workers remarked that their wives were the only ones working which in some instances is putting a strain on how couples relate to one another. One of the workers who is awaiting his severance payment told this newspaper on Sunday that at times of argument, he was subjected to statements whereby his wife reminded him of his employment status.“All like how I am not working, sometime, you hearing wrong talk and all kind ah thing,” the former sugar worker who declined to be identified had observed.Since the closure of Wales, there has been the scaling down of other estates across the country – more than 3000 sugar workers across the Enmore, Skeldon and Rose Hall Estates were given letters of redundancy, in which their services were terminated.Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) President Komal Chand had remarked that Government could take steps to salvage the industry, saying that dismissed workers could be rehired so that they could properly provide for themselves and families.“We hope that these workers will be quickly rehired because they are facing very difficult times putting their children in school and to live,” Chand told Guyana Times earlier this month.last_img read more

SGVN names Kline to publisher’s post

first_imgLarry Kline, a veteran executive of newspapers from California to Florida and states in between, has been named publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group.Kline, 58, of Atlanta will assume his new post March 19. He has held senior positions in marketing and advertising with the Los Angeles Times, Palm Beach Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.He also served as executive vice president and general manager of the Austin American-Statesman.Kline has worked most recently as an industry consultant and said he is looking forward to coming to SGVN, which includes the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News, the Highlander weeklies and Internet sites associated with SGVN.com. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kline grew up in Southern California, graduating from Woodbury University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing and sales management. He later graduated from UCLA’s executive management program.In 1973, Kline launched a 25-year career at the Los Angeles Times.During his tenure there, he served in a variety of roles including director of advertising, director of classified advertising, Southern Region sales manager and classified marketing coordinator.Under Kline’s leadership, the Times’ classified advertising department posted a record year.In 1998, Kline went to work for the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Fla., as vice president of advertising.He subsequently served as senior vice president of sales and marketing and executive vice president and general manager for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas, before moving to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2003 as vice president of classified advertising.Since June 2005, Kline has worked as a consultant in the newspaper industry. And he has seen plenty of changes, with newspapers placing an increasing emphasis on online content as they strive to reach a broader base of readers who are used to getting their news via the Internet.“I think it’s basic blocking and tackling,” Kline said. “A lot of things haven’t changed but it’s important to open new channels that can attract younger readers. I’m excited about newspapers.”Steve O’Sullivan, SGVN’s executive editor, has been handling interim publisher duties during the search for Wood’s successor.“Larry was our top choice from the start of recruiting because of his national profile in advertising and his style of leadership, which is immediately engaging,” O’Sullivan said. “Larry is a heavyweight newspaper executive with a light, personal touch, bringing the perfect match of vision, business experience and leadership needed by the newspaper and the communities we serve.”[email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2701160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I love Southern California and I’m anxious to get back to my roots in the newspaper industry,” he said Monday. “Clearly, the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group is a very important element in the community, providing an important local function that no other newspaper group can do.”John C. McKeon, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group — of which SGVN is a division — said numerous candidates applied for the publisher’s position.But Kline emerged as the obvious choice.“He was chosen because of his experience in business, his understanding of the marketplace and his reputation in terms of his management with people,” McKeon said. “Larry comes to us with a great reputation.”Kline succeeds Ron L. Wood, who left in January to become president and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.last_img read more