first_imgWestern Bureau:A second-year medical student from Kenya and a Jamaica public service employee took top honours in the second running of the Black River 5K Run/Walk race on Sunday.Edgar Muganzi strolled away with the top male award after crossing the finish line in 18 minutes 30.18 seconds, while the top female prize went to Juliet Reeves, who stopped the clock in a respectable 27:49.26.Muganzi said after his race that he was delighted to have finished first in his inaugural attempt.”This was a beautiful course. I had no problems with it, and I am very happy to win here,” he said.”I am just so happy to perform and add my part in raising funds for the treatment of cancer,” Muganzi added.Eighty-seven runners and walkers took part in the event, an almost 50 per cent increase in registration over last year, and a pleased David Morris, president of the Black River chapter of the St Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, stated as much.”I am of the impression that this was a great event, but we put in a real effort to get the word out, and it’s definitely much improved from last year. It’s a growing event that we are proud to be part of,” Morris said.Part proceeds from the event will go towards assisting the Black River branch of the Jamaica Cancer Society.Muganzi was chased across the line by Marcell Stewart in 18:57.65, while Anthony Danvern was third.In the women’s section, first-time entrant Reeves of Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, won ahead of Elinor Daniel, 28:15.04, and Kadian Myers, 36:08.08.Carl Barrett took care of business in the men’s walk, posting 37:16.39. Jon Pierre Cavannah was second with Anthony Graham in third.Cecile Barrett was the female walk winner, with Marsha Alexander taking second, just in front of Janette Kaloo.last_img read more

first_imgHe said he met with PSG’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Antero Henrique and “we decided that we would not continue to work together”.“I’ve told the players,” Emery said at a press conference on Friday ahead of the league match against Guingamp on Sunday.The German Thomas Tuchel, without a club since his tumultuous departure from Borussia Dortmund in May 2017, is seen as the hot favourite to succeed Emery by French media.“His immense passion for football and his commitment to the job have allowed the club to continue to anchor itself among the elite of French and international football,” said Al-Khelaifi in a club statement.“I congratulate Unai for his commitment to our project and I wish him, on behalf of the club, full success in the challenges that await him.”Spaniard Emery arrived having achieved continental success, winning the Europa League three years running with Sevilla.But his track record in the Champions League at Sevilla, as well as with Valencia and Spartak Moscow before that, had left much to be desired and Emery’s time in France will forever be associated with failure in that competition.PSG had previously reached four consecutive quarter-finals following the Qatari takeover of the club in 2012, but Emery oversaw a humiliating defeat to Barcelona in the last 16 a year ago, losing 6-1 at the Camp Nou after a 4-0 win in the first leg.The club then committed to spending 400 million euros ($483 million) on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe alone — the two most expensive transfer deals in history — last year, but Paris were eliminated in the last 16 again this year, going out to Real Madrid.Those defeats suggested that, far from closing the gap to Europe’s elite, PSG were going backwards.– Uncertain future –Under Emery, PSG lost their French title to Monaco before regaining it this season. The club won the French League Cup both seasons. They took the French Cup in 2017 and are back in the final this year where they face third-division Les Herbiers on May 8.“To achieve its number one objective, which is the Champions League, the club first of all needs to be strong in France,” said Emery, 46.“This year we have won the club’s seventh league title and we are only missing one to become the most successful club in France.“I am sure that in the coming years, by continuing to win everything in France, the club will do it.”Asked if he had any regrets from his two years at the Parc des Princes, Emery added: “I am very happy to have had the chance to work here. It is a great experience as a coach.“This has been a good season but we still have the French Cup to left to win.“We lost against Real but they are showing that they are maybe still the strongest team in Europe.”Emery’s future is uncertain, although he has been linked with a return to Real Sociedad, the club from his native Basque Country whom he played for at the start of his career.“I’m going to see what’s best for my future,” Emery said. “I’m very focused for Sunday (and Guingamp) and the final of the French Cup. After that I’ll see.”With four games of the Ligue 1 season remaining, PSG can still become the first team ever to get to 100 points in France’s top flight.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unai Emery said he will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of a second bittersweet season © AFP/File / NICOLAS TUCATParis, France, Apr 27 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said Friday he will leave the French club at the end of the campaign after Champions League failures in both his seasons in charge.Emery’s two-year contract ends in June and he had been expected to leave anyway.last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Google and the San Francisco 49ers announced Monday they are contributing $2.35 million to the Santa Clara Youth Justice Initiative, an organization that helps young people caught in the juvenile justice system countywide.With the grant — $2.1 million from Google and $250,000 from the 49ers — the organization can hire more staff, provide support and mentorship to youth and advocate for policies.The money will spur a “significant expansion” of the Youth Justice Initiative’s work …last_img

first_imgthe Choice Trust offers training to community-based health workers and community members who are then able to provide care to their communities. (Image: Choice Trust, via Facebook)The threat of illness is always something we have to keep an eye out for, and access to medical care is important for living a healthy and fulfilling life.But for people living in South Africa’s rural areas, access to medical assistance often means having to cover large distances to get to the nearest hospital or clinic, which makes regular check-ups difficult.This is why the Choice Trust has shifted the focus onto rural communities around Tzaneen in Limpopo and has developed community home-based medical care through training and outreach.WHAT CHOICE TRUST IS ABOUTAccredited by the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority, the Choice Trust offers training to community-based health workers and community members who are then able to provide care to their communities.“It was established in greater Tzaneen originally and focused predominantly on the needs of farm workers,” explains Nicola Stuart-Thompson, the director of the Choice Trust.“Soon, however, the organisation realised that addressing just the needs of farm workers wasn’t sufficient and we needed to move into the rural community.”While spreading their reach further into Tzaneen’s rural areas, members of the organisation realised that health needs are very broad and therefore developed the organisation in order to provide a variety of services.“One of our programmes is the home-based care programme through which we have 65 caregivers,” Stuart-Thompson explains.These caregivers service around 10 000 households, offering a variety of services including screening and prevention in order to catch health issues before they become more problematic.“There are a number of challenges that we face,” says Hilary Saichitima, the programme coordinator at the Choice Trust.“One of the biggest challenges that we face is the distance that patients have to travel in order to get to a clinic or in order to get to a health facility as well as the distances that our caregivers have to travel in order to get to the patients.”Knowing where to go when in need of help is one of the major benefits of Choice Trust. It has also grown into a good referral system for those looking for help from social workers and support groups.GET INVOLVEDIf you’re looking to get involved with the Choice Trust, have a look at their website for details.You can also contact the organisation on +27 15 307 6329 or via email at office@choicetrust.co.za.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The wet period continued into July. Rainfall in Ohio the last 30 days has ranged from about 4 to 13 inches. This is 100% to 350% of normal. This will go down as one of the wetter periods on record in Ohio.You can see the latest rainfall totals at the Ohio River Forecast Center Briefing Page at: http://w2.weather.gov/ohrfc/FloodBriefingThe other big news the last few weeks has been the high dew points and relative humidity in Ohio and surrounding areas. This has resulted in increase fungus risk at many days have seen mean relative humidity above 85%.Week of July 25 outlookTemperatures will be near normal this week with near normal rainfall mostly contained in one event about Thursday. New fungus risk will relax some this week with lower dew point levels.Temperatures: Near normal -1F to +1FRainfall:  About normal – 0.50 to 1.50 inches mostly late July 26 into July 27 heavy rain event comingRelative humidity: Daily average 70 to 80% below 80 to 85% fungus threshold except 85% to 90% July 27Week of July 31 outlook Temperatures will remain near normal next week with rainfall generally below normal. Fungus risk will not be as high as in recent weeks. Temperatures: Near normal -1F to +1F Rainfall:  Below normal – 0.10-0.50 inches Relative Humidity: Daily average 70% to 80% below 80% to 85% fungus thresholdAugust OutlookNear normal temperatures and not as wet.Fall Harvest OutlookConfidence is high we will have above normal temperatures and delayed freeze risk this fall. Wetter than normal soil moisture will mean night time minimum temperatures will be held up some resulting in normal to one or two-week delays in freezing temperatures. Confidence is low in the harvest rainfall outlook. It appears any drying from August into September could be replaced by wetness sometime in October and November.The latest two week rainfall forecast from the NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center can be seen i the attached graphic. Generally 2 to 2.5 inches are forecast on average in Ohio the next 14 to16 days which is not far from normal.last_img read more

first_imgWe know that power generation uses water, so therefore, water conservation systems that use large quantities of energy to operate are counterproductive, and ultimately do not save much, if any, water.An industry still in its adolescenceThere was a small exhibit area, your typical trade show arrangement, with vendors showing their wares. I realized after visiting the booths that this industry is still a very immature one, a conclusion I reached after learning that there are few, if any, single source solutions for rainwater collection. Systems are assembled with tanks from one supplier, first flush filters from another, controllers from a third, and additional parts from still more suppliers. The group is very knowledgeable, but still somewhat disjointed, not unlike the home performance industry, which also faces challenges to widespread adoption. Rainwater catchment is still neither quick nor easy, two factors that combine to slow down adoption.Great products looking for marketsTwo products on display impressed me by their simplicity: the Rain Tube , a gutter guard and filtration system made of recycled plastic, and the Rainwater HOG , a modular storage tank system that is a very clever design. Being new products in an emerging industry, they are still seeking their “sweet spots” in the market, and they both deserve more attention and sales than they are currently getting.Best in showI have to save my highest accolades for Enterpriseworks , an extremely cool non-profit agency that held a contest to create an affordable, commercially viable rainwater collection device for emerging countries. Currently in the process of commercial development, this product is designed to be sold at an affordable price to provide cost-effective water collection systems to a broad market in the developing world. The winning entry is a reinforced plastic bag with a tube at the top where water is directed for storage. It is so simple, elegant, and inexpensive, it can serve as a lesson to the developed world that simple and straightforward can sometimes be the best route to take. Having little knowledge and less experience in rainwater collection, it was a lucky break for me that the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association or ARCSA national conference was held in my hometown recently. It was so close, in fact, that I was able to ride my bike to the event. I heard several good presentations from pioneers in rainwater collection with very interesting theories that really made me think. Issues that were raised included the value of rainwater vs. gray-water reclamation; one speaker contended that rainwater was a better value. The cost per gallon to construct a collection system is lower, the systems have fewer problems, the collected water requires less treatment, you can collect more water, and that water has a broader range of uses than gray water. Sounds logical to me, but I bet the gray-water equipment companies don’t like to hear that.The water/energy relationship keeps coming upOther points raised that struck a chord with me were that the high cost of deep well drilling sometimes exceeds installation of a rainwater system; that challenges exist in finding qualified managers and installers for new systems (complicated and cutting-edge technology is very susceptible to failure when not properly managed throughout the process, a point that should be considered in all high-performance building); and the danger of employing energy-intensive water conservation systems. RELATED ARTICLES Resilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraReduce Water UseSaving Energy by Saving WaterAll About Washing MachinesAll About Dishwashers Can Swimming Pools Be Green?The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’The DOE Showerhead RuleGBA Encyclopedia: Green Irrigationlast_img read more

first_imgBy Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension ServicePayday loans and rent-to-own options are appealing to many families because payday loan lenders and rent-to-own storefronts are often able to offer you what you need quickly without much hassle. However, before entering into an agreement with either of these businesses, there are several important things that you should be aware.Payday Loans:Payday loans offer quick cash to consumers. In general, the requirements for obtaining a payday loan include that you have a job, bank account, and personal identification. A payday loan typically works the following way: the payday lender gives the borrower cash with a promise that the loan will be repaid in two pay periods when the borrower receives his or her paycheck. When the money is due, the borrower can choose to pay the lender in cash or to allow the lender to cash their check. Easy enough, right?While there are pros to getting a payday loan including fast cash in and no required credit check, there are also many drawbacks. Many of the people who obtain a payday loan are unable to pay back the lender in the agreed upon timeframe. As a result, borrowers are often left with little choice but to take out more loans in order to pay back earlier ones leading to a significant amount of debt.Rent-to-Own StoresRent-to-own stores allow consumers to rent a household item for a monthly cost that is usually much lower than what a monthly payment would be at a major retailer. These stores allow consumers to rent the item on a weekly or monthly rental. After completing payment over the term of the rental, the consumer then owns the item.This option may seem particularly appealing to families who are in need of temporary furnishings. However, what rent-to-own stores often fail to inform consumers is that their rental periods are often longer and the buyer will end up spending much more than they would have if they had obtained a conventional loan or bought the item outright without any type of financing. Consumers often spend three to four times what the cash price would have been when all is said and done! Additionally, if a consumer were to choose to return the item before the rental agreement is completed, a fee is charged.As an alternative to choosing the rent-to-own option, consider the following:Buy the item from a garage sale, consignment shop, or friend.Borrow the item temporarily from a friend or family member.Deliberately set aside money each month until you have saved enough to buy the item outright.Look into layaway plans at major retailers.It is easy to see why so many families choose to take out a payday loan or rent-to-own household items. However, it is also easy to see why you should use caution when considering these options. In the long run, you will end up costing yourself a significant amount of money.Keep in mind that payday lenders and rent-to-own stores are in business to make money. If you choose to take out a payday loan or rent-to-own a household item, do your research first so that you can make an informed decision. Do not be afraid to ask these businesses to clearly share their policies with you. After all, you are your own best advocate!Watch the recording of our Predatory Lending Practices & How to Avoid Them webinar from July 2015 here. Contact Jennifer at jhunter@uky.edulast_img read more