Missouri poised to require expanded insurance for children with disabilities

first_img(Missourinet) In 2010, the Missouri Legislature passed a bill requiring insurance companies to cover therapies for the state’s autistic children. A measure passed this year expands that policy by mandating insurers to include physical, occupational and speech therapies for Missouri’s physically and developmentally disabled kids up to age 18. The move will make the Show-Me State among three states in the nation to have a therapy requirement for all children with such challenges.The Schelps pictured with Gov. Mike Parson during bill signingThe bipartisan bill, sponsored by State Representative Chuck Basye, R-Rocheport, was attached to a healthcare bill with several other components. It was signed into law this month by Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, and takes effect with 2020 insurance plans.Robyn Schelp, of central Missouri’s Columbia, has been a leading advocate of the law because her 11-year-old son, Nathan, is developmentally challenged.“It’s not going to impact him that much anymore like it would have ten years ago, but it needs to be done for all kiddos,” says Schelp. “This is not about Nathan. It’s not about Will. It’s not about the kids that are walking the halls. It’s about all of Missouri’s children.”Schelp’s pursuit for the law included leaving the language broad for all disabilities to get equal treatment.“It is so important that all disabilities be included to do with anything in the disability world,” she says. “This (bill) includes disabilities like Down syndrome, which is pretty common, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, to the really rare genetic disorders. Or like my son, who has a genetic disorder that they can’t even figure out what it is.”In the provision of Senate Bill 514, it says that insurance companies must be limited to a number of visits per calendar year, provided that additional visits shall be covered if approved and deemed medically necessary by the health benefit plan. Schelp is hopeful that more therapy providers will surface in Missouri, especially in schools and in rural areas where healthcare resources are especially limited.“It (the law) impacts their families. It’s impacts their neighbors. It impacts their classrooms – their classmates. It impacts the community. When we start to get beyond ourselves, we can realize when everybody’s needs are met, everybody benefits,” Schelp says.Now that Missouri will soon become the third state to expand coverage, Schelp does not plan to stop advocating for the cause.“Our goal is to see nationwide change. We want this (requirement) to happen everywhere,” says Schelp. “It should have already happened everywhere, but now it’s time to make sure it happens everywhere throughout the country.”last_img read more

The BriForum Experience: Through the Eyes of “The Intern”

first_imgBriForum by Sophia “the intern” Stalliviere All in all the trip was great…and a great start of my internship! Another session that I attended was the “[VDI Product Smackdown and Discussion|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=373|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=373],” which was hosted by Brian Madden. He talked about the different VDI components and his thoughts about each of them. He went into detail about Citrix Xendesktop, Qumranent, Quest, Ericom, and VMware. Other sessions were “[Optimizing and Understanding Citrix over WAN connections|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=358|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=358]”, “[Streaming Smackdown|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=339|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=339]”, “[Provisioning Servers in the Real World|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=357|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=357]”, “[The Future of Client Computing|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=371|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=371]”, and “[Customizing Citrix XenApp Web5.0|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=372|http://www.briforum.com/BriForum-2008-Chicago/session.asp?id=372].” The sessions were really great, and I learned a bunch. I also found the networking with people at the event to be one of my strong points and was able to learn about many end-user experiences and products. Jason and I went to each of the demos and I observed him talking to each of the companies about their roles in this forum. Then, in turn, we talked about our roles with Intel. We put the word out about the Emerging Compute Model Forum. Many of the people are interested in looking around the site. center_img I recently started with Intel as a summer intern, coming from Washington State University (go cougars), and had the privilege of doing something very unique for an Intern – going on a business trip! Last week I went to the BriForum, I didn’t have any idea what I got myself into when I went, however, I found it to be a great experience. I think of myself as technically savvy person, but at a show where they have a multi-part series on the “excruciating details” of the logon process challenged my level of tech savvy! To be immersed in the detailed language of computers at this event was both very scary and very exciting at the same time. At this forum there were many people, representing different parts of the world – connected by one thing: the future of computers. Now when I say future, we aren’t talking about just computers doing the same things faster, smaller, and cheaper; but we are talking about the changes that will come from the virtual execution world. A world where the application you run may be running on the device your using right now to view this blog, or it may be executing in a number of other places, but viewed just like you are doing right now, with manageability, security, and flexibility at the heart of the solution. My Intel manager, Jason Davidson hosted one of the sessions, as well as sponsored the food for the BriForum party (details about the party will be on my personal page J). He decided to have a discussion on . In his session he did something a little bit different than the other sessions. Instead of telling everyone his thoughts about his subject, he had questions up on the projection screen and the panel discussed the questions. The panel consisted of Jason Davidson, Brian Madden, Brian Duckering, and Ron Oglesby. All of them had different views on the topic which made it very energizing and intriguing. The audience got into it by asking questions and also waited till after the sessions to approach the speakers on the topic.last_img read more

NIH Trims Grants in Wake of Budget Cuts

first_imgU.S. biomedical researchers will need to tighten their belts as a result of the 1% drop in the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) 2011 budget that became law 2 weeks ago. A notice yesterday from NIH explains that, as a result of the “nearly 1 percent” decrease from what NIH received in 2010, the agency will cut 1% from ongoing grants compared with the 2010 level. Some researchers will face even steeper cuts: The National Cancer Institute plans to trim current grants by 3%. According to previous notices, recent budget increases of 1% to 3% allowed NIH to grow grants by a comparable amount. The last cut (2.9%) was in 2007. And NIH anticipates raising the average size of its grants by 2% if Congress approves the president’s budget request for 2012. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) As for new and competing grants, NIH expects to make 9050 awards, compared with 9386 in 2010 according to NIH’s 2012 budget request. The news is better for postdocs and graduate students supported by NIH’s Kirschstein National Research Service Awards. Their stipends are going up 2% this year.last_img read more

Yu Yureka to go on open sale on May 6 and 7

first_imgIt has almost been six months since Micromax subsidiary, YU launched its first smartphone Yureka. Since then the phone has been available through flash sales, which is quite effcirnt for companies but leaves a bitter taste for a lot many who are unable to acquire the phone. Yu is acknowledging that frustration by providing its only smartphone in a 2-day window without any need to register beforehand.The device will be available from May 6 and the sale will go on till the next 48 hours. The company took to social networking site, Twitter, to announce the flash-less sale. The tweet did not mention the amount of units available so we can’t be sure of the duration after all. No registrations, no time limits. Yureka open sale on 6th and 7th May. Are you ready to Play God? pic.twitter.com/kYWCQK6pkV YU (@YUplaygod) May 2, 2015The device gained such popularity due to the low budget-high performance ratio and also because the phone runs the most popular Android custom ROM Cyanogen OS. It sports a 5.5 inch screen screen with a resolution of 1280×720 and is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset. On the camera front the device sports a decent 13 Megapixel snapper paired with a 5Megapixel front snapper.The Micromax subsidiary will also launch Yu Yureka’s successor which will be called Yuphoria. The name was chosen through crowd sourcing and even the interface of the phone has been crowdsourced through a competition.last_img read more

CWG restored Australias reputation after ball-tampering low: OC

first_imgChairman Beattie Gold Coast, Apr 15 (PTI) The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have restored Australias global sporting reputation that had taken a hit during the recent ball-tampering scandal, Games Organising Committee Chairman Peter Beattie said today. “This has more than restored Australias global reputation. Our sportsmanship on show during the Commonwealth Games is what the essence of Australia is about – fair sport, no cheating and applauding the winners,” Beattie said during the daily media briefing here. Australias sporting culture had come in for severe criticism when Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David warner were found guilty of plotting and trying to tamper the ball in a Test match against South Africa in Cape Town. Smith and Warner were subsequently banned for a year and stripped of their leadership roles, while Bancroft was handed a nine-month suspension. This, after the three players offered tearful apologies for their actions, something that softened the backlash they were facing from the Australian fans. In fact, the incident cast a shadow on the Games too and Australian swimming team coach Jacco Verhaeren had asked his wards to be on their best behaviour. Gold Coast played the perfect host and provided smooth logistics for athletes and visitors during the Games that wind up today. PTI PM PDS PDSlast_img read more

AFC Wimbledon vs West Ham: Arnautovic left out for Hammers

first_imgHaving downed them once already in knockout football this season, West Ham face AFC Wimbledon for the second time this campaign as they look to secure a place in the last 16 of the FA Cup.Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers dismissed the Wombles, then under Neal Ardley, in the Carabao Cup in late August, with Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Javier Hernandez all netting in a 3-1 victory at Kingsmeadow.Since then, the League One outfit have parted ways with their manager and replaced him with Wally Downes, though they have not won in five. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The visitors should triumph over their third tier hosts with ease on paper – but the magic of the cup, as they say, works in mysterious ways. Game AFC Wimbledon vs West Ham Date Saturday, January 26 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the US the game will not be broadcast live but can be streamed on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sports 2 and streamed on the BT Sports Live app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sports 2 BT Sports Live Squads & Team News Position AFC Wimbledon players Goalkeepers Ramsdale, McDonnell Defenders Watson, Nightingale, Oshilaja, Thomas, McDonald, Sibbick, Garratt Midfielders Pinnock, Kalambayi, Seddon, Trotter, Soares, Wordsworth, Hartigan, Wagstaff, Connolly Forwards Barcham, Pigott, Jervis, Kaja, Appiah, Hanson AFC Wimbledon starting XI:  Ramsdale, Watson, Thomas, Oshilaja, McDonald, Nightingale, Wordsworth, Connolly, Pinnock, Appiah, Wagstaff.. Position West Ham players Goalkeepers Fabianski, Adrian, Trott Defenders Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Masuaku, Fredericks Midfielders Noble, Rice, Antonio, Nasri, Anderson, Obiang, Coventry, Holland Forwards Arnautovic, Carroll, Hernandez, Perez, Diangana, Snodgrass, Silva West Ham starting XI:  Adrian, Antonio, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Obiang, Snodgrass, Diangana, Hernandez, Carroll.Betting & Match Odds West Ham are favourites, priced at odds of 2/5 to win, according to bet 365. Wimbledon are at odds of 7/1 while a draw is 17/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Manuel Pellegrini West Ham UnitedIt’s not too commonplace for two sides from different divisions to meet twice over the course of a season – but that’s the fate that has befallen West Ham as they travel to third-tier AFC Wimbledon for the second time this campaign.The Hammers travel to Kingsmeadow looking to emulate their victory last August when they knocked the Wombles out of the Carabao Cup with a 3-1 victory.They will, however, make their trip in the midst of a protracted off-field saga surrounding the future of star Marko Arnautovic, one that has likely provided an unwelcome distraction for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.The Austria international has been reportedly dissatisfied with his stay at London Stadium and only a few weeks ago looked set for a big money move to the Chinese Super League.However, that deal fell through, leaving the striker in limbo after Pellegrini excised him from his matchday squad for his side’s last game against Bournemouth, playing Andy Carroll up front instead.Wally Downes’ hosts meanwhile are looking for their first win since 2018 – and Wimbledon fans will harbour dreams of a legendary Wembley day in 1988 when their side takes to the pitch.Back then, over thirty years ago, Wimbledon – now MK Dons – delivered a shock against red-hot favourites Liverpool to lift the FA Cup.Downes need point no further as inspiration for his side if they are to repeat some giant-killing heroics on Saturday.last_img read more

Jamaicans Must See Agriculture as Primary Source of Income -Cole

first_img “Agriculture can no longer be seen as a vocation for those with limited education and shallow pockets. It is a discipline that requires a scientific approach as well as a serious business mindset if one expects to make a meaningful return on investment,” Mr. Cole emphasised. Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Courtney Cole, is calling on Jamaicans to change the culture of identifying agriculture as a vocation, to a primary source of income for the growth of the society.Speaking at the Agricultural Information Forum hosted by Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on Tuesday (March 13), Mr. Cole said for years, Jamaicans have identified agriculture as being among the lower-class jobs and not the worthwhile investment that it can be.“Agriculture can no longer be seen as a vocation for those with limited education and shallow pockets. It is a discipline that requires a scientific approach as well as a serious business mindset if one expects to make a meaningful return on investment,” Mr. Cole emphasised.He said Jamaica’s economy benefits significantly from agriculture on an annual basis, and if more persons took agriculture as a serious business investment, then there would be a boom in the sector and the economy.“Before the devastating rains of 2017, Jamaica’s agricultural sector, forestry and fisheries grew by 13.5 per cent. We can go back to those places, because we have the basic makings of getting back to those numbers, but we need all hands on deck; not just Government and the 220,000 small farmers but the private sector,” Mr. Cole said.“When there’s growth in agriculture, the economy benefits directly. When things are down and agriculture is up, the economy is up also. The year, when it grew by 13.5 per cent the economy grew also. It is showing us how important agriculture is to the growth of the economy,” he added.Mr. Cole said agriculture-based jobs should not be seen as low-level jobs, because this sector helps to build other sectors, such as manufacturing.“Manufacturing is a big part of what agriculture feeds into, because we have provided the throughput that the value-adders and the processors need to fill their market demands. This vision [of changing the culture of identifying agriculture as a vocation, to a primary source of income for the growth of our society] is closely aligned to Jamaica’s Vision 2030, which sees Jamaica being the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business,” he said.For her part, President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards, supported Mr. Cole, arguing that his stance is one reason her organisation decided to host the forum and to promote investment projects in agriculture and generate interest among local investors.“This is really critical to the country’s future. Agriculture accounts for seven per cent of GDP in Jamaica, so a lot of times the GDP in Jamaica sinks or swims relating to the movement of agriculture,” Ms. Edwards said.“When you take into account value-added products, including agro processed goods, the contribution of the sector rises to 12 per cent of GDP. When agriculture grows, GDP grows, and this is something that we saw happen about three quarters ago when agriculture grew 28 per cent. So we know that agriculture can grow, and we believe the time for agriculture has arrived,” she said.The event also focused on the Government’s commitment to supporting the growth of the sector and demonstrated how private-sector companies are successfully employing innovative approaches such as anchor farms/contract farming to grow their businesses.The forum also addressed other related matters, including financing options for agricultural activities; traditional and non-traditional crop opportunities; land availability and suitability issues; marketing of agricultural products locally and overseas; and government initiatives and programmes to support agriculture, such as agro parks and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority’s (RADA) support to farmers. Story Highlights Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Courtney Cole, is calling on Jamaicans to change the culture of identifying agriculture as a vocation, to a primary source of income for the growth of the society. He said Jamaica’s economy benefits significantly from agriculture on an annual basis, and if more persons took agriculture as a serious business investment, then there would be a boom in the sector and the economy. last_img read more

This April Bravo Stacks Nationwide Freeview with MustSee Programming including Debuts of

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO (April 4, 2017) – Beginning April 11, Bravo is unlocking a nation-wide freeview showcasing its lineup of must-see exclusive dramas.As recently announced, THE HANDMAID’S TALE starring Elisabeth Moss is one of multiple exclusive tent-pole dramas to air in Canada on Bravo. The 10-episode series kicks off with a special, two-hour premiere event on Sunday, April 30 from 9 – 11 p.m. ET (10 p.m. – midnight PT) and continues Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning May 7. Click here for a sneak peek.In THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT Katie Holmes reprises her role as Jackie Kennedy Onassis from the critically acclaimed 2011 miniseries THE KENNEDYS, and is joined by Canadian star Matthew Perry as Ted Kennedy. The two-part, four-hour miniseries debuts exclusively on Bravo on Sunday, April 16 and April 23 at 9 p.m. ET. Click here for sneak peek. Login/Register With: About BravoBravo delivers compelling stories through clever and immersive programming to viewers across Canada. From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo is home to award-winning entertainment. Bravo is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo is available at www.bravo.ca. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, provocative and psychological thriller CHANCE premieres Sunday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET. The 10-epiosde, hour-long drama stars Hugh Laurie (HOUSE) as Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist.Premiering Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET, cult-favourite PRETTY LITTLE LIARS returns with its final 10 episodes to unearth answers to the last remaining secrets.Joining the dramatic Tuesday night roster is the all new Hollywood drama FAMOUS IN LOVE, premiering on Tuesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET. The 10-episode hour-long series stars Bella Thorne (The Duff) as Paige, an ordinary college student who gets her big break when she lands the leading role in the next Hollywood blockbuster. Niki Koss stars alongside Thorne as confident and entitled Alexis, who is up for the same role as Paige.Sunday night movies begin Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. ET, beginning with the smash-hit MURDER SHE BAKED movie series starring Alison Sweeney (DAYS OF OUR LIVES) with the all new movie, MURDER SHE BAKED: JUST DESSERTS. A fan-favourite, the inaugural instalment MURDER, SHE BAKED: A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MYSTERY drew in an average of 400,000 viewers when it aired in August 2015.Also premiering is a brand new murder mystery series starring singer-songwriter Jewel and Canadian Colin Ferguson. FRAMED FOR MURDER: A FIXER UPPER MYSTERY premieres exclusively on Bravo on Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET.Fan-favourite UNDERGROUND returns Monday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET. The Season 2  premiere finds John Hawks (Marc Blucas) working to keep Noah (Aldis Hodge, Hidden Figures) from being hanged for murder.See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series. All dates are subject to change. Visit Bravo.ca to confirm local broadcast times.Bravo Freeview Programming Includes:THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT (Sunday, April 16 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Mini-Series Premiere)The mini-series follows the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, as Jackie (Holmes) defies public opinion and marries Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (Alexander Siddig, GAME OF THRONES). Ted Kennedy (Perry) is pressured to replace his fallen brother and continue the legacy of “Camelot” by running for the White House himself. The Kennedy family is shaken to its core when Ted’s car accident at Chappaquiddick results in the death of his female companion. Jackie returns from Greece – over the objections of Onassis – to help the Kennedys, only to find herself drawn into their attempt to save Ted’s career by evading justice.PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Tuesday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET – Season 7B Premiere)The liars return to pick up the pieces in the final ten episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. After years of being stalked and bullied by the mysterious “A” – first, the original “A”; then later by big “A”; and now by their newest tormentor “A.D.” – Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse) are ready to end the games and finish this for good.FAMOUS IN LOVE (Tuesday, April 18 at 9 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)Paige (Bella Thorne) is an ordinary college student, before she gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Paige must now navigate her new star-studded life and undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads while discovering the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town.UNDERGROUND (Monday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET – Season 2 Premiere)The second season of the Underground Railroad thriller continues the characters’ unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice.MURDER SHE BAKED: JUST DESSERTS (Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)Hannah Swensen (Sweeney) is thrilled when she is chosen as a guest for the first Eden Lake Dessert Bake-Off, but when fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson is found murdered; Hannah once again takes it upon herself to find the killer.THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET – Two-Hour Series Premiere)The series follows life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead –  with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.FRAMED FOR MURDER: A FIXER UPPER MYSTERY (Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. ET – Movie Premiere)In the small resort town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows that the best man for the job is a woman. And that woman is Shannon Hughes (Jewel), owner of a construction company and an expert in Victorian home restoration and renovation. Through her renovations she will find clues to uncover the house’s secret past and in turn become an unlikely sleuth to help crack these unsolved mysteries.CHANCE (Sunday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET – Series Premiere)A provocative, psychological thriller, CHANCE focuses on Hugh Laurie as Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder, Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse, who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. In over his head, Chance’s descent into the city’s shadowy underbelly, all while navigating the waters of a contentious divorce and the tribulations of his teenage daughter, soon spirals into an ever-deepening exploration of one of mankind’s final frontiers — the shadowy, undiscovered country of the human mind. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Fuel prices go up again under fuel price formula

Fuel prices were increased again today under the fuel price formula.The Finance Ministry said that under the formula the price of a litre of Petrol 95 Octane has been increased by Rs. 2 and Super Diesel by Rs. 1. The Finance Ministry said that there is no change in the price of Petrol 92 Octane.On July 10th the price of Petrol 92 Octane was increased by Rs 8, Petrol 95 Octane by Rs 7, Diesel by Rs 9 and Super Diesel by Rs 10. (Colombo Gazette)

Noncabinet Ministers State Ministers Deputy Ministers appointed

Eran Wickramaratne – State Minister of FinanceVijayakala Maheswaran – State Minister of EducationJ.C. Alawathuwala – State Minister of Internal and Home Affairs and Local Government and Provincial CouncilsRanjan Ramanayake – State Minister of Highways and Road DevelopmentAli Zahir Moulana – State Minister of Social EmpowermentRuwan Wijewardena – State Minister of DefenceRanjith Aluwihare – State Minister of Tourism DevelopmentWasantha Aluwihare – State Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Economic AffairsLucky Jayawardena – State Minister of Town Planning and Water SupplyNiroshan Perera – State Minister of National Policies and Economic AffairsChampika Premadasa – State Minister of Power and Renewable EnergyAshoka Abeysinghe – State Minister of Transport and Civil AviationFaizal Cassim – Health Nutrition and Indigenous MedicineH.M.M. Harees –  State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local GovernmentAmeer Ali – State Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Economic AffairsDilip Wedaarachchi – State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources DevelopmentVadivel Suresh – State Minister of Plantation IndustriesDeputy Ministers:Buddhika Pathirana – Deputy Minister of Industry and CommerceNalin Bandara – Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International TradeAnoma Gamage – Deputy Minister of Petroleum Resources DevelopmentEdward Gunasekara – Deputy Minister of Lands and Parliamentary ReformsAjith Mannapperuma – Deputy Minister of EnvironmentKarunaratna Paranavithana – Deputy Minister of Skills Development and Vocational TrainingPalitha Thewaraperuma – Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment Dr Harsha de Silva – Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution (non-Cabinet)Ajith P. Perera – Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology (non-Cabinet)Sujeewa Senasinghe – Minister of Science, Technology and Research (non-Cabinet)State Ministers: Non-Cabinet Ministers: President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed non-cabinet Ministers, State Ministers and Deputy Ministers at the Presidential Secretariat.Three non-cabinet ministers, 17 State Ministers and 7 Deputy Ministers took oaths. read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina UN launches broad recovery programme for Srebrenica region

The $12.5 million Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme (SRRP) is a comprehensive development framework that seeks to revitalize the human and physical capital of Srebrenica and the neighbouring municipalities of Bratunac and Milici, according to UN officials who launched the project at a news conference in Sarajevo. The project is a joint effort of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH).The Programme “represents a significant impetus to the development of a region that has remained marginalized, trapped in poverty and the bleak past of war, and which is at the same time crucial to consolidating peace, a modern European state and a successful, sustainable economy in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Henrik Kolstrup, the UNDP Resident Representative, told a donors’ meeting yesterday.For his part, Jacques Paul Klein, the head of UNMIBH, said the SRRP offered the opportunity to provide people “with the hope and encouragement to build a better future for themselves, their families, and generations to come.”With the focus of the SRRP on four interrelated components – economic development, housing and infrastructure reconstruction, support to municipal governance, and civil society capacity building – the direct beneficiaries of the Programme will be returnees to the three municipalities and legal residents in the region, the UN officials said.The SRRP framework is based on UNDP’s previous experience in supporting sustainable return, which has been successful in the Central-Bosnian Canton, Posavina and Brcko District. UNDP was the first organization to introduce an integrated approach to sustainable return, confirming that Bosnia and Herzegovina is moving towards development after the post-conflict phase.The three-year Programme, which was presented to donor representatives in Sarajevo yesterday, will be the subject of a donors’ conference 13 May at UN Headquarters in New York. read more

More than 10000 troops proposed for UN peacesupport mission for Sudan

In a report to the Security Council, Mr. Annan says a long-term commitment by the international community is essential to help make secure and to reconstruct the southern part of Africa’s largest country, which was torn by war for more than two decades.But he states that the mission faces daunting logistical challenges: aside from its security problems, southern Sudan is extremely isolated, with “poor communications, few hardened roads or runways and an inoperable railway system,” as well as extra transport restrictions during the annual rainy season. Landmines and unexploded ordnances present another risk.The area covered by the mission – which would be set up under Chapter VI of the UN Charter – is also so large that one of the six proposed operational sectors is the size of Austria and another is equal to the state of New York.The report to the Council follows last month’s signing of a peace deal ending the civil war between the Sudanese Government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) that had raged since 1983. The peace agreement has provisions on power-sharing, some autonomy for the south, and more equitable distribution of economic resources, including oil.Mr. Annan says a deployment of 10,130 military troops and up to 755 civilian police is necessary, and he voices concern that, despite appeals to at least 100 nations, the UN “has received a very limited number of responses.” So far there are enough commitments to meet only the first phase of the planned deployment.The Secretary-General states that substantial aid is required to resettle refugees and IDPs, with between 500,000 and 1.2 million displaced people expected to return to their homes this year alone. Money is also needed to fund economic development and Norway has agreed to organize an international reconstruction conference.The civil war in the south has concluded as another continues in the Darfur region in the country’s west, where tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.8 million others displaced from their homes during the past two years.Mr. Annan says “it would be impractical for peace to reign” across all of Sudan before supporting the peace agreement that has been struck in the south, and he expresses hope that the deal will help the Sudanese people resolve their other conflicts.Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, is expected to brief the Council tomorrow on the contents of the report. read more

The Real MVP Steph Curry Announces Hell Financially Back

“I know Otis talked about wanting to start a golf club here and he was sending out flyers trying to have people come to a room on Howard’s campus and just get people interested in the game,” Curry said. “But he wanted to take it to another level. The idea around recreating Howard’s golf team, turning it into a Division I program for men and women was born on that specific night. Seven and a half, eight months later we are here announcing the first Division I golf program for Howard University all because of this guy here.” The historically Black university announced the development Monday in a news release. Fox 26 Charlotte reported Curry will contribute $1 million toward plans to introduce and grow access to golf at the HBCU, where scholarships will also be offered. To do so, the Howard press release states Curry will access major players in sports and the community, including sports apparel company Under Amour, sporting goods brand Calloway Golf Company and his own Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation to collect items including uniforms and equipment for the effort. GOD SHOWED OUT!!!🙏🏾 https://t.co/PgfONLiRbS— Otis Ferguson IV (@ferg_iv) August 20, 2019 “Golf is a sport that has changed my life in ways that are less tangible, but just as impactful,” Curry, who grew up playing the game with his dad, said in a statement. “It’s a discipline that challenges your mental wherewithal from patience to focus, and is impossible to truly master, so when you hear about these passionate student athletes who have the talent but don’t have a fair shot at the game, it’s tough. I feel really honored to play a small role in the rich history of Howard University, and look forward to building their first men’s and women’s golf teams with them.” Despite being an NBA MVP, Steph Curry’s has a love for golf, and he’s taking that passion to the bank by bankrolling Howard University’s new golf program through 2025. Ferguson has expressed his excitement on Twitter by retweeting a video of the announcement Tuesday and saying, “GOD SHOWED OUT!!!🙏🏾” Men’s and women’s golf teams will be introduced at Howard by 2020. It will be the first set of Division I teams in the sport at the school. Previously, Howard had a Division II golf team as well as different intramural teams and intercollegiate clubs for the elite golf. Speaking at a press conference at the Washington, D.C., university August 19, Curry said he was inspired to make this effort a reality after a conversation with Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV, whom the basketball star met during a visit to the school earlier this year. Curry had been on campus to promote his documentary “Emanuel” in January. University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement that the school is “honored to partner with NBA Champion Stephen Curry to launch what is sure to become one of the best golf programs in the country.” read more

AntiGP banter hindering recruitment into general practice top doctor warns

first_imgMedical students are being put off becoming GPs by a culture of “banter” that stigmatises general practice as “soft” and “unglamorous”, the head of the profession has warned.Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said the “systematic denigration” of family doctors was having a noticeable impact on the number medics choosing to pursue the vocation as a career.The situation is being compounded, she said, by specialist hospital doctors, responsible for mentoring trainee medics, who too often “bad mouth” general practice. GP England is currently experiencing an estimated shortfall of 3,325 GPs, with12 per cent of posts unfilled in 2015, according to the royal college, which estimates the deficit will rise to 8,371 by 2020 if the current trend continues.The difficulty of securing a GP appointment is also exacerbating the crisis in increasingly overwhelmed accident and emergency departments, where waiting times are spiraling.Professor Baker said the culture had not improved in the last 20 years.“I’m shocked – if anything it’s got worse,” she said.“It’s very concerning, when we think GPs and our teams conduct 90 per cent of all patient contacts, that this “banter” is yet another barrier we are up against when trying to recruit enough GPs to ensure a safe and robust service for the future of patient care.“It is so widespread and systematic that if you are interested in general practice you don’t admit to it, you cover it up,” she added. Aspiring GPs often feel they can’t reveal their ambitionsCredit:Telegraph The RCGP president said she had heard numerous anecdotes from junior doctors who had expressed an interest in becoming GPs only to be told “don’t waste your talent” by senior hospital specialists.“These kinds of comments are hugely powerful from senior doctors,” she said.“But this is a stereotype of general practice, where we are increasingly having to deal with patients who have multiple problems.“We have to be expert medical generalists.”Professor Baker’s intervention was echoed by Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, who said careers in psychiatric medicine are also the target of negative stereotyping among students.“It’s not that we can’t take a joke, but often the banter directed at psychiatrists isn’t a joke on us, it’s a joke on our patients and that isn’t acceptable,” he said.“People with mental disorders, just like those with physical disorders, deserve the best minds to find new treatments and provide the best care.“This behavior flies in the face of everything we are doing across the health service, and society, to give our patients with mental health problems parity of esteem to those with physical health problems.”Sir Simon called for an end to the “sinister” trend, but said neither royal college was calling for any form of censorship.“It’s about fostering respect between healthcare professionals for the specific roles we each bring to medicine, but also for our patients, whatever condition they present with.”He acknowledged denigration of certain disciplines is “part of tradition within medicine”, but questioned the logic of protecting a tradition that “ultimately puts our patients at risk.” If you are interested in general practice you don’t admit to it, you cover it upProfessor Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Criminal gangs strike at almost half of churches in rural Britain

The crisis threatening the heritage of rural Britain is now so great that the heritage body Historic England estimates 40 per cent of listed churches have been targeted. Evidence points to the thefts being highly organized by criminals who use modern technology, including drones, Google Earth and sat nav to first spot their targets through aerial footage and then plot their routes. Dioceses… Almost half of listed churches have been targeted by criminals, new figures show, as police warn of professional gangs using the latest technology find easy targets and map out escape routes. The epidemic of crime is dominated by metal thefts with entire roofs being removed from historic places of worship. read more

Jake Gyllenhaal Joins the MCU Coulson Begins More Marvel Movie News

first_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News .@ClarkGregg teases his role in the upcoming #CaptainMarvel movie: https://t.co/U2HxkSlATs pic.twitter.com/XutxLdGvsv— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 18, 2018“He’s a bit of a new guy in S.H.I.E.L.D. He’s a lot younger,” Gregg said. “It’s the earliest we will have seen him, so when he says, ‘Mr. Stark, this isn’t my first rodeo,’ in Iron Man, this is maybe the rodeo he’s talking about.” Now that’s an interesting thought. What was Phil Coulson’s first rodeo? Well, it apparently involved the Skrulls, that’s about all we know about Captain Marvel at this point. With his easygoing confidence in Phase 1 MCU movies and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’ll be interesting to see a less sure Coulson. What does that guy look like on his first day? It’s a shame we won’t get to see any of the other agents, particularly Ming-Na Wen’s Agent May. It’d make sense if she were starting out at the same time as Coulson, and it’d be cool to see her character existing somewhere in the movies. But the movies and TV shows can’t really touch each other anymore. It’s too bad, but what can you do?Finally, we have a new TV spot for Ant-Man and the Wasp that proves this movie is coming out at the perfect time. The more footage we see of this movie, the more it looks like the perfect pick-me-up after Avengers: Infinity War. That ending destroyed us all, and we need something lighthearted and comic to keep us going until Captain Marvel and Avengers 4. It’s looking like Ant-Man and the Wasp will fill that role nicely.They’re really having a lot of fun with the size-changing stuff in this one. I can’t tell what I like more, that awesome car flip or the giant Hello Kitty PEZ dispenser. Also, Ghost looks like a fantastic villain, and Evangeline Lilly is pure action hero in this trailer. The stakes aren’t as high as in Avengers: Infinity War, and we don’t need them to be. The first Ant-Man was a perfect foil to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it’s looking like this will fill the same role. And I’m glad they’re addressing the whole Captain America: Civil War thing. It is just a little messed up that Scott didn’t even think of asking Hope along. Now I just hope it gives us a good explanation for where Ant-Man was during Infinity War.We’ll find out soon enough. Ant-Man and the Wasp comes out in theaters July 6. Stay on target It’s still weird to think about there being movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers 4. With what little we know about it, plus the events of Avengers: Infinity War, there’s really no way to know what they’ll look like. The only sure thing is they’ll still be superhero films. At this point, the only Phase 4 movies we know for sure are coming are sequels. So at least we can be relatively certain they’ll resemble their predecessors. The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (which I really hope is called Spider-Man: Prom) will be another lightly comic superhero high school melodrama. Only with a new villain this time. And now we know who that villain is.Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play Mysterio in the next movie, according to Variety. That’s pretty perfect casting, actually. After seeing how dark the actor can go in Nightcrawler, he can certainly bring a ton of terror to a comic book villain like Mysterio. I’m just glad the villain is finally getting his big screen debut. He was always my favorite of Spider-Man’s rogues. I loved his theatricality, his ability to surprise Spider-Man, and his cool magic tricks. Also, he has that fish bowl head. I can’t tell you why young me liked that look, I can only tell you that I did. Gyllenhaal can certainly play up the theatrics and give us a great magic show, so I can’t wait to see what they do with him.Once again, the movie will be a joint production between Marvel Studios and Sony. Pretty much everyone’s returning for the sequel, too. Aside from the obvious returns like Tom Holland, Marissa Tomei and Zendaya, director Jon Watts is back and Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are writing the script again. The movie will also see the return of The Vulture. Yes, Michael Keaton has signed on for the sequel, so Tom Holland’s Spider-Man hasn’t seen the last of his original nemesis. There’s no word on the plot of the movie, but I have a theory.AdChoices广告This is pure speculation, but based on what the comics usually do with Mysterio, this is what I think is likely. The comics (and animated series, and video game) love to have Mysterio make fake Spideys. The movie could be about The Vulture meeting Mysterio and teaming up with him to get revenge on Spider-Man, ruin his good name, and thereby get back into his family’s good graces. Mysterio could make a fake Spider-Man commit high-profile crimes, forcing Peter to navigate a New York that doesn’t like him. Probably without much assistance from any Avenger this time. It would also give the movie a good reason to introduce The Daily Bugle. And if it does, please recast J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. There’s really no one else who can do it.Clark Gregg (via Marvel)Before we get there though, we still have a few movies to go before Marvel closes out Phase 3. The most exciting of which is Captain Marvel. The movie comes out next February, and will take place more than 10 years before any other Marvel movie. That means we’re going to be learning a lot about some MCU mainstays. Particularly Nick Fury and Agent Coulson. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Clark Gregg said he was thrilled that Captain Marvel would be bringing Coulson back to the big screen. He also revealed that we’re going to see some of the character’s earliest days in S.H.I.E.L.D. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Erika Johnson Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).#3) What is your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment? When, if ever, should a citizen’s 2nd Amendment rights be curtailed? Do you consider yourself a pro 2ndAmendment candidate? (submitted by Rob Fasulo of Wilmington)  My interpretation of the 2nd Amendment is as read “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”, written in 1789. While I respect the constitutional right to bear arms, we must acknowledge that much has changed within our government, society and gun technology since 1789. I believe in 2nd Amendment but also support universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks and assault rifles. I stand with Congressman Seth Moulton and many other fellow veterans who have called for the ban of assault rifles; saying these dangerous weapons should only be in the hands of trained military personnel.Gun violence is an epidemic in our country and we must put safeguards in place to protect the population. I applaud the Massachusetts Legislature for passing the Red Flag Gun Law which gives judges the power to strip weapons from individuals flagged as a danger to themselves or others. We, as a society, are becoming desensitized to the atrocities that have happened from Newtown to Virginia Tech to Aurora to Las Vegas; schools to movie theaters to concerts, it’s overdue that we act on common sense gun reform and I’m so proud to live in a state that although slow, has taken action to protect its people.#4) Do you support capital punishment? When, if ever, should a person convicted of a crime be put to death by its government? Would you support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts? (submitted by George Ferdinand of Tewksbury) I do not support capital punishment and would not support reinstating the death penalty in Massachusetts. I believe capital punishment violates the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment, a state should not be able to kill one of their own. As a country, the US is seen as a leader yet this practice is seen internationally as inhumane.When this issue is brought up, I often think of the victim’s family and the quote “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – Mahatma Gandhi. Personally, (god forbid) if I was put in that situation, I would feel more at peace knowing the person who killed my loved one was spending the rest of their life behind bars 23 hours a day than killed.Also, the sheer cost of capital punishment cases is astronomical; Cases without the death penalty cost an average of $740,000, while cases where the death penalty is sought cost an average of $1.26 million. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population. (https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty). If other states took Massachusetts’ lead and abolished capital punishment, that money saved could be reinvested in more effective crime deterrents such as education, gang prevention programs, mental health and drug treatment programs. Between the money spent, long appeals process, media coverage and drawn-out, painful process for the victim’s family, Massachusetts made the right decision when the death penalty was abolished in 1984.  Bonus “Fun” Question: Which town has the best breakfast spots? TEWKSBURY with Donna’s Donuts, Vic’s Waffle House, Perfecto’s, Bradford Lantern, Deli King, Route 38 Café, IHOP, & Cracker Barrel or WILMINGTON with As Good As It Gets, Country Chef, Sunny Side Café, Modash Café, Heav’nly Donuts, Starbucks & Panera Bread? For the record, each town has 8 Dunkin Donuts. In Tewksbury, Perfecto’s, I love their fun coffee flavors and delicious breakfast sandwiches. However, Wilmington takes the cake as Heav’nly Donuts is my go-to spot! My favorite is their Samoa Iced Coffee and every once in a while, a blueberry cake donut. You also can’t beat As Good As It Gets and it’s always nice to have a Starbucks in town!(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control, Death PenaltyIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erin Buckley Discusses Her Positions On Gun Control, Death PenaltyIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Dave Robertson Discusses His Positions On Gun Control, Death PenaltyIn “Government”last_img read more

New Loo Offers Relief In Busy Tourist Season

first_imgA ribbon cutting ceremony for a new public facility was held Thursday morning in downtown Ketchikan. The christening of the Stedman –Thomas Neighborhood Loo attracted about 40 people on a sunny and windy morning.Download AudioWith public restrooms few and far between in downtown Ketchikan, the much-needed facility was opened light-heartedly with plungers, poo cookies, and toilet-paper-for-napkins on hand. Borough Transit Director Kyan Reeve says the state-of-the-art design is used in Portland, Oregon and cost less than $100,000.Kyan Reeve introduces mayors Dave Kiffer and Lew Williams III. (KRBD photo)“This bathroom is really quite high tech. As you can see the louvers on it allow for self-policing by the community. When you see more than one set of legs in there you know that you probably need to call the authorities. There is a motion-detection lighting system that, at nighttime, lights up the signs on the outside. But when somebody goes inside the facility it turns off the outside lighting and turns on interior lighting. You can see the light coming up and out of the louvers to help to identify that it is in use. The lighting is a special anti-vein lighting, kind of a bluish color, the same color as your veins, making it hard to use illicit drugs in there.”Reeve says the facility is very sparse with only a toilet and a hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer is mounted outside the bathroom. He says this makes it easy to clean and eliminates the “hotel effect.” Reeve says a sink and mirror can attract people to stay.Reeve, Borough Mayor Dave Kiffer, and City Mayor Lew Williams III were among the speakers, along with Major Loni Upshaw of the Salvation Army. Mayor Kiffer was the first to speak.Mayor Kiffer, holding a golden plunger, cut the ribbon, officially opening the loo, and christened it with a ceremonial first flush.The first person to use the Stedman-Thomas Neighborhood Loo was Ketchikan resident Raffy Tavidagian.Public art was also revealed during the ceremony. Metalsmith Rich Stage created four plant hangers that are mounted at the top of two lamp posts on the bus shelter near the loo. Reproductions of watercolors by Elizabeth Rose grace the signs on the outside of the bathroom itself.Reeve says the facility will be open 24 hours a day during the summer.As a bus pulled up, Ketchikan resident Marvin Davis led a song he wrote sung to the tune of the Teddy Bear’s Picnic.last_img read more