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Visit to Africa spurs creation of CareNow

first_imgBjurstrom and Carrie Sharpshair, CareNow’s executive director, traveled through Africa last year visiting doctors, clinics, orphanages and pharmaceutical companies. “We got a really good feeling for the situation and reality,” he said. “We’re talking about really basic health care. Ultimately the objective is helping people transform themselves into thriving communities, rather than being too sick to work and too sick to learn.” Sharpshair said the group is providing basic health care to people who have none. “A small puncture wound from stepping on something could lead to a life-threatening infection. It’s amazing what $23,000 can do,” she said, referring to the annual cost of the mobile clinic along with a nurse and midwife in Zambia. She said her group has committed $45,000 over three years to health care and education in the Congo program in partnership with World Vision. The Lily Medical Clinic supported by CareNow in South Africa has about 30,000 visits a year from patients, including three children who received life-saving cardiac care last year, she said. It’s hard for people in the affluent communities of Los Angeles and Ventura counties to imagine how difficult it is in parts of Africa to obtain the simplest health care, she said. “We are a very, very privileged society living in a very privileged community,” she said. “Our human society half a world away is suffering tremendously.” Bjurstrom said many parts of Africa have lacked health care for generations, but that the world has grown more conscious of the problems recently, partly because of advancements in global communications and the worldwide attention given to the spread of AIDS. “There are villages where nearly the entire populations have died out,” he said. “When the teachers die of AIDS, there is no one to teach the children. When health care workers die, there is no one to care for the sick.” “The need is getting greater and greater as AIDS spreads,” Bjurstrom said. “All of the efforts together are not having the impact that we would like. There is more that needs to be done.” [email protected] (805) 583-7602 Information CareNow’s headquarters is at 5706 Corsa Ave., Suite 200 M, Westlake Village. Its Web site is www.carenowfoundation.org. The group will hold a major fundraiser June 3 at the Moorpark Country Club. Tickets are $125 for the banquet and presentation called “Safari Now, An Expedition into the Heart of Humanity.” For more information, call (818) 597-2451. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since 2005, the group has developed a partnership with World Vision to help with basic health care needs in the community of Kipushi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. CareNow has also collaborated with Action International to support a mobile health clinic, along with nursing services in rural areas near Lusaka, Zambia. And it’s working with the Lily of the Valley AIDS Orphanage to equip a new clinic for the orphanage and the surrounding community of Mophela in South Africa. “I think Ed and CareNow are just doing a terrific job,” said Mark Jaffe, the international service chairman for the Rotary Club of Westlake Village. “I joined Rotary because I wanted to help in this community and internationally, and I found it was a perfect way to make my dollars count, my time count and my efforts count. It gave me connections all over the world to make things happen,” said Jaffe, who maintains contact with Rotary members in South Africa who also support the Lily of the Valley project. Bjurstrom is a chemical engineer and former vice president of operations for Amgen Inc. He serves on the CareNow Foundation board along with physician John Horton and Donna L. Masterman, associate medical director in early development at Amgen and a former associate clinical professor of neurology at UCLA. WESTLAKE VILLAGE – A nonprofit foundation established in the Conejo Valley by a former Amgen executive is helping some of the poorest people in Africa find health care to deal with everything from simple infections to AIDS. “What I saw in Africa was people dying in their mud huts for lack of medication that cost $15 a month,” said Ed Bjurstrom, who founded the CareNow Foundation in Westlake Village after a visit to Africa in 2004 left him with the desire to take action. “The governments have the money to solve these problems. A huge amount of oil, gold and diamonds come from Africa,” he said. “How come the people don’t benefit from this? In the remotest parts of Africa, you can get beer and Coca-Cola with no problem.” Bjurstrom decided he could make an impact through CareNow by providing help to expand clinics and health care programs in small towns and villages where they were most needed. last_img read more

Exciting opportunities and fond memories

first_imgFor three Eureka High student athletes, the opportunity to take their playing careers to the next level isn’t just about the challenges that lie ahead.It’s also about the memories and experiences they’ll take with them.“I think what I’ll remember most is just how funny my teammates were,” softball standout Alyssa Jimenez said with a smile. “They were so incredibly hilarious in the worst of times.”On Friday Jimenez signed a letter of intent to play at Southwestern Oregon Community College …last_img read more

West Bengal’s new CM Mamata Banerjee has inherited a state of woes

first_imgMamata Banerjee created history by rooting out the Left Front and becoming the first woman chief minister of West Bengal.Now that she is the CM, the time for rhetoric as a firebrand opposition leader is over.She has a long list of challenges and will have to deliver as a professional executive head of the Maa-Maati-Maanush (Mother-Land-People) government. It is well understood that the level of expectation of the people is extremely high, and Mamata will now have to keep all the populist promises. The overwhelming support of the people to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the historic assembly election has made the task tougher for the new government.The biggest challenge which the CM will have to handle now is to bring West Bengal out of the acute financial crisis. The Left Front government has left the state exchequer with a revenue deficit of nearly Rs 2 lakh crore. Caught in the financial crisis, Mamata is now definitely worried about guaranteeing salaries and pensions for state government employees. Within hours of taking over as the CM, she held a long meeting with state finance minister Amit Mitra.Mitra has already suggested that the new government should approach New Delhi with a request for moratorium for at least three years on the interest payment on the revenue deficit. With the blessings of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, the chief minister is hopeful of finding a way to resolve the financial crisis.The second challenge for Mamata is re-establishing West Bengal as an abode of peace.advertisementWhile the Maoists are spreading their tentacles across the state, she will have to ensure that the insurgents don’t get to create any major security threat in future.The toughest challenge for her would be restraining her own party members from seeking revenge on the Left cadres. Since the election results, eight persons were killed in clashes between the CPI(M) cadres and TMC members.Fearing more clashes, Mamata has made a clarion call to her party members to refrain from all forms of badla (revenge).The new CM will also have to fulfill her promise of solving the problems in Darjeeling hills within three months. While the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha is committed to a separate state of Gorkhaland, New Delhi is not keen on further re-organisation of states. So, there is a strong possibility of trouble brewing in the Darjeeling hills in the near future.To woo support in Jangalmahal, the Maoist heartland in Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore districts, Mamata had promised to withdraw Operation Green Hunt and grant amnesty to all political prisoners (including arrested Maoist cadres). It remains to be seen whether she will be able to prevail over New Delhi on this matter.During the election campaign, Mamata had promised to create one million government jobs within one year. With the state government reeling under a financial crisis, how can she generate additional funds to create employment avenues for the unemployed youth of the state? The new CM will face a tough challenge in overhauling the bureaucracy and the state police force.During the 34 years of Left rule, the bureaucracy and the state police were highly politicised, and everyone feared that Mamata would bring about a massive reshuffling in the government set- up. But, the CM has already made it clear that the bureaucracy and the police would be allowed to function without interference. She will also have to tame the state employees, a large section of which still owe allegiance to the Co-ordination Committee, a CPI(M)-affiliated body.With so many challenges, people are now worried whether Didi would be able perform.===The finest greeting for Mamata Banerjee came from the top of Mt. Everest. Two mountaineers from Jaypurbeel in Howrah district on Saturday reached the top of Mt. Everest.Both dedicated their success to the political change in the state.Rajib Bhattacharya, a 39-year-old trader from Howrah, was the first to reach the summit of the world’s tallest peak at around 10 am on Saturday.Around 11.45 am, another mountaineer from Howrah, Dipankar Ghosh, also reached the summit of the world’s tallest peak.Both Bhattacharjee and Ghosh were part of an international team of mountaineers, and had mobilised funds on their own as the Left Front government did not extend any financial assistance to the mountaineers to scale Mt. Everest.Madan Mitra, the new sports minister of West Bengal on Saturday congratulated both Bhattacharjee and Ghosh for successfully scaling the world’s tallest peak. “This is the biggest gift to the CM,” he said. He further said that the CM would also felicitate the two mountaineers for making West Bengal proud.advertisement===Celebrations in SingurMamata Banerjee has not forgotten the promise she had made to the farmers of Singur three years ago.Within hours of taking over as chief minister on Friday, Didi took a cabinet decision to return 400 acres of land which was forcefully acquired by the Left Front government to the farmers.She owes a lot to the farmers of Singur, as the anti-land acquisition movement had made her party popular. Her announcement resulted in a euphoria in Singur. The farmers sang and danced till Friday late evening. She also announced that Tata Motors would be allowed to set up any industry at Singur in the remaining 600 acres.The Tatas are yet to make any statement on returning the 400 acres of land to the farmers of Singur. ===Goodies for the North With challenges mounting, West Bengal’s new CM Mamata Banerjee would soon have a modern secretariat – Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) – on lines of the PMO. Claiming that development is the topmost priority, Mamata said that her CMO would plan and supervise various development works in the state.”My priority is to set up infrastructure for good governance and to speed up development work for the benefit of the people,” the new CM said.The Trinamool Congress is also committed to the setting up of a new miniature secretariat in North Bengal.Sources in the party said the secretariat for North Bengal would be set up at Siliguri, the second largest city in the state.The North Bengal secretariat will undertake planning and implementation of special development schemes in the six districts, which are comparatively backward because of the Left Front’s alleged lackadaisical attitude.So far, people in the North Bengal districts have been complaining that the state government never bothered to develop basic infrastructure in the area. Except tea, there is no major industry in North Bengal.last_img read more

14 days agoClaudio Ranieri offered Sampdoria contract

first_imgClaudio Ranieri offered Sampdoria contractby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is in talks with Sampdoria.Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked by Samp this week.And should Ranieri be hired, it would mean for the second time in only a few months, Ranieri will be replacing Di Francesco, having taken over as caretaker manager at Roma in March.Ranieri met with Samp directors last night, with significant steps taken in reaching an agreement.He has been offered a contract to the end of the season worth €1m plus bonuses, with automatic renewal for another season if Samp avoid relegation. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CMA CGM Gets EU Approval for Containerships Takeover

first_imgzoomImage by WMN French shipping major CMA CGM has received a green light from the European Commission to acquire Finland’s Containerships.The European Commission concluded that the proposed merger, which was agreed on June 20, 2018, would not raise competition concerns due to its limited impact on the sector.With this move, the combination agreement between Container Finance and CMA CGM has been accepted unconditionally by all relevant competition authorities as of October 22, 2018.Estimated to take place on October 31, 2018, the combination would see Container Finance’s entire container logistics operations including Containerships, Multi-link Terminals and CD Holding integrate to CMA CGM’s intra-regional market offering in Europe and Mediterranean area.CMA CGM, which is already present on the intra-regional market through its subsidiaries, earlier said that the acquisition of Containerships would “strengthen even more the development strategy implemented by Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Group’s Chairman and CEO, aimed at densifying the group’s regional network.”last_img read more

Terrorists will fill vacuum Rahul on Farooq detention

first_imgNEW DELHI: The government is trying to “remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah” to create a political vacuum that will be filled by terrorists, Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday, targeting the government for the veteran Jammu and Kashmir leader’s detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA). “It’s obvious that the Government is trying to remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah Ji to create a political vacuum in Jammu and Kashmir that will be filled by terrorists. Kashmir can then permanently be used as a political instrument to polarise the rest of India,” tweeted the Congress leader. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Several opposition politicians have denounced the move to use on Farooq Abdullah the PSA, a law that enables detention for up to two years without trial and has so far been applied to terrorists, separatists and stone-throwers in Jammu and Kashmir. Abdullah will face the section of the law that deals with disturbing public order, which would mean a minimum of three-month detention. His home in Srinagar will be designated a “jail” for his detention. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTill now, the 83-year-old three-time Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir had been under unofficial house arrest for six weeks without any formal paperwork. A formal charge was brought against him on Monday, as the Supreme Court took up a petition asking for his immediate release. Hundreds of Jammu and Kashmir politicians, including Omar Abdullah – Abdullah’s son – and Mehbooba Mufti, both former chief ministers, have been arrested or detained as party of a security clampdown since August 5, when the government declared that special status to the state under Article 370 would end and it would be split into two union territories. Farooq Abdullah, however, is the first mainstream politician and the first MP to be charged under the PSA. The decision was seen by many as an attempt to pre-empt any court decision forcing his release. CPM leader Sitaram Yechury called the move a “cowardly afterthought” by the ruling BJP. “Farooq Abdullah has stood by India through thick and thin. Why has the PSA been imposed? This is a cowardly afterthought by the BJP government with no respect for either India or its Constitution,” Yechury said. DMK leader MK Stalin tweeted that the move was “excessive, arbitrary and unlawful”. Congress leader Kapil Sibal questioned whether the step to invoke PSA against Abdullah after 43 days was prompted by MDMK chief Vaiko’s plea in the SC seeking a directive that the former J&K chief minister be produced before it.last_img read more

PunjabiCanadians roll into trucking rerouting a traditional industry

first_imgNachhattar Singh Chohan lived in Canada eight years before he tried his hand at trucking.A former brake plant worker and gas station attendant with farming roots, the then-34-year-old marshalled his savings, bought a used Ford Econoline van and set to work delivering newspapers for the Toronto Star in 1988.Today, Chohan runs a 20-tractor fleet for regional and long-haul freight, his son at his side in their Mississauga, Ont., office.“Trucking is a very hard business,” Chohan said, overlooking an asphalt lot brimming with semis. “Sometimes you’re working six days, seven days a week.”Once the domain of white, blue-collar big-riggers, trucking has shifted gears as South Asian Canadians fill a growing labour shortage and reroute the industry with tech-savvy and chai-vending truck stops.In 1996, less than two per cent of Canada’s truckers were South Asian immigrants. In 2016, they comprised 18 per cent of the country’s roughly 181,000 drivers, according to a study by Newcom Media Inc. based on Statistics Canada’s National Household Survey.More than half of all truckers in the Vancouver and Toronto areas were born in South Asia. One-third of Canada’s big-riggers are immigrants, with those from India making up by far the highest proportion at more than 40 per cent. The vast majority speak Punjabi, according to StatCan.The group’s growing heft is reflected in new organizations like the North American Punjabi Trucking Association. Launched this year and based in California, NAPTA educates members on new regulations and technology and negotiates pay rates and discounts on fuel, tires and insurance.Decent salaries are one draw to the sector, association co-founder Raman Dhillon said.The average salary for a truck driver in Canada is $48,733 a year, according to the Neuvoo job search engine, but more experienced big-riggers can pull in more than $100,000 annually, he said.A labour shortage and a low barrier to entry are another lure.The trucking industry will be short 34,000 drivers by 2024, according to a 2016 study by the Trucking Alliance of Canada. The sector also lacks the apprenticeship hurdles of the trades, though regulations vary by province.Cultural factors and on-the-job independence come into play as well, said Dhillon, who co-founded a California truck company with his brother in 1992. Now run by their cousin, it has ballooned to a 70-tractor fleet.“We are pioneers of trucking in India also,” Dhillon said of Punjabis in general, adding that some park themselves in the job after years of experience with agricultural equipment in the rural region.“In Punjabi culture, trucking and driving is a passion. I drove with passion. I still love it,” he said. “My dad did it. He started his driving career when he was 16.”In Canada, many truck drivers own their own tractors and operate as a small business under contract with a fleet.“No bosses hanging over your head. You’re just working for yourself,” Dhillon said. “I think that brings a lot of people in.”As finding and retaining drivers becomes tougher, companies are embracing a more flexible, family-friendly lifestyle that takes cultural awareness into account, said Manan Gupta, publisher of Road Today, which serves the South Asian trucking community.“They’re celebrating South Asian festivals at their locations, special religious festivals,” he said, pointing to Sikh holidays in particular. Other fleets offer language training.Monty Chrysler, head of recruitment and driver training at International Truckload Services Inc. in Belleville, Ont., said South Asian Canadian drivers and fleet owners, many of whom landed in Canada with university degrees and digital fluency, adjust to industry innovations more easily and often carve out niche contracts with large suppliers.“Trucking has been slow to come into the 21st century — we should have had e-logs years ago,” he said, referring to electronic records that track everything from location to freight loads to fuel burn. “These kids are wired right into it. That makes everything more efficient.”Punjabi-Canadians can also now be found at every way point on the big-rig map, from repair shops, car washes and insurance companies to suppliers, dispatch units and diners — “you name it,” said Gupta of Road Today.A pair of truck stops by the U.S. border near Sarnia, Ont., serve up dal, masala chai and parathas — a thick flatbread.“It’s the opportunity to interact and talk about what’s happening back home,” Gupta said.“It gives you an extra opportunity to relax, to feel good.”last_img read more

The Broncos New Quarterback Is Inexperienced But At Least Hes Not Peyton

By contrast, the average defending champ through 2015 returned a QB with 74.8 career starts and a lifetime AV of 66.5, meaning they were both pretty seasoned and pretty good. And that experience has traditionally been an advantage in the pursuit of a repeat Super Bowl bid. All else being equal, teams whose opening-day QBs have more career AV under their belt tend to perform better in the passing game. For instance, a simple regression would predict a 70-AV QB’s team to pass the ball with a half-standard deviation greater efficiency3According to Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) metric. — the equivalent of four-fifths of an extra win over a full season — than that of a zero-AV QB, while a more complex fit suggests the same edge in experience could be worth even more, as much as a full standard deviation of passing efficiency or 1.7 wins. When the Denver Broncos begin their title defense with Trevor Siemian under center on Sept. 8, they’ll be in a rare spot for reigning Super Bowl winners. Last year’s starting QB, Peyton Manning, retired in March, guaranteeing Denver would become only the fifth champ of the Super Bowl era1Since opening day of 1967, because there was no defending Super Bowl champ in Week 1 of the 1966 season. whose opening-day primary quarterback2For the purposes of this entire article, I’ll be referring to a team’s “primary QB” — the player who led the team in dropbacks in a game — as a proxy for its starter, since Pro-Football-Reference’s Game Finder doesn’t provide data on which QB started each game. during the next season was not the same signal-caller who led the way on Super Sunday.And even among that group of new QBs, Siemian is almost uniquely inexperienced. Assuming he ends up being Denver’s primary passer in Week 1, he’ll join another Bronco — Brian Griese, who replaced John Elway in 1999 — as the only opening-day primary QBs for a defending champion whose prior career featured both zero career starts and zero points of career Approximate Value (AV). So, given Siemian’s lack of experience (let alone his meager draft pedigree), we’d expect him to lead a passing attack that’s fairly lousy. But even if Siemian spearheads a passing offense with a DVOA index4Which sets DVOA on a common scale where 100 is league average and a standard deviation in either direction is 15 points. of 90, two-thirds of a standard deviation worse than NFL average — as the average zero-AV opening day starter has during the Super Bowl era — it would represent an improvement to the Broncos’ passing attack.Simply put, Denver won the Super Bowl last season in spite of its passing offense, not because of it. In terms of passing efficiency, the Broncos were an entire standard deviation worse than league average last season, which equated to the NFL’s eighth-most inefficient aerial attack. And Manning himself was awful, producing the worst season of any Super Bowl QB in history. His backup, Brock Osweiler, wasn’t great either, but if Siemian’s 2016 performance can mimic Osweiler’s more than Manning’s, the Broncos will still be better through the air than they were a year ago.And with a defense as dominant as the Broncos still possess, that might be enough to contend for another Super Bowl, even given Siemian’s historic inexperience under center. read more

Leroy Sane left out of Manchester City squad

first_imgLeroy Sane has been left out of Manchester City’s squad for the game against Newcastle following his poor performances in training.The Germany international is yet to start a Premier League fixture for the champions this season and wasn’t on the team bus to the Etihad on Saturday.Pep Guardiola and Rafa Benitez make three changes each from their last Premier League outing.John Stones, Riyad Mahrez, and Gabriel Jesus come into the Man City line-up after the champions’ 1-1 draw at Wolves. For Newcastle, captain Jamaal Lascelles, Kenedy, and Ayoze Perez return after their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea last Sunday.MAN CITY TEAM NEWSRoberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, D. Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero.Subs: Muric, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, Gundogan, B. Silva, Foden.NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWSStarting XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Clark, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummett, Diame, Ki, Kenedy, Perez, Rondon.Subs: Darlow, Sterry, Atsu, Longstaff, Murphy, Muto, Joselu.last_img read more

Klopp jokes about Super League plan

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently made fun of the idea of a European Super League, saying it would mean “a lot fewer games and much more money.”German news magazine Der Spiegel claimed on Friday that top European teams are keen on signing a deal for the establishment of a European Super League in three years’ time.Following the Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates, Klopp disclosed to Sky Sports: “I have no real opinion. It sounds nice, really nice, because it would mean a lot fewer games and much more money.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m completely fine with league football and how it is at the moment. At least it’s an idea that won’t happen immediately, I’m not sure if somebody has spoken about it, to be honest.“All the other wonderful ideas of UEFA and FIFA they do it immediately – they don’t ask – you see then, ‘oh now we have 20 more games – all of us – and no more money.”last_img read more