New maternity ward for NA Hospital

first_imgFacilities at the New Amsterdam Hospital are soon to be upgraded. This is according to Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who made this announcement at the signing of the contract for construction of a new maternity wing at that medical facility. The $192 million contract which has been awarded to S and K Construction and Consultancy Service General Supplies will see a one-flat building being constructed fully equipped with the technology that is now being used in maternity and delivery rooms. These include: two operating theatres, four delivery rooms, 100 beds, parking facilities, viewing areas for visitors, and sterling nursing and doctors’ rest rooms.The state-of-the-art one-storey maternity wing will also have a post-anesthetic unit and a neonatal intensive care unit, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.Speaking at the event last week, the Public Health Minister said the aim of this venture is to ensure that more obstetrical and gynaecological services are offered through consultants, an adequate amount of paediatric doctors is available, and there is more space for private conversations with women and girls about family planning. This initiative, she said, is in keeping with Government’s mandate to modernise and upgrade the regional hospitals to provide vital medical services.The new facility is a collaborative effort between the ministries of Public Health and Communities.Region Six Chairman, David Armogan, told the gathering that there will no longer be complaints of inadequate space, as is the case at the present maternity unit.Meanwhile, efforts are also underway to improve the working conditions for staff, and to provide new services along with an additional complement of technical and supporting staff at the hospital.Minister Lawrence noted that the Accident and Emergency Unit (A&E) at the New Amsterdam Hospital will be expanded this year to improve the delivery of healthcare services to patients.Future plans for the Region Six health sector, to be completed in 2018, include the construction of a theatre at the Skeldon Hospital and the provision of an out-patient building, doctors’ quarters and maternity ward for the New Amsterdam Hospital.last_img read more

Update: Flaring nearly complete at McMann Plant in Taylor

first_imgSpectra Energy is now saying controlled flaring at its McMann Plant in Taylor should be completed sometime this afternoon. According to Taylor Fire Chief Dan Leighton, the flaring, which began just before noon today, drew the alarm of some residents who thought the plant was on fire. Spectra says the flaring was the result of a power outage earlier this morning which forced the McMann plant to flush its lines into the plant’s flare pits. To make matters worse, the outage also cut off the phone lines to the plant, leaving concerned citizens who called the plant with a somewhat disconcerting sound… [asset|aid=589|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fc2a802eca37e837316bd6398a08f5ef-Disconnect_1_Pub.mp3] However, Spectra Energy’s Lise-Ann Jackson says no one was endangered as a result of the flaring. [asset|aid=590|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=fc2a802eca37e837316bd6398a08f5ef-Jackson-Flaring_1_Pub.mp3] Jackson says power has already been restored to the plant and operations will soon return to normal.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Liverpool eliminate Arsenal in Carabao Cup

first_img0Shares0000A neat turn allowed Divock Origi to manufacture some space and the Belgian’s shot was too powerful for the keeperLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Liverpool reached the League Cup quarter-finals in thrilling style as their incredible 5-5 draw against Arsenal was followed by a 5-4 penalty shoot-out triumph on Wednesday.Both Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal boss Unai Emery made 11 changes for the fourth round tie, but the understudies served up one of the most entertaining games of the season at Anfield. Arsenal enjoyed a memorable 6-3 League Cup quarter-final win at Liverpool in 2007, but this time they squandered multiple leads in an even more dramatic clash.In the shoot-out, Dani Ceballos’ penalty was saved by 20-year-old Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher before 18-year-old Curtis Jones converted the winning kick.Liverpool have won the League Cup a record eight times and they remain on course to lift the trophy for the first time since 2012.After Granit Xhaka’s astonishing outburst at Arsenal fans during Sunday’s traumatic Premier League draw with Crystal Palace, this was another body blow for Arsenal, who lost despite leading 3-1, 4-2 and then 5-4 with seconds to go.Xhaka was absent while Emery debates whether to strip the midfielder of the captaincy, but Arsenal were unable to take advantage of Liverpool’s youthful line-up.With an average age of 23 years and 122 days, it was Liverpool’s youngest starting eleven in any competition since January 2017 as teenagers Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott, Rhian Brewster and Sepp Van Den Berg all featured.Liverpool’s rookies went ahead after just six minutes as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent over a low cross and Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, sliding in to clear, accidently deflected it onto his knee and into the back of his own net.Yet, with all of Liverpool’s star defenders rested, the Premier League leaders were far less solid than usual and Arsenal drew level in the 19th minute.The goal came via an assist from the rarely used Mesut Ozil, who was making his only his third appearance of the season and his first since September 24.Ozil picked out Bukayo Saka in space and when his shot was saved, the unmarked Lucas Torreira slotted home despite Liverpool’s appeals for offside.– Origi heroics –Emery’s team took the lead in the 26th minute after more sloppy defending allowed Ainsley Maitland-Niles to cross and Gabriel Martinelli was on hand to fire into the roof of the net from close-range.Martinelli struck again 10 minutes later when Ozil intercepted Elliott’s loose pass to send Saka clear and he produced a low cross for the 18-year-old Brazilian forward to grab his seventh goal in seven appearances this season.James Milner reduced Liverpool’s deficit with a 43rd minute penalty after Elliott went down under minimal contact from Martinelli.Milner gifted Arsenal their fourth goal in the 54th minute when Maitland-Niles seized on his under-hit back-pass.Ozil kept the ball in play with a nimble piece of footwork and Maitland-Niles tapped into the empty net.Oxlade-Chamberlain got one back for Liverpool with a thunderous long-range drive four minutes later.And Divock Origi equalised with an even better strike in the 62nd minute as the Belgian spun sharply before blasting into the top corner from the edge of the area.But Willock restored Arsenal’s lead in the 70th minute with another contender for goal of the night, the midfielder sprinting away before unleashing a 25-yard rocket.It was only the second time Liverpool have conceded five goals in a home match in the last 66 years.Remarkably, that wasn’t the end of the scoring and Origi acrobatically volleyed Liverpool’s equaliser in stoppage-time, setting the stage for their shoot-out success.Aston Villa moved into the last eight with a 2-1 win over local rivals Wolves at Villa Park.Anwar El-Ghazi put Villa ahead and, after Patrick Cutrone’s equaliser, Ahmed Elmohamady bagged the winner.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

U.S. factory orders fall short of expectations

first_imgECONOMY: Demand for costly manufactured goods rises only slightly. WASHINGTON – U.S. factories saw orders for costly manufactured goods rise only marginally in November – falling short of expectations for a much bigger gain and underscoring the strains on the economy from housing and credit problems. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that orders for “durable” goods – products expected to last at least three years – increased by just 0.1percent last month. The tiny rise came after durable-goods orders fell by 0.4percent in October. Economists were hoping for a larger rebound – a 2.2percent increase – in new orders placed at the nation’s factories in November. Still, the November rise marked the first increase in durable-goods orders in the past four months. In other economics news, more people signed up for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the job market is softening as the economy loses speed. Demand for capital goods, excluding aircraft – a category considered a good proxy for business investment – fell by 0.4 percent in November. It was the second month in a row that this category posted a decline. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe Labor Department reported that new applications for unemployment insurance rose by a seasonally adjusted 1,000 to 349,000. Economists had expected new filings for jobless benefits to dip to around 340,000 for last week. “Now that business spending is also losing momentum, the risk of recession is mounting,” said Michael Gregory, economist at BMO Capital Markets Economics. Meanwhile, a report from the Conference Board indicated consumers grew slightly more confident in December despite underlying concerns about the country’s economic health. The board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose to 88.6 in December, from 87.8 in November. It was the first increase since July. On Wall Street, though, the disappointing increase in durable-goods orders was a factor pulling stocks lower. Orders for machinery, computers and electronic products, communications equipment, defense aircraft and fabricated metal products all posted declines in November. However, those losses were more than offset by gains in demand for electrical equipment and appliances, automobiles, commercial airplanes and primary metals, including steel. That led to the small rise in overall durable-goods orders in November. last_img read more

Angeles National Forest to see cutback in firefighting protection

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – The U.S. Forest Service is cutting back wildland protection in the Angeles National Forest from seven days a week to five to wring the most from its firefighting buck. The cutback comes as the county declared Wednesday as the start of the fire season. Fifty-six fewer firefighters will man the 28 engines in the Angeles National Forest, and 40 regional “hotshot” crew members will be phased out. “It’s been stressed we need to live within our means … We don’t plan on having a lot of fires this year,” said Don Garwood, deputy fire chief for the Angeles National Forest. “We plan to make the budget stretch to the point it can, and the result is we have chosen not to hire as many people this year.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Which is not to say that fires will not erupt, just that the agency is redistributing its manpower, he said. In 2004, 39,000 acres burned in the northern area of the Angeles, from Acton and Lake Hughes to Newhall. One hundred-forty firefighters and three 20-person interagency hotshot crews will be on duty. Before 2000, the agency had fewer fire crews and engines in the field, but for the past six years, the resources have been constant. Garwood said the budget has not changed significantly from last year, but the approach to staffing has. To avoid gaping holes in coverage, days worked by adjacent engine companies in the forest will be staggered. In prior years, seven-person crews were at the ready seven days a week, but this year five-person crews will work five days a week, said Cid Morgan, U.S. Forest Service ranger in the Angeles’ Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers district. Many seasonal or apprentice firefighters hired last year will not return this year, Morgan said. If the positions cut this year are not funded in the next couple of years, they could be at risk for permanent elimination. Talks about how to manage the shortfall have been under way since last fall, but Angeles Forest officials did not see the final budget until a couple of months ago. Morgan said the entire Angeles Forest – her district stretches from the Santa Clarita Valley to the Antelope Valley – is considered a wildland-urban interface. “(Fire) can go from anywhere in the forest into the adjacent community because of wind events,” she said. “Any community on the forest boundary is considered to be at risk.” Newer homes sheathed in stucco and composite roofs may be better off in the event of a wildfire. While the agency says it is adequately covering the area, if crews are pulled away to fight fires elsewhere, that could strain the force. Two local engines rotated to battle a blaze in Nevada. Morgan said the agency could be more stingy about sharing crews if the local risk is “certain.” “If we determine we need engines on the forest to cover attack needs, we will not let anyone go off the forest,” she said. “We probably will get to that position faster because of the shortfall.” Many municipal agencies, including the Los Angeles city and county fire departments and the Ventura County Fire Department, pay higher wages than the Forest Service, and Morgan said the agency loses many qualified firefighters to other departments. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgFANCY becoming a Ladies Gaelic Football referee?Well if you’re aged over 15 and want to learn the basics, the Donegal LGFA is running a course later this month.It lasts just three hours and at the end of it, you can start your whistling career at U12 Go Games matches The course is on June 23 – a venue will be decided later.Contact LGFA development officer Donal Sharkey to enrol your members for this course on’s some more details:Go-Games – Basic Refereeing – During this course participants will:•Be introduced to the basic rules of Ladies Gaelic Football•Discuss the roles and responsibilities of referees•Develop the fundamental skills of refereeing to enable to referee in a fun, safe environmentDuration: Course is maximum 3 hours in duration which can be held during day or over an evening. TY/AS Level Grab Your Whistle is also included at this level. The GO-Games course will be aimed at participants who are over 15yrs and adults who wish to start out on the road to becomes referees of the future. Minimum participants for this course is 12 with a maximum of 20.Clubs are urged to encourage members to participate in this course, especially younger club members thinking of taking up Ladies Gaelic refereeing.OVER 15? FANCY BECOMING A LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL REFEREE? was last modified: June 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LGFAreferee courselast_img read more

UPL: Joel Madondo stars as Busoga United stuns Express FC

first_imgMadondo (right) dribbles past Express FC custodian Tony Kyamera to open the scoring on Tuesday. (PHOTO/Busoga United FC)Uganda Premier League Express FC 1-2 Busoga United FCBetway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Tuesday, 29-10-2019WANKULUKUKU – Joel Madondo scored once and assisted the other as Busoga United defeated Express FC 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon.The forward was in inspired form, netting the openner and assisting Boban Zirintusa’s winner.Receiving a pass from Zirintusa, Madondo rounded Express FC goal keeper Tony Kyamera before slotting into an empty net to hand the visitors a deserved lead on 13 minutes.In the second half, Madondo who had troubled Yiga Muhammad all afternoon, made a brilliant run down the left before sending a low cross into the path of Zirintusa to tap into the back of the net.Either side of Busoga’s double, Frank Kalanda equalized for the Red Eagles, converting from the spot after Douglas Muganga brought down Isaac Doka in the forbidden area.It was a tricky affair for both sides as the surface was unpleasant following the concert that was hosted in the stadium on Sunday.Express had chances to take the lead but Yiga headed Ssenyondo’s cross straight at Rogers Omedwa in Busoga’s head before Kalanda robbed Abubakar Otwao of the ball inside the area but surrendered it to the alert Otwao.Doka found himself in acres of space inside the Busoga area but headed Ssenyondo’s cross wide.Ssenyondo was causing all sorts of issues for the Busoga back-line and he also lined up a cross for Kalanda to head over.Disan Ggaliwango who has impressed for the Red Eagles since the season started, looked out of sorts throughout the day.He teed up Daniel Shabena but the midfielder blasted over .The result piles more pressure on Express FC head coach George Ssemwogerere who many Red Eagles faithful feel deserves the sack.Loss for Express means they have won just one of their five home games this season (D1 L3). It leaves them in 12th spot with 10 points from 10 points.For Busoga, they climb into 4rd position with 16 points.How both teams startedExpress FCTony Kyamera (GK), Muhammad Yiga, Hamisi Batega, Martin Kizza, Andrew Kiwanuka, Daniel Shabena, Dennis Sserukwaya, Isaac Doka Mweru, Dissan Galiwango, Frank Kalanda, Frank Ssenyondo.Busoga United FCOmedwa Roger, Otwao Abubaker, Muganga Douglas, Debbo Julius Jr, Kakeeto Shafiq, Semwogere Joseph, Kasonko Gorge, Bagoole David, Boban Zirintusa, Madondo Joel, Mayanja Anthony.The other games played on Tuesday-Kyetume FC 1-2 Vipers SC-Police FC 2-1 Wakiso Giants FC-BUL FC 1-1 Bright Stars FCComments Tags: Boban ZirintusaBusoga UnitedExpress FCFrank KalandaGeorge SsemwogerereJoel MadondoUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Yastrzemski’s presence in outfield highlights Giants’ new front office approach

first_imgBALTIMORE — At the end of Cactus League play this spring, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi traded a minor league pitcher for a minor league outfielder in a deal that didn’t exactly catch the attention of many fans.The trade that sent pitcher Tyler Herb to Baltimore in exchange for outfielder Mike Yastrzemski likely wouldn’t have been mentioned by most media outlets if not for Yastrzemski’s famous last name.Yes, he’s the grandson of Hall of Famer and former Red Sox star …last_img read more

Warriors facing a unique challenge in harrowing NBA Finals

first_img Warriors … OAKLAND — Forgive me, but we’re going to talk basketball here for a moment.Because amid all the hoopla and the cries of “look over here, I’m outraged” regarding Warriors minority owner and pushy billionaire Mark Stevens, you might have forgotten that Golden State is in one hell of a pickle in these NBA Finals.But the Warriors, down 2-1 to the Raptors, are not in any state of panic amid the deficit — at least not that I could sense on Thursday.Related Articleslast_img read more

Cosmology: Crossroads or Crosswinds?

first_imgEarlier this month in Science, Charles L. Bennett (Johns Hopkins) wrote a status report called “Cosmology at a Crossroads.”1  It included a brief survey of how cosmology got to its current paradigm and how future instruments should narrow down the unknowns.  The “standard model” as it has become known hangs together if one allows for three factors to overwhelm the observations: cold dark matter, dark energy, and inflation.    Bennett reviewed the pivotal discoveries that propelled 20th century cosmology: Hubble’s expansion, Zwicky’s dark matter, Penzias and Wilson’s cosmic microwave background (CMB), and Guth’s inflationary cosmology.  More recent measurements of Type-1a supernovae, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the WMAP constraints on CMB fluctuations have contributed to the standard model.  Cosmologists have still not agreed, though, on a specific type of inflation.  They also have not been able to pin down the energy density of the universe or determine if it is responsible for cosmic acceleration.    Bennett listed “six generic predictions of the simplest versions of inflation.”  These include (1) a highly uniform CMB temperature, (2) nearly flat Euclidean geometry (which seems to be within 1%), (3) very slight temperature fluctuations in the CMB, (4) acoustic oscillations on large scales that are in phase, (5) random Gaussian phases, and (6) a polarization pattern in gravitational waves.  He indicated that most of these predictions are on track but further refinement is needed.  “New CMB data will improve inflation constraints and possibly detect the key gravitational wave signature,” he ended.  “With new spectroscopic redshift surveys of a quarter of a billion galaxies, the new combined data will help elucidate the reason for the accelerated expansion, characterize dark matter, probe galaxy evolution, determine the mass of the light neutrinos, and test the Gaussianity and power spectrum of inflation.”  By putting these in future tense he indicated they are as yet unknown.    Bennett had begun by asking the ultimate question:A fundamental question in cosmology is, “How did the universe begin?”  The two pivotal ideas of inflation and cold dark matter (CDM), combined with extensive observational results, including the unpredicted accelerated expansion of the universe, underpin a new standard model of cosmology.”By stating that inflation and CDM need to be combined with obervational results, Bennett just indicated that neither are observational.  He also just said that the acceleration was not predicted by the standard model.  So now there is a “new standard model.”  Is it new and improved?  He did not say, nor did he return to the question of how the universe began.  The remainder of his article proceeded from a point after the beginning (inflation).  He did briefly offer this hope about the beginning built on the paradigm of inflation:However, the big bang theory only describes the expansion and cooling but says nothing about the origin of the universe.  Within the standard model, the beginning of the universe is effectively “inflation,” the rapid expansion of a tiny region of space to astronomical scales.  Inflation is a paradigm that encompasses a wide range of specific implementations that are at the intersection of quantum and gravity theories, the two great but incompatible theories of 20th century physics.  Measurements of inflation not only will probe the origin of the universe but also may help reveal the basic structure of physics itself.If inflation is a paradigm that describes the rapid expansion of a tiny region of space, it should be evident that it is a post-beginning phenomenon.  Where did the tiny region of space come from?  Why did it possess a vacuum energy density?  One sees the spectre of an infinite series.1.  Charles L. Bennett, “Cosmology at a Crossroads,” Science, 11 September 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5946, pp. 1347-1348, DOI: 10.1126/science.1172427.To see what the cosmology gurus are doing to science, let’s revisit the Peanuts cartoon from the 09/21/2009 commentary (q.v.).  Lucy is not about to abandon her paradigm that the object came from Brazil – butterfly, potato chip, or whatever.  So she comes up with a new paradigm she calls “migration” to explain how it got here.  “There is a mysterious force acting in the jungles of Brazil,” she tells Charlie Brown, “that transports butterfly-shaped objects around to astronomical scales.  This migration is much faster than the speed of light – for all intents and purposes, it is instantaneous.  This fits well with the standard model of Brazilian butterfly and potato chip origins.”  A credulous Charlie Brown asks, “You call that science?  Where is the evidence?”  Without breaking cadence, Lucy exclaims, “What do you mean, you ignoramus?  The evidence is right in front of you – right there on the sidewalk!”    Bennett should be ashamed of saying inflation makes predictions.  For one thing, he agreed that the concept is mushy.  “Inflation is a paradigm that encompasses a wide range of specific implementations that are at the intersection of quantum and gravity theories, the two great but incompatible theories of 20th century physics.”  It’s like an oreo cookie.  It’s a mushy, moldable paradigm between two non-intersecting theories.  It’s also disingenuous for Bennett to say that inflation can be measured.  Inflation is not an observation.  Inflation is not data.  It is a rescuing device for the big bang theory, conceived to get around three falsifying criticisms: the horizon problem, the flatness problem, and the lumpiness problem. By the early 1980s these problems threatened the foundations of modern cosmology.  The horizon problem stated that it was highly improbable to get a uniform universe during an expansion when different sectors had no way to be in thermal equilibrium.  Enter inflation to rescue the big bang: it smoothed out those temperature differences by expanding them to astronomical scales.  The flatness problem stated that it was highly improbable to get a universe finely balanced (flat) between the extremes of positive and negative curvature.  Enter inflation to dilute any initial curvature by spreading it out to hyper-astronomical dimensions, so that our local region (the “observable universe”) appears flat, like a bacterium on a large beach ball might think it is living on a flat surface.  The lumpiness problem stated that it is highly improbable to expect an explosion of a sea of particles to condense into stars and galaxies.  Enter inflation theory to generate matter out of vacuum energy that leftover temperature fluctuations in the CMB were able to condense into lumps – the seeds of the first galaxies.  All that is required to appreciate this elegant solution to these problems is to believe that something can come from nothing, and that the something would undergo a one-time, unobservable expansion from the size a tennis ball to the size of the whole universe, 26 orders of magnitude, in about a trillion trillionth of a second.Alan Guth invented the concept of inflation to rescue the big bang from these very problems (02/21/2005).  It is disingenuous to turn around and say that inflation predicted these things.  Remember?  Guth (Grand Unified Theory Huckster) said in the 2/21/2005 entry that “Without inflation, this large-scale smoothness appears quite puzzling.”  It was certainly puzzling to Lucy how the potato chip got to her sidewalk from Brazil, too.  Some puzzles evaporate when you think outside the box.    Everyone who respects science respects observational data.  Supernovae are real.  Gravitationally-lensed objects are observed.  A nearly smooth CMB that matches a blackbody spectrum is not controversial.  But inflation and dark stuff are figments of cosmological imagination.  If they only serve to keep a 20th century paradigm moving along the track, how much credence should be given them?  We’re all for sky surveys and spacecraft (within the limits of a society to fund them) but it is not society’s goal or responsibility to fund speculation endlessly when that speculation is propped up by occult phenomena like dark matter, dark energy and inflation.    There is a phenomenon that is not occult, that ties together the observations, and explains the fine-tuning of the universe.  It is already used productively in science.  It should be included along with matter and energy in the list of fundamental properties of the universe.  It brings sense to the discussion.  It doesn’t dodge the origin of the universe but explains it.  You know what it is, because you are employing it right now.  It’s information.  If information could be derived from nothing, you know secular cosmology would embrace it wholeheartedly, but because from our uniform experience information always comes from an intelligent source, the materialist shamans who rule the scientific religion (listen to ID the Future) refuse to take the right turn at the crossroads.  Turn right at the light.(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more