Freelance journalist held incommunicado for past three weeks

first_img Receive email alerts Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a freelance reporter who went missing near the western city of Turkmenbashi on 7 July. It was finally reported on 29 July that he is being held incommunicado by the authorities.Nepeskuliev works for the Turkmen service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and the Netherlands-based news website Alternative Turkmenistan News (ATN). He called his family on 7 July from Avaza, a Caspian Sea town near Turkmenbashi where he was doing research for future stories, and he told he would return that afternoon. But he never came back.After several days, worried relatives contacted a police station in Turkmenbashi, where the police suggested he might have drowned. After further extensive enquiries, the family finally discovered on 28 July that he is being held in a prison in Akdash, near Avaza, for alleged possession of drugs, a charge they categorically deny.“Saparmamed Nepeskuliev’s arbitrary detention is all the more worrying because torture is systematically used in Turkmen jails,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Given the Turkmen government’s attitude towards independent news media, it is clear that his imprisonment is linked to his journalistic activities. We urge the authorities to end the secrecy surrounding his current status and to release him without delay.”Nepeskuliev mainly covers social and infrastructural issues in the area around Turkmenbashi and his nearby hometown, Balkanabat, including the quality of the water, the state of the roads and access to healthcare.In late May, he produced a photo-reportage for RFE/RL about a luxury residential complex for senior officials. He has also highlighted the lack of concern by the local authorities about the state of public services and the rising cost of basic foodstuffs.”Saparmamed is a very brave journalist and a civil activist who truly loves his hometown and wants to change things for the better by reporting on acute social concerns,” ATN editor in chief Ruslan Miatiev told Reporters Without Borders.“His articles and photos for ATN always triggered discussion and found support among the residents of the region where he lives. I have no doubts that Saparmamed’s persecution is entirely politically motivated.”Media freedom is non-existent in Turkmenistan, an information black hole that is ranked 178th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, above only North Korea and Eritrea.Turkmenistan’s only independent media are based abroad, and reporting for them from inside the country is very risky. Osmankuly Hallyev, who had reported for RFE/RL’s Turkmen service for years, had to stop in June after he was interrogated and threatened and several members of his family lost their jobs because of his work.Several of his colleagues have been arrested in recent years and mistreatment was almost certainly to blame for RFE/RL reporter Ogulsapar Muradova’s death in detention in September 2006.(Photo: ATN) July 31, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist held incommunicado for past three weeks TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia to go further March 13, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan Help by sharing this information TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia center_img News News News Follow the news on Turkmenistan #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries December 18, 2020 Find out more News Organisation March 31, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Detailed guide: Self-declare as a private sector COVID-19 testing provider

first_img9. For point-of-care testing: providers need to meet ISO standards ISO 15189 and ISO 22870 ‘point-of-care testing (POCT) – requirements for quality and competence’. Samples shall be processed by a UKAS accredited or applicant providerThese ISO standards and technical specifications set out the key components that should be considered to provide safe and reliable POCT service.It is expected that UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 and ISO 22870 will become a mandatory minimum standard by summer 2021.Providers are encouraged to adhere to ISO 22583 “Guidance for supervisors and operators of point-of-care testing (POCT) devices”. clear governance and lines of accountability such as senior responsible officer, clinical lead, quality lead, training lead staff are appropriately trained and there is evidence of competency assessment and participation in relevant external quality assessment (EQA) liability and indemnity cover for staff a verification report for the laboratory element of the test (known as the assay), in line with national protocols for laboratory-based testing information management systems to monitor sample delivery and tracking systems to meet the provisions for handling, transportation and analysis of test samples working to containment level CL3 or CL2+ with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approval for laboratory-based testing systems, processes and record management to support the delivery of safe and reliable service Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers ICO FAQs UKAS ISO 15189 ISO 17025 guidance on medical devices regulation from 1 January 2021 guidance on CE marking In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive RequirementsThe current minimum standards are summarised as follows (more detail is provided in the form):1. Requirement of a clinical or medical director or equivalent and healthcare scientistThe provider must have a designated resourced role that has oversight and approval of medical practices undertaken by the provider and responsibility for reporting medical issues. The individual must be a registered medical practitioner.The provider must also have a designated resourced role that has oversight of clinical practices undertaken by the provider and responsibility for reporting clinical issues. This individual must be a registered medical practitioner or a healthcare scientist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.The same individual can fulfil both roles (medical and clinical) providing they are duly registered.2. The test product must be permitted to be put into service in accordance with part 4 of the Medical Devices Regulations 2002, other than solely by virtue of an authorisation made under regulation 39(2) of those regulations.This requirement is to ensure that the test product has a CE marking (or, once the UK leaves the European Union on December 31st, a UKCA marking).A CE mark is a logo that is placed on an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical device to show that it conforms to the requirements of the In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Directive 98/79/EC, as implemented by the Medical Devices Regulations 2002 (note: it’s currently an offence under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 to place a device on the market or supply without a CE mark, unless a derogation has been obtained from MHRA under the Medical Devices Regulations 2002).A CE mark shows that the device is fit for its intended purpose stated and meets legislative requirements relating to safety.From 1 January 2021, tests with a UKCA mark can be used. Tests with a CE mark can be used until July 2023. 7. Clinical governanceThe provider must have clear clinical governance procedures in place. For example: The ISO standard and technical specifications set out the key components that should be considered to provide safe and reliable sample collection service.It is expected that UKAS accreditation to ISO 15189 or ISO/IEC 17025 will become a mandatory minimum standard by summer 2021.Sampling can be accredited as part of a wider lab-based activity, or sampling can be the scope of a standalone, separately accredited legal entity. Private providers must tell employers of any positive results for COVID-19, and employers must inform relevant staff to self-isolate. For more information on what employers should do in the case of a positive test result, please see employer guidance.8. For PCR lab-based testing: providers shall be or use a UKAS-accredited lab or applicant laboratory to either ISO 15189 (Medical Laboratories – requirements for quality and competence) or ISO/IEC 17025 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories)For polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, all samples must be processed by a UKAS accredited laboratory, or UKAS applicant laboratory (the laboratory has applied for UKAS accreditation but has not yet achieved it), and have quality management systems operating according to ISO 15189 and/or ISO/IEC 17025. ISO 15189 is the standard used in all NHS laboratories.UKAS accreditation provides an assurance of the competence, impartiality and integrity of laboratories. This accreditation is an important element in establishing and maintaining confidence in a testing service. The government envisages that UKAS accreditation will become a mandatory minimum standard for all private sector providers of COVID-19 testing by summer 2021. 10. Compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements for sample collection, processing and sharing of results including the requirements of data protection legislationThe legal and regulatory requirements for private testing are set out in the guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers below. This includes GDPR considerations.The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set out FAQs on data collection and data protection relating to COVID-19 that provide further information. The government has published this guidance on the minimum standards that private providers of COVID-19 testing services are expected to meet when offering services to organisations or members of the public.A list of self-declared private providers of COVID-19 testing will be published on GOV.UK. This is also the first stage of UKAS accreditation (UKAS Applicant stage). To complete this stage and to be published on the GOV.UK list of private providers, you must declare that your service meets these minimum standards by completing the form.To be published on the list you will also need to provide some additional information to support our due diligence checks and this will be reviewed by UKAS. See the list of successful self-declared private providers of COVID-19 testing. 6. Samples shall be taken by a provider meeting or working towards ISO standard ISO15189 or ISO/IEC17025MHRA has published target product profiles (TPPs) for different types of test, which outlines who should collect test samples under the ‘Target User’ description.The provider must have relevant competency-based trained test operators undertaking or overseeing sample collection dependent on test sample collection requirements. TPPs ISO 22870 Link to ISO 22583 Self-declare as a provider UKAS ISO 15189 ISO 17025 To become an accredited test provider, please visit the UKAS website and complete an application form before making a self-declaration. Start the private sector provider self-declaration process 5. Relevant systems in place to report adverse test incidentsThe provider must be able to demonstrate that it has systems in place to identify any adverse incidents or quality control issues in respect of the test device and be able to report them in a timely manner to the relevant regulatory body. MHRA has a dedicated COVID-19 Yellow Card portal to report adverse incidents with medicines, medical devices and diagnostics. 3. Alignment to DHSC MHRA target product profile scopeThe Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published target product profiles (TPPs) for different types of test, setting out the ‘scope’ of what that test should be used for, including target use, target user and target use settings.The provider must declare that they’re using the test in line with its published scope. MHRA has set out guidance explaining how both virus and antibody tests work. MHRA COVID-19 Yellow Card portal Note: this standard only applies to providers solely providing COVID-19 testing services for domestic purposes. Providers of ‘Testing to Release for International Travel’ (or their sub-contractors, if relevant) must adhere to the more stringent minimum standard ‘Use of tests which meet minimum performance characteristics’. See the minimum standards for these services.4. Reporting of coronavirus test resultsThe provider must have a system in place for reporting positive, and negative and inconclusive test results cases to PHE in accordance with public health legislation. about MHRA For patients, the public and professional users: a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing kits Target Product Profile: antibody tests to help determine if people have recent infection to SARS-CoV-2 PHE guidance for reporting notifiable diseaseslast_img read more

BFAWU signs financial advice contract

first_imgThe Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has signed a three-year deal with Lighthouse Financial Advice (LFA).The contract will see its members – of which there are 23,000 in the UK – benefit from financial advice from LFA.Ian Hodson, national president of BFAWU, commented: “BFAWU looks forward to offering its members financial advice through Lighthouse. We hope this is the start of a long and successful relationship for both parties.”The BFAWU was founded in 1847 in Manchester, and is a trade-based union of workers in the food industry.last_img read more

Wellington Cross Country Invitational to be held Saturday; team opens season Wednesday

first_imgMEET:Valley Center held at the KS Coliseum OVER 35 schools competing on Saturday MEET:Valley Center held at the KS Coliseum DakotaDry916.3954th JoeFriesen1214.2535th ••••The schedule for Saturday’s cross country event at Hargis Creek are as follows:8:00 a.m. – Sixth grade girls race.8:05 a.m. – Sixth grade boys race.8:20 a.m. –Seventh grade girlsSeventh grade boysEighth grade girls.Eighth grade boys. 9:30 a.m. –Varsity girls race, 5,000 meters.Varsity boys race, 5,000 meters. – B-team girls – two miles.B-team boys- two miles.Follow us on Twitter. 7th Grade Boys1 milesTIMEPlaceMedal Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments AryanaBooth710.52111th CarsonLeGrand1114.4139th 8th Grade Boys1.5 milesTIMEPlaceMedal McKennaJones811.4414thYES JaydenStaley78.3986th WyattEldridge76.2936thYES Date:9/9/15 Date:  Saturday, Sept. 12thRaces start at 8:00 A.M.6th Grade-12th ****SEE attachment for starting times of races QuinnMcCue810.3128thYES TylerBrown810.1023rdYES Jo Tredway finishes third in Valley Center Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — When people consider the biggest sporting events in Wellington, it is hard to argue that the annual Wellington Invitational Cross Country meet attracts as many visitors as any of them.This Saturday, more than 500 runners from at least 35 schools are scheduled to run Saturday. The schedule for the event is listed below.Meanwhile, the Wellington cross country team made its 2015 debut at the Valley Center meet at the former Kansas Coliseum complex on Wednesday which was delayed for the day.Quinn McCue in Wellington Middle School eighth grade race. There were eight medalists – one high school and seven Wellington Middle Schoolers. Jo Treadway placed third in the two-mile run which isn’t the varsity race with is now a 5K race for the girls.In the middle school ranks, McKenna Jones was the highest finisher for Wellington, placing  14th for the eighth grade girls. The full Wellington results are as follows:  AveryBarker812.2529thYES JohnLong813.5383rd TrinityMason78.4087th 8th Grade Girls1.5 milesTIMEPlaceMedal HunterBryant814.1586th MichaelaAdkins78.0359th Date:9/9/15 TannerMeyer76.1322ndYES WHIS Girls2 mile raceGradeTIMEPlaceMedal BlakeBales1017.3161st 7th Grade Girls1 milesTIMEPlaceMedal DouglasGarton813.0279th AbbyTredway77.1630thYES WELLINGTON MIDDLE School CROSS COUNTRY results  ColinGreen77.0259th PeytonWitham1219.1838th WELLINGTON HIGH School CROSS COUNTRY results   Next meet for Wellington Cross Country Runners ShelbyMcNamara1218.1532nd JessicaWalker79.4999th WHS Boys2 mile raceGradeTIMEPlaceMedal JoTredway1114.543rdYES JacobFriesen916.0450thlast_img read more

Fight Night Fundraiser in Nelson shows Boxing is Back

first_imgDom Borbosa from the Salmon Arm Bulldogs Club edged Benito Ward from Spokane, Wash. in a Junior B 576 kgs Novice bout in a split decision.After Emmet Emblau from 2 Rivers Quesnel and Aiden Gareau of Cranbrook staged an exciting battle in the 27 kgs Initiation match, it was time for the home crowd to get onto their feet for Nelson’s own Riel Martinez in the 35kgs Initiation bout.Martinez did not disappoint the home side as the diminutive fighter held his own against Dylan Muhlig of Cranbrook.“I’m very impressed with the response we see here tonight,” Pineiro said.“I’ve been stressed out all week hoping people would show up. The support we’ve received from the town has been amazing . . . from the people in the community and the boxing community as well as other towns.”The other match results had Payson White of Thistletown/Kelowna and Charlie Nelson of Cranbrook fight in a Junior A Exhibtion before Tristan Ewanin and Eric Whitecap, both of Calgary Boxing scored unanimous decisions over Ty Kolbeck of Cranbrook and Nelson boxer Elias Martinez, respectively.Clive Fagan of Calgary scored a TKO decision over Toby Carroll of Nelson while Yamood Ajaj of Calgary earned a unanimous decision win over Dayton Swaan of 2 Rivers Boxing Club of Quesnel.In the main event, between Olin Lee 2 Rivers Boxing Club of Quesnel and Israel Alvarez of Spokane, Lee earned a split decision.Nelson boxers will now focus their attention the 2016 BC Golden Gloves Tournament, set for the weekend of June 10-11 at 2 Rivers Boxing Club in Quesnel.However, the excitement, and success, of Saturday’s Get to the Golden Gloves Fight Night Fundraiser Event will continue for months to come. It’s been a long, long . . . long time since local fighters have been able to perform in front of home supporters.Saturday, in front of a sold out crowd at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club the Nelson Boxing Club was able to stage its first fight card in more than 30 years with the Get to the Golden Gloves Fight Night Fundraiser Event.“This is big for us,” said the main driver behind the Nelson Boxing Club Jesse Pineiro.“It’s the first boxing match in Nelson that I’m aware of since 1983.” “So it’s big for the town,” added Pinero, coach of the Nelson Boxing Club.“It’s big for our club. . .. It’s kind of a culmination of a lot hard work for our club. We’ve been doing this for three years now and now we finally have enough guys to host a match.“So this feels pretty good to have come this far.”Right from the opening bell, it was obvious the atmosphere in the building the crowd was into the action inside the ring.last_img read more


first_imgFernando Perez10318161017%$715,260 Jerry Hollendorfer56714713%$519,204 Joseph Talamo1121992317%$765,838 Felipe Valdez9071488%$342,430 Alex Solis3263419%$237,034 Robertino Diodoro2462325%$214,030 (Current Through Sunday, June ) Philip D’Amato47146530%$735,810 Peter Miller641417522%$582,330 Tyler Baze15925222516%$1,423,990 Kent Desormeaux535969%$286,584 Richard Baltas50176434%$842,120 Martin Pedroza85613147%$329,324 Doug O’Neill8616161019%$723,788 Tiago Pereira57109618%$408,090 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Bob Baffert2462525%$287,970 Gary Stevens2053325%$504,810 BAFFERT RETURNS ‘HOME’ AFTER TRIPLE CROWN‘PHAROAH’ COLLECTOR’S PRINT FREE AT SANTA ANITABEHOLDER RETURNS IN ADORATION ON SATURDAYBAL A BALI GOES FOR 10 IN A ROW IN SHOEMAKERDENMAN: ‘AND AWAY HE GOES’ ON BRIEF RESPITESANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER DORTMUND BREEZESBAFFERTS MAKE MAJOR DONATIONS TO CHARITIES Mike Smith3478321%$606,096 Mario Gutierrez4173817%$334,498 Gonzalo Nicolas8666137%$226,048 Edwin Maldonado748131311%$367,996 Mike Puype50711714%$455,840 Martin Garcia2873425%$221,410 John Sadler5359109%$292,974 Drayden Van Dyke901310914%$559,600 Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320 FIRST 5,000 FANS TO RECEIVE TRIPLE CROWN PRINT SATURDAYSanta Anita has announced that it will provide the first 5,000 attendees on Saturday a beautiful American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion collectible print, free of charge with paid General Admission. Each item will be accompanied by a protective plastic roll-up sleeve.The print showcases the Bob Baffert-conditioned Triple Crown Champ and jockey Victor Espinoza in three must-see shots–winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes–and thereby becoming racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years this past Saturday. (All photos were shot by acclaimed equine photographer, Skip Dickstein).First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. (Please note, the American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion poster will not be available in Santa Anita’s Infield Area). Eddie Truman1571247%$260,050 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Rafael Bejarano13332282024%$1,388,698 Richard Mandella3598426%$690,540 MANDELLA EYES SATURDAY STAKES SWEEPTwo-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder seeks her 10th win from 11 career starts at Santa Anita when she runs in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at 1 1/16 miles.“She’s ready to go,” said Richard Mandella, who trains the 5-year-old Henny Hughes mare for owner B. Wayne Hughes. “There have been a few bumps in the road, including the temperature that forced her to miss the Grade I Vanity (on May 9), but there are a lot of bumps in this business. Fortunately, Beholder has good shock absorbers.“She looks great and we’re looking forward to seeing her run.”Mandella also saddles American Stakes winner Bal a Bali Saturday in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf.“He’s in good shape,” Mandella said of the 5-year-old Brazilian-bred horse, who won his U.S. debut by a length on May 9, his first start in 11 months. Overall, Bal a Bali has won 12 of 13 starts, including his last nine in a row.The field for the Shoemaker, race five of nine: Winning Prize, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Talco, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Midnight Storm, Tyler Baze, 6-5; Seek Again, Jose Lezcano, 4-1; and Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 9-5.The Adoration, which goes as race eight: My Monet, Gonzalo Nicolas, 15-1; Grandiose Tactics, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Cast in Silver, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 2-5; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; and Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1. Santiago Gonzalez7361568%$308,376 MIRAHMADI FILLS IN FOR DENMAN BEHIND THE MICTrevor Denman, the treasured voice of Santa Anita since 1983, is on a two-weekbreak and will return for the final weekend of the Spring Meet on June 27-28.Denman is at his Minnesota farm in an effort to get things ship-shape while also recharging his batteries from the lengthy season that began last Dec. 26.The inimitable Frank Mirahmadi, who filled in admirably for Denman last year, once again will take over behind the mic starting today.“I’ll be back for the Gold Cup weekend,” Denman said before leaving. “As I said last year, it’s a matter of taking care of the 40 little cows on the farm, so I’ve got to go back.”The farm is located in a dot on the map called Kellogg, 90 miles south of Minneapolis and about 15 miles from Wabasha.“A house is bad enough,” Denman said. “There’s always something wrong with it, but a farm is five times worse. Pipes break, water doesn’t flow, things go wrong all the time. I have a farmer who actually owns the cows, so he comes over every now and again, but you’ve got to be there.”Denman welcomed the breather after years of maintaining a shorter schedule at Santa Anita, which extended its meet with the absorption of most of the days lost by Hollywood Park with the closing of its venue in December of 2013.“I’m so used to that easy calendar every year,” Denman said. “It has been a long meet. They just keep coming at you, so the break is good. They always say, ‘Can you do it?’ Of course you can.“But you’re going to lose a bit of enthusiasm after a while. If you don’t, you’re not a human being. That battery recharge puts you up to 100 percent again.“It’s great to have Frank here. I’ve known him for over 20 years. I just feel so comfortable having him as a replacement.”FINISH LINES: American Pharoah, who will be paraded at Churchill Downs on Saturday, will return to Santa Anita Thursday, June 18 . . . Bob and Jill Baffert have announced major donations to four charities that care for racing’s retired athletes. Following American Pharoah‘s historic victory in the Belmont Stakes and becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, the Bafferts said donations would be given to CARMA, Old Friends, TAA, and PDJF. “Jill and I are blessed and honored to be in a position to be able to donate a portion of my earnings to these four special charities whose work is vital to our industry,” Baffert said. “We hope these contributions will go a long way toward supporting and bringing awareness to the very important work these non-profit organizations do in caring for our human and equine athletes.” Added Madeline Auerbach, CARMA’s Founder and Past President: “I spoke to both Bob and Jill before the race and they told me of their plans to shine a very bright spotlight on horse retirement.” Noted Lucinda Mandella, CARMA’s Executive Director: “We are very grateful to Bob and Jill for making such a substantial contribution to CARMA. Their generosity and support means so much. They have demonstrated exceptional leadership for such an important cause in our industry.” CARMA, (California Retirement Management Account), was founded in 2007 and has granted over $2.5 million dollars to charities that retire, retrain and rehome off-track Thoroughbreds. It is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended . . . Under regular rider Martin Garcia, Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund worked four furlongs in company Thursday in 49.20, while stablemate Flat Footed Mama went the same distance in 49.80. Baffert called Dortmund’s drill “perfect.” . . . Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian, prepping for the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4, worked five furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer in a bullet 58.80 . . . Agent Brian Beach said Victor Espinoza will resume riding at Santa Anita next Thursday and not this Sunday as previously announced. Flavien Prat11020221118%$1,218,610 PHAROAH GAVE BAFFERT GOOD VIBES FOR THE BELMONTBob Baffert, unmistakable with his snow white hair, signature jeans and cowboy boots,was back on the beat early Thursday morning at Santa Anita, radio in hand, calling the shots for his blueblood stock including Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, before heading to Kentucky where Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will go back to the track at Churchill Downs Friday morning.Baffert, who handled the media frenzy on the Triple Crown trail with typical carefree aplomb, calling on his experience from being down the path three times previously, took time to recount American Pharoah’s front-running triumph in the mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes under regular rider Victor Espinoza last Saturday, winning by 5 ½ lengths to become the first horse to capture racing’s most elusive and coveted prize since Affirmed in 1978.“American Pharoah has a high cruising speed and he wants to dominate, and it’s neat to watch him run like that,” Baffert said. “All the way down the backside, even though I could barely see, you could tell he was having fun. When he got to the three-quarter (mark), he was still pulling on Victor.“You could tell by Victor’s body language that on the far turn the other jockeys had a lot of respect for the horse. Watching the replays, Materiality had to work just to hold his spot in second. At the three-eighths pole he was still there and the one horse (Mubtaahij) made a run, and I knew he had great stamina because Mike de Kock is a great trainer and his horse had trained for a mile and a half, but then I could see he was struggling.“(Joel) Rosario saved ground and rode a really good race on the gray horse (Frosted, who would finish second). He tilted him out there and we really didn’t know how good he was, but turning for home, you could tell Victor was really loaded for bear.“Secretariat, when he turned for home, he was like that. Victor could have easily left a little bit earlier to separate himself, but he took care of the horse, just sat on him, and when he asked him to go, he just took off with him.“Victor got to take it all in, although he said he didn’t hear the crowd noise. That shows what was going through his head. He was enjoying it, and that’s got to be the greatest feeling for a jockey, to know that you’re actually going to win the race in the first turn. You just hope nothing drastic happens from there to the wire.“Going into the Belmont, the horse gave us a vibe that he was going to do it. People in the industry and in the stands at Belmont felt it was time, this is the horse, and that’s the vibe I felt going in there. I knew when I saddled him he was doing better than for all the other races.“I told that to Victor and when I did, his eyes just lit up. I said, ‘You can be aggressive. He’s going to give it to you.’ And Victor said the minute he jumped on his back in the paddock, he just gushed. I think they know when they get on them, and Victor looked at me like, ‘Hey, he’s ready.’“You have to have great people around you and I’m really fortunate that I don’t have to worry about anything. I would get completely burned out if I had to do this on my own. You can’t do it without a great staff.“But the horse just gave me that vibe. We were just worried about the break . . . but once he hustled him to the lead, the horse got rolling and he doesn’t use much energy. He’s so quick he can just get to a spot, and once he did, that was it.”Baffert was non-committal on when American Pharoah would run next.“Everybody’s trying to pin me down,” Baffert said. “He’s going to go back to the track tomorrow. Jimmy (assistant Jim Barnes) said the horse is getting pretty anxious to get back, so he’ll train, he’ll come here (to Santa Anita, on June 18) and we’ll look for something.“Our options are the Jim Dandy and the Travers (at Saratoga), the Haskell (at Monmouth), but first I’ve got to see how he is. Everybody’s dying to be the first one to get the news. As soon as he crossed the wire, everybody was asking, ‘Where is he running next?’“But the whole key is how the horse is doing.”Fellow Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella summed up best the feelings of Baffert’s peers at Santa Anita when he shook his hand and told him Thursday morning, “You made us all proud.” Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Michael Machowsky2154224%$133,820last_img read more

Letterkenny National Learning Network campaign for the restoration of a vital training allowance

first_imgStudents and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn.
As students across Ireland return to college, there is public outrage that young people with disabilities will no longer receive the Rehabilitative Training Allowance of €31.80 per week that supports them to access further education and employment.This move affects all new learners that will be commencing the Access, Advance and Prospects programs. A total of seven students will be directly affected (Access 2 students, Advance 3 students and Prospects 2 students). To protest at this decision, staff from Letterkenny NLN, representing leaners, met with local public representatives, Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty TD at their offices, handing over petitions signed by hundreds of concerned students and parents.Senator Mac Lochlainn agreed to call to the centre to meet with the students and address their concerns personally.TD Thomas Pringle receiving petitions by the students that will be directly affected by the cuts at the NLN in Letterkenny on Monday 23rd Sept. Students and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn. Photo Clive WassonIndependent TD Thomas Pringle also visited the National Learning Network in Letterkenny to hear first-hand how the cut will affect students at the centre.Caoimhe Begley from Kerrykeel Donegal, who is being denied an allowance said: “I feel it is not right that other learners are getting this payment and I won’t get it. “I feel angry if others in the class can go to activities and I can’t afford to do the same. It is not fair. The government should not be taking money off people with disabilities. Get it somewhere else.“This money would help me to pay for activities that would help me be more independent and develop my social skills.”NLN is the training and education division of Rehab Group, one of six disability organisations that has joined forces to urge the Government to reverse its decision.Research by Rehab has found that 90 per cent of students on its training courses could not have undertaken training without the allowance.Training providers including NLN are finding that people who expressed a strong interest in starting rehabilitative training have not pursued this option due to withdrawal of the allowance. Kathleen O’Meara, Director of Communications of Public Affairs and Fundraising with Rehab said this move is an attack on young people in Ireland who are reliant on this small allowance to be able to access training and employment.“The axing of this allowance could mean young people leaving school will be faced with little option but to stay at home, putting them at risk of isolation and depression. 

“Hundreds of young people who are entering courses are now struggling to make up the €31.80 weekly shortfall from their own resources, alongside other additional costs related to having a disability.Students and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn. Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn signing our petition. Friday 13th Sept Photo Clive Wasson“We want the allowance to be restored. Today we want to say that we don’t mind what Department or state agency pays the allowance, what matters is that it continues to be available. We are calling on the Minister for Health to review the decision. During that time, we want the allowance to be restored, and when the review is done, a decision can be taken on what agency or what Department should pay it.“Minister Harris has claimed that the cut to the allowance will result in €3.7m being diverted to provide some 300 additional day places. This is a smokescreen. The €3.7m figure will only emerge after four years. In reality the decision to cut the allowance from new entrants will save approximately €250,000 this year at the cost of isolating young people with disabilities from a crucial service, in a sector that is already chronically underfunded. It is a drop in the ocean in terms of the HSE budget and will not result in the additional day services that the Minister claims.” The coalition of disability organisations protesting against the cuts: Disability Federation of Ireland, Rehab, Central Remedial Clinic, Irish Wheelchair Association, Aontas and Inclusion Ireland.Students and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn. Caoimhe Begley presenting her story to TD Thomas Pringle.Back row left to right: Elaine Byrne, Linda Mc Hugh, Glenn Hepburn, Audrey GambleFront Row Left to right: Thomas Pringle TD Caoimhe Begley. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny National Learning Network campaign for the restoration of a vital training allowance was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Two small Christian colleges take a stand against Nike over its Colin Kaepernick ad campaign

first_imgBy Cindy Boren | The Washington PostNike’s new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, whose kneeling demonstration during the national anthem started a controversy that engulfed the NFL last season and drew the ire of President Trump, has cost it a relationship with at least two small colleges.Truett McConnell University, a liberal arts school with about 2,600 students in the northern Georgia community of Cleveland, will no longer offer Nike products in its campus store. And athletic teams …last_img read more

Tutu: lifelong speaker of ‘truth to power’

first_img5 October 2012The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is to give South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a special once-off award, accompanied by a US$1-million grant, in recognition of his “lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power”.The award will be presented to Tutu in Dakar, Senegal later this year during the annual Ibrahim Discussion Forum, the foundation said in a statement on Thursday.Announcing the special award to Tutu, the foundation’s board said it was “motivated by the desire to make an extraordinary grant to an outstanding African civil society champion.‘One of Africa’s great voices for justice’“Archbishop Desmond Tutu is and has throughout his life been one of Africa’s great voices for justice, freedom, democracy and responsible, responsive government. In everything he stands for, says, and does, he displays a consistent determination to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak the uncomfortable truth.”Mo Ibrahim, the Sudan-born billionaire who established the foundation in 2006, added: “Whether one always agrees with Archbishop Tutu or not, his contribution to dialogue, to accountability, and to the debate on Africa’s future has been unparalleled.“His integrity and moral authority deserve recognition. We hope this award will inspire the next generation to follow Archbishop Tutu’s example and speak truth to power.”Promoting good governance in AfricaThe London-based foundation supports good governance and leadership in Africa, publishing an annnual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, and awarding an annual $5-million prize to democratically elected former African heads of state who have:served only their constitutionally mandated term;left office in the previous three years; anddemonstrated excellence in office.Winners of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership since it was established in 2007 are: Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Festus Mogae of Botswana, and Pedro de Verona Rodrigues Pires of Cape Verde.According to the foundation, the prize for 2012, which has not yet been adjudicated, will be announced in London on 15 October.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Assessing the Value of Specific Sales Activities

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now It is one thing to be busy and quite another to be productive. These two ideas are mostly diametrically opposed. When you are busy, you are working on many things, often things with different and disjointed outcomes. The many and varied things that make you busy are not often what moves the needle when it comes to producing big outcomes. When you are productive, you focus on producing a single outcome—and one that will produce a real impact.The implications of this idea are that some activities are worth far more than others, and productivity is not a measurement of how much work you do but instead a quantifying of progress made towards something that makes produces an important result.Do More of ThisOpportunity Creation: If you are in sales, then creating opportunities is one of the highest value activities in which you might invest your time and energy. Creating new opportunities, be them in your existing clients or your prospects, is a prerequisite for winning new business. Prospecting, in all its many forms, is the activity that leads to opportunities.Nurturing Relationships: One of the activities that enables opportunity creation is the nurturing of the relationships in such a way—and over a period of time—that it is easy and natural for the prospects you are pursuing to engage with you. You need to be known as a value creator and someone who can help your dream client move their business forward.Neither of these two activities produces results right away, nor do they tend create any sense of urgency.Sales Calls – Meetings: There are not too many activities in which you might invest your time that exceed the value of face-to-face sales calls (or video face to video face, or ear-to-ear, if that is your approach). The progress you make towards creating and winning opportunities occurs during sales calls (an idea that sounds simple, but is of-ten ignored, with many believing email can accomplish more than the evidence shows to be true).There are activities that are necessary and sometimes even important that might keep you busy without producing or even contributing to the results for which you are being measured, judged, and compensated.Do Less of ThisEmail: As it goes for time wasters, email reigns supreme as the world dominating and undefeated champion. Most of what shows up in your inbox is “for your information,” a request for information, or a notification of some change to something. While it’s true that there are also communications from your clients and your prospects, the number of time wasters vastly outnumbers important client communications. Email will keep you busy, if you let it.Transactions, Not Outcomes: In sales, you are accountable for the outcomes you sell your clients. If you promised them a certain result, you must ensure they produce that result. You also have other results that you never explicitly promised, but that are inferred. You didn’t promise a correct invoice, but you owe your client a proper bill, which does not in any way indicate that you should retype that invoice. You also never said anything about tracking down missing order, even though it is to be expected that someone on your team should help your client find their orders. You are responsible for making sure these things happen, but you are not responsible for actually doing this work.If you are in your inbox and chasing down lost orders, who is creating opportunities, nurturing your future clients, and making sales calls? Surely not your operations, customer service, or accounting departments. While important, these activities make little to impact on your results.If you are not busy and still not productive, then I have a strong—and well-informed opinion—as to why this may be true.Severely Limit ThisThe Internet and the Small Screen of Infinite Distractions: In the entire history of human beings, there has never been anything as distracting as the Internet, least of all anything that has been enabled by a tiny device with more power over human behavior than Kings and Governments. It chimes, your head bows in obedience to its command. It keeps you busy while eliminating any chance to be productive.No matter what you decide to do, if you want to produce results, you have to invest a disproportionate amount of time and energy in those few things that produce your most important desired outcomes, stripping time and energy from things that, while keeping you busy, do nothing to move you closer to your goals.last_img read more