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Computers Donated To ‘I Believe’ Initiative

first_imgComputers Donated To ‘I Believe’ Initiative CommunityAugust 2, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker RelatedEnergy Minister Urges Electricity Stealers to Get Regularised FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedSpring Village Development Foundation Commended RelatedREP Pushing Ahead to Provide Electricity for Allcenter_img Story Highlights10 computers donated to the I Believe Initiative (IBI) Villages/WIFI Centres in three rural communitiesThe brand new Acer computers are expected to benefit the approximately 160 young peopleThe I Believe Initiative (IBI) is a values-based initiative The I Believe Initiative (IBI) Villages/WIFI Centres in three rural communities have been boosted with the donation of 10 computers from the Chinese Government.The equipment were handed over to Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen by the Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Zheng Qingdian, during a ceremony at King’s House on August 2.The brand new Acer computers are expected to benefit the approximately 160 young people who frequently use the IBI villages in the communities of Petersfield, Westemoreland; Spring Village, St. Catherine; and Albert Town, Trelawny.Under the programme, five computers will be distributed to the Spring Village Development Foundation, three to the Association of Clubs in Petersfield and two to the Albert Town community centre.Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Governor-General expressed gratitude to the Chinese Government for the donation, noting that it will go a far way in assisting the youth to increase their access to knowledge and to build their skills.Meanwhile, Executive Director, Spring Village Development Foundation, Randy Finnikin, who spoke on behalf of the recipients, said he was grateful to the Chinese Government for the well-needed contribution. “This (donation) goes to the core of positioning our people for the emerging (ICT) opportunities existing in Jamaica and across the world,” he added.“We are also grateful for the IBI standing with us on the ground, as we build stronger and more resilient communities. We are encouraged by your continued support and we want to say thank you to the Governor-General for standing with us throughout the process of transformation, as we build together,” he said.Special Advisor to the Governor-General, Ambassador Evadne Coye, told JIS News that the IBI/WIFI centres were developed in partnership with LIME Jamaica to help young people discover new opportunities for building themselves through the use of technology.“We see information and communications technology (ICT) as being a very important aspect of how we can achieve good for the young people. So, not only will they earn more income, but they can make a positive impact on their families, communities and the nation,” she said.The I Believe Initiative (IBI) is a values-based initiative developed on the concept that “there is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed with what is right with Jamaica.”The initiative was born out of the inaugural speech given by the Governor-General at the swearing-in ceremony on February 26, 2009.Following two years of broad-based consultations, the IBI was developed and was officially launched in May 2011 at King’s House. Advertisementslast_img read more

Nordstrom is opening concept store that has no inventory

first_imgHomeNewsNordstrom is opening concept store that has no inventory Sep. 11, 2017 at 9:54 amNewsNordstrom is opening concept store that has no inventoryeditor4 years agoNo tagsAssociated Press Nordstrom is opening up a store that doesn’t have any inventory.The luxury department store chain says its Nordstrom Local concept store will open in Los Angeles next month.The Seattle-based company says the store will be staffed with personal stylists who can order merchandise for customers. Nordstrom says customers can also buy online inside the store or pick up online orders the same day. The store will offer tailoring and manicure services.The store is just 3,000 square feet (279 square meters). That compares to the average 140,000-square-foot (13,006-square-meter) size of a full Nordstrom store.Nordstrom senior vice president Shea Jensen says the store will allow the company to offer its “best services in a convenient location.”share on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentOEM gives preparedness tips during National Preparedness MonthRecord-breaking weekend for ‘It’ grows to $123.1 millionYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agolast_img read more

Jutanugarn wins third straight LPGA title

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ariya Jutanugarn’s strength and skill helped her become the first player to win three straight LPGA Tour events in three years. The 20-year-old Jutanugarn closed with a 5-under 67 for a five-stroke victory Sunday in the Volvik Championship. She’s the first player since Inbee Park in 2013 to win three consecutive tournaments and the first ever to make her first three career victories consecutive. ”Ariya is very difficult to describe, there really hasn’t been a player like her in my generation,” said 32-year-old Christina Kim, who finished second after a 71. ”The way she powers the ball, it’s remarkable. And she has such imagination around the golf course and incredible touch.” Jutanugarn finished at 15-under 273 at Travis Pointe after starting the day with a one-shot edge thanks to a closing eagle in the third-round. She became the first Thai winner in tour history three weeks ago in Alabama and followed that up last week with a victory in Virginia. Jutanugarn isn’t playing the next event in New Jersey, where she would have had a shot to become the first since Lorena Ochoa in 2008 to win four scheduled tournaments in a row. ”I just need rest right now,” she said. Jutanugarn will have an opportunity to resume her run at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in two weeks in Sammamish, Washington. ”She’s going to have a lot of majors under her belt,” Kim said. ”She’s peaking at the right time.” A year ago, Jutanugarn was mired in a slump in which she missed 10 straight cuts. ”Last year, I had chance to win a few tournaments, but I didn’t know how to play with pressure,” she said. ”This year, I know how to play under pressure.” Jessica Korda (72) and Canada’s Brooke Henderson (68) tied for third at 9 under. The 18-year-old Henderson has nine top-10 finishes this season. Third-ranked Lexi Thompson shot a 67 to tie for seventh at 7 under. The top-ranked Ko a 70 to tie for 16th at 4 under. Before the breakthrough winning streak, Jutanugarn was best known for a pair of final-round meltdowns. Last month in the ANA Inspiration, she had a two-stroke lead with three holes left and closed with three bogeys to finish fourth – two strokes behind winner Lydia Ko. ”I didn’t know how to control when I got very nervous,” Jutanugarn said. ”After that, I got a lot more confident.” In the 2013 LPGA Thailand at age 17, Jutanugarn blew a two-stroke lead with a closing triple bogey in a one-stroke loss to Park. Jutanugarn opened the inaugural tournament at Travis Pointe with a 65, leaving her a shot behind Kim. Jutanugarn surged into the lead by two strokes with a 68 on Friday, and finished off a 73 on Saturday with a 15-foot eagle putt for a one-stroke lead over Kim and Korda. The powerful player didn’t need a driver this week, and still often outhit the competition off the tee with her 2-iron and 3-wood, which she uses to send balls 270 yards. ”She can hit it 320, 330, when she hits driver,” Kim said. And even if she was in the rough or sand at the Volvik Championship, Jutanugarn’s deft touch put her in position to make par-saving putts or birdies. Lightning in the area led to a 50-minute rain delay toward the end of Jutanugarn’s front nine when she was 1 under for the day after a birdie at No. 6. Facing a stiff, flag-flapping wind, she sent a tee shot into the right rough at No. 9. Her approach left her short of the green, but she got up and down for a par. ”She does things that I can’t fathom,” Kim said. ”It’s beautiful to watch.” As Jutanugarn walked off ninth green, she stopped to shake the hand of Army specialist Zachary Loughrige, who was tending the U.S. flag that was used in hole. She pulled away from the field with birdies at Nos. 13, 14 and 16, earning a five-shot cushion at 14 under. ”I thought she was bored because she was sitting down,” Korda said. ”She sat down on like the 16 tee and 18 tee, sitting, chilling in the shade.” Long before that moment, everyone else was vying for position on the leaderboard behind Jutanugarn. Korda said she was ”speechless,” after playing in the final group with Jutanugarn. ”As long as she can keep that ball in play off the tee, watch out,” she said. ”Keep watching out.”last_img read more

Saint Michael’s grad Marine General Joseph Dunford confirmed to lead Joint Chiefs

first_imgSaint Michael’s College,Vermont Business Magazine General Joseph Dunford, confirmed by the US Senate Wednesday as the top officer in the US military – chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — is a 1977 graduate of Saint Michael’s College who now serves as commandant of the Marine Corps. In early May, President Barack Obama named Dunford as his nominee for the post. At that time, Saint Michael’s President Jack Neuhauser noted that General Dunford has maintained a proud and fond identification with Saint Michael’s since the general graduated as a political science major in 1977.“General Dunford has graciously returned to campus for alumni events and participated in programs on world issues over the years, and recently welcomed Saint Michael’s delegations to his office in the Pentagon as Marine commandant,” Neuhauser said in May following Dunford’s nomination to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs. He noted that in a recent interview with the College’s alumni magazine, Dunford spoke about how his Catholic liberal arts education was ideal preparation for success in a challenging military career. In that article, Dunford cited influences from his Saint Michael’s professors and experiences that “shaped the person I am now.”Neuhauser pointed to the College’s rich and ongoing military heritage. “With our hiring this year of a coordinator of student veterans services, Saint Michael’s continues to support veterans as we have through our history: we welcomed waves of returning World War II veterans on the GI bill, educated generations for military leadership through our former longstanding Air Force ROTC program, and have a memorial on campus honoring another great Marine Corps graduate, the late Vietnam-war-era Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Col. Donald Cook ’56.”“Our prayers are with General Dunford as he leads our country’s defense,” Neuhauser said of Dunford’s nomination in May. “This educated, sophisticated individual will serve us all well.”Another prominent alumnus of Saint Michael’s College, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) ’61, spoke about President Obama’s choice of General Dunford in May after the nomination as well:.“The President already is being credited with making a wise choice,” Leahy said of the nomination in May. “General Dunford is a skilled leader, admired by the men and women who served under him, and known for his respect and care for the civilians caught in the middle of conflict.““I have spoken with General Dunford about pressing security issues, about meeting the needs of those who serve, and about the sacrifices of families who support our men and women in uniform,” the senator continued. “We have also talked about Vermont and our alma mater, Saint Michael’s College.”About Saint Michael’s CollegeSaint Michael’s College delivers a compelling, world-class education in a beautiful Vermont setting. Our connected community allows students to form close relationships with each other and accomplished faculty members, providing an ideal learning environment where they have the space and support to challenge themselves and their peers. As a fully residential college located minutes from Burlington, one of the country’s top-rated college towns, Saint Michael’s offers an unparalleled mix of academic, spiritual, cultural, service and wildernessSaint Michael’s Collegelast_img read more

Prairie Village council struggles with how to proceed on consideration of repealing pit bull ban

first_imgThe item wasn’t on the agenda, but discussion of whether and how the city might go about repealing its ban on pit bulls dominated much of Monday’s Prairie Village City Council meeting.More than a month after the council voted to bring its dangerous dog ordinances before the body for review, Councilor Eric Mikkelson pointedly asked city staff and Mayor Laura Wassmer why the item hadn’t been formally placed on a meeting agenda.Wassmer responded that she felt it was important to ensure more people in the city of 22,000 understood that potentially repealing the pit bull ban was up for discussion. Wassmer suggested that the wave of emails and other communications the council had received on the issue were being largely driven by people who live outside of Prairie Village and who have a vested interest in the cause.“The reason I have a problem with that is, I have heard from a lot of people who have not heard this is being discussed,” Wassmer said. “I think that it’s important that if we are going to change this law that we get as many people informed on both sides of the issue.”Mikkelson challenged Wassmer’s characterization that it was outside parties pushing the idea of the pit bull ban repeal, saying that he’d heard from more than a dozen residents who wanted to see the law changed. He noted that he’d received far fewer messages encouraging the city to keep its pit bull ban on the books than messages asking for a repeal.Three people — a dog trainer who lives in Olathe and a couple who live in Fairway — spoke during open forum encouraging the council to repeal its pit bull ban. Emily Coleman, the dog trainer, told the council she grew up in Prairie Village and would have been interested in moving back to the city. But as a foster family to pit bulls, she and her husband “wouldn’t have been welcome” under Prairie Village law. Beau and Laura Jackson told the council they had been hoping to move to Prairie Village when they relocated to the Kansas City area from Washington, D.C., but were told by their realtor that they wouldn’t be able to bring their adopted pit bull with them if they wanted to live in the city. They found a home in nearby Fairway, which recently repealed its pit bull ban, instead.Concern that the breed specific legislation — one of just a few such laws still on the books in Johnson County — could steer people away from living in Prairie Village led some members of the council to call for a careful examination of the repeal idea. But others urged caution.Councilmember Courtney McFadden noted that some home owners insurance policies won’t cover accidents involving pit bulls, and that the liability associated with opening up the city to pit bulls would be substantial for their owners.Councilmember Terrence Gallagher said the city should take its time in vetting the issue, and not be forced into action by an arbitrary deadline.“There’s no rush to make this happen,” he said. “This isn’t a high priority situation.”Wassmer said the city was committed to formally putting the issue on an agenda by August.Previous coverageGroup of Prairie Village residents ask council to consider repealing ban on pit bullslast_img read more

Mission council honors Twisted Sisters owner Sandi Russell for contributions to city

first_imgMission Mayor Ron Appletoft presented Twisted Sisters owner Sandi Russell with a proclamation of thanks.Johnson Drive’s Twisted Sister was more than just a local coffee shop; it was a “friendly” community hub for Mission. So as owner Sandi Russell prepared to close Twisted Sisters, the city council wanted to recognize her for Twisted Sisters’ contributions to the Mission community.(Though its last day as Twisted Sisters was Saturday, the space will remain a coffee shop — the family that owns the adjacent Mission: Board Games store has signed a lease to take it over).At its June 20 meeting, the city council honored Russell and her sister Nancy Hansen, who opened the cafe in 2012, with a proclamation. Mayor Ron Appletoft, on behalf of the city, recognized June 30, 2018 as Sandi Russell Day in the City of Mission.Sandi Russell working the register during Twisted Sisters’ last day of operations on Saturday.“I think her exact words were: ‘After six years, I’m ready to turn off the alarm clock,’” Appletoft said. “We thought it was fitting this evening to take a few minutes and recognize Sandi for her many contributions to the city and this community as this important chapter in [her] life comes to a close.”Russell thanked the city council for the honor, adding that she’s enjoyed her six years owning Twisted Sisters.“I think that it’s so important that we as a community, business and residents, work together and make this city the best it can be,” Russell said. “For the little part that I’ve played in it, I feel very grateful to be able to meet all these wonderful people as well as the police officers. I consider the police officers as my kids.“I’m going to miss the daily interaction and truly appreciate this.”Although Russell decided not to renew the Twisted Sisters lease, she still plans to stay involved in the community by regularly attending council meetings and “being out and about.”Appletoft also lauded Russell for hosting the monthly “Coffee With a Cop” as well as supporting other city programs such as the Mission Market.“Sandi is a fixture, not only as a business on Johnson Drive, but I think she attends every city meeting that we have, and I personally really appreciate that,” he said. “Sandi is more than just a smart business woman. She gives her input; she stays informed on the issues. She helps to share that information to the community and then provides ideas and suggestions for ways to make our city better.”last_img read more

Colliers’ Cooke Team brokers largest multifamily portfolio in Phoenix

first_imgThe Cooke Multifamily Investments Team at Colliers International in Greater Phoenix completed the sale of a 2,759 unit-multifamily portfolio for $168.5 million. To date, the largest multifamily portfolio closed in Metro Phoenix and it could hold the record for 2014.The size of this Class A and Class B Value-Add Metro Phoenix Portfolio attracted attention from investors around the world, but it was a local investor that was awarded the deal.  P.B. Bell of Scottsdale partnered with Stonecutter of New York City to purchase the portfolio from Standard Phoenix Fund of Arcadia, Calif.Cindy Cooke, senior executive vice president of Colliers International, and Brad Cooke, vice president of Colliers International, served as the brokers for the seller. The buyer was self-represented.“It was P.B. Bell’s in-depth knowledge of the assets and submarkets that helped separate them from the other buyers.  We were impressed with their upfront due diligence and ability to transfer their local knowledge to their New York equity partner.  They executed the transaction smoothly and even removed contingencies a day early,” Cindy Cooke said.The Cooke Team provided attentive support to buyer and seller to ensure that they felt well informed and cared for.  Delivery of world-class expertise combined with strategic navigation of skills allowed a team approach between all parties for a seamless transaction.“Having a local company that has been imbedded in the Valley of the Sun since 1976 step up to make their largest acquisition ever shows the strength of the current Phoenix apartment market.  This portfolio of seven properties represented exactly that.  The properties’ strong locations with stable occupancy of 96% set it up for a perfect position for upgrading the interiors and improving the exterior. P.B. Bell intends to use the transaction as a springboard to acquire more product.”  Brad Cooke said.The Cooke team was hired by Standard Phoenix Fund due to their strong track record of closing portfolios at or above their target prices.  This is the second time the Cooke team has sold these seven assets; the first time as part of a 12-property portfolio in 2007 for $427.5 million, which is still the largest multifamily deal ever in Phoenix.Five of the properties are located in the highly sought-after Southeast Valley submarket, one is located in the prestigious Camelback Corridor and one is located across from Arizona State University’s West Campus.  The properties:Alante at the Islands2222 N. McQueen Road, ChandlerClass A, 320 Units, Built in 1996Crosswinds868 S. Arizona Ave., ChandlerClass B, 374 Units, Built in 1985Laguna Village102 W. Palomino Drive, ChandlerClass B, 460 Units, Built in 1985Tuscany Palms901 S. Country Club Drive, MesaClass B, 582 Units, Built in 1986Whispering Meadows1050 S. Longmore St., MesaClass B, 432 Units, Built in 1979Sienna Springs5128 N. 15th St., PhoenixClass B, 395 Units, Built in 1973Tela Verde5020 W. Thunderbird Road, GlendaleClass B, 196 Units, Built in 1984last_img read more

Global COVID-19 total tops 200,000; WHO unveils massive treatment study

first_imgWith outbreaks gaining steam in many countries, the global COVID-19 total passed 200,000 reported cases today, and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a large international clinical trial to test five treatment regimens.As cases surged in Italy, France, Spain, and Germany, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said more than 80% of the world’s cases are in two regions: the Western Pacific and Europe. He said many countries are feeling overwhelmed. “We hear you. We know the tremendous difficulties you face and the enormous burden you’re under. We understand the heart-wrenching choices you are having to make.”The global total today is 214,894 from 156 countries, 8,732 of them fatal, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.Tedros urged countries that with sporadic cases or clusters to isolate, test, and treat every suspected case and trace every contact. “This is the best hope of preventing widespread community transmission.”International trial seeks robust treatment dataRegarding the trial, Tedros said multiple small trials using different methods may not yield strong evidence needed to reveal which ones can save lives. So he said the WHO has organized a large international study—called the SOLIDARITY trial—to get more robust data.He said the simplified study design allows even overloaded hospitals to participate. So far, countries that have agreed to participate include Argentina, Bahrain, Canada, France, Iran, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand.Ana Maria Henao, MD, unit head of the WHO’s research and development blueprint, said the study has five arms that include: the country’s standard of care; remdesivir (a new antiviral); lopinavir and ritonavir (an HIV combination drug); lopinavir, ritonavir, and interferon; and chloroquine (a malaria drug).She said the streamlined randomized trial can be adjusted based on countries’ availability of the drugs and can be adjusted to include other arms.European outbreaks intensifyItaly today reported 4,207 more cases, along with 475 more deaths, boosting its respective totals to 35,713 and 2,978, according to the health ministry’s latest update.The country’s fatality rate is estimated at 11%, higher than the 1% to 2% reported in neighboring countries. At today’s media briefing, Mike Ryan, MD, who heads the WHO’s health emergencies program, said Italy’s higher level may be due to multiple factors, including that it is further along in its outbreak with outcomes known after lengthy hospitalizations for many severely ill patients.He also said the higher level could related to Italy’s older population or the fact that hospitals in the most affected regions are struggling to provide the standard of care, which he said also played a role in Hubei provinces higher death rate compared with the rest of China.Three other European countries today reported more than 1,000 new cases, including Spain (1,390), France (1,404), and Germany (1,042). Their respective totals are now 13,716, 9,134, and 8,198. Also, the United Kingdom’s total climbed to 2,626 confirmed infections, and the UK’s prime minister announced that schools would close on Mar 20 until further notice.In a televised message to Germany today, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country’s COVID-19 outbreak is its biggest challenge since World War II.Yesterday, Montenegro reported its first detections, in two women who had traveled abroad, meaning all European countries have now reported cases, Anadolu Agency reported.Iran and Africa developmentsIran, the world’s third hardest-hit country, today reported 1,192 new cases, plus 147 more deaths, raising its respective totals to 17,391 and 533, according to the health ministry.In Africa, Nigeria reported 5 more cases, bringing its total to 8, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said. All patients had traveled from the United States or the United Kingdom.The Africa CDC said the African region now has 529 cases, 13 of them fatal, in 31 countries. Tedros said the total for sub-Saharan Africa, the region reporting the fewest cases, is 233, including 4 deaths.Australia, Colombia declare emergenciesMeanwhile, virus activity is slowly but steadily ramping up in other parts of the world. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today declared a “human biosecurity emergency” and urged citizens to avoid traveling out of the country, Reuters reported.The health emergency gives the government extra powers to order lockdowns, curfews, and quarantines. In another new measure, the country banned nonessential indoor gatherings of 100 or more people.Australia has reported about 500 cases, 6 of them fatal, but health officials are worried about rising numbers.Colombia’s president yesterday declared a state of emergency and ordered older people to stay in their homes starting Mar 20 and extending until May 31, according to a separate Reuters report. People age 70 and older can leave their homes only for food, medications, medical care, and banking.The country has reported 75 cases so far, most of them linked to Europe or United States travel.last_img read more

Yokohama Tire Corp. Announces Two Corporate Executive Appointments

first_imgFULLERTON, Calif. – Takayuki Hamaya, chief operating officer at Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC), has announced the addition of two top-level executives: Naoki “Nick” Takeda, executive vice president and CFO; and Taketoshi Morita, vice president, OE business. In 1993, Takeda worked at YTC as assistant treasurer in finance and accounting. He went back to Japan in 1995 and held several positions, including assistant manager of the Mishima plant (2000). He returned again to YTC in 2010 as CFO and treasurer before going back to YRC in 2011.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Takeda, who started working for YTC’s parent company, The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (YRC) in 1988, returns to YTC after two-and-a-half years as GM of YRC’s tire business planning department. “While being the head of Yokohama’s global tire business, Takeda was also supporting various YTC projects, such as the new Mississippi plant,” said Hamaya. “Now, he will not only be supporting but creating more strategic projects for YTC’s future growth.” “With his experience in YRC’s OE business and overseas sales departments, Mr. Morita will prove to be a great asset for developing new OE opportunities for YTC,” Hamaya said. “Andy Zeisser, YTC’s OE director, will report to Mr. Morita.” Morita moved from Spain to the U.S. to join YTC in the newly created VP, OE business position, said Hamaya. Morita began his career with YRC in 1987 and has held several positions, including manager of OE sales (1993), manager of the tire overseas sales department (2002), GM of the Dubai office (2003) and president of Yokohama Iberia (Spain and Portugal) from 2009 to 2013.last_img read more