VT League Finals

first_imgQualifying Finals – 9.50amEastern Falcons v Western DodgersCasey Cougars v Melbourne University Northern BlacksSemi Finals – 12.35pmMelbourne City Lions v Qualifying Final winnerBayside Vipers v Qualifying Final winnerGrand Final – 3.30pm Qualifying Finals – 9.00amCasey Cougars v Bayside Vipers 1Bayside Vipers 2 v Eastern FalconsSemi Finals – 11.45amMelbourne University Northern Blacks v Qualifying Final winnerMelbourne City Lions v Qualifying Final winnerGrand Final – 2.30pm Women’s Sunday, 24 February will see a big day of Touch Football action at Elwood Park in Melbourne, with the 2012/13 Victorian Touch (VT) League finals taking place. Qualifying finals, semi finals and grand finals will be played on Sunday across three divisions – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed. Finals day of the VT League starts at 9.00am with the Mixed qualifying finals, followed by the qualifying finals for the Women’s and Men’s divisions at 9.50am and 10.40am respectively. Semi finals then take place at 11.45am for Mixed, followed by 12.35pm for Women’s and 1.25pm for Men’s. Grand finals of all three divisions will round out the day, with the Mixed grand final at 2.30pm, Women’s grand final at 3.30pm and the Men’s grand final at 4.30pm. For the first time this season, the Mixed division has seen six teams compete, with a successful season had by all. The Melbourne University Northern Blacks have been the form team all year and have progressed straight through to the semi finals as have the Melbourne City Lions. The Melbourne City Lions in the Women’s division are reigning champions who are on equal points with rivals the Bayside Vipers heading into the finals. The Lions will see three Australian representatives, Leah Percy (Women’s Open), Kirsten Friend and Mel Woodward (Women’s 30’s) take to the field, while the Vipers have two national representative players in Brooke James (Australian Women’s 30’s) and Jamie Te Pania (New Zealand Women’s 30’s) and if the two sides are to meet in the final it will no doubt be an exciting encounter. The Melbourne City Lions also finished on top of the Men’s ladder following the round games, closely followed by the Western Dodgers. Only four points separates the top three teams, and VT League Finals Day will no doubt entertain!To keep-up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the VT League finals, please visit www.victouch.com.au as well as the Touch Football Victoria social media pages:www.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoriawww.twitter.com/touchfootyvic Mixedcenter_img Men’s Qualifying Finals – 10.40amMelbourne University Northern Blacks v Casey TigersBayside Vipers v Eastern FalconsSemi Finals – 1.25pmMelbourne City Lions v Qualifying Final winnerWestern Dodgers v Qualifying Final winnerGrand Final – 4.30pmRelated LinksVT League Finalslast_img read more

10 months agoHowe: Bournemouth must rise to Man Utd challenge

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Howe: Bournemouth must rise to Man Utd challengeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe has challenged his players to rise to the test of facing Manchester United.The Dorset club have picked up one point from three games at Old Trafford since being promoted to the top flight. Howe said: “It’s a tough game. Whenever you go to Old Trafford you know you are going to be in for a tough assignment.“We are going to need to rise to that challenge. They have had two really good results and performances. I am sure the atmosphere in the stadium will be good for the players there.“We will look forward to going there as we always have done. We have had some tough encounters and enjoyed our matches in the ground – we will look forward to another tough game.” last_img read more

Partnership hopes to make progress on pancreatic cancer with research network

first_imgTORONTO – Kevin Rabishaw had the classic signs — persistent back and abdominal pain, sudden onset of diabetes and pronounced weight loss — but as too often happens with pancreatic cancer, his symptoms weren’t diagnosed early enough to make a difference.Despite having surgery to remove a large tumour on his pancreas, followed by rounds of chemotherapy, Rabishaw died last month at age 57, just nine months after his diagnosis.It is an all too familiar story for health professionals and cancer advocacy groups who deal with this malignancy, the fourth deadliest cancer affecting Canadians, which accounts for six per cent of all cancer deaths in the country.Yet despite having such a lethal profile — only seven per cent of patients live five years from diagnosis — pancreatic cancer is among the most poorly funded when it comes to research dollars, with only about two per cent of all monies raised for cancer going to this type of tumour.“It has become almost a forgotten cancer, and yet it’s so devastating to the people who get it,” said Michelle Capobianco, executive director of the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation (PCCF), an organization that raises funds for research, awareness and education.“The reality is that there have been very few advances in the last 40 years,” she said. “So basically what you would be told 40 years ago is what you’re told today.”The advocacy group is hoping to change that with a partnership to boost research into pancreatic cancer. Along with the Cancer Research Society, PCCF is launching the Pancreatic Oncology Network, or PancOne, a two-year joint project to raise $2 million for research committed solely to the fight against this cancer.To be announced Thursday, the partnership follows a bold multimedia awareness-raising campaign called “Assumptions Can Be Deadly.”This year, an estimated 5,500 Canadians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and about 4,800 will die from the disease, Canadian Cancer Society statistics indicate.The pancreas is a finger-like organ that releases enzymes into the small intestine to aid digestion and insulin into the bloodstream to control how the body uses food for energy.But because it is buried deep within the abdomen, symptoms of pancreatic cancer typically don’t become evident until the disease is quite advanced, leading to its description as a silent killer. More than 60 per cent of tumours are diagnosed at a late stage, usually having spread, or metastasized to other parts of the body, thereby limiting chances for successful treatment.“In many cases, it’s silent until its already metastatic,” said Dr. Steven Gallinger, a surgical oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto.“Only about 20 per cent of patients are eligible for surgery because the other 80 per cent have metastatic disease when we meet them for the first time,” he said, adding that this cancer also tends to be highly resistant to chemotherapy.Although cancer of the pancreas can strike adults at any age, about 90 per cent of those who develop the disease are over 55, with an average age of about 70.While the cause isn’t yet known, Gallinger said genetics and lifestyle factors such as excess alcohol consumption and eating a western diet high in red meat and low in fibre seem to be risk factors for the disease.“Then the convincing factor that’s definitely associated is smoking,” he said, noting that tobacco use raises the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by two to three times.Despite what may seem a grim outlook, Gallinger said the PancOne partnership offers hope that increased dedicated funding will lead to research breakthroughs in the next few years.The $2-million target could attract matching or even higher grants from other funding institutions and government, boosting overall research dollars, he said.“For a long time, we were kind of the orphan, unnoticed, unloved research group around the world,” Gallinger said of scientists probing the mysteries of pancreatic cancer, “meaning advocacy was minimal, so governments didn’t respond well to the need for more work.“There’s also been frustrations in attracting young people to try to delve into this challenge … (but) in the last 10 to 20 years, there’s been significant improvement in awareness, which gradually trickles out to funding agencies.”For Kevin Rabishaw, the need for greater awareness of pancreatic cancer and its symptoms — as well as increased research funding — was close to his heart, said Bryna Rabishaw, his wife of 31 years.Before his death, he took part in a video made by PCCF “to help so the next patient has more time with their family,” she recalled her husband saying.Rabishaw, an avid outdoorsman who included making maple syrup among his many hobbies, also left a legacy to his family and friends in the form of a sugar shack on the couple’s property in Sharon, Ont., just north of Toronto, which he designed and had built by a carpenter in the weeks leading up to his death.“The maple syrup season for 2017 became a really, really big deal for us,” Bryna Rabishaw said tearfully, adding that their adult son and daughter helped him tap maple trees near their property and their dad taught them how to boil it off and bottle the resulting syrup.It was a hobby he relished, and his family and friends plan to continue it next year in his memory.While she doesn’t blame doctors for missing the red flags of her husband’s cancer — PCCF says many health professionals can be unaware of the signs — Rabishaw hopes his story will encourage others with suspicious symptoms to get them investigated quickly.“If they could have put the pieces together earlier,” she said, “I truly believe that he would have still been here.”—Online:www.assumptionscanbedeadly.ca– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Scheer Trudeau talk platforms firearms in Toronto Singh stays out west

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Liberal election platform is out, and it’s brimming with talking points not only for Justin Trudeau, but for his political rivals as well.There’s billions in new spending — $57 billion worth, according to Conservative math — to be financed in part by new taxes on the wealthy, large international corporations, foreign housing speculators and tech giants.There’s billions in red ink, too: the platform projects a $27.4-billion deficit next year, falling to $21 billion by year 4 of what would be a second Liberal mandate, should Trudeau’s growth-and-investment approach win out over what he calls the cuts and austerity of Andrew Scheer’s Tories.Scheer will no doubt have plenty to say today about what the Conservatives consider Liberal disregard for the federal balance sheet — an image Trudeau seemed to lean into Sunday as an important point of distinction between the two parties.Trudeau, for his part, will be in Toronto talking to health care professionals about what he has promised a re-elected Liberal government would do about guns — a hot topic in a city that as of last weekend had seen 325 shooting incidents this year alone, 26 of them fatal, according to Toronto police data.Scheer, who is also in the Toronto area, will be facing questions, too. The Liberals are trying to make hay with the fact that the Conservative leader never finished the licensing process to become an insurance broker, a job description he says he had before politics. The party says he was accredited, but left the industry before getting his licence.The Conservative campaign will begin the day with an announcement in the critical suburb of Whitby, Ont., with stops planned in Toronto and nearby Scarborough and Brampton — all part of the tactically important suburban belt ringing Canada’s most populous city. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh continues to focus his efforts on the Vancouver area, and his attacks on the Liberals.Green Leader Elizabeth May is beginning her day in Vancouver, while People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier travels to Windsor, Ont.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Surging oil prices help lift Toronto stock index Canadian dollar flat

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rose modestly Tuesday, helped in part by strength in the energy sector as the price of oil surged nearly US$1.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.57 points to 16,357.55, as the March crude contract advanced 90 cents to US$64.47 per barrel.Colum McKinley of CIBC Asset Management attributed the rally in oil prices to recent positive comments from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries that its members and non-OPEC member Russia will continue to limit their production.“Inventory data over the last number of weeks has shown significant draws … and that’s positive, giving the market a clear sense that the supply and demand imbalance is quickly correcting,” said McKinley, a vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC.“If you look over the last numbers of months, you saw oil prices move higher. (Energy stocks) have moved higher but they have definitely lagged the commodity. We expect and we’re starting to see some catch up in that trade where the valuations on the energy stocks will start to expand to reflect a greater confidence in sustaining a larger oil price than originally anticipated by the market place.”South of the border, U.S. stocks were mixed as household goods makers including Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble sunk following disappointing quarterly reports. Solar power companies, however, spiked in early trading after President Donald Trump approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components in a step intended to help U.S. manufacturers.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average edged back 3.79 points to 26,210.81. The S&P 500 index added 6.16 points to 2,839.13 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 52.26 points to 7,460.29 — both record highs for the third trading session in a row.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of BCE Inc. were down 32 cents, or 0.55 per cent, to $57.72 after subsidiary Bell Canada alerted some customers on Tuesday — 100,000 by media reports — that some of their personal information has been illegally accessed in a data breach.Meanwhile, Cara Operations Ltd. Restaurants was up $2.45, or 9.83 per cent, to $27.38 following news that the Vaughan, Ont.-based company is growing its restaurant empire yet again with a $200-million deal to buy Keg Restaurants Ltd.In economic news, the International Monetary Fund estimated that the world economy expanded at a 3.7 per cent annual pace last year, the fastest since 2011, and said it believes growth will accelerate to 3.9 per cent in 2018-19. The IMF noted surprisingly strong growth in Europe and Asia and predicted that U.S. tax cuts will give the American economy a short-term boost.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.30 cents US, up 0.03 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract climbed 22 cents to US$3.44 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$4.80 to US$1,336.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was down nine cents to US$3.11 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:CAO)last_img read more

Why funds collected for construction workers not used to pay their wages

NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court Thursday asked the Centre and the AAP government why the funds collected for welfare of construction workers are not used to pay daily wages to them every time construction activities are banned in the city. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani said thousands of crores are collected as cess from builders and consumers for welfare of employees, but the governments are “not giving a penny” to the labourers. “You (governments) stop or ban construction activity and the labourers are left without work. You have collected thousands of crores as building cess, but you don’t give a penny out of it to the labourers who are starving,” it said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Why should the state and the central government be not fastened with the liability? What are you doing with all that money? Both the central government and the government of National Capital Territory of Delhi have to answer,” the bench said. Besides, the court also asked the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers (BOCW) Welfare Board why funds collected under the BOCW (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996, and the BOCW Welfare Cess Act, 1996, cannot be used to pay the labourers who are deprived of their daily wages when construction activity is stopped on government or court directions. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Central Pollution Control Board and the Environment Protection (Prevention and Control) Authority for Delhi-NCR have also been asked to indicate their stand on the matter. With the direction, the court listed the matter for further hearing on August 6. The court’s order came after the BOCW Board told the bench it cannot provide any relief to unregistered workers from the funds collected as it is not provided under the statute. The board also said the statutes did not provide for paying daily wages to idle workers. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by labour welfare activist Saurabh Bhatnagar through advocates Chirayu Jain and Rudrakshi Deo. The petition sought framing of welfare schemes or policy to provide financial security in the form of daily wages, at minimum wage rates, to all the construction workers in Delhi when construction activities are banned/halted/limited by the authorities. It also sought that any such ban/halt/limitation on construction activities in Delhi be not permitted “till a policy to provide financial security to all the construction workers is not only adopted, but is also tested and is ready to be implemented”. The plea claimed that from November 1 to November 12 last year, when construction activities across NCR were banned due to increased air pollution, lakhs of workers were left without any alternate source of livelihood or financial security. read more

On anniversary of chemical weapons pact Ban Kimoon urges destruction of stockpiles

Marking the tenth anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on countries that still possess these arms to abolish them.“I call upon all possessor States to destroy their chemical weapons stockpiles according to the agreed deadlines,” Mr. Ban said in a message on the occasion. “I also urge all governments that have not yet done so to ratify or accede to the Convention without delay.”The Secretary-General noted the progress that has been achieved of the past decade, pointing out that more than 25 per cent of declared chemical weapons stockpiles have been destroyed while the Convention now has 182 States Parties, covering 98 percent of the world’s population.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which helps carry out the ban, “has made important gains in eliminating from the world an entire category of weapons of mass destruction,” the Secretary-General said.The anniversary is also observed as Remembrance Day for Victims of Chemical Warfare, and in his message, Mr. Ban called for action on their behalf. “Let us honour the victims of chemical warfare, and redouble our efforts to ensuring that no life on earth will be lost ever again due to the use of chemical weapons.”Formally known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, the treaty aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of these arms by States Parties. The Convention is considered unique for its incorporation of the “challenge inspection,” which allows any State Party in doubt about another State Party’s compliance to request the OPCW Director-General to send an inspection team. Under the Convention’s “challenge inspection” procedure, States Parties have committed themselves to the principle of “any time, anywhere” inspections with no right of refusal. 29 April 2007Marking the tenth anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on countries that still possess these arms to abolish them. read more

Telus to invest 650million in Ontario on wireless create 900 new jobs

TORONTO — Telecom company Telus will spend $650-million on advanced technology in Ontario over three years to support its wireless growth, resulting in 900 new jobs.Telus said Friday that it will expand its next-generation wireless network to more than 95% of Ontario’s population, extending the 4G Long-Term Evolution technology to the Ottawa, Barrie, Windsor, Muskoka, Kingston and Niagara areas.Chief commercial officer Joe Natale said the expenditure will improve the reach and capacity of its network for consumers and business customers.“And of particular importance, they will help to connect additional rural and small communities,” Natale said in a news release.“At the same time, hiring 900 people will help us support the future economic prosperity of Ontario,” Natale said, adding the expenditure will be spread over three years.[np-related]The advanced wireless network gives smartphone users and mobile laptop and tablet users the equivalent of a home Internet experience on the go.The capital expenditure will also be used for Telus’s health-care technology, which allows the online processing of drug claims.Telus said it has received a two-year contract extension with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the operation of the health network system, which enables pharmacies to submit drug benefit claims electronically.Some of the money also will be used for community fundraising projects in the province.Telus said it has invested more than $22-billion in Ontario since 2000.Vancouver-based Telus is a leading telecom player in Canada with 7.4 million wireless subscribers and $10.5-billion in annual revenues from its various services.The Canadian Press read more

GL inspects developments in the North

Civil society representatives had urged the Minister to take measures to create more job opportunities in Jaffna.The Minister was to also visit Killinochchi and Mullaitivu during his visit to the North. External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris met civil society representatives in Jaffna today and discussed employment and development issues.He also met with the Jaffna Government Agent and later ispected some of the development work underway in Jaffna, officials said.

UN chief hails progress in scaling up maternal and child nutrition worldwide

“Every household needs to be able to afford safe, nutritious foods. Markets need to be open and fair. The poorest people need to know they can count on social protection that will not let them go hungry,” Mr. Ban said at the high-level meeting on scaling up nutrition, held at the margins of the 67th session of the General Assembly.Mr. Ban praised the progress made by the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, which has been joined by 30 countries – including newest members Burundi and Kenya – which are home to 56 million children suffering from stunted growth due to chronic malnutrition.The SUN Movement focuses on the critical 1,000-day window between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday, when proper nutrition can mean the difference between health and sickness, life and death. Poor nutrition during this period can lead to stunted growth and impaired cognitive development, among other consequences.The initiative seeks to integrate various sectors of society to improve nutrition and involves farmers’ cooperatives, consumer associations, local and multinational businesses, health professionals, educators, lawyers, religious groups, human rights activists, development workers and politicians. “The SUN Movement has not required any new institution, fund or programme. Instead, it has proposed an entirely new way of working,” Mr. Ban said. “SUN is rallying governments, civil society, the private sector and international donors. It is breaking down barriers separating different disciplines, and galvanizing experts in agriculture, health, social protection and finance.”Mr. Ban also highlighted the Zero Hunger Challenge which he launched at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June, which aspires to end malnutrition in pregnancy and early childhood, achieve 100 per cent access to adequate food all year round, make all food systems sustainable, double the productivity and income of small holders, and achieve a zero waste or loss of food. “In our world of plenty, no one should be malnourished,” he said. “And in a world with no hunger, all food and agriculture would be sustainable, and no food would be lost or wasted.”The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, said preventing stunting can also help break the cycle of poverty. “Recent data from countries like Ethiopia, Rwanda, Peru and others show that we can reduce stunting with the right policies and programmes, the right investments and of course a commitment to action.“The momentum of the SUN Movement must now be matched by tangible results to put the world’s youngest and most vulnerable on the path to a better future,” he added. read more

Mechel reports implementation of longterm partnership agreement for mine trucks with BELAZ

first_imgMechel OAO has acquired 15 BELAZ mining dump trucks as part of a long-term partnership agreement signed by Mechel and BELAZ on November 28, 2011, during the session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus in the presence of heads of state. The mining trucks are being acquired on behalf of Yakutugol Holding Company and Korshunov Mining Plant on lease contracts signed with Sberbank Leasing ZAO. The sum of those contracts totalled $29.5 million. The trucks will be delivered to the plants before the end of 2012’s second quarter. Yakutugol Holding will receive eleven trucks of 220 t, 130 t and 55 t capacity for hauling overburden and coal, which will be used at Nerungrinsk open pit and Elga Coal Complex. Korshunov Mining Plant OAO will operate four 130 t trucks, which will be used to transport soil and iron ore at the Korshunovsk mine.Due to structural improvements, the new trucks have higher capacity and efficiency than their predecessors, Mechel reports. “BELAZ trucks are widely used at our mining plants and have proven themselves well. As such, the 10-year agreement with Belarus Autoworks (BELAZ), which guarantees us supplies of these trucks in the amount we need, is highly important for us, especially considering the growing production volumes at the Elga deposit. Systematic efforts for technical re-equipment enable the company to increase production, cut operational costs, create a significant safety margin for its production assets, which guarantees uninterrupted and well-coordinated work of all our mining enterprises,” Mechel Mining OAO’s Chief Executive Officer Igor Zyuzin noted.last_img read more

Amphibious drones to collect and test potentially dangerous water samples

first_imgDan Squire founded Drones Over Water last year in South Australia and has developed a sensor unit, which attaches to amphibious drones to allow the collection of samples from watercourses. He said the drones were highly efficient and could be used for collecting and testing samples from wastewater plants, tailings dams and other difficult to access areas.The drones are capable of flying to a programmed GPS position, collecting a sample from a specific depth, testing the sample onboard and sending the data remotely.Squire will travel from Adelaide to the US in April with a group from Flinders University’s New Venture Institute to speak with potential investors or business partners.“I’m on the cusp of a couple of trials … the prototype’s pretty much finished,” he said. “Then we’ll have a product that will be at the point where we’ve trialled our technology and we’ll be looking for investment … so we can go out to the market and start providing the service to people by operating our own equipment or selling the equipment itself.”The global drones market is expected to reach $5.59 billion by 2020, at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 32.22% between 2015 and 2020.last_img read more

Phillip Brave Davis is now Interim PLP leader

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 16th 2017: Deputy leader Phillip Brave Davis will retain the post as Political Leader of PLP. His assumption of the role comes automatic according to the PLP’s constitution, following the resignation of Former Prime Minister and PLP Leader, Perry Christie.His plans for the party, “to rebuild from the ground up”, after its defeat at the 2017 polls. Davis will hold the post until the convention decides who is best fit to lead the party, while his former role as Deputy Leader will also be decided by internal elections. His post as Political Leader of the PLP also makes way for him to become the Opposition Leader in the House of Assembly.As to why the announcement on his new role not made, Davis says it was not his night, redirecting focus on outgoing PLP leader and Former Prime Minister, Perry Christie.Davis says the PLP is yet to finalise its selection of senators. So far names that have been names listed include Dr.Kendal Major , Jobeth Coleby, Alfred Sears, and Dr.Charles Clarke. The four names which are not uncommon to The Bahamas, are said to represent new faces of the PLP, with broad appeal and a blend of experience. Fred Mitchell’ s Sour Grapes rant following FNM win. Recommended for you Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections2017, #BraveDavisNewPLPLeader, #magneticmedianewscenter_img #MagneticMediaNews#BraveDavisNewPLPLeader#BahamasGeneralElections2017 88 Percent voter turnout Bahamas General Elections 2017 Fred Smith, Q.C : Christmas has come Early to Bahamas, FNM paints Parliament redlast_img read more

Namaste on the Bay kicks off at Coasterra

first_img Posted: June 20, 2019 Namaste on the Bay kicks off at Coasterra 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – People can take in some of the best views of the city while partaking in a gentle flow yoga session at Namaste on the Bay.Engage your body and mind in a one-hour yoga flow session with Yoga Box from 10-11 a.m. on Sunday, June 23rd and then Coasterra is offering brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Everyone attending the class will receive 15% off brunch (food items) at Coasterra once yoga concludes. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom June 20, 2019last_img read more

Report 19 US tourists suffered symptoms after visiting Cuba

first_img(WSVN) – New details have been released about the number of people who say they’ve been mysteriously injured while visiting Cuba.The Miami Herald reports a total of 19 US tourists have suffered dizziness, headaches and other symptoms since late last year.That number is in addition to the 24 US diplomats who complained of similar problems.The State Department said it’s still unclear if a sonic attack is to blame.Cuba has denied any wrongdoing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Minister asks officials to complete flyovers at earliest

first_imgVijayawada: Transport Minister Perni Nani has instructed the officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and R and B department to complete the ongoing flyover works in the city as early as possible. Perni Nani, along with the Endowment Minister Velampalli Srinivas and Civil supplies Minister Kodali Nani and District Collector Md Imtiaz, convened a meeting with the officials on Thursday and discussed the progress of the flyover and other works. Also Read – Government committed to transparent business environment: M Goutham Reddy Advertise With Us The meeting was convened after Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy asked the district ministers and the officials to take measures to complete the flyover bridges in the city and resolve the traffic problems. During the Collectors’ conference held on June 24 and 25, Chief Minister had inquired about the traffic problems in the city and asked the ministers and officials to resolve the problem. Also Read – Anti-ragging laws stringent: VC PVGD Prasada Reddy Advertise With Us In this backdrop, the district ministers conducted a meeting and asked the officials to complete the Durga temple flyover construction works by the end of December 2019 and complete the Benz Circle flyover works as early as possible. The minister told the officials that people have been facing innumerable hardships due to the traffic congestion at the Benz Circle, Ramavarappadu Junction and other places in the city due to the slow progress of the works. Durga temple construction works were started before the Krishna Pushkaralu four years ago and not completed yet. Similarly, the Benz Circle flyover works are also getting delayed due to administrative and technical reasons, he said. Advertise With Us The minister also asked the officials to prepare a revised DPR for construction of the Bypass Road connecting Gollapudi and China Avutupalli in Gannavaram mandal. The Central government had approved the project in 2012 and land acquisition also completed for the project. But, the works were not started yet due to administrative reasons. Perni Nani also asked the officials to complete the pending works of the Vijayawada-Machilipatnam highway and other works in the district. After the meet, the ministers spoke to the media at the Collectors conference hall. Joint Collector 2 P Babu Rao and officials of the NHAI, R and B and other departments attended the meeting.last_img read more

Obama Rips Trump GOP in Fiery Speeches for Midwest Dems

first_imgBy IVAN MORENO and DAVID EGGERT, Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump’s tenure in office Friday in fiery speeches in Milwaukee and Detroit that took aim at him and other Republicans for “making stuff up.”The speeches were among Obama’s sharpest and most direct takedowns of Trump’s presidency, although the former president was careful to not mention Trump by name. He said the “character of our country is on the ballot” in the first midterm election since Trump took office.Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in support of Wisconsin Democratic candidates, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Obama cited a recent Trump comment that he would pass a tax cut before the November election. Obama then told the crowds in high school gymnasiums that “Congress isn’t even in session before the election! He just makes it up!”At one point Obama said in Wisconsin: “Here’s the thing. Everything I say you can look up.”Obama’s visits were to urge people to vote for Michigan and Wisconsin’s Democratic candidates. While Trump was frequently the target of his criticism, he did not spare Republicans generally and said they are lying when they say they want to protect people with pre-existing conditions while trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act.“What we have not seen before in our public life is politicians just blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly, lying. Just making stuff up,” Obama said. “Calling up, down. Calling black, white.That’s what your governor is doing with these ads, just making stuff up,” he said, referring to Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his assertions that he wants to protect health care for those with pre-existing conditions. Walker is being challenged by Democrat Tony Evers.In Michigan, Obama credited Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer for helping to expand Medicaid and said “few people fought against it harder” than her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Bill Schuette. He said voters can trust Sen. Debbie Stabenow to protect people with pre-existing conditions because “she was there” to help pass his health law. She is facing a challenge from Republican John James, whom Obama criticized for saying he backs Trump’s agenda “2,000 percent.”Obama used the subject of Hillary Clinton’s private email server to accuse Republicans of trying to “scare the heck out of people before every election” and also to mock Trump about the Chinese spying on his cellphone.“In the last election, it was Hillary’s emails. ‘This is terrible’ … ‘This is a national security crisis.’ They didn’t care about emails and you know how you know? Because if they did, they’d be up in arms right now that the Chinese are listening to the president’s iPhone that he leaves in his golf cart.”Obama spoke about the slow-moving migrant caravan from Central American bound for the United States as another example of a Republican scare tactic.“Now the latest, they’re trying to convince everybody to be afraid of a bunch of impoverished, malnourished refugees a thousand miles away,” he said. “That’s the thing that is the most important thing in this election,” he said. “Not health care, not whether or not folks are able to retire, doing something about higher wages, rebuilding our roads and bridges and putting people back to work.”“Suddenly,” he continued, changing his voice to a high-pitch to strike a mocking tone, “it’s these group of folks. We don’t even know where they are. They’re right down there.”Referring to Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp,” Obama said that instead “they have gone to Washington and just plundered away.”“In Washington they have racked up enough indictments to field a football team,” he said. “Nobody in my administration got indicted.”Obama’s visit to Milwaukee was the first time he was in the city for a political event since March 2016, when he came to celebrate enrollment numbers in the Affordable Care Act. He did not campaign for Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, a state she narrowly lost that proved crucial to Trump becoming president.Michigan is another battleground state in the Midwest that Democrats lost in 2016, despite Obama’s visit the day before the election.“I’m hopeful Michigan,” he said. “I’m hopeful that despite all the noise, despite all the lies, we’re going to come through all that. We’re going to remember who we are, who we’re called to be.I’m hopeful because out of this political darkness, I’m seeing a great awakening.”___Moreno reported from Milwaukee.last_img read more

3 Ways AI Can Help Businesses Improve Customer Relations

first_img 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In a world where technology is changing rapidly, it can be hard for businesses to keep up with shifting consumer demands. Take how customers interact with businesses, for instance. According to a recent study by Drift, people now prefer real-time interaction as they make their purchases, meaning that just having an online storefront is no longer enough.For startups looking to grow a loyal customer base, the immediate needs of users can be especially intimidating and even seem, at times, insurmountable. Entrepreneurs with small employee bases would have no way of being there for every customer and anticipating each person’s needs in real time.With the advent of AI and machine learning inside of traditional businesses, however, this is beginning to change. Conversational AI has made the communication space more fluid for customers and businesses, offering consumers instant results while making it easy for businesses to provide attention to every person in need.Dish Network has already shown that AI can successfully navigate this modern landscape. According to the company, customers rate interactions with virtual agents the same as, and sometimes even better than, interactions with their human counterparts.While some businesses are already getting into the AI game, it’s not anywhere near where it should be. According to a McKinsey & Co. report, only 21 percent of companies have implemented AI into multiple parts of their organizations. More startups should be looking for opportunities to harness AI and gain a competitive advantage.Related: Three Ways Entrepreneurs Can Use AI to Boost Their BusinessHow AI could improve your businessFor entrepreneurs, it’s no longer OK to sit on the sidelines and see what happens when it comes to AI. It’s time to be proactive. Here are three ways you can use AI that could be game changers for your business:1. Provide instant responses.The vast majority of consumers highly value customer service that provides quick responses. According to recent research from HubSpot, 90 percent of customers considered an immediate response either “important” or “very important,” and 82 percent felt the same about sales and marketing inquiries.For a long time, immediate responses were, by and large, difficult to deliver to everybody who wanted one. With AI and automation, however, this is changing. Common questions can be answered through automation, freeing up customer service reps to focus on more complicated, high-value questions.In 2016, for instance, Patrón launched an Echo skill that provided recipes and tequila-related fun facts. This seemingly trivial tool has 36,000 users and receives about 7,000 queries every month. Customers love the instant engagement.Businesses should focus on developing messaging bots for apps, such as Facebook Messenger and iMessage, and creating skills and extensions for smart home speakers. According to Deloitte, smart speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Echo are poised to reach $7 billion in revenue this year. These smart speakers are quickly becoming ubiquitous, and companies that take advantage of them will achieve better customer satisfaction and engagement.2. Understand how a consumer feels.According to Gartner, customer relationship management is where the most spending on enterprise software happens. Cloud sales software, in particular, tends to come with a high price tag. This makes sense, of course, because sales and customer service are cornerstones of a successful company.However, it does mean that it’s vital to get the most out of this spending. It’s not enough to just gather sales data and customer information. With AI, it’s possible to take that data and analyze it in order to create more accurate sales objectives that can be updated in real time. And by deploying AI, it’s possible to see how customers feel at an individual level and an aggregate view.This sentiment analysis can keep more people happy and even turn a dissatisfied customer into a satisfied one. Understanding how a consumer feels can boost sales, improve customer service and change what an annual business plan looks like.Companies are already using AI to gauge the emotions of people. The Amazon Alexa team has been working on how to detect users’ feelings simply by the sound of their voice. And the company Affectiva studies facial expressions and voice to analyze emotions.Related: 5 Customer Service Rules to Boost Your Profit by 18 Percent3. Overcome language barriers.Language is often a costly and cumbersome barrier for businesses to cut across — especially small startups. AI has the power to remove this barrier. Take this study from MIT, for example: When eBay introduced an AI-powered tool that translated listing titles and searches in 2014, sales from the U.S. to countries able to utilize this tool rose by 10.9 percent. This statistic is especially notable because before this, eBay already had a translation tool. However, it didn’t have AI to help it.For businesses, the ability to cross borders can change the trajectory of user adoption. Major businesses such as Microsoft and Google already offer AI-aided translation tools. There are also smaller companies, such as DeepL, that outperform Google in some instances. Every business now has the ability to communicate with customers all over the globe, thanks to AI and machine learning.Related: 4 Unconventional Ways to Work With International CounterpartsThe common thread that runs through all these AI-powered advantages is the vast improvement they can offer to a company’s bottom line. Investing in AI is a commitment, but it’s one that will offer a significant return on that investment. The power of AI is the power of better sales, improved customer service and reduced churn, both of customers and of employees. By embracing AI, startups are embracing a stronger, more profitable future. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 14, 2019 Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Epic Imaging provides results directly to disparate EMRs. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more Only the strong and most wired will survive. This never rang so true for outpatient imaging centers as it does today. With drastic cuts in medical imaging reimbursements, imaging centers must be more nimble than ever. The centers that implement information technology (IT) to leverage interoperability, track business trends, protect data, and enhance patient safety are securing their future. For the first time, Imaging Technology News invited readers to nominate U.S.-based outpatient imaging centers that have built up their IT infrastructures and qualify them as a “Most Wired Outpatient Imaging Center.”The four centers featured in this article best met the challenging “Most Wired” criteria.The “Most Wired” Criteria:1. Interoperability: The center interfaces with disparate IT systems.2. Reading tools: The center provides radiologists with IT solutions to manage and read images.3. Business tools: IT solutions that track trends and support marketing efforts.4. IT for equipment (safety): IT solutions for safer patient care when using equipment. RadNet Inc., Calif., N.Y., N.J., Del., Md., Fla. and Kan.Interoperability: With 175 imaging centers in seven states, RadNet uses several different picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). These PACS include GE Centricity PACS-IW, Philips iSite, Merge Fusion PACS, Chili PACS, and RamSoft PACS. These are all interfaced with two separate radiology information systems (RIS), GE Centricity RIS-IC and Merge Fusion RIS. Their specialty PACS include Thinking Systems PACS for nuclear medicine, Hologic PACS for digital mammography, CadStream, DynaCad, and GE Seno Advantage Workstations for mammography, R2 and iCAD for mammography computer-aided detection (CAD), BABE for obstetric ultrasound, and other specialty systems. There are more than 450 radiologists that both work for RadNet and practice at hospitals. The hospitals RadNet works with interface with different PACS installed at RadNet, including: Centricity PACS-IW, McKesson, Amicas, Carestream, Cerner, and others. Numerous electronic medical record (EMR) systems are used, including: AllScripts, McKesson Practice Partners, Alteer, RedWood MedNet, GE Centricity, Doc Assistant, OncoEMR, ARIA, Synergy, NextGen, SpringCharts, Practice Fusion, AllMeds, Epic, Aprima, SoapWare, Logician, ALN, Medical Office Online, Go Partners Healthcare Solutions, and eClinicalWorks. RadNet interfaces its data with several regional networks, including: regional health information organizations (RHIOs), healthcare information exchanges (HIEs) and portals. RadNet plans to allow patient information, with appropriate consent, to be published in Microsoft HealthVault and Google Health personal health records.PACS are all Web-based, providing referring physicians and off-site radiologists with complete and secure access to images and reports. The center supports Web-based access to fused PET/CT images the iPhone. Plus, Web-based order entry is interfaced to the appropriate outpatient center’s RIS.Reading tools: To facilitate report turnaround, centers use digital dictation systems from Dictaphone and WinScribe, speech recognition using PowerScribe and structured mammography report generation using RIS. Structured obstetric ultrasound reporting uses the BABE system.Appropriate image ordering is controlled with a Web-based e-ordering solution. RadNet is developing a critical findings notification solution, whereby a radiologist dictates a critical finding and annotates key images. The system hunts the physician down on his or her preferred device: iPhone, BlackBerry or SmartPhone. If acknowledgement is not received in a timely manner, it hunts down the designated backup person.Business tools: RadNet uses call centers to schedule patient appointments and track the number of calls each scheduler makes. A workflow assignment engine distributes the workload amongst radiologists. The centers measure diagnostic equipment efficiency in the context of declining reimbursements for each modality. Over a dozen billing interfaces extract billing information from the RIS. This information is then scrubbed for appropriate reimbursement coding using CodeRyte coding software, and then passed to the McKesson MD-IV Reimbursement Operations system. The McKesson MD-IV system also tracks analytics.In addition to off-site replication, RadNet also uses diverse routing for facility wide-area network (WAN) connections and diesel generators.IT for equipment (safety): RadNet is spearheading a new initiative to aggregate lifetime radiation exposure data for patients, and participating in regional repositories to track patient radiation exposure.Imaging Healthcare Specialists (IHS), San Diego County and South Riverside, Calif.Interoperability: IHS imports outside CD’s, is connected to disparate PACS, and uses eMix, a cloud-based computing solution. eMix is designed to enable a network to connect to outside providers in a standards-based, non-proprietary manner. The RIS/PACS manages a multimodality environments and tracks pathology results. It is used in the affiliated hospital for tumor board, cardiology conference, connecting the catheterization laboratory and more. The center uses eMIX to exchange images and data with other PACS and a variety of other systems.Reading tools: IHS uses DR Systems’ Instant Reporter for report dictation, to view images, reference decision support, and audit critical results tracking.Data and task tracking are designed to ensure all exams are read promptly. Templates and speech recognition are used to drive report turnaround. Management reports and mammography quality standards act (MQSA) tracking provides analysis for continuous improvement in report turnaround. Referring physicians can use the Web-ordering and Web-scheduling platforms. The center offers referring physicians “auto-receive” for downloading of information/images to their offices and EMRs. Critical results tracking audits all communication with referring physicians. Business tools: IHS uses DR Systems’ billing output plus Zotec Partners’ billing service. The PACS connects to other EMRs, including the billing vendor for output of reports and billing records. The billing solution also monitors workflow and tracks trends on what exams are ordered. EMC hardware is IHS’ centralized data center for all facilities. IT for equipment (safety): During scheduling and preregistration, the system tracks patient lab reports, allergies and previous conditions. A feature for allergies prevents the digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) modality worklist from transferring data to a scanner prior to a technologist’s acknowledgement of the allergies. SmartForms enables automated presentation of screening forms and consents to the appropriate patient based on the exam type, facility and insurance. The center tracks and strives to reduce radiation exposure to patients. Epic Imaging, PortlandInteroperability: Epic Imaging, which performs approximately 150,000 studies annually across three locations, provides radiology results directly to dozens of disparate EMRs. This also includes a bi-directional interface, allowing outside orders to enter the RIS. The centers use the Web-based Centricity PACS-IW. It allows providers to access to the image database.Reading tools: The PACS-driven worklist can be viewed on a single monitor or multiple monitors. The PACS features 3-D, multiplanar reconstruction (MPR) and maximum intensity projection (MIP).Radiologists use WinScribe digital dictation to interface with Centricity PACS-IW for demographics data. Decision support tools include Web-based StatDx as well as American College of Radiology (ACR) guidelines for appropriateness criteria. To confirm that the referring physician has received a critical findings report, the center uses Health Level 7 (HL7) acknowledgements and fax logging. It maintains a full audit trail for images accessed on PACS and user interactions with the data.Business tools: A real-time operations monitor dashboard utilizes HL7 message content to show metrics, such as patient arrival time, registration completion and exam start and end times. Epic Imaging uses a RIS executive dashboard to review exam volumes by modality, payor mix and referral. The centers use RIS for billing, electronic claims submission and remits, and online explanation of benefits (EOB).Remote disaster recovery backups are performed daily and monthly in a separate facility, and a power generator provides onsite back up.IT for equipment (safety): Epic Imaging’s RIS has built-in questionnaires. When scheduling patients, a drug database records drugs and checks for interactions. It also flags contrast allergies.Saratoga Imaging Center (SIC), Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Interoperability: SIC uses McKesson PACS. The PACS’ internal master patient index automatically resolves patient matching. Synapse PACS is integrated on the front end and runs on the same hardware as the McKesson PACS. Disparate systems, such as nuclear medicine, are fully integrated into the McKesson PACS, and pathology reports are available online. In addition to a unified radiology-specific EMR, registration, scheduling and billing system (Medinformatix), SIC and other imaging centers interface to the Adirondack Regional Community Health Information Exchange (ARCHIE). All radiology reports are uploaded to the ARCHIE HIE portal from imaging centers and the hospital. McKesson Web-based PACS and RIS enable access to studies from any location. Reading tools: The center uses Vital Images Vitrea 3-D workstations to view images. Medinformatix RIS voice recognition software (PowerScribe) and StatDx decision support will be installed in June 2010. To notify referring physicians of a critical finding, a critical test results management (CTRM) solution is integrated with the PACS. Modes of notification include secretary initiated telephone calls, paging, e-mail, or text messaging.Business tools: To measure workflow efficiency, the RIS generates weekly and monthly reports of wait times, missed appointments, productivity, and trends. Each of the two main imaging centers maintain data integrity through mirrored servers. Using a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) configuration helps prevent single drive failure taking down the image archive or database. IT for equipment (safety): As a beta-test site for a CTRM system (RadarMed), SIC and the radiology group are committed to a CTRM solution for maximum patient safety. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more GE Healthcare Centricity PACS Feature | May 05, 2010 Most Wired Outpatient Imaging Centers Totally digital, vendor-neutral environments secure the future of imaging centers. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read morelast_img read more

Puerto Rico aims to become fully bilingual by 2022

first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too English actually dominated Puerto Rican public education during the first half of the 20th century. From 1900 to 1948, all high school subjects were taught in English, until the island’s first democratically elected governor, Luis Munoz Marin, ended the practice.“The learning of English was associated with a very real thrust by the U.S. government to Americanize Puerto Rico,” said Carlos Chardon, an anthropologist and former education secretary. “A great majority of persons associated English with statehood.”In 1991, Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon went further by declaring Spanish the island’s sole official language. The law was repealed a couple of years later by Gov. Pedro Rosello, whose first official act was to make both English and Spanish the official languages, a law that stands to this day, even if only a few places have street signs in English.Puerto Ricans, however, remain reluctant to learn English, said Jaime Morales, a public school teacher in the northern town of Toa Baja who is fluent in English.“They are not interested,” he said. “Because honestly, it’s hard to learn the language.”Morales said he supports the idea of a bilingual curriculum but doubts it will become a reality unless teachers are properly trained, parents get involved and the education system improves. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “Their accent as well as their command of the language is not the best,” she said. “They know the grammar, but the spoken language is not their strong point. So we have a lot of English teachers who end up speaking Spanish in class because the children don’t understand them.”One solution is to prepare teachers through immersion or exchange programs in the U.S., something that has been done intermittently, she said.Baquero said she and other educators support Fortuno’s plan but warn it will be hard to implement: “Many people resent the imposition of language and associate any attempt to improve their English with political motives.”Fortuno’s proposal comes just months before voters face a two-part referendum in November to help decide the island’s political status.The first part of the referendum will ask if voters want a change in status or prefer to remain a U.S. commonwealth. The second part will ask voters to choose from three options: statehood, independence or something in between called sovereign free association.GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has suggested that English be the official language for all U.S. states but has said there should be no language precondition on Puerto Rican statehood. Top Stories “The main problem here is that you have a community that does not have good command of Spanish,” he said. “If they are deficient in Spanish, how do you pretend they are going to become fluent in a second language?”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Under the governor’s plan, schools would continue to offer Spanish grammar and literature classes.Aida Diaz, president of the Puerto Rico Teachers Association, said that while she supports bilingual education, the notion of teaching all courses in English is extreme.“This is wrong,” she said. “This leads us to substitute our own language for a secondary one. It should not be that way.”All public schools are currently required to teach English from kindergarten through high school, and 9,000 teachers are devoted to that. But about 96 percent of the island’s 3.9 million people speak Spanish at home, and some 2.8 million Puerto Ricans do not consider themselves fluent in English, according to the U.S. Census.That puts Puerto Rican children _ and fellow U.S. citizens on the American mainland, as well _ behind many Europeans in second-language skills.According to a 2006 European Community study, 56 percent of Europeans say they can hold a conversation in more than one language. About 90 percent in the Netherlands and Germany say they can do so. Only about a quarter of mainland Americans can do it, some studies indicate.Former Education Secretary Gloria Baquero said the biggest problem in Puerto Rico is the lack of good English teachers. Sponsored Stories center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The U.S. territory has had a long and contentious relationship with the English language, and many Puerto Ricans are skeptical about embracing it, fearing they will lose a key part of their identity and find themselves a step closer to statehood, a status that only about half of islanders have backed in recent polls.The governor wants Puerto Rico to become the 51st U.S. state. But he says his plan is about economic necessity, not politics.“Bilingualism opens doors and provides opportunity to our children so they can shine and become successful in a labor market that is increasingly competitive and globalized,” he said.Only 12 of the island’s 1,472 schools offer an all-English curriculum of the sort envisioned by Fortuno, while 35 other schools offer some courses in English, such as math and physical education, said Education Secretary Edwin Moreno.“The main idea is to have a Puerto Rican who can communicate in Spanish as well as English,” said Moreno, who acknowledged that he himself has an imperfect command of English.Moreno is overseeing an initial $15 million project to install a bilingual curriculum in 31 schools starting in August and to reinforce the English-Spanish curriculum already in place in the 35 other schools. Plans for adding the rest are still hazy, but the governor says he wants all public school students to be bilingual within 10 years. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – The governor of Puerto Rico is trying to do what more than a century of American citizenship has failed to accomplish: make Puerto Ricans fluent in English.Gov. Luis Fortuno, who has been mentioned as a possible Republican vice-presidential candidate, has proposed an ambitious, and what critics call far-fetched, plan to require all public schools to teach all courses in English instead of Spanish.last_img read more