What opening military combat roles to women means in Alaska

first_imgMilitaryWhat opening military combat roles to women means in AlaskaDecember 20, 2015 by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA Share:1st Lt. Elizabeth Eldridge holds an M40 Protective Mask inside the NBC Cage at JBER. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)Starting next year, all positions in the military will be open to women — that includes everything from tank drivers to Navy SEALs. The decision by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter ends gender prohibitions on about 10 percent of all military jobs and it could have a big impact on the Army in Alaska.“I’m a 74-Alpha, which is a chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological officer,” says 1st Lt. Elizabeth Eldridge. She’s sitting on an office chair inside a metal cage marked by biohazard signs used to store equipment used by a unit handling nuclear, biological and chemical tasks, decorated with gas masks and other equipment you might need if your job involves spotting chemical weapons. The air smells like diesel.Eldridge came into the military through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Northern Michigan University two years ago. She’s part of the first wave of women allowed to apply to become Army Rangers, which has one of the most taxing, elite training programs in the armed forces.Last summer, the first two women in U.S. history completed Ranger school. Eldridge applied as soon as she could. After passing local qualifying tests in Alaska, she went to Fort Benning in Georgia for the second round of screening earlier this year.“Our rucks were probably 60 pounds,” she says, recalling a miles-long march in Georgia. “About 4 miles into the ruck I wasn’t sure I was going to finish, couldn’t keep my ruck on my back. It was dark outside, people were yelling at me, telling me I wasn’t going to make it. But I crossed probably 10 minutes before the time limit.”Eldridge failed out of that pre-course twice. She hasn’t made it yet to the official Ranger school, which is par for the course. Most soldiers have to try multiple times before a small group of them ever makes it through school.Eldridge’s work involves identifying weapons of mass destruction, and she’s certified to parachute into war zones, but that isn’t enough. Like the Green Berets or military special forces, the Rangers are one of the units that were completely closed to women.Finally being allowed to test her limits is part of the reason Eldridge thinks it’s worth putting herself through the gauntlet at all.“I initially wanted to do it because people told me that I couldn’t. I don’t like people saying, ‘You can’t do something,’” Eldridge says. “I wanted to prove them wrong.”About 15 percent of military personnel are women. That number is about the same for the Army, but women are spread unevenly around different jobs. Public affairs, for example, tends to have more female soldiers and officers. Army infantry units – like the two stationed in Alaska – tend to be either male-dominated or exclusively male.“We have to look at every job in the Army as being gender neutral,” said Lt. Col. Alan Brown, a spokesman for the Army in Alaska.Of the 3,800 soldiers in the 4-25th brigade combat team at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, 185 are women — less than 5 percent. But according to Brown, the recent conflicts abroad have blurred the lines between combat and noncombat roles in war zones, chipping away at resistance to women on the battlefield.“This is kind of a non-event for a lot of us,” Brown said.Like past integration measures in the Armed Forces, Brown sees the end of the gender prohibitions as expanding the pool of qualified candidates for combat roles. “It just opens up the number of people who’ve got your back.”Criticism of the issue has focused on whether women can meet the standards for field combat – whether that’s the physical strength it takes to carry a wounded soldier, or the endurance required to make tactical decisions after forgoing sleep and food for days. Eldridge actually agrees with some of that criticism; she doesn’t want standards eroded, either.“A lot of the other women that I know are individuals that don’t want the standards to change,” she said. “We want to earn it the way it is now and not have it be handed to us.”Alaska has about 22,000 military personnel, which includes all branches of the service as well as the reserves. Each branch will be affected differently. A spokesperson for the Air Force described the changes they’re expecting as “super minimal.”But the Army is different. Not only are a lot of new infantry positions now open to women, but one of the two brigades is currently restructuring. In the next year or two, as more women decide whether they want to jobs as cavalry scouts or in field artillery, the makeup of Alaska’s Army could look a lot different.“The culture of the Army is going to take a while to change,” Eldridge said. “But, it’s that sense of unknown, because it hasn’t happened.She is planning to reapply for Ranger School in the year ahead.Share this story:last_img read more

Brian Stokes Mitchell and the LA Phil Take You on a…

first_imgMusicTheaterBrian Stokes Mitchell and the LA Phil Take You on a Sonic Ride Through Broadway with In CharacterThe Tony-winning star of Ragtime and Kiss Me, Kate promises an eclectic performanceBy Craig Byrd – February 3, 2016713ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt“The thing about doing concerts,” Brian Stokes Mitchell says, “is that it’s doing a live show. It’s on my schedule, it’s songs I want to sing, it’s saying what I want to say, it’s working with the people I want to work with. I don’t have to worry about pleasing other people—I can do what I want and people come along and go for the ride.”Mitchell, who prefers to be called “Stokes,” is bringing his show In Character to Disney Hall on February 6. He’ll perform feature songs from his last album, Simply Broadway, and selections from the Broadway shows that he’s starred in, including Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate (for which he won a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical) and Man of La Mancha—all alongside the LA Philharmonic.“I wanted to expand Simply Broadway for orchestra,” he says, noting that the only prominent instrument on the album is piano. “Because this is my first time with the LA Phil, I’m mixing it up a little more than usual.” While the first act will focus on the record, the second will be a little more varied and eclectic. “No matter what song I’m singing, I try to take on a certain spirit or persona to make it like a one-act mini play,” Stokes says. “Each song becomes its own thing.”As one of the leading stars on Broadway, Stokes has more recently been selective about doing shows. There was a gap between Man of La Mancha (2003) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (2010). He’ll next appear in this spring’s Shuffle Along, a revival of the 1921 Broadway hit that was one of the earliest musicals starring, written, and directed by African Americans. Amongst his co-stars in Shuffle Along is Audra McDonald. He and McDonald were in Ragtime together and have made multiple concert appearances. “Something magical seems to happen between our two voices when we sing,” he says. “It’s bigger than the individual voices. We think about music the same. We think similar things about life. Our approach is so similar. But we have these two very different kinds of voices. They complement each other, and something else happens. I just leave it at that.”Despite his connection with McDonald, the prospect of returning to the grind of a Broadway production weighs on Stokes. “During Man of La Mancha my wife was in the cast with me, and she got pregnant,” he says. “I took a sabbatical. I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to work on Broadway, but it doesn’t give me an outside life. So I decided to go into the concert world. I do 40 to 50 shows. That takes one to three days a week, and I’m home the rest of the time. Doing eight shows a week is hard. I’m not looking forward to it, frankly. It’s an incredible cast, show, group of people, and it’s a magical experience. I love everything about it, but the prospect of eight shows a week—that’s making me think about it.”The modern staging of Shuffle Along has taken on a subtitle: Shuffle Along, Or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. It is a restaging of Eubie Blake’s original musical paired with a new book written by director George C. Wolfe, which will include scenes that reveal the saga surrounding the show’s creation. Stokes feels the revival will resonate with audience members of all races. “That’s the magic of art and the magic of theatre,” he says. “It has the power to transform an audience, an individual or en masse, to transform them and give them an epiphanal experience that changes their life, opens their hearts and their minds and the way they think. I love when you walk out and realize we’re the same and we want the same thing.” TAGSBrian Stokes MitchellCurtain CallDisney HallIn CharacterL.A. PhilharmonicShuffle AlongPrevious articleCityDig: This 1947 Map Shows Where Black Angelenos Swam and Relaxed in the Days of SegregationNext articleStreet Artist Plastic Jesus’ Latest Installation Calls Out Racism in HollywoodCraig Byrd RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORAfter a Decade, Will Gustavo Dudamel Stay at the L.A. Phil or Leave on a High Note?Yuval Sharon Ends a Three-Year L.A. Phil Tenure with ATLAS, His Most Ambitious Project YetThe L.A. Phil Is Bringing Stanley Kubrick’s Affinity for Orchestral Music to Lifelast_img read more

Three charged with insider dealing by FCA in Logica shares at time of CGI takeover

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Good weekend for Laois sides on local soccer scene

first_img A number of clubs across the county continued their soccer campaigns this weekend where five out of six Laois clubs came up trumps.Towerhill Rovers, Clonaslee Utd, Stradbally Town, Mountmellick Utd and Rosenallis were all on winning sides while O’Moore FC suffered a loss to Gentex.Below we have all the weekends results.CCFL DIVISION 1Towerhill Rovers 3 Highfield Utd 0Towerhill Rovers pulled off a great win again Highfield United this morning despite only having a small panel of 13 players.It was an important win for Towerhill as they beat the current league leaders of the competition.The goals came from Paul Sutton in the first half and two second half goals from Darlington and Eoin Farrell. Good weekend for Laois sides on local soccer scene By Aedín Dunne – 30th September 2018 Pinterest WhatsApp Community Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Home Sport Soccer Good weekend for Laois sides on local soccer scene SportSoccerUncategorised Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Community SEE ALSO – Portlaoise at their ease as they see off St Joseph’s to book final place again Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Council Previous articleSecond-half goals key as O’Dempsey’s reach county final for first time in 35 yearsNext articlePortlaoise continue winning start to rugby season Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. TAGSCCFL SoccerLaois SoccerSoccer Roundup Pinterest TOWERHILL ROVERS: Darragh Phelan, Kevin Sheehan, Jack Fennell, Aidan McGovern, Sean Mulhall, Ger King, David Leonard, Paul Sutton, Darlington, Nathan Carpenter, Emeka Subs: Hayden Delaney for Leonard, Eoin Farrell for Darlington.Clonaslee Utd 2 Walsh Island Shamrocks 0Another win of the day came from Clonaslee Utd when they faced Walsh Island Shamrocks this morning.Clonaslee played against a strong breeze in the first half but kept Walsh Island quiet. They had a few missed chances in the first half leaving the half time score at 0-0.The second half saw Clonaslee come to life scoring two goals from Sean Dunne within 5 minutes of each other. Strong defence and work from the side saw them back to winning ways.CLONASLEE UTD: Seamus Rosney, Jack Owens, Jack Malone, John Rigney, PJ Fitzpatrick, Ger Reily, Diarmuid Conroy, Michael Hyland, Sean Dunne, Paddy Hyland, Niall Hogan Subs: Mark Doherty for HoganCCFL DIVISION 2Stradbally Town 5 Moate Celtics 2Stradbally Town claimed another win this morning when they welcomed Moate Celtic this morning where they secured their third league win of the season.Stradbally went ahead after 3 minutes thanks to a goal from Jack Langton. The home side worked hard but despite their efforts could not convert a second goal and it was Moate who levelled the game after 20 minutes.A super ball from Jody Dillon landed at the feet of Brendan Lawlor and into the back of the net to put Stradbally back ahead. Langton then scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-1.The fourth goal was a result of hard work from Jody Dillon when he scored Stradbally’s fourth goal of the game with 20 minutes remaining.The fifth goal came from Barry Whelan to see Stradbally sail past the visitors.STRADBALLY TOWN: Jack Langton, Colin Beale, Billy Murphy, Conor Brady, Podge Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Langton, Alan Delaney, Conor Delaney, Brendan Lawlor, Jack Langton, Jody Dillon. Subs: Joh Hayden, John Clancy, Ray Mullally, Damien Murphy, Barry Whelan, Ciaran O’Neill, Jake ByrneFAI Junior Cup Round 1Mountmellick Utd 5 Ballymahon 1Mountmellick Utd made the trip to Longford to face Ballymahon Saturday afternoon in their first round of the FAI Junior Cup where they proved too strong for the hosts.Mountmellick were off to a strong start with the first goal coming from Eoghan O’Riordan who played well throughout the game.It wasn’t long before Ballymahon had the perfect response to level the game but it would be the Longford side’s only goal as Mountmellick’s Gary Donoher made sure his side was ahead at half time by finding the top corner of the host’s net.Mountmellick extended their lead just 10 minutes into the second half with a goal from Keith Ryan who evaded four would-be challengers to cap off a fine solo effort.Three of the visitors second half goals came from a strong selection of players who were introduced throughout the game and two from Curtis Lee. Darren Strong and Eoghan O’Riordan put in good performances on the day.MOUNTMELLICK UTD: Matsy Forde, Robbie Condron, Daniel O’Riordan, Philip Hibbits, Mark Goodwin, John Watchorne, Gary Donoher, Darren Strong, Eoghan O’Riordan, Robbie Hibbitts, Kieran Carroll Subs: Keith Ryan for P. Hibbitts, Brandon Cooper for Watchorne, Curtis Lee for Carroll.RESULTSUnder 17 Premier DivisionPortlaoise 4  Abbeyleix Ath 1Under 17 Division 1Clara Town 4 Horseleap Utd 3Under 19 DivisionMullingar Ath 5 Temple Villa 1Kinnegad Juniors 4 Tullamore Town 1FAI Junior Cup Round 2Ballymahon 1 Mountmellick Utd 5Dynamoe Rooskey 1 Newbridge Hotspurs 5Willow Park 3 Ballinahown 2Monksland Utd 1 Clara Town 0FC Killoe 0 Ashford Rovers 3St Carthages Ath 3 Tulamore Town 2Horseleap Utd 0 Mullingar Ath 2LFA Junior Shield Round 1Mountmellick Celtic 2 (5) River Valley Rangers 2 (4) penaltiesMaryborough FC 1 Dingle Utd 2BBC Utd 0 St Cormacs Ath 2Tullaroan AFC 1 Derry Rovers 3Division 1Clonaslee Utd 2 Walsh Island Shamrocks 0Highfieled Utd 0 Towerhill Rovers 3Gaels Utd 3 UCL Harps 3Camlin Utd 5 Grange Utd 3Colmcille Celtic 2 Moydow FC 2Division 2O’Moore FC 0 Gentex FC 3Stradbally Town 5 Moate Celtic 2Division 3Cloneygowan Celtic 0 Kinnegad Juniors 1Division 4Riverside FC 1 Monksland Utd 2Rosenallis 2 Kenagh Utd 1Womens DivisionMullingar Ath 0 Killeigh Ladies 6Clara Town 0 Bealnamulla 3 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Friday, June 14, 2019

first_imgHome Deaths Deaths in Laois – Friday, June 14, 2019 Deaths Previous articleLeague final place secured for O’Dempsey’s and a round-up of all tonight’s football gamesNext articleLaois athletic club give €500 to Down Syndrome Ireland Laois Branch Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. WhatsApp Deaths in Laois – Friday, June 14, 2019 Pinterest GAA Facebook Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Ronnie CahillWestfield, Castletown, Laois / Mountrath, LaoisRonnie Cahill, Westfield, Castletown, Portlaoise, Co. Laois and formerly of Shannon Street, Mountrath and Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. June 12. 2019 (peacefully) after a short illness bravely borne. Pre-deceased by his brother Pat. Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by his loving parents Paddy and Mary, brothers Ken and Vivian, sisters Mary and Cathleen, his loving partner Debbie and the Rooney family, aunts, uncle, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.“May Ronnie Rest In Peace”Reposing at his sister Cathleen’s residence, Westfield, Castletown (Eircode R32 Y771) this Friday evening (June 14th.) from 4 o’c with rosary in the house at 8 o’c. Removal this Saturday morning (June 15th.) to arrive at St. Edmund’s Church, Castletown (Eircode R32 KT22) for Funeral Mass at 12 noon, with burial immediately afterwards in St. Fintan’s Cemetery Mountrath.House private please on Saturday morning.Thomas(Tom) ButlerCork Road, Durrow, LaoisPeacefully, surrounded by his family, in the loving care of the nurses and staff of Blackrock Clinic, Dublin. Husband of the late Phyllis, deeply regretted by his loving daughter Ann, son Barry, daughter-in-law Martina, grandaughter Lily, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives & friends.Reposing at Phelans Funeral Home, Durrow this Thursday from 4.00pm. Funeral prayers at 7.00pm on Thursday evening followed by removal to Holy Trinity Church, Durrow arriving at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Friday morning at 11.00am followed by burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please.Winnifred StokesMountmellick, LaoisWinnifred Stokes, Mountmellick and London died unexpectedly on 7th June 2019. Predeceased by her husband Paudge on 8th June 2018. Deeply regretted by her family. Reposing in Moloneys Funeral Home, Mountmellick on Monday evening from 5 o’clock, removal at 6.45pm to St. Josephs Church, Mountmellick arriving at 7 o’clock. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11 o’clock, burial afterwards in St. Josephs cemetery, Mountmellick.Fintan DoranClontarf, Dublin / Killeshin, LaoisDORAN Fintan, (Clontarf, Dublin and Keelogue, Killeshin, Co. Laois), (Eircom-Retired), peacefully on June 10th 2019, surrounded by his family. A Beloved husband and father, he will be sadly missed by his wife Teresa, sons Eamonn and Martin, daughters Maebh and Síle, daughters-in-law Sally and Deirdre, sons-in-law Charles and Paul, grandchildren Grace, Oscar, Samuel, Cian and Aoife, and wider circle of family and friends.Reposing at his home tomorrow, Wednesday, from 4pm to 8pm. Removal on Thursday morning to the Church of St. John the Baptist, Clontarf for 10am Mass followed by burial in Dardistown Cemetery. Family flowers only but donations, if desired, would be appreciated to either St. Francis Hospice, Raheny or the Irish Cancer Society.John (Sean) DunneMountmellick, LaoisJohn (Sean) Dunne Nyra, Rosenallis Co.Laois. Died peacefully June the 11th in the loving care of Oakdale Nursing Home Portarlington. Predeceased by his parents John and Christina and his brother Richard (Dick). Deeply regretted by his cousins, neighbours and many friends.Reposing at Moloney’s Funeral Home Mountmellick on Wednesday from 7 o’clock Recital of the rosary at 9 o’clock. Prayers in the funeral home on Thursday morning at 9 o’clock. Removal at 9:30 to St.Mary’s Church Clonaghadoo arriving for 10 o’clock Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St.Mary’s Cemetery.Aaron Kelly-GormanCherrygrove, Portlaoise, LaoisDeeply regretted by his loving parents Michael Gorman and Fiona Kelly. Brothers Brandon Noah, Junaid, and sisters Cloe and Aisha. Grandparents Fint and Anne, Frances Kelly. Uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and friends. Predeceased by his brother Craig.Reposing at his grandparents residence at Cherrygrove from 3 pm on Tuesday with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Wednesday to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 10 am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.Jim McCormackShankill, Dublin/Clonmel, Tipperary /Portlaoise, LaoisJim McCormack of Shankill, Co. Dublin and late of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and Portlaoise, Co. Laois and the Courts Service died on 8th June, 2019 at Blackrock Clinic, husband of Hazel and father of Mark, Peter, Sheila and Ronald, granddad of Rachel, Jordan, Jayne, Hannah, Oscar, Harry, Emily, Jack, Rebecca and the late Thomas Ethan and great-grandad of Theo. Sadly missed by his heartbroken family and many friends.Reposing at Colliers Funeral Home, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray on Tuesday, 11th June, from 8.00pm to 9.30pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday, 12th June, at 11.30am in St. Anne’s Church, Shankill followed by burial in Shanganagh Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Assosciation can be made at the funeral home, church or online at ilfa.ieWilliam (Bill) ThompsonFr Connor Cresent, Mountrath, LaoisWilliam (Bill) Thompson, Fr. O’Connor Cresent, Mountrath, Co.Laois. Died 9th June 2019 (peacefully) at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by his nephews, nieces, brother-in-law Dan, sister-in-law Sheila, extended family, neighbours and friends.Reposing at Burke’s Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 7 o’clock, with Rosary at 9 o’clock. Removal on Wednesday morning at 10.30 o’clock to St. Fintan’s Church Mountrath, for Requiem Mass at 11o’clock, followed by burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Thursday, June 13, 2019 WhatsApp Facebook TAGSDeaths in Laois RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest GAA GAA By Siun Lennon – 14th June 2019 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Saskatchewan credit unions post record year

Saskatchewan credit unions posted another positive year in 2012 with a record high net income of over $110 million, Regina-based SaskCentral reports. Benefitting from a strong provincial economy, Saskatchewan credit unions continued a year over year trend and grew system assets to $16.9 billion, while deposits grew 8.1% to $15.0 billion. Combined, credit unions in the province returned $16 million to their members in the form of patronage and dividend programs. As a support organization owned by Saskatchewan credit unions, SaskCentral reported at its annual meeting Wednesday that it recorded a consolidated net income of $28.2 million. Assets as well grew to $2.21 billion, representing an incremental increase over the 2011 figure of $2.18 billion and SaskCentral’s return on equity was 8.2%, compared to 8.4% in 2011. “Saskatchewan credit unions in 2012 again demonstrated excellent stability and steady growth even though the financial services business environment is churning out new challenges,” said Keith Nixon, CEO of SaskCentral, in a release. Ontario regulator to provide $500M credit facility to PACE Credit Union Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter There’s $149 million in B.C.’s lost and found Merger of B.C. financial services, real estate regulators nears completion Keywords Credit unions IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

Coming weeks critical for economic recovery: BMO

first_imgBusinessman Walk Over Cliff Gap Risk Mountain Balancing Flat Illustration gmast3r/123RF Keywords Coronavirus,  Pandemics,  Economic forecastsCompanies BMO Capital Markets The next couple of weeks will be critical for the recovery, as a resurgence of Covid-19 infections in the U.S. is weighing on economic activity, says BMO Capital Markets.In a new report, the bank’s economists said that they continue to expect a 5% to 6% drop in GDP for both Canada and the U.S. this year, followed by a “sizeable rebound” in 2021. James Langton Related news Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Facebook LinkedIn Twitter “Substantial fiscal policy support, rock-bottom interest rates, and improved financial conditions should aid the recovery, though its fate ultimately hinges on the course of the pandemic,” it said.On that front, the rise in infections in the U.S. appears to be undermining the initial signs of renewed growth. This represents a downside risk to the outlook, BMO said.And while Canada has done a better job controlling the virus, it’s not out of the woods yet either.“[Canada] is seeing some regional increases, as are several other countries (Spain, Japan, Australia) that previously had the outbreak under control,” it said.“The next few weeks will be a crucial test for the recovery,” the report said.“If restrictions on consumer and business activity are limited to mostly indoor dining, bars, and gyms, then the recovery should move forward, albeit at a slower pace than in the reopening phase,” said BMO. “However, if restrictions are applied more broadly and consumer spirits head south, the recovery will be at risk.”As long as the pandemic remains a threat to public health, it represents an ongoing risk to economic activity too.BMO noted that there are already over 20 Covid-19 vaccine candidates in advanced clinical trials around the world — and while it’s hoped that a safe, effective vaccine will be available by the end of the year, there’s no guarantee.Against this backdrop, BMO said that the central banks on both sides of the border are expected to keep interest rates near zero until at least 2023, and that fiscal policy will remain supportive too.There are other key issues for the recovery alongside the pandemic, it noted, including renewed tensions between the U.S. and China, and the U.S. election. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAOlast_img read more

State bowling: Evergreen rolls on and on and on and on

first_imgThe Plainsmen led by 163 pins after the first day of competition, but then fell behind by 39 pins by the end of the fourth Baker game on Saturday. There are 14 Bakers games in all, though, and the Plainsmen got the job done the rest of the way, holding off Wilson for the championship.Evergreen totalled 7,590 pins over the Baker games plus six traditional scoring games on Friday. Wilson finished with 7,508.The title wrapped up yet another successful bowling season for Clark County. The Columbia River Chieftains finished second in the 2A team standings. In Class 4A, Skyview finished third. Prairie, which won a share of the 3A GSHL title, ended up fifth in state.Individually, Rose Ugbinad of Fort Vancouver finished third in Class 3A, rolling 1,177 in her six games. Karina Johnsen and Kierra Wilcox of Evergreen finished fourth and fifth.In 4A, Skyview’s McKenzie Sparano led area bowlers with a third-place finish. Kaeli Daniels of Camas finished fourth. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Time to enroll kindergarten students for fall classes Next : Bouncing back: Skyview’s Parks, Union’s Oberg appreciate this playoff runAdvertisementThis is placeholder text State bowling: Evergreen rolls on and on and on and onPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Saturday, February 8, 2020in: Sportsshare 0 Plainsmen win their fourth consecutive state championship The Evergreen Plainsmen are experts in this peaking-at-the-right-time thing.They know when to go on a roll.The Evergreen Plainsmen won their fourth consecutive Class 3A state bowling championship Saturday in University Place. Photo courtesy of the WIAAThe Evergreen Plainsmen won their fourth consecutive Class 3A state bowling championship Saturday in University Place. Photo courtesy of the WIAAAfter finishing third in the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League, the Plainsmen won the district tournament on Jan. 31, and on Saturday, they won the state team title.Again.Or, again, and again, and again.Evergreen took home its fourth consecutive state crown at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place.last_img read more

Religious Campus Organizations To Host Ice Cream Social At CU-Boulder On Aug. 22

first_img Published: Aug. 18, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The Religious Campus Organizations will host its second annual ice cream social at the University of Colorado at Boulder Aug. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Sibell Wolle Fine Arts Building. RCO is composed of 21 member groups involved in campus ministry at the university. Staff and students will be available to answer questions and provide information on the groups. “Our member groups offer opportunities for service projects, worship, Bible study, retreats and other activities to help develop a student’s spiritual life while here at CU-Boulder,” said Pastor Laurel Alexander, RCO president. “All of the member groups have signed an ethics code where we commit ourselves to being supportive of the other groups and non-coercive in our dealings with students.” Currently, some of the RCO staff members serve on committees within the division of student affairs. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, RCO partnered with the counseling center and the Wardenburg Health Center to provide counseling staff available to talk with concerned students. For more information, contact Alexander at (303) 786-7137, or send e-mail to [email protected]last_img read more

Babies’ First Bacteria Depend On Birthing Method, Says New Study

first_imgA new study indicates different delivery methods of newborn babies has a big effect on the types of microbial communities they harbor as they emerge into the world, findings with potential implications for the heath of infants as they grow and develop.The study, led by the University of Puerto Rico and involving the University of Colorado at Boulder and two Venezuelan institutes, showed that babies delivered vaginally had bacterial communities resembling their mother’s vaginal bacteria, while Caesarian section newborns had common skin bacterial communities. Researchers believe many of the different microbial communities residing on humans — each of which is personally unique — may help protect individuals from various diseases.The new findings establish an important baseline for tracking the succession of bacterial communities on babies and their associated effects on human health, said co-lead study author Maria Dominguez-Bello of the University of Puerto Rico.The new study appears in the June 21 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Former CU-Boulder researcher Elizabeth Costello, now at Stanford University, was co-lead author on the study. Co-authors included CU-Boulder Assistant Professor Noah Fierer, CU-Boulder Assistant Professor Rob Knight, Monica Contreras of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research and Magda Magris of the Amazonic Center for Research and Control of Tropical Diseases in Venezuela.Dominguez-Bello said the bacterial communities of C-section babies were dominated by species from the Staphylococcus genus, most of which are harmless but a few of which can cause severe infections. “These differences we are seeing in this study might be related with increased health risks in C-section babies, although more research is needed,” she said.Previous studies indicate babies born via C-section can be more susceptible to certain pathogens, allergies and asthma than newborns born vaginally. The PNAS study results may help explain the higher incidence of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in C-section babies, a hard-to-treat bacterial infection that has been increasing in hospitals and clinics in recent years, according to the researchers.In a 2004 study undertaken in Chicago and Los Angeles County hospitals, between 64 percent and 82 percent of reported cases of MRSA skin infections in newborns occurred in C-section infants. While the World Health Organization has recommended the percentage of births via C-section not exceed 15 percent in any country because of potential medical complications, the rate is much higher in a number of countries, including China at nearly 50 percent and the United States at about 30 percent.Human microbial communities play an important role in digestion and immune health and are believed to collectively endow us with the essential traits we rely on for such functions, according to the research team. One possibility is that the direct transmission of a mother’s vaginal bacteria onto newborns may act as a defense against diseases by limiting the colonization of more harmful pathogens, they said.In a related 2009 study led by Knight, researchers developed the first atlas of microbial diversity across the human body in adults, charting wide variations in microbe populations from the forehead and feet to noses and navels of individuals — differences that were not yet apparent in the PNAS newborn study. One goal of the human bacterial studies is to find out what is normal for healthy people, which should provide a baseline for studies looking at human disease states, said Knight.”The prospects of learning how differences in individual human microbial communities can be used as a diagnostic tool in biomedicine is frankly quite exciting,” said Knight of CU-Boulder’s chemistry and biochemistry department. “With these new data on babies, we now have a second point in time for comparison.””In a sense, the skin of newborn infants is like freshly tilled soil that is awaiting seeds for planting — in this case bacterial communities,” said Fierer of CU-Boulder’s ecology and evolutionary biology department. “The microbial communities that cluster on newborns essentially act as their first inoculation.”Fierer, also a fellow at CU’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, said that during vaginal births “it appears that the newborns pick up the bacteria from the mothers on the way out. But in C-sections, the bacterial communities of infants could come from the first person to handle the baby, perhaps the father.”The new study has allowed the researchers “to capture the first moments in time” of infant bacterial communities, said Costello, a former CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher. “The challenge now is to fill in the rest of the story by tracking microbial communities in infants to toddlers to children and adults over weeks, months and years to see how they evolve and change,” she said.The PNAS study included nine women from 21 to 33 years old and 10 newborns and was undertaken at the Puerto Ayacucho Hospital in Amazonas State, Venezuela. The babies were sampled within 24 hours of birth by swabbing their mouths and skin and by taking samples from their upper throats and gastrointestinal tracts, said Costello. The research team then used a powerful gene sequencing technique to simultaneously analyze all of the bacteria.The effort involved isolating and amplifying tiny bits of microbial DNA, then building complementary DNA strands with a high-powered sequencing machine that allowed the team to pool hundreds of samples together in single sequencing runs to identify different families and genera of bacteria, said Knight.”While the cost of gene sequencing is dropping rapidly, new techniques are allowing us to speed up the process at the same time,” said Knight. “We can now foresee a time when such genetic sequencing could be used in relatively small biomedical laboratories in developing countries.”The new PNAS study was supported by the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, the Amazonic Center for Research and Control of Tropical Diseases, the National Institutes of Health, the University of Puerto Rico, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.-CU- Categories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlines Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The delivery methods of babies have a big effect on the microbial communities they harbor at birth, findings with potential implications for the health of infants as they grow and develop. Image courtesy Alan Bruce Published: June 21, 2010 last_img read more