Ocean City Junior Raiders Football Registration Now Open

first_imgRegistration is now underway for the 2016 football and cheerleading season for the Ocean City Junior Raiders youth football program.  The program is open to anyone entering kindergarten through 8th grade in the fall 2016 and who is from the Ocean City High School sending district.  Online registration can be found here:  http://ocjryf.siplay.com/site/.Practice starts July 25, 2016.  We are so excited about the new season.  If you have any questions, you may call Coach Carl at (609) 513-5517, send an email to [email protected], or message the program on Facebook.last_img read more

Obama’s emergency step aimed to help implement disaster plans

first_imgOct 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In a measure designed to help hospitals respond more quickly to surging numbers of pandemic H1N1 cases, President Barack Obama on Oct 24 signed an emergency declaration that will help facilities establish alternative care sites and protocols for triage and transport.Pandemic H1N1 flu activity is now widespread in 46 states, according to a recent status update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National indicators point to intensifying pandemic activity that could overwhelm local hospitals and emergency departments.At least two hospitals that experienced a surge of flu patients have already had to alter their flu triage and treatment by setting up tents adjacent to the emergency departments: Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., in mid October and Dell Children’s Memorial Hospital in Austin, Tex., in mid September.The emergency H1N1 declaration fulfils one of two conditions that would be needed for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to grant a waiver of section 1135 of the Social Security Act, which would ease certain restrictions on healthcare facilities in an emergency.The waiver still requires individual requests from facilities and would only apply to a specific emergency area and period and within 72 hours of when a hospital has instituted its disaster protocol.In the past, section 1135 waivers have been made for events including Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Gustav, Obama’s inauguration, and North Dakota flooding.The waiver affects requirements in several government health programs that provide certain patient protections that also may impair the ability of healthcare institutions to fully implement their disaster medical plans. The government programs include Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).In background materials on the HHS’s flu.gov Web site, federal officials said the waiver doesn’t suspend HIPAA privacy rules. It said, however, that the president’s emergency declaration and an HHS secretary waiver could temporarily shield affected hospitals against sanctions for not complying with some provisions such as securing patient approval for the medical team to speak with family or friends involved in their care.Paula Steib, a spokeswoman with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told CIDRAP News that Obama’s signing of the emergency declaration wasn’t unexpected.”It was a continuation of similar actions taken this past spring to ensure all authorities are in place so the federal government and the states have the flexibility to respond to needs should they arise,” she said.”It was not related to any specific events or vaccine supply issues, but an effort to be as prepared as possible.”In late April after the first novel H1N1 illnesses were identified, federal officials declared a public health emergency, which they said was a routine measure that allowed the government to free up resources to respond to the outbreak and deploy antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to states.See also:Oct 24 background information on Obama’s H1N1 emergency declarationhttp://www.flu.gov/professional/federal/h1n1emergency10242009.htmlOct 25 White House blog posthttp://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/10/25/president-obama-signs-emergency-declaration-h1n1-fluOct 23 CIDRAP News story “Spikes in US indicators point to intensifying pandemic”Apr 26 CIDRAP News story “US swine flu cases rise as feds call health emergency”last_img read more

Softball: Core group of seniors lead underclassmen through season away from home

first_imgWisconsin softball’s senior class has been providing some highlight worthy moments for the team this year, but more importantly, they’ve been an anchor for a team that is largely made up of underclassmen.Seniors Katie Christner, Ashley Van Zeeland, Taylor-Paige Stewart and Macy Oswald are proving to be the team’s backbone this year, providing leadership and support whenever possible.This kind of support is needed now more than ever, considering the Badgers have spent a majority of their season away from Goodman Diamond. The Badgers have only played 11 out of 44 games at home this year, so relying on a home support system has not been an option for this team.This season has been filled with some high moments, along with some shocking upsets for the Badgers.One thing Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy is thankful for is the persistence of her team in crucial moments and their determination to never give up on themselves.“I think a lot of teams would just fold [after losing to a weaker team] at that point,” Healy said. “It’s gut-wrenching to lose a game that you think you should win.“We have really good seniors, and I think that speaks volumes. Katie Christner came in and she was the story of the day. She was a senior that’s had knee surgery and been battling injury. She and Ashley Van Zeeland, all of them, they keep the team believing.”Of course, every team will find themselves losing a game at one point in time, but Christner knows one of the key elements of success for any team is to not only push past those losses, but to just keep moving forward.And it is not like the Badgers have much time to dwell on any past games, considering they play anywhere from four to six games a week. This kind of fast-paced schedule means the Badgers cannot let any past games become a hindrance to future success.“I think our team handles [the fast-paced schedule] really well,” Christner said. “I think our team is really good at making sure we’re not dwelling on games. Once a game is over, we’re automatically looking at the next game, which is something that I think we have going for us.”Courtesy of Jack McLaughlinIf the fast-paced schedule seems to be becoming too much for the younger players, they look to their seniors.From the outside, you would have a hard time believing that Stewart had just pitched her 20th inning of the week, or that Oswald had just been up to bat for the fourth time that weekend.Van Zeeland knows that, as a senior, sometimes the best thing she can do for her team is just to be a leader for them. Whether that means trying to get a scoring drive started, or pushing through the third game of the weekend, Van Zeeland always leads her team by example.“I think just being a leader [helps the team succeed],” Van Zeeland said. “Being out there and knowing that I’ve been playing for four years, it’s just important to lead the team and know that they are going to listen.”Van Zeeland doesn’t need to worry about leading her team on a consistent basis, because she says this year’s team is one of the most motivated in the league.Whether it is watching extra film in preparation for a game, or putting in a few extra hours of batting practice, the team’s hard work is paying off.“I think each person on our team is super self-motivated,” Christner said. “I think every person wants to help the team and do it for the team. I think that is super important and something this team is doing a really good job of.”With just 11 games remaining in the regular season before the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin will need to rely on leadership to carry the team all the way to the end of an already promising season.Luckily for this young team, they have four leaders who are more than willing to carry these Badgers back to a level of success they’ve had in past seasons.last_img read more

Justice Anin Yeboah elected to FIFA Ethics Committee

first_imgGhanaian Supreme court judge Justice Anin Yeboah has been named on the newly constituted FIFA Ethics Committee. Justice Yeboah will serve on the Adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics committee for the next four years alongside Akihiro Hara (Japan), Oscar Vicente Scavone Rivas (Paraquay),Damiani Juan Pedro (Uruguay), Abdoulaye Diop (Senegal), Hallen Yngve (Norway), Jack Kariko (Papua New Guinea), Liu Chi (China) and Alan Rothenberg (USA).Before his recent appointment Justice Yeboah had served on various judicial bodies in the Ghana Football Association including the Disciplinary Committee, Appeals Committee.He also served on the Appeals Committee of the Confederation of African Football.  The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee reviews the reports of the Investigatory Chamber and decide whether a case should be proceeded or closed.  Investigatory Chamber and after conducting further investigations if deemed necessary, the Adjudicatory Chamber sends a report to all parties involved and asks for their statements. The Adjudicatory Chamber has to finally decide on appropriate sanctions after conducting further investigations if deemed necessary. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

OPEC Fund a “kick start” to economic development – PSC

first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has given its “thumbs up” to a multibillion-dollar fund headed its way and said that the spill-off would do well for the economy.PSC Chairman Eddie Boyer said the Commission was yet to meet with Finance Minister Winston Jordan to discuss an agreement he signed in Austria earlier this month, but has already done a review of the fund.PSC Chairman Eddie BoyerThe Finance Ministry said earlier this month that the Private Sector was set to benefit from new avenues for finance and investments with the signing of the Agreement for Encouragement and Protection of Investment with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).The Finance Minister signed the Agreement in Vienna, Austria with OFID Director General Suleiman J Al-Herbish. It is the first such agreement with a multilateral partner and sets in motion a framework for the start of Private Sector operations in Guyana.According to the PSC Chairman, based on the Commission’s review, the fund could see money being pumped into the operation of small and medium-sized businesses, including the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED). According to Boyer, the fund will help fast-track the economy.OFID’s Private Sector facility supports the Private Sector in developing countries through loans to micro, small and medium enterprises, as well as directly to specific projects. As a pre-condition to such Private Sector investments, OFID requires the signature of a framework agreement with the country concerned for the encouragement and protection of investment. The agreement accords OFID the same privileges as those normally granted to international development institutions.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe Finance Ministry had said that the signing of the Agreement came at a time when a number of other initiatives were being implemented by Government to help drive Private Sector growth, including the design of a fiscal regime and a fiscal sustainability framework to address the management of natural resources wealth, development of a local content policy and the development of a time-lined work-plan on what the Private Sector needs to do to prepare for oil and thereafter. Additionally, building on the wide-ranging concessions granted by the previous Government, the coalition has introduced several legislative and operational changes in support of the manufacturing industry, which include the importation of raw materials free of excise tax, waivers on duty and taxes for items that are not listed on the approved list of raw materials once applications are made to the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), initiatives by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to reduce processing time, the introduction of the ‘Trusted Trader Status’ for compliant importers, including manufacturers, the implementation of one-year tax exemption letters for manufacturers, and the reduction of the corporate tax rate paid by the manufacturing sector from 30 per cent to 27.5 per cent.More recently, the Government announced the first Round Table Meeting with the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) scheduled for July 28. This Round Table Meeting aims for a more structured dialogue and effective engagement with key players in the sector.OFID is the inter-governmental development finance institution established in 1976 by the Member States of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and is based on “the natural solidarity which unites OPEC countries with other developing countries in their struggle to overcome underdevelopment”.OFID has 13 member countries: Algeria, Ecuador, Gabon, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.Resources for the Fund come from voluntary contributions made by members and its various operations.Between 1976 to present, OFID has committed more than US$55 million to Guyana through its Public Sector operations. Much of this amount was provided as debt relief – some within the framework of the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative – while more than US$29 million was earmarked for Guyana’s energy, agriculture and financial sectors.last_img read more