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Saint Lucia to host health and wellness retreat in November

first_imgNewsRegional Saint Lucia to host health and wellness retreat in November by: – June 4, 2011 13 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Photo credit: helhiplanet.comSOUFRIERE, Saint Lucia — In response to market demand for vacation experiences that promote healthy lifestyles, the town of Soufrière in Saint Lucia will welcome a brand new health and wellness retreat in the Fall.Senator Allen Chastanet, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, announced plans for the first health and wellness retreat in the charming former French capital of Soufrière from November 17 to 20, 2011.The retreat will feature workshops and wellness experiences, featuring some of the world’s foremost experts in yoga, feng shui, art and cuisine in a community which Chastanet describes as “The Eden of the Caribbean.”The retreat is being launched alongside preparations to build a landmark destination spa at Soufrière’s drive-in volcano which offers visitors therapeutic mineral baths.“Soufrière was chosen in part because of the number of world class spas in the town, and we are pleased that our hotels and resorts are on board for the retreat,” said Chastanet.The health and wellness retreat will promote a wide variety of approaches to enhance healthy minds and healthy bodies through nature trail hikes, bicycle rides and other specially-designed experiences.“Soufrière is natural, authentic and exotic and we could not think of a better destination within Saint Lucia to produce this retreat,” said Chastanet.The health and wellness retreat is being produced by the Soufrière Foundation in partnership with Soufrière’s resort community and in concert with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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Parents and teachers urged to participate in special education training program

first_img Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Parents and teachers urged to participate in special education training program by: – April 7, 2012 51 Views   one comment Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Photo credit: rhonda4_edublogs.orgParents of children with disabilities as well as teachers are being urged to participate in a two day training program during the Easter school break organized by the Achievement Learning Centre.The Achievement Learning Centre located on Elliot Street in Pottersville is a vocational training centre which offers special educational programs for students as well as the youth.The Special Education Training Program which will run from 12th April to 13th April will seek to provide teachers and parents with practical strategies which they can use in the classroom.Beverly Leblanc of the Achievement Learning Centre told Dominica Vibes News that the training program has been organized as several teachers have expressed interest in doing training in learning disabilities in special education.“We are targeting both teachers and parents. The focus will be an overview of and the characteristics of learning disabilities, what is spectrum disorder, emotional behavior disorder and speech. Class room strategies as well as home strategies will also be concentrated on”.The training program which is opened to teachers and parents at a cost of $100.00 will be facilitated by volunteers of the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and Americas (FAVACA) who will focus on “behavioral approaches”.They are said to be preparing a manual on life skill training to teach the young people about communication and decision making which will help them address some of the issues that they are faced with on a daily basis. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and the FAVACA volunteers will also be providing school supplies to each participant who represents a school.In addition to the school supplies, participants will also received handouts on practical information.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

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Duterte appoints new Coast Guard chief

first_img “The Command is very thankful to the President for choosing a visionary leader who cares for the welfare of his subordinates and is passionate in accomplishing the PCG’s mandates,” PCG Spokesperson Captain Armando Balilo said. Garcia earned his Masters of Science degree in Maritime Safety Administration from the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden and Masters in Shipping Management from the Philippine Merchant Academy (PMMA).  “We are also grateful for the outgoing Commandant, Admiral Elson E Hermogino PCG, for he steered the organization in achieving great feats towards the advancement of the Command. Adm Hermogino has truly served his entire military service with selfless devotion for the benefit of the Filipino nation,” he added./PN The new PCG commandant also got a Doctors degree in Philosophy in Public Administration from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) and was also a professor in Maritime Administration and Environmental Economics subjects in the PMMA Graduate School. Vice Admiral Joel Sarsiban Garcia Garcia will assume the position to be left behind by Hermogino on Thursday, Oct. 24. His appointement was cited in a letter signed by President Duterte on Monday but was made public on Tuesday. Garcia commanded capital ships from the navy and the coast guard, held key positions at the headquarters and likewise led four coast guard districts, two functional commands and two major support commands. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has named Vice Admiral Joel Sarsiban Garcia as the new commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), replacing retiring Elson Hermogino. Garcia is the current Executive Director of the National Coast Watch Center (NCWC), under the Office of the President; and the Chairperson of the Regional Cooperation  Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Governing Council, based in Singapore. He is a graduate of the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy and a licensed master mariner. last_img read more

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Omer R. Flint

first_imgOsgood lost another great veteran on Monday, October 17. Omer Russell Flint, age 81, the son of the late Russel and Clara (Arney) Flint, passed away at the Decatur County Hospital after an extended illness. He was born in New Marion on January 1, 1935. He married Donna Jean Fuqua with whom he had his three children. She preceded him in death in 1986. Later he married Mary Shook, who also preceded him in death. As a proud Vietnam veteran, he had served his country for over twenty years in the United States Air Force.Following his service career, Omer was hired on in Greensburg in the maintenance department for Crown-Zellerbach, which later became known as James Rivers. He retired after nearly 20 years. He was a member of the Osgood Christian Church. Omer was an active member of the Osgood American Legion and the North Vernon Eagles. He had been a past member of the Am-Vets and the VFW. Many attendees of the Osgood-area Kiwanis’ winter basket and bag bingo held each year at the Osgood American Legion will remember him and sadly miss him. He was the one who made sure the bingo machine was working accurately and would peek in during the bingo to make sure everything was still running smoothly. He would smile and wave after he made sure everything was all right.Omer enjoyed camping and fishing along with his wife Mary and earlier on with his children.  An animal lover, he enjoyed his cats and dogs. But he mostly just enjoyed tinkering around the house and fixing anything that had broken down. It was said, “It was good to have him around!”He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Sandra Lynn Norman, and his son Dean Russell Flint. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Cecil and Gene Flint and his sister Rovena Matthews.Survivors include his daughter Cinda Jo Richardson (Dillsboro); grandchildren Christopher Flint, Shawn Richardson, Jeremy Slone, Scott Slone, and Jennifer Slone; several great-grandchildren; his brother Miles Flint (Greensburg); and his sister Geraldine Fuqua (Osgood).Visitation and funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21 at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by the funeral service at 12 noon. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery in Osgood.Memorials may be made to the Osgood American Legion.Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood was responsible for the arrangements. www.nealsfuneralhome.net.last_img read more

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EQ Wild West Tour takes IMCA Modifieds to five tracks, four states

first_imgDELTA, Utah (Feb. 25) – A dozen dates for traveling IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds are on the schedule for the eighth annual EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour. Five tracks in four states host events. Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, Wyo., will be the only track holding two Friday-Saturday doubleheaders. Opening weekend is May 2 and 3 at Millard County Raceway in Delta, Utah. The first visit to Sweetwater follows on May 30 and 31. The series returns to Utah and Diamond Mountain Speedway at Vernal for June 27 and 28 shows. Great Basin Raceway in Ely, Nev., is site of the July 25-26 doubleheader. Next up are Aug. 22 and 23 dates at Atomic Motor Raceway in Atomic City, Idaho. The series concludes Sept. 12 and 13 at Sweetwater. The Tour Allstar race will also be held that weekend.Ricky Alvarado of Delta, Colo., is the three-time and defending series champion. All main events pay a minimum of $1,000 to win and are 2014 or 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Per­formance State and special series, as well as local track points where applicable, will be given. National and regional bonus points will also be awarded to the champion.More information about the Wild West Tour is posted on the www.wildwestmodifiedtour.com website or available by contacting Series Director Ken Hansen at 435 646-3576 or 435 722-7075.last_img read more

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Tennis News Naomi Osaka ‘beyond excited’ after clinching Australian Open 2019 title against Petra Kvitova

first_imgNaomi Osaka is 2nd Asian player to win Australian Open.Osaka won the US Open in 2018.Osaka was hailed as the new ‘queen of tennis world’ by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Melbourne: Naomi Osaka fulfilled a long-held dream by becoming the world number one after winning the Australian Open, and some of the greats of the game forecast a dazzling future for the young Japanese star. The 21-year-old US Open champion held her nerve to battle past Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-4 and claim back-to-back Grand Slams, becoming the first Asian, male or female, to hold the top ranking in the process. “I’m beyond excited to become the new world No.1,” she said after dislodging Romania’s Simona Halep. “I’ve always dreamt of being in this position and I am honoured to be part of the elite group of players who have reached the No.1 ranking.” At 21 years, 104 days old, she is the youngest player to be on top of the world since Caroline Wozniacki reached the pinnacle in 2010 at 20 years and 92 days old.       After making the semi-finals at the China Open last October, Osaka became the second Japanese woman to break into the Top 5, following Kimiko Date who reached No.4 in November 1995. She has now gone a step further to write her name in the history books as the first Asian to be crowned number one since computer rankings were introduced in 1975. It has been a rapid rise. This time last year she was languishing at 72 but a 40-20 win-record last year saw her race into the top 10, claiming two titles including a breakthrough US Open final over Serena Williams.       RELATED      Now on a 14-match win streak at the Grand Slams, some of the greats of the game lauded her achievements. “Winning back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments is a rare and special achievement, and I’m thrilled these results have propelled Naomi to the top of the women’s game,” said Chris Evert, the first ever WTA world No.1. “Her exciting brand of tennis, coupled with the dignity she displays on and off court, is a winning combination that tennis fans really embrace. She is still so young, with so much potential to keep growing as No.1. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her,” she added.               Future bright    Fellow former great Billie Jean King has also been impressed with what she’s seen of the shy Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father.”Congratulations to the 2x Grand Slam champion, @Naomi_Osaka!,” she tweeted. “Your future is so bright, and your talent, drive, and determination will take you far.”            Martina Navratilova added to the plaudits, saying: “Well, after winning the US Open Naomi Osaka became a star. And now, after winning the Australian Open and becoming world number 1, she is a superstar!”    Osaka has shown growing maturity on court and has proven she can handle the pressure cooker situations, but admits to being introverted off court and not a natural socialite. By winning a second Grand Slam and becoming world number one, she has firmly established herself as at the forefront of the next generation of women players. And with that comes all-consuming attention.    Soon after her Melbourne Park win, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tweeted: “I’m so proud of the birth of the new world queen.”    Kvitova, 28, knows what it’s like to be the centre of attention. She won her first Grand Slam, at Wimbledon, aged 21, and said Osaka would need to handle extra pressure.            “It took me a while to kind of get used to it. I think it’s always a bit more pressure from outside, as well as from yourself,” she said. “You just want to play better. You’re thinking like you have to win every single match because you just won a Grand Slam. It’s about the time, as well,” she added. “You just need to get used to the attention. Every time you are stepping on court, you are kind of favourite of the match. The other players just want to beat you because you’re playing well.” highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Vincent strikes twice for ABFC’s second win in Atkinson Brothers Five-A-Side football

first_imgSENIOR national footballer Annalisa Vincent scored a brace to lead the ABFC females to a 3-0 win on night two of the Atkinson Brothers Five-A-Side floodlight football competition on Sunday evening at the Kumaka Recreational Ground in Santa Rosa, Region One. Vincent had been key for the Silver Sands Football Club, who were defending seven-time champions.  She, however, decided to switch to the Atkinson Brothers Football Club after Silver Sands had failed to field a team.The youngster netted a free kick in the first half before she scored in the box in the second period for ABFC in their win against Rincon United FC.  Samara Rodriguez netted the other goal. Night two opened with the Rising Son’s defeat of the Mighty Warriors 1-0 in an U-15 clash, while in an U-17 battle, Rincon United FC beat Kyrie Flames 3-0 (goals from Chavez Rodriguez, Shawn Henry and an own goal).Kyrie Flames’ females claimed a 2-1 victory against All-Star Blazers with goals from Shonett Griffith and Indranie. Odessa James scored for All-Star Blazers.Meanwhile, in the male battle, Kumaka FC won in extra-time against Park East 2-1, before Kyrie Flames claimed a 2-1 win against Kamwatta A.last_img read more

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University Hospital restarts kidney transplant program

first_imgUSC University Hospital’s kidney transplant program resumed operations Monday, two months after doctors transplanted the wrong kidney into a patient who survived the error.Hospital officials voluntarily suspended the transplant program Jan. 29 to investigate the incident and to improve the hospital’s safety standards.A mismatched kidney could prove fatal, but the patient involved survived the transplant, which occurred Jan. 29.Human and processing errors were to blame for the transplant mix-up, according to Dr. Cynthia Herrington, USC Hospital’s transplant director.“It was our process of matching the donor identification number to the recipient’s name that failed,” Herrington said in a statement Tuesday.The United Network for Organ Sharing’s Department of Evaluation and Quality, a federal oversight agency, reviewed the hospital’s safety and transplant policies in early February.If a problem was found with the hospital’s procedures, UNOS would have released a report, but no report has come out.The California Department of Public Health, the licensing agency for hospitals in California and the agency responsible for investigating complaints against hospitals in the state, also conducted an investigation into the hospital’s kidney transplant procedures.USC University Hospital’s kidney transplant program, which opened in 1991, has performed more than 250 transplants. The program has an average 92-percent patient survival rate and 87-percent graft survival rate at three years post-transplant.last_img read more

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Renewed: Badgers strike up old rivalry, sweep Wolverines

first_imgTeams don’t necessarily have to know each other to hate one another. Wisconsin and Michigan showed why Saturday night at the Kohl Center.Although the teams haven’t met since 2010 and haven’t played a two-game series since 1981 before this weekend, the 8th-ranked Wolverines and 14th-ranked Badgers looked like bitter rivals.Following a frantic finish that included a goal that was waved off and seven penalties for a fight with 33 seconds left, Wisconsin managed to hold on for a 3-1 win and a series sweep.As Mike Eaves discussed in the post-game press conference after the game, multiple factors came into play that made the match-up feel as if the teams hadn’t missed a beat since Wisconsin (13-6-1 overall, 4-2-0-0 Big Ten) last swept Michigan (10-6-2, 2-2-0-0) 33 years ago.“We walk out tonight into the Kohl Center and there’s almost 14,000 people and why does that happen? People want to see Big Ten hockey again? I don’t know but that was a great product out there tonight. I think that the rivalry is back,” Eaves said.The first period was evenly played, with Eaves noting his squad could have had a 3-goal lead with all the quality scoring chances, but nonetheless, the two teams headed to the first intermission deadlocked at one.Defenseman Frankie Simonelli had tallied the first goal of the game 14:06 into the opening stanza off a blast from the right point. But a little more than three and a half minutes later Michigan came roaring back to tie the game on a power play goal from Andrew Copp.Without any scoring for the better portion of the second period, Wisconsin’s Chase Drake walked into the slot and a terrific scoring opportunity after an odd-man rush and several missed rebound shots.“I was kind of surprised it didn’t go in right away. But coach Walsh has been talking with us to pick our spots at the right moment and I picked it,”  Drake said. “It just kind of squirted out and was on edge and I just got a lucky chip really,”With the puck on his stick and Michigan goaltender Zach Nagelvoort out of position, Drake rifled the puck into a nearly wide-open net for what proved to be the game winning goal.Throughout the rest of the game Badgers’ goaltender Joel Rumpel was just what the doctor ordered, coming up with several huge saves to hold the score steady at 2-1.As Joseph LaBate noted, it wasn’t the goaltending of Rumpel that the Badgers rode to victory but the surging emotions in the crowd.“I think we were just riding the energy of the arena. It was a packed house and you can feel that when you’re on the ice. You can feel the excitement that the crowd is giving you. I think the whole team just built off that,” said LaBate, who had a goal and an assist on the night.After LaBate scored on a breakaway with 1:59 left in the game, those surging emotions overflowed when Wisconsin’s Mark Zengerle was shoved down late after a whistle that led to a skirmish with 11 players, of the 12 on the ice, involved.That late scrap put the signature stamp on the sweep, and gave those involved a reason to believe that the series will only continue to develop into a more intense rivalry over the coming months and years.“I think it’s was a hard-nosed game. I think we’re starting to create a little rivalry there between us and Michigan and we’re excited about it,” Simonelli said. “We’re excited to go back up to Michigan in a few weeks and play at their barn and have some more high energy games like that.”Rumpel finished with 28 saves, picking up his 10th win of the season to improve to 10-1-0 overall. Nagelvoort, meanwhile, recorded 34 saves and picked up his second straight loss to drop his record to 6-5-1.With the win Wisconsin took over sole possession of first place and now has 12 points in Big Ten play.last_img read more

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USC track and field: Deanna Hill earns Pac-12 weekly honor ahead of track meets

first_imgThe Pac-12 named junior Deanna Hill the conference Track and Field Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for the week of March 20 through 26.Hill clinched the accolade after placing second in the 100-meter dash at the Aztec Invitational last week. At the event, she notched a personal record of 11.18 seconds. Her time ranks second in the country so far this season. It also moves Hill ahead from ninth place to seventh place overall on the list of records for the Trojans’ 100-meter dash.At the invitational, Hill also anchored her team’s winning 4×100-meter relay. The team posted a time of 43.97 seconds, a time that currently ranks third overall in the country.This is Hill’s second Track Athlete of the Week honor from the conference after she received the same award in 2015. So far this season, she is the team’s second athlete to receive the award, joining Nick Ponzio, who received last week’s honor.Next up, Hill will travel with the men’s and women’s teams’ sprinters and jumpers to the Texas Relays in Austin. The teams’ throwers and distance runners will split off to travel to San Diego for a one-day competition at the California Collegiate.The Trojans currently boast 22 individual times that rank in the top 25 of the country. Additionally, all four of the USC relay teams rank in the country’s top 25. This weekend, the team looks to defend the men’s No. 11 ranking and the women’s No. 5 ranking.last_img read more

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