US to Donate 2 Field Hospitals for Chile to Battle COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgBy Steven McLoud/Diálogo June 30, 2020 The United States announced a forthcoming donation to Chile, which includes two field hospitals in July to support the capacity for patients hospitalized due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Through U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), an additional investment of $750,000, will be made and forwarded to institutions such as the National Service for Minors (Sename), Assistance Resources, Desafío Levantemos Chile, Caritas, Fundación Ilusióname, and the Adventist Development Agency.Baxter Hunt, chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Chile, made the announcement on June 23, during the delivery of new donations of products and supplies to support various vulnerable communities impacted by the effects of the pandemic.“The United States has been a reliable and historical partner of Chile in disaster relief, and this includes the current pandemic,” Hunt said. “The entire United States, as a whole, is helping the people of Chile through funds from the U.S. government, donations from private companies, and support from the scientific community and universities.”Hunt added that the embassy’s personal protective equipment donations just in June include 12,300 face masks (9,300 surgical and 3,000 KN95), 400 boxes with cleaning products, as well as more than 1,500 disposable diapers. These essential items, worth more than $50,000, were purchased using funds provided by the HAP program as well as various U.S. companies.SOUTHCOM’s COVID-19 assistance projects support requests from partner nations for supplies and equipment needed to respond to the virus, treat infected patients, and prevent additional exposures.last_img read more


Women in leadership positions in credit unions: Seeking help is empowering!

first_imgAsking for help means you aren’t smart enough to do something yourself.  Asking for help means that you are weak. Asking for help means you are in the wrong position in business.  Have you heard any of those statements before? They seem to follow us generation after generation and decade after decade. It’s time to put a new spin on an old tape… seeking help is empowering.Whether you are an entrepreneur or starting a new position or recently got promoted, you find there is one thing that rings true…it can be lonely. When you’re in sales, and we all are, it goes one step further because unless you are in front of someone, your emotions go from being on to being…alone. I can remember a full day of appointments and I would be in my car rocking out to some great music and then I was “on” for the first appointment.  Back into my car and while the music was still playing, I was listening and humming a bit. Into my next appointment and back “on” …back in my car and…well you get it. You try and fill the empty moments with music or news but in reality, you feel lonely…and it doesn’t matter if you have sold or not, it’s still a lonely profession. Having no one to bounce ideas off in that new role…equally as lonely.Now imagine you have someone you can reach out to and ask for help or ideas to get you to the next level.  Wouldn’t that be great? But…if you did do that, would that person feel like you weren’t sure about what you are doing or that you couldn’t make decisions yourself? Weren’t you told to “fake it till you make it?” Would people think less of you if you showed that you might need their expertise or experience? See how that creeps back into your brain?  Asking for help and support is such an easy thing, until it’s not. What are some reasons why you should ask for help?1. Wouldn’t it be great if simply by asking for help you are creating brand awareness? When you let others know what you are doing, they are getting to know you and what you do. If you have a great reputation and what you are doing brings value to others, it would only make sense that they would think of you when someone needs what you have to offer. If you don’t ask, the answer is always “NO” …2. That was good for your brand.  Now, what about building your network. By reaching out to others and getting to know them and letting them get to know you, your network is also growing. No matter where you are in your career, you need a solid network.3. What about growing your business? When you ask for help and check your ego at the door, people will help you. Those that don’t, you have that magic word NEXT.  Those that do become part of your network, are strategic partners to help grow your business and can become that confidante that you need to feel comfortable enough to share your thoughts with.  Win-win-win…Those are some basic reasons why you should ask for help. But when is a good time or the right time to ask for help? I’m sure the first thing you thought of is when you are in trouble. You’re not making money or have no clients or when everything seems to be going wrong. While those are good times to ask…you also need the courage to do that. You can also ask for help when things are going great and you want to get to the next level.  It doesn’t always need to be during the gloom and doom you might be experiencing.  Here are some other times when asking for help makes sense:When you are just starting outWhen you are entering into a new marketWhen you want to grow your audienceWhen you are looking for strategic partnersWhen you want a promotionThe bottom line is you can always ask for help. It may take a few times to feel comfortable, but always remember that one of the habits of successful people is that they do ask for help. There are some great reasons to ask for help.  Sooner or later everyone will need to ask for it and then be open to receiving it as well.1. At some point you will have to do it. It doesn’t matter if you have all the money in the world or have zero, there will come a time when you will have to ask someone for their help. If you aren’t good at it, start small and practice. 2. You won’t be the only one that benefits from the request.  When you share your expertise with someone else, how does that make you feel? Pretty good when you see their reaction and hear their gratitude.  It will be the same for you and the person you help. I always say that when you become a mentor, you learn just as much if not more than your mentee.  This is no different.3. Have you heard the phrase, “walking in their shoes”…If you’ve asked for help and received it and now you have been asked to give help, you will know what it felt like for that person to ask you and how difficult that might have been…who is the winner now?4. If you never ask for help, do people think you have it going on…even if you don’t? Most of us will struggle now and then and people expect us to be human. You can’t always be perfect and that is too difficult and boring anyway. Here’s an example…when I was taking my insurance exam, there were no classes to take and we didn’t have a computer to do anything online.  My children asked if I needed help and of course I declined after thanking them for the offer. I failed the test by 1 point and my daughter’s comment was “Thank goodness you’re human” …need I say more?5. When you ask and offer help it creates connections and relationships.  When you need something, these are already in place with people ready to support you. Don’t wait until you are struggling to ask for help. Don’t celebrate your successes being lonely. Asking for help gives you a reason to be a part of groups, colleagues and friends.  It can be very lonely as an entrepreneur or being in a new position…I think I started with that statement. Remember…“There is no lack of knowledge out there…just a short of asking for help!” 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: www.sellinginaskirt.com Detailslast_img read more


Governor Wolf’s Week, October 23 – October 29, 2016

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s Week, October 23 – October 29, 2016 October 28, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Weekly Update On Sunday, Governor Wolf visited Lycoming and Centre counties to tour flood damage caused by heavy rainfall last Thursday.Governor Wolf also announced a revitalization project in Harrisburg named the “MulDer Square” project for the Allison Hill section of the city.Fighting opioid and heroin abuse has been a top priority for the governor and on Thursday he applauded the legislature for passing a package of bills that will continue to strengthen efforts in combatting the current opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania.As the legislative session came to an end, Governor Wolf commended the House and Senate for sending a number of bipartisan supported bills to his desk such as allowing Uber and Lyft to operate in Pennsylvania, unemployment compensation reform, and continued liquor reform by approving the sale of six-packs at beer distributors.Governor Wolf’s Week, October 23 – October 29, 2016Sunday, 10/23/16Governor Wolf Tours Flood Damage in North Central Pennsylvania, Gives Update on State ResponseMonday, 10/24/16Governor Wolf Announces New High Performance Building Project in Montgomery CountyGovernor Wolf Announces New Venture Capitol Investments to Support New Companies, Job GrowthGovernor Wolf Announces New Business in Our Sites InvestmentsGov. Wolf Announces $14 Million in Shale Impact Fee FundingGovernor Wolf Statement on Ride Sharing AuthorizationTuesday, 10/25/16Gov. Wolf Announces $3 Million in State Funding for Revitalization Project in Allison Hill Section of HarrisburgGO-TIME: Improved Office Supply Management System Brings Savings to PEMAGovernor Wolf Announces 80 New Jobs with Whitehall Specialties Facility in Lawrence CountyGovernor Wolf Commends Task Force to Maximize Job Creation in Pennsylvania Forest Products IndustryWednesday, 10/26/16Governor Wolf Signs Bill Strengthening Domestic Violence LawsAuthor Jon Krakauer Highlights Governor Wolf’s “It’s On Us PA” Campaign, Need to Address Campus Sexual AssaultGovernor Wolf Statement on Passage of Unemployment Compensation LegislationThursday, 10/27/16Governor Wolf Statement on Legislation Approving the Sale of Six-packs at Beer DistributorsGovernor Wolf Announces Guidelines for Consumers and Industry on Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder CoverageGovernor Wolf Announces Nearly $1 Million Approved for DCED Economic Initiative in Coal-Impacted CommunitiesGovernor Wolf Announces Federal Funding for the Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP)Governor Wolf Statement on Passage of Legislation to Combat Opioid and Heroin CrisisFriday, 10/28/16Governor Wolf’s Four Major Accomplishments of the Fall SessionGovernor Wolf to Nominate Estelle Richman to Philadelphia School Reform CommissionGovernor Wolf Takes Action on LegislationHighlights from The BlogVoting in PA: Know Your RightsRecognizing October as Filipino American History Monthcenter_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more


Under the Radar at UFC Saint Petersburg: Michal Oleksiejczuk

first_imgIf he can keep it standing and dictate the terms of the fight, then Oleksiejczuk has real chance to run his unbeaten streak to an even dozen, which, as I’ve said frequently, is the kind of thing that doesn’t just happen by accident, no matter whom you’re fighting or where.Light heavyweight isn’t a barren wasteland.There are emerging talents in the 205-pound ranks you should be paying close attention to and Oleksiejczuk is one of them. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearEveryone pretends like there are no emerging talents climbing the ranks in the division because they don’t measure up to the greatness of Jon Jones or would stand as considerable underdogs against Alexander Gustafsson, as if measuring the quality of a division comes down exclusively to how everyone would do against arguably the greatest fighter of all time and a perennial contender who has only ever lost to elite talent.Everything is measured in absolutes — you’re either the best or a bum — and anyone who resides in the vast expanses between those two extremes has to do something dramatic in order to garner even a modicum of attention.Which is sad, because that’s how emerging talents get overlooked and end up sneaking up on all the people who constantly shout about wanting to know more about fighters, but refuse to do the work to familiarize themselves with anyone who isn’t already a big name or carrying a ton of buzz.Michal Oleksiejczuk is one of those low-key up-and-comers that people should be paying attention to but aren’t because he competes at light heavyweight and they’ve heard for years how terrible the division is as a whole.Last time out, the 24-year-old fighter from Barki, Poland, needed just 94 seconds to dispatch Gian Villante.Strip away the division and think about that from a different perspective for a second: a 24-year-old making his sophomore appearance in the Octagon crushed a 28-fight veteran in one minute and 34 seconds, finishing him with a nasty body shot.Folks have gotten far more excited about far less when it comes to buzzy prospects that everyone likes or charismatic Brazilians who break-dance after their victories, but when Oleksiejczyuk does it, no one seems to bat an eye and it makes zero sense to me.Now, the young light heavyweight “Lord” didn’t do himself any favors by getting popped for a banned substance following his UFC debut — a short-notice, unanimous decision win over Rountree at UFC 219 — but there are numerous other athletes who have been flagged and suspended who returned to being prospects everyone should follow once they did their penance. Oleksiejczuk should be afforded the same opportunity.Villante is no world-beater, but he’s a tough out who has been in the UFC for five years, amassing a 7-7 record prior to their matchup in February. Through those 14 Octagon appearances, no one had beaten the Long Island native that quickly or decisively — not Shogun Rua, not Ilir Latifi, not Corey Anderson, not Ovince Saint Preux.Oleksiejczuk did, and that’s not only worth noting, but also the kind of thing that should make you want to see what he does for an encore this weekend when he takes on Gadzhimurad Antigulov in Saint Petersburg.Prior to his last fight, Antigulov was one of those “let’s see what we’ve got here” guys in the light heavyweight division — a strong grappler who earned first-round finishes in his first two UFC appearances. Then he started fast and flamed out hard against Ion Cutelaba, who is another guy worth paying attention to in the light heavyweight division, and now he’s looking to rebound in the second bout of the Saturday morning fight card from Yubileyney Sports Palace.Don’t think this is just me cheerleading for a guy who helps make one of my longstanding arguments seem a little more valid, either.Yes, I’ve been riding for the light heavyweight ranks to get some more respect for a while, but there are also performance-based reasons why I think Oleksiejczuk is someone fight fans should be paying attention to this weekend and going forward.In his fights with Rountree and Villante, the Polish newcomer showed smooth striking skills and solid footwork, working his way inside to land his attacks and retreat without catching much fire in return. Though he was more of a “stick and move” fighter against Rountree, who brandishes big power, he pressed forward and attacked Villante without pause and buckled him with a beautiful body shot.Sound fundamentals and precision striking aren’t as eye-catching as wild spinning attacks and haymakers that make hay, but having those basics in place at this young age, this early into his career bodes well for Oleksiejczuk and should acquit him nicely as he continues to make his way up the divisional ladder.Antigulov is going to want to close the distance and turn this into a grappling match, which means we should get a chance to see what kind of takedown defense and scrambling skills the 24-year-old has this weekend. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle.Name: Michal OleksiejczukRecord: 13-2-0-1 overall; 1-0-0-1 UFCDivision: Light heavyweightTeam: GKS Gornik Leczna MMAComing out of UFC 236 last weekend, one of the main takeaways for me after seeing Khalil Rountree Jr. dominate Eryk Anders and remind everyone that he’s someone to keep tabs on in the light heavyweight division was that the constant complaining about how shallow and low-quality the 205-pound weight class is at the moment needs to stop.last_img read more


Tuesday November 5th Local Sports

first_imgAMES — Iowa State returns to the spot of a breakthrough win in 2017 when they visit ninth ranked Oklahoma. Two years ago the Cyclones stunned the third ranked Sooners 38-31 and would go on to post eight wins in Matt Campbell’s second season as head coach.Quarterback Brock Purdy had three interceptions in the fourth quarter of a loss to Oklahoma State. Campbell expects the sophomore to bounce back with a strong effort.Campbell says the first priority of the bye week was to rest and get healthy.Kickoff in Norman on Saturday is scheduled for 7 o’clock. —- Regional volleyball championship matches== 4A Region 6 last night in Manchester#5 West Delaware 3-0 Charles City (25-12, 25-16, 25-10)== 2A Region 2 tonight at Garner —- #5 Osage (35-6) vs. Emmetsburg (20-11) AMES — Iowa State will be without two freshman when they open the season tonight at home against Mississippi Valley State. Marcedus Leech and Luke Anderson informed coach Steve Prohm they are leaving the team.Prohm says both intend to transfer.Prohm says he wants to see the Cyclones play the right way in the opener.Tipoff at Hilton Coliseum tonight is scheduled for 7 o’clock. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have declined a $7.5 million option on left-hander Martin Pérez and made a $17.8 million qualifying offer to All-Star right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Pérez will receive a $500,000 buyout as part of a contract agreed to last winter that paid him a $3.5 million salary this year. IOWA CITY — Joe Wieskamp led five Iowa players in double figures with 19 points as the Hawkeyes beat Lindsey Wilson College 96-58 in exhibition play last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. After redshirting a year ago CJ Fredrick made his Hawkeye debut with 18 points, including four of five from three point range.The Hawkeyes had 26 assists on 34 baskets.Iowa has their season opener on Friday when they host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Tipoff is at 8 o’clock. We’ll join the game in progress after the St. Ansgar-Earlham Class A football quarterfinal round game on AM-1300 KGLO.last_img read more


Local Salon Makes Waves During Earth Month

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Premiere Salon and SpaOlympia’s own eco-friendly Premiere Salon and Spa—an Aveda concept salon—is furthering their commitment to cruelty-free health and beauty products while joining support during Earth Month. The talented and community-minded designers have been working to raise their goal of $3000 for clean water worldwide and to aid their efforts in the annual beach clean-up, scheduled for June 2, 4-7pm at Burfoot Park.“We really think of it as Earth Season since our clean water events and fundraising extend into the summer time,” explains Salon Operations Manager Jeanine Clark. “We plan to focus on cleaning up any trash and broken glass in an effort to keep Burfoot clean and safe for our community members, as well as continual fundraising for clean water projects locally and globally.”The local green business has been collaborating with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance for the past 10 years in its efforts to protect the Puget Sound waters. Premiere management emphasizes the high priority of water cleanliness, due to the declining fish populations in Hood Canal, the increasing traces of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) found marine life, and the mercury levels found in our salmon and shellfish.“Giving back to our community is a small token of that appreciation that makes us all successful,” says Salon Owner Kelly Harris.In addition, Premiere is taking it one step further by partnering with Hope for Women through the promotion of their fair-trade handcrafted jewelry (available at the Salon, *see location details). The featured bracelets will benefit marginalized women and their families world wide through economic opportunities, and 100% of the proceeds will be used to benefit Premiere’s clean water efforts. The featured bracelets are made from seeds from the South American rainforest and are made with recycled materials, which encourages rain forest preservation and recycling efforts.For information on how you can contribute to Premiere’s environmental goals, or if you care to donate your time at the upcoming beach clean-up at Burfoot, you can email [email protected] You can also stop by the salon at *111 Market Street, Suite 101 (across the street from the Farmer’s Market) and pick up a bracelet, donate funds, and support local business while treating yourself to a luxurious hair-mind-body experience. Request an appointment online or by calling 360-753-3299.“We live in a beautiful area of passionate people that give to us in so many ways,” adds Harris. “It’s important to make them look beautiful but more importantly to appreciate the beauty of who they are.”last_img read more


Boater’s Body Recovered

first_imgMONMOUTH BEACH, August 10 – State Police have identified a boater whose body was recovered about two miles off Monmouth Beach Monday morning.John Forrester, 71, of Trenton was pronounced dead at a Coast Guard Station at 11:30 a.m., said NJ State Police Spokesman Lt. Brian Polite.Police got the call at 8:28 a.m. Monday reporting that help was needed locating a missing person. The New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau was among those who responded.Another man  on board the 17-foot Grady-White vessel remained on the scene and was questioned by police.The death is under investigation, said Lt. Polite.– By Christina Johnsonlast_img read more


STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2015

first_imgJeff Bonde3190329%$324,240 PHAROAH, DORTMUND: INCOMPARABLE TALENTSBob Baffert had the right answer when someone asked him which horse was better, American Pharoah or Dortmund: None.“That’s like asking me which kid I love more,” he said, tactfully and without hesitation.Fair enough. When you train the two leading Kentucky Derby favorites, whether you even think one is better than the other, for obvious reasons, you take the path of least alienation and let the theater of the Triple Crown play out on the race track.That’s the game plan. Dortmund, unbeaten in five starts, runs in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 4, while once-beaten Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old male of 2014 American Pharoah is ticketed for the Arkansas Derby on April 11.Dortmund is an over-sized chestnut son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, owned by Kaleem Shah. American Pharoah is a bay colt by the Empire Maker stallion Pioneerof the Nile, owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat.Aside from that, the two immensely talented 3-year-olds are at once comparable and disparate in a manner of speaking that Baffert would address.“Dortmund is tall,” Baffert said. “He’s got a good mind on him; he’s a smart horse. He gets a little rambunctious in the paddock, but other than that, he’s pretty good.“They’re really two different types of horses, although they’re both quick, they’re light on their feet. I’ve seen Dortmund stumble and break a little awkward but he can get up in the next jump and be right there. He’s really quick and very athletic, for a big horse. Big horses aren’t that way, usually. I’ve worked him in the mornings; you can stop and go with him.“Pharoah has a very efficient, kind of effortless stride. He does things really, really easy. I think he can handle any surface, whether it’s deep, fast, whatever. He’s fast, but he’s not a speed-crazy type.“The reason they find themselves on the lead is because they do it effortlessly. You’d have to really slow them down, get them down to a gallop, to have them stalking a horse. I don’t know what would happen if there was some ridiculous speed out there.“It’s something I don’t really worry about until the gates open, as long as their riders put them where they’re comfortable. I’ve never seen them rank or run off. I’ve never seen that.”So the countdown is on.If all goes well, the twain will meet in the Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May.In other Santa Anita Derby news:Dortmund worked six furlongs in company Saturday morning at Santa Anita in 1:12 with regular rider Martin Garcia aboard. Baffert said the colt “went nice.” Stablemate Miss Midnight Brew was given a five furlong time of 1:02.60.San Felipe runner-up Prospect Park worked six furlongs at his San Luis Rey Downs headquarters in 1:10.40 under jockey Joe Steiner.Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. called the drill “unbelievable,” adding that the son of Tapit would ship to Santa Anita “Monday or Tuesday” and have a five furlong breeze before the race.Jerry Hollendorfer said that El Camino Real Derby runner-up Cross the Line was “possible” for the Santa Anita Derby.Baffert didn’t rule out One Lucky Dane for the Santa Anita Derby after his win by nearly 10 lengths in a one-mile overnight race Thursday.Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mario Gutierrez9481399%$429,760 (Current Through Friday, March 20) A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Rafael Bejarano23457343024%$2,657,652 -30- Mark Glatt639111014%$455,872 Victor Espinoza16029302318%$1,923,926 Kent Desormeaux17231322018%$1,787,120 Hector Palma2764122%$142,370 Elvis Trujillo18922221712%$1,241,280 Doug O’Neill14516132211%$826,108 Steven Miyadi3475321%$217,750 James Cassidy61971115%$358,730 Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Thomas Proctor4576316%$525,378 Michael Pender4266414%$175,740 Felipe Valdez6510111015%$320,808 Ron Ellis52104819%$391,420 Fernando Perez1631521169%$717,420 Eddie Truman1761235%$255,180 Mark Casse56105818%$784,378 Brice Blanc4872415%$296,500 Tiago Pereira1081291411%$418,772 Steve Knapp3362318%$260,510center_img Jerry Hollendorfer14428202319%$3,169,038 Mike Smith9720191521%$2,243,551 Peter Miller12824261419%$1,237,666 Bob Baffert9020161222%$1,756,872 Mike Puype91812139%$412,656 Gary Stevens9015141617%$1,354,028 Richard Baltas651310520%$536,172 Martin Pedroza14616201811%$649,594 Joseph Talamo21223233411%$1,580,208 Martin Garcia11923161419%$1,709,080 Richard Mandella52109919%$641,766 Edwin Maldonado11413111411%$498,454 Flavien Prat1161014139%$594,386 Tyler Baze25332313113%$2,036,484 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Philip D’Amato611211920%$584,170 John Sadler11317171515%$1,024,694 Drayden Van Dyke17921212312%$1,347,810 DORTMUND, PROSPECT PARK DRILL FOR DERBYSTELLAR WIND IN ‘BEAUTIFUL’ WORK FOR OAKS FINISH LINES: Santa Ysabel Stakes winner Stellar Wind, working for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 4, went five furlongs Saturday in 1:00.80. “Beautiful; first class,” said trainer John Sadler, giving the ‘OK’ sign to boot . . . Also working for the Oaks were China Doll runner-up Curlin’s Fox for Carla Gaines (four furlongs in 47.80) and Santa Ysabel third-place finisher Glory for Jerry Hollendorfer (five furlongs in 1:04) . . . There were two winning Pick 6 tickets yesterday worth $87,892.20, one purchased at Santa Anita on a $2,400 ticket, the other in Las Vegas for an as-yet unknown amount . . . Decisive Edge makes his stakes debut in next Saturday’s 1 ½-mile Tokyo City Cup for Hollendorfer. Alex Solis rides . . . Imperative, set to defend his title in the April 18 Charles Town Classic, worked four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 49.20 . . . Edwin Maldonado leaves Monday morning for Dubai, where he rides front-running Distinctiv Passion for trainer Jeff Bonde in the $1 million Al Quoz at 1,000 meters on turf, approximately five furlongs . . .Bruno Panicucci, a 19-year-old apprentice rider from France with four wins, is scheduled to make his Santa Anita debut next Saturday for trainer Leonard Powell. Panicucci tacks 109 pounds . . . Former USC place kicker “Sad Sam” Tsagalakis, father of trainer Mark, who sent out Oliver’s Tale to win Friday’s seventh and feature race: “It’s so nice to be out here for Mark. It’s not the Kentucky Derby, it’s not the Preakness, but it is Santa Anita. One of these days he’ll get lucky and we’ll have a big horse running. I’ve been coming here since I worked as an usher when I was going to USC in 1952, 53, 54. I did the kicking for the football team and went to two Rose Bowls . . . All my friends say, ‘One kick and you think you’re the greatest.’ I said, ‘I am the greatest.’ That was before soccer kickers.” . . . This past October, the third annual John Morris Golf Classic was held in Lexington, Ky., benefiting worthy charities that support those with disabilities. After today’s first race, Morris presented a $5,000 donation from the event to Aaron Gryder, Tyler Baze and Joe Talamo, who accepted on behalf of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund . . . Next Saturday, March 28, features the Grade III Tokyo City Cup on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For more details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com. Santiago Gonzalez9913101613%$609,814 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jack Carava4569613%$188,320 Peter Eurton7812121415%$679,506last_img read more


Red Flag fire warning in effect today

first_imgThe most severe winds were expected this morning, blowing at strengths of between 15 and 30 miles per hour, with gusts of 40 mph. In Los Angeles County, the areas subject to the warning included mountain regions, even the Santa Monica Recreational Area near the coast, plus the Angeles National Forest and the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys. In Ventura County, areas under warning were the county’s mountains, interior and coastal valleys and the Los Padres National Forest. Also under a Red Flag Warning were the Palomar and Descanso Ranger Districts of the Cleveland National Forest in the San Diego County portion of the Santa Ana Mountains, plus San Diego County’s inland valleys; the Mountain Top and Front Country ranger districts of the San Bernardino National Forest in San Bernardino County; and, in Riverside County, the San Jacinto ranger district of the San Bernardino National Forest and the Trabuco Ranger district of the Cleveland National Forest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Red Flag Warning indicating a high risk of wildfire was in effect today in the mountains, forests and valleys of five Southern California counties. The warning, initially issued by the National Weather Service on Saturday and scheduled to expire last night, was extended until 8 tonight because of gusty Santa Ana Winds combined with exceedingly low humidity levels. The warning was in effect in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Diego Riverside and San Bernardino counties. “A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential,” according to an NWS advisory, which forecast humidity levels of between 10 and 20 percent. last_img read more


OABA’s Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program celebrating and implementing the 4R philosophy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Everyone wants clean water.Yet, in the complex realities of food production, land management and nutrient stewardship, balancing society’s other needs with the supply of clean water is not always a simple task. While everyone wants clean water, not everyone is willing to invest their time, money and other resources into doing what is necessary to make that a reality.Using the right fertilizer source at the right rate, the right time and in the right place is a simple concept, but the actual implementation of the 4Rs is a challenging task that requires a broad, unified approach including farmers and the agribusinesses that work with them. Ohio took legislative steps to address the water quality challenges in the western basin of Lake Erie, but Ohio’s agribusinesses wanted to take their water quality efforts a step further.“We started having conversations with The Nature Conservancy about what else could be done outside of government mandates. That is how the idea of certification of agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers got started,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association (OABA). “We worked with Carrie Vollmer-Sanders at The Nature Conservancy and many other early partners to develop the concept of a certification program for ag retailers. The concept is based around the idea that there are some key people farmers really trust — their banker, their grain merchandiser, and their ag retailer. These are folks who really help them make critical farm decisions. If we can hold up retailers who are doing things right and help them do more things right, we can impact a lot more acres a lot faster.”Ultimately this concept led to the development of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program and the formation of a Nutrient Stewardship Council. The new program, overseen by OABA, was launched in March of 2014. The Program provides a set of guidelines for doing what is necessary to implement the 4Rs and a platform to highlight the agricultural businesses doing it.“The long term viability of our industry requires our association and member companies to be leaders in the field implementation of the 4Rs. As the program developed, it became quickly apparent that OABA needed to take a leadership position in administrating a certification program built upon implementing the principles of the 4Rs in real world applications on farms,” Henney said. “We ensured ag retailers were involved in the process to develop criteria for the certification process and also identified key skills necessary for third party auditors to assess the level of compliance with the criteria of the program. We have known for years that our member companies are doing many things right, but we wanted to document that so it was recognized they really are doing the right things. We aren’t just saying it, we are proving it with this program.”Through the Certification program, OABA has partnered with a variety of agriculture and environmental groups, researchers and experts to coordinate the education, training, implementation and third party auditing for the application of nutrients using the 4R principles of nutrient stewardship. Key partners in the effort include The Nature Conservancy and The Fertilizer Institute.“Now we have 34 retailers who are certified and we are having an impact with 5,500 farmers and 2.7 million acres,” Henney said. “I am so proud of our members and the agricultural industry and how they have embraced this.”The certification process is both rigorous and stringent.“When the program started there were 43 requirements from the Nutrient Stewardship Council advisory committee and they paired that down to 41 requirements. The committee meets on a bi-annual basis to review the requirements to make sure those requirements are still current,” said Andrew Allman, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program executive director. “There are 26 requirements in year one, an additional nine requirements in year two and the six remaining requirements in year three. We are now coming to the full-circle in this first audit cycle to see how this is really working for those participating nutrient service providers in the program.“They go though a rigorous audit of those 41 requirements over a three-year period and once you hit year four you are expected to be doing all of those 41 things. Then it is an annual audit. The first audit cycle is not 100% pass-fail. If there are certain areas the participants need to improve upon, they can take a look at where they had non-compliance issues and submit a corrective action plan to the auditor of exactly how they will handle the issues. They need to make the improvements and will be heavily scrutinized in those areas in the following audit. This is really designed to help them be better stewards of the land.”There are three sections to the Program: initial training and ongoing education; monitoring of 4R implementation; and nutrient recommendations and application. Some of the requirements for the agribusinesses in the Program include:• Providing nutrient recommendations that are consistent with the state’s land-grant university’s nutrient recommendations.• A certified professional review of the nutrient recommendations made for the grower customers.• A staff with an understanding of the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship.• Soil tests used to make nutrient recommendations are less than four years old.• Nutrient application equipment that is calibrated annually.• The timing of fertilizer application avoids spreading on frozen or snow-covered fields.• Nutrients are not broadcast applied prior to a predicted heavy rainfall.• All sources of fertilizer are accounted for in the nutrient recommendations.• Phosphorus is applied below the soil surface whenever possible.• Nutrient application setbacks are followed in sensitive areas.Allman has been excited to see how the certified agribusinesses have responded to their inclusion in the program.“Senate Bill 1 comes into play with this in terms of the application of nutrients on frozen ground and watching the weather. The ag retailers are really being conscious of when they should be applying. Of course in northwest Ohio in the Western Lake Erie Basin, that is law now. But we do have retailers with customers outside the Lake Erie Watershed. They are watching the weather patterns more closely and documenting the weather because when they go through the audit, those things will be looked at as a part of the 41 requirements,” Allman said. “Retailers are taking a look at their application equipment to make it better in terms of the 4Rs. There are certified facilities retrofitting their equipment to see how they can keep those nutrients in the fields and out of the waterways.”Education is another important part of the certification requirements.“In terms of education, most of these businesses have grower field days or grower education materials that they will send out to their clients. To be a part of the program, there are a few requirements based around the education of their customers. They are really starting to implement the 4Rs in their grower field days and the information they are passing along is trying to stress what the 4Rs are doing for their businesses and also what they can do for the farmer clients they are working with,” Allman said. “Education is a pillar for the program. It was something the retailers were doing before, but not as much as they are now. They are really stressing to their employees the importance of the 4Rs internally as well so they can pass it along to their customers. They are encouraging their staff members to attend seminars and events where they can learn about water quality and being good stewards.”Ultimately, the Certification Program serves to both highlight agribusinesses already doing the right things for water quality and encourage them to do more.“One of the surprises for the industry with this was a change in mindset. They came together to make change happen and share practices and technology to make the industry better as a whole,” Allman said. “The majority of retailers have been doing the right things for quite a few years, but they have not done a good job of telling their story and putting this out from a PR standpoint. There is knowledge sharing and the understanding that we need to think a little bit differently and do some things a little differently, but we also need to get this information out about the positive things that have been happening.”The early success of Ohio’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is getting attention around the country.“When we started, we didn’t have a roadmap to go by. They were hoping to get 15 retailers signed up and showing interest in the first six months. They had more than double that and within a year’s time there were 50 service providers expressing interest and at least 15 that were certified,” Allman said. “There was a lot of struggle to launch the program. They had tough conversations that needed to be had. They knew that this program was not a silver bullet, but it is a component of doing our part and addressing these issues. Now we are looking at expansion into other states and regions with this program as a model.”For more, visit 4rcertified.orglast_img read more