Distance, steep ticket prices and a potentially hostile environment were not enough to keep some devoted fans from planning a trip to Norman this Saturday to witness a top-10 football clash between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Junior Peter Roemholdt said he is willing to endure the 30-hour roundtrip drive from South Bend in order to experience the renowned atmosphere at Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. “The atmosphere is going to be electric,” Roehmholdt said. “I bet it’s going to be extremely loud, and especially if it’s a close game, it should be quite the experience.” Junior John Garry, who is traveling as part of the Notre Dame Marching Band, said he also is excited to support the team and be there for one of the most important games since the 2005 Notre Dame-USC showdown. Despite having to leave on Thursday and drive through the night, Garry said being a part of this game is still more than worth it. “It’s going to be rowdy, it’s going to be crazy,” Garry said. “[ESPN’s] ‘College Gameday’ will be there, so take what happened on our campus and multiply it. It should be a good day to be a college football fan.” Roehmholdt said he is also looking forward to getting a taste of the Oklahoma tailgating culture before the game. “The tailgating will be great,” Roehmholdt said. “A lot of these big schools pride themselves on their tailgates and pregame parties almost more than being at the game itself.” Garry said band members won’t have much time for activities before the game, occupied by a pep rally and with preparation for their halftime performance. “Basically we’re just there to be at the game,” Garry said. “Performing will be fun. Oklahoma fans are some of the rowdiest in the nation, so it will be great to get out there and be on the field for that.” Despite being behind enemy lines as a Notre Dame supporter, Roehmholdt said he is not concerned about having to deal with potentially abusive or belligerent Oklahoma fans. “It’s an 8:00 [p.m.] game, people will have been tailgating for a while so I’m sure there will be some rowdy individuals, but it will be fine,” Roehmholdt said. “I can handle a few ‘Notre Dame sucks.’” Garry said he expects the crowd environment to be intense due to the implications of the game, yet not as hostile as the atmosphere of Michigan. “The Notre Dame-Oklahoma rivalry isn’t quite as heated as other rivalries, and Sooner fans are known for being incredibly courteous outside the stadium,” Garry said. “Once you get inside the stadium, it will be a different story. Overall, Roehmholdt said he anticipates the trip will be one of the highlights of his time at Notre Dame. “At the end of the day you’re not going to remember the homework and the tests, you’re going to remember the experiences you had at Oklahoma for the biggest game in Notre Dame history for a long time,” Roehmholdt said. Contact Dan Brombach at email@example.com
By Dialogo April 12, 2010 The thirty boys and girls of the Liberté-Égalité (Liberty-Equality) orphanage in Port-au-Prince are happy to see anyone in uniform – in our case, a group of military personnel from the United States Southern Command and a reporter from Diálogo – because they know that they are going to receive aid in the form of clothing, food, and medicine. Liberté-Égalité is run by a French non-governmental organization of the same name that also administers a school in Port-au-Prince. More than a thousand non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have worked in Haiti since the 12 January earthquake. The director of the orphanage, Marie Christine Bayle, who has worked for the institution in Haiti for more than ten years, explains that without the aid from military personnel from different parts of the world, the NGO would not be able to keep the school and the orphanage functioning. “The military personnel are here not to make war, but on a peace mission. In addition, they always come, like today, to distribute contributions that they have often made themselves. It’s emotionally moving.” The children at the Liberté-Égalité orphanage are adopted only by individuals in France and Haiti, but there are many other adoption organizations open to any country. “Now that the situation is even more complicated, due to the devastation of the earthquake, it’s very important that the little ones find a home,” Marie Christine said.
Share 34 Views one comment Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Health professionals here receive training on the movement of diabetic foot ulcers by: – June 15, 2011 Health Educator, Anthelia JamesThe Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation, hosted a one day workshop on ‘diabetic foot care’.The objective of the workshop was to reduce the negative effects of chronic non communicable diseases on the quality of life of persons affected by diabetes.“All available data globally, regionally and at national level, show that diabetes is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity. This impacts not only on the quality of life of persons affected, but also on their families. It also affects the national drug expenditure which we might hear a little about later and all in all the overall economic development of countries. The Dominica diabetic foot care programme focuses on militating against one of the main complications of diabetes and the programme speaks for itself: the diabetic foot. The programme aims to build capacity of all stake holders: those who are involved in some way or the other in caring for the feet of persons with diabetes.” Health Educator, Anthelia JamesCoordinator of the Health Promotion and Resource Centre, Helen Royer, spoke of the effort by the Ministry of Health to educate nationals about the care of diabetics.“The programme comprises of several components and seeks to create the awareness among health care providers, allied health workers, diabetics and their care givers on the severe complications of diabetes and the need to standardise the management of diabetics in regards to foot care. Today’s component is the first level of training and targets medical doctors both at the hospitals and the seven (7) health districts. It offers a concentrated programme that covers how to assess and treat advanced lower extremity arterial disease with the goal of saving the limb. The training brings together experienced skilled professionals who will provide specific detailed information about proper diagnosis and management and will give physicians the knowledge to make critical decisions that ensure the best possible outcome for every patient they come in contact with at the community or hospital setting.” Coordinator of the Health Promotion and Resource Centre, Helen RoyerDirector of Primary Health Care, Dr. Martin Christmas, stressed the importance of the people living with diabetes take care of their feet.“One of the common illnesses in our medium is diabetes. It has also been estimated that approximately fifteen percent (15%) of the more than one hundred and fifty million (150 000 000) people worldwide with diabetes will, at some stage, develop diabetic foot ulceration. Chronic diabetes is a decreased production of insulin by the pancreas as you would all know or an inability to utilise the insulin produced.The condition needs constant monitoring to be kept in check and is linked to a number of complications including vascular disease, retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy, neuropathy and diabetic foot ulcers which are of primary concern today. These diabetic foot ulcers can be associated with an increased risk of infection, reduced mobility, diminished quality of life and of course, increased morbidity meaning that persons are not as productive as they would be. We can all attest to that by the large number of persons in fairly productive ages that are affected by diabetic foot problems and have succumbed to amputations. Optimum management of diabetic foot ulcers is a key requirement in the care of patients with diabetes mellitus. The primary care physicians, of which we have many here today, are the principal custodians of the health of the community hence it is that this optimum of diabetic foot becomes the responsibility of the primary health care system.”He is very optimistic about the outcome of Friday’s workshop. Director of Primary Health Care, Dr. Martin Christmas“We hope that the end of this workshop caregivers will appreciate that the effects of the increased blood sugars will vary from person to person and that, likewise, diabetes will affect the feet of each individual in a different manner. Some diabetic patients have a very big risk of foot problems and it is extremely important to screen persons with diabetes mellitus to find out who is at increased risk for foot problems. Those who are at increased risk will require specialised foot care. This specialised foot care will include having your patients, for example, remove their shoes for careful examination and, of course, the education process which will encourage persons to take good care of their feet, use correctly fitting shoes and be observant for these tell tales of imminent diabetic foot problems.”Meantime, local representative of the Pan American Health Organisation, Shirley Augustine, spoke of the negative impact of the lives of diabetics who do not take care of their feet.“Amputation may involve life-long dependence upon the health of others and some of us have nobody to depend on, inability to work and much misery. Aggressive management of diabetic foot can prevent amputations in most cases. Even when amputations take place, the remaining leg and the persons’ life can be saved by good follow-up from a multi-disciplinary team. Diabetic foot problems are a significant clinical and public health issue in Dominica as they are in the rest of the Caribbean accounting for the majority of admissions to the general surgical service. Deficiencies in care provision and in education uptake by patients have been documented and appropriate interventions are urgently needed.”Mrs. Augustine spoke of the contribution of PAHO to the reduction of diabetes related amputations. Local representative of the Pan American Health Organisation, Shirley Augustine“The Pan American Health Organisation devotes a large proportion of its resources to the prevention and management of chronic non-communicable diseases mainly through training of professionals. PAHO continues to do significant work in the area of diabetes management through its diabetes initiatives for the Americas. In most cases, diabetic foot ulcers and amputations can be prevented. Our focus is on prevention. Researchers have established that between forty-nine percent (49%) and eighty-five percent (85%) of all amputations can be prevented. It is imperative, therefore, that health care professionals, policy makers and diabetes representative organisations undertake concerted action to ensure that diabetic foot-care is structured as effective as local resources will allow. This will facilitate improvements in foot-care for people with diabetes through Dominica and bring about reduction in diabetic foot related morbidity and mortality.”By Emmanuel JosephGIS News
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French club Olympique Marseille have included an ex-player (Patrice Evra) in the latest team photo released by the club.The club had earlier sacked the former Manchester United and Juventus left back on Friday after he aimed a kick at a fan before Marseille’s recent Europa League game at Guimaraes only for the club to release their official squad photo for the 2017-18 season some days later.📸 And here it is! Your official 2017/18 #OM first team photo 😎#TeamOM 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/U72akTyQeG— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_English) November 12, 2017 In the squad photo released, the former France international defender was there, smiling merrily and proudly positioned between Florian Thauvin and Morgan Sanson. RelatedPatrice Evra reaction to a fan during warm-upNovember 3, 2017In “Europe”West Ham United Sign Evra On Short-Term DealFebruary 7, 2018In “England”West Ham Release Cult Hero James Collins And Patrice EvraMay 24, 2018In “England”
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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 268 weeks ago I know this is beating a dead horse, but seems the city wouldn’t still be $800k in the hole after cutting 5% in each department if we hadn’t given the hospital EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS last year!!!!!! And what repair on an ambulance costs more than its worth? Just offer one of our local shops free electricity like we do the hospital and maybe we can actually get some return out of that investment. Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Dead Broke · 268 weeks ago Wow….are you kidding me a new water plant is needed, phone system and an ambulance? Did anyone one of these department heads start budgeting for these items? This is where the problem lies with the City no long term budgeting! Budgeting for a new water treatment plant should have began as soon as the new one was finished knowing it was going to need to be replaced 20 years later. You come at me with a tax increase for this water plant and I can assure you I will relocate my family to another town. Fix the phone system and budget for a new one! Ambulance replacement well I want a ride to the hospital so fix the aging one put it on reserve use and budget for a new one. I for one think there needs to be a county wide EMS system. Wellington is already responding to 75% of the county calls so lets start getting money from other cities and towns in the county to pay for a county wide EMS system. Or subcontract EMS services out to another company such as Miller EMS. This is just stupid nuts!!! Report Reply 3 replies · active 267 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down wheat · 268 weeks ago if all city employees took a 6% pay cut from the city manager to the part time employees, how much $ would the city save in 2016. SRMC Employees took the same 6% pay cut a few years ago so no one would lose their jobs. I think it would be very symbolic and positive gesture for mayor and city council to no longer accept a salary from city. Report Reply 2 replies · active 267 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down concerned aunt · 268 weeks ago I can see a lot of places that the city can starting with the park,street,electric and the city offices. It is not only myself that can see employees standing around visiting or it takes up to three trucks to fix a little pot hole! Why are they picking on the citizens of Wellington. I have heard that if you are late on your light and water bill then they are going to have you pay 150.00 deposit plus pay your bill before turning everything back on. Now if you can’t pay your bill on time how could someone come up with 150.00 deposit?? Just saying I have heard this around town. Yes if things get any worse here I will be forced to move to another town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 268 weeks ago I would comment, but I believe LiveWell and Dead Broke got all the bases covered. Report Reply 2 replies · active 267 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 268 weeks ago Drop the City PD and let the sheriffs dept handle all the work load. Report Reply 1 reply · active 268 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 268 weeks ago We have been told that Mr. Eckert is an experienced Administrator. Our City Council chose him based on his resume and experience. He needs to do his job as an experienced Administrator and review all department staffing and responsibilities based on City needs. A study or review of this type has been recommended by Kelly Green during Town Hall Meetings . Each department should justify their employee head count and equipment inventory to Mr. Eckert. With his experience and advisement he should be recommending to the City Council what cuts are appropriate. Facts and data will support staffing requirements or cuts. Some departments may not be able to cut any staff, while others may be able to cut 20% or more. An across the board 5% cut seems like the easy way out. We need facts and data to to make the best decisions. Regarding the ambulance: Advances in technology and lubricants reflect that obtaining 100,000 miles on a vehicle does not mean it is worn out. Most of us are learning to make do with less and live on a budget. The City and Council must understand a concept “most” taxpayers have learned = live within our means. Let’s not allow our fine city to continue to even consider “Option 3” (bankruptcy). This is my home. I want to continue to “Live Well, Live Wellington”. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 268 weeks ago Everything can’t be the hospitals fault. It’s clear the city is failing in just about every area. Mismanaged for too long. The hospital did not have any income coming in for over a year with the former billing group. As I hear it the new system has billed over a million dollars since January. They are gaining ground. The Hospital did not however cause the “major water ,sewer, and road issues”. These I believe are a sign of how the city has failed. It is not as if the ambulances don’t have to be replaced on a regular basis. These are things that should have been though about and budgeted for. As I see it the hospital is a big scape goat for everyone else to ride on so their shortcomings are not so bold. Yes there still need to be cuts, but I ask you this, are you willing to cut employees at the city level? NO ONE wants to see jobs leave Wellington. The city workers can go without a raise for a year or even two, they have gotten a cost of living raise every year. I’m not saying that the hospital doesn’t still have some room to improve, obviously it does. The above comments by SHUT HER DOWN are unacceptable and if even a tenth of them are true, there clearly needs to be some change. your comments on the fire/ems getting more staff and bigger building are just a little crazy. You do realize that they cant even handle the traffic Wellington and surrounding areas have now don’t you!? That is not a problems you can solve over night so don’t be to hasty or you just might find yourselves in need of help with no one to call….. Report Reply 1 reply · active 267 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 268 weeks ago This is a problem that won’t go away. Wellington is an old city, with an old infrastructure. I can understand the cries regarding poor planning, and better savings, but how can a City with declining population, smaller tax values, and lesser employment opportunities, possibly budget to cash finance projects in the millions of dollars, probably tens of millions? At some point, the Council is going to have to make the very uncomfortable decision of raising the property tax level to fund some of these projects. They don’t go away, they only get more expensive. In the meantime, it might be wise to investigate the possibility of a Public-Private Partnership for the City’s Utility Services. Most won’t admit it, but owning your own utilities is a fairly valuable bargaining chip, and there are companies that might be interested in purchasing those utilities and taking on the maintenance responsibilities in exchange for the revenue generated by the customer base. Google Utility PPP to learn how other Cities have done just that. I think consideration should be given to merging our police/emergency response teams with the County. Allow for a county wide tax entity that will spread those costs throughout the entire County population, and also allow Casino revenues to help offset. This won’t be a popular decision, because the WPD has a long and valuable history with the City, but revenues are not getting better. Finally, the City MUST explore the opportunities to sell the Hospital facility to a larger hospital group. It’s become very, very, clear that we can’t keep them solvent on our own, the burden is simply too high. If there is a market out there for rural hospitals, then we need to take advantage while we still can. We can’t lose the hospital in my opinion, but we can’t be the only one’s feeding it any longer. Report Reply 5 replies · active 267 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down CJC · 268 weeks ago Wellington City Council Roundup is one of the most entertaining things ever. Every time you post a new one Cue, i go grab a drink and some popcorn sit down and read the comments. By far the most entertaining media I can find. Report Reply 0 replies · active 268 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington City Council is looking for ways to trim $1.3 million from its budget for the upcoming year. The council members talked about ways to trim the fat at a work session Tuesday night.Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert said he has asked all departments to trim five percent, but even that isn’t enough to make up the deficit caused from the city utility reserve fund.Â With five percent trimmed off, the city is projected to still be $800,000 in the hole.In a work session earlier this year, was recently announced that the city had been taking money out of utility funds and usingÂ it in the general fund to avoid raising taxes. That has depleted reserves, and city officials believe they must re-establish those reserves.Eckert said there might be some reorganization and reassignment of duties as the city trims.“This is not going to be pain free for anyone,” he said.Some contingency money is also usually budgeted, but that has been taken out of the 2016 budget.Eckert said they are not yet considering any cuts to the current budget year, but that still could happen. Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields said some money could still be transferred from utilities, but not the amounts that have been done previously.The councilâ€™s goal is to have a 15 percent cut in the budgetÂ in reserve. They did not have that in 2015 and may not again in 2016. Council members agreed that even though they could not have a reserve, they need to have it in case there is an emergency or disaster.The council talked about eliminating overtime and not having raises for employees.A tax increase was also briefly mentioned, but with recent increases in utility rates, the council is hoping to avoid a tax increase.Complicating matters is the hospital. The revenue and expense figures are based on the idea of the hospital paying its utility bills, which it has not done this year. The city also gave the hospital about $800.000 last year. Aging infrastructure such as water lines and a water plant were also discussed.Water lines are aging and some are too small to handle the volume needed for water demands. “We have major street, water and sewer issues,â€ Eckert said. â€œThings are falling apart. We are going to have to address these issues.â€The council will have another work session next Tuesday, and continue work until a budget is passed in August.Other itemsThe council is considering a cooler at the lake to sell food items from. Wellington Director of Public Works Jeremy Jones said many other lakes are making significant amount of money selling basic goods and Wellington could do the same.Â The cooler was approved for the 2015 budget, but may be held off until next year.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Replacing ambulancesAt least one ambulance has more than 100,000 miles, said Tim Hay, Wellington Fire and EMS Chief. Maintenance costs are rising and at some point the city is spending more on repairs than what the vehicle is worth. It was also noted that if the hospital did close, the current fleet of three ambulances would not be enough to carry the load.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢New phone systemThe police and fire departments need a new phone system. The current one is 15 years old and has failed at times.Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath also talked about adding body cameras for his officers. He already has cameras in vehicles, but a body camera on an officer would give the view the officer has in any situation. He has applied for a grant for both, and will find out in October if the local department will get funding.Â If the department does not win the grant, Heath said he would be coming to the council for the equipment.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢City water needsThe city’s water plant needs $600,000 in repairs. The facility is 20 years old and should be replaced but a new one would cost $15-20 million.Follow us on Twitter.