UN report reveals increasing spending on education in subSaharan Africa

“This report shows very clearly how committed African nations and their partners are to achieving Education for All,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“It also shows that their efforts are paying dividends, with more children going to school than ever before. This is very encouraging and should spur all of Africa’s partners to provide the support that will help fill the remaining gaps,” she said of the findings of the report, entitled Financing Education in sub-Saharan Africa – Meeting the Challenges of Expansion, Equity and Quality.The document, published by UNESCO’s Montreal-based Institute for Statistics (UIS), presents comprehensive data on the financing of education in 45 African countries and includes historical statistics to track financing trends since the World Education Forum was held in 2000.The increase in investment on education has been accompanied by some spectacular results in Africa, according to the report, which points out that between 2000 and 2008, the number of children in primary school rose by 48 per cent – from 87 million to 129 million. Enrolment in pre-primary, secondary and tertiary education has also grown by more than 60 per cent during the same period.Despite the increased spending on education, however, many countries in the region are still a long way from providing every child with a good quality primary education. The most recent data show that in one third of the countries, half of all children do not complete primary education.Some 32 million children of primary school age are still out of school in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the UNESCO survey, which forecasts that the number will rise as the population of children between the ages of five and 14 years is expected to grow by more than 34 per cent over the next two decades.On average, education accounts for more than 18 per cent of all public spending in sub-Saharan Africa compared to 15 per cent in other regions. Overall, the region devotes five per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) to education, which is just behind the levels spent by North America and Europe.The report discounts the assumption that the increased investments were used to absorb the costs associated with the abolition of primary school fees, which dramatically increased enrolment, but also led to over-crowded classrooms in many African countries.According to the report, public spending on primary education grew at a faster rate than primary enrolment, and points out that many governments not only expanded access to schooling but also sought to improve the quality of education provision.“The Education for All message has not fallen on deaf ears,” said Hendrik van der Pol, the UIS Director. “Now we need to protect these investments from the current economic storms. Strategic decisions will have to be made based on the facts – not assumptions,” he added.The report also notes that across the region, families are the largest private financers of education, providing 30 per cent of all primary education resources, with the proportion rising to 49 per cent and 44 per cent respectively for upper and lower secondary education.At tertiary level, however, family contributions fall to 22 per cent, meaning that that almost $8 out of every $10 spent on tertiary education is subsidised by the government, a situation that raises serious questions of equity. 27 April 2011Countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been increasing expenditure on education by six per cent every year over the past decade, but many are still lagging in efforts to provide children with quality primary education, the United Nations agency tasked with promoting universal education says in a report unveiled today. read more

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In Brazil UN chief set to confer with national leaders

Mr. Ban arrived in Brasilia late yesterday from Uruguay, where he addressed that country’s Parliament, noting that Uruguay had lived through a dark period of dictatorship and human rights abuses, but had managed to transform itself into a progressive and tolerant nation.He also noted that people in the Middle East and North Africa are also calling for freedom and democracy.The Secretary-General once again urged Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to protect the country’s people, respect their rights, listen to demands for reform and create proper conditions for refugees to return.“Implement meaningful reform now before it is too late,” said Mr. Ban in a message directed at Mr. Assad.Syrian authorities have been widely criticised for their bloody repression of the protests, which are part of a broader uprising this year across North Africa and the Middle East that has already toppled the long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt and led to ongoing conflict in Libya. 16 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is set to meet Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota and members of the national Parliament during his final stop on a four-nation visit that has already taken him to Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay. read more

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Trial attorney at UN Rwanda war crimes tribunal resigns

The prosecutor, Bongani Dyani of South Africa, turned in his resignation from the Prosecutor’s Office on 1 June, just days after the Tribunal began looking into allegations that he had been charged with attempted murder and robbery in 2001, the Tribunal said in a statement. Mr. Dyani obtained his employment at the Prosecutor’s Office “by lying and falsifying information,” the statement said, strongly condemning his conduct.Mr. Dyani was formerly employed by the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa as a Public Prosecutor stationed at Zwelitsha, a magisterial district in Eastern Cape province. On 25 May 2005, the Office of the Prosecutor received a letter from the Deputy National Director of the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, drawing the attention of the ICTR to the fact that in 2001, the Director of Public Prosecutions of South Africa under whose direct control and supervision Mr. Dyani fell, had instituted criminal proceedings against him (and his co-accused who has since died) in the Regional Court in East London in Eastern Cape province.Because of the seriousness of these allegations against Mr. Dyani, his delegation to prosecute was withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions pending the outcome of the criminal prosecution. In the face of the allegations, and after the withdrawal of his delegation to prosecute, Mr. Dyani resigned from the National Prosecuting Authority as a Public Prosecutor. At the time of his recruitment late in 2003, Mr. Dyani had declared to the Tribunal in writing that he had neither been arrested nor charged, nor convicted of any crime. He had also failed to disclose that his authority as a prosecutor in South Africa had been withdrawn, the ICTR said.Mr. Dyani was specifically asked to state whether the allegations were true and to explain why he had not disclosed them in his application for the vacancy in 2003. He was asked to provide a written response by 30 May, but failed to do so, the ICTR added. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer preparing for first ever matchup with Rutgers

OSU senior midfielder Max Moller (11) attempts to dribble past Bowling Green junior defender Jake Genrich during an Oct. 22 game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 3-0.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern photographerIn the final stretch of the season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team seems to be getting hot at the right time — or at least taking advantage of a more manageable schedule.After 11 of the Buckeyes’ (6-5-3, 3-2-0) first 12 opponents ranked in the top 60 of the RPI, OSU took care of business against No. 138 Wisconsin and No. 99 Bowling Green in its last two.“This could be one of the most important parts of the season,” senior midfielder Max Moller said. “We want to show for this university and really represent this university really well. This could be the difference for the NCAA Tournament and for the Big Ten. We need to take advantage of these weaker teams.”That trend could continue on Saturday, when OSU is scheduled to take on Rutgers (5-8-1, 1-4-1) — which is ranked No. 80 in the RPI.OSU coach John Bluem said he doesn’t know much about Rutgers, as the schools have never met because Rutgers is a first-year addition to the Big Ten. Bluem said he had a chance to scout the Scarlet Knights earlier in the week, however, and was impressed with what he saw.“From what I’ve seen on the videotape, they have some really talented attacking players,” Bluem said. “So defensively, we’re going to have to be spot on.”The game is the second of a three-game homestand that will represent the final home games of the regular season for the Buckeyes. However, players — such as freshman forward Marcus McCrary — plan to make at least one more appearance in Columbus this season to host a quarterfinal matchup in the Big Ten Tournament, McCrary said.“We need to win out to play at home again and hopefully go to the NCAA Tournament,” he said.Bluem explained that the goal for the Buckeyes is to finish in the top four of the Big Ten in order to host a quarterfinal game. Currently, the Buckeyes sit fourth in the conference with nine points, three points behind leader Penn State and a point behind Michigan State and Maryland, who are tied for second.“The key is to finish the regular season somewhere in the top four,” Bluem said. “Everyone is so tightly packed together, and I think it’s going to stay that way, so it’s all going to come down to taking care of business here at home.”The Buckeyes are set to have an opportunity to control their own destiny in their final two games, when they take on one of the two teams currently a point ahead of them on the road. For now, however, the focus is on beating one of the weaker teams in the conference, Bluem said. The Scarlet Knights are currently second to last in the Big Ten.“Rutgers at home, that’s an important one to win that one,” Bluem said. “That’s what I think it’s going to come down to. I think 13 points will probably keep you in the top four.”In addition to the two full days of rest leading up to the game against Rutgers, Bluem also gave his team an additional breather in the second half against Bowling Green. Only redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov and sophomore defender Tyler Kidwell were not pulled out of the game by the end on Wednesday.“Obviously we got to rest some people tonight, we came out of the game without injuries, so that was an important thing,” Bluem said after the game. “To get some of the guys, the substitute players, a chance to get out on the field a little bit and run around, that was great, good for them, and they did a very, very good job.”Bluem said while the team has been fortunate to stay healthy this late in the season, he was still glad to have the opportunity to manage his players’ workloads.“I think we’re pretty lucky right now,” Bluem said. “Knock on wood that we don’t suffer any injuries, hopefully that will be the case and we can make it through the rest of our games without any serious problems.”Ivanov, who has not allowed a goal in his past two starts, might have a chance to see that streak continue against a Scarlet Knights team that has been shut out in five of its past nine games. Ivanov’s longest career shutout streak was four, set late last season.OSU’s matchup against Rutgers is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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CiDRA expands into the oil sands

first_imgOn June 28, 2008, CiDRA – a company with a focus on flow technologies – announced plans to address the company’s continued expansion of its oil sands business in the Athabasca region of Alberta, Canada through a newly created subsidiary corporation, CiDRA Oilsands. Since it began serving the oil sands industry in 2003, CiDRA has launched a series of innovative products and services, based on SONARtrac® and SMARTringTM technologies, tailored to meet the unique challenges of its customers involved in surface mining operations. These solutions are focused to help customers increase plant and process predictability, reduce process variability and enhance resource sustainability.Oil sands slurries present numerous process and operational challenges unique to oil sands companies based in Athabasca. “The formation of a separate company whose sole mission is to provide ongoing technology innovation and differentiated information that help enable our customers to increase overall operating and process efficiencies, is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to the industry,” says John Viega, Vice President and General Manager of CiDRA Oilsands. Roman Malina, Director of Sales based in Alberta  adds, “as a supplier-partner to our customers, we need to understand the demands and challenges that our customers face day in and day out – and to listen to what they will need well into the future. Establishing a separate subsidiary and focusing our investments and resources squarely on our customers’ needs is one way we can continue to bring innovative tools and services that help them add value to their operations and stakeholders.”CiDRA is headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut with an increasing number of international offices. CiDRA’s SONARtrac flow technology uses measurement principles that are, according to the company, distinct from all other flowmeter technologies operating today and is suited for measuring flow in difficult slurry applications. CiDRA products and services are being used by over 250 customers in 21 countries.last_img read more

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MSHA gathering information on safety and health management programs at mines

first_imgOn September 9, America’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that it will hold three public hearings in October 2010 to gather information about effective comprehensive safety and health management programs at mines.The public meetings will be held as follows:October 8, 2010 – MSHA National Office, Arlington, VirginiaOctober 12, 2010 – Embassy Suites, Sacramento, CaliforniaOctober 14, 2010 – Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.MSHA has requested that academia, safety and health professionals, industry organisations, unions, and other government agencies present information on best practices for safety and health programs at these hearings. MSHA will use the information from the hearings to help develop a proposed rule for Safety and Health Management Programs for mines which will allow miners and operators to be proactive in their approach to health and safety.MSHA announced that it has reviewed a number of existing guidelines for safety and health management programs, including those published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the International Standards Organization (ISO), and the British Standards Institution (BSI). According to MSHA, these “guidelines” reveal that effective safety and health management systems generally include the following components:Management commitmentWorker involvementHazard identification, including workplace examinations for violationsHazard prevention and controlSafety and health trainingProgram evaluation.MSHA Assistant Secretary Joe Main indicated in his Congressional testimony this past spring that the development of a requirement for a comprehensive and effective safety and health management program at mines is one of his top priorities.In addition to the public meetings, MSHA is seeking written comments on all aspects of safety and health management programs. Comments must be submitted by December 17, 2010. A copy of the Federal Register notice is available on MSHA’s homepage and can be found here: http://www.msha.gov/REGS/FEDREG/NOTICES/2010Misc/2010-22403.asplast_img read more

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Boart Longyear on quantifying drilling efficiencies and why metrics matter

first_imgThe mining sector continues to look for ways to improve efficiencies and lower costs and drilling companies are following suit.The best drilling contractors know it’s all about providing maximum value to the customer. Drilling the metres is only one part of the equation and other metrics provide guidance to total value.To quantify drilling efficiencies, something must be measured. Which metrics mean the most and provide the best information on finding ways to improve performance and increase a mining company’s return on investment?This article by Boart Longyear’s Robert Buro* focuses on the key metrics in exploration diamond core drilling: safety performance, schedule, price, and quality core recovery.Safety performanceSafety is first and foremost. It’s a moral responsibility to provide the safest working conditions and a safety culture where each and every employee knows they have the right and the responsibility to stop any unsafe work. Boart Longyear’s investment in robust environmental, health, and safety (EHS) programmes pay off with consistently improving incident rates (having fewer reportable incidents) and lowered severity ratings of the incidents that occur.An incident can be categorised as recordable or lost-time, but the severity rating is a key factor that insurance companies consider. This is their first indication of the actions and culture a contractor brings to the site. An ancillary benefit of improving incident rates is a lower insurance rate and these tangible cost savings from drilling safely are passed on to the client.For customers, a contractor’s safety performance also affects the mine’s safety performance record. If there’s a haul truck incident, it doesn’t affect the drilling contractor, but if the drilling contractor has a recordable or lost time incident, it affects both the safety performance of the drilling contractor and the customer (mine site) because it happened on the mine’s property.Safety programmes ensure that wherever a Boart Longyear driller or driller assistant goes to work, the client can expect the same safe results. That consistency and value in safety is a big reason clients choose Boart Longyear™ Drilling Services. The safety commitment, culture, and programmes at Boart Longyear align with their own, and client-specific programmes are easily embedded as Boart Longyear employees are well-versed in adopting and working within the highest safety standards.PriceWhen evaluating a contract’s value, it’s tempting to assume the hourly prices from the drilling contractor represent the total cost. This negates the value proposition of a well prepared, resourced, and time-sensitive contractor. There are additional costs to consider such as support staff including safety personnel, geology staff, and drilling programme managers, as well as costs for drill pad construction, water hauling, supervision, drilling mud, surveying, and equipment rentals.While these costs aren’t in direct control of the drilling contractor, inefficient safety and operating practices can impact these additional costs and can easily overrun any initially perceived savings.ScheduleA key metric affecting cost is the number of feet or metres drilled per shift. An estimate of feet/metres per shift is used to calculate the schedule based on the number of shifts required to complete the drilling programme. The customer uses this calculation to schedule onsite support personnel, support equipment (dozers/helicopters etc.) and any other services for the programme (camp/fuel etc).When the drilling contractor drills more efficiently, thus completing the drilling programme in a shorter amount of time, the customer can leverage savings on their support costs. If the drilling takes longer and the schedule isn’t met, costs go up as a result of the drilling contractor being onsite longer to accomplish the required feet/meters. That’s the key metric – the footage based contract stays the same, but costs go up if the drilling contractor takes longer to achieve the feet/metres needed. The drilling contractor still gets paid roughly the same amount, but the customer’s costs go up.A recent example of this had a Boart Longyear crew jump into an unfinished project after the initial, lower-priced contractor struggled to complete what should have been a six-week project. At week eight and only third of the way complete, Boart Longyear was called in and completed the remaining drilling for the project in only four weeks.Boart Longyear Drilling Services is currently measuring all the different increments that make up a 12-hour shift to find efficiencies in each of those individual steps – bit on bottom, charging the rods, wireline time, shift changes, transportation, mud programmes, etc. By measuring each step in the drilling programme, additional efficiencies can be identified and savings shared with the customer.For example, wireline activity takes up a significant amount of time during each shift. It’s necessary to retrieve the core, but how can we do it faster – how can we pull the tube faster without damaging the hole or slipping core? Can we figure out a way to make the tube head drop faster without knocking the crown off the bit when the tube lands?This is part of Boart Longyear’s commitment to Operational Excellence, a programme in place using the Hard Work Cycle – achieving drilling efficiencies through continually looking for ways to improve processes and think outside the box.Downtime can be a big schedule issue and directly affects the fixed costs of having support equipment and personnel onsite during the drilling programme. Minimising downtime is a key goal. From the contractor’s perspective, the loss of billable time directly impacts the bottom line.The lack of production also adds unbudgeted costs to the client’s programme, a clear lose-lose situation. Having a solid preventable maintenance programme and an adequate inventory of critical spare parts is a positive hedge against what can occur.Boart Longyear Drilling Services has protocols and processes for what’s called a ‘rig-down’ status. It is all-hands on deck to get the issue resolved. Whether it’s a hydraulic failure, an engine has gone down, or some other breakdown like a staffing issue, there’s a sense of urgency to ensure the customer is served in the best possible way.Whether it’s mechanical or otherwise, the protocol is to get the issue resolved within 24 hours. If that means someone or something needs to get on a plane, that’s what happens to keep downtime to a minimum. A good preventive maintenance programme helps, but it’s what you do in the face of a breakdown that matters.Quality core recoveryCore recovery is the end product. It’s ultimately what the customer is paying for, so this metric is key to measure the drilling programme’s success. If there’s not quality core in the box, there’s no value to the customer. In the end, the data from that core is the value to the mine. If core recovery is insufficient, so is the value provided.Drilling and retrieving quality core depends on the expertise of the driller and the condition of the tooling and equipment. First, the driller’s knowledge and understanding of the ground conditions is imperative. This information guides the driller’s decisions in selecting the correct equipment, tooling, bits, etc. to smoothly drill, penetrate quickly, and recover the core intact.In addition, Boart Longyear operates a robust drilling fluids management plan. The mud programme incorporates the driller’s knowledge of the ground condition and the challenges it presents. Understanding the ground condition and the equipment, the driller tunes into his drill using his instrumentation and the feedback the rig provides to analyse what is happening downhole. For complicated and technically challenging ground conditions, where core recovery is not going as planned, Boart Longyear drillers leverage the experience of the drilling fluids company. Reputable drilling fluids providers can send out an engineer to check the drilling fluids systematically.The old saying that two heads are better than one is key to solving core recovery issues. The two teams work together to figure out what changes to the fluids and drilling equipment are necessary to get the quality core recovery and penetration desired.The driller also has to know his equipment, watching the gauges and listening to the rig, recognising when it’s doing the job and when it isn’t. When encountering a core block – when the core just doesn’t want to penetrate up into the barrel – the driller can continue drilling, but all he’s doing is grinding up the core.Instead of drilling five feet and getting four inches of core recovery he can stop and look for answers. This is a big step for drillers who are paid according to productivity. Drillers are programmed (you could even say they’re wired) to get the most productivity. It takes a smart and knowledgeable driller to stop going after the feet/metres and deliver maximum value by stopping to focus on core recovery. In difficult ground, it’s best to pause and evaluate the core barrel assembly, drilling technique, and the drilling fluids programme. That practical approach ensures value to the customer.The role of innovation and new technologyThrough the years, new innovative technologies have helped improve drilling efficiency. For example, the Genuine Q™ Wireline core retrieval system introduced by Boart Longyear back in 1953 revolutionised the diamond drilling industry. The system increased productivity on the work site and made tripping core from the bottom of the hole safer for the drilling assistant. The advantages of the genuine Q™ system quickly generated industry-wide adoption of Boart Longyear’s wireline technology.Boart Longyear consumables have been equally innovative. The recently launched XQ™ wireline coring rod threads are stronger, last longer, and provide easier make and break for improved productivity and bottom line savings.The high productivity coring system features a W-Wall™ coring rod which is 30% lighter – increasing depth capacity and reducing driller fatigue when manually tripping rods. The new NXQ™ and HXQ™ W-Wall coring rods feature patent-pending, double-upset tubing, with faster wireline tripping speed. The Quick Descent™ head assembly and the industry-leading Longyear™ colour series diamond coring bits are also examples of recent innovations that improve productivity. Each system component increases shift capacity and productivity, delivering increased efficiencies.Industry-leading top drive coring rigs and hands-free rod handling equipment offers both productivity and safety. Answering the demand for innovative rod handling, the FREEDOM™ Loader and top drive coring rig combinations provide simple and fast rod tripping that is 100% hands-free.Additionally, Boart Longyear has invested in an Operational Excellence team and platform for continuous improvement to develop the next generation of efficiency and productivity enhancements in the mineral exploration industry. A key component of the Operational Excellence mind set is the Hard Work Cycle and reporting. The Hard Work Cycle reporting includes meeting with clients to go over feet/metres per shift, any downtime hours and the cause. Reviewing the metrics with our clients and showing areas where we can improve productivity on our side and theirs provides a unique and compelling transparency.For example, measuring all of the aspects of a drill site might give visibility to the number of hours of lost drilling/productivity resulting from site access issues. Blasting, ventilation issues, and cage delays are examples of issues affecting productivity that are controlled by the client, but working together minimizes their impact and increases drilling efficiency.Why drilling metrics matterThe beauty of measuring drilling metrics is that you have data to discuss what’s happening on the drill site and look for ways to improve efficiencies and lower costs. Boart Longyear knows that it’s all about providing the maximum value to the customer.The biggest metric that might impact whether you win additional contracts is, “Are they happy with the outcomes of the drilling programme?” Was the project completed safely, on schedule, providing quality core that provided the information necessary to make decisions about future exploration or mine development? Were any issues resolved to their satisfaction and transparent reporting provided?Drilling metrics matter because key performance indicators measure how well a customer was served. Measuring what was delivered quantifies the customer’s satisfaction and provides goals for future projects.*Robert Buto manages the global commercial strategy for Boart Longyear’s Drilling Services businesslast_img read more

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Leno – We spoke to Welbeck via FaceTime

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has revealed how the players all came together to try to cheer up Danny Welbeck via FaceTime.Welbeck was injured against Sporting CP last Thursday, and Leno feels it was important for all the players and staff to show him support as he recovers.“We talked to him because the coach [suggested it] before the game in the meeting, we had a FaceTime session with him,” Leno told Arsenal website.“It was very good.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He looked very happy and I think he was happy to talk to us because he is still a big part of our team and we will support him to have a good time when he is injured.“We all are sorry for him for his injury and hope he will have a good recovery and to see him on the pitch because he’s an important player for the team and also in the dressing room.“I think that [togetherness in the squad] is a big quality of the manager because he always wants to have a team – not just one player, one player, one player.“I think this meeting was very motivating for us and for every player to play for Danny because everybody likes him.”last_img read more

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Klopp ask Liverpool to be calm

first_imgThe Reds boss says they cannot celebrate forever after winning the Merseyside Derby and they need to focus on what’s comingLiverpool beat Everton 1-0 in the Merseyside Derby, but now they will play against Burnley on Wednesday night.This is why the Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp says they need to focus and stop celebrating.“It was brilliant in the dressing room after the game, of course. But can you carry [on for] two or three days?” he told the team’s official website.“Yes, the positive emotion about the whole season so far is still there. We feel in a good moment and that’s what we have to make sure again.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“But we are not – and I don’t want to blame children! – children anymore that we celebrate something for five days and then we realize we played already another game the day before,” he commented.“It’s Burnley, a completely different cup of tea. We know that it’s not the first time we will go there.”“Last year it was January 1 and for me, after the season, it was maybe the game of the season because we won it with a late goal,” he explained.“After playing December 30, going on January 1 to Burnley, we played at three o’clock, the weather was not too nice, it was a really rough day, so winning a game like that gave us a lot last year, really, in the early stages of the second part of the season.”last_img read more

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USFS proposes fee increase for cabins on Tongass Chugach

first_imgCampers arrive at the Shakes Slough U.S. Forest Service cabin on the Tongass National Forest. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)The U.S. Forest Service is proposing increases to cabin rental fees on Alaska’s national forests. Cabin prices have been the same since the 1990s, and now some fees could more than double over the next three years.Cabin rental fees on the Tongass and Chugach National Forests have been between $25 and $45 for the last 20 years. The Forest Service is proposing to increase those fees to a range of $30 to $100 a night.Alaska Recreation Program Lead Jeff Miller said fee increases would help the Forest Service keep its 184 cabins in shape.“Maintaining heavily used and remote cabins is expensive, and costs continue to rise,” Miller said. “We’re all aware of that. And the fee revenue, or the rental revenue, is used for renovations, repairs, materials, the maintenance and cleaning of outhouses, firewood and fuel, salary for staff working on the cabins, and our travel expenses related to how we get to our program.”On the Tongass, cabins near Ketchikan and Juneau would see some of the biggest fee increases. Rental fees there would more than double to $60 to $75 a night during the summer. Other Tongass communities will see smaller price increases.On the Chugach, all cabins would increase to $60 or $75 a night from the current price of $35 or $45. Two especially popular cabins, the Martin Lake and Nellie Martin River cabins, would jump to $100 a night. The price differences between cabins are based on demand, amenities and maintenance.Changes would be phased in over three years, with rates typically lower during the winter.James Benedict lives in Anchorage and stays at Forest Service cabins on Prince William Sound. He said with the price increase, staying at his favorite cabins a few times a year would still be worth it.“We do a lot out there. We shrimp, hunt and fish. And so it would be for us,” Benedict said. “But if it goes up to $60, $70 a night it, would definitely be restrictive for a lot of people. Because you’re already spending $200 to $300 on fuel to get out there. And now if you’re staying for a week, you’re adding a decent amount more to your trip.”Benedict said he would like to see the revenue from the increased fees go toward improving cabin maintenance, and possibly building more cabins on the Chugach.Laura Jackson of Ketchikan said she would continue to use Forest Service cabins, too. She said cabin maintenance has really declined in some areas, and she hopes to see better facilities and more firewood as a result of the fee changes.The Forest Service is taking public comments on the proposed changes through Nov. 30.Click here to view the full list of proposed changes to cabin rental fees.last_img read more

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Premera to bump up premium to cover Trump cut

first_imgImage: CBO.govJust last month Premera announced it would drop its health insurance rates on Alaska’s individual market by more than 26 percent. But the drop may not be quite that steep after all, at least for one type of plan. The new factor is President Trump’s decision Thursday night to stop paying Cost Sharing Reductions.Listen nowCSR is a type of subsidy under the Affordable Care Act. For certain low-income households, CSR lowers what they have to pay out-of-pocket when they see a doctor.Premera, the sole insurer on Alaska’s individual market, said it will still provide the out-of-pocket discounts to eligible customers, as required by law. But to cover the cost, it will raise monthly premiums for the silver plan.Alaska Insurance Division Director Lori Wing-Heier said if the government eliminates the CSR payments, the rates for a silver plan in 2018 will go up five or six percent from what they would have been.Most people who buy on the individual market qualify for a subsidy to help them pay their monthly premiums. They may not feel the increase, because the premium subsidy goes up as the premium goes up. But those who earn too much to get the subsidy will have to pay more to remain on the silver plan.Also, Trump’s move could widen the federal deficit. The Congressional Budget Office said ending the CSR payments, while continuing to subsidize premiums, would actually cost the government $194 billion over 10 years.last_img read more

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IPS officer accused of torture over dowry by wife FIR filed in

first_img(Representational Image)Creative CommonsThe wife of an IPS officer has sought the help of Meerut Police in Uttar Pradesh to take action against her husband for regularly beating her ‘black and blue’ over dowry for several years.Namrata Singh, 32, has filed a case against Amit Nigam for continuous physical and mental torture. Nigam is posted in New Delhi as Assistant Commandant with the 6th Nagaland Armed Police Battalion (NAP).Namrata alleges that Amit has been torturing her mercilessly over several things and in the latest incident, he physically tortured her for hours at their Gurgaon residence on April 30. She said that things became more intense after she got to know about Amit’s extra-marital affair after she checked his laptop and mobile.On April 30, after Namrata returned home from work, Amit brutally thrashed her using his belt till she fainted. Unable to bear this torment, she left the house and went to live with her parents in Meerut and decided to file a case.Namrata and Amit hail from Meerut and got married in November 2015. She said that a few days after marriage, her in-laws started demanding dowry of Rs 1 crore. “I accompanied my husband when he was transferred to Dimapur in Nagaland. But, he also started beating me over dowry,” said Namrata, reports TOI.The Nauchandi police station in Meerut has booked Amit under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 504 (intentional insult), 506 (criminal intimation) and 323 (voluntary causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).According to reports, Amit and his parents were also slapped with relevant sections of the Dowry Prevention Act. Meerut SSP Nitin Tiwari told TOI that an FIR was immediately filed after Namrata approached the police.”There are grave charges against the accused who is a serving IPS officer. Our investigation has begun and the law will take its course irrespective of who the offender is,” Tiwari said.last_img read more

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What age difference is she talking about Salman Khan on Disha Patanis

first_imgSalman Khan reacts to Disha Patani’s “age difference” remarkInstagramSalman Khan has now reacted to Disha Patani’s remark in which she expressed doubts at being able to work with the superstar in future due to their age difference.In his usual quirky manner, Salman rubbished Disha’s doubts questioning her theory of “age difference”. “Why? What age difference is she saying? I’m doing a film with a 17-year-old now,” Salman told ETimes when asked about his co-actress’ comment.Disha, who plays the first love interest of Salman in Bharat, recently said that she might not have the opportunity to work with him in future again due to their age difference.”Ali sir (director Ali Abbas Zafar) called me with a role which is more of a special appearance. I heard him out and since the character is that of a trapeze artiste alongside Salman sir, I came on board. Honestly, I don’t know if I will ever get to work with Salman sir again. Even Ali sir told me this while narrating the script,” she had told Mumbai Mirror.”Obviously because of the age difference between us. In Bharat, it is acceptable because that portion shows Salman sir in his 20s and 30s so, it was an immediate “yes”. He is a wonderful human being and very hard-working. I got to learn a lot from him. That aside, Bharat is special because I had never done a film set in a different era,” she had added.While Disha is 26, Salman is 53 now. Nonetheless, Salman has reason to not accept Disha’s theory as he will next be working with Alia Bhatt, who is also 26-year-old. The two have been cast for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah.Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat also features Katrina Kaif and Sunil Grover. Salman will be seen romancing with both the actresses, while Sunil plays the role of his friend. The film will be released on June 5.last_img read more

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Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumars 20 China release date is here

first_imgRajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 teaser.PR HandoutRajinikanth’s 2.0 is gearing up for its China release. The multilingual movie is hitting the screens in the country with the title, 2.0: Resurgence.Sources from the industry have said that 2.0 will release on 12 July. The movie is expected to be out in about 50,000 screens across the country. The initial plan was to release the Shankar’s creation was in May, but due to some issues it got delayed. However, official announcement is awaited.It will be the first movie of Rajinikanth to have a large-scale theatrical release in China. Although the superstar’s films have found a market in Japan, Malaysia and other parts of the world, his films are yet to create an impact in the Chinese market.2.0 had seen the light of the day on 29 November in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The star of Rajini helped the flick to get a flying start. As per the trade reports, the Lyca Productions-funded flick has grossed over Rs 625 crore at the worldwide box office.The film is made with the budget of Rs 570 crore. BREAKING: The most-awaited #2Point0 release in China is finally confirmed for July 12th, 2019. Superstar #Rajinikanth’s Bollywood Robot 2.0: Resurgence (Chinese title) will be the biggest IMAX 3D release for a foreign film in China! Check out the new poster!#2Point0inChina pic.twitter.com/9FC73hq7UN— Rajinists 2.0 (@rajinists) June 3, 2019China has turned out to be a lucrative market for Indian movies in recent years. Films of Aamir Khan have consistently done well there.In the last couple of years, many films made in India have set the China box office on fire. Interestingly, the movies with solid content have minted big money. As a result, Aamir Khan’s flicks have done consistently well at the China box office.2.0 deals about radiation caused due to cell phones and how the mobile towers are harmful for birds. Akshay Kumar played the role of a villain in the flick, which has Amy Jackson in the female lead.last_img read more

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Houston Apartment Industry Braces For Another Slow Year

first_imgListen X 00:00 /01:13 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Pexels Houston still has too many apartments.You may have heard of the “apartment glut” that’s plagued Houston.In the past three years, developers built around 60,000 – mostly higher-end – apartment units, but because of the slow job growth after the price of oil tanked in 2014, there’s not enough demand to fill many of them.Bruce McClenny, president of Apartment Data Services, said the glut is mostly concentrated on west Houston, where a lot of the upstream oil industry is based.“And that’s the part of the industry that’s hurting the most right now, so there’s been a lot of job losses,” he said. “And at the same time there’s been a lot of new apartments coming on at the same time. Those two aspects don’t fit well together.”The east side is doing better, he said. That’s where much of the thriving downstream industry is located and not many apartments are built.So what will 2017 be like for the apartment market?Probably not much better, McClenny said.“There’s another 15,000 (apartments) under construction, (of) that 12,000 will be delivered this year,” he said. “We’re still draining out the supply pipeline.”This means rents will decline further or remain flat.McClenny expects 2018 to be a recovery year for the industry.last_img read more

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GlobalData Siemens Multitom Rax Heralds New Era in Diagnostic Imaging

first_img Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more February 11, 2016 — The new Multitom Rax robotic X-ray device could revolutionize the digital radiography space and allow X-ray devices to compete with more advanced imaging modalities, said an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.Developed by Siemens Healthcare, the Multitom Rax was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2015 and is expected to launch in the United States in April 2016.According to Sarah Janer, GlobalData’s analyst covering medical devices, the Multitom Rax can perform a wide range of diagnostic examinations including fluoroscopy, radiography, angiography and orthopedic scans, giving it an edge over the current generation of devices.Janer explained: “As digital radiography has traditionally been limited by 2-D imaging and a lack of flexibility, the Multitom Rax is designed to overcome those barriers and offers the distinctive precision of medical robotics.“The device offers a high level of precision and flexibility, and could be used as a partial substitute for CT [computed tomography] scanners. Furthermore, it has a long lifespan, and Siemens has engineered the device to be adaptable to future technological trends.”GlobalData forecasts that the U.S. market for digital radiography X-ray devices will expand from $644 million in 2015 to reach $942 million by 2020, expanding at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.9 percent. However, the introduction of robotic advanced X-ray technology could significantly boost future growth.The analyst also noted that while other digital radiography models, such as GE Healthcare’s Discovery XR656 Plus and Toshiba’s RADREX-i, offer a great amount of flexibility and function, there is currently no competition in the robotic advanced X-ray field.Janer concluded: “Once Siemens receives clearance for the Rax’s 3-D applications, GlobalData expects that robotic advanced X-ray instruments will become a hospital standard, and competition in the field will increase as hospitals look to replace their outdated digital radiography models with superior, more universal devices.”For more information: www.usa.healthcare.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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NCCN Guidelines Recommend Y90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more center_img News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | January 03, 2017 NCCN Guidelines Recommend Y-90 Microspheres for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment Expert panel reaches uniform consensus that yttrium-90 microspheres is an appropriate option for patients with colorectal liver metastases The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more January 3, 2017 — Sirtex Medical Limited announced in December that SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres have been included as a Category 2A recommended treatment in the latest National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for colon cancer and rectal cancer. This designation denotes there is uniform consensus among the NCCN panel that selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT) with yttrium-90 microspheres is an appropriate option in patients with liver dominant, chemotherapy resistant colorectal disease (mCRC). This recommendation places SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres at the same designation as the recommended mCRC systemic chemotherapeutic regimens.The new NCCN Guidelines are available online at https://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.aspAccording to Sirtex Americas CEO Kevin Richardson, the company has positive signals in the first-line setting from the results to-date of the SIRFLOX study1 and expects results from the SIRFLOX, FOXFIRE and FOXFIRE Global studies in the first half of 2017.These findings are also supported by the landmark MORE study2, a large retrospective analysis conducted in the United States with SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres in more than 600 mCRC patients. The MORE study helped to increase the understanding of SIRT as a treatment option for patients who have failed multiple lines of chemotherapy, while highlighting the positive aspects of the safety and efficacy of the protocol for patients of all ages.“Clinical research has shown that SIRT brings patients with colorectal liver metastases improved and prolonged quality of life,” said lead investigator of the MORE study, Andrew S. Kennedy, M.D., FACRO, director, radiation oncology research at Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Nashville, Tenn. “We look forward to expanding access to this outpatient procedure, which has demonstrated minimal side effects, to improve outcomes for this population of patients and advance the standard of care.”SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres are the first and only microspheres with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) premarket approval (PMA) for colorectal cancer that has metastasized to the liver.3For more information, visit www.sirtex.com.References1. van Hazel GA, Heinemann V, Sharma NK et al. SIRFLOX: Randomized Phase III trial comparing first-line mFOLFOX6 (plus or minus bevacizumab) plus selective internal radiation therapy in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2016; 34: 1723–1731.2. Kennedy AS, Ball D, Cohen SJ et al. Multicenter evaluation of the safety and efficacy of radioembolization in patients with unresectable colorectal liver metastases selected as candidates for 90Y resin microspheres. Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology. 2015; 6: 134–1423. SIR-Spheres microspheres (Yttrium-90 Microspheres) Product Information. Available at: www.sirtex.com/us/clinicians/package-insert/. Assessed on December 8, 2016. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read morelast_img read more

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New café in Dominical features healthy fare spicy sauce

first_img Lindsay Fendt San Clemente Bar and Grill is located on the main road in Dominical. You’ll know it from the full-sized VW bus above the restaurant. As a notorious party town, Dominical, on the central Pacific coast, is full of beachfront bars with the bar food to match. But with the flood of health-conscientious tourists to the area (helped along by the annual hippie festival Envision in February), one long-time restaurant owner saw the need for a change.Enter Surf Shack, a breakfast and lunch café for the health-conscious. Featuring wraps, paninis and smoothies, the beachfront eatery provides one of the town’s few alternatives to the bar scene.“That’s the kind of food I eat,” said Mike McGinnis, the restaurant’s owner. “It’s light food, a mellow atmosphere and no booze.”Surf Shack’s menu also appeals to those on a budget, with most menu items for less than ₡4,000 ($8) for lunch and ₡3,000 ($6) for breakfast. The menu also offers snacks and a la carte options. The Surf Shack’s falafel wrap is one of the many lunch options on the restaurant’s menu. No related posts. McGinnis is hardly new to the Dominical restaurant scene. He’s owned San Clemente Bar and Grill – which, if you know Dominical, is the place with the giant VW Bus suspended over it – for the last 20 years.An organic permaculture garden project is underway and McGinnis hopes that in time he will be able to grow 90 percent of the produce for both restaurants.“All of our greens are already organic, but we want to grow our own,” McGinnis said.The fruits and vegetables aren’t the only things that are homegrown. Disappointed by the lack of real hot sauce upon his arrival in Costa Rica 25 years ago, McGinnis began making his own.“I had never made hot sauce before, and I was at this little soda using their chilero and I thought, ‘why not just take most of the vinegar out of this put the other ingredients in a high-powered blender?’” McGinnis said. “So that’s what I did.”Spicy Mike’s Hot Sauce is made from chilies bought at the Mercado Central in San José and grown in the mountains of the Central Valley. McGinnis gets the rest of his ingredients from farmers at the local produce fair.The sauce provides far more kick than any typical chilero available in Costa Rica, so much so that the sauce won in the international category of the fiery food challenge in the 1997 ZestFest, a culinary festival dedicated to spicy food. Facebook Comments Lindsay Fendtlast_img read more

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This week in the Peace Corps Mural project opens doors to the

first_imgNo related posts. Educational institutions play an important role in every community by providing a positive learning environment for students and teaching them to be the future leaders of our world. We rely on schools to not only transfer knowledge but ideas, attitudes, manners, and cultural values.Outside of the classroom, creating this atmosphere includes designing a physical space that stimulates a child’s learning and positive inquiry into the world around them. What better way to start this process than by showing students what exists beyond the limits of their town and furthermore, beyond the borders of their country? For this reason, Peace Corps Volunteers across the globe often look to incorporate a world map mural project in their community.In my case, the world mural project has had a double benefit to the local primary school where I have spent a large part of my service thus far. The first being the above mentioned educational value. The second having to do with the relatively recent construction of the institution itself. Since its construction in October 2016, both school staff and students have expressed interest in beautifying the various drab, concrete walls but have been limited by the constraints of a busy academic calendar and limited personnel. Last December, the Institutional Board of Education (Junta Educativa de la Escuela) was able to approve funds that were left over from the school year toward this mural project and purchase all of the needed materials. Our dream was to finish it in time for the students to return to school in February of this year. Via Taylor T. / Peace Corps VolunteerThis simple project took only four days of painting and some help from community members and fellow volunteers here in the Zona Norte and has resulted in great interest from the students in regards to understanding more about other countries, as well as seeing where they live in relation to the rest of the world. For this project, we also decided to include a large map of Costa Rica that highlights each of the seven provinces for a more local context. Each day, different students come up to ask me to help them find a different country they have heard about in class or through a television show. Those who ask me to help them find Costa Rica on the map are often shocked by how small it looks in comparison with other large countries such as the United States or Brazil. Eventually, we will add the names of all of the countries, but for now, everyone is having fun playing the guessing game while “exploring the world.” Via Paige G. / Peace Corps Volunteer.This project has also opened the door to more discussions between the Junta, Director and teachers on ideas of how to paint more murals both inside and outside of the school for the community to enjoy. In the coming year, we will be looking to involve students, members of the local community and volunteers to participate in this effort to beautify our school.http://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/TimeLapseMap.mp4 The Peace Corps photo series in The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), a proud financial supporter of Peace Corps Volunteer projects nationwide. Learn more here. To donate to support the Peace Corps Costa Rica, visit the official donation page. Volunteers’ last names and community names are withheld from these publications, per Peace Corps policy.Connect with the Peace Corps Costa Rica on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSA Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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