Area races still too close to call

first_imgElections: Visit the elections page for more stories, final results NORWALK – In the race for a seat on the East Whittier City School District board, there’s been a change of positions. Carlos Aparicio overtook Michael A. Cirasole by five in the second tally of votes released Friday. The election was Tuesday. “I have no idea how I even got as many votes,” said Aparicio, . “I just feel I was an underdog right from the get-go. I was very surprised and happy.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Two other races remain close. A contest for the second available seat on the Pico water board saw two candidates separated by 15 votes Tuesday night, but the gap is widening. The race for the second seat on the Orchard Dale Water Board remains divided by 17 votes, up from 15 on Election Night. Four more updates will be given, ending with a final tally Nov. 21. In East Whittier City School District, teacher Dimitri C. Elbling’s firm lead with 39.12 percent of the vote remains, but Aparicio and Cirasole both said they expect the race will be a nail-biter until the end. The race among four challengers, because neither incumbent chose to run again, surprised Cirasole. “Well you know, I went and put out signs and did some mail orders, so it surprised me that the vote turned out as close as it did,” Cirasole said. Cirasole, a business consultant who had previously led by 16 votes, now trails by five. He holds 21.91 percent of the vote, while Aparicio holds 22.02 percent. The Orchard Dale water board race remains close, with challenger Yvette Stevenson-Rodriguez still leading, now by 17 votes instead of the 15 she held over incumbent Clifford E. Lee. Incumbent Joe Kennedy, 84, won his seat easily with 36.2 percent of the vote. Stevenson-Rodriguez, 37, the only candidate to spend more than $1,000 in the race, now leads with 25.54 percent of the vote, while Lee, 77, trails with 23.87 percent. “I’ll wait until the certification letter is received by the registrar’s office,” Stevenson-Rodriguez said, adding she was not ready yet to call the race. In the Pico Water District, incumbent Robert A. Martinez, 53, easily regained his seat with 43.4 percent of the vote. Martinez ran in support of Rick L. Mercado Sr., 73, who was leading on Election Night by 15 votes over Richard Briones, 75. Mercado’s lead has widened to 28 votes. He now has 29.51 percent of the vote while Briones has 27.09 percent. middle-school teacher [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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HARPS HOPING TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS AGAINST SALTHILL DEVON

first_imgAfter a week’s break without league action, Finn Harps will be hoping to continue their recent run of good form when they make the trip to Galway to take on Salthill Devon on Saturday evening (kick-off 7.00pm). Harps have picked up six points in their last three games.The Donegal outfit will have to make a number of changes to the side which beat Waterford United 1-0 at Finn Park two weeks ago. Packie Mailey is out with a fractured toe, an injury that is likely to see him sidelined for the best part of two months, while Paddy McLaughlin and Aaron McElwee are suspended.Manager Peter Hutton will have to reshuffle the pack and who will partner Keith Cowan in the centre of defence causing him the most headaches. Looking back two weeks ago, Harps recorded their second win in a row at home. Having beaten Athlone Town 1-0 with a Kevin McHugh goal, the same player scored again against Waterford to return a victory by the same scoreline.“We were delighted with the win, particularly in the first half,” said Hutton. “I thought we were more than deserving to take a half-time lead. In the second half we didn’t really keep the same tempo as the first half and we sort of invited them on to us a bit. The last two minutes was too nervy.“It’s human nature to try and take what’s on the board and there was times when we did sit back. Not just the back four but defensively all over the park we fell back, almost trying to consolidate what we have.“We invited them on and it’s something that we’ll need to work on, ball retention and things like that. I’m delighted for the players. I spoke to them after and we mentioned the wee bit of luck but I just said that if we continue to work hard that bit of luck will turn in our favour. “At the start of the season Waterford were one of the title favourites and they have a squad full of seasoned campaigners, they’re a highly regarded squad. They are very difficult to manage from set-pieces as we seen near the end with some of their big physical players. I thought we coped quite well with them, though the last five minutes was nerve-wrecking but we got there in the end and I think it’s down to the hard work of the players.”Harps didn’t let their free weekend go to waste last week, and played two friendlies against Irish league opposition who are preparing for the Europa League qualifiers. On Saturday, Harps played out a 1-1 draw with Glentoran at Finn Park and followed it up with a 4-2 defeat against Cliftonville in Solitude on Tuesday night.The games saw run-outs for JP Gallagher, Peter Hutton and Stephen O’Donnell – all of whom are set to join the Harps playing squad when the transfer window opens on 1st July.Harps have only made one visit to Drom in senior football in the past, that coming last season when a Tommy Bonner goal was enough to give Harps a 1-0 victory.Suspended: Paddy McLaughlin, Aaron McElwee. Doubtful: None.Injured: Packie Mailey (fractured toe)Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-L-W-L-W (6 pts) Salthill Devon: W-D-L-L-L-L (4 pts)Recent games away to Salthill Devon21-May-10 – Won 1-0 (First Division)Finn Harps Goalscorers 2011Kevin McHugh – 5Marc Brolly – 2Gareth Harkin – 1Finn Harps Results 2011 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)11th June 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 1-0 Waterford United (McHugh)6th June 2011 – FAI – Finn Harps 0-1 Longford Town3rd June 2011 – FAI – Longford Town 0-0 Finn Harps30th May 2011 – FD – Monaghan United 1-0 Finn Harps26th May 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 1-0 Athlone Town (McHugh)20th May 2011 – FD – Limerick 1-0 Finn Harps13th May 2011 – FD – Mervue United 2-1 Finn Harps (Brolly)5th May 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths29th April 2011 – FD – Shelbourne 1-0 Finn Harps22nd April 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 1-2 Longford Town (Brolly)19th April 2011 – FD – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps15th April 2011 – FD – Cork City 5-0 Finn Harps8th April 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 0-0 Salthill Devon28th March 2011 – EA – Mervue United 1-0 Finn Harps25th March 2011 – FD – Waterford United 1-0 Finn Harps18th March 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 2-2 Monaghan United (McHugh 2)4th March 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 2-2 Limerick (McHugh, Harkin)HARPS HOPING TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS AGAINST SALTHILL DEVON was last modified: June 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpsSalthill Devonlast_img read more

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Mutations Accelerate Each Other’s Damage

first_imgAs reported in our 10/14/2004 entry, mutations do not work in isolation; even the good kind usually conspire against the host.  This fact has been largely ignored by neo-Darwinists.  Some researchers at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel, writing in Nature,1 tested the interaction of mutations (epistasis) on proteins.  They found, in short, that harmful mutations usually accelerate the loss of fitness above what would occur in isolation.  Some organisms exhibit robustness against mutations, though, as in well-known cases of antibiotic resistance.  The team tested the robustness of E. coli while mutating a gene for a lactamase (TEM-1) that confers some resistance to ampicillin.  They found that, at best, the organisms could hold out at a threshold level of fitness only temporarily.  Beyond the threshold, death was speedy and inevitable.  This was even after they removed the bad mutations:Subjecting TEM-1 to random mutational drift and purifying selection (to purge deleterious mutations) produced changes in its fitness landscape indicative of negative epistasis; that is, the combined deleterious effects of mutations were, on average, larger than expected from the multiplication of their individual effects.  As observed in computational systems, negative epistasis was tightly associated with higher tolerance to mutations (robustness).  Thus, under a low selection pressure, a large fraction of mutations was initially tolerated (high robustness), but as mutations accumulated, their fitness toll increased, resulting in the observed negative epistasis.  These findings, supported by FoldX stability computations of the mutational effects, prompt a new model in which the mutational robustness (or neutrality) observed in proteins, and other biological systems, is due primarily to a stability margin, or threshold, that buffers the deleterious physico-chemical effects of mutations on fitness.  Threshold robustness is inherently epistatic—once the stability threshold is exhausted, the deleterious effects of mutations become fully pronounced, thereby making proteins far less robust than generally assumed.Their study also casts doubt on the ultimate survivability of so-called “neutral” mutations.  These initially have no obvious effect on the fitness of the organism.  This may be due to backup copies of a gene, suppressors of the mutated gene, and other mechanisms the cell uses to mask the damage.  Eventually, however, the threshold is exceeded and the system collapses just as rapidly as a cell toppled by interacting harmful mutations.    The authors of this study gave no indication that beneficial mutations can add up and help an organism.  In fact, they failed to say anything about evolution that would provide hope for progress.  By contrast, they offered a “new model” that sounds distinctly anti-evolutionary: cells are programmed to hold off the damage of mutations as long as they can, but will ultimately collapse under a mutational load.  They concluded that “proteins may not be as robust as is generally assumed.”  Their real-world experiment on bacteria showed robustness to mutations only to a certain point, then everything raced downhill:Thus, theory and simulations have predicted a tight correlation between robustness and epistasis.  Our work provides an experimental verification of this correlation and proposes a mechanism that accounts for it.  Our model implies that any biological system that exhibits threshold robustness, or redundancy robustness, is inevitably epistatic.  In such systems, mechanisms that purge potentially deleterious mutations, such as recombination (through sexual reproduction and other mechanisms) are of crucial importance, as they help to maintain this threshold.  In this way, recombination, threshold robustness and negative epistasis may be interlinked—each being an inevitable by-product of the other.They seem to be saying not only that mutations are not sources of positive fitness gains, but other proposed mechanisms like recombination are only stopgap measures to protect against the death spiral that would result when “randomly drifting proteins” gang up (negative epistasis) to cause a terror attack in the organism.1Bershtein et al, “Robustness-epistasis link shapes the fitness landscape of a randomly drifting protein,” Nature 444, 929-932 (14 December 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05385.It is extremely important that followers of the creation-evolution debate understand this story and the earlier one (10/14/2004), because they cut to the heart of Darwinist claims that mutations and natural selection can create brains out of atoms given millions of years.  This is where the rubber meets the road: can mutations and recombination under selection act in concert to produce evolutionary progress, including wings and eyes and sonar and powered flight?  Complex systems need an explanation at the genetic level.  The modern synthesis of evolutionary theory (neo-Darwinism) maintains that mutations are the source of evolutionary novelty, and that natural selection preserves the rare beneficial mutations in a cumulative way.  This is the machine room from which “endless forms most beautiful” (06/29/2005) emerge without a Designer.  Two scientific papers reported here, that would likely be little noticed otherwise, have essentially falsified neo-Darwinism in the lab.  Theory and experiment both show it does not work.    In the previous entry (10/14/2004) we likened the situation to a victim held up by robbers but protected by guardian angels.  The bad news was that the robbers either shoot each other or shoot the victim simultaneously, and the guardian angels fight each other instead of helping the victim.  It’s like a Murphy’s “Non-Reciprocal Laws of Expectations” that state, (1) Positive expectations produce negative results, and (2) Negative expectations produce negative results.  The neo-Darwinists have put all their hope in positive expectations, but real-world experiments show that mutations do not and cannot add up for good.  They conspire for bad!  Only the built-in safety mechanisms in the cell hold off mutational catastrophe.  This same lesson should have been learned from the important 03/17/2003 entry almost four years ago; presumed benefits actually cause “slippage on the treadmill” to keep the organism, at best, just running in place.    Another analogy may illuminate what this new outwardly dry, boring, technical paper said.  Picture a large, well-run factory with numerous modern systems for safety, backup and security.  Along comes a motley gang with no plan other than to wreak havoc at random.  Some are blocked by the entrance controls.  Those that get inside start overturning tables, knocking out factory workers, setting off alarms and creating general mayhem.  The security systems each come into play as planned, trying to isolate the damage, restore backups, and start the redundant processes.  Workers scramble to copy off the important data to other sections of the factory where the work can continue.  Security guards manage to neutralize some of the attackers, but more keep coming in.  Some gangsters plug the real workers then steal their lab coats and badges, wandering around to do their harm by stealth.  To an outsider, it may not be apparent that anything is wrong – for awhile – because the factory continues to function; supplies come in, goods go out.  In time, however, the best-prepared factory may not be able to carry on.  Fires are set at random.  Automatic sprinklers respond as designed, but now they have damaged the computers.  Gangsters pull fire alarms here and there, confusing workers who don’t know whether to ignore them or run outside.  Security forces are eventually overwhelmed.  Backup systems are damaged as soon as they are brought online.  It’s too much; the factory implodes in a catastrophe, and everything shuts down.    If this is really the way mutations work in a cell, it should be obvious to everyone that trusting any random mechanism to produce order is a vain hope and supreme folly.  This, of course, is what anti-Darwinists have been maintaining since 1859.  That it would take two research teams with no ties to creationist organizations or the intelligent design movement, published in two of the most adamantly anticreationist scientific journals in the world (PNAS and Nature) to finally figure this out should be of great interest to historians and sociologists.  What is it about Darwinian faith that generates negative epistasis against common sense?    Evolutionary theory is coasting downhill on a dead-end track with no fuel in the engine, while the passengers are being served cheese and wine, not knowing anything is wrong.  Creation-Evolution Headlines is like the tattler running down the aisles warning everybody about bad news only the engine crew is aware of, despite the pleasant announcements on the intercom.  We think the customers who paid for the trip deserve to be told the truth: despite how smoothly things appear to be running, they just got sold a dead-end trip to destruction.(Visited 73 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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AECI sells unit to management, workers

first_img14 AprilSouth African chemicals, explosives and property group AECI has announced that it will sell the nylon light decitex (NLD) business of SANS Fibres to a consortium comprising of the management of SANS, a workers’ trust and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).The sale entails the entire fibres business situated at Bellville in the Western Cape and at Stoneville, North Carolina, USA, which have a combined annual turnover of about R600-million and employ 600 people in total.The purchase will be financed largely by the IDC, which will provide debt and equity finance and will hold a 15% direct shareholding in the company, as the corporation sees the investment as a good financial prospect that also promotes black economic empowerment, while also maintaining jobs.“Importantly, in excess of 25% of the company’s equity will be beneficially-owned by BEE shareholders,” said SANS Fibres MD Brad Page in a company statement last week.Page said the transaction would result in the company having empowered status in terms of the Department of Trade and Industry’s codes of practice on broad-based BEE, as all employees in the South African nylon LDI business would now have a stake in the company.AECI chief executive Graham Edwards also hailed the transaction, as the group had originally planned to shut down the LDI business, with the view that it did not fit with the group’s long-term strategy of becoming a supplier of speciality products and services to the mining and manufacturing sectors.“We are pleased that, via Page and his consortium, jobs will be saved and customers will continue to be supplied with quality product nylon LDI from a business that is recognised as a world leader in sewing thread and other niche weaving markets,” Edwards said.The sale is subject to a number of conditions precedent including detailed due diligence, the conclusion of acceptable binding funding agreements with the IDC, board approvals, relevant regulatory approvals, the conclusion of a sale agreement and the ability to satisfactorily separate the LDI business from the other business at Bellville.“Because of management’s involvement, it is likely that the sale will be deemed a ‘small related party transaction’ in terms of the JSE listings requirements and is subject to a fair opinion from an independent expert,” AECI said. “The full terms of the sale and the independent opinion will be announced in due course.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Kirstenbosch on world’s best picnics list

first_img17 October 2011 National Geographic has named South Africa’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden as one of the world’s best picnic spots. Kirstenbosch, which was established in 1913 to conserve and showcase the diverse flora of southern Africa, is widely celebrated as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Picnicking is a favourite local pastime, and the tranquillity and beauty of Kirstenbosch makes it one of the most scenic places to relax on the lawns and enjoy a truly South African spread. “Being listed by National Geographic is a big international acknowledgement,” says Sarah Struys, events and centre manager at Kirstenbosch. Struys adds that one of the many attractions of the garden is that it has been positioned as a leisure destination, instead of just being a botanical garden where people can only view plants.‘Accessible to everyone’ “This makes it accessible to everyone. You don’t have to be a botanist or horticulturalist to enjoy Kirstenbosch,” she says. Visitors to Kirstenbosch can also view the permanent stone sculpture display and other indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Struys says that picnicking at Kirstenbosch became a popular activity when management introduced the Summer Sunset music concerts at the garden 20 years ago. The concerts are held on Sunday evenings during the summer months, from late November until early April. Over the years, Kirstenbosch has featured many of the best local bands and artists, such as Freshlyground, Arno Carstens, Johnny Clegg and Goldfish. International artists such as Michael Buble, Josh Grobin and Cliff Richard have also performed at the concert venue. The Kirstenbosch concerts have also been recognised internationally. In 2007, Time magazine featured them as one of the top things to do in Cape Town. It also described Kirstenbosch as a “garden of musical delights”.Treasured natural heritage Kirstenbosch was the first botanic garden in the world dedicated to preserving a country’s indigenous plant life. The garden is home to more than 7 000 rare and threatened species. It is adjacent to the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and many hiking enthusiasts use the Skeleton Gorge hiking route, starting at Kirstenbosch, to hike up the slopes of the mountain. Both the TMNP and Kirstenbosch form part of the Cape Floristic Region Protected Area, which was proclaimed a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2004. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Ohio 4-H member wins National Tractor Championship

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tanner Inkrott of Leipsic in Putnam County won the Tractor competition at the National Youth Engineering Challenge. The event was hosted by Purdue University, Sept. 27-29, at Lafayette, Ind. TheTanner Inkrott of Putnam County4-H competitors and parents participated in workshops at the Purdue College of Engineering, and toured a Caterpillar plant, which manufactures huge diesel engines.Tanner is a sophomore at Miller City High School where he is taking engineering prep classes and is in FFA. The Inkrott family (Fred and Rhonda) farms 250 acres of wheat, corn and soybeans, and they feed 200 beef cattle and a few hogs.Tanner has been driving tractors since he was eight years old. The farm has two Allis-Chalmers tractors and a couple of New Hollands. His driving skills paid off because with five components in the contest, he had the best scores in maneuvering a two-wheel trailer and a four-wheel wagon.last_img read more

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Why China’s own ‘Bay Area’ matters now for your company

first_imgTags:#China#featured#Greater Bay Area#Internet of Things#IoT#ReadWrite Labs#startups#top Follow the Puck Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of spending significant time on the ground in China for ReadWrite and ReadWrite Labs. While here in China, I’m continuously discovering new opportunities that exist and even more reasons for foreign startups and corporations to consider getting started in China. However entering a new market can be overwhelming without the right information or guiding trip. So here’s a quick start guide for anyone currently thinking about expanding into China.1. Largest consumer market globallyIt’s no secret that China has the largest consumer market in the world with almost 1.4 billion people and rising. What some may not be aware of is that China will present what will be the greatest middle-class growth bump of any country since the United States beginning in the early 1950s. In fact, by 2022 over 76 percent of China’s urban population will be considered middle class according to a McKinsey & Company study. That’s roughly (in today’s numbers) over 550 million people who are ready to be your customers. As that population continues to grow so will the country’s internet users, specifically mobile. Today China alone has over 700 million (with 30% growth in 2016) active mobile internet users. Which equates to the largest sandbox for applications, gaming, the Internet of Things (IoT) and more.2. The Greater Bay AreaFor those unfamiliar with the term, it is not an extension of the San Francisco Bay Area, in fact, it’s more than three times larger. The Greater Bay Area is part of China’s initiatives to drive innovation throughout the country. To put it in perspective here’s just a few stats about this newly defined region, 11 cities make up the region (Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou (third largest city in China), Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing)67+ million people now within less than a one hour drive16 and growing Fortune 500 companies have a headquarters within the region – more following$1.36 trillion dollars in combined GDP for the area in 2016 (compared to the San Francisco’s Bay Area of $431.7 billion GDP in 2015)Each city will have a dedicated focus on an industry (Manufacturing, Finance, Travel, Artificial Intelligence, etc.) with local benefits provided for those doing business locally3. Innovation at scaleThe days of copycats are fading away throughout China in favor of innovative ideas that push industries forward rather than oversaturate. These changes are gaining momentum at astounding rates thanks to ambitious entrepreneurs and corporations, along with enormous governmental support. All three are hungry to lead with entrepreneurs craving advice and education on Silicon Valley success. Local businesses are opening their doors welcoming global partners and providing support or insights on the local markets. Governments throughout all cities within China are offering to make it easier for foreign companies to soft-land and establish while providing necessary benefits for those that decide to expand to China. Don’t believe that innovation is growing at scale in China? Here are some stats that might help, China is now the No. 1 interactive game market globally beating the USChina accounts for 67% of ALL global on demand transportationBike sharing users now make up more than 20 million people with 100%+ monthly growth rateChina mobile payment volume in 2016 reached over $5 trillion dollars (2x compared to last year)E-commerce in China is now taking place 71% on mobile devicesChina online advertising revenue is now a $40 billion dollar marketTencent, the largest gaming company in the world now has over 1.5 billion active users worldwideHuawei is the No.1 telecommunication equipment company in the worldHuawei is also leading the development of our future 5G wireless infrastructureDJI currently represents almost 90% of global Drone marketThe takeaway for this article is that there’s no better time to get started in China than now. While also understanding that China isn’t shying away from its goal to be the leader in innovation, nor to become the global business hub. In their efforts, they are welcoming all those interested in joining the ride. But if you’re still not convinced why you need to be in China or if it’s right for you, join me on a trip around the country. We’ll spend 5-days in China meeting with the local government and community leaders, as well as corporations that can serve as strategic partners, and to talk with the founders and executives of the largest and most successful companies in China. To learn more and get started, click here. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Kyle Ellicottlast_img read more

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Education Ministry to Work Closer With Nurses on ‘Zero-To-Three’ Initiative

first_img “The Ministry believes nurses and midwives have a crucial role to play, especially in early stimulation and pre-education years from three months to three-plus years, and even further in the early-childhood levels from three to eight months to five years of age. This means we must look closer and work far more strategically with you, our health sector colleagues and partners,” he told the nurses. Addressing the opening of the 28th Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing on Thursday (May 24), Senator Reid said nurses and midwives are professionals who are often involved in the first point of contact with babies after birth, and they can help with the development of infants. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Ministry intends to partner more with nurses and midwives in the roll-out of the ‘Zero-to-Three’ initiative. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Ministry intends to partner more with nurses and midwives in the roll-out of the ‘Zero-to-Three’ initiative.Addressing the opening of the 28th Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference at the University of the West Indies School of Nursing on Thursday (May 24), Senator Reid said nurses and midwives are professionals who are often involved in the first point of contact with babies after birth, and they can help with the development of infants.“Across the world, the nursing profession has had a long history of raising concerns and lobbying for changes on matters to do with ethics and healthcare practices. This lies at the heart of what attracted many to the profession in the first place,” Mr. Reid said.“The Ministry believes nurses and midwives have a crucial role to play, especially in early stimulation and pre-education years from three months to three-plus years, and even further in the early-childhood levels from three to eight months to five years of age. This means we must look closer and work far more strategically with you, our health sector colleagues and partners,” he told the nurses.Mr. Reid said in addition to this, the Ministry will be seeking to partner with the UWI School of Nursing, Mona, in other ways that will benefit the nation in the long run.“Jamaican nurses have also developed a most outstanding reputation of not only being well-trained but also generally professional in the delivery of patient care, whether they practise in Jamaica or are ambassadors for Jamaica serving elsewhere in the world,” Mr. Reid said.“This conference will, therefore, allow for the sharing of experiences, new challenges and new paradigms drawn from across the globe and how these may have an impact locally,” he said.Meanwhile, Senator Reid encouraged the UWI School of Nursing to transform its training and testing procedures for students with more use of technology, similar to how the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is now working on online examination for Jamaican students to do some of their CXC tests from their homes.He said with more online services available for the training and testing of nurses, underserved people in the region who have access to the Internet will be better able to participate and pay for the services that can be taught through theory.“One of the challenges with the structure of the University of the West Indies is that smaller territories are generally being underserved, because you [the students] have to move from smaller territories to campuses of the University. Over time, the cost becomes very competitive, and we can use technology to reduce the cost of delivery of education and training,” the Minister said.The Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference is being held from May 24 to 25 under the theme ‘Promoting excellence in patient care through evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice’.The objectives of the conference are to inform nurses and midwives of new technology and best practices available in the sector, and to hear their concerns regarding the development of Jamaica’s health sector.last_img read more

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