Drugs help AIDS patients live well into senior years

first_img It works. Though he suffers from diarrhea, headaches, uncontrollable bleeding and continual pain in his feet, among other things, he’s alive. “I am certainly one of the lucky ones,” said Grand, a retired physician who still works with AIDS patients. He keeps a reminder of how lucky he is pinned to his living-room wall. It’s a picture taken at Keith’s, a North Hollywood bar, in the late 1970s. His arm is around his boyfriend, and next to them are three other friends. Only he survives. The other men pictured died from AIDS long ago. “I am hanging in there, holding on,” he said smiling, as he sat in his living room across from one of his good friends, Jack Fulkerson, a 60-year-old living with the disease. Both men had prepared for their deaths more than a decade ago, giving away prized possessions. Grand sold his four-bedroom home in Sylmar only to live in a rented apartment in North Hollywood. Fulkerson also sold his home and purchased a cremation service for himself. He was inspired by his 6-foot-tall boyfriend, whom he watched wither down to 98 pounds before dying of AIDS in 1986. “No services at all. I thought, ‘I don’t want to be beneath the ground,’ because I thought if this thing gets ahold of me, I know how I will look,”‘ Fulkerson said. Both men never dreamed of having the future they have now. Even with health complications, they volunteer to work with AIDS patients, go to the movies and celebrate with friends. Neither has ever been hospitalized for complications from AIDS. Still, Grand points out, the funerals have not stopped, as friends continue to succumb to the disease. Even more troublesome is the cavalier attitude he sees among many young gays, whose only reference points for men with AIDS are slick drug company advertisements showing shirtless, muscled men. True, newer AIDS treatments extend lives, but that life is difficult, Grand said. And even with those treatments, there are unknowns. Doctors worry that they are only now beginning to learn the long-term effects of some of these powerful and costly drug cocktails. Experts say there are indications that some of the newer anti-retroviral drugs used to treat AIDS accelerate heart disease, could cause high cholesterol over prolonged periods and also bring about diabetes and high blood pressure. These are health problems already affiliated with old age and could complicate treatment. “This is really new territory,” said Michael Montgomery, chief of the Office of AIDS for the California Department of Health Services. “Anti-retroviral drugs are highly toxic medications, and we seem to be seeing problems with heart disease and other illnesses.” Most of the highly toxic and common drugs used to treat AIDS have only been on the market for about 10 years. And though researchers say they show no signs of causing long-term kidney or liver problems, they might interact in unknown ways with diseases that already arise during old age. Grand believes he acquired diabetes through his medication and he worries about controlling the secondary effects of the new drugs that are supposed to extend his life. “Nobody knows the extent of taking these drugs over a long period of time,” Grand said. What is known is the cost. The older an AIDS patient gets, the more expensive the treatment. An average patient between the ages of 51 and 60 costs the state $9,007 annually, compared with $7,609 for an 18- to 30-year-old. As patients age in the system, they often need more costly drugs and more medical attention. By the time a patient passes age 60, he or she costs the state $9,421 annually. State and local officials don’t have estimates about the average life span of an AIDS patient. But if the prognosis of longer lives holds true, there could be a surge in over-50 AIDS patients in Los Angeles. The bulk of those living with AIDS – 44 percent – are currently between 40 and 49 years old. “Because of the success of the treatment available, we don’t know what is going to happen,” Montgomery said. Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Over the next decade, medical professionals predict, the ranks of seniors living with AIDS will grow as treatments extend their lives well into their golden years. In Los Angeles County alone, the percentage of those 50 and older living with AIDS has steadily climbed from 14 percent in 1997 to more than 25 percent in 2004, the most recent statistics show. And about 6 percent of those AIDS patients are more than 60 years old. Some clinics report treating patients into their 80s. “We literally have people that will not die from AIDS,” said Eric Daar, chief of HIV medicine at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. “It was once assumed that everyone with HIV infections will die from AIDS. Prior to good therapy, the average person would develop symptoms in eight to 10 years. Now, with good therapy, they may live. “We will often joke in the clinic that the least of a person’s problems is HIV. Their viral counts may be low, but they have diabetes or high blood pressure.” To combat the disease, Grand swallows five pills every morning and again at night. He takes an additional 11 pills to counter side effects from the disease and its treatment, including diabetes, high cholesterol and arrhythmia. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Like many people his age, Terry Grand gulps down a handful of powerful prescription drugs for his ailments. But the 66-year-old isn’t treating many of the diseases that afflict other seniors. Grand has lived with AIDS for more than two decades and is part of a growing older generation of HIV sufferers expected to die of old age – not a disease that has decimated millions. “I expected I was going to die because all my friends died. I had given away everything valuable,” Grand said. “It amazes me that I am still alive with the years that I have been affected.” last_img read more

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2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums

first_imgCrowds packed into the new Cape Town Stadium inthe suburb of Green Point. The stadium has viewsof both the ocean and Table Mountain.(Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more free photos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS • Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 [email protected]• Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 [email protected] facts, figures and photographs on the 10 stadiums hosting the 64 matches of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, five of which were built from scratch and one of them – Soccer City, the event’s showpiece – having undergone a massive upgrade to make it the largest stadium in Africa.The stadiums are:Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria Durban Stadium, Durban Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane Demolition and groundwork began in 2006, with construction of all the major facilities starting in February 2007. South Africa’s construction industry, which has substantial experience in large-scale infrastructure development, was consulted about the stadium timelines – and it was agreed that the dates were realistic.Intensive planning has gone into ensuring that the stadiums are versatile, multipurpose facilities able to be used for a number of sports, as well as for entertainment and other community uses, long after the final whistle of the World Cup is blown.DOWNLOADSRight-click on the link to save the PDF file to your computer.2010 Fifa World Cup Fan Guide (1.2 MB)2010 Fifa World Cup Host Cities (320 KB)Distance between host cities (135 KB)Team base camps (100 KB)Fifa media contacts (220 KB)Team media contacts (630 KB)The 10 stadiums are host to 64 matches and will seat more than 570 000 people during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The five stadiums built from scratch are Cape Town Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Durban Stadium, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.The five upgraded stadiums are the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, and Soccer City and Ellis Park in Johannesburg.Click on images to enlarge. For more photos, visit the 2010 Fifa World Cup section of the image library (registration required) SOCCER CITY STADIUMSoccer City on the outskirts of Soweto is the flagship stadium for the World Cup, a huge structure modelled on the shape of the calabash, an African cooking pot. Built in 1987, Soccer City has been enlarged and completely transformed by a massive reconstruction, with the west stand the only remaining section of the original stadium. For the World Cup it will have a capacity of 94 500 seats, and 88 430 thereafter, making it the largest stadium on the African continent. Fast facts Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceCoordinates: 26° 14′ 5″ S, 27° 58′ 56″ ECapacity: 94 500 seats (88 430 permanent)Status: Major upgradeCost: R3.3-billion (US$ 440-million)Architect: Boogertman Urban EdgeContractor: Grainaker-LTA / Interbeton joint ventureUpgrade began: 1 February 2007World Cup matches: 8 Matches 11 June, 16h00: South Africa vs Mexico (opening match)14 June, 13h30: Netherlands vs Denmark17 June, 13h30: Argentina vs South Korea20 June, 20h30: Brazil vs Côte d’Ivoire23 June, 20h30: Ghana vs Germany27 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1B vs 2A (2)2 July, 20h30: Quarter-final 1 vs 3 (A)11 July, 20h30: FinalBACK TO TOP ELLIS PARK STADIUMEllis Park in the inner city of Johannesburg is home to the Golden Lions rugby club and Orlando Pirates football club, and was the setting for South Africa’s triumphant win in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. An existing stadium built in 1982, it underwent minor upgrades for the World Cup. Ellis Park has a capacity of 61 639 seats. Fast facts Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng provinceAlternate name: Coca-Cola ParkCoordinates: 26º 11′ 51″ S, 28º 3′ 39″ ECapacity: 61 639 seatsStatus: Minor upgradeCost: R550 000 (US$7 200)Architect: DBM ArchitectsContractor: Rainbow ConstructionUpgrade began: July 2007World Cup matches: 7 Matches 12 June, 16h00: Argentina vs Nigeria15 June, 20h30: Brazil vs North Korea18 June, 16h00: Slovenia vs USA21 June, 20h30: Spain vs Honduras24 June, 16h00: Slovakia vs Italy28 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1G vs 2H (7)3 July, 20:30: Quarter-final 6 vs 8 (D)BACK TO TOP CAPE TOWN STADIUMBuilt from scratch in the beautiful suburb of Green Point, Cape Town Stadium has views of both Table Mountain and the ocean and, in the distance, Robben Island. Built on Green Point common and within walking distance of the popular V&A Waterfront, it has a capacity of 66 000 seats. Fast facts Location: Cape Town, Western Cape provinceAlternate name: Green Point StadiumCoordinates: 33° 54′ 12″ S, 18° 24′ 40″ ECapacity: 66 000 seats (55 000 permanent)Status: New constructionCost: R4.4-billion ($600-million)Architect: GMP ArchitectsContractor: Murray & Roberts / WBHO joint ventureConstruction began: March 2007World Cup matches: 8 Matches 11 June, 20h30: Uruguay vs France14 June, 20h30: Italy vs Paraguay18 June, 20h30: England vs Algeria21 June, 13h30: Portugal vs North Korea24 June, 20h30: Cameroon vs Netherlands29 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1H vs 2G (8)3 July, 16h00: Quarter-final 2 vs 4 (B)6 July, 20h30: Semi-final, A vs C (I)BACK TO TOP LOFTUS VERSFELD STADIUMLoftus Versfeld Stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in South Africa. It has been used for major sporting events since 1903, and the first concrete structure, which could accommodate only 2 000 spectators, was built by the City Council of Pretoria in 1923. It has undergone minor improvements for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and has a capacity of 49 365 seats. Fast facts Location: Pretoria (Tshwane municipality), Gauteng provinceCoordinates: 25° 45′ 12″ S, 28° 13′ 22″ ECapacity: 49 365 seatsStatus: minor upgradeArchitect: Ingplan AfricaContractor: No main contractorConstruction began: September 2007World Cup matches: 6 Matches 13 June, 16h00: Serbia vs Ghana16 June, 20h30: South Africa vs Uruguay19 June, 20h30: Cameroon vs Denmark23 June, 16h00: USA vs Algeria25 June, 20h30: Chile vs Spain29 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1F vs 2E (6)BACK TO TOP DURBAN STADIUMA new stadium built near the beachfront, Durban Stadium has transformed the city’s skyline. It has been designed as a multipurpose venue, with attractions such as restaurants, shops, an art gallery and children’s play areas. There’s also a cable car up its arch to a top platform providing panoramic views of the city and the ocean, and even bungee jumps from the top of the arch. Its total capacity is 69 957 seats. Fast facts Location: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal provinceAlternate name: Moses Mabhida StadiumCoordinates: 29º 49′ 46″ S, 31º 01′ 49″ ECapacity: 69 957 seats (54 000 permanent)Status: New constructionCost: R3.4-billion ($450-million)Architect: iBhola LethuContractor: Group 5 / WBHO / Pandev joint ventureConstruction began: October 2008World Cup matches: 7 Matches 13 June, 20h20: Germany vs Australia16 June, 16h00: Spain vs Switzerland19 June, 13h00: Netherlands vs Japan22 June, 20h30: Nigeria vs South Korea25 June, 16h00: Portugal vs Brazil28 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1E vs 2F (5)7 July, 20h30: Semi-final B vs D (II)BACK TO TOP NELSON MANDELA BAY STADIUMNelson Mandela Bay Stadium was the first of South Africa’s new 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums to be completed. It has a capacity of 46 082 seats. Fast facts Location: Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay municipality), Eastern Cape provinceCoordinates: 33° 56′ 16″ S, 25° 35′ 56″ ECapacity: 46 082 seats (42 000 permanent)Status: New constructionCost: R2.05-billion (US$270-million)Architect: Architectural Design Associates / Dominic Bonnesse ArchitectsContractor: Grinaker-LTA / Interbeton / Ibhayi joint ventureConstruction began: March 2007World Cup matches: 8 Matches 12 June, 13h30: South Korea vs Greece15 June, 16h00: Côte d’Ivoire vs Portugal18 June, 13h30: Germany vs Serbia21 June, 16h00: Chile vs Switzerland23 June, 16h00: Slovenia vs England26 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1A vs 2B (1)2 July, 16h00: Quarter-final 5 vs 7 (C)10 July, 20h30: Third-place playoffBACK TO TOP ROYAL BAFOKENG STADIUMThe Royal Bafokeng Stadium was built by the Bafokeng Nation, which owns much of the platinum-mining rights in North West province. It underwent minor renovations for the World Cup, increasing its capacity from 38 000 to 44 530 seats, with the main west stand enlarged and given a new cantilever roof. Fast facts Location: Rustenburg, North West provinceCoordinates: 25° 34′ 42.96″ S, 27° 9′ 38.52″ ECapacity: 44 530 seatsStatus: UpgradeArchitect: BSP ArchitectsContractor: No main contractorConstruction began: September 2007World Cup matches: 6 Matches 12 June, 20h30: England vs USA15 June, 13h30: New Zealand vs Slovakia19 June, 16h00: Ghana vs Australia22 June, 16h00: Mexico vs Uruguay24 June, 20h30: Denmark vs Japan26 June, 20h30: Round of 16 1C vs 2D (3)BACK TO TOP FREE STATE STADIUMHome to the Cheetahs rugby team and Bloemfontein Celtic football team, Free State Stadium was built in 1952 and upgraded in 2008 to increase its capacity to 45 058 seats, as well as improve security, lighting and turnstiles. Fast facts Location: Bloemfontein (Mangaung municipality), Free State provinceAlternate name: Vodacom ParkCoordinates: 29° 7′ 2.25″ S, 26° 12′ 31.85″ ECapacity: 45 058 seatsStatus: UpgradeArchitect: ACG ArchitectsContractor: Ruwacon / Meyker Re Teng Construction / Ikaneng Developments / Promania 128 joint ventureConstruction began: September 2007World Cup matches: 6 Matches 14 June, 16h00: Japan vs Cameroon17 June, 16h00: Greece vs Nigeria20 June, 13h30: Slovakia vs Paraguay22 June, 16h00: France vs South Africa25 June, 20h30: Switzerland vs Honduras27 June, 16h00: Round of 16 1D vs 2C (4)BACK TO TOP MBOMBELA STADIUMWith host city Nelspruit’s proximity to the Kruger National Park, Mbombela Stadium has a quirky wildlife theme, with large giraffe-shaped orange girders facing outwards on its exterior, and funky zebra stripes on the seats inside. Built from scratch, the stadium has a capacity of 43 589 seats. Fast facts Location: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga provinceCoordinates: 25° 27′ 40″ S, 30° 55′ 44″ ECapacity: 43 589 seatsStatus: New constructionCost: R1.05-billion (US$140-million)Architect: RL ArchitectsContractor: Basil Read / Bouygues joint ventureConstruction began: February 2007World Cup matches: 4 Matches 16 June, 13h30: Honduras vs Chile20 June, 16h00: Italy vs New Zealand23 June, 20h30: Australia vs Serbia25 June, 16h00: North Korea vs Côte d’IvoireBACK TO TOP PETER MOKABA STADIUMWith a design inspired by the baobab tree, a common sight in Limpopo province, the new Peter Mokaba Stadium has a capacity of 45 264 seats. Fast facts Location: Polokwane, LimpopoCoordinates: 23° 55′ 29″ S, 29° 28′ 8″ ECapacity: 45 264 seatsStatus: New constructionCost: R1.24-billion (US$150-million)Architect: Prism ArchitectsContractor: WBHO / Paul joint ventureConstruction began: March 2007World Cup matches: 4 Matches 13 June, 13h30: Algeria vs Slovenia17 June, 20h30: France vs Mexico22 June, 20h30: Greece vs Argentina24 June, 16h00: Paraguay vs New ZealandBACK TO TOP Useful linksFifa 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa South Africa 2010 SouthAfrica.info – 2010 South African Football Association Johannesburg Pretoria (Tshwane) Cape Town Durban Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) Bloemfontein (Mangaung) Nelspruit (Mbombela) Polokwane Rustenburglast_img read more

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Mandela’s love of children

first_imgMadiba’s son Thembi died in a car accident at the age of 24 in 1969, when Madiba was on Robben Island.(Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang   CEO and spokesperson, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory   +27 11 547 5600. RELATED ARTICLES • The women in Madiba’s life • Mandela: childhood heroes and lessons • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • Madiba’s legacy is forever Musa MkalipiFrom the dusty fields of Qunu in Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela grew to become a wise and admirable man, respected and loved around the world. He is a man of integrity, who is known for his love for children. His influence on a global scale is massive, but just as significant has been his emphasis on the importance of family.Mandela is called the father of the nation perhaps not only for his role in liberating South Africans but also for the love and support he has shown to its children. A father of six himself, he had four children with his first wife, Evelyn Mase, whom he married in 1944. They had two daughters, both named Makaziwe; the first died in infancy and the second was given the same name in honour of her departed sister.They also had two sons, Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969 at the age of 24, and Magkato, who died of an Aids-related illness in 2005. Mandela was deeply affected by the deaths of his sons, the first of whom died while he was in prison. Mandela was not allowed to attend the funeral nor was he given details of the accident. “I received the tragic news on July 16, when the Commanding Officer showed me a telegram which merely reported the bare fact that Thembi had died in a car accident in Cape Town. Immediately upon receiving this report I made efforts to get detailed and accurate information on the accident,” he wrote in a letter dated 19 November 1969.He married his second wife, Winnie Madikizela, in 1958. The couple had two daughters, Zinzi and Zenani. Much of their marriage was spent apart – with Mandela in prison – and he did not see his children grow up. “Not seeing them may be why I’ve developed an obsession with children – I missed seeing any for 27 years. It’s one of the most severe punishments prison life can impose, because children are the most important asset in a country. For them to become that asset, they must receive education and love from their parents. And when you are in jail, you are unable to give those things to your children,” he said in an interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey in April 2001.At heart, Mandela is a family man. Passages in his book, Conversations with Myself, for which the foreword was written by American President Barack Obama, are evidence of his yearning for his family. “I love playing and chatting with children … feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my … life. I like relaxing at the house, reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family, and taking out my wife and children. When you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work.”Among many other awards and prizes received since his release from prison and leadership of a democratic South Africa, in 2005 Mandela received the World’s Children’s Prize and in 2009 he was named Decade Child Rights Hero 2009 for his lifelong struggle to free the children of South Africa from apartheid, and for his unwavering support for their rights. The latter was a joint award with Graca Machel, his third and current wife.During his term as president, Mandela gave half his salary to the poor, specifically to children. “I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards,” he writes in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. In addition, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, he gave part of his $1.2-million (R11.7-million) prize money to help disadvantaged children.Paying it forwardMandela’s work for children continues, despite his retirement from public life and recent illness. Through the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, funds are raised and programmes are initiated to ensure a better future for children. The focus of these efforts is on creating a beneficial environment for the welfare of children. The fund raises money for organisations that work with the country’s children and youth, from birth to 22 years of age from underprivileged surroundings.“Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children,” he wrote in a letter while on Robben Island to his friend Amina Cachalia, an anti-apartheid activist, in 1981.According to the Nedbank Children’s Affinity, which works in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the fund has given nearly R315-million (US$31-million) to about 1 850 projects supporting children since its launch in 2005. Nedbank is one of South Africa’s big four banks.“Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people,” Mandela said in 1995 at the dedication of Qunu and Nkalane schools.He has paid particular attention to Eastern Cape, his home province, arguably the worst affected when it comes to education and educational facilities. It was one of his dreams to have a high school built at his birthplace, Mvezo, a dream that came true when the Mandela School of Science and Technology was built. The school is scheduled to open in January 2014. Not only was the school built in his honour, it also exemplifies his belief that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.It is also important that children receive the best medical care and with this in mind the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust is raising finances to build a state-of-the-art paediatric academic hospital for children in Southern Africa.Children celebrate Madiba’s birthdayFor a man who is so fond of children, it is no surprise that Mandela would want to celebrate his birthday with them. It has become tradition on his birthday for children to be taken to his home village where they join in the festivities. This year was no exception, as people once more gathered in Qunu to celebrate – even though the great man himself was in hospital in Pretoria at the time.At the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, children were given books to read and they sang happy birthday. Mandela has brought many of the causes he believes in to the fore. 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Illinois Dicamba Rule Change

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has agreed to move its cutoff date for over-the-top dicamba applications from June 30 to July 15 — but only for June-planted soybean fields.“Anyone who planted before June 1 will remain subject to the original planting date plus 45 days after dicamba application, while anyone who planted after the June 1 deadline will be required to adhere to the extended July 15 cutoff date,” the agency said in a news release.The decision is in response to the unusually late planting season that Illinois and much of the Midwest has experienced, said IDOA Director John Sullivan.“We are in an extraordinary planting situation right now with extreme wet weather conditions,” Sullivan told DTN. “So over the course of the last 30 days, we have heard from a number of individuals — farmers, seed companies, ag retailers and others — that are very concerned that because of late planting, farmers would not have the ability to use effective weed-control products on dicamba-tolerant beans and — from a retailer standpoint — that there is product that they had planned on selling that wasn’t going to be sold.”All the other restrictions the IDOA originally issued in February via a Section 24(c) Special Local Needs label remain in effect, Sullivan stressed. That includes no spraying when the wind is blowing toward residential areas, checking a sensitive crop registry before application, and maintaining a downwind buffer for fields adjoining any Illinois Nature Preserves Commission site.The IDOA had originally landed on a June 30 cutoff date for four dicamba herbicides: XtendiMax, Engenia, FeXapan and Tavium, which are registered for use on Xtend soybeans and cotton. The cutoff date superseded the federal labels, which only ban spraying 45 days after planting or after the R1 growth stage (V4 growth stage for Tavium).Illinois was among the states dealing with a record number of dicamba injury complaints for the past two years: IDOA fielded 246 complaints in 2017 and 330 in 2018. See the DTN story on the original cutoff date enaction here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….A number of other states have faced pressure to move their dicamba cutoff dates this spring, particularly from one dicamba registrant — Bayer.The company has been actively lobbying Minnesota state officials to extend or drop the state’s June 20 cutoff date entirely, said Joshua Stamper, director of MDA’s Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division. The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association also petitioned the MDA to request that it move the cutoff date to June 27 for farmers in counties where less than 50% of soybean planting was complete by June 10. See that letter here: https://twitter.com/….Likewise, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture has been under similar pressure from Bayer to move its June 30 cutoff date, Tom Gere, assistant director of the department’s Agricultural Services Division, told DTN last week at a state regulator meeting.For now, both Minnesota and South Dakota are holding firm. “We are keeping the cutoff date the same, June 30,” South Dakota’s Gere told DTN in an email Tuesday.Stamper said Minnesota will also keep its June 20 cutoff date, which he believes may have helped drop dicamba complaints significantly in the state last year.“Nothing good comes from auxin herbicide use late in the season,” he said. “When we had our really bad year in 2017 — which was the driver for our cutoff date — and we did our analysis of complaints, more than three-quarters were coming from dicamba applications made after June 20.”The MDA released this statement on the topic Tuesday: https://content.govdelivery.com/…Some in Illinois are concerned that extending the dicamba spray season into July this year will set the state up for another year of the high dicamba injury complaints.The IDOA met last week to discuss moving the cutoff date with a number of farm groups, including the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA), which sent out a news release stating that it had lobbied to keep the June 30 cutoff date.“At the meeting, we discussed how the reasons for having a June 30 cutoff still remain, namely: 1) to reduce the number of complaints; 2) to further protect sensitive crops and areas, especially trees, orchards, etc. from dicamba exposure; and 3) to be proactive and address the concerns of sensitive crop growers, citizens and environmental groups over the dramatic increase in off-target dicamba symptoms in Illinois,” the IFCA wrote. “All of these concerns remain and must continue to be addressed to preserve the use of dicamba not just in soybean, but in other crops.”The IFCA is urging Illinois applicators to approach the dicamba spray extension with caution.“Just because the cutoff date has been extended to July 15 is not a green light to apply this product in July,” the IFCA wrote. “Many soybeans are still sensitive to dicamba and those growers are equally under duress this year to produce a successful crop.”See the IDOA’s announcement of the cutoff extension here: https://ifca.com/…Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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Resources for Building Large-Scale jQuery Applications

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#hack#Tools Related Posts Addy Osmani has compiled a large collection of resources for developers building large-scale JavaScript applications with jQuery. We’ve already mentioned JavaScriptMVC and how it can be used to break JavaScript applications into smaller, testable components in the past, but Osmani provides many more resources. Osmani recommends JavaScriptMVC but mentions several alternatives and components you can use to roll your own toolkit.The resources are organized into the following sections:Dependency ManagementMVC & Organization For Large-Scale jQuery ApplicationsTemplatingCommunication Between ModulesBuild Process & Script ConcatenationScript MinificationTesting klint finleycenter_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Are Defiant

first_imgHustlers are by their very nature defiant.The hustler defies being average. The average person doesn’t work as hard as the hustler, or as long. The average person doesn’t take the risks that a hustler takes. The hustler is, on a lot of scales, way out on the end of the bell curve, far away from the average. They are out there intentionally.Hustlers defy the odds. The odds are stacked against you. Most business endeavors fail. Many who fail give in to the overwhelming forces that push you away from your goal, but the hustler puts her shoulder down and pushes through that resistance, defying the odds. Non-hustlers believe that their failures define them. But the hustler defies their failure, never allowing it to define them, never allowing it to steal their enthusiasm, and never allowing a failure to cause them to give up. They defy failure by starting over and trying again.Hustlers defy complacency and comfort. Most people seek comfort. They are complacent, allowing the world to act on them. The hustler seeks discomfort, putting himself in places where he is forced to stretch and grow. The hustler isn’t complacent when it comes to their growth.The hustler defies limits. Limits are for those who believe in them. The hustler doesn’t. The hustler doesn’t color outside the lines because they don’t even see the lines. They don’t believe that anything can’t be done, only that it hasn’t been done yet, and the only reason it hasn’t been done is because a hustler hasn’t yet gotten around to knocking it off the list. Hustlers defy limits.The hustler defies the status quo and seeks to do something exceptional. The status quo is for the average, the non-hustler.  They push themselves to produce exceptional results, to build an exceptional business, and to build an exceptional life. By doing so, they defy the status quo. For the hustler, good enough isn’t good enough.Hustlers defy stereo types. A few of them might be totally self-absorbed, self-oriented, and covered in bling. But most of them hustle quietly, waking up early, staying up late, cramming work in between, and spending as much time as they can with their families. From all outward appearances, you can’t see the hustle. The hustler is every color, every race, every shape, every size, and every background. The only thing all hustlers have in common is the hustle.What forces are you fighting now? What are you defying? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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A. Shankar Rao is new DGP of Sikkim

first_imgSenior IPS officer A. Shankar Rao has been appointed as Sikkim’s new Director General of Police, a government notification has said.Mr. Rao, a 1987-batch IPS officer of the Sikkim cadre, replaced S.D. Negi, who has been transferred to the Labour Department as Principal Secretary, it said.Mr. Rao is at present posted as the Officer on Special Duty at the State Tourism and Civil Aviation Department office in New Delhi. A. Shankar Rao will be the new DGP of Sikkim with immediate effect, the notification issued by Tenzing Gelek, Principal Secretary to the State government, said.last_img read more

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Working Group to Guide Formation of Government Communications Network

first_imgScience, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says a working group, comprising several ministry and agency representatives, has been established to assist in guiding the formation of the central government-wide communications network, dubbed GOVNET. The initiative aims, among other things, to realize significant savings in the public sector through the use of a communications and data background platform. Speaking at the inaugural Government Forum, hosted by LIME at the Wyndham Kingston hotel on Tuesday (Oct. 30), Mr. Paulwell informed that the group comprises representatives from his Ministry and the Ministry of Finance and Planning, as well as the Central Information Technology Office (CITO), and Fiscal Services Limited. He advised that the team will be “looking at how to streamline, standardize and… centralize the implementation of enterprise information and communications technology projects through a single implementation agency”. “(GOVNET aims) to harmonize and integrate all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in one…public sector communications network, presided over by a Chief Information Officer. We envision that GOVNET (will) be the vehicle through which information interoperability and seamless transfer of information between MDAs of government and other stakeholders will be realized,” the Minister outlined. While acknowledging that public sector savings “is very important to the government at this time”, Mr. Paulwell said the administration’s vision for ICTs, as a transformational tool in the public sector, “goes beyond mere cost reduction”. “We want to use ICTs to create a citizen-centric government that serves the people efficiently and effectively; but most of all, to embrace and enhance our democracy. If we can make the government more accessible to the people, both in terms of doing business and in terms of being able to access information, then we, as leaders, will be better able to engage the citizenry, particularly our young people, who we are losing. “If we could make government more accessible, we (could) also increase transparency, reduce the opportunity for corruption, and we can begin to re-build the trust in the government by the people,” Mr. Paulwell contended.   The forum, held under the theme: “Solutions that Enable Public Sector Transformation”, was hosted by LIME to engage government and information technology personnel in dialogue on as well as provide insight and demonstrations, on the solutions which can, among other things, enhance the public sector’s provisions.last_img read more

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