Value for Money Assessments Show DHAs Well Managed

first_img development of a funding formula; development of a continuing care needs plan; improvements in the use of databases to improve quality decision making; targeted additional funding, when available, to CEHHA; improvements in financial reporting on costs and workloads. Financial assessments of two district health authorities (DHAs)show that they are well managed, and address efficiency issuesproactively. Colchester East Hants Health Authority (CEHHA) and Pictou CountyHealth Authority, agreed to Value for Money assessments last fallas part of an evaluation of their business plans. The plans werebeing evaluated due to projected deficits by each DHA. “We were pleased to have confirmed through the assessments thatthe investment we are making in the health-care system is beingmanaged wisely,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Thecommunities served by those districts should feel confident thattheir health-care needs are being met by well-run organizations.” The assessments did result in some recommendations for both DHAs,including: Mr. MacIsaac noted that the Department of Health has initiativesunderway to address some of the recommendations. Specifically,these initiatives include developing a strategic framework forcontinuing care across the province, and the rollout of the NovaScotia Health Information system which will establish anelectronic clinical information system — including electronichealth records. “We know the DHAs need larger budgets, that is why in the lastyear we have added millions more to the base budget — $19million for ongoing operational cost pressures and $9 million forwage and benefits increases. We have also guaranteed a seven percent increase in their budgets for hospitals and other serviceseach year for three years,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “We have been able to accomplish a great deal in health care inthe last five years. The challenge we face is there are moredemands for services than the province can meet with the currentlevel of funding from the federal government,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “A long-term commitment to sustainable funding from the federalgovernment would allow us to address the fundingrecommendations.” The Value for Money assessments were conducted in the twodistricts from October 2003 to December 2003. The final report isposted on the department’s website at underreports.last_img read more

Funding for Community Pool in Bible Hill

first_imgSeniors, students and children alike can enjoy healthier lifestyles with continued access to a community pool in Bible Hill. Minister of Agriculture Keith Colwell, joined by Deputy Premier Karen Casey and members of the Scotia Pool Society, announced today, Sept. 4, $50,000 for infrastructure improvements at the Glen W. Smith Community Pool most commonly referred to as Scotia Pool. “The province is pleased to add our support to this community’s drive to provide ongoing opportunities for health promotion,” said Mr. Colwell. “I’m excited for the opportunities this newly renovated and renamed pool will create.” These funds will ensure the 45-year-old pool receives new brick work this fall. The facility is leased to the Scotia Pool Society for $1 a year. Active volunteers fundraise for ongoing operational support. “The Scotia Pool is a valuable resource in our community that volunteers have been able to preserve for all to use,” said Glenda Bower, chair of the Scotia Pool Society. “This investment demonstrates the province’s commitment to maintaining the Scotia Pool in Colchester Co.” Swimming is a great low-impact activity that people of all ages can use to improve their health. It is especially important for our growing population of seniors. Aspiring tri-athletes, and children learning swimming safety, are also regulars in the five-lane 25-metre pool.last_img read more

Civilians body found near gunfight site in Anantnag

first_imgSrinagar: A civilian’s body was found on Tuesday some distance away from Monday’s gunfight site in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. Police sources said the body of a tractor driver, Nasir Ahmad of Achabal area, was recovered from an orchard in Bidoora village near the gunfight site in which an Army major and a militant were killed. The body bore bullet marks, sources said. Investigation was on to ascertain the reasons behind the civilian’s death, sources said.last_img

Make in India Volkswagen to ramp up localisation to 92

first_imgChennai: German automobile-maker Volkswagen would take steps to ramp up its localisation-level to 92 per cent over the next two-three years under the India 2.0 initiative, a top official said Friday. The company announced India 2.0 project last year, along with Skoda Auto through planned investments of around Rs 8,000 crore to strengthen its operations in the country. CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars India Steffen Knapp said the company would increase the local products from the current 82 per cent to 92 per cent over the next two-three years. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe company has chalked out six strategic priorities in the domestic market to focus on — people, brand, network, corporate business, loyalty and digitalisation. “We announced Rs 8,000 crore investments a year ago. The investments are on the engineering development centre and expansion of capacity at the plant in Chakan near Pune”, he told reporters here. He said the company’s first product under India 2.0 was expected to hit the roads by 2020. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-Sep”Our organisation is on the right path, we are relentlessly executing our plan. We are putting in a lot of money,” he said. To a query, he said the new products rolled out in India would be under the company’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten or modular transversal toolkit) platform which would have localisation-levels of above 90 per cent. “We will look at increasing the parts sourcing and also increase local suppliers,” he said. The company has also set a target of more than doubling its marketshare from the current 1.4 per cent to 3 per cent in two-three years, he said. Knapp said the company was also looking at expanding retail touch points from the current 120 to 150. To a query, he said Volkswagen would come out with a sub-compact sports utility vehicle. On electric vehicles, he said infrastructure facilities were needed for such vehicles in the country. “Coming to the EV point, there is no offer in the market. It is purely aspirational and it is in the right direction. but you have to see the market environment. The infrastructure is not here,” he said.last_img read more

Bangladesh building fire exposes safety vulnerabilities

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Authorities in Bangladesh imposed tougher safety rules after more than 1,100 people died when a garment factory complex collapsed near Dhaka in 2013. But continued corruption and lax enforcement have caused many more deaths from safety lapses since the Rana Plaza disaster, including a fire Thursday at an illegally constructed high-rise office building that killed 25 people and left dozens injured.The fire in Banani, a busy upscale commercial district, exposed the vulnerabilities hidden behind the glass towers that have become symbols of Bangladesh’s rapid growth. While the economy has expanded by more than 6 per cent annually in the last decade, safety regulations and enforcement have lagged behind, experts say.Julhas Alam And Emily Schmall, The Associated Press

UN and Sudanese officials to launch nationwide polio immunization drive

22 October 2007United Nations agencies and Sudanese health officials are set to launch a massive nationwide polio immunization campaign after the potentially deadly virus was detected in the conflict-torn country which had previously been declared polio-free. The drive is being carried out by the Sudanese Ministry of Health along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 23 to 25 October and again in November. According to WHO, the virus was confirmed in a 30-month-old boy from South Darfur with onset of paralysis reported on 10 September. The virus has been genetically linked to the virus circulating in neighbouring Chad, where six cases were confirmed this year, with the most recent case indicating onset of paralysis on 31 August. Prior to the confirmed polio case, Sudan had been certified polio-free, with no cases reported since August 2005. Sudanese and UN officials are focusing on a dual-approach strategy to protect the country’s children from any further spread of the wild polio virus, known as WPV1. “Sudan will implement coordinated and cross-border outbreak response activities as Chad synchronizes its response in the next two months,” WHO Representative Dr. Mohamed Abdurrab stated. UNICEF Representative Ted Chaiban stressed the importance of national support for these campaigns, saying “every effort must be made to ensure that all children are fully protected – part of that effort will require a firm commitment from those involved in the ongoing conflict in Darfur to guarantee safe access and movement for vaccination teams.” A three-day immunization campaign in August, also following reports of polio being discovered in neighbouring Chad, saw some villages in Darfur not being reached by vaccinators due to tensions and insecurity. Rising insecurity in Sudan’s western Darfur region – where some 4.2 million people are in need of assistance due to the ongoing conflict there – has lead to increased attacks against civilians and aid workers, impeding the provision of life-saving support. “Sudan’s drive to eradicate polio has been one of the most successful health stories in this part of Africa in recent years,” Mr. Chaiban added. “We have to maintain our commitment to writing the final chapters of that story.” With concern over the importation of the virus, health agencies have noted the particular risk of further international spread, compounded by large population movements across the region during the upcoming Hajj season. More than 6 million children under 5 have been immunized repeatedly in each round of earlier campaigns conducted since the start of the year, thanks to the support of donors including the World Bank, Japan and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. read more

Sri Lanka looks to build stronger ties with Japan under Abe

“Congratulations @AbeShinzo on re-election. I look forward to continuing our work building stronger Japan-Sri Lanka cooperation,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka today said it will look to build stronger ties with Japan under re-elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition won a majority in Parliament after capturing more than 300 of the 465 seats in Japan’s lower house that were up for grabs on Sunday. Following the win, President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted congratulatory remarks. “Heartfelt congratulations to Japan’s Prime Minister @AbeShinzo for his landslide victory in the country’s general elections,” President Sirisena tweeted.

Jane Austen shrine church in row with historian over plans to commemorate

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The old station sign and bench Credit:Christopher Jones  She wrote: “I was very surprised that someone with a relatively short link to the village (compared to the age of the church) should seek to place their coat of arms in the church, and I do not think that most people in the village have been alerted to this request,” adding: “I feel that only a family which has strong ties over several generations should have such a display.”She added that she believed such tributes were only appropriate to commemorate the “Lord of the Manor”. However, heraldry expert John Martin Robinson told the court that “Lordship of this or that manor is no more a title than Landlord of The Dog and Duck”. June Rogers, Chancellor of the diocese of Gloucester, ruled that the plan could go ahead. She said: “The Jane Austen connection does not preserve in aspic this Church. As the Leighs succeeded Evesham Abbey, so the Collins family is now in residence. Another layer has been added to the life and continuity of this village.” The old station sign and bench  It’s a “shrine” for Jane Austen fans who travel from all over the world to see the village that inspired their heroine. But a church in Adlestrop, the village which is thought to have inspired some of the author’s greatest works, is risking their ire over plans to introduce a plaque to a woman from a family who are relative newcomers in the area. Since the 16th century the Leigh family, Austen’s relatives, had owned Adlestrop Park, the great house which is thought to have inspired Sotherton Court, the estate in her novel Mansfield Park. But the house has been restored and is now owned by the Collins family who are also generous donors to projects including the refurbishment of the church’s five bells. Now the rector and churchwardens have asked a consistory court to let Dominic Collins install a hatchment, a coat of arms display, in the church in memory of his late wife. But the idea was opposed by local historian and Austen expert Victoria Huxley, who said it was inappropriate to install a memorial to a family who were not the Leighs. last_img read more

Bank of Ireland and AIB pass balance sheet assessments

first_imgUpdated 11.30amBANK OF IRELAND is not required to raise additional capital, it said following the completion of the Central Bank’s balance sheet assessment (BSA).The test confirmed that the bank had adequate capital on 30 June this year to meet the requirements of the BSA.AIB was also furnished with the results of its BSA over the weekend. In a short statement this morning, the bank says it “believes it continues to be well capitalised and in excess of minimum regulatory requirements”.Permanent TSB said the results communicated to it by the Central Bank confirmed its capital position is above minimum regulatory requirements.The assessments were carried out at the request of the EU and IMF following Ireland’s exit from the bailout programme.In a statement this morning, Bank of Ireland said it expects to maintain a buffer above a CET1 ratio of 10 per cent on a Basel 3 transitional basis.For the purposes of the test, the regulator set the potential adjustment to mortgage impairments to €400 million. However, this could be reduced by €40 million following final discussions on the loan file reviews.First published 8.27amRead: Central Bank director Fiona Muldoon resignsMore: Banks exceeding arrears targets, but some customers have “no clarity”last_img read more

Woman in serious condition after Waterford fire that injured four firefighters

first_img 1 Comment 17,397 Views A WOMAN IN her 20s is in a serious condition in hospital after a fire in Waterford last night.Gardaí and emergency services were called to the blaze at a residential premises on Wellington St at around 11pm.A woman in her 20s was taken to University Hospital Waterford with serious injuries.Four firefighters were also injured in the blaze and were treated in hospital.Chief fire officer at Waterford City Council Niall Curtin told, “Conditions at the incident were difficult. Apr 10th 2017, 11:40 AM Monday 10 Apr 2017, 11:40 AM Short URL Woman in serious condition after Waterford fire that injured four firefighters Emergency services were called to the blaze on Wellington St at around 11pm. Share87 Tweet Email1 By Cliodhna Russell Image: Waterford University Hospital via Google Maps It was a very hot fire and there were people trapped inside the building.“We had reports of persons trapped inside the building so a comprehensive search of the building had to be carried out.”He added that people were located in another area of the building but firefighters had to transport the causality from inside the building.That’s the nature of the business, it can be very dangerous. Eleven firefighters attended the scene. The four injured firefighters have all been discharged from hospital.Gardaí say that investigations are ongoing.Read: SIPTU says Irish Water workers are not overpaid after reports of €5,000 bonuses for all staff> Image: Waterford University Hospital via Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Vers une profonde refonte de la politique du médicament

first_imgVers une profonde refonte de la politique du médicamentSuite au scandale du Mediator, soupçonné d’être à l’origine de 500 à 2.000 décès en France, l’Inspection générale des affaires sociales (Igas) préconise dans un rapport une profonde réforme du système du médicament.Six mois après avoir publié un rapport accusant le laboratoire Servier, le fabricant du Mediator, d’avoir tu les risques potentiels, et notamment cardiaques du produit prescrit aux diabétiques, l’Igas a rendu les conclusions d’une étude commandée par le ministère de la Santé et visant à bouleverser la politique du médicament. Le texte prône entre autres une simplification de la notification des effets indésirables, un meilleur contrôle des laboratoires, la suppression des visiteurs médicaux, ou encore la nomination d’un organisme public chargé de l’information sur les médicaments.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Interrogée par le Nouvel Observateur, le professeur Aquilino Morelle, l’un des auteurs du rapport, souligne que si “l’affaire du Mediator est certes singulière, elle a aussi révélé des travers généraux, ce qui justifie que le ministre de la Santé, Xavier Bertrand, ait demandé à l’Igas un rapport pour proposer des pistes de réformes”. Et de déplorer : “Jadis pionnière, la pharmacovigilance française s’est endormie. Malgré des alertes répétées, le Médiator a été laissé sur le marché pendant trente-cinq ans. Il faut donc renforcer la pharmacovigilance, et changer ses règles de fonctionnement”. L’Igas propose alors d’examiner tous les cas de danger potentiel, “même les douteux”, mais aussi de centraliser les notifications et de mener plus d’études épidémiologiques. A l’instar des professeurs Debré et Even, Aquilino Morelle préconise une expertise interne menée par des personnes recrutées par l’Afssaps (Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé), sans lien avec les laboratoires. “Nous appelons donc, pour la pharmacovigilance comme pour les autorisations de mise sur le marché (AMM), à la création d’une force de frappe d’une vingtaine d’experts de haut niveau, bien payés, à qui l’on garantirait une vraie suite de carrière au terme d’un mandat de cinq ans, renouvelable une fois”, précise M. Morelle. En outre, l’Igas prône la publication de toutes les études cliniques préalables réalisées par les laboratoires. Elle demande également un réexamen des quelque 5.000 médicament aujourd’hui sur le marché.”L’industrie pharmaceutique a tiré sur la corde car on l’a laissée faire. Il ne faut pas la diaboliser mais la remettre sur le droit chemin” conclut Aquilino Morelle, dont le rapport est consultable sur le site Internet de l’Igas. Le 22 juin 2011 à 16:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Game of Thrones latest death is a tough one to take and

first_img Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4: How to watch, leaks, recaps, avoiding spoilers and how to stream HBO without cable Thanos vs. Game of Thrones Night King: Here’s who’d win Game of Thrones season 8: How to adjust your TV for a cinematic picture Here’s me thinking this episode would be a celebration #GameOfThrones— Joeyyy (@_Joseph590) May 6, 2019 The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked Comments OH NOOOOOO. NOT THE DRAGONNNNNNN. #GoT #ThronesYall— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) May 6, 2019 Game of Thrones images too dark? We can help *MILD SPOILERS*… Culture TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: WHAT THE WHOLE FUCK IS HAPPENING?!?!?! THIS FUCKIN ASSHOLE!!!!!!!!!! BURN THEM ALL!!! @HBO @GameOfThrones #GoT #Season8 #DemThrones #Episode4— T-Pain (@TPAIN) May 6, 2019 Did we just lose another dragon?!? Wtf?!? #GameofThrones— the.blogging.jedi (@TonyStarksWard) May 6, 2019 Rhaegal after being shot by Euron three times #GOT #GameofThrones— colby (@originalgenome) May 6, 2019 Related stories Not the dragon!! Not him!! He should stay back! #GameofThrones— Yerlin (@Marlet_Yerlin) May 6, 2019 NOOOOOO THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN #GameOfThrones— t h o m a s (@RIPeterParker_) May 6, 2019 Tags Me: “Oh, he only got hit by one spear he might be okay…”*Gets shot in the throat***Sinks to the bottom of the ocean**#GameofThrones #Rhaegal— Dr.Pibb🌶️ (@MichaelDiAcri) May 6, 2019 Why? HBO Look, we’re used to heart-wrenching deaths on Game of Thrones, but this is different. This totally sucks.What are you doing to us here? Why would you do this?OK, here’s your obligatory spoiler warning for episode 4 of this final season. game-of-thrones-spoilersCan we talk now? OK, let’s talk.They killed a dragon. They killed another goddamn dragon. Rhaegal to be specific. People are upset. Hell, I’m upset. The Night King doing the whole “you’re an ice dragon now” to Viserion was pretty bad, but this might actually be worse.Mainly because of who did the killing.  38 Photos I can’t handle Dany losing anymore dragons #GOT #GameofThrones— colby (@originalgenome) May 6, 2019 5:13 Rhaegal didn’t deserve surviving his ice dragon brother to be killed by bitch ass Euron!!!! #GoT— MissFit Harley (@MissfitHarley) May 6, 2019 And then there was 1! 😢😩 #GameOfThrones #GOT— MeLAnIn JunKIE (@xLuv_N_Myself) May 6, 2019 Share your voice 8 RIP Rhaegal, you were almost all healed up for battle, you sweet baby you. RIP Missandei, you were the realest and you had the most poppinest wash-n-go in all the 7 Kingdoms until the very end.— 🐝HTHMSCTHMING🐝 (@_BeNiceOrLeave) May 6, 2019 RIP Rhaegal, you were almost all healed up for battle, you sweet baby you. RIP Missandei, you were the realest and you had the most poppinest wash-n-go in all the 7 Kingdoms until the very end.— 🐝HTHMSCTHMING🐝 (@_BeNiceOrLeave) May 6, 2019 Rhaegal died thanks to Euron Greyjoy and Cersei’s gigantic dragon crossbow thing — this is a problem. Euron sucks. Not in a good, “Hi, I’m Joffrey the best villain in TV history kind of way.” In a bad, “my character is a bit weird and people don’t really like me” kind of way. In wrestling, they call this “X-Pac heat.”Anyway, Twitter got real upset about Rhaegon essentially getting murked by Euron’s fleet. Rightfully so in my humble opinion. With Rhaegal kicking the bucket and Jon Snow putting Ghost up for adoption, it was truly a difficult episode for the pets. Game of Throneslast_img read more

Congress divided over Article 370 as several leaders support Modi govt move

first_imgCongress celebrates victory over BJPgettyimagesCongress leaders have divided opinions on the government’s historic decision to revoke the controversial Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and to bifurcate the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. While senior Congress leaders, including former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, disapproved with the abrogation of Article 370 and called Monday a black day in the nation’s history, some appreciated the move.In a setback for Congress, a party leader from Assam, Bhubaneshwar Kalita, resigned over the party’s attitude towards the scrapping of Article 370. He said that the party has taken the path of self-destruction and he cannot be a part of it.Senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi supported the abrogation, stating that the nation has corrected a historical mistake which was made during the time of independence.The national spokesperson of Congress, Jaiveer Shergill, also supported the move. “I support abrogation of Art 370 (as opening words say its temporary) but Only & Only in accordance with provisions & methodology provided by the Constitution of India which mandates consent of J&K State Assembly -any other way is Unconstitutional,” he said.Congress leader and Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda also differed from his party’s view. He said that revoking Article 370 is needed for the unity of India as well as the people of J&K, who are an integral part of the nation. But the government must ensure that this is implemented in a peaceful atmosphere.The Congress legislator from Raebareli Sadar, Aditi Singh, has supported the revocation stating that the move will help in J&K’s integration into the mainstream. “It’s a historic decision. It should not be politicised. As an MLA, in my capacity, I welcome this decision,” she said.Former Congress MP Milind Deora took a neutral stand on the issue. “Parties should put aside ideological fixations and debate what’s best for India’s sovereignty and federalism, peace in K, jobs for Kashmiri youth & justice for Kashmiri Pandits,” he tweeted. Rahul Gandhi, who quit as Congress president in May, finally voiced his opinion over the issue saying that the central government has abused its executive power. “National integration isn’t furthered by unilaterally tearing apart J&K, imprisoning elected representatives and violating our Constitution. This nation is made by its people, not plots of land. This abuse of executive power has grave implications for our national security,” he wrote on Twitter.last_img read more

The Chi Falls Short Of Giving The South Side Its Own Wire

first_img Share Parrish Lewis/ShowtimeMichael Epps, Alex Hibbert and Shamon Brown Jr. play three boys who have to dodge gang violence on their way to school in The Chi.As a child of Gary, Ind., I’ve waited years for a TV show or movie to intimately explore Chicago’s poor, mostly black South Side neighborhoods — like The Wire did for West Baltimore and Boyz N The Hood did for South Central Los Angeles. I so wanted Showtime’s The Chi, which debuts Sunday, to be that show in this moment, but the first four episodes I saw didn’t quite hit the mark.The action starts with Coogie (Jahking Guillory), a fresh-faced 16-year-old with huge hair. He’s childlike enough to feed a stray dog, but savvy enough to barter with the owner of the local bodega for a lower price on his snack. Those particular scenes are what The Chi does best — humanize people in a place most of us only know from headlines and political rhetoric.Coogie gets arrested because he was seen near a murder, and that leads to a fight between Coogie’s older brother (Jason Mitchell), his brother’s girlfriend (Tiffany Boone) and his abusive mom, played by The Wire alum Sonja Sohn. Soon, there’s another murder in the neighborhood, and the characters are caught in a swirl of revenge, violence and regret as people avoid the police and seek justice on their own.But that’s only part of the story in The Chi. The show also has a plot about a trio of school boys — Papa (Shamon Brown Jr.), Jake (Michael Epps) and Kevin, who’s played by Alex Hibbert from the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. In one scene, the boys explain what makes school so difficult.“The worst thing about school is getting there,” Kevin says.“You got to know who run what block, what crew is beefing with your crew,” Jake adds. “You might have to walk three or four blocks out of your way just to avoid the ops.”The Chi has an impressive pedigree. It was created by Chicago native Lena Waithe, the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, and Oscar-winning rapper Common (also from the Windy City) serves as an executive producer.But this is a sprawling tale that takes a long time to get where it’s going. I fear this Showtime series may be a victim of what I call “Netflix syndrome,” where many of today’s high-profile series take way too long to set up stories. It’s also overshadowed by stories we’ve seen before, most notably on HBO’s The Wire. That series made history a decade ago when it depicted an all-black neighborhood crippled by poverty and crime, and struggling with violence from an out-of-control, illegal drug trade.The Chi needs to tell a story that stands apart from those familiar themes, and so far I haven’t quite seen it. Television is waiting for a show that turns the South Side’s unique struggle into groundbreaking pop culture poetry, but The Chi will have to raise its game a bit more to pull that off.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

DCBased Business Reaching Wine Lovers Nationwide

first_imgJustin Harrison is the owner of Vino Lovers. (Photo courtesy of Justin Harrison)While many people dream of becoming true wine connoisseurs, it does not happen overnight. With over 36 billion bottles of wine produced worldwide each year, many people do not even know where to begin. Imagine, then, if there was a club where you could experience a wide variety of wines, beginning with those you would love most, based on everyday preferences, from how you take your coffee, to the smell of your favorite flower or most tantalizing aroma. What’s more, once your perfect wines are selected, they’re shipped right to your doorstep.E-commerce site, makes this possible. Launched in Washington, D.C., in 2014, the platform was created by Justin Harrison who gained inspiration from his mother. “She had an interest in wine and she’d do events that brought people together around wine, and have them learn about it with friends and family [while] eating good food,” Harrison, told the AFRO in a recent interview.These intimate occasions began in 2005 and continued for five years. Harrison attended to assist his mother until he caught the wine bug himself. “Realizing there weren’t a lot of African Americans in the wine space, I was intrigued and I thought it would be a differentiation if I decided to get into it,” he said.Harrison began his journey to expand the family business in California. He took courses at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena where he learned about the wine industry from production and distribution standpoints. He then went to Boston to attend Babson College, where he received his MBA in 2011. Finally, he became a sommelier with a certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers.While it’s difficult to choose a favorite, Harrison’s most memorable experience with wine occurred while at the Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, California. “The founder of the winery opened up his private cellar and gave us one of his reserved cabernets, and that was something that really made everything click for me,” he said.Professionally, Harrison has worked in the retail and restaurant industries helping others learn about wine, before getting back to the family business. Witnessing the trend in e-commerce startups, he conceptualized the Vino Lovers model that exists today. After about a year of logistics, cases of wine began their distribution to homes across the country.During the summer of 2014, another element was added to the model as a way to bring D.C. residents together and more customers to the business that was still in its bootstrap stage. “We started doing the Vino Fest festival as a means to bring a diverse group of people together around wine, food, music and culture and to give people a very unique experience that they don’t find at other wine festivals,” said Harrison.African-American soul artist Jesse Boykins III headlined the inaugural event last year, which drew in 1,800 people. A few months after the success of Vino Fest, the company was one of eight recipients of the Digital DC Tech Fund, presented by then-mayor Vincent Gray.“That funding gave us an opportunity to retool our business model in a way that was more efficient,” said Harrison, who re-launched the platform in December 2014. It now has nearly 200 subscribers.The second annual Vino Fest will commence in D.C. this May, and a spring festival in Columbus, Ohio, is also in the works.While the road has been long, “you try to do the best you can and make a good business,” said Harrison.And like fine wine, it only gets better with time.To learn more about VinoLovers and VinoFest, visit read more

Remembering George Mueller the Father of the Space Shuttle

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now October 19, 2015center_img Enroll Now for Free George Mueller, the celebrated creator and first leader of NASA’s Office of Manned Spaceflight during the Cold War, died last week at his residence in Irvine, Calif. He was 97.Born on July 16, 1918, the National Medal of Science recipient is perhaps best known for putting forth the aggressive, admittedly risky “all-up” guiding principle of spacecraft and rocket testing during his six years at NASA. The radical initiative, accompanied by a sweeping management overhaul, rocketed space mission trials forward at an accelerated pace, enabling the fledgling government space agency to meet President John F. Kennedy’s goal of putting humans on the moon by the end of 1960s, despite persistent scheduling snafus.   Related: For the First Time Ever, NASA Astronauts Eat Vegetables Grown in SpaceNASA credits Mueller with overseeing the completion of Project Apollo and for the birth of the Skylab, our country’s first space station, and the Space Shuttle projects. Under his leadership, the Apollo 8 crew orbited the moon in 1968 and, the following year, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 team laid claim to a major milestone for humans, the first manned lunar landing.   Often called the “Father of the Space Shuttle,” he departed NASA after the completion of the Apollo 11 mission, though he never fully exited the aerospace industry. Following a six-year executive post at General Dynamics, he retired briefly, then later returned to his life’s passion, taking up the post of CEO of Kistler Aerospace (later Rocketplane Kistler) in 1995. He remained active at the now-shuttered reusable launch system company until 2004.Mueller is survived by his second wife, two daughters, two step-children, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.Related: Entrepreneurs on the Moon? NASA Takes a Step in That Direction.last_img read more

Costa Ricas Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve turns 50

first_imgMonday marks the 50th anniversary of Costa Rica’s oldest nationally protected forest, Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve. The National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) celebrated the milestone over the weekend with hikes, presentations and soccer games.“The Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve became the first to provide effective protection,” SINAC’s Executive Director Rafael Gutiérrez said in a press release. “It paved the way for us to confront the accelerated destruction of our forests.”Located on the Nicoya Peninsula’s southernmost tip, the Cabo Blanco rain forest is home to some 120 species of trees and numerous jungle mammals.After serious deforestation for farming throughout the early 20th century, two Swedish immigrants, Nicolas Wessberg and Karen Mogensen, purchased the land in 1959 to protect it. In 1963 the reserve became the country’s first protected area, spurring the formation of the national park service. Today, more than 24 percent of Costa Rica’s territory is protected, the highest percentage in the world.The official 50-year celebration took place in August with the signing of a decree allowing park rangers to carry firearms. Alberto Font Facebook Comments Environment Vice Minister Ana Lorena Guevara and Vice President Alfio Piva stand with a plaque commemerating Cabo Blanco founders Nicolas Wessberg and Karen Mogensen. No related posts.last_img read more

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