Some states are making dramatic improvements in their Recovery Act websites but others are still failing to make effective use of online technology to educate taxpayers about the impact of the stimulus. Vermont was cited as fifth worst in the nation. So finds Good Jobs First in Show Us the Stimulus (Again), a report released today which updates GJF’s July findings; text plus state appendices at: www.goodjobsfirst.org/stimulusweb.cfm(link is external).”Some states are striving to deliver on President Obama’s promise that the Recovery Act would bring unprecedented transparency and accountability,” said Good Jobs First executive director Greg LeRoy. “Led by Maryland, which again receives our highest score, these states’ Recovery Act websites help taxpayers understand and evaluate how the Recovery Act benefits their state.”On a scale of 0 to 100, the study rates the disclosure on more than $200 billion in ARRA funds flowing through state governments to communities, organizations and individuals. It grades information on programs and on specific grants and contracts, with special emphasis on jobs data and the geographic distribution of spending. “Cinderella states such as Kentucky and Illinois swept from the bottom in our previous assessment to the top tier in our new ranking,” said Philip Mattera, GJF’s research director and principal author of both reports. “Many others have improved their sites and are effectively incorporating the data states transmit to the federal Recovery.gov website. The state sites and Recovery.gov are both vital to public understanding of the Recovery Act’s performance.”Top-rated states are: Maryland (87), Kentucky (85), Connecticut (80), Colorado (72), Minnesota (72), Wisconsin (72),California (69), Illinois (69), Oregon (67), Massachusetts (65), Georgia (64), West Virginia (64), New Mexico (62), New York(62), Pennsylvania (62), Montana (61) and Arkansas (60).Worst-rated, from the bottom, are: North Dakota (5), District of Columbia (6), Missouri (10), Alaska (13), Vermont (13), Louisiana (16), Mississippi (17), Idaho (18), Oklahoma (18), Texas (18) and South Carolina (19).The biggest Cinderella stories are Kentucky, which soared from 47th place to 2nd; Illinois (50th to 7th); Minnesota (34th to 4th); and Utah (50th to 24th).The study includes state-specific scoring sheets and recommendations for improvement based on best practices. Good Jobs First is a non-profit, non-partisan research center based in Washington, DC.SOURCE: Good Jobs First. WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
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The quest for the next big star in football climaxed at the Sukura Wembley Park as Black Mambas emerged as champions of the third edition of the Betway Talent Search.The search started three weeks ago in two zones- Northern and Southern zones.Teams across the country battled out for glory in the zones and an eye for the bigger price on Saturday, August 3, 2019.Six teams made it to the finals in Accra, Sukura Wembley Park- Desire FC, Satellite FC, Red Devils, Green Buffalos, Black Mamba, and White Scent.After an all-play-all contest, Black Mambas emerged as champions of the third edition of the Betway Talent Search.Why Betway Talent SearchAs the tournament progressed, Country manager of Betway, Ghana, Magnus Rex Danquah Jnr revealed the reason for Betway to undertake such an event. “Betway Talent Search is basically to empower unprofessional players. It is built for people playing in the division one and two and not those in the premier league.Because by now if you are between the ages of 18 to 25 and you are not in the premier league, then you are short of chances to be exposed to talents, good coaches, and good management.So this is basically to expose them to right scouts and good teams.”On the innovation of this year’s edition“Usually we used to deal with individuals players. So we open up to individual players to come and showcase what they have.But after the whole programme, if you look for teams for these players, people come out from anywhere claiming they are the player’s managers.And that hinders the chances of these footballers making it anywhere.So this year, we decided to deal with the teams itself. So the team, together with its hierarchy show up.So if there is a scout who is interested in any of the players, you talk to the management and things pick up from there.”Monetary factor“This year we have put in a little motivation in there.There is the money factor.So the players are not just playing for pride.They are also preparing for the season ahead as this also serves as a preseason for them.”The effect of the talent to the premier league clubs“We are doing this as a pre-season for all the other clubs and not only the four teams sponsored by Betway.So what we will do is, we will put up a roster which will include the names of the promising players and the position they play.So it does not have to be AshGold, Aduana Stars, Medeama, or Liberty Professionals to be interested in these players.Therefore if a club like Accra Hearts of Oak or Kotoko or whoever is looking for a left-back, we will publish the list of the players on the roster.Or you can get in touch with any of the people in the technical team and we would supply you with the player needed.Even so, we are helping them make their work easier.”Benefits derived from the previous edition“Few of the players who have made it in season one and two are playing in Europe, the local league and some African countries as well.So in general, it has been good so far”
Results from last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford Stadium were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Imperial Falcon 3/1; 2, Fernhill Scolari 7/4 fav. Time: 19.07. Distance: a length.Race 2 Booking Office 350 (350 yards): 1, Tobar na Maithir 7/2; 2, Tons of Speed 2/1. Time: 19.03. Distance: a length. Race 3 €200 Track Buster 525 semi-final (525 yards): 1, Swanson Rosette 5/2; 2, Tydon Marquis 6/1. Time: 29.12. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 4 €200 Track Buster 525 semi-final (525 yards): 1, Flaming Ember 5/1; 2, Fernhill Dice 6/4. Time 29.13. Distance: 1. lengths.Race 5 Lifford €15 Special 350 (350 yards): 1, Nosey Taz 1/1 fav; 2, Grillagh Miller 4/1. Time: 18.91. Distance: 5 lengths.Race 6 Ultimate Dining Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Fridays Maybe 1/1 fav; 2, Altmore Rose 4/1. Time: 29.09. Distance: 3.15 lengths. Race 7 Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal 525 (525 yards): 1, Smurfing Convoy 4/1; 2, Altmore Champ 5/2. Time: 28.82. Time: 0.75 length.Race 8 Donegal for Sam 525 (525 yards): 1, Nosey Meg 4/1; 2, Crossleigh Thyme 1/1. Time: 29.08. Distance: .75 length.Race 9 A McLean Boomakers 525 Final (525 yards): 1, Aughduff Murt 5/2; Tahina Kellie 7/2. Time: 28.97. Distance: a short head.Race 10 Buy a Buster 575 round one, heat one (575 yards): 1, Mr Bishop 6/1; 2, Total Motion 4/1. Time: 31.91. Distance: .75 length.Race 11 Buy a Buster 575 round one, heat two (575 yards): 1, Kingsmill Aguero 2/1 fav; 2, Mongys Girl 9.4. Time: 32.03. Distance: a short head. Race 12 Buy a Buster 575 round one, heat three (575 yards): 1, Dirt Bird 6/1; Take Cover 4/1. Time 31.82. Distance: 1.5 length.GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordResults
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6 November 2012 The National Rural Youth Service Corps is the future of rural development in South Africa, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said in Johannesburg on Tuesday. Nkwinti said the programme had taken on board over 11 000 young people from rural areas around the country and had helped over 4 000 of them to get theoretical training at Further Education and Training colleges. “We train them so that they can go back to develop their respective rural communities with the skills that they acquire from us, but some of them are being absorbed in urban areas [which is fine],” he said. Skills development and accelerated service delivery The programme, involving two years of training, was launched in 2011 with an initial 7 900 participants. To date, 4 500 participants have either received or are in the process of completing training in various disciplines, mainly in the construction sector. A further 855 have been trained in records management, and are currently scanning and counting land claim files in all nine of South Africa’s provinces. Eighty participants have been trained in disaster management for placement in municipalities. Nkwinti, who supports the idea of getting rural schools to teach farming skills to high school learners, said the programme was widely viewed as a success, but required additional resources. “Our view is that skills development for young people is critical in rebuilding our country. As government, we’ve done a lot in terms of accelerating water and sanitation provision, adequate roads, housing and electrifying households. “We’ve delivered early childhood development centres, clinics and other basic human rights needs that never existed before in areas such as Muyexe in Limpopo, and now we are moving to other areas in other provinces, where we are also building houses for needy beneficiaries.” Nkwinti said they still had many areas to get around to in terms of delivering services. “The pace is slow, but we are pleading with our people to be patient. We are getting there. The country is quite big and resources are very limited.” Source: SANews.gov.za
Jeremy Wallis demonstrates how Umbiflow works. Unlike conventional equipment, Umbiflow doesn’t require a specialist to operate it and interpret the results. The device can easily be used by nursing sisters, midwives and general practitioners in mobile, rural and low-resource primary health care settings. (Image: Wilma den Hartigh) Umbiflow makes it possible to perform umbilical blood flow assessments at primary health care clinics, removing the need to always refer patients to specialists. The entire device is powered off a notebook laptop or a windows tablet. Results are generated in real time, displayed on a screen and printed immediately using a small printer connected to the notebook. The graph is divided into three sections – green, yellow and red – with each colour determining the type of action required. Green indicates good blood flow with no cause for concern, but foetuses that fall within the red zone will be referred to secondary health care providers. (Images: Jeremy Wallis) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jeremy Wallis CSIR +27 12 841 3512 RELATED ARTICLES • Traditional midwives back in fashion • Taking the risk out of giving birth • South Africa leads in mHealth • Top prize for local TB researchers Wilma den HartighResearchers from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Medical Research Council have developed a low-cost Doppler ultrasound device, known as Umbiflow, which will improve primary health care services for pregnant women.Doppler ultrasound equipment is an important tool used worldwide to determine foetal health and the intention with Umbiflow is to increase its impact.Using sound waves, it measures blood flow in the umbilical cord to determine if a foetus is small for gestational age (SGA) and sick, which usually occurs if the placenta is not providing enough blood flow to maintain the foetus on the standard growth curve.In the public healthcare system, women usually only undergo blood flow measurement using ultrasound technology if a pregnancy is considered high risk, and then only through a referral to a secondary health care provider or specialist.Now a group of researchers have taken conventional, and expensive, ultrasound technology and customised it in such a way that more pregnant women in South Africa can benefit from it.Jeremy Wallis, manager of the sensor science and technology competence area at the CSIR, says Umbiflow makes it possible to perform umbilical blood flow assessments at primary health care clinics, removing the need to always refer patients to specialists.Improving ante-natal careConventional ultrasound units are out of reach for the majority of primary care facilities in the country as they can only be operated by specialists, and have historically cost anything between R200 000 (US$22 500) and R1.5-million ($169 000).The new low-cost device is an ideal solution for ensuring that highly specialised technology is made available to every South African woman.Currently primary health care practitioners make use of tape measures to determine fundal height, measured from the mother’s pubic bone to the top of the uterus, to see if a foetus is SGA.Wallis says this technique can correctly identify SGA foetuses – typically 10 in every 100 cases – but the method can’t differentiate if a foetus is SGA yet healthy, or SGA and sick.“Umbiflow can do this,” he says.The technological intervention can also help the Department of Health meet its priorities to decrease child mortality (South Africa is 164th out of 220 countries); and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system.An article in ScienceScope, a publication of the CSIR, suggests that the mortality rate of sick-SGA foetuses can be reduced by about 38%, compared to a health care system that does not have access to Doppler ultrasound.The benefits of Umbiflow can also help to meet Millennium Development Goals, in particular to reduce the mortality rate of children under five by two thirds by 2015 and achieve universal access to reproductive healthcare.How will it improve the current health care offering?Wallis says Umbiflow will improve the quality and efficiency of ante-natal care by lowering the costs associated with Doppler measurements, and reducing the need to refer patients.By ensuring that every clinic has an Umbiflow device, patient loads at secondary level will be reduced.“With a typical provincial hospital doing several thousand such Doppler measurements per year, there is room for significantly reducing this figure for those cases linked specifically to the SGA condition,” he explains.He says a large number of pregnant women referred to secondary care for a Doppler ultrasound measurements are actually referred back to primary level for continued antenatal care, as many patients are found to have healthy-SGA foetuses.Umbiflow aims to reduce this number of referrals.“It could save the public healthcare system a lot of money, and increase the comfort of patients,” he says.If such equipment is available at clinics, it will reduce the inconvenience of referrals such as booking days off work, arranging costly transport and waiting in queues.Wallis says the benefits of Doppler measurements are well documented. According to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, there is a 44% reduction in hospital admissions, 20% less induced labour and the number of caesarean sections for foetal distress declines by 52%.Technology made accessibleThe device has been tested widely on thousands of patients, and the results show Umbiflow is as accurate as conventional, more expensive Doppler ultrasound equipment.But unlike conventional equipment, the Umbiflow doesn’t require a specialist to operate it and interpret the results. The device can easily be used by nursing sisters, midwives and general practitioners in mobile, rural and low-resource primary health care settings.“The technology is accessible and this is what makes it great,” Wallis says, and operators require very little training compared to, for instance, an imaging ultrasound.The handheld transducer plugs into a USB port, and the entire device is powered off a notebook laptop or a windows tablet. Results are generated in real time, displayed on a screen and printed immediately using a small printer connected to the notebook.The graph displaying the results is divided into three sections – green, yellow and red – with each colour determining the type of action required. Green indicates good blood flow with no cause for concern, but foetuses that fall within the red zone will be referred to secondary health care providers.The Umbiflow logs all results using cloud computing principles and 3G Internet connectivity. Wallis explains that this is important as it allows the developers to pick up any problems with the machine, such as quality or operator error.Exporting the productWallis says there is a market for Umbiflow beyond the public healthcare system in South Africa, such as mobile midwives who travel to patients.“In Holland a third of all births are at home and that country has a huge contingent of mobile midwives, so there is a market for it in first world countries too,” he says.In South Africa and worldwide the device can also be used by general practitioners who are based in small towns.The development team hopes to commercialise the technology in the next two years.
Lione Messi was back to his best as he scored a hat-trick in their UEFA Champions League opener to fire Barcelona to a 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven at Camp Nou on Tuesday.Messi netted a record eighth hat-trick in the Champions League.The Spanish champions’ all-time top scorer Messi broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute with an immaculate free kick which he curled over the wall into the top corner against a PSV side who had defended well and looked dangerous on the break.But Barca demonstrated the gulf in class as the second half progressed and doubled their lead in the 75th with a curling strike from French forward Ousmane Dembele, who scored his fifth goal in six games in all competitions this season.When that needle in the haystack is as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel… pic.twitter.com/A3qszCJx1wFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018Messi got his second two minutes later when he turned Ivan Rakitic’s dinked pass into the net with a flick of his boot.The mood was briefly dampened when Barca’s France defender Samuel Umtiti was dismissed in the 79th for a second yellow card before Messi completed his treble three minutes from time.The Argentine received another chipped pass, this time from Luis Suarez, and ruthlessly smashed the ball home.And #Messi said, Let there be a goal: and there was a goal. pic.twitter.com/7ydlC9fSwUFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018The strike completed eight trebles in Europe’s top competition for Messi, one more than rival Cristiano Ronaldo who will make his Juventus Champions League debut on Wednesday.advertisementEXTRAORDINARY MESSI”Messi does extraordinary things and makes them look routine,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.”We have to pinch ourselves to remind us that we are living through a unique era. When he stops playing it will be difficult to find someone like him.”#BarçaPSVPhotos#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/Wuz1TDhYudFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018PSV, coached by former Barca and Netherlands midfielder Mark van Bommel, had produced an admirable performance on their first visit to the Nou Camp in 21 years until they tired late on.In the first half they shut down most of Barca’s attacks and plotted several spirited breaks, while after the interval their Mexico international Hirving Lozano fired just over the bar.Van Bommel thought his side were hard done by in conceding the free kick from which Messi opened the scoring but he also paid tribute to the five-times world player of the year.”I don’t think it was a foul but Messi put it in the net. For me he’s the best player in the world and it’s strange to me he doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or every single year. But, overall, I think the scoreline was harsh on us.”Another game ball for the collection. pic.twitter.com/mqtN8O1NQoFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018Barca lead Group B on goal difference after Inter Milan beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the San Siro. Umtiti’s dismissal rules him out of Barca’s next game at Spurs Hotspur on October 3.(With inputs from Reuters)