Association of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formed

first_imgAdvertisements Association of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formed UncategorizedMay 30, 2008 RelatedAssociation of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formed RelatedAssociation of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formedcenter_img RelatedAssociation of Regional Local Government Administrators to be Formed FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail An Association of Regional Local Government Administrators is in the making, as a result of discussions being held at the Regional Local Government Consultation and Conference taking place in Montego Bay.This was announced today (May 29), by Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government matters, Robert Montague, at the five-day conference, which is being held at the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club. It will end on May 30.The State Minister said that a Resolution has been passed and a Steering Committee formed to guide the process of establishing the new organization.“From all indications, local government administration in the region seems poised as a result of this ground-breaking workshop,” he argued.“This is important, because as a region we must develop our own systems, laws and models, based on our experiences and realities. Local governance therefore offers us the last chance, the last frontier for us as a region to come together,” he emphasizedMr. Montague, who is also Chairman of the Caribbean Forum of Local Government Ministers, congratulated the local government administrators for taking the initiative towards forming the new organization.He pointed out that on May 30, the outcome of the consultations would be considered, and on May 31, a technical Working Group would meet to collate all inputs of the conference.The State Minister said that all the information garnered would be further discussed at consultations to be held at the national level during the period June to September, and at a regional consultation to be held in November. These would then be incorporated into a final document, which would be published and made available to all local government stakeholders, including presentations to the CARICOM Heads of Government.The conference is sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Commonwealth Secretariat, under the theme: ‘Enhancing Local Governance in the Caribbean’.Approximately 100 representatives from eight countries across the region are participating.last_img read more

Lessons learnt in the year 2020

first_imgThis year started with a lot of thrill to achieve innumerable goals. It was the most awaited year, which came after four years as it was a leap year.  The joy, excitement, and resolutions all came to a halt because of the untimely activities and events that followed this year and taught us many new lessons and enhanced our endurance in life. The skills learned are so valuable that I cannot forget them ever in my forthcoming life. I want to pass it on to the next generation.The lessons learned are precious and to be shared with all. I would love to share a few of my experiences.1)     I learned that man proposes, and God has full authority to dispose of our proposal. We have no power to oppose His decision. I realized that this world is ultimately run by a supreme Power who has the strength to control us. His verdict is the final. Man is merely a puppet in His hands. We need to obey Him.2)     Nothing in this world is permanent. Everything passes off. If happiness did not stay long, sadness will also never stay. We need to develop patience and quit haste; after all, haste makes waste.3)     I understood how insignificant we are before nature. God has blessed us with immense knowledge, but we cannot fight a virus that is so small that it is invisible. We have not reached the heights we are unnecessarily proud of achieving. We still need to work extremely hard.4)     Life is the biggest blessing. I learned to value it. Death can approach from anywhere and put a full stop to this glorious chapter. We need to enjoy this gift before we lose it.5)     I learned the worth of relationships. It is good to have numerous friends on social media, but our dear ones stand by us at the end of the day. Their love and support make life worth living. Love all and quit hatred. Value the relationships residing with you. Give time to them. They deserve it from you.6)     It taught me the difference between need and want. We want the entire world, but do we need it? No. We just run behind the desires ignoring the small happiness in life. Ultimately, we end up achieving nothing. I have learned to live with the things I need.7)     This year taught me to relax. It taught me that the world runs even if I do not rush to do things. I am not that significant as much I think I am.8)     I learned the value of sharing. Sharing clothes, food, and amenities with others gives an immeasurable pleasure. The blessing that comes out of the heart of a needy person reaches the sky instantly. It brings about miracles.9)     It taught me to appreciate every person who plays a role in our life, whether it be a cook, a maid, or a driver. We take them for granted. Without them, life is so tough.10)    Finally, it taught me to be happy in every moment, and happiness comes with contentment. Let us learn to be satisfied and grateful for all that we have. Life is short. We do not know when we will fall into the deep dark trench called death. Before that, we need to be happy and live life to the fullest.11)   Let us thank God for giving us a chance to survive this pandemic where thousands have lost their lives. We are lucky to survive this disease. Probably there is a purpose for our survival. Let us accomplish it and leave this world with a smile of achieving our goal.last_img read more

Kosciusko County drug officers search two homes, make five arrests

first_img Twitter Chad A. Thompson, 52 of WarsawMaintaining a Common NuisancePossession of MethamphetamineBond: $25,000 surety plus $250 cash Previous articleEscaped Inmate from Starke County located, taken back into custodyNext articleBuchanan man charged with 4 counts of 2nd degree murder after deadly crash Brooklyne Beatty Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – August 20, 2019 0 366 Pinterest WhatsApp Kosciusko County drug officers search two homes, make five arrests Google+ Frank DanielsKendall RodgersChad ThompsonTroy HowardMaryjean HowardAll photos supplied by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office.  All five arrested are booked in the Kosciusko County Jail. Facebook Maryjean E. Howard, 51 of ElkhartDealing MethamphetamineBond: $25,000 surety plus $250 cash Pinterest Kendall E. Rodgers, 25 of MiddleburyDealing MethamphetaminePossession of a Narcotic DrugBond: $25,000 surety plus $250 cash (Photo supplied/Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department) Five people were arrested in Kosciusko County last week after police served search warrants at two area homes.Based on information gathered from several traffic stops in Kosciusko County, NET 43 officers first obtained a search warrant for 4542 W. 400 N. It was served just before 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 15.During the search, police found 131 grams of methamphetamine, one gram of heroin and an abundance of stolen tools and lawn equipment. Police report the stolen equipment was taken from storage units throughout the area, and has an estimated value of $25,000.Three people were arrested as a result of the search, and face the following charges:Frank S. Daniels, 34 of MiddleburyDealing MethamphetaminePossession of MethamphetmineMaintaining a Common NuisanceBond: $25,000 surety plus $250 cash A separate search warrant was simultaneously executed at 8280 E. US 30, lot 52 by NET 43 officers.Officers found one ounce of methamphetamine inside the home, and the following people were arrested:Troy D. Howard, 52 of PiercetonDealing MethamphetamineBond: $25,000 surety plus $250 cashlast_img read more

Some blood-system stem cells reproduce more slowly than expected

first_imgA research collaboration lead by Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has found a subpopulation of hematopoietic stem cells, which generate all blood and immune system cells, that reproduce much more slowly than previously anticipated.  Use of these cells may improve the outcome of stem cell transplants – also called bone marrow transplants – for the treatment of leukemia and other marrow-based diseases.  The report has been published on line by the journal Nature Biotechnology to coincide with a similar study in the journal Cell.“Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation saves many lives every day and is the most established therapeutic application of stem cells, but ironically we know very little about the cells that have made this clinical success possible,” says Harvard Medical School assistant professor Hanno Hock, MD, PhD, of HSCI and the MGH Center for Regenerative Medicine, who led the study.  “If we can improve our understanding of the biology of these cells, we should be able to offer our patients more therapeutic options.”It has been believed that the entire population of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in the bone marrow reproduce at a rate of about 7 percent per day, with each cell dividing every two weeks.  But previous investigations of stem cell proliferation appear to have missed the fact that some cells divide much less frequently.  The MGH team developed a mouse model in which HSCs could be induced to express a green fluorescent label for a limited period of time.  Tracking how long cells retained the label after its expression was halted would indicate how long a cell remained in a resting phase between cell divisions. While 80 percent of the labeled HSCs were observed to proliferate at the expected rate, 20 percent of cells reproduced much more slowly, dividing once every 100 days or longer.  Another experiment found that a gene believed to keep HSCs in a resting state was not required to maintain the reduced rate of cell division in these slow-cycling HSCs, and a mathematical model of HSC proliferation only matched what was actually seen in the labeled mouse model if it assumed two populations of HSCs with differing rates of cell division.To test whether the rate of proliferation changed the cells’ ability to repopulate bone marrow, stem cell transplants were conducted using HSCs that had been labeled several months earlier and retained varying levels of the green marker – with higher label intensity signifying the slowly proliferating cells.  The best results were achieved with cells maintaining the most label, which would signify the slow-cycling population, while cells in which the label was weakest were least able to repopulate the animals’ marrow.“Our results suggest that we understand a lot less about HSCs than we thought,” Hock says.  “If we can find more markers for these slow-cycling cells and identify them in human bone marrow, we may be able to make more of them and find additional clinical applications.”   Co-lead authors of the report are Adlen Foudi, PhD, and Konrad Hochedlinger, PhD, of the MGH Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cancer Center.  Additional co-authors are Denille Van Buren and Jeffrey Schindler, MGH; Rudolf Jaenisch, MD, Whitehead Institute, and Vincent Carey, PhD, Harvard Medical School. The study was supported by grants from the Ellison Foundation, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the American Society for Hematology, the National Institute of Health, the Kimmel Foundation and the V Foundation.last_img read more

Mama’s Mama knows best

first_imgMama’s Mama knows bestThe millennial mom-to-be uses an app to track her fertility and pregnancy progress, pins nursery ideas on Pinterest and researches baby gear on YouTube. She reads online advice on everything from what to eat (or not), to when to talk to a doctor about prescription prenatal vitamins and what to do with the placenta after delivering.Never without a smartphone in hand, armed with an app for everything, always connected or “on,” millennials were born in an era of emerging technology between 1980 and 1995, and have grown up in an ever-increasing digitally-enhanced environment. Access to technology and social media has defined every aspect of her life, including the expectant millennial’s approach to pregnancy. It’s a drastically different world than when her own mother was pregnant.But what does this over-abundance of connectivity and information mean for the digital-savvy millennial mom-to-be? Per a recent poll, for nearly 60 percent it means there is too much conflicting advice on tips for a healthy pregnancy. In the poll conducted by Exeltis, the company that produces the number one doctor recommended prescription prenatal vitamin, Vitafol, 500 millennials and 500 baby boomers were asked to reveal details on their approach to pregnancy. While sifting through all the information available today was overwhelming to expectant millennials, only 36.2 percent of baby boomer moms, whose pregnancies were “pre-Google” and social media, felt this way.In addition, in our constantly-connected world it’s common for people to feel license to dispense unsolicited advice to expectant moms. Twice as many millennial moms report they received advice while they were pregnant that they disregarded or didn’t agree with as compared to baby boomer moms.That’s why it’s no surprise that with so much (often conflicting) sought-out and unsolicited information and advice, 51.8 percent of millennials said they had a hard time deciding which pregnancy advice to believe.“We have so much more information than they did years ago,” said one millennial in the study. “I feel like millennial moms have a lot more pressure placed on them to do everything ‘right.’”Thus, despite the advances in technology that make their pregnancies different (or perhaps, more likely, because of it), millennial moms are turning to their own mothers for advice, even more than their mothers turned to the generation before them. Millennials are using the “Grandma Filter” to essentially qualify and validate information that they are receiving from other sources.In fact, when it comes to preparing for parenting, millennials turn to their mother/mother figure more than any other resource on a variety of topics. The “Grandma Filter” is number one when it comes to emotional/family concerns, relationship advice and determining what supplies she will need to register for. And, millennial moms also turn to their mother nearly three times more often than baby boomer moms would have regarding financial concerns in preparing for a new baby.Even though she has so many more resources at her disposal, and she still goes to her doctor, spouse/significant other and friends and other family members on many matters, the millennial’s increased reliance on her own mother has changed significantly over the years.Still, there are some elements of pregnancy that have remained unchanged. More than half of all millennial and baby boomer mothers polled prepared for pregnancy by taking a childbirth class. More than 97 percent of millennial moms and 92 percent of boomer moms took prenatal vitamins. In addition, 80 percent of both groups recognize prescription prenatal vitamins are the right choice for any pregnant mother.Which all indicates that regardless of when they are pregnant, moms ultimately want what is best for her baby, but deciding what that is might best be determined with a slight tweak to the adage. In fact, “Mama’s MAMA knows best.”last_img read more