College EMS Crew Saves Professor, Gimmicky Ambulances and Living Wage Increases for San Diego…

first_imgSAVIOR STUDENTS Most emergency medical professional will tell you they’re in it for the money, mostly because for many there isn’t a lot of money to be made by becoming an EMT. But one city is changing that by making strides in paying medics a livable wage. When beloved Duke University associate professor of markets and management studies George Grody suddenly lost consciousness and became pale during a marketing club meeting, students in the classroom knew exactly where to get help. This isn’t the first time an ambulance has been used for nonmedical purposes– social media users may recall a picture of the “Winebulance,” a wine delivery service that uses a refurbished ambulance to give people wine in times of so-called “emergency.” The students were able to get Grody’s heartbeat back on the third shock, which is when first responders arrived and took him to a hospital. Grody is now recovering after heart bypass surgery, and responders say it was a good thing that he stayed late that day for the meeting because he lives by himself and may not have gotten the critical care he needed. Certain contract workers such as lawyers and engineers were excluded from the law when it was drafted because they typically make more than minimum wage. However, that clearly hasn’t been the case with the city’s EMS providers, and lawmakers are now saying that the exemption isn’t in the “spirit of the law.” A representative from American Medical Response, the company that runs San Diego’s ambulance service, said they’re willing to work with unions to get the law changed. Officials are working to see if the pay changes can be implemented immediately or if it must wait until the contract ends in 2018. Meanwhile, the city council is still in the process of voting to close the loophole, but it’s already cleared two council votes. Photo courtesy Paul Grantham/Duke University  MISUSING AMBULANCES We give a big thumbs up to San Diego for recognizing ways it can better serve its tireless EMT community and for moving swiftly on an effective solution. We encourage continued collaboration between the city and AMR to close the loophole. We also hope that cities and communities around the country follow suit and see the need to evaluate their minimum wage laws to decrease the need for medics to work grueling overtime hours. We give a thumbs up to Kristen Bailey, Kirsten Bonawitz, Ritika Patil and Kevin Labagnara–the four Duke EMS students whose dedication to learning emergency medicine has already saved a life. Their expertise combined with the other students’ quick alert of the situation helped make all the difference. They grabbed three students from the library who volunteer with the school’s student-run EMS crew. They immediately recognized Grody was suffering from cardiac arrest and two volunteer EMTs began CPR compressions while the third ran to fetch an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the Duke EMS ambulance. During the shuffle, a fourth student EMS volunteer heard the situation and notified local EMS and fire departments. More News from JEMS.com We at JEMS give a thumbs down to these unorthodox uses of emergency vehicles that confuse the public, particularly when red warning lights are left on the vehicles and encourage the public to not take EMS seriously, which can be detrimental in times of actual emergencies. We also oppose bringing fake ambulances to places with large crowds where civilians may need to actually seek out medical help and instead get confused by a fraud. San Diego officials are working on closing a 10-year-old loophole that excludes EMTs and paramedics from the city’s living wage law. If the law is fixed, it could boost hourly pay for medics by as much as $4 an hour. After receiving a donated ambulance, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, La., decided to use it for a different purpose. They transformed the ambulance into a “mobile confessional” in which people can confess their sins to a traveling priest. Bins that would usually hold bandages and lifesaving medications now house bibles and holy water. A father from the church said they plan to bring the ambulance to large local events such as tailgating and concerts.  A LIVING WAGElast_img read more

Tunnelling success for Liebherr cranes

first_imgThe 500-tonne capacity crawler crane lifted and positioned the TBM components, which weighed up to 370 tonnes.The TBM had been used for the A19/N.640 road widening project at the Porto Empedocle in Sicily, where Gradito is based and operates a fleet of 19 cranes for lifting and hoisting operations.Meanwhile, Mediaco has used its Liebherr LG 1750 mobile crane to lift components of a tunnel boring machine as part of TBM components for the Grand Paris infrastructure project. According to Liebherr, the Grand Paris infrastructure project will see the development of 200 km of underground railway as well as 68 stations. “Like all crane contractors in the Paris area, we are expecting a healthy rate of orders over the next few years,” said Patrick Meublat, technical director for the crane business at Mediaco. “The jobs for our Liebherr cranes around Paris over the next few years will be dominated by assembling and dismantling tunnel boring machines and hoisting railway and road bridges.”The majority of the new metro routes are scheduled for completion by 2030 but the project as a whole will last several decades, said Liebherr. www.liebherr.com www.graditooleodinamica.itwww.mediaco-groupe.comlast_img read more

Dominica secures market for coffee export

first_imgLocalNews Dominica secures market for coffee export by: – July 26, 2013 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 145 Views   no discussions Dominica has already secured a Venezuelan market for the export of its coffee as plans to revive that sector intensifies.Construction of a coffee processing plant donated by the Venezuela Government commenced in April of this year by a joint company; Venezuela/Dominica (VENDOM).VENEDOM is a company formed through a partnership between a locally formed company Nature Isle Coffee (NIC) and Venezuelan Coffee Corporation (VCC). VCC owns 51% shares and NIC 49 % shares.The facility which will see the processing of 2000 tons of coffee beans per year is being constructed at One Mile in Portsmouth. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told Parliament on Wednesday that 25 acres of coffee has been established and over 10,000 coffee seedlings have been prepared for distribution. He said over 800 sustainable jobs will be created as a result of this project and that the coffee enterprise will comprise of up to 200 famers.“In order to deliver the level of supply, approximately two thousand acres of coffee will be required. Local supplies of coffee beans would be initially supplemented by imported beans to meet the required beans of the plant”.He said further that the amount of beans imported will be progressively reduced as local production increases. He also dispelled suggestions that Dominica does not have sufficient coffee to process at the factory. “Do they know of any Cocoa farm in Switzerland and Switzerland produces the best chocolate in the world? It is about adding value and nothing is wrong in importing beans to Dominica, adding value to it and sending back to the market where you can get the difference in price from the raw product to a processed product,” he said. Prime Minister Skerrit explained that Dominica’s equity participation in VENEDOM is the coffee equipment and the land on which the land on which the plant is being constructed. He also disclosed to Parliament that VENEDOM has obtained $11.2 million from the Alba Bank to construct and commission the coffee plant in an effort to assist farmers in rehabilitating the farms and to finance the establishment of new farms.According to the Prime Minister, farmers who will be participating in the project will receive assistance from VENEDOM and about 18 new jobs for the operational aspect of the enterprise will be created.Other jobs will also be created in the actual production and cultivation of the coffee beans which includes one mechanical engineer, one quality assurance supervisor, five machine operators, ten packers and one marketing officer to work alongside Export Dominica. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

‘Scales’ pest confirmed in Dominica

first_img Tweet Share Share Share LocalNews ‘Scales’ pest confirmed in Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – June 18, 2015center_img 138 Views   no discussions (Photo credit: www.gardeningknowhow.com)The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of a new pest called Scales on the island. The Scale insect, which has been found mostly in the eastern community of La Plaine, is said to be causing serious damage for famers there. Scales, as described by the University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources, are sucking insects that insert their tiny, straw-like mouthparts into bark, fruit, or leaves, mostly on trees and shrubs and other perennial plants. Scales causes damage by removing vital plant fluids from their hosts using their sucking mouth parts. Leaf and needle stunting and yellowing, twig and branch dieback as well as plant death are possible depending on population levels.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit; Agriculture Minister, Johnson Drigo; Head of the Plant Protection and Quarantine Unit, Ryan Anselm; and Parliamentary representative for the La Plaine constituency Petter Saint Jean met with residents there on Monday 15 June 2015 to discuss plans to control the spread of the pest. Head of the Plant Quarantine Unit Ryan Anselm said based on advice given by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Ministry of Agriculture said it will be using natural predators such as beetles to control the spread of the pest. “We have successfully reared four beetles in the lab and from two weeks ago we have been releasing these beetles in the field doing field trials”.According to Anselm, there has been some improvement at one of the farms as a result of the beetles which were released two weeks ago.“We are going to implement what we call an integrated approach where we are going to work with the beetles and work with to FAO to bring what we call parasitoids,” Anselm informed. He explained that the parasitoids are small flies that will puncture the scale insect and lay its eggs in it and kill it, which will “work faster than the beetles”.Anselm said the new disease is a serious concern as it could have crippling effects on the agriculture sector.“I know that situation is very severe. What we are asking is your patience to let the beetles do its work. A month ago I saw the scale insect on celery and bay leaf and these are natural repellant and so we have to work together to solve that problem,” Anselm said. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit called on the residents to work with the Ministry of Agriculture to manage and control the disease.“I believe that we have to treat it in the same manner in which we have been treating the Black Sigatoka having a focused, dedicated team to this, advising on a budget required for this, if we have to engage more people to assist in the management of this situation then we shall provide it,” PM Skerrit said. Mr Skerrit said cabinet will meet to determine what sort of assistance it will give to affected farmers as some of them have already requested compensation.“Legally, the government cannot compensate you for an act of God. What I can say is we can see how we can assist you, but I cannot use the word compensation”.“Legally I cannot compensate anybody for an act of God because I would be going contrary to the laws of the country but seeing the impact on your way of life, we will be discussing in Cabinet what sort of intervention we can provide to the farmers affected,” PM Skerrit said.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister called on the residents to help manage the pest to “bring it to a level where it will not have an impact on your plants; it will not have an impact on your way of life that it has right now”. Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Eagles’ Kelly says McCoy was wrong to question his motives

first_imgn this Dec. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. A person familiar with the deal says the Eagles have agreed to trade star running back McCoy for Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. The person spoke under condition of anonymity Tuesday night, March 3, 2015, because the teams had not announced the deal. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Chip Kelly says LeSean McCoy was wrong to suggest he favors White players over Black players and says he never considers race when he’s building the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster.“I’ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong,” Kelly said Thursday. “We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color’s never been one of them.”Kelly traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy wasn’t happy about the trade. The two-time All-Pro and leading rusher in franchise history then questioned Kelly’s motives in an interview with ESPN The Magazine earlier this month.“You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good Black players. He got rid of them the fastest,” McCoy said. “But there’s a reason he got rid of all the Black players _ the good ones _ like that.”McCoy referenced Kelly releasing star receiver DeSean Jackson a year earlier, while keeping receiver Riley Cooper.“That doesn’t hurt me,” Kelly said of the comments. “I’m not governed by the fear of what other people say. Events don’t elicit feelings. I think beliefs elicit feelings, and I understood what my beliefs are and I know who I am.”Kelly said he doesn’t plan to address the team about the comments, and he hasn’t spoken to McCoy.“I reached out to him twice and he didn’t accept my call,” Kelly said. “And I talked to his agent and told him I’d love to talk to him at some point, but I haven’t had a chance to touch base with him.”The third-year coach isn’t concerned about perception outside the locker room.“If you start chasing perception then you got a long life ahead of you, son,” Kelly said. “That’s what it’s all about if you’re worried about someone’s perception of what’s going on with you. You control one thing _ you control yourself. And I know how we run this organization, and it’s not run that way.”last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane: Changes may come, players, the coach…

first_img Zidane hinted there may be a lot of change coming to Madrid in the summer, even regarding his own position, adding: “Next year there might be changes, players and coach. But for now we must keep going as we have something to aim for.” 27/02/2016 Of the defeat, he said: “I’m not happy with the game, not happy with the defeat, what happened, how we played. what’s important for me and the team is to think about the next game.” CET Sport EN The Real Madrid coach saw his side lose 1-0 at home to rivals Atletico Madrid, leaving them nine – potentially 12 – points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga.  A constant theme in the press conference was Zidane stating the problems his side face “are not just physical, they are mental”. Zidane said “the league is over” but also insisted “we’re not going to throw the season, we still have challenges. This is what I have to say.”  He insisted Madrid would continue fighting, especially in the Champions League. Zidane said: “We have things to do. we have the Champions, we have league games. We have to keep going. It’s a tough moment, when you lose a derby at home it’s always fucked up. Sorry for the word.” Upd. at 19:44 Zinedine Zidane has hit out his players, saying they are mentally weak and there may be changes next season.last_img read more