WASHINGTON (AP) — With more than half of America reluctant or flatly opposed to getting a COVID-19 vaccine, a VIP-filled video call on Thursday targeted the nation’s military families with an urgent plea: Get the shot. First lady Jill Biden encouraged hundreds of listeners on a call set up by Blue Star Families to “get the vaccine when it’s your turn.” And Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, answered medical questions from the audience. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife, Hollyanne, who is a nurse, also offered their own pleas, underscoring the widespread concern about the reluctance among service members and their families to get the vaccine.
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Tags: top Pece War Memorial Stadium in GuluGULU–The government has apologised for failure to support Gulu District in its preparations as hosts of the 2017 East African Secondary School games.Speaking during the official opening of the school games at Pece War Memorial Stadium on Sunday State minister for Sports Charles Bakabulindi said they are sorry for what happened but it should be put in the past.“We apologise for what might happened the renovation of Pece Stadium was on our behalf but we promise to finish the remaining part,” he said.The government failed to support the renovation of facilities the district picked for the games despite Prime Minister Ruhakanda Rugunda earlier visiting and pledging support.Earlier this month, Rugunda told the district that he would meet First Lady Janet Museveni, who doubles as Education and Sports minister, firsthand and get the needed commitment to support the district raise the Sh400 million it needed to complete the renovation in time for the games.However, the government reportedly released only Sh30 million on Saturday to complete construction of a swimming pool at St Joseph’s College Layibi.The district had since May been engaged in efforts to raise funds locally as well as through donations but with the clock ticking to a tilt, desperate officials turned to government for help. They got only promises, the emptiness of which left them frustrated.Gulu District chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi could not hide his frustration, but said Sunday that after assessing the situation, they had realised that under the ministry, sports is underfunded.He appealed to government to improve sports funding to improve on the standard of sports in the country because it is a spirit that promotes sports and that sports is a unifying factor that remains great for the future of the country.Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of East African Affairs Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, who represented the president, said bringing the games in Acholi was to recognise that they are part of East African Community after decades of armed conflict in the sub region.President Museveni, in a message read by Minister Kirunda, said selecting Gulu in Acholi sub-region to host the games was to show that the Northern Uganda was free of war after more than two decades of LRA insurgency that left thousands dead and thousands more maimed for life.Uganda is hosting the games for the fifth time. The East African Secondary School Games has been organised for the past 16 years.Justus Mugisha, the president of the Federation of East Africa Secondary Schools Sports Association, said most of their objectives have been met, citing preparation of schoolgoing children for opportunities and training of teachers.The Archbishop of Gulu Diocese, John Baptist Odama, called on political, religious and cultural leaders in East Africa to use sports to promote unity within the region so that they become stronger part of the continent.St Joseph College, Layibi, and Sacred Heart Girls School are jointly hosting the championship, while Pece Stadium and Kaunda Grounds are being used for hosting athletics and basketball, respectively.A series of games ranging from outdoor sports such as rugby, basketball, netball, handball, hockey, and volleyball to the indoor ones like chess, badminton and swimming are being played at Layibi College, Sacred Heart, Gulu High School and SOS grounds.Last year’s games were hosted in Eldoret, Kenya, with the hosts keeping the overall trophy.There are over 3,500 participants from Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda participating in this year’s games.The minister flagged off the games with Jinja SS (Uganda) and Kakamega SS (Kenya) tussle it out in football, with the Kenyans pipping their Ugandan rivals 2-1 at Pece Stadium.Comments
19 July 2013A number of Springbok rugby players gave 67 minutes of their time in Langa township in Cape Town and Eldorado Park in Johannesburg as part of the international Mandela Day campaign in honour of South Africa’s former president, who turned 95 on Thursday.Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, backs Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon, as well as loose forward Siya Kolisi, spent their 67 minutes at Siyabulela Primary School in Langa outside Cape Town.Boks for BooksAs part of the recently launched Boks for Books campaign, the four Springbok stars read to learners of the school and participated in a Tag Rugby Clinic.“Boks for Books is a superb initiative by Saru [the South African Rugby Union] and it was really humbling to be able to tie it in with giving back on Mandela Day,” said De Villiers.“We’re very fortunate that we are able to give back to the people and to serve fellow South Africans, no matter where they are from. I’ve experienced first-hand how rugby can play a role in uplifting our countrymen and it’s something that is very dear to me.”Eldorado ParkMeanwhile, in Eldorado Park in Johannesburg, Springbok loose forwards Pierre Spies and Arno Botha, who are both currently sidelined by injury, got their hands dirty by planting trees at Kremetart Park and painting walls at the Andries Meyer Old Age Home.Their contribution was part of a Mandela Day initiative organised by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula.“I’m not the world’s greatest gardener or painter, but this was a superb opportunity to lend a hand in communities where people are not as fortunate as we are,” said Spies.“By making contributions which may seem small to you, you can make a big difference in the life of others.”SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence Research Program funded by the National Corn Growers Association continues to move forward with its long-term initiative to manage and ultimately solve aflatoxin issues for farmers with the announcement of a new round of research grants.The Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence (AMCOE) Research Program will again offer grants to researchers for projects focused on solving aflatoxin issues for farmers. These grants, which will be awarded to researchers focusing on six priority areas, were designed by southern corn checkoff boards to bring a unified approach to funding research projects across the region and will thus favor research teams that include members from multiple states.“The National Corn Growers Association, working with southern state grower associations including Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina, developed AMCOE to bring a unified approach to aflatoxin research that will yield results in a timely and more efficient manner,” said Charles Ring, NCGA Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team Chair. “Working together, we can improve the tools available for aflatoxin control and get real results that farmers can see in their fields.”Projects funded for 2020 should focus on one of these six priority areas: amelioration, best-management, biological controls, breeding, testing and transgenic.While corn farmers in southern states experience aflatoxin challenges every year, these challenges may present themselves in any corn region of the United States when the crop comes under stress. Thus, the benefits of such research, particularly as outlined in the six priority areas, are truly national in scope. Thusly, proposals will be considered regardless of the geographic region of the parties submitting and any state wishing to provide additional funding for AMCOE is encouraged to do so.Letters of intent from principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and collaborators not exceeding the $75,000 per year limit will be accepted by AMCOE until Oct. 25.For more information about the review process, evaluation criteria and program, click here.
Tata Motors has cut the prices of its compact car Indica eV2 by Rs 23,000 with the launch of a refreshed version, at a time when other auto makers have either raised their product rates or are mulling to do so.”Tata Motors today launched the refreshed Tata Indica eV2… The Tata Indica eV2 has been made even more economical with a reduction in price by Rs 23,000,” the company said in a statement.The price range now starts at Rs 4,01,162 for the base variant and goes up to Rs 4,87,619 (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top-end variant, it added.The company claims that the India eV2, powered by a 1,396 cc common rail diesel engine, gives a mileage of 25 kilometre per litre of fuel.”The car is also available with an MPFI petrol engine to provide customers with a wider choice. Both the engines are compliant with Bharat Stage IV emission norms,” it added.Some of the changes that the company has made in the refreshed version include new exteriors, stylish headlamps, new front bumper, integrated stop lamp and alloy wheels.Tata Motors’ move to reduce prices of one of its existing models by introducing a new variant is in contrast to other car makers including Honda Cars, Maruti Suzuki, General Motors and Audi India, who have wither raised the prices of their vehicles or in the process to do so, mainly due to adverse rupee movement.Honda Cars India has raised the prices of its three models — Brio, Jazz and City — by up to 2.6 per cent with effect from October 1.The country’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India had also said it would hike the prices of its vehicles and it was working out the details.General Motors India had said it would increase the prices of all its models from October 1 to offset the impact of rising input costs and currency fluctuation.Luxury car maker Audi had hiked the prices of its sports utility vehicle Q3 by up to two per cent, translating into an increase of Rs 50,000, from this month.advertisement
New Delhi, May 2 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today made it clear that all the facilities for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be held in six cities later this year should be ready by May 15. Goels comments were mainly directed towards authorities in Kochi, where the minister had made a visit recently after a FIFA inspection team found the preparation work unsatisfactory. “…Shri Vijay Goel, recently undertook a visit to Kochi, Kerala. The Minister expressed his disappointment at the pace at which the preparations were going on. Therefore, he had a meeting with all the concerned officers and directed that no more extension of time for completion of works may be sought and all facilities should be ready by May 15, 2017,” the Ministry said in a statement. A FIFA team led by its head of competitions Jamie Yarza had set a deadline of May 15 for Kochi to complete preparation work at the stadium there. The team was in the country in March. Goel will also undertake a similar visit to Kolkata on May 5. During the visit, he is likely to visit the competition as well as practice venues there. Kolkatas Salt Lake Stadium will host the summit clash of the prestigious tournament on October 26. “He (Goel) will also hold meetings with senior football players, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of West Bengal, with a view to seek their cooperation in popularising football and make FIFA Under-17 World Cup a success,” the release added. New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Goa and Guwahati are the other host cities for the October 6-28 event. PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisement
The year was 2002 and Hilder had been named in the Australian Mixed Open side for the first time, making her debut on home soil. Fast forward to 2012 and Hilder, who currently has 37 Australian caps to her name, is the most experienced Australian Mixed Open player in the side that will line up against New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex in Mudgee, New South Wales from Thursday. A lot has changed since then, having won three World Cup titles as well as getting married and having two children, but the drive to represent her country still remains. Despite her experience, Hilder says she was ‘really nervous’ at the initial camp earlier this month but can’t wait to take on the Kiwis later this week. “I think it’s really exciting to be able to be a part of a team that has got so many debutants. When I was young and just making my debut for Australia at home in Australia it was a big thing, so to be able to be a part of that with all of these ones is awesome as well,” Hilder said. “I’m just stoked to be still playing and running around with 17 and 18-year-olds and enjoying it, I still have the drive to get out there and play.”“At the camp everyone’s so excited and pumped and just playing with different people, but also playing a complete different style of Touch Football to what we played at World Cup is exciting.”The 2012 Trans Tasman Series marks the first time Hilder will represent Australia on home soil since her debut in Coffs Harbour in 2002. Having husband, Troy and children, Ashton (seven) and Nate (three) in the crowd as well as other members of her family will make the event an extra special one for the 36-year-old. “In that time I’ve played two World Cups but obviously the World Cups have been over in South Africa and Scotland so my husband hasn’t even seen me play for Australia. That was one of the big driving forces behind me really wanting to make this team, not only that but my family, my Mum and Dad and sisters are all travelling over as well. Last time they saw me play was actually 10 years ago when it was in Coffs Harbour so it’s going to be special.”It will be a new look Mixed Open side that takes to the field in Mudgee, with only six players from last year’s World Cup winning side returning to represent Australia in the division at the event. The side also sees former Australian Women’s Open assistant coach and 2009 Australian 20’s Boys coach, Micheal Lovett in the head coach role, with experienced Mixed player and coach, Manu Wakely as assistant coach. Despite a short lead in to the Trans Tasman, Hilder says that the feeling in the side is really positive and she is looking forward to the opportunity to play under the guidance of Lovett and Wakely. “Already the dealings I’ve had with Mick…he is really switched on and the direction he’s taking I’m loving already and the way that he wants the team to work is just unreal and I think he’s going to be really successful as a Mixed coach and I think the Mixed team is in very good hands,” she said. “The style of play Mick wants to play means that I’ve been picked in the link/middle girl spot and he wants us more involved which is awesome and getting to play with the calibre of guys that we’ve got in this side who are so talented and being able to work with them, I’m really looking forward to it and am excited.” Taking part in the Series so close to ANZAC Day and taking part in the ANZAC Day march in Mudgee is something that Hilder describes as ‘extra special’ and is something she is also looking forward to. “It’s going to be special as ANZAC Day is such a special day for Australia and then being able to be part of something special in Mudgee with the ceremony that we are going to be part of and then playing the Trans Tasman afterwards, I’ve never done it before so I think it’s going to make it just that little bit extra special.”The Australian Mixed Open team starts their campaign against New Zealand at 6.30pm on Thursday, 26 April 2012. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auwww.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus
UNCOVERED: Juventus mega offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus’ offer to Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been revealed.The Wales international is in demand with his contract at the Emirates Stadium up in the summer and Gunners’ chiefs having pulled their renewal offer earlier this season.Juventus chief Fabio Paratici has already confirmed the Serie A leaders’ interest.And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Turin giants have already made their offer known to Ramsey.It’s claimed that Ramsey has been offered a five-year deal worth up to £6.3million per year AFTER tax.The Welshman would be handed a base salary of £5million, topped up with another £1.35million if he plays 70 per cent of the club’s matches. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER – The city of Vancouver’s new empty homes tax is expected to bring in $30 million in revenue in its first year.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said $17 million has already been collected from owners of almost 8,500 properties that were determined to be vacant or under utilized for at least six months of the year.“For those who didn’t rent their empty property and chose to pay the empty homes tax, I just want to say thank you for contributing to Vancouver’s affordable housing funding and making sure we can invest more in affordable housing,” Robertson said at a news conference Monday. “For those who did rent their empty homes, thank you very much for adding to the rental housing supply here in Vancouver. It’s desperately needed.”The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, requiring homeowners who do not live in or rent out their properties to pay a one per cent levy based on the assessed value of the home.Robertson said the tax was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate.The most recent figure from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation puts the city’s rental vacancy rate at 0.8 per cent, up slightly from the previous year, the mayor said.It’s unclear yet if the tax has increased the availability of rental accommodation, Robertson said, adding that the city is developing better data collection methods to monitor the impact of initiates like the tax more closely.The city previously said about 60 per cent of properties affected by the tax are condominiums.The tax on the properties where owners said their home was empty ranged from $1,500 to $250,000, Robertson said, noting the highest tax bill came from a $25-million home.The funds will support the city’s affordable housing initiatives and residents can provide feedback on exactly where the money should be spent.Robertson said increasing capacity at homeless shelters or adding to the city’s rent bank, which provides one-time interest-free loans to low-income residents in a financial crisis, are among the possible initiatives that could benefit.The median tax due is just under $10,000 and Robertson said anyone who doesn’t pay up will face fines and have the bill added to their property taxes next year.“Those who are not playing ball here and who are skirting the system, we will get you,” the mayor said.Nearly 99 per cent of homeowners completed an empty homes tax declaration.The tax cost the city $7.5 million to implement and annual operating costs for the first and subsequent years are pegged at $2.5 million.Audits are underway and the city said just under 1,000 complaints or disputes have been filed that need to be addressed in the coming months.Robertson said it will be up to city council to decide whether the tax is having the desired effect, and that will likely take a few years of data to determine.“I would say at this point it looks like some signs of success,” he said.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.