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Study cites gaps in Europe’s flu pandemic plans

first_img They found the plans generally good in the areas of surveillance, planning and coordination, and communication. But the plans were “probably inadequate” when it came to maintenance of services, putting plans into action, and public health interventions. Few countries specified which institutions would handle triage. Some specific problems the analysts found were as follows: The article says the WHO has suggested that travel restrictions are unlikely to help much and are mostly impracticable, yet 15 of the 21 plans included some kind of travel restriction. The researchers checked the plans of 25 European Union (EU) members, plus those of nonmembers Norway and Switzerland and those of Bulgaria and Romania, which are preparing to join the EU. Only the 21 plans published between January 2002 and Nov 30, 2005, were included in the analysis. The scores for completeness ranged from 24% to 80%, while quality scores ranged from 27% to 86%. Countries with the most complete plans, the report says, were France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and Britain. In the middle range were Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Norway, Slovakia, and Spain. Those with the least complete plans were Czech Republic, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, and Portugal. The analysis of plans prepared by 21 countries gave them average scores of 54% for completeness and 58% for quality. The report was prepared by Sandra Mounier-Jack, MSc, and Richard J. Coker, MD, of the Department of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. All but one plan (Portugal’s) had a strategy for use of a vaccine, and 14 of the 21 plans call for immunizing the entire population if vaccine is available. Most plans called for vaccinating healthcare workers first, essential service workers second, and people at risk for serious flu complications third. (Although several countries are developing H5N1 avian flu vaccines, a specific pandemic vaccine cannot be developed until the pandemic virus emerges.) In their analysis, the authors used 47 essential criteria and looked at seven thematic areas: planning and coordination, surveillance, public health interventions, health system response, maintenance of essential services, communication, and “putting plans into action.” Mounier-Jack S, Coker RJ. How prepared is Europe for pandemic influenza? Analysis of national plans. Lancet 2006 (early online publication Apr 20) [Abstract] Seven plans didn’t address the need to prepare for maintaining essential services during a pandemic.center_img Most countries did not discuss the potential role of the media. The authors caution that written plans are just one element of preparedness. “The completeness of plans could show simply the attention paid to drafting rather than preparedness. Countries may be prepared in areas that are not mentioned in their plans,” they write. While most of the plans discussed public health interventions such as closing schools and restricting public gatherings, many of them were unclear about when, in terms of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) pandemic phases, such interventions would be used. Eighteen plans recommend that people exposed to the pandemic virus receive preventive antiviral treatment, and 13 plans offered guidance on who should have priority for that. But none of the plans spell out how members of priority groups will be identified. Details on the distribution of antiviral drugs, vaccines, masks, and other medical supplies were missing from the plans, and none included estimates of quantities needed. Apr 24, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – European countries’ plans for coping with an influenza pandemic are generally good but have a number of gaps, including a lack of detail on distribution of drugs and supplies, according to an analysis published last week by The Lancet. “Governmental commitment in most European countries is strong, and levels of preparedness are broadly good,” the authors wrote. “However, gaps in preparedness planning remain, and substantial variations exist between countries, with important implications for the region and nation states. Improved cooperation between countries may be needed to share experience, and to ensure coherence of approaches.” Except in Eastern Europe, most plans didn’t mention the need for collaboration with neighboring countries. Aside from an EU-wide exercise in 2005, only three countries have tested their plans in national simulation exercises.last_img read more

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Report highlights growing concern of depression among footballers

first_imgIncreasing numbers of professional footballers are struggling with anxiety and depression having been forced out of action with the sport suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by global players’ union FIFPro released on Monday. A study by global players’ union FIFPro has highlighted concern about the growing number of footballers suffering with depression with the sport having been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic FIFPro surveyed 1,602 players across 16 countries, including England, Scotland, France, Australia and the United States, with 468 female players featured in the study. It found that 13 percent of male players surveyed, and 22 percent of female players, reported symptoms of depression. Close to one in five of both male and female players reported symptoms of anxiety. “In football, suddenly young men and women athletes are having to cope with social isolation, a suspension of their working lives and doubts about their future,” said Vincent Gouttebarge, a French former player who is FIFPro’s chief medical officer. While many countries have gone into strict lockdowns in attempts to slow the spread of Covid-19, Gouttebarge pointed out that many professional footballers live in foreign countries without family, and in many cases suffer added anxiety because of being on short-term contracts. The FIFPro survey follows an identical study undertaken in December and January which found that the percentage of players reporting symptoms of depression were much lower – just 11 percent among females and six percent among males – although it involved only 307 players. “In us performing the study and publishing these results we are very conscious that what we are communicating here is a reflection of a problem in broader society that affects many more people than our members,” said FIFPro’s General Secretary, Jonas Baer-Hoffmann. Read Also: La Liga: Madrid plan to play remaining games at Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium However, Baer-Hoffmann sounded a note of caution and dismissed suggestions that the study provided any argument for rushing back onto the field. “If we were to pressure players back in an environment where they may feel their safety is being put in danger, then it would rather add to their anxiety and concern,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “I think the emphasis should be more on understanding that football players in general are actually more similar to average society than most people think.” Footballers in many countries have been confined to their homes with competitions having been suspended since mid-March. Discussions are ongoing among federations and governing bodies about how and when the season can resume, with Europe’s biggest leagues hopeful of starting again soon with matches behind closed doors. Promoted Content6 Best Natural History Museums You Won’t Regret VisitingWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

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Kalibo to strictly impose ‘one tricycle franchise, one holder policy’

first_imgAs reported by SB-Kalibo, there are operators of tricycle-for-hire whoare currently holders of two Motorized Tricycle Operator Permits (MTOPs) orfranchise holders that maintain two units of tricycles. In a bid to correct the illegal selling of franchise and to protect thebuyers, the Sangunniang Bayan are planning to impose a goodwill fee of not morethan P10,000 this year. The current proposal is at P7,500, but it is yet to befinalized by the council and who will bear the burden of the paying fee. Artemio Arrietta Jr., administrative aide II of SB-Kalibo and one ofthe speakers In the recently held Tricycle Franchise Orientation/Re-OrientationSeminar, said that the New Traffic Code is expected to take effect withinFebruary or March of this year. SB-Kalibo also admitted that it is a practice of previous franchiseowners to sell their franchise for as much as P100,000. However, since such actis prohibited by the ordinance, the new owner cannot renew the MTOP to his/hername. The operators who have two MTOPs are advised to transfer their otherfranchise to their legal spouse or child. Otherwise, the Sangunniang Bayan willhave two revoke or cancel the other one. According to him, the policy is currently being implemented withexceptions, but it will be revised and strengthened by the New Code.center_img KALIBO, Aklan – The “One Motorized Tricycle Operator’s Permit(franchise), One Holder/Operator Policy” will be strictly implemented assoon as the New Traffic Code of Kalibo takes effect, the Sangguniang Bayan here(SB) said. They are also reminding tricycle operators that the granting offranchise to them is a privilege, not a right. Thus, they are merely holders ofsuch for three years. Upon expiring, the local council could revoke, cancel orwithdraw it from them. “With the new code, such exceptions will be eliminated; such that pertricycle operator should only be a holder of one franchise for one unit oftricycle,” he said. SB-Kalibo has a total of 2,988 tricycle franchises granted to operatorsas of Feb. 14, 2020.(With a report fromPIA/PN)last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid face injury concerns ahead of Athletic Bilbao clash

first_imgDiego Simeone will be without defensive pair Felipe Monteiro and Sime Vrsaljko for their La Liga return at Athletic Bilbao today. Both players have been struggling with injuries in recent weeks, but Monteiro had been expected to be fit in time to travel to San Mames. However, Simeone confirmed in his pre match press conference the Brazilian centre back is still a week away from a return to action, as per reports from Marca. Midfielder Vitolo also misses out, as he continues to recover from a long term knee problem, with striker Joao Felix serving a one game domestic ban. Promoted ContentThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An InspirationCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years AgoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Did You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata have both been passed fit, and could start in attack against Gaizka Garitano’s side. ATLETICO MADRID SQUAD V ATHLETIC BILBAO GOALKEEPERS: Oblak, Adan DEFENDERS: Trippier, Arias, Lodi, Gimenez, Hermoso, Sanchez MIDFIELDERS: Partey, Koke, Saul, Herrera, Moya, Carrasco, Llorente, Lemar, Correa, Riquleme FORWARDS: Costa, Saponjic, Morata, Camello Loading… Read Also: Record-breaking Mertens sends Napoli to Italian Cup finalAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Adams set to take over as West Indies director of cricket

first_imgFORMER West Indies captain Jimmy Adams has been offered the role of director of cricket for the West Indies.Adams, who turns 49 on Monday, is understood to have originally applied for the position of head coach but was invited to consider the director of cricket role by the West Indies Cricket Board. He is now understood to have accepted the job but is currently negotiating some details with the WICB and has not yet signed a contract.He will replace Richard Pybus who has been in the position since November 2013. Pybus’ initial contract was for a period of three years and was due to expire late last year.Adams would appear to have a better chance than most of uniting all parties involved in Caribbean cricket. He is admired for his record as a player – he averaged 41.26 from his 54-Test career – and his work as a players’ representative while serving as secretary of the West Indies Players Association and president of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations.Combined with his coaching knowledge – he has most recently completed five seasons in England as head coach of Kent – he would appear to have the respect of all parties for his integrity as much as his experience.The role of head coach remains vacant. While rumours continue to link Stuart Law with the position, it would be a surprise if any appointment is made before Adams’ elevation is confirmed. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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John: Key for offensive improvement is simple: Give ball to Carter

first_imgLet’s not complicate things here. Syracuse is a heavy underdog heading to West Virginia this weekend, and rightfully so. But to avoid a second consecutive blowout, Delone Carter needs to pull a Keyshawn Johnson and tell his coaches, ‘Just give me the (darn) ball.’ It’s really that simple. Admittedly, watching Syracuse abandon the run in just the second quarter last weekend was puzzling. With three quarters still remaining in what would become arguably SU’s worst loss in the Doug Marrone era, the Orange opted to go with a more pass-oriented offense and turned Carter, its leading rusher, into a spectator. Eleven of Carter’s 13 carries came in the first quarter. After that, he was basically done for the day. For the second time in as many losses this season, Carter watched the second half from the sidelines Saturday. Staring in the face of a 28-7 halftime deficit, Carter might just as well have not been in the building for the second half. He watched as his team failed to generate a sufficient amount of offense as it turned to the passing game in an attempt to forge a comeback.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text During a critical second quarter, when Pitt began to separate itself, Carter was a non-factor. Down 14-7 and 21-7, on consecutive drives, the Orange ran Carter on the first play of each drive. On the first, SU ran Carter, then Antwon Bailey, before passing the ball and punting. On the second drive, the Orange ran Carter and then Bailey twice before punting. And then all of a sudden, down 28-7 on the next drive, the Orange completely dumped its rushing attack and passed six out of seven times before the drive ended on a Nassib interception. By halftime, it may have been a lost cause, and perhaps the only way to get back into the game was to get the ball down the field for some quick offense. But not in the second quarter. For three quarters, Carter — arguably Syracuse’s most valuable offensive weapon — stood helplessly on the sidelines. ‘Running the ball is where our offense starts,’ said Bailey, Carter’s fellow backfield mate, on Sept. 22 as the Orange prepared to take on Colgate. ‘That starts with Delone and the offensive line. When they have success, our team usually has success.’ The Orange finished Saturday’s game with just 77 yards rushing — easily its lowest total of the season. And surprise, it came in the Orange’s worst loss of the season. Syracuse’s obvious abandonment of the run allowed Pitt defenders to pin their ears back and rush quarterback Ryan Nassib, who also had his worst game of the season as a result. Clear enough? It’s easy to say it’s not that simple. But consider this: Carter gets most of his carries in the first quarter, which, not coincidently, is when the Orange typically has the most success offensively. Against Colgate, during SU’s most explosive second half of the season, it was Carter who carried the load and rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the second half. Against Pitt, the SU offensive line struggled to keep the Panthers from breaking into the backfield. Carter wasn’t going to do it all by himself. Nor should he have to. The line needs to start to pave the way, and Nassib and the receivers need to keep the opposing defenses honest and not allow them to stack eight or nine men in the box. And more than every so often, the coaches need to call Carter’s number time and time again. This isn’t in opposition to what Marrone wants out of his offense, either. The Syracuse head coach firmly believes in running the football to control the tempo, open up the passing game and keep the defense rested and off the field. The head coach has preached that to his players. ‘Our offense likes to have a good balance of running and passing,’ freshman tight end Beckett Wales said last week. ‘One can’t work without the other.’ This Saturday, Syracuse takes the field against the league’s best team in the league’s loudest, most disorderly venue. Mountaineer Field will be rocking, and that WVU defense — ranked No. 5 in the nation — will be relentless. That is the reality SU faces. But if the Orange hopes to have any chance of walking away victorious, it needs to have Carter pound the ball early and often. It won’t be easy against a defense ranked No. 4 against the run this season, but we’ve seen the results of not doing that — and it wasn’t too pretty. It’s really that simple. aljohn@syr.edu Comments Published on October 20, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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African Champions Algeria to Play in France First Time in 11…

first_imgThe north African side have passionate supporters among the diaspora and thousands came out on the streets of Paris and Marseille to celebrate Algerian success at July’s Nations Cup.If the match against Colombia goes off without major incident, it could hasten the finalising of a high profile, and likely highly charged, friendly between Algeria and France.The only previous meeting between the colonial power and an independent Algeria ended in chaos when dozens of young Algerian supporters invaded the Stade de France pitch in Paris, causing the 2001 friendly international to be abandoned with France leading 4-1 some 11 minutes from the end.The jeering of the French national anthem ‘La Marseillaise’ before the game became an emotive issue in the wake of the game, drawing widespread criticism but also highlighting the enmity many young north Africans growing up in France feel towards the French state and society.In the wake of Algeria’s Cup of Nations success, a return meeting with the World Cup winners has again been mooted and an unofficial invitation extended to France to play in Algeria for the first time.It is an idea that has been positively received by influential French Football Federation president Noel Le Graët.“Ever since I’m here (as president of FFF), I’ve wanted to go to Algeria. It’s the only country we have not played against,” he told reporters earlier this month.“It is time to make this match. I will move as quickly as possible to see in what conditions we can organise this game.”But he said he would have to consult with the French government and get the agreement of French president Emmanuel Macron.“Usually we make these decisions on our own but it’s such an important match that political agreement is needed. But the French team has a duty to play in Algeria.”The close ties between the two countries are no better exemplified than the fact most of the Algerian team are French-born while many of Algerian descent, notably Zinedine Zidane, have played for France.The proposed re-match next year would be played in Oran, according to Algerian reports.“We know that any confrontation with the French team is full of history, so for all these elements, it seems to me a very interesting proposition to be able to play against them someday,” added Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi, also speaking earlier this month.Belmadi was in the Algerian midfield for the game against France in 2001.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African champions Algeria are to play a match in France for the first time in 11 years when they meet Colombia in Lille on October 15.There has been an unofficial moratorium on Algeria playing in France for fears of public disorder and the game will be an opportunity for the large Algerian community in France to salute the team in the wake of their success in the Africa Cup of Nations.Algeria regularly hosted profitable friendly games around France for five years from 2003 but last played in France in a friendly against Mali in Rouen in late 2008.last_img read more

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Haiti’s prime minister Céant calls for truce ahead of Christmas celebrations

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant has called for a truce to street demonstrations by opposition parties as the country prepare to celebrate the Christmas holidays.Appeal to patriotism“I appeal to the patriotism of all, to surpass ourselves so as to offer the population a climate of lull to allow him to approaching these feasts with more serenity,” Céant said.The opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations in support of their calls for President Jovenel Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.Several people have died as a result of the protests and western countries, including the United States have authorized the departure of non-emergency government personnel and their families from the country.Last month, Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau in a joint statement said the North American country “is very concerned about the … civil unrest in Haiti and is deeply saddened by the loss of life.In making his call for the truce, Prime Minister Céant said “our divergences, whatever their motivations and legitimacy may be, have basically very little weight against the harsh reality of our collective dismay”.Joint declaration signedHis statement follows a similar call made last week by 40 political parties closely associated with the government that adopted a joint declaration signed in Pétion-ville, a suburb in the capital, calling for a Christmas truce.The parties said they hoped their call would contribute to creating a climate of peace and provide an opportunity for an environment where the talks with the various stakeholders could take place.“UrbAyiti” programMeanwhile, government and the European Union have launched the “UrbAyiti” program aimed at supporting urban development in the country.The government said it is hoped that the EURO 52.5 million (One Euro=US$1.29 cents) program over the next four years will result in a better urban environment, risk mitigation works, better access to water and new urban infrastructure such as roads, drainage, public spaces or bridges.“The European Union is supporting the government in a two-pronged approach : to improve living conditions in the city center by helping to revive the Haitian capital and bring hope to the cities of Les Cayes, Jérémie, Dame- Marie and Beaumont to create places of life that allow the people of the province to live well at home rather than indignity in Port-au-Prince,” Prime Minister Céant urging the end to the demonstrations.The EU Ambassador to Haiti, Vincent Degert, said “after the earthquake of 2010, the European Union, with its partners, sought to re-develop nine neighborhoods in Haiti, through a global approach to improve, in addition to homes, the entire living environment of a neighborhood with access to water, electricity and new collective infrastructure, among other things.last_img read more

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Non-nonsense coach Noll: A great teacher

first_imgThe Steelers were unsuccessful through their first four decades, when they appeared in just one postseason game. Then in 1969, the Steelers hired Chuck Noll, left, as head coach and he, with a core of players including QB Terry Bradshaw, changed the fortunes of the franchise. (AP Photo/File)Chuck Noll was a no-nonsense coach, and his Pittsburgh Steelers followed his lead to win four Super Bowls.Noll, who died Friday of natural causes at 82, wasn’t an entertainer or a charmer when it came to football. He was a winner, the only man to coach four Super Bowl champions, building a dynasty in Pittsburgh for a franchise that hadn’t won an NFL title before he arrived in 1969.“When Chuck became our head coach he brought a change to the whole culture of the organization,” Steelers President Art Rooney said Saturday. “Even in his first season when we won only one game, there was a different feel to the team. He set a new standard for the Steelers that still is the foundation of what we do and who we are. From the players to the coaches to the front office down to the ball boys, he taught us all what it took to be a winner.”Noll was a sharp strategist, brilliant evaluator of personnel and strong motivator.“He was the glue,” said former linebacker Jack Ham, a Hall of Famer like Noll – and so many members of those Steelers teams. “He was the guy that got all of us to buy into how to win a championship. He took the lead.“Preparation. He always felt you don’t win games on Sunday at 1 p.m., you win games in your preparation on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at practice. I think we all bought into that.”While Noll’s success on the sideline – a 209-156-1 record in 23 seasons – defined him professionally, football did not dominate his existence. Indeed, he insisted that everyone around him have hobbies and enjoy life away from the field.Noll was a licensed pilot who flew himself and assistant coaches on scouting trips. He was a wine connoisseur and enjoyed cooking. He had a passion for jazz.When Tony Dungy was dating his future wife, Noll gave him a recipe to cook for dinner that Dungy says “must have worked.”Dungy remembers a scouting trip to New Orleans with Noll during which they hit many memorable restaurants and jazz spots. Dungy thought he was about to be elevated to defensive coordinator, but they were so busy in the Big Easy he never asked Noll if he was getting the job.Dungy finally found out he got the position when they returned to Pittsburgh.“Most of what I clung to from him was how to deal with people, how to structure your life, how to hire coaches,” Dungy said. “He stressed that you couldn’t get burned out from football, couldn’t let football be everything in your life. He made sure we got away from the game.”Noll left the game after the 1991 season and was inducted into the Hall of Fame two years later. The lessons he taught his players remain constants in their lives.“The man was just so consistent in his belief that we just believed everything he said,” said Joe Greene, yet another Hall of Fame player for Noll. “He was a man who wasn’t about any kind of hyperbole at all. You got the same Chuck all the time.“Being the first (draft) pick, I haven’t been able to find any relevance in that. But I do know having Chuck as a coach made all the difference in the world in having the career that I had as a Pittsburgh Steeler.”Commissioner Roger Goodell called Noll’s quiet leadership “extraordinary.”“What set Chuck Noll apart was his remarkable ability as a teacher,” Goodell said. “His subject was football and his students became four-time Super Bowl champions. He always put the team, his players, and the game first. His legacy of excellence will forever be an important part of the history of the Steelers and the NFL.”Owned by the Rooneys since joining the NFL in 1933, the Steelers have always been known for their family-like atmosphere. Noll believed strongly in such an environment and fostered it, a sometimes difficult chore while trying to win championships.Yet the Steelers went from doormats to dynasty under him.“As for the football end of it, I think he ranks with (George) Halas and (Vince) Lombardi,” Steelers owner Dan Rooney said Saturday. “There are many other good coaches over the history of the NFL, but I think Chuck Noll ranks up there with those other two guys right at the top. No other coach won four Super Bowls, and the way he did it was with dignity. His players were always his concern, both in treating them well and giving them what they needed to succeed on the field.”Services set for ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach NollPITTSBURGH (AP) – Funeral arrangements have been set for former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll.A public viewing is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at John A. Freyvogel Sons in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.The funeral home’s website says visitation is also being held Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.Noll died of natural causes Friday at his home near Pittsburgh. He was 82. The Hall of Fame coach won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Steelers.A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Six Thurston County Teens Graduate from Washington Youth Academy

first_imgFacebook162Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Youth AcademySix teens from Thurston County were among the 149 cadets who graduated from the Washington Youth Academy on December 17 which included the Academy’s 2000th cadet to complete the program.Cadets from each corner of the state attend the free residential school in Bremerton geared at teaching teens discipline and helping them recover credits so they can go back to high school and earn a diploma or seek an alternative path to finish their high school education, such as a GED or by joining Running Start. The Washington Youth Academy is a division of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program.Patrick Burgman of Olympia (left) works with Eros Gonzales of Lynden and Raymond Saechao of Vancouver on a robotics project at the Washington Youth Academy. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth Academy.Cadets included Olympia residents Patrick Burgman, who goes back to Timberline High School; Savannah Danforth, attending Capital High School; Zulfikar Mohammed, attending River Ridge High School; William Roberts, attending Olympia High School; as well as Kiev Wilson of Lacey attending Timberline High School; and Julius Sword of Rochester, who goes back to Rochester High School. “This is the start, not the end,” Major General Bret Daugherty, the state’s adjutant general and commander of the Washington National Guard, told the cadets during commencement. “Not only have you made a commitment to improve your own lives, you have completed Community Emergency Response Team training while you were here at the Youth Academy. You came here focused on getting your own lives back on track, but leave here able to help and serve others. That is a huge change in your life and we’re very proud of you for that.”Kiev Wilson of Lacey shakes hands with Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth AcademyWith a graduation rate of 90.1 percent, Youth Academy Director Larry Pierce says the Class of 2016-2 had the best percentage to graduate from any class to date. Cadets can earn up to 8 credits – almost a year and a half of high school – in just 22 weeks. For 2016-2, the average number of credits earned was 7.8.Cadets also completed 8,181 hours of community service helping to clean a September 11, 2001 memorial, tending to park trails, tutoring youth and donating blood to the Red Cross.“They’ve learned a lot of new things that have increased and bolstered their confidence, discipline and teamwork,” Pierce says. “And, of course, our cadets invest a significant amount of time, energy, effort and a wide range of emotion in the daily life of the Academy. It’s not easy and sometimes just coping with the challenges and the stresses is taxing enough, but the cadets, you overcame these challenges.”Savannah Danforth of Olympia smiles as she waits for commencement ceremonies to begin. Photo courtesy: Washington Youth Academy.The mission of the Washington Youth Academy is to provide a highly disciplined, safe and professional learning environment that empowers at-risk youth to improve their educational levels and employment potential and become responsible and productive citizens of the State of Washington. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the WYA is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention program for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out.New classes start in January 2017 with a second class slated for July 2017.  Learn more about the program online and hear from the cadets and our commencement speakers, including Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman, on our YouTube Channel.last_img read more

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