Residents of Linden and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) now have improved access to eye care, with the recent opening of a new Optometry Unit at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC).LHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Farouk Riyasat (centre); Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell(second from left); Regional Chairman Renis Morian (right); Councillor Denise Belgrave (second from right) and Optometrist Zola Layne in a section of the new facilityThe facility, which is situated inside the compound of the former LHC building, just next door to the state-of-the-art hospital, will cater for surgeries as well as eye exams and prescription glasses.Its doors were opened to the public a few months ago. Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell and Regional Chairman Renis Morian were recently given a tour of the facility by LHC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Farouk Riyasat.During the tour, Dr Riyasat outlined that the facility would cater for eye surgeries, including cataract removal. He said surgeries would be conducted in a sterile area (sterilisation unit). Within the Unit are also a pre-anaesthetic area, operating room, post-surgery department (recovery area), and eye examination room, among others.According to Dr Riyasat, following surgeries, patients will first be taken to the hospital ward for observation.The Optometrist attached to the Unit, Zola Layne outlined that the facility conducted free-eye testing, but patients were required to “pay a small fee for the glasses”.“We accept NIS vouchers also. This is our new department which we moved over to just a few months ago and we’re very happy…,” she stated. The Regional Chairman commended Dr Riyasat and his team, the Public Health Ministry and Government for bringing the facility on stream as he encouraged the use of the former hospital building for various other health purposes. He also urged Lindeners to make full use of the facility. “I guess a lot of people in Linden still don’t know (about the facility), and I’m hoping that today (with) our visit here … Lindeners will be aware that this facility is here that they can access it .. .I am happy that Upper Demerara-Berbice and primarily Linden will enjoy this kind of facility. I want to encourage residents to make full use of this facility…,” Regional Chairman Morian said.The facility is headed by Lindener Dr Romesa McDonald.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Geneva-based SwissMarine Services for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels.Under the agreement, the company’s 179,362 dwt Capesize Seattle would be hired at a gross charter rate of USD 16,000 per day.The 2001-built ships would work for a period of sixteen to nineteen months. The charter is expected to commence on December 25, 2018.Diana Shipping said that this employment would generate around USD 7.68 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The vessel is currently employed with Singapore-based Koch Shipping at a charter rate of USD 24,000 per day. read more
APTN National NewsQuebec’s provincial election is set for April 7th. And over the next several weeks, five parties will debate the issues facing la belle province.The economy, health care and education are all on the agenda.But overshadowing all these topics, hints from the Partie Quebecois that a referendum on Quebec sovereignty is on the horizon, if they form a majority government.What could this mean for First Nations people in the province?APTN’s Danielle Rochette reports.
Big TenKnox, INNew York, NY659.5 To someone who doesn’t follow men’s college hoops, a cursory glance at the location of the conference tournaments might suggest that New York City is the nexus of the basketball universe. Last week, Madison Square Garden played host to the Big Ten, a conference primarily made up of schools in the Midwest.1Aside from Rutgers, which the conference added almost solely to get a toehold vaguely near New York. The Big East is now playing its tournament on that same floor, as it always does. And across the river, the ACC is simultaneously playing its championship in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.But in reality, of course, NYC is a far cry from a college-basketball hub.2With all due respect to FiveThirtyEight favorite St. John’s. Rather, this is a symptom of conference tournament locations that increasingly range from the dubious to the downright illogical.To judge just how out-of-whack some of these tournament venues have gotten, we first computed the geographical center of each of the six major conferences,3By which we mean, the Power Five and the Big East. based on the locations of the member schools’ campuses. We then compared each conference’s geographical center4Technically speaking, we calculated the centroid of each conference by finding the shape that covered all of its schools, while keeping its area as small as possible, and then determining the center of that shape. with where its tournament is being played. The Big 12, for example, is playing its conference tournament in Kansas City, which is at least in the same state (Missouri) as its geographic center, near Gentryville, MO. The total distance between the two? Just under 200 miles as the crow flies. That’s the closest any of the six tournament sites is to its conference’s geographic center. And it’s a far cry from the nearly 700 miles that separated the tournament site of the Big Ten and the middle of where its teams, you know, actually are.Below are the tournament sites, ranked by the smallest distance between them and their conference’s geographic center. As a bonus, we also computed suggested tournament sites for each conference based on raw distance — essentially, the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either contains an NBA arena or has a population of at least 300,000 people. 10Big 12TexasAustin, TXGentryville, MO550.9 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVSalt Lake City, UT168.6 1ACCMiamiCoral Gables, FLReidsville, NC735.6 mi SECHatley, MSSt. Louis, MO336.2 ACCReidsville, NCRaleigh, NC73.2 Pac-12Cherry Creek, NVLas Vegas, NV257.8 4Pac-12WashingtonSeattle, WACherry Creek, NV648.6 7Big EastProvidenceProvidence, RIMelmore, OH608.1 Big EastMelmore, OHNew York, NY476.9 9Pac-12ArizonaTucson, AZCherry Creek, NV574.7 14SECTexas A&MCollege Station, TXHatley, MS516.7 Conf.geo. Centeractual tourney locationdistance from center 5Big TenRutgersNew Brunswick, NJKnox, IN637.9 ACCReidsville, NCBrooklyn, NY428.3 *Suggested tournament location is the closest city to the conference’s geographic center that either hosts an NBA team or has a population of at least 300,000.Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database Based on data from the NCAA and Simple Maps U.S. Cities database Big 12Gentryville, MOKansas City, MO196.1 mi SECHatley, MSMemphis, TN123.1 Big EastMelmore, OHColumbus, OH73.7 Big 12Gentryville, MOMemphis, TN175.3 mi Remind me … where does our conference play again?Distance from the municipalities closest to the geographic centers of the top six men’s college basketball conferences to their 2018 conference tournament locations and to FiveThirtyEight’s suggested* locations 12Big TenMarylandCollege Park, MDKnox, IN535.6 In fairness, the Big Ten’s tournament isn’t always in New York. From 1998 through 2016, it was played in either Chicago — which is actually our suggested site — or Indianapolis, which is a reasonable 108 miles away from the conference’s center. It was only last year, when the tournament was held in Washington, D.C. — a whopping 533 miles away — that the Big Ten began branching out into seriously unnatural locales. After this year’s dalliance with the Big Apple (which meant the tournament took place a week earlier than usual so that MSG could also accommodate the Big East tourney), the Big Ten will be returning to its more familiar digs of Chicago and Indianapolis for the next few years.Some of these aberrant tournament locations are also being driven by the changing shapes of the conferences themselves. Here are the schools in the conferences we’re looking at whose locations tug on the geographic centers the most: 15ACCNotre DameSouth Bend, INReidsville, NC509.9 Conf.geo. Centersuggested tourney locationdistance from center 8Big 12Texas TechLubbock, TXGentryville, MO581.7 11Pac-12Oregon StateCorvallis, ORCherry Creek, NV535.7 Conf.SchoolLocationGeo. CenterDistance 2Big 12West VirginiaMorgantown, WVGentryville, MO699.1 Which schools warp their conference’s shape the most?Biggest distances between campus locations and geographic center of schools’ respective conferences for top six men’s college basketball conferences 13Big TenNebraskaLincoln, NEKnox, IN524.9 3Big EastCreightonOmaha, NEMelmore, OH670.3 Surprisingly, the presence of a team from Nebraska (Creighton) in a conference whose name contains the word “East” is somehow not the strangest location for a school relative to its conference’s center. No, that honor belongs to the University of Miami, which is over 735 miles from the ACC’s geographic center in Reidsville, North Carolina. (Miami joined the ACC in 2004.) Almost as strange is West Virginia’s membership in the Big 12, which really stretches the conference’s eastern boundary — and of course, Creighton remains a downright odd choice for the Big East.Because of late-comers like the Bluejays, the current Big East’s geographic center sits almost 500 miles away from its longtime conference-tournament site of Madison Square Garden. But New York used to be a much better fit with the original Big East, whose geographic center lay in Pardeesville, Pennsylvania — about 85 miles northwest of Philadelphia and a mere 105 miles away from New York City. When its teams were compressed into a much smaller region in the Northeast, there was a reason the old Big East tourney was the stuff of legends and why it made sense for MSG to play host to the proceedings.These days, we’re treated instead to odd venues like the ACC tournament being held in Brooklyn (what?) instead of North Carolina and the SEC playing in St. Louis (where the only remotely close SEC team is Missouri). It’s just another reminder that in modern college sports’ conference roulette, money dominates any shreds of tradition, geography or common sense.CORRECTION (March 7, 2018, 5:50 p.m.): A previous version of this article used incorrect coordinates for the location of Boston College. The maps, tables and text have been updated. The corrected coordinates changed the geographic center of the ACC to Reidsville, North Carolina, and the suggested conference tournament location to Raleigh, North Carolina. Big TenKnox, INChicago, IL65.4 6ACCBoston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAReidsville, NC613.2 read more
Pippo Inzaghi thanked Bologna fans after he was axed to make way for Sinisa Mihajlovic suggesting he is now an extra supporter.The Coach was dismissed after managing just two wins, eight draws and 11 Serie A defeats this season.“A very important professional experience for my career has concluded,” wrote Inzaghi on Instagram and cited on Football Italia.“It really saddens me to leave Bologna, where over the last few months my staff and I felt great affection and respect.“Now within me I feel the regret and disappointment at not being able to avoid this situation, but I really wish to thank the Bologna fans for their support throughout a difficult and hard-fought season.Mihajlovic is coaching Bologna from his hospital bed Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has been undergoing chemotherapy after his leukemia diagnosis, but assistant coach Emilio De Leo is helping take care of everything.“I wish you with all my heart the best for the future. From now on, Bologna have an extra supporter.”However, the new manager is confident the team can avoid relegation despite their current predicament.“I am convinced Bologna can avoid relegation,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“It’s a difficult task, but I am confident and believe the players are too. If they aren’t, then I’ll find a way to convince them. If I didn’t believe, I wouldn’t have even come here. I spoke to the squad, we’ll have to rush through some stages, so I asked them for concentration.” read more