Women in life sciences still lag in compensation, advancement

first_imgWomen conducting research in the life sciences continue to receive lower levels of compensation than their male counterparts, even at the upper levels of academic and professional accomplishment, according to a study conducted by the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital.In their report in the April issue of Academic Medicine, the research team also finds differences in the roles female faculty members take as they advance in their careers.“The gender gap in pay has been well documented, but what was not understood was whether academic accomplishments could overcome the pay gap,” says Catherine DesRoches, Dr.Ph., of the Mongan Institute, who led the study. “Our study found that, across the board, men are being paid substantially more than equally qualified and accomplished women at academic medical centers.”Previous studies that documented disparities in compensation and academic rank between male and female faculty members did not examine differences in professional activities, such as leadership positions held. The current study was designed to investigate whether professional activities differ by gender, whether professional productivity — reflected by scientific papers published — continued to vary, and if differences in salary would persist after accounting for professional activities.In 2007 the researchers surveyed more than 3,000 randomly selected investigators from life science departments at the top 50 academic medical centers receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in 2003 or 2004. The anonymous surveys included questions about respondents’ professional activities — such as leadership positions at their universities, on federal panels or at scientific journals — total and recent numbers of publications and the journals they appeared in; the numbers of hours spent on all professional, scientific and clinical activities; and total compensation.The results indicated that women who reached the rank of full professor worked significantly more hours per week than men of the same rank, a difference primarily accounted for by more time spent in administrative and other professional tasks and not patient care, teaching or research. There was no significant difference in hours worked among associate professors, but women at the assistant professor level worked fewer hours overall, primarily spending less time doing research.Even after controlling for the differences in academic ranking, research productivity and other personal characteristics, women earned from $6,000 to $15,000 less per year than men of similar levels of accomplishment. “These differences may seem modest,” DesRoches says, “but over a 30-year career, an average female faculty member with a Ph.D. would earn almost $215,000 less that a comparable male. If that deficit were invested in a retirement account earning 6 percent per year, the difference would grow to almost $700,000 over a career. For department of medicine faculty, that difference could be almost twice as great.”While the study did not investigate reasons underlying the differences found by the survey, the researchers theorize that the greater number of professional responsibilities taken on by female full professors could result from organization’s efforts to improve the diversity of their department and committee leadership. Salary discrepancies could result from continuing discriminatory practices or from the choices women make regarding specialties.“Women working in the life sciences should not assume they are being paid as much as equally qualified men, and academic institutions should look hard at their compensation and advancement policies and their cultures,” says Eric G. Campbell, principal investigator of the study.  “In the end, I suspect major systemic changes will be needed if we ever hope to achieve the ideal of equal pay for equal work in academic medicine.” Campbell is an associate professor of Medicine and DesRoches an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.Co-authors of the Academic Medicine report – supported by a grant from the Human Genome Project of the National Institutes of Health – are Sowmya Rao and Lisa Iezzoni of the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at MGH and Darren Zinner of Brandeis University.last_img read more

Courage is rooted in knowledge, Faust tells seniors

first_imgIn a world that blares fear from many megaphones, Harvard President Drew Faust told graduating seniors on Tuesday that their College education can help them to discern real threats from imagined ones, and she recommended they not let fear keep them bound to life’s predictable path.“The point is, do what you love, whether it is drama or physics or finance. And don’t be afraid to reimagine yourselves. Conan O’Brien thought he was going to devote his life to politics until he discovered the Lampoon, thus launching a brilliant career in comedy,” Faust said. “Digress. Wander.”Faust spoke at the annual Baccalaureate Service that is held in the Memorial Church, and serves as a farewell to graduating seniors from University president and clergy. The event is restricted to members of the College’s graduating class. First held in 1642, it dates back to Harvard’s earliest days.To laughter, applause, and cheers, Faust treated the Class of 2015 to a walk down memory lane, from dancing in the mud and rain of Harvard’s 375th birthday party during their first fall to last winter’s historic snowstorms, when in three weeks the University shut down three times, as much as it had in the entire 20th century.In between, today’s seniors saw victory on the playing field. They innovated and built even as they learned. They rallied to help people affected by Superstorm Sandy, a Philippine typhoon, and Nepal’s recent earthquake. And they helped create the most activist campus year in recent memory. They were the most diverse class in the College’s history and supported an array of causes, including bisexual, lesbian, gay, transgender, and queer rights. They told the world that “I, too, am Harvard,” protested to fight climate change, and marched to emphasize that “Black lives matter.”Wearing their caps and gowns, the students gathered in the Old Yard in early afternoon. Shortly before the 2 p.m. service, they processed through the Yard, past the John Harvard Statue, into Tercentenary Theatre, and up the stone steps into the church.The service, hosted by Jonathan Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, featured readings from several holy books, including Islam’s Quran, Christianity’s New Testament, Judaism’s Pirkei Avot, Zoroastrianism’s Yasna, Hinduism’s Upanishads, and Buddhism’s Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters.Walton, who made introductory remarks, reminded the graduating seniors that this week is called Commencement not because it’s the end of their college careers, but because it is “only the beginning,” and there are always opportunities to continue learning as they make their way through life.Faust’s speech was part of a program rich in tradition, marked by prayers for the students’ welfare, ancient anthems, and time-honored hymns.Jake Montgomery, a graduating senior from Cabot House, said Faust’s message resonated with him. The class, he said, probably has a mix of people who are following their dreams and people who are taking a safer route.“I liked the president’s message,” Montgomery said. “I’m following my dream … to be a poet.”Montgomery, an English concentrator, said he’s excited for what comes next. He’s enrolled in the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop and will begin working toward a master of fine arts degree in the fall.Bryan Li, an economics concentrator from Cabot, said he’s planning to work in Taiwan as a tutor for a couple of months this summer and then take the plunge to follow his dream. He plans to move to Los Angeles to work in the film industry, hoping to write and produce.“It’s cliché, but it’s bittersweet,” Li said of his final days on campus. “I don’t know what I feel. It hits you that you’re leaving.”To read President Faust’s full address, visit her website.last_img read more

Free Girl Scout Cookies Available On National S’mores Day

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by the Girl Scouts of Western New York.WESTERN NEW YORK — The Girl Scouts of Western New York are adding a sweet touch and taste to Aug. 10, which is National S’mores Day.The Girl Scouts are offering one free package of cookies including the famous Girl Scout S’mores cookies, while supplies last.For one day only, one free package of Girl Scout cookies will be given with any purchase made at GSWNY’s Retail Shops for curbside pickup and cookies must be redeemed through curbside pickup on Aug. 10, 2020 from 1 to 4 p.m.Locations include the Jamestown Service Center, 2661 Horton Rd. National S’mores Day celebrates the nostalgic campfire treat known by millions around the world and composed of marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker. In fact, Girl Scouts is credited with inventing the recipe when it was first introduced to the world in a 1927 Girl Scout publication.last_img read more

Get Out: The Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo Sept 13

first_imgWith 19 counties, 54 towns, and 4 cities, there is an outdoor experience waiting for everyone in Southwest Virginia. The Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo on Sept 13 &14 will be a weekend full of outdoor adventure with events for everyone from the novice nature-lover to the more advanced folks who are looking for that next adrenaline rush.sponsored-eventThis event, put on by Appalachian Spring, is the first of its kind in Southwest Virginia and will raise awareness of the diverse outdoor recreation opportunities that are abundant across the region. Spend the first day learning about new destinations to hike, bike, kayak, rock climb, or try something new with the many other activities the region provides. Local businesses, clubs, and outdoor organizations will be on hand to share information to help get you out on your next outdoor adventure. Book an off-site trip on Sept. 14, 2014, to explore somewhere new with your family or friends by joining a guided excursion.For more information and to learn how to participate in the expo, check out www.swvaoutdoorexpo.com. You can also connect with us on Twitter @AppSpringSWVA #SWVAOutdoorExpoAppalachian Spring is a new Southwest Virginia community development and outdoor recreation initiative. See this video to learn more.SWVAOutdoorExpoDATElocation.Spearhead Trailslast_img read more

Honing board recruitment

first_imgProspective directors’ expectations and concerns about board service.Credit unions are among an estimated 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, many of which are seeking talented and committed individuals to serve on their boards. A recent survey of people who’ve served as directors on nonprofit boards offers insights on prospective candidates’ expectations and concerns about board service.Half of all respondents to the 2014 survey by the National Center for Charitable Statistics identified personal fulfillment as their most prized benefit of serving on a nonprofit board. The opportunity for professional development was the next most common benefit, cited by 20 percent, and 16 percent of those surveyed identified refinement of leadership skills as a key benefit.The most important consideration in deciding whether to sign on as a director was the level of expected involvement, cited by 50 percent of respondents. That finding supports the need to clearly delineate the duties and time commitment that comes with board service. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $33 Million in Traffic Signal Improvement Funding

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 94 municipalities will receive $33 million to support the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program.“This is the third round of funding disbursed to support increased safety and mobility across more Pennsylvania towns,” Governor Wolf said. “The Green Light-Go program addresses a fundamental trigger for congestion, deficient traffic signals, and the results will mean better traffic flow.”These reimbursement grant awards can be used on existing traffic signals to installing light-emitting diode (LED) technology, performing regional operations such as retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.Act 101 of 2016 recently provided updates to the program by reducing the applicant match to 20 percent, expanding eligible applicants to planning partners and counties, and allowing all projects to be led by applicants. Green Light-Go was made possible by Act 89, the far-reaching transportation plan adopted in November 2013.Following is a list of funding recipients, the amount of state funding, and a brief description of the projects. Note the state funding represents only part of the total project funding:Adams County:Straban Township — $26,034 for LED upgrades along the Route 30 Corridor.Allegheny County:Bethel Park — $57,995 for Pedestrian and Vehicle LED Replacement along State Route 88 at Corrigan Drive and Traffic Signal Retiming along Bethel Church Road at Highland Avenue.Bridgeville — $213,282 for the installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along Washington Avenue at Station Street, Bower Hill Road and Prestley Road.East Deer Township — $83,200 for LED upgrades along Freeport Road at Third Street.Greentree — $243,360 for upgrading the overhead lane control systems to LED along Greentree Road.Monroeville — $198,370 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Northern Pike at Patty Lane.Moon Township — $296,206 for Traffic Signal Improvements along University Boulevard.Mt Lebanon Township — $152,489 for Intersection Improvements along Castle Shannon Boulevard at Anawanda Street.Mt Lebanon Township — $363,520 for Traffic Signal Upgrades at thirty (30) intersections within Mt Lebanon Township.Mt Lebanon Township — $178,760 for Intersection Improvements along Cedar Boulevard at Greenhurst Drive.Mt Lebanon Township — $231,032 for Intersection Improvements along Bower Hill Road at Kelso Road.South Fayette Township — $77,484 for installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along Washington Pike at Bursca Drive and at Twin Ponds Lane.Springdale — $173,064 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Pittsburgh Street at Colfax Street.Upper St Clair Township — $461,289 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along McMurray Road at Johnson Road and along McLaughlin Run Road at US Route 19 Southbound Ramps. May 11, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces $33 Million in Traffic Signal Improvement Funding SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Berks County:Fleetwood — $132,000 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Franklin Street at Main Street.Reading — $148,000 for the Removal of the Unwarranted Traffic Signal along Sixth Street at Laurel Street.St. Lawrence — $251,107 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along St. Lawrence Avenue and Perkiomen Avenue Corridors.West Reading — $134,536 for LED Replacement along Penn Avenue at Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Avenues.Wyomissing — $233,561 for LED Replacement along Penn Avenue, State Hill Road, Park Road and Paper Mill Road Corridors.Bucks County:Bensalem Township — $501,102 for installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Hulmeville Road Corridor from Street Road to Bristol Road.Bristol Township — $252,184 for Traffic Signal Modernization along State Road at Cedar Avenue.Bristol Township — $191,255 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Radcliffe Street at Randall Avenue.Bristol Township — $226,194 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Mill Creek Parkway at Haines Road.Upper Southampton Township — $1,079,069 for installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Second Street Pike Corridor.Yardley — $212,960 for Intersection Improvements along Main Street at Afton Avenue.Butler County:Connoquenessing Township – $160,000 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along State Route 68 at Kriess Road and Eagle Mill Road.Cranberry Township — $138,240 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the State Route 19 Corridor.Cranberry Township — $612,050 for Traffic Signal Upgrade along State Route 19 at St. Francis Way.Centre County:College Township — $200,083 for Installation of Pedestrian Signals and Upgrades along East College Ave at Elmwood Street.Ferguson Township — $80,000 for Vehicle Detection Upgrades along West College Avenue at Bristol Avenue and Whitehall Road, along Blue Course Drive at Old Gatesburg Road and along Whitehall Road at Research Drive.Patton Township — $198,082 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Valley Vista Drive Corridor.Spring Township — $31,279 for Signal Equipment Replacement along East College Ave at Harrison Road and at Main Street.Chester County:East Vincent Township — $263,799 for Intersection Improvements along Schuylkill Road at New Street.Phoenixville — $31,420 for LED Replacement along Church Street at Gay Street and Main St, along Franklin Street at High Street and along Washington Avenue at Gay Street.Uwchlan Township — $53,829 for Installation of Battery Back-Up System along Dorlan Mill Road at Moore Road.Westtown Township — $180,000 for the Study and Removal of the Unwarranted Traffic Signal along West Chester Pike at Chester Road.Crawford County:Meadville — $798,341 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Water Street at Chestnut Street, Center Street and Arch Street.Cumberland County:North Middleton Township — $219,462 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Spring Road at Cavalry Road.Silver Spring Township — $45,273 for Auxiliary Cabinet and Controller Upgrades along the Route 11 Corridor.South Middleton Township — $62,574 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption along the Walnut Bottom Road Corridor.South Middleton Township — $44,696 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption along the York Road Corridor.South Middleton Township — $13,680 for Traffic Signal Retiming along the Walnut Bottom Road Corridor.Dauphin County:Harrisburg — $357,150 for Traffic Signal Upgrades and Signal Performance along the Forester Street Corridor.Delaware County:Concord Township — $144,000 for Installation of Battery Backup Systems along Baltimore Pike, Wilmington Pike, Naamans Creek Road, Conchester Highway and Smithbridge Road Corridors.Concord Township — $56,000 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Baltimore Pike at Concord Road.Marple Township — $440,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along the Sproul Road Corridor.Middletown Township — $108,00 for Implementation of Low Cost Safety Improvements along New Middletown Road at Glen Riddle Road and along Edgmont Avenue at Knowlton Road.Springfield Township — $284,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along the Sproul Road Corridor.Erie County:Erie — $244,505 for Traffic Signal Replacement and Installation of Pedestrian Signals along Sixth Street at Bacon Street.Summit Township — $43,584 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Peach Street and Douglas Parkway Corridors.Fayette County:Connellsville — $53,075 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Pittsburgh Street at Fairview Avenue and Apple Street, along Crawford Avenue at Arch Street and Pittsburgh Street and along Snyder Street at Fairview Avenue.Franklin County:Fannett Township — $57,840 for Installation of Solar Powered Flashing Warning Devices along Path Valley Road at Spring Run Road.Greencastle Borough – $43,677 for Installation of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon System along Baltimore Pike at Linden Avenue and along Baltimore Pike at Allison Street.Indiana County:White Township — $172,545 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Ben Franklin Road at Warren Road.Lackawanna County: Clarks Green Borough — $39,755 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along East Grove Street at South Abington Road.Scranton — $135,200 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Green Ridge Street at Wyoming Avenue.Lancaster County:East Donegal Township — $147,200 for Intersection Safety Upgrades along River Road at Mount Joy Road.East Lampeter Township — $54,400 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along the Old Philadelphia Pike, Greenfield Road, and Witmer Road Corridors.East Lampeter Township — $44,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Lincoln Highway at Strasburg Pike.East Lampeter Township — $44,000 for Traffic Signal Improvements along Old Philadelphia Pike at Horseshoe Road.Elizabethtown Borough — $18,000 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along the Market Street Corridor.Ephrata Borough — $113,278 for Traffic Signal Detection Upgrades along South Reading Road at Meadow Valley Road and at South Academy Drive.Lancaster — $1,401,714 for Traffic Signal Controller Upgrades at 91 Intersections throughout the City of Lancaster.Lititz Borough — $64,800 for Pedestrian Signal Upgrades along the Broad Street and Main Street Corridors.Manheim Borough — $72,000 for Installation of Battery Backup Systems along the Main Street Corridor.Warwick Township — $127,600 for Traffic Signal Detection System Upgrades along Rothsville Road at Newport Road and along Main Street at Church Street and Rothsville Road.West Hempfield Township — $13,269 for Installation of Battery Backup and Preemption along Stony Battery Road at Route 30 East Bound Ramp and Route 30 West Bound Ramp.Lehigh County:Allentown — $774,378 for Traffic Signal Coordination along the Lehigh Street Corridor.Luzerne County:Hanover Township — $96,528 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Sans Souci Parkway at St. Mary’s Road and Willow Street.Plains Township — $61,848 for LED Signal Replacement along River Street at Maffett Street, along Carey Avenue at Main Street and along Route 315 at Laird Street.Lycoming County: Loyalsock Township — $129,500 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Northway Road at Sheridan Street.McKean County: Foster Township — $62,500 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street at Bolivar Drive.Mercer County: Greenville Borough — $188,200 for Traffic Signal Replacement along Main Street (SR 0018) at Prairie Street.West Middlesex Borough — $42,160 for Detection System Upgrade along New Castle Road at Main Street.Montgomery County:Abington Township — $298,480 for Traffic Signal Upgrades along Fitzwatertown Road at North Hills Avenue.East Norriton Township — $329,750 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Germantown Pike Corridor.East Norriton Township — $108,300 for Installation of Video Detection System along the Germantown Pike Corridor.Hatboro Borough — $1,330,508 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Montgomery Avenue at Jacksonville Road.Jenkintown Borough — $89,784 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades and LED Replacement at 8 intersections along the York Road Corridor.Lower Frederick Township — $1,474 for LED Replacement along the Route 29 Corridor.Lower Moreland Township — $148,080 for Traffic Signal Equipment and Safety Upgrades along Byberry Road at Pine Road.Lower Salford Township — $54,200 for Preventative Maintenance at 13 Intersections throughout Lower Salford Township.Upper Dublin Township — $2,200,000 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the West Moreland Road and Easton Road Corridors.Upper Merion Township — $107,968 for LED Replacement at 24 Intersections along the Dakalb Pike, Gulph Road, Henderson Road, Valley Forge Road and Swedesford Road Corridors.Upper Pottsgrove Township — $21,186 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption Systems along Pottstown Pike at State Street and Moyer Road.Upper Providence Township — $239,230 for Installation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Equipment and Software along the Egypt Road Corridor.Whitpain Township — $79,578 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the intersection of Skippack Pike and Pennlyn-Blue Bell Pike.Worcester Township — $141,700 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Valley Forge Road at Skippack Pike and Township Line Road.Worcester Township — $80,240 for Fiber Optic Traffic Signal Interconnection along Germantown Pike at Park Avenue and Trooper Road.Montour County: Danville Borough — $55,440 for Traffic Signal Retiming and Synchronization at 10 Intersections along Walnut Street, Mill Street and Northumberland Road Corridor.Northampton County:Tatamy Borough — $10,008 for Installation of Emergency Pre-emption Systems along Eighth Street at Main Street and Commerce Lane.Northumberland County:Sunbury — $354,332 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the Intersection of Fourth Strreet and Arch Street.Philadelphia:$2,800,000 for Traffic Signal Modernization at 12 Intersections along the Castor Avenue Corridor.$7,100,000 for Traffic Signal Modernization and Equipment Upgrades at 24 Intersections along the Cheltenham Avenue Corridor.Schuylkill County:Cass Township — $133,544 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Highridge Park Road at Keystone Boulevard and at the I-81 Northbound Ramps.Foster Township — $48,088 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along State Route 901 at Keystone Boulevard.Minersville Borough — $181,920 for Traffic Signal Retiming and Coordination at 8 Intersections along the Sunbury Street Corridor.Minersville Borough — $308,270 for Pedestrian Improvements and Installation or Overspeed Warning System at 8 Intersection along the Sunbury Street Corridor.Pottsville — $314,313 for Traffic Signal and Intersection Upgrades at the Intersection of Market Street and Twentieth Street.Saint Clair Borough — $229,600 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Claude Lord Boulevard at Hancock Street, Russell Street, Terry Rich Boulevard and Ann Street.Union County:Mifflinburg Borough — $53,331 for Traffic Signal Retiming along Chestnut Street at Third Street and Fourth Street.Union County — $53,331 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the Intersection of East Chestnut Street at Mabel Street.Washington County:Cecil Township — $416,850 for Traffic Signal System Upgrades at 7 Intersections along the Southpointe Boulevard Corridor.Peters Township — $382,950 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades at the Intersection of McMurray Road at Valleybrook Road.Westmoreland County:Washington Township — $16,000 for Township Traffic Signal Activities.York County:Dillsburg Borough — $44,620 for LED Replacement at 7 Intersections along the State Route 15 Corridor.Wrightsville Borough — $37,054 for Traffic Signal Equipment Upgrades along Hellam Street at 9th Street and 6th Street.York Township — $182,035 for Traffic Signal Modernization along Queen Street at Country Club Road.A list of recipients, project descriptions, and the amount of state investment is also available at www.penndot.gov on the “Traffic Signals, Management” page under “Travel In PA”. 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MP for Kalinago Territory refutes claim that gov’t housing program is not benefiting the indigenious people

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews MP for Kalinago Territory refutes claim that gov’t housing program is not benefiting the indigenious people by: – July 11, 2011center_img Share Hon. Ashton Graneau. Photo credit: togetherwemust.netParliamentary Representative for the Kalinago Constituency is denouncing statements by Former Chief Charles Williams that Government is not assisting the indigenious people in the area of housing.Williams said on a radio talk show that the Government has failed to assist the indigenous people in the Kalinago territory.However, Honourable Ashton Graneau refutes this claim.“We have improved on the housing stalk and many persons have benefited. If Williams is concerned with the speed in which the second set of houses under the Chinese program are being completed then I can understand that, because I too am concerned with the speed. They should have already started but we have to bear in mind that there are issues beyond us,” he said.Graneau said soon the construction of 39 houses will begin in the Kalinago Constituency.Dominica Vibes News 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Duo faced with dilemma in Sochi

first_img The duo were one of only three pairs who remained in contention at the halfway stage of a savage super-combined on Tuesday. They already have a silver and a bronze in the bag – or in Etherington’s case under her pillow – and were on course for another second place after an eventful slalom stage. With three of the six entrants out of the competition, the British duo need only finish the super-G segment, now set for Friday, to guarantee a medal. There was, though, a tantalising chance to risk going for gold, albeit in the knowledge that crashing out would leave them empty-handed. They are currently in second place, with a lead of 6.68 seconds over American Danelle Umstead, but 3.12secs down on Russian leader Aleksandra Frantceva. Fog and rain made for challenging conditions at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre and Tuesday morning’s scheduled super-G stage was postponed, with the afternoon’s slalom part run first instead. Lincoln skier Etherington said: “The slalom was really hard, so we are really happy to get down. With the fog and rain and the delays in the morning we were happy with the race. “When the fog came you realised how much everyone else relies on their eyesight, but I trusted Caroline could see the gates and we are just trying our best. Powell added: “In the morning it was so foggy I couldn’t even see the gate in front of me in the super-G, so I’m glad that was postponed. “I am glad that we have got down and that we are able to race another day. Bring on the super-G.” In contrast, team-mates Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans were one of the pairs who saw their hopes ended after the slalom. Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova and Australia’s Melissa Perrine were the others to go out. It was a mistake from visually-impaired skier Gallagher which proved costly as she missed a gate and fell, meaning the duo failed to finish. Their immediate preparation, though, had been far from ideal. Their bluetooth radio headsets failed to work, meaning they had to rely on back-up ones, hurriedly fetched from the athletes’ village, while Evans was also ill on Monday night. “We were skiing really well, we were probably skiing the best slalom we’ve done this season,” said Evans. “That’s what happens, when you’re putting your all into something, mistakes happen and sometimes you lose concentration.” The spare headsets were an old pair, and the duo revealed they kept cutting out ahead of their run. They worked on the way down, though, and both Gallagher and Evans refused to blame the problem for their result. There was better news for sit-skier Anna Turney and Mick Brennan, who both completed their super-combined slalom runs. Turney was fifth, albeit well off the medal pace after a “huge mistake” saw her miss a gate and have to hike five metres back up the hill to go through it properly. Brennan was ninth after admitting skiing at 40 per cent to ensure he did not crash out. The rearrangement of the super-G part of the super-combined meant the slalom was brought forward to Wednesday. It will see 15-year-old Millie Knight, the opening ceremony flagbearer, make her Paralympic debut, with guide Rachael Ferrier. Visually-impaired skier Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell faced a dilemma over whether to push for a maiden gold or settle for a lesser colour after all but guaranteeing a third medal on their Winter Paralympics debut in Sochi. Press Associationlast_img read more

Souness: Pardew needs results

first_img “If that is in place and the board are sensible, then he might get through it.” Pardew, who took charge in 2010, signed an eight-year contract just two years ago. Despite that, Saturday’s clash with Hull is being billed as vital for Pardew’s future in some quarters. Former midfielder Lee Bowyer believes Pardew needs more time to integrate summer signings. Bowyer said: “We are only three or four games in and there is a very, very long way to go. “I thought he did well last year with the squad he had and I think he will do it again this season. “Don’t judge him yet. It takes about six games to start getting into it and he has had a few players come in, so it will take time to gel.” Press Association Newcastle’s form prolongs a poor run which saw the side lose 14 of their last 20 league matches last season. Souness, in charge at St James’ Park from 2004-06, says Pardew will know he must deliver. The Scot told Sky Sports News: “Results are everything in football. “If you are not winning football matches then it used to be you got half a season, or usually a season, now you get six games. If you are in a job you know that is the case. “Newcastle are a big football club, (with a) very passionate football crowd, and a very frustrated crowd at times. They are not slow to show their emotions. “But that is the price on the ticket of being a manager at Newcastle. “You know that if it does go wrong your head will be on the block, and be on the block pretty quickly. That is where he finds himself, unfortunately. “It is part of the deal. You have to deal with it. You have to be thick-skinned, you have to have the support of the people around you and you hope the players are still with you. Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness is not surprised the pressure on current boss Alan Pardew is intensifying. Pardew’s future has become the subject of heavy speculation after a dismal start to the season. Supporters vented their frustration as the Magpies, without a win in the Barclays Premier League, slumped to a 4-0 loss at Southampton on Saturday. last_img read more

Indiana faces tough test vs No. 24 Wisconsin

first_imgTEAM LEADERS: Trayce Jackson-Davis is putting up 13.9 points and 8.1 rebounds to lead the charge for the Hoosiers. Justin Smith is also a top contributor, producing 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The Badgers have been led by Nate Reuvers, who is averaging 12.9 points and 4.4 rebounds.NATE IS A FORCE: Reuvers has connected on 32.6 percent of the 86 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 2 of 9 over the last five games. He’s also made 78.4 percent of his foul shots this season.STREAK SCORING: Indiana has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 76.3 points while giving up 68.ASSIST RATIOS: The Hoosiers have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Badgers. Indiana has an assist on 32 of 69 field goals (46.4 percent) over its past three contests while Wisconsin has assists on 29 of 75 field goals (38.7 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Indiana has attempted the 24th-most free throws in the country at 22.8 per game. Wisconsin has gotten to the line far less frequently and is averaging only 15.1 foul shots per game (ranked 277th).___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 24 Wisconsin (20-10, 13-6) vs. Indiana (19-11, 9-10)Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 24 Wisconsin presents a tough challenge for Indiana. Indiana has won five of its eight games against ranked opponents this season. Wisconsin took care of Northwestern by 15 in its last outing. Associated Press March 5, 2020center_img Indiana faces tough test vs No. 24 Wisconsin For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more