US charity to help develop radiology services in Guyana

first_img– donates medical equipment to GPHCunited States-based charity RAD-AID International will be working along with the Public Health Ministry toDr Battino handing over the equipmentdevelop radiology services in Guyana, and the first major step will be the introduction of a Radiology Residency Programme in September of this year.This was announced by the Ministry following a meeting between members of RAD-AID International and Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, on Monday to discuss their plans.RAD-AID is a group comprising of radiologists, technologists, Nurses, and other support staff who work in radiology and are dedicated to improving radiology services in developing countries.On Tuesday, at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) Resource Centre, the charity donated a number of essential medical equipments to GPHC’s emergency department.Among the items donated were a Cardiac Heart Probe, one sonoscape Ultrasound machine and one Linear Abdominal Probe.Director of RAD-AID Latin America, Dr Gillian Battino said that the charity’s goal in Guyana is to improve radiology services by bringing Guyana up to speed with what is available, in order to improve health outcomes.According to her, the most important step in developing these services is the establishment of a three-year Radiology Residency programme in Guyana.“There are other examples of programmes that are built between a US institution and the Georgetown Public Hospital and we’re mimicking that so there are internal medicines, emergency medicine, obstetrics and now we will add radiology to that so that Guyanese doctors are trained to work in Guyana as radiologists,” she explained.Dr Battino highlighted that Guyana needs approximately 80 radiologists to serve the population and three persons will be trained each year during the three-year residency.“We plan to utilise the educational system in place at the residency programme in the States [the US] and to have the residents spend three to six months in the States to get a foundation and then do the rest of the training in Guyana with US physicians coming to Guyana to train,” she stated.She said that the idea is to build a sustainable programme which will continue for as long as possible. Their work in Guyana, she noted, is not limited to physician training, since they also plan to improve nurses training, with attention to radiology and technology.According to her, improving the technology available to perform radiology procedures by adding electronic storage for x-rays which will include reporting systems is a major part of their efforts in Guyana.Dr Battino said that they hope to put a system in place where an X-ray can be obtained in Bartica and read in Georgetown, using the Internet.RAD-AID donated an ultrasound machine to the emergency department at the Georgetown Public Hospital. The charity also received four CT scanners from Phillips Corporation and will be handing over two of them to Guyana, with the remaining two going to Haiti.The two CT scanners, which are valued at US$200,000 each, will be placed at the New Amsterdam Regional Hospital in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and the Bartica Regional Hospital in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton thanked the team for their efforts, pointing out that he is looking forward to their support in the future. He was especially happy about the residency programme, since he is a strong advocate for continuing medical education.last_img read more

Darren Guliov wins Cecil Lake race

first_imgClose behind was a sprint between John Obie and Kendra Young. Obie edged Young in the end with a time of 2:10:35. Fifth was Davide Loro in 2:22:41, and sixth went to Kelsey Young clocking in at 2:49:11.In the 48 kilometre race distance Gary Hilderman finished in first place. He finished his ride in 1:31:58 as he edged Gord Harris for top spot. Third place was Kristine Bock in 1:32:29 and fourth went to Pat Egan as he finished with a time of 1:32:34.Taking fifth place was Dean Lowry in 1:37:34. He was followed by a group of three starting with Athena Andrite, Ken Lane, and Mary Egan in 1:42:57.- Advertisement –last_img

Immigration reform bill stirs local debate

first_imgArea advocates on both sides of the immigration debate had something in common Friday – their dislike of the immigration-reform bill put together this week by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House. Depending on who is asked, the bill either fails to do enough to protect hardworking undocumented workers, or it penalizes tax-paying American citizens. Immigrant-rights groups say the bill attacks the long-standing family-based visa application system and deprives immigrants of a key support network. “This bill proposes to do things that tries to control immigrants in very unrealistic ways,” said Daniel Huang, a policy advocate with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. “Unless it’s amended drastically, it will be something that hurts the immigrant community more than it helps.” To reduce so-called chain immigration, the bill makes it more difficult for citizens to bring in family members other than their spouse or minor children. It also proposes to cap the number of visas given to parents of U.S. citizens at 40,000 annually. “We know that people are not going to stop wanting to be with their family members,” Huang said. “All they’re really going to do is create a new category of undocumented immigrants.” Area representatives appeared to tread carefully on the subject. Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, stressed in a statement that he would not support the Senate-White House compromise if it includes amnesty for the nation’s estimated 10 million to 12 million illegal immigrants. Many immigration hard-liners consider any path to citizenship for those already in the country illegally to be a form of amnesty. Calls to Dreier’s office to clarify whether he sees the bill’s legalization plan as amnesty were not returned. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, called the bill a “promising breakthrough” on a controversial issue. “How we deal with people who are already here without rewarding their illegal entry is very tough,” Schiff said, adding that be believes “making it a long and earned process of legalization is the right approach. A lot of the details \ are going to be very important.” Schiff said the Senate will likely have an easier time reaching a compromise than the House of Representatives. “A lot of the conservatives in the House are very dug in,” he said. “Anything short of deportation of the 12 million people that are here is going to meet with opposition.” Activists in favor of tighter border controls criticized the proposal as being too lenient on people who have violated immigration laws. Reform is not needed, said Andy Ramirez, chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol in Covina. Existing laws need to be enforced, he said. With the bill, “Illegal immigrants get the gold mine and Americans get the shaft,” Ramirez said. “It basically is going to make Uncle Sam the new coyote.” To address those already in the country illegally, the bill allows them to apply for a green card under the merit-based system provided they are employed and pay $5,000 in fees and penalties. Ramirez criticized the Dream Act component of the bill, which stipulates that immigrants under the age of 30 who arrive in the United States as minors are eligible to receive their green card after three years rather than eight. “You are rewarding lawbreakers,” he said, noting that such individuals will be eligible for perks such as in-state tuition at public universities. On the flip side, others said the proposal was not doing enough for immigrants. The bill does not create a path toward permanent residency for guest workers, which they deserve, said Randy Jurado Ertll, executive director of El Centro De Accion Social in Pasadena. “They want them to work here for two years and then go back to their native country,” he said. Legislators must craft something that “would help individuals obtain permanent residency and come out of the shadows so that people don’t have to live in fear.” Without legal status, those workers will continue to be exploited by employers and receive less than minimum wage, he added. “Neither party wants to take responsibility for \, but both parties need to resolve it,” Jurado Ertll said. “It’s only going to get worse if they don’t.” Staff Writer Fred Ortega contributed to this story. patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bush may get his way with money

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Flinching in the face of a veto threat, Democratic congressional leaders neared agreement with the Bush administration Tuesday on legislation to pay for the Iraq war without a troop withdrawal timeline. Several officials said the emerging $120 billion compromise would include as much as $8 billion for Democratic domestic priorities – originally resisted by the White House – such as disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina victims and farmers hurt by drought. After a bruising veto struggle in which Bush vetoed one Democratic-drafted measure and threatened to reject another, congressional leaders in both political parties said they hoped the compromise would be cleared for President Bush’s signature by Friday. In power less than five months, Democrats coupled their war-related concession with a vow to challenge Bush’s policies anew, and quickly. “We’re going to continue our battle, and that’s what it is, to represent the American people like they want us to represent them, to change the course of the war in Iraq,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Lawmakers in both parties claimed victory in legislation that contained no binding limitation on Bush’s powers as commander in chief. “I view this as the beginning of the end of the president’s policy on Iraq in this war,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill. “It ends the blank check of more troops, more money, more time and more of the same. And it begins the notion that we have to have a new direction to Iraq that has accountability, standards that you can measure progress and not.” Emanuel, Reid and other Democrats pointed to a provision setting standards for the Iraqi government to meet in developing a more democratic society. U.S. reconstruction aid would be conditioned on progress toward meeting the goals, but Bush would have authority to order the money to be spent regardless of how the government in Baghdad performed. And despite the Democratic claims of success, Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she is unlikely to vote for the war money because it lacks “a goal or a timetable” for a troop withdrawal. Republicans said that after weeks of struggle, they had forced Democrats to drop their demand for a troop withdrawal timetable. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the House GOP leader, said: “Democrats have finally conceded defeat in their effort to include mandatory surrender dates in a funding bill for the troops, so forward progress has been made for the first time in this four-month process.” But Republicans agreed to concessions, as well, in terms of billions of dollars in domestic spending that Democrats wrung from them and the administration. Republican leaders had hoped to persuade the White House to make a tougher stand against the Democratic demands, but it appeared that they were undercut by the desire of the GOP rank and file for money for farmers and others. Final details of the measure remained in flux, although Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said at an early evening news conference, “we’re very close to having things tied down.” In all, officials said the measure included about $17 billion more than Bush initially requested. Of the $17 billion, about $9 billion would go for defense-related items and veterans’ health care. The balance would be for other domestic programs. The bill would also include the first increase in the federal minimum wage in more than a decade. Both the House and Senate have passed measures raising the current level of $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour in three separate 70-cent increases over 26 months. Those measures included modest tax breaks, mainly aimed at helping businesses that hire low-skilled or handicapped workers. Obey outlined an unusual procedure in which lawmakers in the House could cast two votes, one on the war-related provisions, and a second on all other items. That would allow liberal Democrats to oppose the war funds, confident that Republicans would supply the support needed for it to prevail. The opposite would be true for the domestic spending, which draws more support from Democats than Republicans. The bill would then go to the Senate, where senators would have to vote yes-or-no on the entire package. The Iraq war has dominated the early months of the Congress that took office in January, as majority Democrats promised to pressure Bush to change course. While Republicans have largely backed Bush, they, too, have grown nervous over the prospect of supporting a war that is increasingly costly and unpopular with the public. The collision led to a veto of legislation that contained a timeline for a troop withdrawal. The House failed to override the veto, and that led to negotiations involving the administration and key lawmakers in both houses. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Northern Lights College grad receives $5,000 scholarship

first_imgThe scholarship was established in 2006 and was designed specifically to help students transfer from one B.C. post-secondary institution to another B.C. post-secondary to finish their degrees.Rory Grewar, program director of the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society said, “B.C. has a great transfer system that allows students to move from one institution to another. When students can start their program at a local college in their hometown, they save money and can rely on their networks for support. Then, when it’s time to move elsewhere to finish their degrees, the Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship can help financially.”In a release sent by Grewar, Good stated, It’s a huge weight off my shoulders. With moving and tuition, I had no idea how I was going to do it. Even though I already knew how hard it was to move away from home for school, I knew what I wanted to do and had to make it happen.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Chelsea score late to ruin Arteta’s home debut

first_img0Shares0000The Englishman finished a clinical counter-attacking move to win the game for his side in a London Derby thriller. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 29 – Chelsea ruined Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s home debut as Tammy Abraham’s late strike sealed a dramatic 2-1 win after Bernd Leno’s horrific blunder turned the tide in a thrilling London derby on Sunday.Leading through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early goal at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta was just seven minutes away from securing his first victory in his second game in charge. But Gunners goalkeeper Leno made a hash of coming to catch a free-kick and Jorginho tapped in to spark a Chelsea fightback that climaxed in Abraham firing home with three minutes left.After dominating the first half, it was a shocking but familiar collapse from Arsenal, whose lack of steel was the key element in the downfall of Arteta’s predecessor Unai Emery.In their final game of the decade, Arsenal showed just how much work Arteta has to do to steer the Gunners back to respectability in his first managerial role.After coming from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in his first match on Thursday, Arteta would have been encouraged by their bright start — but not the woeful meltdown that leaves Arsenal with only one win in their last 15 games in all competitions.A late double from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham saw Chelsea snatch a dramatic win from Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Photo/DAILY MAILArsenal, 12 points adrift of the top four, have lost four consecutive home fixtures in all competitions for the first time in 60 years.They also suffered three successive top-flight home defeats for the first time since 1977.While Arteta held his head in despair after Abraham’s winner, Frank Lampard’s wild celebration showed Chelsea’s need for the win after a difficult period of their own.Fourth placed Chelsea had lost five of their last seven league games, but a second successive away win — following their recent impressive success at Tottenham — moves them four points clear of fifth placed Manchester United.There was no fanfare for Arteta before kick-off, the Spaniard quietly take his place on the bench to applause from Arsenal fans but without any elaborate introduction.Chelsea went close early on when Willian’s quick free-kick caught Arsenal flat-footed, allowing Mason Mount to drift into space for a fierce strike that stung Leno’s palms.– Arsenal collapse –Arsenal could not muster a late equaliser themselves as Mikel Arteta searches for his first victory as the Gunners manager. Photo/DAILY MAILBut, initially vibrant in possession and tireless without the ball, Arsenal exposed Chelsea’s own problems at the back to take the lead with a well-rehearsed set-piece routine in the 13th minute.Calum Chambers was positioned perfectly to rise above Fikayo Tomori and glance Mesut Ozil’s corner towards Aubameyang.The Gabon striker, who also scored in Arteta’s first game, applied the finishing touch, escaping Emerson’s slack marking to guide a diving header past Kepa Arrizabalaga for his 15th goal of the season.Arteta didn’t hide his delight, fist-pumping in celebration of the first home goal of his reign.Aubameyang’s goal meant Chelsea had kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 league fixtures and, with Arsenal well on top and threatening to score again, Lampard was forced to take drastic action.In a bid to shake Chelsea out of their lethargy, Lampard hauled off Brazilian wing-back Emerson and sent on Italy midfielder Jorginho as he ditched his 3-4-3 formation after just 33 minutes.The switch proved an inspired move but not before Mount, N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger were all booked in quick succession as Chelsea used brute blunt Arsenal’s momentum.Chelsea were on top in the second half and teenage debutant Tariq Lamptey led the charge when his surge ended with Abraham’s shot being blocked by David Luiz.Leno’s game-changing 83rd minute howler was truly farcical, the German lying with his head in his hands after his misjudgement of Mount’s high free-kick allowed Jorginho to tap into the empty net.Suddenly, Arsenal reverted to their nervous former selves and Chelsea took full advantage to complete a remarkable fightback four minutes later.Willian broke into the Arsenal area and crossed to Abraham, who turned unchecked by the ponderous Shkodran Mustafi to fire a cool strike under Leno.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DDTV: NORTHFIT CORPORATE CHALLENGE AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS!

first_imgClick on the video above to enjoy some of the action from last Saturday’s brilliant Northfit Corporate Fitness Challenge.A whole host of local businesses competed in both the morning and afternoon sessions of the event, in what turned out to be an incredibly enjoyable event for all participants. The event encouraged business to get active again by participating in a whole host of fun and ‘wacky events’.The main theme of the event was to promote fitness and well-being in a working environment.On the day businesses competed with each other on a head-to-head basis.While it was competitive, there was an element of fun to all challenges and despite a small bit of cheating from a few teams, it was all played out in the right spirit. Packie Mailey from Northfit told Donegal Daily that he was absolutely delighted with how the event went.Packie said, “It was a great day, we couldn’t have envisaged it would’ve been as successful as it was, but we’re absolutely delighted with the reaction we received.“Everybody who participated in the event, really enjoyed themselves, and that was our main priority when we launched the event.“I want to thank all businesses who participated and those who helped sponsor the event.“We’re hoping to run another one, sometime next month and we’ll be announcing details on that shortly.  DDTV: NORTHFIT CORPORATE CHALLENGE AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS! was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessDDTVFeaturesnewsNorthfit Corporate Challengelast_img read more

PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgResultsOver the Easter week end the place to be basking in glorious sunshine was Portsalon Golf Course. The club arranged a host of open competitions and with the excellent weather conditions were ideal for good golf. The competitions attracted large turnouts throughout the week end. The events got under way with the Mc Corick’s Pharmacy sponsored 18 hole stableford competition and the winner was 21 handicaper Kevin Willimson with 41 points, runner up Eugene Mc Cafferty (23) 39 points, Gross barry Mc Gettigan (3) 33 points 3rd Joe Harrison (16) 37 points, 4th Kevin Mc Gonagle (6) 36 points. Visitor Declan Mc Ateer Concra Wood. Best nines went to Eamon O’Brien and John Sandilands. The CSS was 34 points. The Captain Donal Callaghan would like to extend his and the clubs thanks to the sponsor Mc Cormicks PPharmacy Milford for their continued support to Portsalon Golf Club. On Easter Sunday 24th the winner was Sam Faulkner (14) 40 points, runner up John Shields (4) 40 points, Gross D P Logue (5) 33 points 3rd Peter Doherty (22) 40 points. The CSS was 37 points. On Easter Monday the winner was James T Toal (25) 41 points, 2nd Ciaran Mc Fadden (10) 40 points, Gross Seamus Patton (6) 33 points 3rd Ryan Mc Gettigan (9) 40 points. The CSS was . The winner of the Wednesday open played on 20th was Donal Callaghan jr (18) 42 points, 2nd Tony Kingston (12) 40 points, Gross Connor Connolly (5) 33 points, 3rd Chuck Mc Taggart (12) 39 points.The CSS was 38 points.Events On Saturday 30th April there is a gent’s open competition On Sunday 1st May there is Portsalon Golf Club Fundraising Classic event. This will be an open competition any combination. On Wednesday 4th May there is an open gents 18 hole stableford competition A time sheet is in operation for all competitions at Portsalon Golf Club, contact 074 91 59459 for your tee time or go online at portsalongolfclub.comDonegal Links ClassicA reminder that places on this years Donegal Links Classic are filling up rapidly. To avoid disappointment and to gain an entry into this magnificent golfing event contact Ballyliffen Golf Club on 074 9376119Mixed Foursomes The Portsalon mixed foursomes nine hole competitions resume on Friday 29th April with a 5.45. p.m. tee off.Ulster CupThe first of the team events will get underway on Easter Sunday 24th as Andy Boland leads his Ulster Cup team to Blackwood Golf Club Bangor in this first round first leg match. The travelling Portsalon team suffered a severe defeat of six matches to one. Team captain Andy Boland recorded a fine win for the Portsalon team who also are seventeen holes down. The Portsalon team will have it all to do on Saturday 30th April in the return leg300 Members DrawThe April draw of the Portsalon Golf Club Members draw was held on Easter Sunday night and the results were as follows; €400 Johnny Martin,€300 Aoine & Manuel Friel,,€200 John Dunlevey and €100 each to Peter Coyle, Sean Mc Ateer and Brian Able. Golfer of the year 2010At a presentation on Easter Sunday night Connor Connolly was presented with the Portsalon Golf Club’s Golfer of the Year award.Match Play.Entries are now been taken for the 2011 singles and doubles match play events. In order to have your name included in the dray for both events your entry fee must be paid at the time of entry. The winners of the 2010 match play competitions were presented with their awards on Easter Sunday night. The winner of the singles was John Fitzgerald and the doubles winners was John Shields and Aidan Cannon. Jimmy BruenUnder the leadership of Ollie Connolly the Portsalon team in this season’s Jimmy Bruen competition will travel to Ballybofey for this qualifying round.Club House.The Captain Donal Callaghan wishes to welcome the new Chef Dermot Bradley to Portsalon Golf Club and together with Sean Mc Gettigan our Clubhouse Steward has arranged a magnificent menu which is sure to satisfy your taste. So why come along and sample the magnificent fare in the majestic surroundings of Ballymastocker Bay. For further details contact Sean at 074 9159459Winter placingMembers and visitors should note that there is 6 inch placing on all fairways.PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:golf clubPortsalonlast_img read more

Football Travels to No. 14/16 Montana

first_imgStory Links Audio Montana Notes Tickets Live Stats center_img Video Drake Notes DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University football team returns to action on Saturday at No. 14 Montana. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. CST at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.Saturday’s contest is the first all-time meeting between Drake and Montana. The Bulldogs season opener against William Jewell was cancelled due to severe weather, while Montana, who was then ranked 24th, upset then ranked No. 13 Northern Iowa 26-23. Montana is ranked 14th in the nation in the most recent STATS FCS Media Poll and 16th in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Poll.SCOUTING THE BULLDOGSFifth-year senior Grant Kraemer is set to begin his third season under center and has his top three receivers returning from last year. Kraemer led the PFL with 261.6 yards passing per game and tossed 20 touchdown passes. Kraemer became the second Bulldog since 1986 to throw 20 or more touchdowns in back-to-back seasons as the tallied 23 in 2016 and 20 last season. Kraemer’s top three targets, Steven Doran, Mitch McFarlane and Devin Cates combined for more than 60 percent of the Bulldogs’ receiving yards and over 50 percent of the team’s receptions last season. Drake’s defense is highlighted by preseason all-PFL selections Nathan Clayberg and Sean Lynch. Clayberg recorded 44 tackles with five tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks last season. Lynch led Drake last year with 72 tackles and helped the defensive unit lead the PFL in pass defense with 199.7 passing yards per game.SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIESMontana’s defense is led Josh Buss, who was named Big Sky Conference preseason defensive player of the year and to the Butkus Award preseason watch list, which honors the nation’s best linebackers. He was the only FCS player named on the Butkus Award preseason watch list. Last year, Buss was a Buck Buchanan Award Finalist, which is awarded to the top FCS defensive player. Offensively, UNLV transfer, quarterback Dalton Sneed made is debut and completed 26-of-39 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown in the Griz win over UNI. Keenan Curran caught  six passes for 62 yards and also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land program launched

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A multi-year project designed to help Ohio farmers adapt to a changing climate, improve the resiliency of their operations, as well as boost a wide array of ecosystem services from their land, while supporting local communities by producing nutritious food, is officially launching this week with the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the Ohio Smart Agriculture: Solutions from the Land project.The Steering Committee — comprised from a diverse coalition of state agricultural, environmental and food security leaders — aims to construct a strategy and action plan for making Ohio agriculture more sustainable and robust, while enabling the state’s farmland to deliver multiple food, feed, fiber, energy and ecosystems services from the land.Solutions from the Land (SfL), a national collaboration led by an acclaimed group of active farm, forestry and conservation leaders, is coordinating the three- to five-year project with the assistance of a $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Teaming up with SfL on the initiative will be The Ohio State University’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), along with other partners.The initiative builds on multi-stakeholder partnerships that have been developing in the state around water quality, food policy and sustainable agriculture projects, and will bring together innovators through dialogue and planning to improve climate resiliency, and achieve nutrition, energy, environmental, health and economic goals.Taking a holistic, integrated approach to land management, the Steering Committee begins this week to identify, build and nurture the value chains that support the sustainable production of food, feed, fiber, energy and ecosystem services, and the delivery of goods and services up the food chain all the way to the most urban consumers.One of the first steps to be undertaken through this project is to directly respond to the challenge of food insecurity, the lack of reliable access to a sufficient amount of food for an active, healthy life for all household members. One in six residents in Ohio struggle with keeping nutritious food on the table, and nearly one in four children face days without adequate, nutritious food. Food assistance can be critical to low-income residents, including the elderly and disabled individuals, who otherwise have to choose between paying for food or paying their utility bills or rent.“The value of good, nutritious food for healthy children, adults, seniors and to communities as a whole cannot be overstated. Food security leads to positive outcomes in brain development, education, health condition, worker productivity and overall well-being,” said Lisa Hamler-Fuggitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks and a co-chair of the project. “Ohio is a national leader in agriculture, and Ohio’s farm community time and again has stepped up to assure fresh, Ohio-produced meats, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and much more are part of the solution to addressing food insecurity in our state.“This initiative will provide a critical boost in momentum to assure we can continue to feed the state’s most vulnerable citizens.”Another challenge to the state’s food security to be addressed by the project is soil degradation caused by erosion, organic matter and nutrient depletion, and elemental imbalance.“The soil is the foundation of our farms. But it is more than that; it is also the foundation of the health of all mankind,” said Joe Hartzler, the other project co-chair, a Wooster dairy farmer and a cofounder of the Agroecosystems Management Program at OSU. “A healthy soil will produce a healthy plant. A healthy plant consumed will produce a healthy animal. A healthy animal consumed will produce healthy people. Like my Dad, Harold Hartzler used to say, ‘All life begins in the soil.’”This week, Steering Committee members will review the project’s goals, objectives and outcomes, as well as discuss and refine their vision, plan of work and timetable. The committee will identify the building blocks that can make up the Ohio Smart Agriculture Action Plan, and discuss the process that will be followed for developing the plan.The committee begins its two-day session with a tour of mission-related operations, including the South Side Roots Café & Market, a local market operated by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to assist local communities to gain access to nutritious food at affordable prices; Franklinton Gardens, a 2.5-acre urban farm that grows 44 different types of fruits and vegetables year-round in environmentally-sustainable ways, and distributes them to community residents at reduced cost; Price Farms Organics, in Delaware County, an Ohio EPA Certified composting facility that sells high quality mulch, topsoil and compost; and the Seminary Hill Farm, a certified organic farm that rests on 5 acres of land on the campus of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, outside of Columbus.“The Steering Committee has committed to lofty goals, but members acknowledge the needs of the future are not met by small ambition,” said Fred Yoder, an Ohio grain farmer, a member of the committee and an SfL board member.For additional information, contact Ernie Shea, SfL president and the Ohio Smart Agriculture project coordinator, at 410-952-0123, or via email at EShea@SfLDialogue.net.last_img read more