FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a district judge’s decision to order a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access pipeline, but has declined to shut the line down while the review is completed. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled last year that a more extensive review was necessary than the assessment conducted earlier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The pipeline crosses beneath the Missouri River, just north of the the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The tribe draws its water from the river and fears pollution.
Gifford Healthcare,RANDOLPH – Gifford Medical Center has been awarded an Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund grant for the eighth consecutive year. The only hospital in the state to receive the national award, Gifford has been granted $40,000 for 2009 to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.The Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund supports community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country. Gifford was selected as one of 144 grant recipients nationwide. Organizations are chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income and older women, who are often medically underserved.In 2008, Gifford, through the Avon Foundation’s generosity, reached 4,285 women during educational visits, a total estimated audience of more than 200,000 with the help of the media, and scheduled 571 women for mammograms – all numbers that significantly exceeded prior years.Gifford’s outreach is done primarily by Breast Care Coordinator Jane Harrness, a mammography technologist, who speaks around the state about the importance of annual mammograms in detecting breast cancer early.The grant – designated for outreach and education – makes her work possible.”Gifford is proud and thankful to receive this grant. It is an immeasurable gift,” Harrness said. “We can help women access the health care system and learn the importance of taking care of themselves. Women are so thankful for the information on breast health that I am able to give them.”Gifford and Harrness have historically used the funding to outreach to women where they live, work and socialize. That has meant numerous visits to senior centers and senior living facilities, public events and conferences, and Vermont’s women’s prisons and halfway houses.Instrumental in Harrness’ efforts in 2008 was attendance at many of the state’s county fairs and the Vermont Farm Show in Barre – events that typically draw rural Vermonters.This year, attendance at rural happenings, like the state’s fairs and this month’s farm show, will continue to be part of the hospital’s ongoing efforts to educate medically underserved women in Randolph, central Vermont and statewide – including a population of French-Canadian women living in the rural Northeast Kingdom – on the importance of mammograms and clinical breast exams.The grant award also serves as a resource and motivation to reach media outlets with advertisements, public service announcements and news stories regarding breast health.Among Gifford’s messages of late are promoting the state’s new affordable mammogram law, which went into effect on Oct. 1 and limited the out-of-pocket cost for a woman age 40 and over with Vermont insurance to just $25 or less.The Randolph hospital is also a supporter of the Love/Army for Women, a national effort to have women sign up for breast cancer research initiatives. Any woman, except those in active cancer treatment, is encouraged to join at www.armyofwomen.org(link is external). The program includes e-mail alerts on upcoming scientific studies. Women who fit the parameters of a study are invited to participate.Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in U.S. women, and the single leading cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55.In Vermont last year, an estimated 470 new cases of female breast cancer cases were diagnosed and 90 women died from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis of breast cancer every three minutes and a death every 14 minutes.While advances – including the new Love/Army of Women research strategy – have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and working toward a cure for breast cancer, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. According to the Avon Foundation, programs such as Gifford’s help ensure that all women, including the poor and medically underserved, have access to early detection information and options.Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,100 grants to community-based breast health programs across the United States. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.The Avon Foundation and Breast Cancer CrusadeThe Avon Foundation, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and their families. Now past the half century milestone, the Foundation brings this mission to life through the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which raises funds and awareness to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, with a focus on the medically underserved. Since 1992 the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has raised and awarded more than $525 million worldwide for medical research, access to care, support services, screening and diagnostics, and education and awareness. The largest fundraising program in the United States is the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series.The Avon Foundation Breast Care FundThe Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country. The Fund’s National Advisory Board selected the breast health program at Gifford Medical Center as one of 144 grant recipients nationwide in 2009. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income and older women, who are often medically underserved.Gifford Medical CenterGifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt., is a community hospital with family health centers in Bethel, Chelsea, Rochester and Sharon and specialty services throughout the region. Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, a 25-bed inpatient unit and a Transitional Care Unit. Gifford has a day care as well an adult day care and a 30-bed nursing home, the Menig Extended Care Facility, which opened in 1998 on the main campus. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care.The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable and high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.For more InformationFor more information on breast care at Gifford, call Breast Care Coordinator Jane Harrness at (802) 728-2317. For more information about breast cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or www.cancer.org(link is external), or the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER or www.cancer.gov(link is external).To learn more about the Avon Foundation, call 1-866-505-AVON or visit www.avonfoundation.org(link is external), where you can also access the free printable Breast Health Resource Guide in English and Spanish. For information or to register or support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer events, visit www.avonwalk.org(link is external) or call 1-888-540-WALK.
TT Lekalake Primary School in the village of Bathlaros near Kuruman will receive the library, which was built by non-governmental organisation Shout SA. The activation comes in time for the new school year. Play Your Part aims to motivate and inspire learners by creating excitement around reading and the importance of education.Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singer Danny K and kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane, both of whom will be in Kuruman for the library opening, to find ways of making the country safer for all. Now, the NGO is focusing on education for children. Read more: Northern Cape building of new library
Liverpool, Everton watching Club Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjumaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveClub Brugge attacker Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld is attracting major Premier League interest.Danjuma is on the radar of AC Milan, which Club Brugge have confirmed, though reports of a bid already tabled have been denied.The 21 year-old only moved to Belgium last summer from NEC Nijmegen, but his impact has attracted interest from across Europe.Along with Milan, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are also interested in Danjuma. He has scored five times and gave four assists in fifteen official matches for his new club.Manchester City were also keen on Danjuma before he left NEC in the summer for a cut-price €1m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Inter Milan striker Lukaku: We need to do more for Conteby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku admits they had to fight for their draw with Champions League opponents Slavia Prague.Inter needed a late goal from Nicolo Barella to earn the point.”The first half was very hard for us because Slavia played at such a high tempo and pressed us,” Lukaku said.“In the last 20 minutes we created lots of chances to score, but it wasn’t the perfect game today because we didn’t win.“We have to work hard to improve this season. As a team, we have to work hard every day to do what the Coach wants because we have the ability to do really well, but we need to work hard every day.”On the Derby della Madonnina on Saturday, he added: “We’re a great team and anyone who comes up against Inter knows it will be difficult for them.“We’ll be very well prepared for the game, for sure.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham due Lo Celso boost this weekby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will receive a boost this week with the return of midfielder Giovanni Lo Celso.The Argentine, signed from Real Betis this past summer, has been out for two months with a hip injury.But manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Monday that Lo Celso will be available for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade.Spurs are yet to win collect a win from Group B so far this season. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Last week, Skinnygirl Cocktails and Bethenny Frankel, the original Skinnygirl, donated $100,000 to Dress for Success during her new daytime talk show “bethenny.”As a thriving female entrepreneur, Bethenny serves as an inspiration for women and hopes the donation will empower viewers and fans nationwide to support other women.“Dress for Success is a charity that’s near and dear to me. I’m so very thankful for the amazing opportunity to raise awareness for this great cause and encourage women to help one another to achieve financial independence and have a rewarding career,” said Bethenny Frankel.Bethenny Frankel and Skinnygirl® Cocktails present a $100,000 check to Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide, on the set of the original Skinnygirl’s new daytime talk show, “bethenny,” on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.Credit/Copyright: Warner Bros./Telepictures Productions “bethenny”Since 2012, Skinnygirl® Cocktails has been a proud supporter of Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Skinnygirl® Cocktails launched their partnership with the organization during last year’s Inspire like a Lady program, making a donation for every inspirational story shared by fans. Additional support included the Ladies in Red program during the 2013 awards season, in which Skinnygirl® Cocktails gave back in style and made a donation to Dress for Success for every red dress worn on the Oscars red carpet. Most recently, Skinnygirl® Cocktails supported Dress for Success during “Meet the New Girls,” with the help of Bethenny and some celebrity friends – Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tyson Beckford, JP Rosenbaum,Chris Bukowski and Graham Bunn – who tended bar with all tips benefiting Dress for Success. Additionally, “bethenny” is the exclusive daytime talk show partner for Dress for Success.“Skinnygirl® Cocktails is committed to helping women succeed, which is why we chose to make our donation during Bethenny’s new talk show, celebrating the inspiration that Bethenny provides for women everywhere,” said Megan Frank, Director of Skinnygirl® Cocktails. “We hope that our donation will encourage women to help each other make positive changes in their lives.”“Our partnership with Skinnygirl® Cocktails and “bethenny” has helped us reach a broader audience of women and further our message,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. “Today’s generous donation will help disadvantaged women work toward self-sufficiency and have the opportunity to build thriving careers.”Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 125 cities in 15 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 700,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.
Patience is a virtue. And many professional sports franchises seek out virtuous athletes who don’t stray on the edge of the law. In the NFL, character plays a major role. Just ask Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick or Adam “Pacman” Jones. More and more, teams avoid high-risk athletes who pose off-the-field threats. The NCAA suspended Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant, widely projected as the NFL Draft’s top receiver last April, for the final 10 games of the season after he met with former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders. The interaction was determined to be a violation of NCAA rules. Once pinpointed as a Top 5 pick, Bryant tumbled to the Dallas Cowboys, who selected him 24th overall. Coincidence? Hardly. Bryant’s situation is just one example of the transgressions running rampant across college athletics. Georgia’s A.J. Green, tabbed by many as the best receiver prospect in college football, is serving a four-game suspension for selling his own jersey on eBay. Reports indicate he made about $1,000 on the game-worn uniform. So only the university can profit from Green’s gear? He can’t see a penny of it? That’s the straight-edged policy the NCAA institutes to prevent widespread financial madness. Aside from the athlete’s relatives, how many people would pay for a game-worn field hockey jersey? If all student-athletes are to be treated as equals, then star football players can’t be earning a profit that’s unattainable for a rower or volleyball player. Green likely chose eBay as his selling medium because of the high demand for his product. But since the revenue that football brings schools dwarfs the money that other sports make, shouldn’t the athletes see a cut? What if the family of a star athlete can’t provide sufficient monetary support? I sat down with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and discussed this very issue. Many people identify athletic directors and NCAA bigwigs as the villains, poaching every nickel and dime spent to see the kids play. But the same kids that are the reason 100,000 people fill stadiums across the nation are the same ones that will earn millions on the next level. Smith was actually in favor of allowing the athletes to earn a portion of the sales of their merchandise. His caveat, however, was that the athlete had to graduate to ever get his or her hands on the account. “Should we be able to allow kids to sell jerseys or their likenesses and make money? I believe that,” Smith said. “But I believe that money should be saved in an account for them for when they graduate. If you open that door and you allow every kid to monetize their persona, holy smokes.” “So I’m good with it if we said, whatever a kid’s jersey value is you sell it, but you take a portion of that money because you have expenditures, you take the profit from it, and put it in an account. I wouldn’t give it to them unless they graduate.” The concept makes sense. The star athletes who don’t need all four years of college game experience — and who don’t want to risk injury — jump to the next level and the money in their account is returned to the school. It sounds like a feasible plan, though one would be naïve to expect agents and boosters to keep from finding ways to trump the system. And that’s why the NCAA enforces such strict policies. Every other scenario includes far too many loopholes, exceptions and gray areas. Smith’s idea would work, but only in a perfect world. And what we currently have is an imperfect setup in an imperfect system. So, the best college athletes can do for now is just have patience and wait for that first, legal paycheck, whether from the NFL or a job post-graduation.
Maybe I’m a pessimist, but the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl doesn’t matter for the Ohio State football team. The Jan. 2 game against the University of Florida is just the season finale of a sub-par drama. You see, bowl games normally have some combination of three purposes at OSU: 1. They’re a celebration for a successful regular season and a chance to send the seniors out on a happy note. 2. They can give momentum to the players returning for the next season and build excitement for what’s to come the following year. 3. They bring notoriety to the program. For the Buckeyes, the Gator Bowl matchup doesn’t have any purpose. By normal OSU standards, the season was a failure. The team has already lost as many games (six) in the 2011-12 season than they have in the previous three years combined. For the first time since 2003, OSU lost to arch-rival Michigan. And, the season was riddled with scandals and suspensions. This season isn’t one to celebrate. It’s one to forget. Even if the Buckeyes win, any momentum the team builds will be about as useful as a refrigerator in the arctic as OSU prepares to enter the 2012-13 season with a postseason ban. And no offense to the Gator Bowl, but let’s call this game what it is. It’s a matchup between two normally elite programs going through a transition stage put together because of OSU’s recent hire of Florida’s former coach, Urban Meyer. Whichever school wins this game will shove the trophy in the back of its trophy case behind its BCS hardware. Fans are feeling the same way. Ticket sales have been sluggish for both teams, but multiple reports have claimed that travel packages for the bowl game are selling slower than at any time in recent memory. The fact is, fans don’t want to celebrate the season either. Most of them wish OSU had self-imposed a bowl ban this year so the program could have avoided a ban next year when the Meyer era began. I’m sure people will tune into the game, I’m sure the players will play hard and I’m sure many of the coaches going into their final game on staff will do their best to make the best out of a bad situation. But at the end of the day, the outcome and the game itself is meaningless.
Ohio State women’s gymnastics coach Carey Fagan was named the National Coach of the Year Monday after her squad finished in the top 10 nationally. OSU ended its season with a fourth-place finish in the second session of the NCAA Championship Semifinals Friday at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga. The Buckeyes posted a score of 196.525, leaving their first trip to the NCAA Championship Semifinals since 1990. “I’m really happy with the way the team handled the pressure of competing at the NCAA Championship,” Fagan said in a press release. “They did what we have done all season and it feels great to be ranked in the top 10. I am so happy for our seniors and the leadership they have shown all year. It has been a history-making year for the program, and I am so proud of what we accomplished.” Fagan wasn’t the only one reaping the awards. Assistant coaches Bill Lorenz and Meredith Yonushonis were named Co-Assistant Coach of the Year and sophomore Sarah Miller earned second-team All-America honors. The Buckeyes finished .625 points short from qualifying for the Super Six Team Finals. Alabama (197.675), Florida (197.650) and Arkansas (197.150) advanced to the team finals Sunday. OSU started on bars in the first rotation, recording a 48.975. Two seniors led the way for the Buckeyes; posting a pair of 9.825s were senior co-captain Taylor Jones and senior Alyssa Marohn, each tying for 20th place. Senior Casey Williamson scored a 9.80. Junior Colleen Dean and sophomore Victoria Aepli finished out the score with a 9.775 and 9.750, respectively. In the second rotation, the team moved to beam, recording a 49.225. Miller led the Buckeyes with a 9.900 to tie for sixth place. Senior co-captain Nicole Krauter, sophomore Melanie Shaffer and Marohn all finished with a 9.850, tying for 17th. Shaffer’s score was a season high on the event while Freshman Sarah Grady scored a 9.775. On floor, the Buckeyes drew a pair of 9.850s from Dean and Miller, who tied for eighth place and led the team to a 49.150 on the event. OSU’s scores on floor were spread out by .50 points, with Jones and Shaffer scoring a 9.825. Sophomore Alex DeLuca and Williamson each posted a 9.80. OSU finished on vault, recording a 49.175, which was .10 shy from the season high in the event. A trio of 9.850s from Krauter, Marohn and Miller led to a tie for 17th. Dean recorded a 9.825 and Jones rounded out the team score with a 9.80. The only all-around competitor for OSU, Dean scored a 38.575.