Sr. Research Program Coordinator

first_imgGeneralSummary/PurposeThe Sr. Research Program Coordinator will serve asa member of a coordinating center for multicenter clinical trialswithin the Department of Epidemiology. The coordinating center isinvolved in the design, conduct, and analysis of multicenterclinical trials that evaluate treatments for asthma and COPD forthe ALA Airways Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) data coordinatingcenter. Current studies include a study of impact of COVID-19pandemic on individuals with COPD; a large (N=4,000) cohort studyof lung health in young adult; and an interventional of amedication management program for young adults with asthma. Becauseour studies focus on respiratory health and disease, all of ourstudies are implementing data collection on the impact of COVID-19on study participants. The multicenter network includes over 40clinics across the United States and receives infrastructuresupport from the American Lung Association. Individual studies arefunded by grants from the NIH and industry. The coordinator wouldbe joining a team of approximately 15 faculty and staff members.The position provides a unique opportunity to learn about differentaspects of clinical trial management and to work in an environmentthat encourages personal growth.Specific Duties &ResponsibilitiesMaintains good working knowledge of allassigned protocols and reportingrequirements.Works on complexclinical studies which require a high level of knowledge andcoordination.Transmits anddistributes protocol information.Help maintain IRBapproval for studies using single IRB mechanism and local IRBmodelPrepares andsubmits annual renewal requests, amendments, and adverse eventreports with clinical input according to single IRB and Sponsorrequirements.May assist theprincipal investigator and/or program manager in defininginformation and plans required to accomplish goals ofstudies.Design and createprotocol‑ specific case report forms asneeded.Responds in atimely manner to queries related from studysites.Participates inmonitoring and audits of studies and generate site performancereports.Reviews auditresponses from study sites and works with site to ensure databaseare updated; corrects errors in database whennecessary.Is knowledgeable ofand complies with Good Clinical Practices, ICH Guidelines andALA-ACRC policies.May instructintroductory level clinical research personnel in these guidelinesand policies.Write anddistribute correspondence to studysitesOrder anddistribute study supplies to studysitesCreate meetingmaterials and assist in theirpublicationCreate and manageonline surveys to coordinate scheduling of large meetings or gatherinformation needed for planning multicenterstudiesAttend SteeringCommittee and Executive Committee meetings and prepareminutesServe as liaisonwith study site personnel regarding data quality issues and studyproceduresReview and maintaincertification material for overall site and site personnelcertificationMaintain status ofsite certification and alerts sites and DCC todeficienciesAssist indevelopment and implementation of training modules for sitepersonnel• Write, revise, and assist in the publication ofstudy documents such as manuals of procedures, informed consentstatements, and policy and procedurememoranda• Participate in sitevisits• Conduct data-audits and monitor issues such asstudy drug management and supplies atsitesMinimumQualificationsBachelor’s degree in related discipline required. 3years related experience required.Additional education may substitute for requiredexperience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalencyformula.JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degreecredits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits maysubstitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalencyis permitted, up to two years of non-related college course workmay be applied towards the total minimum education/experiencerequired for the respective job.Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilitiesStrong computer skills to include familiaritywith PCs and common software such as Word, Excel, andPowerPointWorking knowledgeof REDCapGood communicationsskills, including excellent writing and editingskillsStrongorganizational skillsClassified Title:Sr. Research ProgramCoordinatorWorking Title: Sr. Research ProgramCoordinator ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB Starting Salary Range:$38,920 – $53,520; Commensuratewith experienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Up to 37.5 hoursper week Exempt Status: ExemptLocation: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology Personnel area: School of Public HealthThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf School of PublicHealth – East Baltimore Campus Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University Sr. Research Program Coordinator Twitter You need to sign in or create an account to save Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Facebook Sr. Research Program Coordinator More searches like this Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University Save Sr. Research Program Coordinator You need to sign in or create an account to save Maryland, United States Maryland, United States Share Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm LinkedIn You need to sign in or create an account to save Sr. Research Program Coordinator Johns Hopkins University Save Sr. Research Program Coordinator Salary Not Specified Similar jobs Salary Not Specified Save Sr. Research Program Coordinator Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

Call for the establishment of regional centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector published

first_img“Through the regional centers of competence, we will provide quality and modern training of staff for tourism and hospitality, with the active support and cooperation of top experts from the public and private sectors. The key to success in creating a quality overall tourist offer is quality human resources. I believe that this project marks a new era for the development of human resources in tourism for the benefit of employees who will gain top knowledge in accordance with modern market trends, but also employers who will get a quality workforce with practical experience.Said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. The long-awaited call for the establishment of regional centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector has been published. The target groups of the Call are educational workers in vocational education institutions, students enrolled in vocational education institutions and adult participants.  More information below at the link: https://strukturnifondovi.hr/natjecaji/uspostava-regionalnih-centara-kompetentnosti-u-sektoru-turizma-i-ugostiteljstva/ These centers will submit project proposals for the Call “Establishment of regional centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector” to be funded as a limited temporary call under Priority Axis 3 “Education and Lifelong Learning”, Specific Objective 10.iv.1: “Modernization offers of vocational education and raising its quality in order to increase the employability of students as well as opportunities for further education “Operational Program” Effective Human Resources “2014-2020. Najniži iznos bespovratnih sredstava koji se može dodijeliti pojedinom projektu iznosi  3.000.000,00 kn. Najviši iznos bespovratnih sredstava koji se može dodijeliti pojedinom projektu iznosi 75.000.000,00 kn.  In response to the needs of the economy, the concept of regional centers of competence was developed in which the labor market will be connected with education, and today the Ministry of Tourism published a call for institutions for vocational education in tourism and hospitality. According to the Decision on appointment of regional centers of competence in vocational education. centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector.  Project applications for the Call in question will be accepted until 21 October 2019. For these needs The Ministry of Tourism provided HRK 300 million within the European Social Fund, of which 85%, ie HRK 255.000.000,00 is financed by the European Social Fund, and 15%, ie HRK 45.000.000,00 is provided by the Ministry of Tourism. The general objective of the Call is to establish regional centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector with the aim of strengthening institutional and human resources in the sector in order to increase their opportunities in the labor market. The specific objective of the Call is to strengthen the capacity and expertise of human resources in the tourism and hospitality sector through the establishment of program and staffing conditions in regional centers of competence, which will, among other things, improve work-based learning opportunities for students and adult learners. public, private and civil sector.  i na http://www.esf.hr/natjecaji/obrazovanje/uspostava-regionalnih-centara-kompetentnosti-u-sektoru-turizma-i-ugostiteljstva/last_img read more

The Latest: Grand National steeplechase canceled

first_imgIn addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___6:40 p.m. The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19. The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):8:50 p.m.The Grand National Steeplechase, one of the iconic sporting events in Britain, has been canceled following the stringent measures put in place during the virus outbreak. Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.___1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events. ___2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement. ___1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3. 1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak. 11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution. ___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April. The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2. Associated Press The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings.The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said. The qualifying tournaments for Africa and for Asia and Oceania have already been held, with 96 boxers qualifying for Tokyo in those events. Several more boxers qualified on the third day of competition in London, including British flyweight Galal Yafai.The IOC Boxing Task Force is working on a plan to award the remaining Olympic spots in May and June. In all, 286 boxers will compete in Tokyo.The IOC appointed a task force to govern boxing for the upcoming Olympics after stripping the International Boxing Association (AIBA) of its Olympic authority last June following a series of governance problems with the scandal-plagued organization.___7:10 p.m. ___4 p.m.Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access.The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are.Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet. USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California.7:25 p.m.The third regional Olympic boxing qualification tournament has been suspended after three days of competition.The 11-day London event was suspended Monday night after a day of fan-free competition. The IOC Boxing Task Force also suspended the remaining two Olympic qualification tournaments, scheduled for Buenos Aires later this month and for Paris in May.The London qualifier had participants from more than 60 countries, and organizers decided to shut it down to allow the boxers to return home amid growing worldwide travel restrictions. March 16, 2020 The Jockey Club says the horse racing meeting at Aintree, Liverpool, from April 2-4 will not take place.The British government has said emergency services are being withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings in the country from Tuesday, so the Jockey Club “has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage” the Grand National Festival.Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club, says “we were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but … this is not a viable option.” ___4:10 p.m. “We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all. The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid. Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___ The Latest: Grand National steeplechase canceled John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___ 12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled. ___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later. BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m. With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000. The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___ Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people.Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29.The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct.Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice.Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America. ___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.” The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak. ___2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus.The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely. The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Sandals Foundation commits to further investment in sustainable projects

first_imgToday, the Sandals Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International – celebrates 10 years of fulfilling its promise to the Caribbean community of investment in sustainable projects that improve schools and build capacity in the education system, restore and conserve marine wildlife and help marginalized people transform their lives through training and other community development programs. Over the next decade, the Foundation is planning to double down on protecting the Caribbean ecosystem and bringing its 14,000 employees and customers together to support over 120 projects and programs annually across Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Turks & Caicos.“Our goal has always been simple – to unite the Caribbean region, elevate its people, and protect its delicate ecosystem – and I am so proud of how far we’ve come in our first decade,” said Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International and President of the Sandals Foundation. “To build on our momentum and bring even more awareness to importance of supporting the Caribbean, we are tapping into the power of social media to launch a campaign to galvanize the world to join in our efforts.”Called #FaceTheCaribbean, guests across the company’s 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts will have the opportunity to change the face of the Caribbean for generations to come – whether they choose to donate in support of a particular project, participate in the Pack for a Purpose® program and bring needed supplies to local schools, purchase merchandise and items from Caribbean Artisan Collections available in the Sandals and Beaches Resort Shops or get hands on through unique voluntourism excursions, such as the Reading Road Trip, that take them directly into local communities.Ten Years of Supporting the Faces of the Caribbean Since its inception in 2009, the Sandals Foundation has worked with its extensive network of donors, volunteers, partners, team members and social media activists to build schools, outfit computer labs and libraries, foster youth engagement through sports programs, manage marine protected areas, offer free medical, dental and eye care, provide women with the tools they need to thrive, and much more. To-date, the Foundation has raised $11,182,955, impacting well over 850,000 people in the region, with the overall dollar amount of projects and programs implemented valued at over 58 million dollars.Some key examples of the Foundation’s projects to-date include:Education: Worked with 578 schools across the region providing capacity building for teachers, awards scholarships to deserving students, initiatives to promote literacy and technological advancement in schools.Environment: In partnership with CLEAR Caribbean, established restoration programs inside Saint Lucia’s Soufriere Marine Management Area and trained local stakeholders to build, install and monitor two coral nurseries. So far, over 2000 corals have been propagated.Community: Launched the Women Helping Others Achieve (WHOA) program, an initiative aimed at positively impacting marginalized women across the Caribbean and helping them find the inspiration to transform their lives through vocational training, counseling, agricultural programs and more.Over the past decade, the Foundation has also extended support to neighboring islands on the ground in times of crisis, including natural disasters in Haiti, Dominica, Barbuda and some of the out islands of the Bahamas.Helping the Caribbean Marine EcosystemWhile the Sandals Foundation will continue to support projects across each of its core pillars, the organization is placing a special emphasis on the environmental component today and in the years to come.“The Caribbean Sea connects more than 700 islands and coastlines, which is a source of livelihood for thousands of people. The role we all play in supporting protected areas and teaching the next generation the importance of caring for their precious environment is crucial now more than ever,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation. “The Sandals Group of companies and Sandals Foundation have intensified our efforts by reducing plastic pollution through our operations and in our communities as well as ensuring we engage all the key stakeholders in our efforts.”The Sandals Foundation is already invested in countless projects that support marine conservation and environmental awareness, including:Floating Classrooms: Encouraged the development of responsible behaviors toward the natural environment through this unique program, which brings children face-to-face with the marine ecosystem. This is just one way the Foundation has educated more than 34,478 people on proper marine and land based environmental activities.Boscobel Sanctuary & Whitehouse Fish Sanctuary: In partnership with the Government of Jamaica, the Foundation established and manages the sanctuaries of the Boscobel and Whitehouse Special Fisheries Conservation Areas to combat the effects of overfishing along Jamaica’s coastline. Between 2013 and 2017, there was a 1300 percent increase in fish population in the Boscobel Marine Sanctuary.Endangered Species Conservation: Provided education and resources to impact the ecological conservation and protection of important species including the Grenada Dove, Sea Turtles and Parrotfish. Additionally, the Foundation has worked with land-based organizations to protect fauna and flora including the Lansan tree – unique to St. Lucia and Winward Islands – which has been victim to deforestation and over exploitation for its aromatic white resin used locally as incense.Last year, in partnership with Oceanic Global, a non-profit focused on providing solutions to issues impacting our oceans, all 19 Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts eliminated the 21,490,800 single-use plastic straws and stirrers used across the resorts each year, along with plastic laundry bags and plastic bags throughout gift shops. As of February 1, 2019, all resorts have eliminated Styrofoam. The company is currently exploring opportunities to eliminate other plastic across its resorts by September 2019.Environmental sustainability is critical to Sandals and Beaches Resorts’ core mission, and the company has earned its place as the only hotel chain in the world to have all of its resorts certified by the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification program, with nine resorts currently holding Master Certification. All resorts ensure environmental policies are put in place to reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint, as well.Face the FutureWhile the Sandals Foundation has made tremendous progress in the region, the work is far from over. The Foundation remains committed to investments that create a positive and sustainable impact on people’s lives and the environment.Over the next year, the non-profit will put a special emphasis on expanding awareness and funding to support the beautiful, yet vulnerable, Caribbean ecosystem. The Sandals Foundation has pledged to lead the charge in driving a sustainable future for the region and protecting its precious marine resources.With the help of partners, key stakeholders and volunteer team members, the Foundation is committed to engaging 100,000 people in environmental protection and conservation over the next 10 years. This commitment includes working with schools and educators to integrate marine education in their lesson plans, spearheading hands-on field trips to protected areas and engaging residents in coastal communities on proper solid waste management programmes. In line with its mission to reduce waste, the Foundation will also provide school children in the region with reusable lunch kits to reduce their dependence on Styrofoam.Funds raised through donations and partnerships will help to expand on training workshops aimed at building the capacity of educators and environmental club leaders on environmental conservation, as well as engage wardens and provide enforcement equipment to ensure proper management and protection of marine areas. With even greater focus on turtle conservation, the Foundation will work to certify Sandals and Beaches Resorts in turtle protection, continue support of its highly successful turtle tour and rehabilitate beaches to provide safer nesting grounds.The Foundation pledges to strengthen the resilience of coral reefs in the region, with a commitment to plant 30,000 coral fragments onto reef systems over the next 10 years. As part of this, locals will receive training in coral restoration, and guests at Sandals and Beaches Resorts will be able to participate in coral planting dives.last_img read more

Today’s ‘Photo of the Day’ sent in by Mike Dotsch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisToday’s ‘Photo of the Day’ was sent in by Mike Dotsch. Mike snapped a photo of a male Cardinal sitting on a frosted pine branch in Ossineke enjoying his day. If you have a photo that you would like to send to us, email it to [email protected] Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Miss Sunrise Side looking for participants for ‘Mock Rock’ CompetitionNext 20th Annual ‘Chocolate Extravaganza’ adds more Scholarshipslast_img

Winter Is Still A Time To Enjoy Frozen Yogurt Treats At…

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by TwistiesNow more than ever, coming to Twisties is the best time you will have any day of the week!!!Beginning Monday October 22, we will have daily specials and events that will be so much fun it’ll knock your socks off!Calendar of EventsMondays: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMEvery Monday is Family Night! Bring the whole family for a yummy frozen yogurt treat and receive 20% off!Twisties wants to thank the military and their families for all they do for us. In our appreciation, Military families will receive 25% off on Family Night Mondays.Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PMCome on in for your yogurt treat and guess the EXACT weight of your cup of yogurt and it’s FREE!!!Wednesdays: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PMIT’S HERE!!!! WAFFLE Wednesdays!!! Come in to Twisties every Wednesday and enjoy a fresh, warm waffle with fro yo and toppings! They are soooooo GOOD!!! It’ll make your mouth want to do the happy dance!!!!Monday thru Friday: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PMHappy Hour (actually it’s Happy 3-hour, but who’s counting)… Yep, every weekday between 3 & 6 PM we will serve hot coffee, cocoa or apple cider to our friends who come in for some delicious, nutritious and healthy fro yo. That’ll warm you up on these brisk fall days.Join us at Twisties! We look forward to seeing you.Twisties Frozen Yogurt is located at 5500 Corporate Center Ln SE, Suite B in Lacey.last_img read more

New Special Needs Community Center to Benefit Thurston County

first_imgFacebook188Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kelsey Hartsell for Seeds for Growth Community CenterAs summer comes to an end, students begin to prepare for the next school year, many for whom this will be the last. After their senior year of high school, most students continue to further education or find their callings in volunteer or career opportunities, but what is there for students that have special needs and feel they can do neither? What about adults already aged out of the school system and aimlessly floating day to day with no real sense of purpose? Tracy Westberg has a solution.The Board of Directors: President Tracy Westberg, Secretary Jessie Green, Public Relations Liaison Kelsey Hartsell, Vice President Sheila McCarten Treasurer Phillip Hall. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“I saw a vision to offer a safe, fun, and relaxing place for people who are differently abled” Tracy, who has worked with special needs students in North Thurston School District going on sixteen years, says, “I was inspired by my special needs students. I want to see them continue to grow and live once they finish high school, not just drop into a category of existing day to day.” Thus Tracy sat down, and with the support of her board of directors, built the plan for Seeds for Growth Community Center. Key statistics show that there is a substantial population Seeds for Growth Community Center will serve:According to the Disability Planning Data, there are approximately 21,000 people between the ages of 16 years and 64 years old that document having a disability living in Thurston County. This does not include individuals who are living in group homes or in an institution, nor does it take into consideration individuals not yet diagnosed nor individuals who decline to disclose a disability. Updated statics from the 2013-2017 Thurston County Regional Consolidated Plan confirms that 13% of Thurston County residents document having a disability.  People with special needs are offered to attend public school until the age of 21 years. Upon graduation, the opportunities and social support exponentially declines with very few consistent options left.Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg posing with former student, DJ Geary Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter Photography“It doesn’t matter the visibility or invisibility of the disability, it doesn’t matter the severity or subtly, Every single individual who is differently-abled or special needs has the right to a sense of community and importance; and that is what Tracy provides” (Kelsey Hartsell, Board of Directors Public Relations Liaison speaking of Seeds for Growth President, Tracy Westberg).  The mission of Seeds for Growth speaks to the dedication this community center has for all its members: “To offer community-based activities and programs for individuals who are differently abled (ages 14+) by:Providing programs for personal enrichment and enjoyment through a variety of activities.Creating an environment that promotes the cognitive, social, and emotional growth of community members.Assisting participants to increase their involvement in the local community.Empowering individuals to strengthen their independence through daily living and life skills”Dylan Kuehl rocking out the drums at a Seeds for Growth block party event. Photo courtesy: Barbara Potter PhotographyNot surprisingly Seeds for Growth has received a lot of support from local companies who agree with the value in inclusion. Lacey’s Costco, Martin Way’s Cricket Mobile, Mystical Cupcakes, Olympic Cards and Comics, Deschutes Print & Stitch (formerly Mantis Graphix), and South Sound Parent to Parent, to name a few, have all donated to support the development of the new teen to adult special needs community center. The community center will operate out of South Sound Parent to Parent’s activity room until they find a location of their own. They will also host various activities in the community including an afternoon of bowling at Tumwater Lanes.Seeds for Growth has launched their new activities calendar, which will begin Monday, October 2nd, 2017. The calendar can be viewed on their Facebook page and their website. A copy can also be requested via email.  Seeds for Growth is also seeking board members and volunteers. If you would like to get more information on any of the participation or volunteer activities, Seeds for Growth can be contacted through email at:  [email protected] In the meantime, they ask that the community spread the word of the new center.last_img read more