In July this year, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) designated the planned project area as one of “promising four sea areas for which preparations for organizing the council and other actions will start“ under the Act on Promoting the Utilization of Sea Areas for the Development of Marine Renewable Energy Power Generation Facilities. Going forward, it is anticipated that a council will be established and that the government will conduct a survey of wind and geological conditions toward designation as a project target area. Source: JRE JRE will continue to lead the project development. Tohoku Electric Power and ENEOS Corporation have agreed to join Japan Renewable Energy Corporation (JRE) in the development of the Happo Noshiro offshore wind project. The Happo Noshiro offshore wind project will comprise up to 22 wind turbines with an individual capacity of between 8 MW and 10 MW. The commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for after 2024. The project aims to construct and operate offshore wind farms with a maximum output capacity of 155 MW off Noshiro City and Happo town, Akita Prefecture. JRE is currently conducting a range of studies, including environmental impact assessments, while holding discussions with the local community and other stakeholders. ENEOS Corporation is Japan’s leading oil company. Tohoku Electric Power is an electric utility servicing 7.6 million individual and corporate customers in six prefectures in the Tōhoku region plus Niigata Prefecture.
Update on the latest sports — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play in the regular season or in the playoffs. Bouwmeester spoke to reporters for the first time since he collapsed on the bench in the first period during a game at the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 11. The 36-year-old Edmonton native was hospitalized and spent five nights in the hospital.— Montreal Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. Mete suffered the injury during the game in Detroit on Feb. 18. The 21-year-old Mete had four goals and 11 assists in 51 games this season.— Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-uh-LET’) is returning to the bench after being selected as the coach of the United States men’s national team competing at the world hockey championships in May. The move was announced by USA Hockey on Wednesday, seven weeks after Laviolette was fired by the Nashville Predators. Laviolette ranks 16th in NHL wins with 637 covering four teams over 18 seasons, including the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. He also coached the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.MLB-STANTON, VERLANDER TO MISS OPENING DAYStanton, Verlander will likely miss opening day Monk suspendedUNDATED (AP) — Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA’s anti-drug program. Monk’s suspension will begin with Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks and continue until he is determined to be in full compliance with the program.In other NBA news:— The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) $25,000 Wednesday, two days after he made an obscene gesture on the court and used profane language during a live television interview. The gesture occurred with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Sixers’ 129-112 victory over the Hawks on Monday night. With the clock winding down, Atlanta’s Kevin Huerter came from behind and swiped the ball from Embiid, who was trying to dribble it out. Embiid responded by flashing a middle finger at Huerter. He later apologized.MEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappNBA-SCHEDULECavs route 76ers 108-94, Embiid left with sprained shoulderWASHINGTON (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed Philadelphia 108-94 on Wednesday night after 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) left in the first quarter because of a sprained left shoulder. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKJapan baseball will play in empty stadiums, Irelands rugby match, Asian soccer postponedUNDATED(AP) — Japan’s professional baseball league says it will play its 72 remaining preseason games in empty stadiums because of the threat of the spreading coronavirus. The regular season is to open on March 20. The virus that began in China is disrupting all of the country’s sports schedules and has raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics. They are to open on July 24. Representatives of the baseball league’s 12 teams made the move at a special meeting.Meanwhile, Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match against Italy in Dublin has been postponed because of concerns about the spreading virus in Europe. The Italians were scheduled to play at Ireland on March 7, part of annual rugby competition that also includes England, France, Scotland and Wales. A women’s game the following day was also postponed.And Asian soccer leaders have postponed two key meetings because of the outbreak.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press February 27, 2020 NHL-SCHEDULECompher, Francouz lead Avalanche to 3-2 win over SabresDENVER (AP) — JT. Compher broke a tie on a wrist shot with 8:06 remaining, Martin Kaut scored his first NHL goal and the banged-up Colorado Avalanche won their fourth straight by beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) also scored to help the Avalanche vault into second place in the Central Division. Pavel Francouz was sharp in stopping 31 shots. Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM’-guhz GEER’-gehn-suhnz) and Curtis Lazar scored for the Sabres. They’ve dropped five straight to Colorado. In other action:— The Los Angeles Kings spoiled Patrick Marleau’s debut with Pittsburgh in a 2-1 victory over the Penguins. Blake Lizotte had a power-play goal and an assist, Cal Petersen made 36 saves and Trevor Lewis also scored in the last-place Kings’ fourth win in seven games. Tristan Jarry stopped 20 shots in Pittsburgh’s fourth consecutive regulation loss, matching their total regulation defeats in their previous 22 games since Christmas. Bryan Rust scored with 13:18 to play for the Penguins with an assist from Evgeni Malkin, who played his 900th career game. The 76ers, already playing without All-Star guard Ben Simmons, never led against the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and fell to 9-21 on the road.Embiid collided with Cavaliers center Ante Zizic while being fouled late in the first quarter. The 7-footer held his shoulder in obvious pain but stayed in the game and missed both free throws.The Sixers pulled Embiid at the next time stoppage and he walked to the locker room while rubbing his shoulder. He briefly returned to the bench in the second quarter but went back for more evaluation and treatment. At halftime, Embiid rejoined his teammates on the bench with a wrap on his injured shoulder.Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Larry Nance Jr. had 13 points for Cleveland.Shake Milton, who replaced Simmons in the starting lineup, scored 20 points. Player reps send new CBA to union members for approvalUNDATED (AP) — The NFL and its players are closer to a new collective bargaining agreement and the next decade of labor peace that would come with it. There’s still work to be done to get the deal into the end zone, however. Following a late-night vote on the slim majority approval of the 32 team representatives, the NFL Players Association was preparing to send the current CBA proposal to the full union membership for potential ratification. Last week, owners gave their majority-vote approval. Negotiations have been gone on for the past 10 months. The 17-game regular season is the most significant change.In other NFL news:— Former TCU and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges from the 2018 beating of his girlfriend. Boykin and prosecutors agreed to the sentence in return for his guilty plea Wednesday to aggravated assault and witness tampering charges. Boykin’s attorney says his client will be eligible for parole in less than a year. Shabrika Bailey alleged that Boykin broke her jaw in two places in the March 2018 beating. The Seahawks cut Boykin in the wake of the allegation.— The New York Giants have released linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin, clearing significant salary cap space with the departure of their two most expensive defensive players. The Giants, rebuilding under rookie head coach Joe Judge, gained more than $13 million in salary cap savings by jettisoning the two. Ogletree was twice elected a team captain and accumulated a team-high 173 tackles as the starter at inside linebacker over two seasons with the Giants. Maryland squeaks past Minnesota 74-73UNDATED (AP) — Darryl Morsell drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left for No. 9 Maryland to cap a comeback from a 16-point halftime deficit and beat Minnesota 74-73. Jalen Smith had 16 points and 12 rebounds, including a soaring rebound and slam with 14.5 seconds remaining that pulled the Terrapins within 73-71. Anthony Cowan Jr. had 10 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Maryland, which maintained a two-game lead for first place in the Big Ten with three games left. Daniel Oturu had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which missed three foul shots in the final 39 seconds. Then the Terrapins hustled the ball up to find Morsell, who had 13 points and nine rebounds, for the winner from NBA range.In other T25 action:— Myles Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift No. 16 Penn State over Rutgers 65-64 after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Trailing 40-19 late in the first half, the Scarlet Knights tied the game at 62 with 1:32 left in the game on Geo Baker’s layup. His jumper gave Rutgers a two-point lead with 42 seconds remaining. Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift Penn State over Rutgers 65-64 after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Akwasi Yeboah missed a 3-pointer the other way and Dread was swarmed by his teammates who snapped a two-game losing streak.— Saddiq Bey scored 23 points and Justin Moore had 21 to lead No. 12 Villanova past St. John’s 71-60 on Wednesday night. Moore hit eight 3-pointers and Bey had seven. The Wildcats honored former Wildcats star Kyle Lowry. Lowry played two seasons for Villanova before he became a five-time NBA All-Star with the defending champion Toronto Raptors. St. John’s were 12 1/2-point underdogs but kept it close until Moore got on a hot streak down the stretch to seal the win. UNDATED (AP) — Oft-injured New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton will likely miss opening day because of a strained right calf. Manager Aaron Boone says Stanton was injured near the end of defensive drills yesterday. Yankees star pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. The AL East champion Yankees open on March 26 at Baltimore.The Yankees put a major league-record 30 players on the injured list last year, with Stanton missing most of the season.Meanwhile, Justin Verlander’s spring training debut will be postponed at least a few more days while the Houston Astros ace deals with tightness in his groin. Verlander had been scheduled to start Thursday against Washington. Instead, he will throw a simulated game at the Astros’ complex prior to that exhibition. Houston manager Dusty Baker said the tightness first appeared a couple of days ago. Baker says he isn’t worried about the injury lingering. Verlander won his second Cy Young Award last season by going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA.Elsewhere in the majors:— 31-year-old left-hander South Korean star Kwang Hyun Kim retired all six Miami batters he faced in his first Grapefruit League start for the St. Louis Cardinals. It came after he threw one shutout inning of relief against the New York Mets on Saturday. Kim struggled with control of his off-speed pitches in the first inning, but he found his rhythm in the second. He kept batters off balance mixing a fastball that touched 95 mph with his curve. The Marlins didn’t get a ball out of the infield against Kim. — Nick Cousins scored in his Vegas debut and the Golden Knights beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 in a matchup between two of the top teams in the Pacific Division. Max Pacioretty and Shea Theodore also scored as Vegas won its seventh straight game. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves to earn his 61st career shutout to tie Turk Broda for 17th all-time. The 16-year-veteran netminder is now 5-0-0 in his last five starts. Vegas improved to 11-3-2 under Peter DeBoer. Edmonton lost for the first time when playing on the second of back-to-back nights, dropping to 6-1-0.NHL-NEWSMuzzin outUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have suffered another setback on defense with the loss of Jake Muzzin to a broken hand. The Leafs announced that Muzzin will be out about four weeks after suffering the injury during a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Toronto also is missing defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci because of injuries.In other NHL news: — Evan Fournier (FOHR’-nee-ay) scored 28 points, Aaron Gordon added 25 and the Orlando Magic pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 130-120 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Magic solidified their hold on the final playoff spot in the East, putting the Hawks away with a 14-5 spurt. Fournier scored nine points in the game-clinching run, and Gordon finished it off with a 3-pointer. The Hawks lost despite a 37-point effort from Trae Young. John Collins added 26 points but was blocked twice in the fourth quarter to stymie any hopes of an Atlanta comeback.— Jerome Robinson’s 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left lifted the Washington Wizards to a 110-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets to snap a three-game losing streak. After Robinson gave Washington a 108-106 lead with his 3, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie missed a 3-point attempt and Robinson added two free throws as Washington won a game in which it squandered an 18-point lead. The ninth-place Wizards trail the seventh-place Nets by five games in the Eastern Conference.— — Jordan McLaughlin’s layup with just under nine seconds left put Minnesota ahead for good, D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 27 points and the Timberwolves added to Miami’s late-season stagger and the Timberwolves beat the Heat 129-126. Malik Beasley scored 21 points, Juancho Hernangomez tied a season-high with 17 and McLaughlin added 13 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves were down by 12 with 3:59 left, then closed on a 20-5 run to get just their second victory in 20 games. Kendrick Nunn led Miami with 24 points. Bam Adebayo had 22 points and 10 rebounds.— Terry Rozier scored 26 points, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the New York Knicks their fifth straight loss 107-101. The slumping Devonte Graham returned from a team-mandated night off and scored 21 points. P.J. Washington and Bismack Biyombo each scored 12 points for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing skid. Julius Randle finished with 18 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks.NBA-NEWS — Ubaldo Jimenez took another step in his comeback attempt with the Colorado Rockies, pitching two innings against the Texas Rangers. The 36-year-old threw 21 pitches, 14 for strikes. He gave up two hits and one run, with no walks or strikeouts. He last pitched in the majors in 2017 for Baltimore.— Miguel Sano has volunteered to move across the diamond to accommodate Twins newcomer Josh Donaldson. Sano gave up his regular spot at third base, moving to first base, and let Donaldson take his place at third. Sano bounced back from a winter injury last season and hit a career-high 34 home runs. His power helped the Twins set a major league record with 307 homers and win the AL Central.— Houston’s Alex Bregman was hit on the back by a breaking ball from St. Louis reliever Ramon Santos, the seventh Astros player plunked in five spring training games. Some opposing players have called for retaliation against the Astros following Major League Baseball’s finding that Houston broke rules against electronic sign-stealing en route to its 2017 World Series title and again in 2018. Dustin Garneau was hit Sunday against Washington, and José Altuve was grazed Monday against Detroit, when Osvaldo Duarte and Alex De Goti also were hit. Aledmys Díaz and Jake Meyers were hit Tuesday by Miami.— The Houston Astros continued to get booed on the road in spring training as they visited the home of the New York Mets. Former World Series MVP George Springer was heckled as part of Houston’s split squad. Fans are calling the Astros cheaters, and doing it loudly in the wake of their sign-stealing scam. Springer had to hear it for a bit longer on Wednesday. The star leadoff man stepped into the batter’s box a minute before the game was scheduled to begin, giving the crowd extra time to boo him.NFL-NEWS In other NBA action:— Jayson Tatum had 33 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Boston Celtics over the skidding Utah Jazz 114-103. Jaylen Brown added 20 points and Marcus Smart had 17 for Boston. All five starters scored in double figures to help the Celtics finish 3-1 on a road trip out West. Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points to lead the Jazz, who lost their fourth straight game — all at home.— Russell Westbrook and James Harden combined for 63 points as the Houston Rockets sailed to their fifth straight win, 140-112 over the Memphis Grizzlies. Harden piled up 30 points without playing in the fourth quarter and Westbrook, who had 33, sat down for good with about six minutes left. The duo had 46 points by halftime as Houston built a 73-47 lead. Dillon Brooks had 22 points for the Grizzlies, who finished 0-4 on their longest road trip of the season.— Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Marcus Morris added 18 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 102-92. Los Angeles won its second straight game, bouncing back from a tough stretch that included its only three-game losing streak of the season. Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 25 points and 17 rebounds. All-Star guard Devin Booker had a rough night, scoring 14 points on 5-of-19 shooting.— Luka Doncic had 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for his 13th triple-double of the season, helping Dallas beat San Antonio 109-103. Kristaps Porzingis added 28 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas. read more
By Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – It’s courage and inspiration that Maureen Bay sees when she looks at the faces and into the eyes of women – and men – who have survived breast cancer.“It’s courageous to show your face,” said Bay, the owner of Gem of an Idea at 740 River Road. “I have had women come in here, even some who have just had a double mastectomy, and they have such a great attitude… They are upbeat and amazing.“In my opinion, every woman who has gone through breast cancer treatment is indeed beautiful in her own way,” Bay said. “She emerges from treatment stronger, more hopeful, more determined, more loving, more graceful, more compassionate… all of which can be depicted in her eyes and in her smile.”Bay has assembled a collection of 30 photos of survivors to showcase those qualities. She is using them for a window display at her jewelry store in celebration of “Pink Haven,” part of Riverview Medical Center’s sixth Annual Paint the Town Pink breast cancer awareness campaign.“It is a tribute to women who have been through and survived the experience of breast cancer,” she said.The Paint the Town Pink event merges a breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment campaign with a fundraising component. Donations to the Pink Fund will provide free screenings at the Women’s Center at Riverview for uninsured and underserved women in the community.The campaign is a collaboration of Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, and surrounding communities. This year eight towns are participating: Red Bank (Pink Bank), Little Silver (Little Pink), Rumson (Pinkson), Holmdel (Pinkdel), Atlantic Highlands (Atlantic Pinklands), Monmouth Beach (Pink Beach), Shrewsbury (Pinkbury) and Fair Haven (Pink Haven).The photos Bay has gathered show women at various stages of life. Some photographs were professionally taken, others were snapshots taken by family or friends.Among the glossy prints hanging in the shop is one of a woman with her toddler grandchild. Others show a woman smiling as she stands next to her physician and two sisters who have survived breast cancer. A banner proclaiming “Pink Haven, creating the beautiful faces of survival” is part of the display.Bay has been sending emails to friends and clients looking for photos of survivors. Those people in turn have been sending messages to their friends and family. That networking resulted in photos coming from near and far. Though she hoped to have photographs of men, none were forwarded to her.Women whose photos appear in the window are not identified, but she knows that when it comes to the faces of local women, “a lot of people may know these people.“Maybe it will encourage them to go for their annual mammogram. Maybe it will help (Riverview) raise more money to ensure women can get mammograms,” Bay said.The shop owner tracked down pink clothespins and a few dozen pink wire hangers with the help of her dry cleaner. The white paper hanger covers that usually have advertising on them are printed instead in bright pink lettering with such words as “hope,” “courage” and “triumph.” They are being used to hang the photos.“I wanted this to be inspirational,” she said. “I wanted this to be empowering.”It is with passion and enthusiasm that Bay speaks about the window design and her participation in the campaign. She hopes the effort will offer an opportunity for people to talk about breast cancer and for the need for women, age 40 and older, to get their annual screenings.“Creating a dialogue is important,’’ she said. “I’m excited by this.”This is the second year Bay has decorated her window for “Pink Haven.” Last year’s design won best dressed window, something of which she is proud.The photos are expected to be on display at Gem of an Idea for about two weeks. read more
Photos by Patrick Olivero The living historians painstakingly recreated the life of a U.S. Army Coast Artillery soldier manning the big 6-inch guns that were ever-vigilant and ready to defend New York Harbor. Attendees were shown how a hostile ship could be spotted, tracked and targeted up to approximately 10 miles away, how ammunition was stored and the machine shop where replacement parts could be made to quickly repair vital equipment. SANDY HOOK – It may have been Oct. 13, 2019 to the rest of the world, but visitors to Battery Gunnison/New Peck were transported back to October 1943 by members of the volunteer Army Ground Forces Association who played a part in Sandy Hook’s Fort Hancock Days weekend-long event. read more
By BETH HARRISAP Racing WriterARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Bob Baffert is holding a pair of aces less than two months before the Kentucky Derby.The Hall of Fame trainer boasts two top 3-year-olds in his barn, and Dortmund stamped himself as a major threat for the first Saturday in May with a 1 1/4-length victory in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.The strapping chestnut colt improved to 5-0 and gave Baffert a record fifth San Felipe win Saturday.“I don’t worry about stuff like that,” Baffert said about the winning streak. “We’re just worried about keeping him healthy.”And don’t try to pin Baffert down about which of his colts he favors: Dortmund or American Pharoah.“It’s like asking which kid I love more,” he said. “They’re two different horses.”Ridden by Martin Garcia, Dortmund led all the way in running 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.65 and paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.20 as the 4-5 favorite in a field of 10.“It looks easy because he’s such a good horse,” Garcia said. “I’m always confident because I know how good he is.”Dortmund’s pedigree suggests he could handle the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby distance. His father, Big Brown, won the 2008 Derby and Preakness before failing to finish in the Belmont, dashing his hopes of sweeping the Triple Crown.“I don’t think there will be any difference for him when we add more distance,” Garcia said. “He can go any distance. It won’t be a problem for him.”Dortmund earned 50 points under the system used by Churchill Downs to determine the 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby on May 2. He has a total of 70 points, five behind leader El Kabeir, who won the Gotham Stakes on Saturday. American Pharoah has 10 points, good for 17th on the Derby leaderboard.Prospect Park returned $3.80 and $3.40, and jockey Kent Desormeaux wasn’t willing to give an inch. Prospect Park could meet Dortmund next in the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.“They got the battle,” he said. “We’ll win the war.”Bolo was another half-length back in third and paid $4.60 to show.“Dortmund is a great horse, no doubt about it,” said Victor Espinoza, who rode Bolo. “Just for a moment there at the top of the stretch I thought we could beat him, but he’s too tough.”Ocho Ocho Ocho lost for the first time after winning his first three races, including the $1 million Delta Jackpot. He finished eighth.Baffert learned more Dortmund in his previous start, the Robert B. Lewis on Feb. 7, when the colt looked beaten with a furlong to go. Instead, he rallied again along the rail and won by a head over Firing Line.“He’s starting to fill out, get stronger,” said Baffert, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner. “He’s so big the worst thing they can do is take him back and get him behind a wall of horses. He was doing it pretty easily.”Baffert’s other entry, Lord Nelson, was fourth. The Gomper was fifth, followed by Pulmarack, Pain and Misery, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Sir Samson and Kenjisstorm. –30– read more
Finalists of the Positive Hero competition are people who are HIV-positive and willing share their stories to make a difference. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube)It is more difficult to live with the stigma of being HIV-positive than with the disease itself, according to Charles Jacobs, the founder of Change the Stigma Project. This sentiment is the driving factor behind his desire to make a difference regarding the negative perception people have of those infected with the human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV).In 2011, Jacobs became the first Mr Gay South Africa finalist to reveal his HIV-positive status publicly while participating in the competition. He describes it as the “big moment” in his life. “It really helps to disclose, to tell other people. It’s part of the healing process of dealing with HIV – to tell other people about it.”Speaking to news organisation News24, he suggested that those people affected by HIV should also educate themselves. “I think that is one of the best methods to actually deal with it, is that you get to know everything about HIV. Because then it becomes less scary at the end of the day.”Jacobs is on a quest to find the next Positive Hero 2015 for the Change the Stigma Project. For him HIV “is the face of our country. It’s black, it’s white, it’s straight, it’s gay, it’s rich, it’s poor. It has affected almost every sector in our society in South Africa.”The project nominated Jacobs in 2012 as their Positive Hero. It invites people who are HIV-positive to share their stories; among the requirements to be the hero of the year, a person must fundraise for an HIV-charity and for a non-governmental organisation of their choice.Charles Jacobs says stigma around HIV-positive people make it hard for those affected to live with the disease. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube)ADDRESSING MISCONCEPTIONSJacobs explains that the aim of the campaign is to address the misconceptions about people living with HIV and Aids. “The Positive Heroes will assist in changing people’s perceptions, their attitudes, and people’s responses to those living with HIV.“The Positive Heroes will share their stories and experiences of living with HIV and Aids. This is so that the general public can relate, realising that HIV is not something that happens to other people, but the fact that it is all around us. And it can happen to anyone.”Finalists have posted their stories on the Change the Stigma webpage.Rachel Nolan, a Zimbabwean living in Gauteng, says she understands what it feels like to be rejected and stigmatised. “I tested HIV-positive on 6 June 2002. It’s a day I will never forget. I was so confident the results would be negative as I had only been with one person after my son’s dad left me – only for the results to come back ‘positive’.“I took it very badly and cried so much. I confided in people I thought were my close friends only to be rejected and shunned. Another threw away her coffee mug, because she saw me drinking from it,” says Nolan. “I told my mum and sisters who also took it badly, cried. But they never rejected me and stood by me.”TREATED LIKE AN OUTCASTWord spread in her community, Nolan says, and she was treated like an outcast. “That broke me and I even tried to commit suicide. I was kept in hospital for about a month with only a handful of friends by my side and my family. My son used to come and visit me every day with my sister, but one day he never came. When I asked where he was she told me he refused to come.“He said he wanted to see me at home. That’s when it hit me: I need to fight and stop worrying about outsiders and fight to stay alive especially for my son as he still needs me.”She is writing a book about her journey with HIV and has a Facebook page to help people who suffer in silence, Nolan adds. “We are still human, deserve to be loved and treated equally.”Nomasomi Limako, from the East Rand, says she wants to be the next Positive Hero in South Africa, because she is disabled and HIV-positive. “You have to constantly fight for your rights. People with disabilities in our country are still experiencing discrimination and stigma in every sphere of life, and adding HIV to the picture makes it even more difficult.“Society still treats people with disabilities like someone with a mental illness, so they tend to think for you. You are constantly suppressed, When you try to voice your thoughts, you are frowned upon or regarded as a lair or manipulator,” says Limako.LIFE-CHANGING DIAGNOSISShe received her HIV-positive diagnosis on 20 May 2003. “My life changed from the moment when the nurse told me I have HIV/Aids. I thought I was going to die soon and felt hopeless.“I could not tell anybody because of the myths and the misconceptions that people have about people with disabilities. These include that disabled people love sex too much, and also that having sex with a disabled person could heal one from HIV,” she explains. “I was infected by the guy who thought I could heal his HIV, as I have a disability.”Limako confided in a friend and four years later told her family. “I stigmatised myself before other people could stigmatise me.” Her achievements on her journey with HIV include participating in the 2010 Positive Convention in Durban.Gary Allpass, who hails from Midrand in Johannesburg, says that when he was diagnosed, he was given six months to live. “I had a horrendous sero-conversion illness which lasted three weeks, and a weight loss of 30 kilograms. That was in October 1992.”As a para-equestrian, Allpass has won the South African Para Dressage title twice – in 2010 and 2011 – and he is now trying to qualify for Rio 2016 Paralympics, but needs extensive sponsorship. “I have also received my Gauteng Para Dressage colours and Eastern Gauteng Regional colours in 2010, 2011, 2012 as an able-bodied rider.”Stigma around HIV has been prevalent since the virus was first identified, and Allpass has felt this since he was diagnosed. “In 1996, I was not allowed to represent Western Province due to my status. Again in 1997, Western Province would not allow me to represent them, but I was asked to ride in the FEI Dressage Challenge, representing South Africa against Argentina, Chile, Brazil and another South American country. I was removed from the dressage judges’ panel.”In 2008, he landed a job as the stable manager at an equestrian centre. “When they heard about my HIV status 10 days later, I was immediately fired,” he says. “I approached the [Treatment Action Campaign] and they referred me to ProBono, where a lawyer took on my case for unfair dismissal. It took three years to go to Labour Court and I successfully won the case.“This aided in changing the law in South Africa in regards to small time employers, in that they could not dismiss HIV-positive employees.” read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As if the hot, dry weather during pollination and compaction issues in Ohio fields weren’t enough to put pressure on this year’s corn crop, corn rootworm may be just one more issue farmers may be dealing with. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins caught up with Eric Anderson, a product development agronomist with Syngenta, to discuss corn rootworm evaluations and management.
Don’t install free applications from the Internet without understanding what else may be installed (if at work – make sure it’s permitted by your organization’s policy)Even commonly used applications (e.g., Flash, Java) may install additional programs – make sure you deselect the option to install the “promoted” apps.If you already have one of these applications or toolbars how do you get rid of it?If you find you have installed something you didn’t want, you’ll need to uninstall it manually. The first place to check is the Programs or Add/Remove Programs application within the Control Panel (on Windows). You may also need to look at the add-ons or extensions within each browser and remove from there, and possibly reset your homepage and default search engine if they’ve been changed.Author: Stephen Judd (+Stephen Judd, @sjudd)This article (I downloaded what?) was originally published Thursday July 18, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog, a part of eXtension. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. As computer users, we often run into situations where we need an additional program to accomplish something, and it often happens at the last minute. Beware of what additional software may be hitching a ride with that nifty little program!ScenarioAn educator, Chris, wants a copy of a YouTube video to show to a class while not online (we’ll disregard the copyright caveats today). The educator next door suggests that Chris download a YouTube capture program to save the video locally. Being a saavy user, Chris goes to a site like download.com because they screen for malware and are owned by CBS.Chris finds the program and clicks the download link. Since there’s only an hour until the workshop, Chris clicks that they’ve read the user agreement and accepts all of the install defaults. Chris captures the YouTube video and uses it in the presentation and is quite pleased.The next day, Chris’ homepage and default search engine have been changed, and there are all sorts of links and ads on pages where there shouldn’t be.What happened?When Chris installed the program, the installer included a bunch of “helpful” applications (most in the form of browser add-ons) that modified the browser. These changes result in special affiliate links and ads that generate income for the company that created the installer.While small software utilities are often “free” to the end-user, they do cost time and money to develop and maintain. Developers realize that users like Chris may not be willing to pay for an application that only gets used a handful of times. So the developer works with a company that packages the installer for their app, and in return gets paid for each download.Now Chris isn’t happy, and the IT department probably isn’t either. These tag alongs can be difficult to remove and can ruin the user experience on the web.TakeawaysDon’t just accept the defaults, be aware of what other programs are being installedYou don’t really need a toolbar, coupon reminder, or the like. read more
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say McNeil calls on Burnley to continue momentumby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDwight McNeil was delighted with Burnley’s win against West Ham United on Sunday.It was only their fourth win of the season.While the Clarets are still in the bottom three, it does give them a better chance of survival.And McNeil was happy to make his second start in the league for the team and score a vital goal.Now he wants the team to push on in their next game against Huddersfield.”We’ve just got to kick on now. We’ve got to take what we did (on Sunday) into Wednesday,” said McNeil to the Lancashire Telegraph.”Everyone was saying before the game get to the back post and you will get goals.”When it went in I couldn’t believe it. It was a great moment for me and my family.”At first I didn’t think it had gone in but when I saw it I was really happy.”It’s been a dream since I was a kid and now it’s come true.”When you’re in the playground as a kid you always dream about scoring goals like that and it was amazing to get one.” read more