USU Gymnastics Inks A Canadian Duo Thursday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Thursday, Utah State gymnastics announced the signing of a pair of Canadian gymnasts to a national letter of intent, per a statement from head coach Amy Smith.Grace Rojas and Maddie Straker each come to Logan from Toronto, Ontario while Rojas is a level-10 gymnast and Straker is an elite gymnast from Manjaks Gymnastics of Mississauga, Ontario, a Toronto suburb.Rojas competed well at the 2018 Ontario Provincial Championships at Amherstburg, Ontario in April, as well as the 2018 Canadian Championships at Waterloo, Ontario this past May, finishing third and sixth in the all-around in these meets, respectively.In 2017, Rojas was the all-around Ontario championship gymnast and captured fifth place in the 2017 Canadian Championships.She graduated from Toronto’s Silverthorn Collegiate Institute and plans to major in business at Utah State.Straker placed 12th in the all-around and sixth on bars at the 2018 Canadian Championships, while finishing third in the all-around at the Canadian Championships of 2016.At Elite Canada 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Straker placed sixth in floor.Straker is a 2018 graduate of Silverthorn Collegiate Institute and plans to major in visual art at Utah State.Rojas and Straker have doubled Smith’s recruiting class, as previously she inked Glory Yoakum of Marvel, Texas and Caitlin Gray of Newington, Conn. June 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Gymnastics Inks A Canadian Duo Thursday Tags: Amy Smith/Caitlin Gray/Canadian Championships/Glory Yoakum/Grace Rojas/Maddie Straker/Silverthorn Collegiate Institute Brad James Written bylast_img read more

Major mooring contract in the LNG market

first_imgProduction of hull brackets and chain stoppers is scheduled to begin in November Major mooring contract in the LNG market. (Credit: Seasystems AS.) DSME in South Korea has awarded Scana-owned Seasystems AS a contract for the delivery of mooring equipment and analyses for two floating LNG storage units.“This is a major contract for us, and it once again confirms the leading expertise our engineers have in robust and cost-effective mooring systems. We are of course very happy and satisfied that a large and reputable shipyard like DSME sees the value of our expertise and solutions and gives us confidence in this project,” says Torkjell Lisland, Managing Director of Seasystems AS.Attractive for several marketsThe physical delivery from Seasystems consists of 72 hull brackets and chain stoppers. DSME will install these on two floating storage units (FSUs) the yard has under construction. Production of hull brackets and chain stoppers is scheduled to begin in November. Deliveries to DSME will start in February 2021 and continue throughout the year. Seasystems also delivers the analyses required to have the mooring system approved in accordance with class requirements.The system to be delivered to DSME is based on technology that the company already supplies to the aquaculture industry, floating wind power and the oil industry.“The contract shows that even though we are a small company, we offer technological product solutions that are attractive to a wide range of market segments. This confirms once again that we achieve our strategic goals through hard work and good partners,” says Lisland. He adds that Front Energy, a company based in Arendal, has been important in securing the agreement with DSME.Ambitions for the green shiftSeasystems has a clear strategy to become a major player in its field in the green shift.“The transition to green energy takes time. Many consider gas as an intermediate phase, and naturally it is gratifying for us to win contracts in the LNG segment while waiting for the green shift to really pick up speed,” the director says. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Virus exposes cracks in Brazil’s public health system

first_imgVirus highlights inequalities Paradoxically, even as the federal government faces accusations of under-funding the public health system, it indirectly finances the private health system via tax breaks for those who can afford private health insurance.”No other country with a universal health care system funds the private sector like that,” said Lima.”That money could be spent on financing the SUS instead,” said Werneck, who has a doctorate in public health and epidemiology from Harvard.More than 70 percent of Brazil’s 212 million people depend exclusively on the SUS.Its track record has not been good during the pandemic: the rate of recovery for COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the private system is 50 percent higher than for those in the public system.”The pandemic has deepened inequality: the poorest are most exposed, because they often live in inadequate sanitation conditions, have more chronic illnesses and have more problems getting a hospital bed,” said Werneck.”If the SUS were better-funded, the response to COVID-19 would have been much better,” he added.”But if the public system didn’t exist, the tragedy would have been even bigger.” Chronic condition But corruption alone, though a “serious problem,” does not explain the cruel lack of resources for the public health system, said Guilherme Werneck, vice president of the Brazilian Collective Health Association (ABRASCO).”The constitution says the state has a duty to guarantee access to health care, but funding for the SUS is extremely, chronically insufficient,” he said.A 2019 report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found Brazil was among the countries making the least public investment in health care, with per-capita spending 30 percent below the average for developed and emerging countries.Brazil spends just four percent of gross domestic product (GDP) on public health, less than half the level in countries such as Germany, France and Britain.”Since the SUS was created 30 years ago, health has never been a strategic priority on the national agenda,” said Luciana Dias Lima, a researcher at leading public health institute Fiocruz.Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration “is not engaged enough” in coordinating the public health services, she said. “We need more hospital beds, staff and a wider range of medicines,” he told AFP.Several of his colleagues have been infected with the virus, taking them out of commission for two weeks — sometimes without being replaced.”The health care professionals on the front line are demotivated, underpaid and feel undervalued,” he said.He also noted that systemic corruption is another major problem.”It stretches all the way from political leaders embezzling funds for supplies to patients pretending to be sick so they can get a doctor’s note for work,” he said.Brazil has been rocked by numerous scandals related to the pandemic, including over-billing for emergency ventilator purchases and field hospitals that were budgeted for but never built. It was created when Brazil adopted a new constitution to steer it out of its 1964-1985 military dictatorship.The constitution states that “health is a universal right and a duty of the state.”The SUS is one of the only systems in Latin America to offer universal coverage, meaning free access to health care for the entire population — in theory, at least.”On paper, the SUS is a perfect system. But in reality, we have a lot of problems,” said Fred Nicacio, an emergency room physician in the southeastern city of Bauro.center_img Topics : Brazil’s public health care system, considered among the world’s most advanced when it was launched, is being pushed to the brink by the coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed the impact of years of under-funding and mismanagement.As Brazil closes in on 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 — the second country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States — the public health care system is struggling to care for those who depend on it.Launched in 1988, the so-called SUS — for Sistema Unico de Saude, or Single Health System — was modeled on Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).last_img read more

It’s ‘Welcome Back Weekend’ time at State Parks

first_imgVersailles, In. — As the calendar turns and the weather continues to warm, Indiana state parks are ready for your return with Welcome Back Weekend, May 4-5.There will be a host of activities to encourage families to get outdoors and receive a reminder of what makes Indiana special. From mushrooms to paddling to history and hiking, state parks have something for everyone.Brown County State Park is hosting its annual morel mushroom festival May 4 beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing all day. Don’t miss the mushrooms and mash event at 6 p.m.Whitewater Memorial, Mounds, and Pokagon state parks are hosting events through Arts in the Parks for those who want to express their creative sides.Other special events at state park properties include a campground cook-off on May 4 at 5:45 p.m. at Lieber State Recreation Area, a kayak lesson at Chain O’Lakes State Park, Yoga in the Park at Prophetstown State Park, and an introduction to geocaching at Harmonie State Park.Don’t forget about other activities, including the first tunnel tour of the season at Clifty Falls State Park, the guided hikes throughout the state and guided run at Mounds State Park, the Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park, and the guided 5-mile and six-ravine challenges at Turkey Run and Shades state parks. See details of these events at calendar.dnr.IN.gov and discover many more activities at other properties across the state.Check out the What’s New list at stateparks.IN gov/9447.htm to catch up on the latest new and improved features. Those include a new campground comfort station at Whitewater Memorial, new ADA-compliant playgrounds in several locations, the restored CCC fire tower at Ouabache, acres of invasive species removed across the state parks system, and 12 newly renovated guest rooms at Turkey Run Inn.Share your adventures on social media. Use the hashtag #welcomebackIN and tag us on Twitter (@INdnrstateparks), Facebook (INdnrstateparksandreservoirs), and Instagram (@indianadnr).If you want to stay a few days, State Park Inns are offering 25 percent off two consecutive nights at the best available rate for any room through May 24, including weekends. Avoid future daily state park entrance fees by getting an annual pass, $50 for residents, $70 for non-residents or $25 for senior Indiana residents.Remember, gate admission is free for everyone on Sunday, May 5 as a part of Visit Indiana Week.last_img read more