The United Way paid for a used motor home, which was modified by High Desert Hospital workers into a mobile clinic. Staffed by the Visiting Nurse Association of Los Angeles, the Care-A-Van began operating in June 1995. The van is now operated by Visiting Nurse Community Services as a program of the Partners in Care Foundation. Financing includes both state aid, grants and individual donations. Organizations that have provided money or services include the United Way, the Boeing Employee Community Fund, Blue Shield, Antelope Valley Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Lancaster community hospital and High Desert Medical Group. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Care-A-Van’s 10th anniversary was marked by a dinner Wednesday night at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center attended by more than 150 medical professionals, civic leaders and other supporters. Two physicians, Dr. Andrew Deutsch of Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging and Dr. Canagaretnam Chandradas of High Desert Health Services, were honored during the dinner with the Rae Yoshida Caring Spirit Award. Deutsch was honored for his and his colleagues’ free radiology services for clinic patients, totaling more than $35,000 over the last four years. Chandradas volunteers to treat patients once a month when the van visits Rosamond. He began volunteering on his days off four years ago. The award was named for a former Antelope Valley College vice president who died in 1994. In 1993, as chairman of the local United Way planning committee, Yoshida arranged a meeting between United Way board members and school nurses frustrated that so many youngsters did not have the immunizations and medical examinations required to enroll in school. PALMDALE – For more than 10 years, a converted motor home has traveled the Antelope Valley, providing checkups, immunizations, cancer screening and other medical care to the poor and uninsured. The Care-A-Van mobile clinic staff saw more than 3,200 patients last year, many in outlying communities like Lake Los Angeles where the closest doctor’s office is miles away, but also at places like Antelope Valley College, where many students have no health insurance. “It is undeniable that many health care services in the Antelope Valley are scarce, especially in the rural areas,” said Deborah Rice, a former Antelope Valley Hospital board member who is now a commissioner of the state Healthcare Workforce Policy. “We have unique barriers,” she added. “Commuters can spend two or three hours a day on the road. If you leave at 6 o’clock in the morning and you don’t arrive home until 7 p.m., where do you go if your child is ill?”
3 October 2014More than 100 political and business leaders from Italy and South Africa have been meeting in Cape Town for the first-ever South Africa-Italy Summit, which aims to bolster bilateral business and economic ties between the two countries.Under discussion at the two-day meeting, currently under way Cape Town, are ways to boost the economy of both countries and expand in Sub-Saharan markets, especially investment opportunities in the energy, manufacturing and agro-industry fields.Also on the agenda are sustainable economic and technological growth strategies, as well as the role of banks and financial markets in supporting bilateral relations.With the theme “‘Building Communities of Leaders for Growing their Enterprises”, the summit has been organised with the help of the Italian and South African embassies, EXPO 2015 and the Black Business Council. Plans are to hold the summit annually, to foster a strong, long-lasting partnership between entrepreneurs and enterprises of the two countries, and between South Africa and Italy.UnderstandingAccording to a report in the Cape Times today, Alec Erwin, South Africa’s former minister of trade and industry and now chair of UBU Holdings, told the potential investors that if they wanted to succeed in Africa, they needed to gain understanding of its economies from the economies themselves – not from analysts in New York.“If you’re going to be serious about Africa, be serious about Africa, don’t take it for granted. Get in and understand these economies, do your homework,” Erwin reportedly said.Erwin said there were no short cuts to doing business in Africa. Foreign investors who went in with the idea that African countries had to be investor-friendly and do everything the foreign investor wanted would be “sorely disappointed’.Erwin told the conference that while the institutional environment in Africa was not always easy, it was manageable.PotentialTrade between the two countries is growing steadily. Bilateral trade between South Africa and Italy was worth around €3.5-billion (R51.5-billion) in 2013, and the investment flows of €250-million (R3.7-billion) in 2012 are below its potential, according to Paolo Borzatta, director of the European House-Ambrosetti, the international think tank that is responsible for initiating the meeting.“The approach will be to focus on the strengths of both countries to exploit the opportunities to grow together and faster.”Borzatta said the summit would highlight investment opportunities as well as “create trust amongst the leaders of the two countries so that they can be able to do business together and build long-term relationships”.He described South Africa as the hub of the “booming” sub-Saharan region, which has experienced yearly GDP growth of 6% for the past 10 years.Energy sectorThe summit heard how energy demand in the region is expected to increase by 107% by 2040, with investments of more than $50-billion (R564-billion) a year. Energy tops the list of South Africa’s economic agenda, with the country hoping to build 42.3GW of power by 2030 to take the pressure off the ageing infrastructure.Borzatta said there were opportunities for Italy to partner with South Africa in programmes on new technologies, including smart grids and energy efficiency.He said co-operation agreements in the energy and agro-industry fields would be pursued by South African and Italian universities to assist the training of technicians and farmers. The universities would also share knowledge in the fields of food security, seed and fertilisers, water management and irrigation, Borzatta said.ManufacturingBorzatta said Italian businesses are looking to pursue investment opportunities to establish manufacturing plants, helping to create employment in South Africa.Italy’s medium-sized manufacturing businesses are regarded as world leaders in industrial equipment and machinery.Manufacturing is an important challenge for South Africa, with the sector’s share of the economy falling from 21.9% in 1992 to 12.4% in 2012.Italy’s, on the other hand, is growing and it is the second-highest manufacturing country in the EU with a manufacturing gross added value of €216.5-billion.“We already have plants [in South Africa] and would like to have more joint ventures so that we can invest in other Sub-Saharan Africa countries with the idea of creating clusters,” he said. Companies could be grouped in “value chains”, allowing them to work together and increase their capabilities.ContributionNomatemba Tambo, South Africa’s ambassador to Italy, said the summit being held in South Africa was significant and would contribute to economic growth in the two countries.She said the renewing of South Africa’s co-operation agreement with Italy on trade and investment in 2012 was “a step in the right direction”.Vincenzo Schioppa, Italy’s ambassador to South Africa, said the aim for the Italian government was not to boost exports, but to promote investment and establishing plants.“Our aim is to produce together here to get Italians to invest in South Africa and to create job opportunities in South Africa and for goods to be consumed here,” he said.Members of the European House-Ambrosetti’s advisory board include Tseke Nkadimeng, chief executive of Afric Oil; Ndaba Ntsele, executive chairman of Pamodzi Group; and Iqbal Surve, president of the Sekunjalo Group.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Sydney Snider, OCJ FFA reporterAs a student who grew up around FFA and agricultural education, Luke Jennings knows the impact the organization has on students and communities.“I have been around FFA my whole life,” said Jennings, a freshman member of the Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter. “And I have seen how it has changed so many lives.” Jennings’ mom is the FFA advisor and agricultural education teacher at Felicity-Franklin high school, located in Clermont County. The impact of FFA is what led Jennings to apply for the 2018 Culver’s essay program. The program asks students to explain what the most recent National FFA theme means to them. This past year’s theme was “I Can. We Will.”In his essay, Jennings wrote, “If we believe in the future of agriculture, then we must become advocates for agriculture. As the world’s population is rapidly growing and is approaching 10 billion people by 2050, we agriculturists must feed and clothe these people. It is estimated that less than 2 percent of the population are involved in the production of food. To end world hunger, to feed the world and to put agriculture back in the spotlight, we must raise agriculturists. Maybe I can feed 50 people as a single farmer, but together we will feed the entire planet.”Each year, Culver’s selects three essays to receive award money: $7,500 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place. The money goes to the student’s chapter to support FFA trips and event costs.Jennings was named the first place winner this year and was overwhelmed with joy. “When I found out I won I was actually in the car on the way to an orthodontist appointment and my mom got a call saying that they really, really liked my essay,” said Jennings who was shocked that he won. “When I submitted my essay I did not really think I had much of a shot. Besides I was only an eighth grader and there were hundreds of submissions from across the country written by people of all ages. I was just at a loss of words.”The award money will help cut down costs for the chapter to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this coming October. Jennings is proud that his essay will help more students from his home chapter expereince national convention.“In my small community, the poverty line is very high. I wanted to participate in this essay contest to hopefully allow more students to experience the things they normally wouldn’t have been able to do. Last year, my chapter took over 60 students to national convention for a five-day trip. I hope my contributions will be able to increase this number,” said Jennings, who added that the goal is for his chapter to take 80 members to national convention.Jennings believes more students should participate in the Culver’s essay program because of the lasting impact it can have.“First of all, I would like to say how thankful I am for Culver’s support of American agriculture and FFA. Secondly, I would like to say that anything can happen,” he said. “Even if you don’t think you can win, anything is possible. I was so honored to win this contest as an eighth grader against so many older participants. Even though personally you don’t gain any money from this contest, the money your chapter receives will benefit so many more people.”Jennings ended his first place essay by stating that the essay theme, “I Can. We Will.” is more than a theme, “it is a mindset and attitude that everyone across the world needs.”The Ohio FFA Association congratulates Jennings on his first place essay! If you would like more information on the Culver’s essay program, visit www.culvers.com/essaycontest.
College GameDay, as you know by now, is snubbing two 8-0 teams for a field goal festival down in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. While this might have been disconcerting to some, Oklahoma State’s best player doesn’t seem to mind all that much.“To be honest, I could care less,” Ogbah told the O’Colly. “I don’t really care if GameDay comes. We’re just happy to play a great game that we’re about to play Saturday.”Ogbah, who is currently fourth in the country in sacks per game and seventh in tackles for loss per game, also noted that he thinks Trevone Boykin is the best player in conference and beyond.“Every game is a big game for us. We’re taking it one game at a time. TCU is one of the best teams in our conference right now. We’re both 8-0, so it should be a good battle against the best player in the country, in my opinion.”Ogbah will try to turn his 13 of the last 16 games with a sack in to 14 of 17. OSU will need him to if it wants to pull the upset.TCU coach Gary Patterson said Oklahoma State’s defensive line is the best they’ve played so far. He also mentioned No. 38.“Obviously, he’s had a sack in a bunch of games. He’s relentless, he comes after you,” Patterson said. “They’ve got big corners, they’ve got secondary guys that can play man on you. They’re a challenge all the way up and down the field.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
APTN National NewsThe accountant who allegedly stole 2.5 million dollars from the casino on the Whitecap First Nation near Saskatoon has turned himself in.His lawyer says Hugo Gallegos is back to fight the charge and should not have been handcuffed after his court appearance.