High Five: April 2012

first_img1. Doctor’s Orders – Atlanta, GAPhysician assistants can now prescribe healthy hikes in the great outdoors, which can then be turned in for free passes to Georgia’s state parks. The program is part of a larger effort by the park system to encourage people to use the outdoors as part of their exercise routine. A prescribed calorie burn is an effort everyone can get behind. Just don’t be offended if, during your next physical, your doc tells you to “take a hike.”2. Wet Trails – Chattahoochee River, GA The Chattahoochee River will become the nation’s first designated National Water Trail under the new National Water Trail System unveiled by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Salazar signed a Secretarial Order that establishes national water trails as part of the National Trail System Act of 1968, which allows for more water trails to be signed into law without being bogged down in Congress. Recreational tubers rejoiced by cranking up Alan Jackson and chugging Silver Bullets.3. Solar Blessing – Prince George County, MDA group of 36 church officials in Prince George’s County recently sent a letter to their lawmakers, imploring them to support Governor Martin O’Malley’s plan to use Maryland’s portion of the Atlantic Coast for off-shore wind farms. The multi-denominational clergy clan—which included priests, nuns, rabbis, and an imam—called out air and water pollution from coal-burning power plants. In their view, going green isn’t hippie—it’s godly in a do-unto-others kind of way. “As clergy we recognize the core issue is the impact this has on people,” said Reverend Kip Banks Sr. of Upper Marlboro, Md.4. Leading the Blind – Washington, DCEJ Scott is slowly losing his sight due to the genetic eye disease choroidarema, but that has not slowed him down; in fact, it may have sped him up. Scott is now in the midst of running 12 marathons in 12 different cities in 2012 to benefit The Choroideremia Research Foundation. Running blindfolded to prevent further damage to his eyes, Scott has caught the attention of several national news outlets and plans on running in marathons in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to promote the cause. Even though he can’t see the runners around him, they can see him and that’s the point.5. Streaking the South – Raleigh, N.C. 70-year-old Barbara Latta holds the longest women’s running streak in the country. She has been running every day since December 5, 1983—that’s over 28 years of consecutive running. Several men from the South have even longer running streaks, including 73-year-old Jon Simpson of Memphis, Tenn., who has been running every day since August 30, 1971, a span of over 40 years. The national leader is 61-year-old Mark Covert, of Lancaster, California, who began his streak on July 23, 1968. Covert has run over 16,000 consecutive days. There’s even an organization dedicated to tracking these relentless runners: the U.S. Running Streak Association lists hundreds of streakers across the country: runeveryday.comBeyond the Blue RidgeCentury Mark – FranceRobert Marchand set a speed record for riding his bike 15.1 miles in 60 minutes, at the age of 100. Following the race, he said, “I could have gone faster; I didn’t want to.”Losing by Winning – Fort Worth, TXScott Downard broke the tape at the Cowtown Marathon, then broke the news that he was wearing a buddy’s number and never registered for the race. The event sparked controversy across the web and Downard was disqualified, going from first to worst, and chat forum pariah, in a matter of seconds.Is it drafty on this waterfall? – Spearfish, S.D.A man received a verbal warning when he was busted for climbing Bridal Veil Falls in the buff on a cold, snowy day last month. The man explained he did it for a laugh and luckily got away without a fine—or frostbite.last_img read more

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DILG introduces new app to Guimaras students, faculty

first_imgAn orientation and workshop about themobile app ‘Development LIVE’ or DevLIVE was provided to over 200 students andfaculty of the Guimaras State College (GSC) here during the 2020 TransparencyCaravan of the Presidential Communications Operations Office. DevLIVE permits its users to observegovernment projects nearby using a built-in map and an interface project list,view other users’ overall sentiments, take photographs and send feedback togovernment projects. “DevLIVE app will allow the public toprovide feedback in terms of progress, timeliness, and effectiveness of localinfrastructure projects,” she said. “It can also be used offline,” sheadded. Once the application is installed on the mobile phone, users can stillutilize the app even if there is no available internet connection. It alsomaintains the anonymity of the identities of the users. BUENAVISTA, Guimaras – The Department ofInterior and Local Government has introduced a mobile application that can beutilized to report government programs and projects, DILG Project DevelopmentOfficer Junette Dawn Baculfo said. According to her, the application willhelp maximize the participation of citizens by providing a platform thatcontributes to the monitoring process of government projects through feedbackand accurate status information.  The mobile app displays Assistance toDisadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) projects and Assistance to Municipalities(AM) local infrastructure projects with details of the project titles, projectlocations, fund allocations, fiscal years and the GPS (Global PositioningSystem) coordinates.(With a report fromPIA/PN)last_img read more

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IU East, Ivy Tech sign guaranteed admissions agreement

first_imgRichmond, IN —Ivy Tech associate-level graduates from across Indiana are guaranteed admission, based on select provisions, into certain programs at all IU regional campuses via a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA). The agreement took effective on June 1. The agreement aligns current best practices and the state’s established initiatives, the GAA spells out necessary coursework toward degree requirements at both institutions. Admission to all campuses also comes with an application fee waiver.“We have always had a very strong partnership with Ivy Tech,” Chancellor Kathy Girten said. “This agreement will continue the work we have done to provide a smooth transfer for students who have earned their associate’s degree to complete their bachelor’s degree at IU East.”This guaranteed admission eliminates any loss of credits while minimizing cost to students and ensuring they are able to complete their bachelor’s degrees on time.“Our regional campuses have continued to spark growth and innovation for students’ education and careers, exemplifying the hallmark of research, discovery, and service of IU’s 200-year history,” said John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs. “These guaranteed admissions agreements solidify IU’s commitment to best practices in transfers and steady progress toward degrees.”IU East and Ivy Tech have a history of collaboration, especially in efforts to ease the transfer process. Pathways to IU East is a program to offer an affordable, accessible bridge from Ivy Tech Community College courses, credits, and associates degree programs to IU East baccalaureate degree programs.Ivy Tech students who want to take advantage of opportunities to transfer to IU East can work with their Ivy Tech academic advisors to confirm that their academic plan meets all the requirements.Students can further maximize savings on their degree by taking advantage of scholarship and grant opportunities at both institutions, which is critical to Hoosiers now more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis.For more information, visit iue.edu.last_img read more

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Jaap Stam to Coach Nigerian Defender

first_imgDutch Eredivisie club PEC Zwolle yesterday confirmed that Manchester United hero Jaap Stam has been appointed as the new coach of the club with immediate effect.Stam, who played 67 times for the Netherlands before hanging up his boots, replaces dismissed John van ‘t Schip.Nigeria-eligible defender Kingsley Ehizibue is a key player at PEC Zwolle and has worn the captain’s armband in several games this season. The 23-year-old made his 100th appearance for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch topflight against Heracles Almelo on October 27, 2018, roughly four years after he was handed his professional debut.He was one of the players considered for the then problematic Super Eagles right-back position before the Nigerian Federation convinced Ola Aina, Brian Idowu and Tyronne Ebuehi to commit their international future to the three-time African champions.Stam previously managed Super Eagles winger Sone Aluko at Championship club Reading.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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