Harris Regional Hospital announces community paramedicine program

first_imgHarris Regional Hospital is pleased to announce a new program known as ‘community paramedicine’ to serve local patients returning home from the hospital. In the program Harris Regional Hospital EMS paramedics conduct home visits with patients 24 to 48 hours after discharge from the hospital. The goal of each visit is to ensure the patient has made a successful transition from hospital to home and to check on any needs he or she may have.Hospital staff assisting with the patient’s discharge from the hospital will make a referral to community paramedicine and explain to the patient and family how the free program works. During the visit, paramedics will check vital signs and ensure the patient understands discharge instructions. North Carolina is one of five states implementing community paramedicine programs which are aimed at increasing access to care in rural communities.“Community paramedicine provides the patient with the opportunity to be checked on by a trained local medical responder in those first few hours and days home from the hospital. In making our visits we are improving our service to the community and helping ensure a smooth transition to home, reducing the likelihood of readmission,” said Matthew Burrell, EMS Operations Coordinator for Harris Regional Hospital.This year marks the 20-year anniversary for Harris Regional Hospital EMS. The hospital has operated the EMS service for Jackson County since January 1, 1996. Last year Harris Regional Hospital EMS answered 5,218 calls from all across the county representing a 15% increase over four years. In the community paramedicine program paramedics will operate in expanded roles beyond emergency response and transport to improve rural access to care.last_img read more

Rhonda Vincent and The Rage at WCU Bardo Arts Center Feb. 24th

first_imgThe WCU Bardo Arts Center Performance Series presents bluegrass superstars Rhonda Vincent and the Rage on February 24, 2017 at 7:30PM. This is a ticketed event, purchasing details listed below.Dubbed “the new queen of bluegrass” by the Wall Street Journal, Vincent began her professional musical career at the age of 5. She has captured numerous awards over the years from the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, including Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year honors. Her band, The Rage, includes award-winning musicians Hunter Berry on fiddle, Brent Burke on dobro, Mickey Harris on bass, Aaron McDaris on banjo, and Josh Williams on guitar. Vincent and her band received the SPBGMA Instrumental Group of the Year award last year and the group released a new live album in December.For tickets or further information, visit the Bardo Arts Center box office Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., or one hour prior to each ticketed performance. Tickets and information can also be found online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling the box office at 828.227.2479.last_img read more

Marawood South announces girls basketball all-conference teams

first_imgStratford’s Griesbach, Zuelke unanimous first-team picksBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterStratford seniors Sammy Griesbach and Andie Zuelke were among the four unanimous first-team selections to the 2016-2017 All-Marawood Conference South Division Girls Basketball Team.Zuelke led the Marawood South in rebounding at 8.3 per game and was fourth in scoring at 12.4 points per game for the Tigers, who finished 8-4 (17-8 overall) and in third place in the conference standings.Griesbach led the conference in assists (4.8 per game), was second in steals (3.1 per game), third in free throw percentage (63.3 percent), and ninth in scoring (8.9 ppg) for Stratford.Wausau Newman Catholic senior Lauren Fech, a repeat first-team all-conference performer, was named Marawood South Player of the Year as she scored 13 points and grabbed 6.3 rebounds per game to also earn unanimous first-team honors.Marathon’s Amanda Kind was the fourth unanimous first-team pick, and Newman Catholic’s Signe Fronek rounded out the first team. Fronek led the conference in scoring at 13.8 points per game and in 3-pointers made with 21 in conference play.Auburndale sophomore Mackenzie Raab was a second-team pick after scoring 6.4 points per game for the Apaches, who finished in fifth place at 5-7 in the conference (12-12 overall).“Mackenzie is our best ball handler and is always guarding the other team’s best perimeter player,” Auburndale coach Mike Gehrke said. “It took a while, but by season’s end, she had become more aggressive on offense and started looking for her shot more.”Fellow sophomore Marissa Ponshock and junior Hannah Bolder were honorable mention choices for Auburndale. Ponshock averaged 5.8 points per game and was second in the conference in field goal percentage (57.4 percent). Bolder scored 6.6 points per game and was the team’s top rebounder at 5.4 per contest.“Marissa started half of our games and was our best post player until she was slowed by injury,” Gehrke said. “When Marissa was slowed by injury, Hannah was there to pick up the slack on the inside both offensively and defensively.”Stratford also had a pair of honorable mention selections in juniors Kaylee Hollatz and Taya Nett. Hollatz averaged 5.8 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, and Nett scored 7.6 points per game and had a team best 12 3-pointers in conference play.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2016-2017 All-Marawood Conference South Division Girls Basketball TeamFirst team: *Lauren Fech, sr., Wausau Newman Catholic; *Amanda Kind, sr., Marathon; *Andie Zuelke, sr., Stratford; *Sammy Griesbach, sr., Stratford; Signe Fronek, jr., Wausau Newman Catholic. (* denotes unanimous selection)Second team: Stephanie Draeger, jr., Marathon; Gracie Wendels, sr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Alysha Stieber, jr., Marathon; Kari Kreklau, fr., Northland Lutheran; Mackenzie Raab, so., Auburndale.Honorable mention: Chrysten Linzmeier, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Erin Sullivan, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Hannah Bolder, jr., Auburndale; Marissa Ponshock, so., Auburndale; Brooke Balz, jr., Marathon; Karley Fischer, jr., Marathon; Julia Seidel, fr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Makayla Slaby, sr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Sidney Moore, jr., Northland Lutheran; Erin Gast, sr., Northland Lutheran; Skye Klein, sr., Pittsville; Anastasia Klein, so., Pittsville; Kaylee Hollatz, jr., Stratford; Taya Nett, jr., Stratford.Player of the Year: Lauren Fech, Wausau Newman Catholic.Coach of the Year: Jason Vanden Elzen, Wausau Newman Catholic.last_img read more

UAE journalists on South Africa tour

first_img12 March 2012There is more to South Africa than Nelson Mandela, as a group of journalists visiting from the Middle East as guests of Brand South Africa are finding out.The latest Brand South Africa media tour sees a group of journalists from the Middle Eastern region visiting the country.The aim of these media tours is to expose the international press to South Africa’s business environment, as well as its regulatory and policy systems, and to boost positive press coverage abroad.This is especially important in nations where Brand South Africa has no country manager.United Arab EmiratesWith reporting from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) appearing in publications across the Gulf and well into India, the media there will gain a greater overall understanding of how South African business works and how it has developed.The tour will emphasise South Africa’s progress in the sectors of energy, finance and mining; give journalists a glimpse into the country’s diversity of arts, culture and heritage; and inform them of South Africa’s well-established Muslim community and the way in which they are accommodated, including specialised Islamic business practices.The media tour follows a state visit by President Jacob Zuma to the UAE in November 2011. It is hoped that this strategy will help to facilitate business partnerships and investment with entities and those from the UAE and other Gulf states.At a dinner to welcome the group to South Africa, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that South Africa has a lot to offer, and there is great potential for business between the country and the UAE.SA ‘a serious player globally’“South Africa is at the centre of major shifts in the globe,” Matola said. “The country is a serious and relevant socio economic and political player globally.”Agro processing, energy, skills and technology have been identified as some of the major sectors where South Africa and UAE could form partnerships.“We believe there is more scope for investment and to work together,” said Matola.“I am looking for a reason to visit South Africa that is more than Nelson Mandela,” said Syrian journalist Bahaa Al awam, reporting for Sharjah-based Al Khaleej, the UAE’s top Arabic daily and one that is read by influential people such as government officials and decision-makers in business.He explained that his first thought about South Africa was of its former president and Nobel Peace laureate, now 93 years old and long retired from public life.‘I realised that Mandela was not fighting alone’“Then I did some more reading about your history, politics, economy and languages,” said Al awam, “and I realised that Nelson Mandela was not fighting alone for freedom, but that there were many people in the revolution.”He said that he didn’t know this until just before his trip, but was now keen to know more about the various reasons people visit South Africa.The country’s strong points for leisure tourists are its magnificent wildlife, spectacular landscapes, fascinating heritage, general friendliness of its citizens, and proven ability to host major international events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the COP 17 climate change summit, and many others.Gulf News reporter Mahmood Sabri said he worked with a number of South Africans who primed him for his tour to the country.“They all raved about South Africa and made me really look forward to coming here.”For the group of five, it was their first visit to South Africa and each of them showed a keen interest in the country and its history, and said they were excited to be here.A quick tour of historyHowever, the tour started off on a very Mandela-centric note, with a visit to Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia north of Johannesburg. This heritage site was previously an African National Congress hideout and the place where Mandela, posing as a gardener, eluded the authorities until a raid in 1963 and subsequent arrests led to the infamous Rivonia TreasonTrial.Afterwards the journalists headed for Soweto and the historic Mandela House, where they were treated to a brief summary of Mandela’s life after he arrived in Johannesburg in the 1940s.They were guided around the little house, built in 1945, where Mandela and his family lived amid unrest and fear in the township. Mandela went underground in 1961 but the rest of the family stayed on until they too were sent away.After Mandela’s release the family moved back into number 8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West.Historic suburb of FordsburgThe historic suburb of Fordsburg was next on the itinerary. This area of downtown Johannesburg was originally set up for workers on the nearby gold mines but eventually came to house Johannesburg’s Indian and Muslim communities, as well as coloured, Chinese and Jewish people. This gave the suburb the multicultural sparkle for which it’s known today.One of Fordsburg’s well-known spots is the Delhi Palace, where up-and-coming lawyers Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo ate in the 1950s. The Fordsburg community fell victim to the forced removals in the 1970s, when many Indian families were transferred to Lenasia, about 30km away.The journalists rounded off their first day’s sightseeing with a visit to the Constitutional Court, where the doors are never locked and the public may freely enter the courtroom, even while it’s in session.Standing around the ever-burning flame of democracy, the group learned more about the history of the site. For much of its life it was a military outpost and prison, known as the Old Fort prison complex, a notorious institution where political prisoners and common criminals, both men and women, were held under the harshest of conditions.It became the site of the Constitutional Court in the 1990s, and today the site is as much a historical monument as it is a vital part of South Africa’s legislative system. The Constitution, which turns 15 in 2012, is viewed as South Africa’s supreme law.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Scoot to expand with large A320neo buy

first_imgScoot is set to expand with a large A320neo buy with an order for 16 to be delivered from the last quarter of 2020.The A321neos will be used on routes within six hours (medium-haul markets). The new fleet will enable Scoot to meet its double-digit growth plan by the end of financial year 2020/2021. Of the 16 aircraft, six are an upsize from Scoot’s current A320neo order from Airbus, while 10 will be leased.READ: Singapore Airlines one-stop to Paris a winnerThe A321neos, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, will be fitted with 236 seats, 50 more than that of the A320neo.Scoot CEO Mr Lee Lik Hsin said, “The A321neos will inject growth possibilities to our network plans for 2020 and beyond, and it is indeed apt that we have named the first aircraft ‘Wings of Change’. Customers will be greeted by our brand-new cabin interiors, with seat products they are already familiar with. We hope the process of introducing this new fleet into our Scoot family will be as exciting for our customers as it is for us.”On the environmental front, there is an expected 50% reduction in noise footprint and nitrogen oxide emissions as well as a reduction of 5,000 tonnes less carbon dioxide per year per aircraft.last_img read more

Yamaha YZF R3: First Ride

first_imgDull and muggy with the imminent threat of rainfall; not the best weather forecast you’d want to hear while heading for a few laps on the track. And not just any track, I’m headed to the Buddh International Circuit for a very special motorcycle. Yes, it’s finally here. After a lot of speculations, contemplations, spy shots and guessing games later, Yamaha has launched the much awaited R3 in India.The sight of a blue and silver R3 staring down the pit lane of the BIC was mesmerising to say the least. The newest Yamaha, and after a long time, is a handsome machine. Angular twin-headlamps, chiselled fairing and a sharp tail section, the R3 is as attractive as they come. Add to that the paint scheme in true Yamaha colours and you’ve got a mini supersport that’ll grab eyeballs standing still or on the move. It’s an extremely well executed design that’s hard to flaw.A closer look reveals the high quality levels on the motorcycle which is being manufactured in Indonesia and being brought here via the CKD route. Weld marks have been given a smooth finish while paint quality is at par with its competition. Hop aboard and you’re greeted by a fairly relaxed riding position and ergonomics that isn’t as committed as a KTM RC390 or the Hyosung GT250R. It did remind me of the Kawasaki Ninja 300’s relaxed, more touring focused riding position which won’t hurt your back or wrists on longish rides. Thighs wrap around the tank and weight is easily kept off the upper body as the feet find a relaxed position on the rearset footpegs. The feel and operation of the switchgear is top notch as I worked through the detailed meter console which offers dual trip computers, gear position indicator and instant fuel consumption read-outs. A large analogue tacho reads all the way up to 13,500rpm with the redline set at a 1,000rpm lower.advertisementThumbing the starter made the R3 wake up with a fast but mature idle of the 321cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. The clutch feel is light and the R3 effortlessly set off the line. The first thing to notice was the slick gearbox and the positive action of the gear lever which was devoid of any play to speak of. Rising through the 6-speed gearbox and the revs, the linear power delivery comes to fore. This being a world-class race track, it was easy to give the R3 some free rein on the back straight after Turn 3. This was the kind of smoothness and refinement levels that I’ve not experienced before on any sub-400cc motorcycle available in India right now. Acceleration is brisk and power is available throughout the rev range tapering off only beyond 11,500 rpm by which the white LED shift light on the dash demands an upshift. What this 42bhp and 29.6Nm of torque from the R3’s engine just delivered in performance and refinement reflected with a pleasing smile on my face. Approaching Turn 4 I saw 170kmph on the digital speedo and it was time to hit the brakes. 298mm non-ABS assisted brakes is not something one would expect with the current flock of motorcycles in this segment yet the R3 sprung up another surprise with superb brake feel and bite that helped shed speed quickly and more importantly, without any drama whatsoever.As the pace built up, the 169kg R3 kept true to its handling and lines with a perfectly balanced diamond-framed, tubular chassis. This is a departure from the famed Deltabox seen on Yamaha’s bigger bikes and the R15 too but the forgiving manners of the chassis quickly put any doubts about the new frame to rest. The MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres held up really well although better tyres will only help exploit the R3’s cornering abilities even further. For the track, wider clip-ons and further rearset pegs would’ve been perfect but on the road, the stock set-up would prove to be a boon for various riding condition. The 41mm KYB front forks are sprung stiff and the pre-load adjustable rear KYB monoshock was supple but the smooth tarmac at the BIC wouldn’t reflect the on-road performance of the suspension set-up. I reckon that the stock setup would work well for sporty riding over varied conditions. After just 5 laps, I was left wanting for more to know the R3 better but that’ll have to be reserved for later.A price tag of Rs. 3.25 lakh ex-Delhi isn’t exactly affordable but considering the higher sticker price of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 at Rs. 3.6 lakh, the R3 starts making some sense. More performance, more power, arguably better quality and looks albeit minus a slipper clutch but at a lower price point is a no brainer really. There is the KTM RC390 though which comes equipped with ABS, slipper clutch and a tad more power from a single cylinder, all at nearly half the price but it’s more committed as a track tool and quality levels aren’t at par. We’re pretty confident that the long wait to bring out a middleweight fighter in the segment will work in Yamaha’s favor.advertisementlast_img read more