In tune, without limits

first_imgPositive psychology guru Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defines his concept of “flow” as a seamless connection between body and mind. Elite athletes call it “being in the zone,” a hyper-focused mental state resulting in streamlined, streaming movements.“It’s when there is no resistance between work and what you are,” said Adrian Anantawan one morning, as he played a passage from Claude Debussy’s ethereal “Clair de Lune” in the still of Adams House’s Lower Common Room.For many top musicians, such a feeling often only comes after years of practice. For Anantawan, who was born without a right hand, developing that type of powerful concentration with the violin took extra resolve, a dose of ignorance, and a spatula — a specially designed attachment made of plastic and Velcro that allows him to hold his bow.After years as a professional musician, the gifted violinist is enrolled in the Arts in Education Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE), with the goal of helping other disabled students in their artistic and creative development.“The opportunities,” Anantawan said, “are limitless.”While investigating the role of adaptive musical instruments in a universally designed music curriculum, Anantawan has connected with scholars at Harvard and beyond, such as music and technology guru Tod Machover, considered the grandfather of “Guitar Hero,” and head of the MIT Media Lab’s Opera of the Future group, and members of the Harvard Medical School community, for lengthy discussions on rehabilitative science.He has also brought his talent and drive to the classroom, helping students in an inclusive school in Boston with a variety of musical and arts projects.“If you want to be able to design curriculum or to create new musical instruments for any child, you have to understand how they work … their behavior, their decision-making processes, the interplay between imagination, play, and learning. That’s what fascinates me.”Anantawan’s own artistic journey began in large part because his parents “didn’t know any better.” Realizing their young son was unable to play the recorder, which requires the use of the fingers on both hands, they quickly sought another musical option.“We were successful because of that ignorance,” he said. “We came from the premise of ‘why not?’”With input from Anantawan, a rehabilitation center in his native Toronto helped to create his adaptive device for the violin. The Canadian’s dedication and talent ultimately gained him entrance to Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute of Music for his bachelor’s degree, and later to Yale University, where he received his master’s degree in music in 2006.  His professional career has included performances at the White House, the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and Carnegie Hall. But for Anantawan, something was missing on stage.“I just felt,” he said, “like there needed to be something more.”That something more first took shape during a tour of the same rehabilitation center years after it had first helped him as a child. There for a concert, Anantawan was introduced to a virtual device that translates a person’s movement into sound. Intrigued, he sought a grant from Yale and used the funding to assemble a team of psychologists, music therapists, doctors, researchers, and musicians to explore the connections among music, technology, and health care, using the virtual tool. The project culminated in a recent performance given by a former violinist paralyzed from a neurological disorder, and now a quadriplegic, who played with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra.“Music was such an important part of his life growing up, and to see technology used to give him access to performance once again, but also at such a high level, makes me optimistic of the future for young children with disabilities.”Inspired by the experience and eager to offer children with disabilities the chance to “communicate their stories to a wide audience,” he turned to the HGSE’s Arts in Education Program. “I realized this was the place I needed to be,” said Anantawan, who sent Harvard his only application. It was Harvard, he said, or nothing.After graduation, he hopes to teach in a similar inclusive environment where he can work on leveraging the implicit strengths in every child, “regardless of ability.”For Anantawan, the work is also deeply personal. He recalled being “marginalized” in school for being “slightly different,” and how his world opened when he joined a chamber orchestra at age 12.“It was one of the first times I was accepted within a peer group, mainly because it’s how you sound; it’s not how you look. It’s how you express and communicate.”With his future work, he hopes to help children “feel included and be able to express themselves on an equal level with their peers.”He is well on his way. On his tablet computer, he proudly played a video of his fifth-graders at the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion Elementary School performing a dance routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” A third of the students there have some type of cognitive, behavioral, or physical need. But on stage they were a polished unit, and they were having a blast.“This is as fulfilling as any concert that I have given in my life,” said a beaming Anantawan. “Carnegie Hall can’t beat these kids.”The violinist happily admits there are two types of flow in his life now. One involves playing his instrument, the other his work with children.“I could do this work for hours nonstop,” he said, “and still be happy.”last_img read more

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Obesity studies generate debate on impact of weight, sugar on health

first_img Read Full Story Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition experts, including Walter Willett, Frederick John Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and chair of the Department of Nutrition, were quoted widely by the media about two obesity studies published in January 2013.The association between sugar and poor health has been contentious over recent decades, with scientists and industry often sparring about whether or not there’s a link between excessive sugar intake and obesity and higher risk of chronic diseases. But in a January 15, 2013 editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Willett and David Ludwig, professor in the Department of Nutrition and obesity prevention specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, citing new findings by New Zealand researchers, wrote that sugar and other refined carbohydrates do play a role in the development of obesity and other health ailments.The article accompanied a BMJ study by researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand which showed that reducing sugar intake had a small but significant effect on body weight in adults. The review of 71 studies was commissioned by the World Health Organization, which plans to update its recommendations that sugar intake be limited to 10% of energy intake.Action should be taken at many levels to reduce sugar consumption and improve the quality of carbohydrate intake, wrote Willett and Ludwig. They suggested strategies such as educational programs, improvements in foods and drinks provided in schools and worksites, and supplemental nutrition programs for people with low incomes.last_img read more

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Senate discusses clear bag policy, NDtoGo

first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate convened for its first official meeting of the year Monday night in the LaFortune Ballroom. During the meeting, members of the senate briefly discussed campus dining’s newest innovation — NDtoGo, an app that will allow students to order their food in advance and pick it up at various locations around campus. Senators also examined the new clear bag policy for events in Notre Dame stadium, which will be implemented starting this Saturday at the Notre Dame-Michigan game. NDtoGo will utilize an app called Tapingo, allowing students to place their orders ahead of time at main locations of campus restaurants like Starbucks and Smashburger, Briana Tucker, student government chief of staff, said. Students who order using the app will also be able to track their order. Tucker said NDtoGo may eventually offer delivery services as well. The senate was also briefed on the new clear bag guidelines for Notre Dame stadium events. Mike Seamon, vice president of campus safety and event management, and Keri Kei Shibata, chief of the Notre Dame Security Police Department, outlined the policy. Seamon cited the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing as the beginning of a series of additional safety procedures that would eventually lead to the clear bag policy. “[We], like many other institutions across the country, both professional and collegiate and university sports, decided that we needed to do something,” Seamon said. After the Marathon bombing, Notre Dame prohibited large bags and duffel bags from stadium events. In addition, security officers began examining all bags upon entry. Seamon said this policy caused much controversy among game attendees about what size and styles of bags were acceptable. Notre Dame then decided to follow the lead of many other universities and professional sports teams and implement the clear bag policy.Seamon then detailed the exact criterion that any bag must meet to be admitted into the stadium.“A bag has to be clear and it cannot be bigger than 12 by 12 by 6 inches,” Seamon said.Clear bags will still be inspected upon entry into the stadium, Seamon said. Purses or large wallets with dimensions no bigger than 4.5 by 6.5 inches will also be allowed in, and don’t necessarily need to be clear. Shibata added that the clear bag policy will also increase efficiency because the security guards will be able to check the contents of people’s bags more quickly and thoroughly. The presenters then opened up the floor for questions from senators.One senator asked if the “clear” applied to red or green see-through plastic or even semi-clear frosted bags. Seamon and Shibata clarified that the bag must be completely clear to be allowed into the stadium.Another senator broached the question of whether the clear bag policy would apply to the Duncan Student Center, O’Neill Family Hall, and the other buildings that attach to the stadium on game days. Seamon responded by saying that as of midnight on a game or event day, the entire stadium, including its adjacent attached buildings, becomes a heightened zone of security. The entire complex, including O’Neill, Duncan, and Corbett Halls are all closed for a “variety of police sweeps,” Seamon said. Therefore, all of these buildings will be closed until two hours after the game.Tags: clear bag policy, NDSP, security, student senatelast_img read more

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This Week’s Picks! A New Cinderella, a Patti LuPone Party & More

first_imgWe have good news and bad news. The bad news? Summer is over. The good news? September is here! There’s too much fun stuff to do, including a chat between two Broadway superstars, a musical salute to Elaine Stritch, and a benefit concert starring the one and only Ms. Patti LuPone. It’s all part of this week’s picks! Join Patti LuPone in a Peaceful “Uprising”September 15 at the Gershwin TheatreUp for another charitable affair? “Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality” has the support of the United Nations Foundation and stars Tony winner Patti LuPone, whom you should only miss if you’re pinned under something heavy. She headlines this event with some guy named Sting. We’ve heard he’s OK. They’re joined by Tony winner Billy Porter and the casts of the upcoming shows Witness Uganda and I Am Harvey Milk. Click for tickets! Escort a New Cinderella to the BallStarts September 9 at the Broadway TheatreKeke Palmer steps into Cinderella’s glass slippers, making her Main Stem debut and marking the first time an African-American actress has played the role on Broadway. The talk show host, actress, singer and overall multitasker will be joined by another Broadway newbie: Funny lady and The View alum Sherri Shepherd as the wicked stepmother Madame. This is way too exciting. We need to sit down. Click for tickets! Star Files Toast Elaine Stritch with Broadway’s BestSeptember 12 at 54 BelowThe inimitable Elaine Stritch can’t be replaced. Frankly, we just don’t have the scientific knowledge to go all Dr. Frankenstein and try to recreate her in a lab. 54 Below, thankfully, has the next best thing: A group of Broadway all-stars—including Christine Ebersole, Harriet Harris, and Beth Leavel—gather to sing the songs and tell the stories that defined the gravelly-voiced Broadway legend in “54 Sings Elaine Stritch.” Click for tickets! View Commentscenter_img Fight Cancer at a “Concert of Hope”September 8 at Le Poisson RougeBroadway is where good causes intersect with a good time—instead of the usual somber dinners and auctions for stuff you can’t afford. The trend continues with “Imagine: A Concert of Hope,” which features songs from Broadway Inspirational Voices, a gospel choir including Wicked stars Justin Guarini and Mary Testa, and other marquee denizens. The concert benefits the Brian Werbel Memorial Fund at University Hospital’s Seidman Cancer Center. Click for tickets! Chat with Andrea Martin & Nathan LaneSeptember 14 at the 92nd Street YAdmit it: you’d pay to hear Andrea Martin and Nathan Lane instruct you how to use the equipment at the 92nd Street Y’s gym. So head uptown, where Martin (back at Pippin) will discuss her new memoir, Lady Parts, with friend and fellow Broadway dynamo Lane (starring in It’s Only a Play). While there, see if they have any advice on using the elliptical. That thing is a freaking nightmare. Click for tickets! Nathan Lane Andrea Martinlast_img read more

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Germany sets new record for solar generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Time:Germany’s solar panels produced record amounts of electricity, exacerbating market forces that were already hammering the profitability of the country’s remaining coal plants.Gin-clear skies over central Europe helped photovoltaic plants produced 32,227 megawatts on Monday, beating the previous record on March 23. Bright conditions are expected to continue this week, according to Germany’s DWD federal weather service.Renewables are cutting deeper into the market share for coal, the fuel on which Germany’s wealth and industrial prowess was built. The government forecasts that green power will make up about 80% of the electricity mix by 2038, compared with just over 40% in 2019.Sunny conditions meant solar generated as much as about 40% of Germany’s power Monday, compared to the 22% produced by coal and nuclear, according to Agora Energiewende. Solar, wind and other renewables accounted for 78% of Germany’s electricity output.“Every year there’s more installed solar, so the record gets broken nearly every spring,” BloombergNEF analyst Jenny Chase said of the rise of solar power, adding that fewer flights and lower air pollution due to the coronavirus lockdowns may have lifted the share supply coming from solar.Coronavirus lockdowns are accelerating market trends that spell doom for the dirtiest fossil fuel. Less activity has slashed electricity demand just as spring’s sunnier and windy weather boosts output from renewables, which have priority over fossil fuels in feeding into the grid.[William Wilkes, Rachel Morison]More: Germany, with skies cleared by coronavirus lockdown, produces record solar power Germany sets new record for solar generationlast_img read more

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Mulvaney updates CUs on economy, administration at Caucus

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), offered his insights into the economy and likelihood of a recession, as well as administration efforts to reduce regulations at NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus Tuesday.As a credit union champion, NAFCU has a strong working relationship with Mulvaney. The association has met with him many times – most recently in November while he served as CFPB acting director – and he has regularly attended NAFCU’s Caucus.“Thank you for what you do,” Mulvaney told the crowd, also noting that South Carolina – his home state – has more credit union members than registered voters. “… What you do is critical in rural and poor areas of this country … Credit unions are the lifeblood of smaller towns and rural areas. What you do provides a valuable service and our country wouldn’t be as great as it is without you.”Discussing the economy, Mulvaney explored job creation and the unemployment rate, GDP, productivity and the quit rate. He noted that while many dubbed the most recent jobs report as “bad” with 130,000 jobs created, it was actually significantly higher than what the previous administration predicted would be created in August 2019. Since Trump took office, roughly 6 million jobs have been created, Mulvaney said, and 1.6 million people have reentered the job market.last_img read more

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Wolf Administration’s Apprenticeship and Training Office Increasing Opportunities for Job Seekers and Employers in Pennsylvania

first_img May 22, 2017 United Home Care Workers (UHCW) – The program registered an advanced home health care aide program in partnership with District 1199c. UHCW is a joint venture with SEIU and AFSCME. Liberty Resource Home Choice – Liberty Resource Home Choice registered a nurse’s aide program. It’s the first home health care program apprenticeship of its kind for a certified nursing assistant. School District of Philadelphia – The School District of Philadelphia has registered electrician and plumbing apprenticeship occupations. This program will help the students that have graduated from the vo-tech associated with the district, and place them into career opportunities within the school. Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced that the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) recently added seven new apprenticeship programs and two occupations to help both job seekers establish a career path and employers train the skilled workers they need.“The creation of the Apprenticeship and Training Office has significantly expanded the apprenticeship footprint in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Increased education of and outreach to potential employers has led to more registered apprenticeship programs, such as the ones approved recently, to expand career opportunities for employees who successfully complete their apprenticeships.”Since the Wolf Administration established the ATO last year, the office, which is responsible for providing outreach, education, and technical support to current and prospective apprenticeship program sponsors and apprentices, has added 1,599 new apprentices and 58 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide.“Apprenticeship programs improve the skills of job seekers and create a highly qualified pool of talent for employers,” Sec. Manderino said. “The ATO not only helps support traditional registered apprenticeship programs, but encourages the growth and expansion of these programs into non-traditional industries, such as health care, to benefit even more job seekers.”Some of the non-traditional occupations that have been added to the ATO program include direct support professional, bio medical research technician, and early childhood/pre-K teacher.Following is a list of recently approved apprenticeship programs:Manufacturing Association of Central Pennsylvania – The association registered a group model that will include employers from within its association. It also registered a machinist, and tool and die occupations in York in partnership with Thaddeus Stevens Career and Technical School that could lead to an associate’s degree. Wolf Administration’s Apprenticeship and Training Office Increasing Opportunities for Job Seekers and Employers in Pennsylvaniacenter_img PBM, Inc. – PBM added a mill and lathe apprenticeship occupation to its existing advanced manufacturing training program in Irwin. District 1199C – District 1199C registered an apprenticeship program in early childhood education and added a direct support professional occupation to its already existing apprenticeship program. It has also been instrumental in helping other employers register their programs as well. SPIN, Inc. – SPIN, a nonprofit organization that provides services to people of all ages with autism and intellectual/developmental disability, registered two apprenticeship programs. The first was a direct support professional program, which will train workers to assist people with intellectual disabilities. The apprentices are selected from a pre-apprenticeship program to create a talent pipeline of qualified employees.SPIN also approved an early childhood education program, which is parallel to a previously approved program at Brightside Academy. As part of the education apprenticeship, workers earn an associate’s degree at the Community College of Philadelphia.The Wistar Institute – The Institute registered an apprenticeship in biomedical research, which will serve the science community in the greater Philadelphia Area. The apprenticeship creates a career pathway that will go beyond its existing internship program for research technicians. The Wistar Institute is partnering with Community College of Philadelphia. This is the first apprenticeship of its kind in the nation.Approved through the Department of Labor & Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office, apprenticeship programs are used to provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, diverse, highly-skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover.  The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.For more information on the Apprenticeship and Training Office, visit ATO. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey: We Must Protect the ACA for All Pennsylvanians

first_img October 06, 2020 Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey: We Must Protect the ACA for All Pennsylvanians Healthcare,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf participated in a virtual press conference today with U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvanian health experts and a constituent affected by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to discuss what’s at stake for the 5.5 million Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions and nearly one million more who could lose their coverage—in the middle of a pandemic—if the Supreme Court were to overturn the ACA.“It’s imperative that we do everything in our power to protect the ACA and the millions of Pennsylvanians who have access to health care because of it, especially during a pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “If the Supreme Court were to dismantle or eliminate the ACA, millions of people would lose protections that are quite literally life-saving and with the unknown long-term health implications of COVID-19, now is the time to expand coverage, not limit or eliminate it.”“President Trump and Senator McConnell are rushing to confirm a Supreme Court Justice who will back their lawsuit to destroy the Affordable Care Act, kicking 23 million people off their health insurance, ending protections for 135 million people with pre-existing conditions and raising costs for millions more, in the middle of a pandemic,” Sen. Casey said. “If confirmed, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will almost certainly vote to overturn the ACA, which will adversely impact working families, children and seniors.“If Republicans successfully sabotage the ACA, insurers could deny coverage to people who recover from COVID-19 but face long-term medical consequences. In the middle of a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 210,000 Americans, this is indefensible. I’m going to keep fighting every day to protect Americans’ health care and keep the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land.”Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey were joined by health professionals from Community Health Net, with Erie-area locations that provide a full range of health care services. The organization has received recognition from the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its innovative approach in developing an integrated service network and expansion among community partners. Community Health Net provides access to health care for all area residents, including the medically underserved and uninsured populations.Andrea Kobylinski, mother to 10-year-old Nicholas, who has pre-existing conditions that require extensive care, spoke about how losing ACA benefits such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, not having yearly or lifetime limits, and being able to maintain Nicholas on her family insurance past high school graduation is essential to his ongoing treatment, particularly as he transitions to adulthood.“When the ACA came around, I saw it as being for other people,” said Kobylinski. “When we received Nicholas’s diagnosis, all of a sudden it meant a lot to me. It meant everything. Having affordable, quality health care is the foundation for his future. It is my hope that compassionate hearts will prevail on the Supreme Court.”“Health care coverage for every Pennsylvanian is necessary to protect the lives of individuals and families, but it also protects communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “When people have access to health care coverage, they are more likely to have access to preventive care to stay healthy, and more likely to receive care quickly when they are sick. Ensuring that people have access to medical care – and that medical care is affordable – is the duty of government at all times, but it is especially vital when our world is fighting a pandemic that is still presenting us with new challenges every day. I will do everything I can to protect health care coverage for all Pennsylvanians.”Last week, Gov. Wolf introduced health care reforms to address the needs of Pennsylvanians physical and behavioral health and the social determinants of health that impact access and affordability. These reforms will be expanded as the three main components of the plan are implemented. They include an Interagency Health Reform Council (IHRC), established with an executive order the governor signed at the press conference last week; Regional Accountable Health Councils (RAHCs) to collectively develop regional transformation plans – built on community needs assessments – to reduce disparities, address social determinants of health, and align value-based purchasing arrangements; and a Health Value Commission charged with keeping all payors and providers accountable for health care cost growth, to provide the long-term affordability and sustainability of our health care system, and to promote whole-person care.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Waterfront home comes complete with a Coca Cola vending machine

first_img27 Martinique Way Clear Island WatersFORGET mini bars, this homeowner went one step further for his sons building a commercial vending machine into his waterfront home. In an effort to create the ultimate resort-style home, father-of-two Rob Stephens bought a Coca Cola vending machine for his Clear Island Waters home which took four men to lift into the home.Mr Stephens was hoping it might sweeten the deal for his 27 Martinique Way home which has hit the market at $1.6 million. Would you park your car like this? Four four-bedders under $300K Get The Courier-Mail’s Real Estate and Property News in your Inbox A can of coke anyone?More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It took four men to lift it in but I originally bought it for my two sons who got a good kick out of it over the years,” he said of the machine which he paid $5,000 for 10 years ago.“There was an empty void in the lounge room when we moved in and the vending machine was just a perfect fit.“It was a bit of gimmick at first but now it has become part of the interior and it is a favourite for when guests come over.“I wanted the home to be more of a resort that I could come home after a long day and relax and the vending machine was the cherry on top.”Luckily enough for Mr Stephen’s guests, they don’t need lose change to pay for a drink.“We disabled the coin function so you can get a can at the push of a button,” he said.“We just have to keep it full. It has been great for footy nights or entertaining.“You can sit back with a beer at watch the sun shining off the water and the kids are pretty happy with their soft drinks straight from the machine.” The home has a beautiful Hamptons styleThe five-bedroom home has a large covered outdoor entertaining area, floating pontoon and pool.Oresti Astras from Astras Prestige Property is marketing the house and said it has had a lot of interest.last_img read more

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Chinese government donates container of medical equipments to Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Chinese government donates container of medical equipments to Dominica by: – April 13, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! 28 Views   3 comments Tweetcenter_img Share Share Some of the donated equipment; Sonoscape and Ultrasonic Nebulizer.The Princess Margaret Hospital is said to be better equipped to attend to patients having received a container of medical supplies valued at over $2 million from the Chinese government.The Hospital’s Equipment Committee compiled a list of “priority items” which were forwarded to the Chinese government requesting assistance hence the donation.On Friday, the Health Minister Julius Timothy and Chinese Ambassador Wang Zonglai signed the official acceptance certificate for the supplies which includes; ECG units, Portable ultra sound unites, X-Ray machines, microscopes for the laboratory, endoscopic imaging display machines, nebulizers, anesthesia machines for the operating theatre, cardiac topographic machines and laparoscopic systems among others. That donation was referred to as a “generous and practical gift” by the Acting Hospital Medical Director Dr. Ruby Blanc who noted its timeliness which she said will “go a long way to helping to improve the quality of health care provided” on the island.His Excellency Ambassador Wang Zonglai and Health Minister Hon. Julius Timothy after signing official acceptance certificatesThe Health Minister also echoed those sentiments stating that the grant will place the hospital on the “cutting edge” of health care services.“We are talking about very important pieces of equipment…we are talking about ECG machines, portable ultra sound machines, CTG machines some very, very important pieces of equipment for the hospital …so you would hear in the past that you came to the hospital and we didn’t have a nebulizer, we didn’t have this…these are going to be a thing of the past and thanks to the People’s Republic of China”.Timothy also noted that the relationship which exists between the government of Dominica and China is one which should be taken “very seriously” as the Chinese have shown great “commitment” to Dominica through several grant donations.In related news, Ambassador Wang Zonglai said the donation marks a “new step” in the cooperative relationship which exists between both countries in relation to medical supplies.[nggallery id =155]According to him, the Chinese government has, since establishing diplomatic relations with Dominica in 2004, made “medical treatment cooperation” a “priority” area for assistance. He noted that in the 8 years since establishing that relationship, China has been “dedicated” to helping to “elevate the medical level” which will “directly benefit the ordinary people” in Dominica, as the only Chinese Medical team of specialists in the Caribbean region is in Dominica.“This reflects China’s sincere feeling towards Dominican people with concerted efforts of both sides have achieved plenty fruitful results in the cooperation of medical treatment. Chinese government and Embassy will continue to cooperate with Dominican side closely and provide more medical assistance to Dominica to the best of its ability to let Dominican people enjoy a more advanced and comfortable medical treatment environment,” he underscored.Ambassador Zonglai said he is “very confident” that with cooperation between both sides; “we will take the cooperation between the two sides to the next level”. Dr Blanc “promised” both the ambassador and the health minister that the hospital staff “will handle the equipment with consideration and care so as to ensure them a long and productive life”. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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