Neighbors talk of quiet Port Neches neighborhood where double shooting took place

first_img “This is a good neighborhood. We all look out for each other,” he said, adding that if something is odd they call the law or check in with that neighbor.Curtis Smith, Weldon’s neighbor a few doors down, was at work when the shooting occurred but his wife was at home.Curtis Smith was raised around guns and hunting and has taught his children gun safety. He calls the nearby shooting “pure stupidity.”“Back in my day we would go to parties and get blitzed but we were never dumb enough to have a gun,” Curtis Smith said. He thought, hopefully, the one who is shooting is shooting into the ground — then he heard another shot and some cars as people started to leave the party on the next street.A home at the end of Cypress Street in Port Neches was the scene of a double shooting where police said underage drinking was going on during a large New Year’s Eve party. (Mary Meaux/The News)Smith decided to stay indoors during the commotion, not wanting to catch any stray bullets, he said.Smith lives on a dead end street and knows his neighbors. He said he never had anything like this happen before other than someone getting into his wife’s unlocked vehicle and stealing her GPS and some loose change years ago. He would have been in a whole lot of trouble if his father had learned he was at a party with alcohol and there was a gun.Neither man’s feelings about the neighborhood have changed due to the double shooting. Both feel it is still a good place to live.“It’s pure stupidity. I don’t know all what happened but it’s a lack of common sense,” Curtis Smith said.According to a news release from Port Neches Police, officers were called at approximately 10:50 a.m. Thursday to the area of Cypress Street and Live Oak Street in reference to a gunshot victim.Arriving officers determined the shooting took place at a home in the 1300 block of Cypress Street.There had been a large party at this residence involving minors, police said.Officers observed a large amount of alcoholic beverages. There were two shooting victims, and both had been taken to the hospital by private vehicle prior to officers’ arrival.One of the victims is a 19-year-old female and the other is a 19-year-old male, PNPD Chief Paul Lemoine said. He said the male victim is not pressing charges.During the course of the investigation, officers determined several subjects arrived at the party and started a fight and one of the suspects fired a handgun into the crowd while leaving the scene.The homeowner arrived on the scene during the investigation and was uncooperative as were many of the witnesses, according to police.Neither of the victims have life-threatening injuries, Lemoine said.A gofundme account, “Medical Bills for Charleen,” is set-up to help the female victim, Charleen Moak and her family, with medial expenses.To donate, click here: https://bit.ly/2JIV3wzcenter_img PORT NECHES — Neighbors near the Cypress Street home where two people were shot during a large party involving minors and alcohol say the area is normally quiet.Weldon Smith, who has lived in his home on a nearby street for 26 years, was at home with his family for a get-together and heard the fireworks going off New Year’s Eve.“Everybody was enjoying themselves, and I told my daughter’s boyfriend ‘that doesn’t sound like an artillery shell (fireworks),’” Smith said of what were gunshots.last_img read more

Development Fund (CDF) provides US$3.3M in concessional support to the Government…

first_img The Government of Belize and the DFC took the opportunity to recognise the CDF’s unwavering support to their developmental initiatives since approval of the first Country Assistance Programme in September 2010. The ultimate aim of these programmes is to better enable Belize to maximize the benefits of its participation in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). Ministry of Health Confirms 19th Case of COVID-19 About CARICOM Development Fund The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), established in 2008, is a key developmental mechanism in the architecture of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) committed to achieving its vision to lead in providing effective, efficient and sustainable solutions that address the challenges faced by disadvantaged countries, regions and sectors participating in the CSME.  In so doing its mission is to assist its Member States (namely Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago) maximise the benefits arising from participation in the CSME, by reducing intra-regional disparities through effective partnerships and the provision of financial and technical assistance. Jun 5, 2020 The Prime Minister of Belize, The Hon. Dean Barrow and the Chief Executive Officer of the CDF, Mr. Rodinald Soomer, signed the financing agreements related to these facilities at a brief ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s Belize City Office on Wednesday 4th September 2019. CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Oct 1, 2020 Sep 21, 2020 The credit line will be used to provide financing at competitive interest rates to eligible projects in the productive sector including in agriculture, manufacturing, agro-industry, commercial fishing, cultural industries, tourism and related services, with emphasis on small and medium sized businesses with a gender equity, energy efficiency, and climate resilience focus. Sub-loans will be aligned to the CARICOM Development Fund’s mandate for supporting private sector development through improving firm or industry competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency. Focus will also be placed on productive sector investments that are aimed at promoting CARICOM regional trade and exports. The CDF has also approved a complementary Technical Assistance Grant facility of US$0.1 million (BZE$0.2 million) to facilitate the DFC’s preparation of its Medium-Term Business Plan (in support of its Strategic Development Plan) and for the development of a Business Continuity Plan. A further CDF grant of US$0.2 million (BZE$0.4 million) was approved for the GOB to assist the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI) implement a “Covered Structures” project which targets employment creation for rural women and disadvantaged youth. Resources will be used for the direct acquisition of materials and the construction of at least 30 covered structures (greenhouses) for crop production purposes. The enhancement of beneficiaries’ capacity to adequately manage their farming operations, is also targeted for support under this project.center_img You may be interested in… CARICOM congratulates Belize on its 39th Independence… No more active cases in Belize May 5, 2020 The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) last week executed a Loan Agreement to seal the approval of a US$3.0 million (BZE$6.0 million) Credit Line and two Grant Agreements totalling US$0.3million (BZE$0.6 million) under the CDF’s Second Cycle Country Assistance Program (CAP) for Belize. The Credit Line which will be administered by the DFC, seeks to improve access to developmental financing for productive sector support consistent with the Government’s Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy 2016- 2019 (GSDS) and DFC’s Strategic Development Plan (SDP) – Strategy 2021:  Building Resilience against Climate Change and Economic volatility. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Signs US$ 1 million Contribution Agreement with Government of IndiaThe Government of India and the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) signed a Contribution Agreement on Saturday January 19th, 2019, in Paramaribo Suriname, which provides for a grant allocation of US$ 1 million to the CDF’s capital fund. India becomes the latest International Development Partner to have established formal ties with…January 24, 2019In “CARICOM”Jamaica Signs and Ratifies Amendment to CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) AgreementCDF, Bridgetown, Barbados, 21 Feb. 2017:   Senator The Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, signed and ratified on behalf of Jamaica the Amendment to Annex III of the Agreement Relating to the Operation of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) on the occasion…February 21, 2017In “CARICOM”CDF grant ensures further development of ‘De Strip’BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Development on the South Frigate Bay Beach Enhancement Project, popularly known as “De Strip”, is set to enter a new phase, after the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis signed an agreement effectively securing additional financing for the…August 8, 2017In “Caribbean Tourism Organisation”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Pacific Northwest Chess Center Super Invitational underway

first_img1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2 Bg7 6.e4 Nb6 7.Be3 0-0 8.Bb5 Be6 9.h4 Bc4 10.h5 Bxb5 11.Nxb5 Nc4 12.hxg6 hxg6 13.Qg4 Nxe3 14.fxe3 c5 15.Qh4 Qa5+ 16.Nc3 Rd8 17.e5 cxd4 18.exd4 Nc6 19.Nge2 Rac8 20.Qh7+ Kf8 21.0-0 Nxd4 22.Nxd4 Qb6 23.Nce2 Rxd4 24.Nxd4 Qxd4+ 25.Kh1 Qxe5 26.Qxg6 Bf6 27.Qh6+ Bg7 28.Qg6 Bf6 29.Qh6+ Bg7 30.Qh3 Rc6 31.Rac1 Qc7 32.Rxc6 Qxc6 33.Rd1 Ke8 34.Qh2 Qh6 35.Qxh6 Bxh6 36.g4 Bf4 37.Kg2 a5 38.Kf3 Bd6 39.Ke4 b6 40.a4 Bc5 41.Kd5 e6+ 42.Ke4 Kf8 43.Rd8+ ½-½ 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Re1 Re8 9.Nbd2 Bf8 10.Nf1 b5 11.Bc2 Bb7 12.Ng3 g6 13.d4 Bg7 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bd2 Nb8 16.a4 Nbd7 17.Bd3 c6 18.Qc1 Kh7 19.Qc2 Qc7 20.b4 c5 21.d5 c4 22.Bf1 Nb6 23.a5 Nbxd5 24.exd5 Nxd5 25.h4 Nf4 26.Bxf4 exf4 27.Nh5 Bxf3 28.Nxg7 Kxg7 29.gxf3 Re5 30.Re4 1-0 The first group is called the Summer of Seattle. (SOS) It is composed of GMs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2764), Le Quang Liem (2709), Jeffery Xiong (2709), and Vladimir Fedoseev (2678).The other group is dubbed the Rising Stars. The players are GMs Andrey Esipenko (2682), Parham Maghsoodloo (2676), Amin Tabatabaei (2629), and Awonder Liang (2592).Rising Stars is a Category 16 (average Elo: 2644) event, while SOS is a Category 19 (average Elo: 2715) competition.The time control for both events is 90 minutes base reflection time plus 30 seconds increment per move starting the first move. The event is organized by the Pacific Northwest Chess Center of Seattle, Washington. MATE IN TWO. SOS standings after Round 2: 1-2. Mamedyarov, Xiong, 1½; 3. Fedoseev, 1; 4. Le Quang Liem, 0. The event, dubbed the PNWCC Super Invitational, will feature two standard time control tournaments of four players each and six rounds or double round robin. chess.com (2.1) 2020 Mamedyarov, S (2764)-Fedoseev, V (2678) [D11] Liang, A (2592)-Maghsoodloo, P (2676) [D85] Rising Stars standings after Round 2: 1. Esipenko, 1½; 2-3. Maghsoodloo, Liang, 1; 4. Tabatabaei, ½. chess.com (1.2) 2020 Xiong, J (2709)-Le, Quang Liem (2709) [A06] PUZZLERS WHITE TO MOVE, 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.d4 b6 5.b3 Bb7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.bxc4 c5 8.Bb2 Be7 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Qe2 Qc7 12.Rad1 Rfd8 13.Ne5 cxd4 14.Nxd7 Rxd7 15.exd4 Rad8 16.d5 b5 17.Be5 Qb6 18.Rfe1 Ne8 19.Rb1 b4 20.Nb3 g6 21.Rbc1 Bc5 22.Ba1 Ng7 23.Qb2 f6 24.Nxc5 Qxc5 25.Qxf6 exd5 26.cxd5 Qf8 27.Qxf8+ Kxf8 28.Bf6 Re8 29.Bb5 Rxe1+ 30.Rxe1 Rxd5 31.Bxg7+ Kxg7 32.Re7+ Kh8 33.Rxb7 Rd1+ 34.Bf1 a5 35.Rb5 Ra1 36.Rxa5 b3 37.Rb5 bxa2 38.Ra5 1-0 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Qe2 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.dxc5 Nc6 10.a3 Bxc5 11.b4 Be7 12.Bb2 0-0 13.Nbd2 Qb6 14.Rac1 a5 15.Ng5 e5 16.Bxb5 axb4 17.a4 Ba6 18.Ngf3 Rfd8 19.Rfe1 e4 20.Nd4 Nxd4 21.Bxd4 Qe6 22.Qc4 Nd5 23.Qc6 Bd6 24.g3 Bxb5 25.axb5 Rac8 26.Qa6 Ra8 27.Qc6 Rac8 28.Qa6 Nc3 29.b6 Be5 30.Bxe5 Qxe5 31.Nb1 Rc6 32.Nxc3 bxc3 33.Rc2 h5 34.Rb1 h4 35.Qe2 h3 36.b7 Rb8 37.Qg4 Qd5 38.Qxh3 Qd3 39.Rcc1 Rc7 40.Qf5 c2 41.Ra1 Rcxb7 42.Kg2 Rb5 43.Qf4 Rb1 44.Qc7 Qe2 45.Ra7 Qf3+ 46.Kh3 Qf5+ 47.Kg2 Rc8 48.Rxc2 Rxc7 49.Raxc7 Qf3+ 50.Kh3 Rb6 0-1 Le, Quang Liem (2709)-Mamedyarov, S (2764) [D28] 1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 d5 4.Nbd2 Bf5 5.Nh4 Be4 6.f3 Bg6 7.Nxg6 hxg6 8.Qb3 Qc7 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.fxe4 e5 12.Be3 exd4 13.Bxd4 Na6 14.0-0-0 0-0-0 15.Be2 Qf4+ 16.Be3 Rxd1+ 17.Rxd1 Qxe4 18.Bf3 Qe5 19.Qd3 Bc5 20.Qd7+ Kb8 21.Bxc5 Nxc5 22.Qxf7 Na4 23.Rd2 Nxb2 24.Rxb2 Qc3+ 25.Kb1 Qe1+ 26.Kc2 Qf2+ 27.Kb3 Qb6+ 28.Kc3 Qe3+ 29.Kc2 Qf2+ 30.Kb3 Qb6+ 31.Kc2 Qf2+ ½-½ Esipenko, A (2682)-Tabatabaei, M (2629) [C65] chess.com (2.2) 2020 chess.com (2.2) 2020 chess.com (1.1) 2020 The key to our last problem is 1.Qa7! Black’s futile options are 1…Sf8 2.Sd3#; 1…Kxd4 2.Qa1#; 1…Kf6 2.Qxe7#./PN ******* Another strong online classical chess competition got underway on July 12 on the chess.com server with eight grandmasters split into two groups taking part.last_img read more

This Is a Drill: Developing an Obstetric Emergency Drills Program

first_imgIn the spring of 2013, we returned to Addis to train teams of nurses, midwives, and physicians. Teams practiced implementing the drills scenarios in a classroom set designed to replicate a hospital setting as well as in hospitals and health clinics.After our informative field experience in Ethiopia, we further refined and adapted the training materials, including the trainer’s manual, videos, drill scenarios, and debriefing guide.Training the Trainers in IndiaAs part of a program supported by the MHTF and India’s St. John’s Research Institute that included obstetric emergency and newborn care training, IECS was asked to “train the trainers” on the use of emergency obstetric drills. The program was implemented in four First Referral Units located in the northern regions of Karnataka State, India. IECS designed the training so that our partner organizations could utilize emergency drills in their research and quality improvement efforts, even in the absence of external support. During our first site visit in April 2013, we learned how to adapt the obstetric emergency drills training materials (manual, videos, drill scenarios, and debriefing guide) to this specific setting.In September 2013, we traveled to Bangalore, India to conduct another round of obstetric emergency drills training. During the 4-day training we collaborated with Anne Austin (then with the MHTF) to create sample cases and then practice conducting drill exercises with trainers in simulated settings at Saint John’s Hospital.A large audience attended the lectures provided during the first day. The following days included hands-on training where all the attendees had the opportunity to observe or practice the obstetric emergency drills.  A total of 28 health professionals – 14 from Bangalore and 14 from the cities of Bagalkot, Belgaum, Saragur, Manipal, and Kuppam – completed the training. These professionals were trained to later replicate the training in their own settings. A post-lecture survey indicated that over 90% of participants found the training to be highly useful and would recommend this training to other health professionals.Conducting obstetric emergency drills in India, September 2013. Photo credit: Anne Austin/W&HI, MHTF. Posted on June 8, 2016June 8, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)By María Belizán, Daniela Colaci, Agustina Mazzoni, Ezequiel García-Elorrio, Sebastián García-Martí, and Fernando Althabe, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS)This post describes field experience that helped shape the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit, a new free resource for clinicians seeking ways to manage complications like postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, the leading causes of maternal mortality globally. Introducing the Concept of Obstetric Emergency Drills in EthiopiaSince obstetric emergency events are rare, clinicians have few opportunities to practice managing these complications when they occur. Obstetric emergency drills—a simulated obstetric emergency in a facility—allow midwives, nurses, and physicians to maintain skills, optimize practices, and improve teamwork within and among facilities.In November 2012, representatives from the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and researchers from Argentina’s Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS) met with local clinicians and administrators at Saint Paul Millennium Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to introduce the concept of the obstetric emergency drill and learn ways to adapt the strategy for the urban Ethiopian context. Prior to this project, clinicians had never utilized drill exercises in health care settings in Ethiopia; our challenge was to build rapport with local partners and explain the benefits of conducting obstetric emergency drills.In order to better understand the Ethiopian context, we conducted formative research, which included observation and in-depth, semi-structured interviews. We spent a week visiting the hospital and clinics and discussing our ideas for practical implementation with local health workers and our Ethiopian partners. They provided abundant feedback, insight, and suggestions for integrating the obstetric emergency drills in the hospital and its network of primary health centers.Conducting Obstetric Emergency Drills Training in EthiopiaAfter an extremely informative and enriching first trip, our next challenge was to develop a training kit that would fulfill local needs and expectations. Guided by the qualitative data we gathered in Ethiopia, our team developed a strategy for implementing the obstetric emergency drills with our partners in Ethiopia. We created a presentation and wrote various scripts, adapting each to a different scenario or cultural context. Our team then video recorded role-plays of the drill exercises and debriefing sessions.Obstetric emergency drills training in Ethiopia, May 2013. Photo credit: IECS ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:center_img After a productive training and assessment, we left our partners with a trainer’s manual, videos, obstetric emergency drills scenarios, and debriefing guide to carry out the obstetric emergency drills in their local hospital and clinics.Our formative research and field experience helped inform the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit, featuring video footage of the site visits in Ethiopia and India.—Download and Share the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit!We encourage the maternal health community to utilize the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit, a free resource for clinicians seeking ways to prepare for obstetric emergencies.Read more on the development and release of the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit.Has your facility implemented obstetric emergency drills? We would love to hear about your experience! Please send feedback to [email protected] this:last_img read more