Letter: Al Davis created concept known as Raider Nation

first_imgAl Davis created conceptknown as Raider NationRe: “Did Davis clan ever care about Raider Nation?” (Letters to the Editor, Opinion section, Dec. 16):Al Davis created Raider Nation.Let’s remember, Al Davis didn’t just fight with the city of Oakland. He fought with the NFL. He fought with the other owners. He fought with other cities. He even fought with his own coaches and players. And it was that very fight that so appealed to the denizens of Raider Nation.That fight, that spirit, that will …last_img

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Farm Service Agency highlights from 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Through the work of dedicated staff in over 2,100 county and state offices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides vital farm safety-net assistance to agricultural producers across America.“We’ve seen recent challenges in farm income and commodity prices,” said Robert Johansson, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for the Farm Production and Conservation mission area. “The ‘safety net’ provided in the 2014 Farm Bill has helped producers withstand economic losses as well as losses resulting from natural disasters. Loans for operating expenses, farm purchases and other purposes help current producers stay in business and allow a new generation of farmers and ranchers get their start.”Agriculture demands working capital. According to Johansson, FSA provided credit, either directly or guaranteed through commercial lenders, to 120,000 family farmers across the country.In fiscal year 2017, USDA Farm Loan Programs pumped $6 billion in support to a diverse group of producers across America. That was the second highest total in FSA history. Over $2.5 billion of that total was direct and guaranteed operating loans, and another $3.5 billion was allocated for direct and guaranteed farm ownership loans. This additional financing enabled farmers and ranchers across the country to access capital to start their operations, or to expand their existing operations. The new lending continued the recent growth in FSA’s farm loan portfolio.FSA highlights from the year include:Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage (ARC/PLC) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP):USDA is issuing approximately $8 billion in payments under the ARC and PLC programs to agricultural producers who suffered market downturns in 2016.In 2017, FSA distributed $1.6 billion in CRP payments to over 375,000 Americans for doing their part in improving water quality, reducing soil erosion and increasing wildlife habitat.Disaster assistanceIn response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, USDA announced special procedures to assist producers in states and territories who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches. Also, because of the severe and widespread damage caused by the hurricanes, USDA provided flexibility to assist farm loan borrowers. FSA dispatched additional staff to the affected areas and, in response to a request for assistance, rolled out a special program providing vouchers to dairy herd owners in Puerto Rico who used the assistance to purchase feed.USDA also provided extensive assistance for a variety of other disasters throughout the country, including drought in the northern high plains, wildfires in the west and central plains, floods, tornados, freezes and other storms. For example, in July, USDA authorized the use of additional CRP lands for emergency grazing and haying in and around portions of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota affected by severe drought. USDA also added the ability for farmers and ranchers in those areas to hay and graze CRP wetland and buffer practices. This followed a previous action in April and June to assist the area and provided livestock producers with an additional feed source. In October, FSA teamed with other USDA agencies to provide assistance to wildfire-damaged areas of northern California, including loans and other disaster assistance programs.New farmersIn August, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nation’s largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers. The agreement provides new help and resources for beginning ranchers, veterans, women, socially disadvantaged Americans and others, providing new tools to help them both grow and thrive in agri-business.Johansson said these accomplishments are in line with Secretary Perdue’s goals of maximizing the ability of the men and women of America’s agriculture and agribusiness sector to create jobs, prioritizing customer service every day for American taxpayers and consumers and ensuring the food we produce meets the strict safety standards we’ve established while always remembering that America’s agricultural bounty comes directly from the land.last_img read more

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In a Single Second You Can Decide – Episode 90

first_imgIt may take 90 days to create a habit, but it only takes one second to decide. You can decide right now to do what is going to have the greatest impact on your future, or you can decide to choose comfort.Subscribe to My YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/iannarino_Bio: Anthony Iannarino is a bestselling author and internationally recognized speaker on sales, success, personal development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Anthony’s 3 privately held staffing firms generate annual revenues of $50M. These firms serve some of the most well-recognized brands in the United States. Anthony speaks to and provides transformational workshops to sales organizations throughout the world.His blog, www.thesalesblog.com, is read by 60,000 people each month, and he has published there daily since 2009. His widely acclaimed Sunday newsletter reaches 80,000 people.Anthony has continually been named one of the 25 most influential people in the world in sales and marketing._Subscribe to my Sunday Newsletter for Exclusive Content: https://thesalesblog.com/newsletterRead the Daily Blog: https://thesalesblog.comListen to the In the Arena Podcast: http://apple.co/2jlSKMr_Stay Connected Online:LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/iannarinoFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesalesblogInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/iannarinoSnapChat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/iannarinoSolutions Staffing: http://www.solutionsstaffing.comIannarino Fullen Group: http://www.iannarinofullen.comlast_img read more

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At 37, Venus Williams looking for a 6th Wimbledon title

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Dy: We don’t think of ourselves as reserves El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ On Saturday, she’ll be playing for the Venus Rosewater Dish for the ninth time in her 20th Wimbledon appearance.“There’s still a lot to be done. I have one more match that I’d like to be the winner of,” Williams said. “I have to go out there and take it and play well.”The person on the other side of the net also has experience playing in the last weekend on Centre Court. The 23-year-old Muguruza played for the title in 2015, losing to Venus’ little sister, Serena Williams.Serena isn’t at Wimbledon this year because she is pregnant and taking the rest of the season off. But Venus will likely be checking in with her for some advice ahead of Saturday’s match.“Serena did play her in a final,” Venus said. “I definitely will ask her. I’m sure she’s going to give me hopefully some things that will make a difference for me in the match.”ADVERTISEMENT “I’m definitely in the position I want to be in,” Williams said. “It’s a long two weeks. Now, knocking on the door for a title. This is where I want to be.”Williams has quite a history at the grass-court major, winning her first Grand Slam title in London in 2000. The last of her seven majors came at the same place in 2008.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShortly after that, in 2011, Williams announced she had Sjogren’s disease, an energy-sapping illness that also can cause joint pain. She missed some big tournaments, and made several early exits at the majors.But she has bounced back, playing some of her best tennis over the last 12 months. She reached the Wimbledon semifinals last year, and the Australian Open final this year. 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And she’s expecting the same kind of atmosphere despite the unfamiliar opponent.“I don’t think it’s going to be different. A final is a final,” Muguruza said. “Only one’s going to win. … The racket has to talk.”Besides her experience on the court, Muguruza will also have some experience behind her off it. She has been working with 1994 Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez recently.“I think she’s helping me to deal with the stress of the tournament, because it’s a long tournament,” Muguruza said. “So she just knows how to prepare, how to train, what to do.“Not that I’m doing something different, honestly. But to have her by my side gives me also this little confidence on having someone that has won before.”Williams and Muguruza have played each other four times before, and the American has won three of them. They have never before played on grass, though.“It’s good that she’s played her before, and that she’s beaten her. So she knows what’s to come,” Martinez said of Saturday’s match. “She just has to play tennis, and not worry about who’s favored or who isn’t favored. She needs to think about the next point and nothing else.”When Martinez won at Wimbledon for her only major, she beat 37-year-old Martina Navratilova in the final. Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since then.Age, however, seems to be an advantage for Williams.“I think it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to play well and to be strong and have experience,” Williams said. “So I think experience can either work against you or for you. I like to think it’s working for me.” Venus Williams of the United States returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta during their Women’s Singles semifinal match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Even at 37 and with five Wimbledon titles to her name, Venus Williams still has that overwhelming desire to win.And she’s showing it again this year at the All England Club, where she will face Garbine Muguruza on Saturday in her ninth Wimbledon final.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Pediatric heart surgery- discharge

first_imgAlternate NamesCongenital heart surgery – discharge; Patent ductus arteriosus ligation – discharge; Hypoplastic left heart repair – discharge; Tetralogy of Fallot repair – discharge; Coarctation of the aorta repair – discharge; Heart surgery for children – discharge; Atrial septal defect repair – discharge; Ventricular septal defect repair – discharge; Truncus arteriosus repair – discharge; Total anomalous pulmonary artery correction – discharge; Transposition of great vessels repair – discharge; Tricuspid atresia repair – discharge; VSD repair – discharge; ASD repair – discharge; PDA ligation – discharge; Acquired heart disease – discharge; Heart valve surgery – children – discharge; Heart surgery – pediatric – discharge; Heart transplant – pediatric – dischargeWhen Your Child Was in the HospitalYour child had surgery to repair a heart defect. If your child had open-heart surgery, an incision was made through their breastbone or the side of your childs chest. The child also may have been put on a heart-lung bypass machine during surgery.After the surgery, your child probably stayed in the intensive care unit and then in another part of the hospital.What to Expect at HomeYour child will need at least 3 or 4 more weeks at home to recover. For larger surgeries, recovery may take 6 to 8 weeks. Talk with your childs doctor about when your child can return to school, daycare, or participate in sports.Pain after surgery is normal. There may be more pain after closed-heart surgery, compared to open-heart surgery. This is because nerves may have been irritated or cut. Usually, the pain decreases after the second day and con sometimes be managed with acetaminophen (Tylenol).advertisementMany children behave differently after heart surgery. They may be clingy, irritable, wet the bed, or cry. They may do these things even if they were not doing them before their surgery. Support your child through this time, and slowly begin to set the limits that were in place before the surgery.Activity If your child is an infant, try not to let them cry for too long for the first 3- 4 weeks. Help keep them calm by staying calm yourself. When lifting your child, support both their head and bottom for the first 4- 6 weeks.Toddlers and older children will often stop any activity if they become tired.The doctor or nurse will tell you when it is okay for your child to return to school or daycare.Most often, the first few weeks after surgery should be a time to rest.After the first follow-up visit, the doctor will tell you what the child can do.For the first 4 weeks after surgery, your child should not do any activity where there is a chance they could fall or take a blow to the chest. Your child also should avoid bicycle or skateboard riding, roller skating, swimming, and all contact sports until the childs doctor says its okay.If your child has an incision through the breastbone, you must be careful how they use their arms and upper body for the first 6- 8 weeks:Do not pull or lift the child by their arms. Scoop them up instead.Your child should not do any activities that involve pulling or pushing their arms.Try to keep your child from lifting their arms above their head.Your child should not lift anything heavier than 5 pounds.Diet Keep a close eye on your child?s diet to make sure they get enough calories to heal and grow.After heart surgery, most babies and infants (younger than 12 to 15 months) can take as much formula or breast milk as they want. Sometimes the doctor may want your baby not to drink too much formula or breast milk. Ask your child?s doctor any other questions about your childs nutrition.Limit feeding time to around 30 minutes. Your child?s doctor or nurse will tell you how to add extra calories to formula if it is necessary.Toddlers and older children should be given a regular, healthy diet. The doctor or nurse will tell you how to improve the childs diet after surgery.Wound Care Your health care providers will instruct you on how to care for the incisions. Look at the wound for signs of infection, which are redness, swelling, and drainage.Your child should take only a shower or a sponge bath until your health care provider says its okay. Their Steri-Strips should NOT soak in the water. Steri-Strips will begin to peel off after the first week. It is okay to remove them when they start to peel off.advertisementFor as long as the scar looks pink, make sure it is covered with clothing or a bandage when your child is in the sun.Follow-upAsk your child?s doctor before getting any immunizations for 2 – 3 months after surgery. Afterward, your child should have a flu shot every year.Many children who have had heart surgery must take antibiotics before, and sometimes after, having any dental work. Make sure you have clear instructions from your child?s heart doctor when the child needs antibiotics. It is still very important to have your childs teeth cleaned regularly.Your child may need to take medicine when they are sent home. These may include diuretics (water pills) and other heart medicines. Be sure to follow the correct dosage. Follow up with your doctor 1 – 2 weeks after the child leaves the hospital or the as instructed.When to Call the DoctorCall the doctor if your child has:Fever, nausea, or vomitingChest pain, or other painRedness, swelling, or drainage from the woundDifficulty breathing or shortness of breathPuffy eyes or faceTiredness all the timeBluish or grayish skinDizziness, fainting, or heart palpitationsFeeding problems or reduced appetiteReferencesPigula FA, Del Nido, PJ. Neonatal and infant cardiac surgery. In: Keane JF, Lock JE, Fyler DC, eds. Nadas? Pediatric Cardiology, 2nd ed. St. Louis, Mo; WB Saunders; 2006:chap 57.Recommendations for preparing children and adolescents for invasive cardiac procedures: A statement from the American Heart Association Pediatric Nursing Subcommittee of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing in collaboration with the Council on Cardiovascular Diseases of the Young. Circulation. 2003;108:2250-2564.Congenital heart disease. In: Townsend CM Jr, Fraser CD Jr, Carberry KE, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 59.Review Date:6/5/2012Reviewed By:Kurt R. Schumacher, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

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