Significantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer says after three years of the abolition of user fees policy, significant reductions have been seen in the percentage of Jamaicans who are now citing cost as a reason for not seeking health care. “One cannot view the benefit of the policy purely through the lens of the health sector. Despite the fact that data collection for the 2008 survey was done July 2008 to February 2009 – shortly after the introduction of the policy when the gains were not yet fully evident, the Survey of Living Conditions gave some promising indications in terms of the reduction in the cost of health care to Jamaicans,” Minister Spencer said. The Survey indicates that there was a significant decline in the number of persons who cited cost as an inhibiting factor in seeking health care. In 2007, 33.9% of persons who reported illness said they could not afford to seek care, by 2008 the number dropped to 21.9% and a further reduction was recorded in 2009 to 19.4%. In addition, in 2009, 0% of persons in the working class group reported that they could not afford health care compared to 25% in 2008.  For the Kingston metropolitan area, 6.9% of persons said they could not afford care in 2009 compared to 22.4% in 2008.  For other towns, by 2009, 0% reported that they could not afford care, while 9.4% gave that indication in 2008. For the three years prior to the abolition of user fees, hospital visits numbered 3,434,105, health centre visits amounted to 4,527,299, pharmacy items prescribed stood at 5,964,871 and pharmacy items dispensed was  4,664,632. An increase in utilization was seen in all areas for the three years since implementation of the policy on April 1, 2008. Hospital visits amounted to 3,554,740, health centre visits totaled 5,094,385, there were 9,238,435 pharmacy items prescribed and 7,175,352 pharmacy items dispensed. Minister Spencer says this shows that the policy has increased accessed to health services to many Jamaicans who would not have been able to afford it.  It has also leveled the playing field as far as health in the public sector is concerned for the haves and haves not and hastened the repositioning of  Primary Health Care as the foundation of any good and sustainable health system. “These are significant developments which indicate that despite the challenges that we have faced in implementation over the last three years, no one can deny the enormous benefits to the people of Jamaica,” Minister Spencer said. The government has also saved the people of Jamaica disposable income in the region of $5.7 Billion over the period from fees foregone. RelatedSignificantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy Issued by: The Ministry of Health RelatedSignificantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy Significantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy Health & WellnessApril 2, 2011 RelatedSignificantly Less Jamaicans Cite Cost as Inhibiting Access to Health Care Since Abolition of User Fees Policy Advertisementslast_img read more

Amazon ‘3D’ smartphone confirmed by “multiple trusted sources” – report

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 APR 2014 Amazon opens up Alexa Speaking to “multiple trusted sources”, BGR said it could confirm that Amazon was working on a smartphone with ‘3D’ functionality as reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Sources added that the new Amazon phone would include a total of six cameras to create the ‘3D’ imaging effect.Other details are a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM, along with a “heavily customised” version of Android (similar to the version that powers Amazon’s tablets).BGR sources added that the display of Amazon’s debut phone would measure 4.7 inches diagonally and offer a pixel density at 720p HD resolution (lower than the 1080p HD resolution on many rival devices).It is believed Amazon is working on at least two handsets (the second featuring lower-end specs than the first, which will be launched later).According to the WSJ report, citing people ‘briefed on the company’s plans’, Amazon was gearing up for a smartphone launch in the second half of 2014.WSJ said the giant online retailer had been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in recent weeks, which includes a screen capable of displaying seemingly 3D images – using retina-tracking technology – without the need for special glasses.The technology, which can manipulate text and images as the phone is moved by the viewer, is described as ideal for gaming.Amazon has apparently lined up two display makers for the smartphone, although only one is named in the WSJ report – Japan Display.This is not the first time that Amazon has been reported to be working on a smartphone.In October, according to the Financial Times, the online retailer was said to be in partnership with troubled vendor HTC.According to the report, three devices were in development, of which one was at an “advanced stage”. However, it was cautioned that the timeline for launch had changed before and that there may not be a commercial release at all. Ken Wieland Author Previous ArticleLINE aims for 1B users in 2015Next ArticleMicromax cool on Pantech speculation — report Tags Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight…More Read more center_img Related HomeDevicesNews Amazon ‘3D’ smartphone confirmed by “multiple trusted sources” – report Amazon prepares to step out with Sidewalk Devices Amazon gauges interest in fresh Alexa hardware Amazonlast_img read more

FCC chief urges block on China Mobile licence bid

first_img China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal HomeAsiaNews FCC chief urges block on China Mobile licence bid China Mobile revenue climbs on 5G handset growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 APR 2019 Related Asia Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Diana Goovaerts center_img Tags A China Mobile bid to provide telecoms services in the US appeared doomed after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai opposed the operator’s application on national security grounds.In a statement, Pai said reviews by the FCC and other federal agencies determined China Mobile’s request to build interconnection facilities in the country, made in 2011, “raises substantial and serious national security and law enforcement threats”.He urged the other four members of the FCC to vote with him to block the application at a meeting on 9 May. Pai’s recommendation carries weight as members of his political party hold a majority on the Commission.In July 2018, the US Department of Commerce (DoC) advised the FCC to deny the request, also citing national security concerns.Threat assessmentSenior FCC officials said China Mobile submitted a detailed mitigation proposal in an attempt to allay the DoC’s fears. This was considered alongside the DoC’s recommendation in a fresh review by the FCC, which ultimately decided to recommend denial.The FCC’s core worry is the amount of control the Chinese government has over China Mobile, the officials explained. Giving the company greater access to US telecommunications infrastructure and traffic could leave domestic networks vulnerable to foreign surveillance and other nefarious intrusions, they added.Pai’s statement marks the first time the FCC has recommended denial of such an application on national security grounds.The move comes as the FCC weighs an order which would ban operators from buying telecoms equipment from companies deemed national security threats. The agency is still determining which companies would be prohibited, the officials said.There is no appeals process for the pending FCC decision, but China Mobile could challenge a negative outcome in court. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleKT bid to boost K bank stake put on holdNext ArticleOrange pledges industry-focused 5G rollout Author China Mobile mulls mainland listing China MobileFederal Communications Commission (FCC)interconnectionlast_img read more

‘Glenwood broke Headmasters Agreement’

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No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online Game|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘Glenwood broke Headmasters Agreement’ Post by SA Rugby magazine ‘ Published on February 13, 2020 Posted in Schools rugby, Top headlines Tagged DHS, glenwood, Schools Rugby ‘ Glenwood players Chairman of the DHS governing board Paul Spooner has provided clarity over the issues that led to the school cutting ties with Glenwood last week.Glenwood confirmed last week in a letter from the principal, Dr Andri Barnes, that a resolution between the two schools could not be reached and that DHS had decided to sever all sporting and cultural ties with their fellow Durban school. In their own statement released last week, DHS said that their trust with Glenwood had deteriorated following a buildup of incidents which could not be condoned.DHS has now provided further clarity over what led to the breakdown in relations between the two schools.‘We do not believe it is in the best interests of anybody for rival schools to approach or tempt parents and learners with offers which breach long-held agreements between the schools and which are in place to prevent learners being treated as commodities,’ Spooner said in a statement.‘We wish to make it clear that the sporting results have nothing whatsoever to do with this decision. We will always value the lessons learned on the sports fields, no matter if DHS representatives are winning or losing.‘On some blog posts, there has been some speculation about what led to this decision. While there are some elements of truth in some of the speculation, there is also a lot of inaccurate conjecture which we would like to correct with a summary of what happened from our viewpoint.‘There are, broadly speaking, two issues or incidents involving two separate groups of boys. While both issues involve Grade 8 pupils who were enrolled and who we expected to be learners at DHS in 2020, and all six in total are currently at Glenwood, the circumstances of the two incidents are vastly different, hence our reticence to group them together.‘In the first instance, boys of talent were identified from a severely disadvantaged background. They would otherwise have had no means of attending a school that could grow their talent and therefore they were offered scholarships to attend Glenwood Prep in 2018 and 2019 to attend DHS from 2020. The personal circumstances of the boys were such that the DHS Foundation agreed to fund their tuition and accommodation costs.‘This was done in an effort to give the boys an opportunity they would not otherwise have had and as a means of easing their transition to DHS. Contracts were put in place with the respective parents and the Foundation.‘In 2019 we were aware that Glenwood High School had made approaches to the boys, but after meetings between the two schools, DHS was satisfied that Glenwood had agreed that they would stop any attempts to lure the pupils away from DHS.‘Only when the boys did not attend orientation was DHS notified that they had opted to attend Glenwood for their Grade 8 year.‘The second case is more concerning to DHS because the three pupils involved had already enrolled and attended DHS prior to their sudden group decision to move into the Glenwood boarding establishment.‘This is in direct conflict with what is termed the Headmasters Agreement that no learners would be “poached” from any other school once that learner has commenced at the school. In addition, the Agreement states that if there are sufficient reasons to change schools, the learners cannot be given any form of bursary or scholarship. ‘As far as we understand, at least the pupils’ accommodation costs have been subsidised.‘With regard to the movement of boys from Glenwood to DHS, we have made records available to Glenwood which prove conclusively that no incentive has been offered to any boy who has moved to DHS, and no approaches whatsoever were made by DHS or their representatives. In every case where a learner requests a move to DHS, the proper channels are strictly followed ‘There has been comment regarding staff being “lured” to DHS from Glenwood and once again we wish to place it on record that any movement was done strictly within the applicable guidelines agreed between the schools. In some cases, staff members made the transition via other schools or with a break in service after leaving Glenwood.’Photo: Gallo Images ‘center_img  12.7K  151 BuzzSuperDetails About Meghan Markle’s Wedding Will Leave You SpeechlessBuzzSuper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero Wars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDatemyage.comOver 40 And Single?Datemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored ListingsSee what full mouth dental implants may cost youDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored Listings|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGrammarlyAvoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarly|SponsoredSponsoredUndo AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ Datemyage.comThe Best Place To Meet Guys Your Own Age in Tsuen WanDatemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoFrom the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndoSenior Dental Implants | Sponsored AdsHere is what dental implants might cost you in 2021Senior Dental Implants | Sponsored Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Visegrad Artist Residency Program, V4 Countries

first_img 16 PhD Fellowships at Universirty of Rome-La Sapienza → Visegrad Artist Residency Program, V4 Countries Goethe-Institut Travel Grants 2021 for Artists from Abroad to Perform in Germany Tweet +1 Art Wall Installations Reddit Pocket Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. center_img XIV International Compostela Prize for Picture Books 2021 Similar Stories ← Faces of Brewing Photography Contest Deadline: 10 September 2011Open to: artist who are citizens of  Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and HungaryGrant: €750 per monthThe Visegrad Artist Residency Program was cre­ated in 2006 for the pur­poses of facil­i­tat­ing art mobil­ity and exchange for cit­i­zens of the Visegrad Group (V4) coun­tries. The artist-in-residence projects must be imple­mented in a V4 coun­try other than that of the applicant’s res­i­dence.The length of the supported period of residency is be 3 months.EligibilityArtists who are citizens of the Visegrad countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.ApplicationTo apply for the res­i­dency, each appli­cant must find a host orga­ni­za­tion, which will accept his/her res­i­dency project, and fill out the on-line appli­ca­tion form, annexing the following documents:* Copy of an ID (e.g. passport)* Documentation of one’s pre­vi­ous art work* Original let­ter of accep­tance from the host orga­ni­za­tion* Copies of reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments of the host orga­ni­za­tionThe application must then be sent by post or delivered personally (with the compulsory annexes) to the following address:International Visegrad FundKráľovské údolie 8811 02 BratislavaSlovak RepublicPlease be aware that annexes must be in English (except for the reg­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments and/or a copy of ID)GrantSelected artists will receive a res­i­dency fee (schol­ar­ship) of €750 per month and the cor­re­spond­ing host orga­ni­za­tion will receive €750 per month to cover expenses related to the res­i­dency (each res­i­dency project receives €4,500 in total).ContactInternational Visegrad FundKráľovské údolie 8811 02 BratislavaSlovak RepublicTel.: +421 259 203 811, –802E-mail: viseg­rad­[email protected] webpage Share 0 LinkedIn 0 April 29, 2011 Published by Site Default last_img read more

James Dyson Product and Industrial Design Student Award

first_img Share 0 CMU Australia Scholarships for International Students Similar Stories Tweet Google PhD Fellowship Program for graduate students Reddit James Dyson Product and Industrial Design Student Award Pocket Deadline: 7 August 2014Open to: students and recent graduates from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and USPrize: $45,000 the student or student team and $15,000 for their university departmentDescriptionThe James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to inspire young people about design engineering and to be creative, challenge and invent. The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries.This year marks the tenth year anniversary of James Dyson’s search for new and better ways to solve problems. In recent years the competition has discovered and supported inventors with ideas such as an upper-body robotic arm and a more efficient device to capture wave power.EligibilityThe James Dyson Award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level students who have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA.Entrants must be, or have been within the last four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate engineering or design program at a university in a country chosen to participate in the James Dyson Award. In the case of team entries, at least one team member must meet the above criteria and register as the team leader. All other members of the team must be, or have been within the last four years, enrolled for at least one semester in an undergraduate or graduate program at a university in a country chosen to participate in the James Dyson Award.PrizesInternational Winner: $45,000 to the student or student team and $15,000 to the student(s)’ university department.International Runners-Up (up to five): $7,500 to the student or student team.National Winner (one from each region): $3,500 to the student or student team.ApplicationThe deadline for submissions is 7 August 2014.To enter the competition, you will need to create a profile and include a copy of your student or alumni status documentation. Once you create a profile you can upload a project. To upload a project you will need to provide a description of your design, images portraying the development of your design, and a video, which is strongly recommended, but not essential.Still have some question? Check out FAQ section here!For further information, please visit the official website.center_img ← Visegrad+ Western Balkans Grant Program +1 April 29, 2014 Published by daniel Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students in Turkey → PhD Scholarship in Archaeo-geochemistry: ISOTOPES AND TRACE ELEMENT IN HUMAN REMAINS LinkedIn 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. last_img read more

FES-Youth Lab For a Social and Democratic South Caucasus

first_img Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholarship for International Students June 16, 2016 Published by Gorica Tweet ← Public Affairs Officer Wanted in Brussels Share 0 Reddit Pocket +1center_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. LinkedIn 0 FES-Youth Lab For a Social and Democratic South Caucasus Deadline: 20 June 2016Open to: active young leader 18-30 years old from Georgia, Armenia or AzerbaijanVenue: 13-17 July 2016, Bazaleti Training Center, GeorgiaDescriptionYouth Lab: for a social and democratic South Caucasus is the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Caucasus’ summer lab that gathers active young leaders from all three South Caucasus countries, in order to make them share their experience, gain news skills and knowledge and enjoy the company of experts and activists from Germany, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.The summer lab aims to bring together progressive youngsters and to create a platform for the exchange of ideas and knowledge in order to address the social and democratic challenges the region faces. It is about sharing common experience and discussing similar challenges. Innovative formats and inclusive methods will promote a lively and democratic discussion as well as the development of new ideas and approaches.EligibilityBe active in your university or community life;Sound knowledge of English language;Age limit 18-30.CostsAll costs related to summer lab will be covered by FES.How to apply?In order to apply please fill in the online application form latest by 20 June 2016.For more information please check the official call. Similar Stories Domec: Second Home for Homeless People →last_img read more

Anti-CAA protest: Are opposition parties credible enough to impress the silent majority?

first_imgMany of my friends are worried about continuous anti-CAA protests. Initially, there were some violent protests but after that most of anti-CAA protests are peaceful but continuous. For example, Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh sit-in protest is continuing for more than a month represented by even elderly protesters as well as children. Many other places in the country also followed the Shaheen Bagh style of a continuous sit-in protest. Most of the central universities are also protesting. Although there are also pro-CAA rallies, most of the media coverage is on Delhi based anti-CAA protests.The concern of my friends is whether Narendra Modi government will be compelled to withdraw the CAA and subsequently NPR and NRC? BJP lost power in Maharashtra as its ally Shiv Sena dumped it. It was decimated in Jharkhand election and likely to lose Delhi Assembly election too. Thus, the Narendra Modi-led government may be afraid of taking bold decisions in the coming time because electoral loss and continual protest always induce huge pressure on any political party.However, I don’t agree that this government is going to succumb to any pressure that too by the limited protests or loss of assembly elections. Whatever protests are being done is mostly supported by left-wing political parties or Congress-led UPA parties. In national politics, neither UPA nor Left has earned any credibility till now. There’s a silent majority which sees everything and knows everything. Media highlight may be there but then people know what’s right and what’s wrong. Let me give some examples.BJP lost three big Hindi heartland states just before the 2019 general election. It hardly won Gujrat with a slender margin and couldn’t win a majority in Karnataka. But then it won the 2019 general election very big in those states apart from getting more seats in West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana etc. That means Indian voters/public are aware of the difference between regional/provincial issues and national issues. They gave a mandate to Narendra Modi to fulfil his electoral promises as per its manifesto and it is doing so. I believe it will continue for NRC, UCC, NPC and many more without coming under pressure irrespective of assembly election results or protests organised/supported by Left or Congress.After the win of 2014 general election, Narendra Modi in a meeting said that it’s impossible to convince people who are anti-BJP or anti-Modi. Thus, the effort must be focussed on convincing people/community and others who are not hard-core anti-BJP or anti-Modi. I think he is following the same and going on doing what he has promised or what he thinks is the best. Demonetisation was a bold step. The subsequent widespread agitation appeared that the entire country is against Narendra Modi. But 2017 UP assembly election result proved otherwise.Narendra Modi’s strength is the silent majority (don’t read in terms of religion) who support his acts. Let me give some example of the power of this silent majority. During intolerance debate, not only anti-Modi group of India but also many international intellectuals questioned BJP governments and silence of Narendra Modi on lynching cases. But then silent majority displayed their support in a different manner. Bollywood superstar Sharukh Khan and Aamir Khan also endorsed the intolerance factor but as a consequence, their movies failed in the box office. That doesn’t mean that their movies are bad, rather it means that the majority of people didn’t accept the intolerance campaign literally boycotting their movies. Later on, SRK almost begged pardon for his remarks.In this anti-CAA protest too the silent majority displayed their support to Narendra Modi. How? Deepika Padukone entered into JNU for a few minutes basically to promote her film ‘Chhapaak’ and didn’t utter a single word. But this created a bad effect on the film ‘Chhapaak’ in the box office. I wouldn’t say the movie is a flop but definitely, it couldn’t gross the amount of revenue as expected. Even Meghana Gulzar, the director of the excellent movie ‘Chhapaak’ finally said in response to Deepika’s JNU visit that ‘We have to be able to separate between the personal and professional. What somebody does in their personal life and what they have done as a professional in a film needs to be looked at separately’. I fully agree to this, however, I don’t think the politicisation of any issue or extending solidarity to any political issue remains ever personal. That way people took Deepika’s JNU visit.Many of my friends admitted that they were anxious to see the movie as everyone is sympathetic to acid-attack-victims and also, they admire acting of Deepika Padukone, yet they resisted to see the movie in cinema halls post misadventure of Deepika Padukone to JNU. But they will definitely see the movie when that will be screened on TV channels.That proves that the silent majority rejected the violent protests as well as the politicisation of protests. Narendra Modi’s strength is this silent public who doesn’t react openly but not only votes Narendra Modi but also rejects celebrities if they are biased to Narendra Modi or indulge themselves in the politicisation of any issue especially against Narendra Modi.Regarding protest in central universities, let me clarify that all the protests are not necessarily anti-CAA protests. The basic/common protest in pan Indian central universities is against fee hikes. Some students belonging to left parties or Congress add CAA along with fee hike in their protests.Opposition parties should understand the nerve of the people. Opposition for sake of opposition doesn’t impress nowadays’ public. It’s time that the opposition parties must earn credibility. To earn credibility, they have to indulge in constructive opposition role. If you oppose everything under the sun, then people may not listen to your valid objections too. Too much politicisation in everything would lead to loss of credibility in cases where there’ even absolute merit.Few politicians realise this. Those are Arvind Kejriwal, Navin Patnaik, KCR and even Jagmohan. They don’t oppose each and everything and thus whenever they oppose something it carries credibility.I believe Congress, Left and others must learn from them if they want to earn credibility. You may not support everything but you shouldn’t oppose everything else, Narendra Modi, all the way even in 2024 general election.last_img read more

Quite possibly the best rides ever

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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Rick Houser-As can be the case, I was driving along on a country road and since I still live in a rural area, I saw the following. I happened to look and see far off in a distance a man in a pickup truck driving across a hay field. That wasn’t what caught my eye though. What did was that on the tailgate of the older model pickup were three children. They were tiding along with their legs dangling off the tailgate and the grass as it passed under the truck was brushing the back of their legs. I could see the simple pleasure these children were enjoying as the truck slowly moved on.As I drove on I began to think about the days when I was one of those little children and it was my legs dangling. The more I thought about this the more I realized that here was one of the events, that even though it was simple, it was quite possibly one of the most enjoyable things I did back then. Not only did I enjoy the pleasure of this simple thing but also I realized that in no way was I the only kid to ever do it. If you lived in a rural country area, the odds were good you also had enjoyed the ultimate ride.I find it hard to explain the fun that ride truly was. To ride freely out across a field or a dirt path without the need of a parent telling you how or how not I think must have mixed into the formula of riding across a kind of uncharted area and free from restraint leaving one to see and feel the pleasures that can be found on this earth. As the legs dangled, a breeze brushed across the face and also would blow your hair. The ride was not the smoothest as it was over bumpy fields and paths and even almost abandoned township gravel roads. If you were riding, I feel it was as we were moving along at a fast speed when in reality the truck was closer to crawling.I know when I was a boy and I saw Dad heading towards the truck I quickly fell in and headed toward the back of the truck as I didn’t want to miss a ride. Now if Dad was going out onto the road he made me ride up in the bed of the truck and I would sit on the sides so I could catch the air flowing by or just stand at the front of the bed and look out over the cab of the truck. At that position, you got the maximum in airflow and this of course was what I was wanting to experience. The old pickup truck was a greatly used part of farming but to youngsters it was also a great form of entertainment. To my dad it was something he could give to me often and the cost was always zero.I also must point out that if a truck wasn’t available a hay wagon was. Riding on a wagon followed for the most part the same scenario as you sat on the edges of the wagon or at the back and let, your legs dangle and if passing over some tall grass it would brush your legs. Since grass doesn’t grow in a uniform height a truck or wagon might go over a variety of heights and this would change just how much or little your legs were brushed. Now this could be a lot of fun as you passed over your legs would bounce at different heights and would keep you entertained. Yup it was free entertainment right there while the adults were working. Now that was a plus also as we weren’t as much of a bother as we might have been at other times. (I have heard the term bother used in same sentence as my name.)In the years that I became an adult and worked in the fields I still recall riding to and from places of work in the back of the truck and I still enjoyed the ride. The difference though that the ride also allowed me to rest and if I had been in the barn sweating hard I also enjoyed the breeze as it would cool me off and let me dry out some. However, even though I got those added benefits I still enjoyed just riding along with legs dangling and the tickle grass hitting my legs and for the distance of the ride, I was what felt like a thousand miles away from my worries or troubles. Those rides although they might have been brief could be relaxing and not only to the body but to the mind. I guess I never realized that as a youngster as children usually don’t have the troubles or worries grownups seem to accumulate.When I have had hay or tobacco crews and we had just come out of the barn from unloading we would be covered in sweat. So the men in the crew would just stand on the hay wagon and bounce along as we headed back to the field. I think it was a crude form of wagon surfing. The breeze would be cooling you and on the ride you were having fun and for the brief ride this allowed the men to step away from hard work and play as kid for a while.On a farm there are many ways to have some fun and pleasure and at no extra charge. An interesting part is that even though there is no charge the only place this can be found for the most part is on a farm. (Kind of a monopoly in fun maybe.) It has been many years since I rode that free way that comes out in the country but I still think about just how serene it felt to do so. Now I am in no way the young child who was instructed before departure to hold on tight. However, if I found myself in a way where I could ride in the back? I surely would and enjoy being removed from the worries of today.Rick Houser grew up on a farm near Moscow in Clermont County and loves to share memories from his youth along with other topics. If you would like to read more of his writing Rick has two books for sale. To get one contact Rick at [email protected] Or just mail him at P.O. Box 213 Be Quite possibly the best rides everOctober 1, 2020Mark CarpenterColumns, Opinion0 HomeOpinionColumnsQuite possibly the best rides everlast_img read more

Family in danger of losing second home to California wildfire

first_imgStephanie Stauer (NEW YORK) — They lost their home in the Northern California wildfires in 2017. Now, the Stauer family’s new home is being threatened by the Kincade fire and the family is once again forced to evacuate and bracing themselves for more loss. “When we left the last time … we had five minutes,” said Nick Stauer.“Power’s out, people knock on the door, we got ash hanging down. I’ve got to wake up two teenagers. … I yell [at] them and of course they don’t wake up because it’s 2:30 in the morning. I yell at them again, they both get out of bed, grab one thing that’s important,” he recalled.Their current home is brand new. It’s in the same neighborhood as their previous home and they only moved in three months ago.Nick said he’ll never forget the moment he walked up to his previous house and found only a chimney and foundation left of his home. This time around, though, the family is more prepared.“I feel safer. I feel they gave us so much warning. I feel that everybody really took what happened not only in 2017 but what happened in Paradise in 2018,” said Stephanie Stauer.“I felt that they took those learnings and were able to implement them and give us time to get out in a less harried less frantic way so that I could take out what was most meaningful,” she said.“I hate to say it, we’re experienced. You shouldn’t be experienced in something like this. But we are and we’ll take what we’ve learned and even next time around, there’s things that we learned from this time that’ll be better. … We’re veterans now,” said Nick.The couple and their family members have been staying at a KOA campground in Petaluma. There are seven people in all, including their two children — a son and daughter — and Stephanie’s brother-in-law, niece and nephew who evacuated from another area.There are also pets — two cats and two dogs in two cars.They had to go back to the home they fled to get more supplies. They needed blankets, more dog supplies, water and more food. There are a lot of mouths to feed and food is running out at local area fast-food restaurants.The Stauers stand to lose many valuable possessions if their home burns down. They have new furniture in the front room, a new bed, new TVs and more.Nick says they learned a lot of lessons and told their friends to video and record their house and store the footage in the cloud for insurance.Still, losing their home last year and the possibility of losing a second one is taking a toll.“We are both Sonoma County natives,” said Stephanie. “We were born and raised in Petaluma, and this is the first time as this event is unfolding that we’ve seriously had the conversation of it might be time to really reconsider leaving here.”“As much as I don’t want to leave … I love it. This is our home. .. But I can’t do this every two years. I went through a stroke at 37, I suffered breast cancer at 40, my house burned down at 47 and at 49, we’re here again,” she said.Despite losing precious family items, including a hand-carved desk made by her great-grandfather, her grandma’s bible and more family heirlooms, the Stauers remain focused and hopeful.“I’m a glass half-full kind of guy. I don’t live in fear. This is going to happen. We know what we have to do. Let’s get out, we’ll take what’s important, I have my family. I have my wife,” said Nick.Stephanie also commented on the family’s resiliency.“Our motto has always been Stauers bend, we don’t break. And we have bent a lot in our 24 years. We have been through a lot of medical issues and natural disasters, but that has been our motto and it continues to be,” she said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more