Need Immediate Medical Care? There’s an App (or Clinic) for That

first_imgFacebook39Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence Medical GroupThere are times we need immediate medical care and our doctor’s office isn’t available … and we don’t need to go to the emergency room.In Thurston County, Providence offers immediate and virtual care clinics to help fill the need. Immediate care clinics are open a variety of hours in both Lacey and West Olympia.Providence Medical Group West Olympia Immediate Care sees patients weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo courtesy: Providence Medical GroupProvidence has two immediate (often called urgent) care clinics to serve patients on a walk-in basis – no appointment is necessary – for non-life threatening conditions including:IllnessesBone, joint or muscle complaintsCuts, puncture wounds, burns, foreign bodies, abscessesWork-related injuries such as back strain, minor bruises and minor cuts (new claims)Services such IV hydration, IV antibiotics and splintingX-rays and diagnostic imagingLab tests for strep throat and fluLacey Immediate Care: 4800 College St. SE (360-486-2900)Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; weekends 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. West Olympia Immediate Care: 1620 Cooper Point Road SW (360-486-6710)Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Bring the doctor to you – Providence Express Care VirtualEver “Facetimed”? Would you be willing to do it with a health care provider (via secure technology) if you needed immediate medical care for a non-life threatening condition?Providence Express Care Virtual brings the doctor to you.From your smartphone, tablet or computer, you can connect with a board-certified healthcare provider in minutes. Patients are connected with doctors and nurse practitioners through face-to-face secure video technology. It has proven to be accessible and expedient for patients who are seeking a diagnosis or treatment for minor medical concerns.It’s open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to midnight. No appointments are needed. The average wait time to see a provider is less than five minutes. And the average appointment last about 10 minutes.Providence Express Virtual Care brings the doctor to you – while you are in your pajamas. Photo courtesy: Providence Medical GroupDownload the app if you’re on a mobile device, or create an account for free on your laptop.“I can’t even get dressed and in my car in that amount of time, especially if I am not feeling well. The convenience and easy access of Express Care Virtual is paramount,” said Dr. Todd Czartoski, Medical Director of Telehealth at Providence. “Now patients have the ability to see a provider from anyplace and anywhere without having to make an appointment with their doctor or drive to the emergency room.”Patients are raving about the service and convenience. Providers average 4.8 stars out of 5. Nearly 99 percent of those who use the program have their concerns addressed, and for those who don’t have their concerns address, they are not charged.Providers can make diagnoses, recommend treatments and write prescriptions for common conditions.Signing up for Health eXpress is free. Visits are $39 or less – and many insurance plans are accepted (see here for a complete list). If you’re not using insurance, the $39 fee is payable by credit card before your visit. Please note that Express Care Virtual is not currently available to those covered under some insurance plans. For details please see FAQs.last_img read more

Sophia Ringroad nears completion

first_imgRelief is rapidly on its way for Sophia residents as the Ringroad project moves towards completion. Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson said the works which began in December 2015 are almost completed. She noted that the project will give the residents value for money since it is being done to international standards.Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette FergusonOngoing works at A Field, SophiaSpeaking with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Ferguson said that from A Field to B Field of the Ringroad project is 80 per cent completed. That section of the contract was awarded to Ivor Alleyne for $62 million. Culverts are completed while placement of crusher run is ongoing.Further at the B Field to C Field section, works are 85 per cent completed. That contract was awarded to V Dalip Enterprise for $55 million. The culvert and other road works are completed while the final layer is to be completed by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s Special Projects Unit.The C Field to D Field section was awarded to Courtney Benn Construction Services for $87 million and is 45 per cent completed.Ferguson explained that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure will continue to bring relief to the residents of Sophia. “You know they were neglected for years and I’m happy the government through the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has taken the initiative. That is one promise we made, that once elected we would bring relief.”Ferguson urged the residents to take care of the resources they now have and not destroy any.last_img read more

3 nabbed with gun, drugs

first_imgPolice in F Division (Interior Locations) have arrested and charged three persons following the discovery of an unlicensed firearm and a quantity of narcotics in separate incidents at Kurubang Backdam, Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).In the first case, as a result of intelligence gathered, Police ranks went to Kurubang Backdam about 13:40h on Monday and arrested a 22-year-old miner of Kopinang Village, Potaro River, after he was found in possession of an unlicensed single-barrel shotgun and three live 12-gauge cartridges.On Tuesday about 04:00h, acting on information received, Police went to a camp at Kurubang Backdam and conducted a search, during which they found 338 grams of cannabis.A 33-year-old miner and his 29-year-old wife of Grove, East Bank Demerara, were subsequently taken into custody.The three suspects have since been charged, and were expected to appear at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court today for arraignment.last_img read more

Patriots win on new turf

first_img“I remember going to Balboa Field as a freshman and Pierce College (last season). It’s a different feeling getting out of class and coming down here, instead of having to drive somewhere else.” Construction began on Ring Field in June, with an original completion date targeted for early January. Although the Patriots had their debut delayed, they wasted no time getting accustomed to the Sprint Turf surface, practicing on it Monday morning. “I drove by the field at 7 a.m. (Monday) and saw them practicing, and I had a chill (down) my spine,” Viewpoint headmaster Robert Dworkoski said. “There’s a lot to be said about having a home-field advantage. But it really isn’t yours if you’re playing on someone else’s fields. Before, our students had to leave classes early for home games.” Viewpoint boys’ and girls’ soccer coach Travis Kikugawa was the first to arrive at Monday’s practice. “It’s been an unbelievable journey,” said Kikugawa, whose team won its 17th consecutive league game. “It speaks to the values (of) our athletic program and how they believe in us and what they instill in us. Even when we practiced at Balboa or at Pierce or in the gym, they never made excuses and they always made the best of what they had. That’s why it’s still shocking to see all of this.” It took nearly eight months for Viewpoint of Calabasas to build its on-campus soccer and football field. It took less than a minute for Ida Shahmoradi to put the net on the visiting goal to good use. Senior Alex Stabler, one of the central figures in Viewpoint’s rise to prominence in Div. VI, helped the Patriots (15-3-3, 11-0) clinch a third consecutive league title Tuesday. “Playing on senior day was really special,” Stabler said. “This is the culmination of four years. The soccer program is well-received throughout the student body and you can see the pride we all have.” Senior Christina Dickens is excited about the prospect of playing a first-round playoff home game Feb. 16. “It’s really important to us,” she said. “It’s like a whole different school now. It feels really good.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Shahmoradi recorded a hat trick Tuesday, including the first goal 52 seconds into the match, to lead Viewpoint to a 9-0 Liberty League girls’ soccer victory over rival Milken Community of Los Angeles in the first game played at Ring Field. “It’s just amazing. It’s the perfect field,” said Shahmoradi, one of Viewpoint’s three seniors, who were honored following the Patriots’ final regular-season home game. last_img read more

E-voting may get overhaul

first_imgCalifornia’s elections chief is proposing the toughest standards for voting systems in the country, so tough that they could banish ATMlike touch-screen voting machines from the state. For the first time, California is demanding the right to try hacking every voting machine with “red teams” of computer experts and to study the software inside the machines, line-by-line, for security holes. The proposals are the first step toward fulfilling a promise that Secretary of State Debra Bowen made during her 2006 election campaign to perform a “top-to-bottom” review of all voting machinery used in California. County elections officials balked at the proposed standards in a letter Monday to Bowen and hinted broadly at the same conclusion reached by several computer scientists: If enforced rigidly, the standards could send many voting machines, especially touch-screens, back for major upgrades. Local elections officials argued that there isn’t enough time to fix any deficiencies before the February 2008 presidential primary. “It will be interesting to see what happens once the problems are found out,” Dill said. “That could be tricky depending on what disruptions there might be.” One of Bowen’s proposed standards for California voting machines echoes a state law that has been in place three years and never been enforced. The law requires every electronic voting machine to offer a paper record that blind voters can verify through an audio playback. Many computer scientists say most ATMlike touch-screen voting machines sold today and used in almost three-fourths of California counties cannot meet the law nor the standard. Two other standards require voting machines to be “effectively” or “reasonably secured against untraceable vote tampering” and cruder “denial of service” attacks intended to make a machine inoperable on election day. That’s hard to guarantee for any computer, including electronic touch-screen voting machines that both record and count electronic ballots, technically called DREs for direct recording electronic machines. Rubin called those requirements “very rigid, but rigid requirements are appropriate for voting.” “The criteria are clearly designed to eliminate DRE voting in California,” said Michael Shamos, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University and a voting system examiner, in an e-mail. “An army of computer scientists will come forward to testify that computer programs cannot be verified to be secure against `undetectable vote tampering’ and therefore they all will have to be decertified.” If so, California would be headed back to all paper ballot elections as governors have ordered in New Mexico and proposed in Florida. That’s partly what worries county election officials. Bowen’s proposed standards frequently mention decertification or withdrawal of state approval, if the systems don’t pass muster. “You can’t miss the gist of that,” said Weir of the local elections officials’ organization. “That’s giving public notice of a process that’s starting whose outcome could be between dire and draconian, depending if it’s your neighbor or you.” Officials at Diebold Election Systems Inc. and Oakland-based Sequoia Voting Systems, the two largest suppliers of electronic voting machines in California and the nation, said they were still evaluating the proposed standards. Bowen’s office published the proposed standards late last week and is taking comments until Friday. Weir’s group wants more time, partly to argue for a broader set of criteria to cover more mundane matters such as the reliability of all voting systems. In Contra Costa County, for example, Weir doesn’t use DREs but rather a computerized ballot-marking machine to provide accessibility for disabled voters. If traditional touchscreens or DREs don’t pass the new state standards, local elections officials are likely to look to those machines, called AutoMarks. Yet in the last major election, Weir had problems with 31 of the machines out of 340 polling places. “That’s not acceptable,” he said. “This seems to be the chosen system and it’s not ready.” (510) 208-6458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When they moved that election up 119 days, I think the door closed on any significant changes to election systems for the presidential cycle in 2008,” said Steve Weir, president of the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials and chief elections officer in Contra Costa County. Advocates for stronger security in voting machinery applauded Bowen’s standards and said it marked a refreshing change from regulating voting systems based heavily on what manufacturers were willing to sell. “Debra Bowen is holding up voting machines to the standards they deserve,” said Avi Rubin, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University who published one of the first technical critiques of e-voting software. “I don’t know of any other state in the country that requires red team testing of voting machines, and I’ve long maintained that this is the only reasonable way to test security.” Stanford computer science professor David Dill, the founder of, endorsed Bowen’s standards as “quite good.” “I think it’s much to be preferred over our current see-no-evil approach,” Dill said. In every other case of “red team” attacks on voting machines and examination of their software code, experts have found major security problems, he noted. last_img

San Francisco bans plastic grocery bags

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – After weeks of intense lobbying from environmentalists and a supermarket trade group, city lawmakers approved a ban Tuesday on plastic grocery bags, a first for a U.S. city. The law adopted on a 10-1 vote requires large markets and drugstores to give customers only the choice of bags made of paper that can be recycled, plastic that breaks down easily enough to be made into compost or reusable cloth. San Francisco supervisors and supporters said that by banning the petroleum-based sacks blamed for littering streets and choking marine life, the measure would go a long way toward helping the city earn its green stripes. “Hopefully, other cities and states will follow suit,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who crafted the ban after trying to get a 15-cent per bag tax passed in 2005. The new breed of bags “offers consumers a way out of a false choice, a way out of the paper or plastic dilemma,” Noble said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 50 grocery stores that would be most affected by the legislation argued that the ban was not reasonable because plastic bags made of corn byproducts are a relatively new, expensive and untested product. Some said they might offer only paper bags at checkout. “I think what grocers will do now that this has passed is they will review all their options and decide what they think works best for them economically,” said David Heylen, a spokesman for the California Grocers Association. Mayor Gavin Newsom supported the measure and is expected to sign it into law. The switch is scheduled to take effect in six months for grocery stores and in one year for pharmacies. Craig Noble, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said it would be disappointing if grocers rejected the biodegradable plastic bag option since more trees would have to be cut down if paper bag use increases. last_img read more

‘Barkley is a fabulous player, but leaving Everton could kick his career on’

first_imgTony Cottee believes a move away from Everton could be the best thing for Ross Barkley’s career.The homegrown Toffees star is approaching the final 12 months of his contract and has been warned he will be sold this summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal.Barkley is a huge talent but has struggled for consistency since bursting on to the scene as a teenager and Cottee agrees with another former Everton man – Richard Dunne – that it may be time for the 23-year-old to seek a fresh challenge.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Cottee said: “I’m a huge fan of Ross Barkley. I think he is a fabulous player.“He has had a strange season – good and bad – and he is at that stage where he has got to kick on with his career and maybe he needs to leave Everton.“He is under a lot of pressure there, he is a local boy, and if anything ever goes wrong in a game the fans seem to blame Ross.“I think he is at the stage where he is thinking, ‘do I need to move?’“I have had a similar situation. I am a West Ham boy and played for West Ham and you get frustrated, look at your career and you don’t want to leave because it is your club but you know you have to leave from a professional point of view.”last_img read more

Rangers tracking World Cup hero ahead of potential summer swoop

first_img Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Mohammadi hit the headlines with his failed somersault throw-in Latest transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The left-back currently plays for Akhmat Grozny in Russia, having joined the Chechnyan side in 2016 from Rah Ahan Tehran in his homeland.He has just a year left on his contract with Akhmat, and it is believed Rangers will have to pay around £2million to sign Mohammadi. He’s been capped 21 times by Iran, with two appearances at this summer’s tournament, and The Scottish Sun say Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is tracking Mohammadi as he considers moving to sign the 24-year-old. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST three-way race REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK IN DEMAND Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? targets 2 Rangers are tracking Iran defender Milad Mohammadi ahead of a potential summer swoop, according to reports.Mohammadi caught the world’s attention earlier this summer when he attempted an incredible somersault throw-in at the World Cup, in his nation’s group stage defeat to Spain. LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Mohammadi has been linked with a summer move to Rangers 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Gerrard has already brought nine new players to Ibrox since his appointment as manager earlier this year, and he is currently working on a deal to sign Jake Cooper, the Millwall defender.last_img read more


first_imgfe (left) Eibhlin Doherty Crana College, Buncrana working on their project in the after -schools “Mobile Robot programme” developed by LYIT Lecturer Martin Bradley.Encouraging young people to build and program their own robots has proved to be a big hit with school children in Donegal. Martin Bradley, a lecturer in the electronic engineering department at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), pioneered an after-school robotics programme to help encourage students to become inspired by engineering.The Mobile Robot programme was first introduced in December 2011 at Crana College with Sean McFadden, an engineering teacher at the school. The programme taught young students how to program a light-following robot and older students how to build and program it. “I felt if we could engage young students in engineering in a practical way it would make the subject enjoyable and accessible. Robots seemed to me to be an imaginative way to get the students’ attention,” explains Martin. He had previously introduced robot building and programming into the “Introduction to Electronic Engineering” module at LYIT. Major US Multinational Texas Instruments, whose microcontroller is the brain of the robot are very excited and have published an article about the programme “ The Luck of the Launchpad in Ireland” on their website.What started out as a pilot sparked such huge interest amongst the students that Martin decided to expand it. The Mobile Robot Programme has been rolled out to 8 other schools and will be available to the general public in Inishowen this summer through a “Technology Club” which is to be set up in the new Sliabh Sneacht Centre in Drumfries.The success encouraged Martin to broaden the curriculum to teach students how to build and program seven different types of robots. The LYIT lecturer has posted a video on YouTube that showcases the various robots that have been created such as , light-following robot, Android app remote control, noise-following robot, line-following robot, tilt control using an Android app, voice-controlled robot and Play-Doh controlled robot. Have a look Sean Deehan, a student at Crana College, says he got a lot from Mobile Robots, “I enjoyed learning about the chips in the robots. It’s interesting to see how this links to real life applications. It was brilliant making and controlling the robot.”Liam Galbraith, Principal at Crana College, adds, “It was great to see students engrossed in something that obviously captivated them. This will benefit these students a great deal.”The impact of the programme didn’t go unnoticed. In May 2013, Crana College received the Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Math (STEAM) Awards at the Donegal Vocational Education Committee awards ceremony. Last Year, four students from Crana College showcased their robots on the Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) stand at the BT Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin.What’s next? Bradley hopes to integrate Texas Instruments SimpleLink™CC3000 Wi-Fi and CC1101 Sub-1 GHz connectivity modules on future robots and expand into the new Junior Certificate programs across Ireland.“A synergy has resulted from this and I believe the impact on the local economy will be seen in the future. I’d like to thank all of the people who help run the Mobile Robot programme and the students who participate. They keep us on our toes.” Bradley said.The Mobile Robot programme has since moved to other secondary schools such as Magh Ene College Bundoran, Carndonagh Community School and Scoil Mhuire Buncrana. Primary schools Scoil Cholmcille Newtoncunningham, Scoil Iosagain Buncrana, St Mary’s National School Malin Head and Scoil Naomh Padraig Drumfries have also been introduced to the programme. For more information on engineering courses at LYIT visit or to find out about the The Mobile Robot programme contact Martin Bradley martin.bradley@lyit.ieLYIT LECTURER USES ROBOTS IN SUCCESSFUL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMME was last modified: January 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LYITROBOTSlast_img read more

Runner: Harsher sentences needed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some relatives wore T-shirts that said, “In Loving Memory of Natalie Nicole Ceja” with the dates of her birth and her death printed beneath her photograph. “We started on a bumpy road. We are getting through to somebody. We are trying to change things,” said Jessyka Ceja, a bank employee. “We feel like everything we are doing is not in vain. We will fight until it’s over, until we get what we want or until we feel it’s the right punishment for him.” “I’m pleased to see our case has touched so many people, especially in the Legislature. I just hope it’s going to make some changes,” said Manuel Ceja, who graduated in June from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in criminal justice and works at his family’s body shop in Van Nuys. Runner said she will propose legislation in January that will impose harsher penalties on drunk drivers who kill someone in their first drunk-driving arrest. She said people know that when they drink and drive they are likely to kill, yet the laws do not conform with this knowledge. “If there is someone killed in an accident, they should be punished as if it was their second accident,” Runner said. LANCASTER – Assemblywoman Sharon Runner called Friday for a reform of drunk driving laws in response to a one-year jail sentence offered to a suspected drunk driver charged in a crash that killed a baby girl. Prompted by a Daily News report about the July 16 death of 7-month-old Natalie Nicole Ceja, Runner said she found it appalling that the driver might spend a “few mere months” in jail for taking a child’s life. “It’s time for our state to take back its roads and say drinking and driving will not be tolerated,” Runner, R-Lancaster, said at a news conference. “It is, to me, one of the most outrageous crimes that can be stopped. All you have to do is stop drinking and driving.” Natalie’s parents, Manuel and Jessyka Ceja, both 22 and from Sylmar, were present at the conference along with about 10 family members, including all the baby’s grandparents. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Lackey said legislation is needed to show that the state takes drunk driving crimes seriously. “It’s very sad that our state has not taken the position that being drunk is not in itself gross negligence,” Lackey said. Eric Boden, 27, of Palmdale, whose blood-alcohol level was later tested at .13 percent, was talking on a cell phone when his Ford Ranger pickup truck rear-ended the Cejas’ Honda Accord as the couple pulled over to let a fire engine pass on Pearblossom Highway. Natalie was strapped into a child-safety seat in the back seat when the crash occurred. Her parents had been taking her to see friends in the Antelope Valley and deliver an invitation to her baptism. Boden, who is free on $100,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence, causing injury. If he is convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors offered the one-year jail sentence and five years probation, citing Boden’s lack of a record, his blood-alcohol level, which was above California’s .08 legal limit, and the difficulty of proving Boden acted in a grossly negligent manner. Deputy District Attorney John Evans, who represented the District Attorney’s Office at the news conference, said he could not speak about specific facts of the case, but talked generally about drunk driving laws. “In any kind of case like this, when someone is inebriated and kills someone, the laws are written that with no prior (conviction) or anything you could point to about their prior knowledge, the law presumes that these people are ignorant of the fact that if you drive under the influence, you could kill someone,” Evans said. “The tragedy of all this is that the laws don’t change to reflect reality of life until a child is killed. That is pathetic,” Evans said. Evans added that prosecutors can craft a case settlement to ensure a defendant serves the entire year in jail and will not be released early because of jail crowding. Jessyka Ceja said the family was expecting Boden to at least get the minimum sentence of four years in prison. She said they are not asking for life in prison or the death penalty, but for the defendant “to feel something, feel some remorse.” She said Natalie was a happy baby who slept through the night and awakened her parents by scratching her mattress or kicking her legs. “She loved people. She enjoyed being around people. She hardly ever cried. To me, she was the perfect baby,” Jessyka Ceja said. Natalie was the first granddaughter on Manuel’s side of the family, and the first grandchild on Jessyka’s side. Mothers Against Drunk Driving records show that that California lost more than 1,600 lives to alcohol-related crashes in 2004, and alcohol-related crashes account for 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state, Runner said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more