Pictou and area residents will benefit from new nursing home facilities with the replacement of Shiretown Nursing Home, an 89- bed long-term-care facility in Pictou. Premier Rodney MacDonald joined Health Minister Chris d’Entremont to announce the facility replacement today, Feb. 6, in Pictou. “Last spring, we outlined a plan to build a long-term-care system that meets the needs and reflects the values of Nova Scotians,” said Premier MacDonald. “The Continuing Care Strategy will allow Nova Scotians to live well in a place they can call home. Today’s announcement is another step forward in making that plan a reality.” “Nova Scotians want to know that — if they need it — long-term-care facilities that offer a high quality of life and a high quality of care are available close to home,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Shiretown Nursing Home has been home to many people over the years, but it is now time for a new facility that will be better able to meet the needs of residents now and in the days to come.” The replacement of Shiretown Nursing Home became necessary in part because of its age and also because of demands placed on the facility by the changing needs of residents, who generally require more complex care. New long-term-care facilities being built in the future will reflect more home-like environments for smaller numbers of residents. This will also allow them to be located in more communities around the province, giving Nova Scotians access to care closer to home. Facility resources will include more social and recreation space, more personal space, and private rooms. Facilities may also include different levels of care, allowing people to remain in the same location even as their health requirements change. The new facility for Pictou is expected to be completed by March 2010.
The UN Migration Agency (IOM) met this week with Libyan authorities in Tunis to create a coordination body to aid rescues, and also provided lifesaving equipment and offered computer literacy classes aimed at documenting sea rescue operations. “By better documentation of migrants at the disembarkation points, IOM is hoping to put a registration system in place to help regulate the humanitarian services provided to rescued migrants,” said Maysa Khalil, IOM Libya’s Operations Officer. Among other supplies, IOM also provided computers and other information technology equipment to Libyan Coast Guard officers. “Saving lives remains our highest priority,” said Othman Belbeisi, IOM Libya Chief of Mission. “As it is also a legal obligation, it is important to help the Libyan Coast Guard improve their capacities to save lives and respond in a better way to the needs of the migrants that they rescue.” The UN agency is also working with Libyan counterparts to rehabilitate the points where the boats reach, by offering shaded areas, installing a water tank, cementing the floor, and creating toilets and showers, among others.
Ohio State freshman attackman/midfielder Tre Leclaire rips a shot on frame against Furman on Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Gene Ross | Senior Lantern reporterThe No. 19 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season a year ago at the University of Massachusetts. On Saturday, the 2-0 Buckeyes are trying to avoid the same fate by defeating the Minutemen for the first time in school history. Last year, UMass had just four victories, but thoroughly beat the Buckeyes 16-9. After the game was tied at seven, the Minutemen took control and outscored OSU 9-2 the rest of the game.“This is a team that beat us and beat us badly,” OSU coach Nick Myers said. “It has nothing to do with the season that they had last year. They absolutely got after us and that was something that was very clear of our team.”Massachusetts has its best offensive player returning from 2016 in junior attackman Buddy Carr, who scored 18 goals and assisted on eight others. Senior attackman/midfielder Gianni Bianchin is also a leader in the Minutemen offense, scoring three goals against the Buckeyes last year and 17 points overall.Myers said he is aware of their offense, but is more concerned about his own team continuing to improve. He added that the plan for the Buckeyes is to control the tempo of the game, which will allow them to control the outcome of the game. “We need better starts,” he said. “We need to (be) a really good (team) in the box with our defense. Significantly better than we did a year ago. Not settle for anything but a good shot.”OSU senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh said the Buckeyes do not intend to let their feet off the gas pedal. “I think this year we have more weapons on the offensive side of the ball,” Blubaugh said. “And I think we have a new attitude towards finishing. If their team is relentless than we’re going to have a relentless effort for four quarters.”So far the Buckeyes are averaging 13 goals per game, scoring 12 against Furman and 14 against Detroit. OSU’s offensive has provided some explosive moments on offense, but then the speed of its attack changes throughout the course of the game. Myers said he is looking for consistent execution in all facets toward becoming an elite offense. “We gotta do a good job in the box offensively and our ride-clear game along with our settle (defense) has to be working together,” he said. “What we haven’t had is quarters with all those different pieces connected.” The match against the Minutemen is scheduled for noon Saturday in Ohio Stadium.