UVM College of Medicine names William Jeffries new senior associate dean for education

first_imgUniversity of Vermont College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin, M.D., has announced that following a national search, William B. Jeffries, Ph.D., has accepted the position of Senior Associate Dean for Education. Dr. Jeffries will assume this role on August 1, 2009, and will relocate to Vermont from Omaha, Nebraska, where he is the Associate Dean for Medical Education and Director of Academic Computing at Creighton University School of Medicine. Internationally recognized as an accomplished teacher, scholar and administrator, Dr. Jeffries has extensive experience in strategic institutional planning, curriculum design and technological innovation. Since 2001, he has been the chief academic officer in charge of the medical curriculum at Creighton University, overseeing ongoing revision of the curriculum and LCME accreditation, establishing new institutional policies and administrative structures, driving educational research and advancing technology in teaching and learning. He has played a leadership role in the planning of a new interprofessional clinical simulation center at Creighton University and has obtained a competitive grant to obtain state of the art mannequin simulators for clinical skills training. He has also led Creighton s efforts to develop affiliate clinical training sites, leading the establishment of remote clerkships in Phoenix, Arizona.Dr. Jeffries will replace Professor Emeritus of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Robert Low, Ph.D., who has served in the position in an interim capacity since December 2008, following Lewis First, M.D., Professor and Chair of Pediatrics, who stepped down from the role to become editor of the journal Pediatrics. Jeffries will have oversight for the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, including the expansion of clinical clerkship programs with academic medical center partner Fletcher Allen and with potential new affiliations outside Vermont. He will also have responsibility for Admissions and Student Affairs, playing a key role in attracting and recruiting top students.Dr. Jeffries has written and presented widely on medical education, and was invited to become one of two editors of the 5th edition of the Handbook for Medical Teachers, the classic guide for medical education. He has been actively engaged in medical student education for more than twenty years, teaching and directing courses across all four years of the curriculum, and was awarded the Golden Apple for Teaching in 2000. He served as co-investigator on several educational research grants, including a HRSA Center of Excellence grant designed to increase cultural competence in the curriculum. He also developed Creighton s Minority Summer Research Training Program and is currently a Co-investigator at Creighton s National Institute on Drug Abuse Center of Excellence for Physician Information. In addition to his involvement in medical education, Dr. Jeffries has had a productive career as a scientist, with research interests in the role of the kidneys and the autonomic nervous system in the regulation of blood pressure. He is a longtime member of the Council for High Blood Pressure of the American Heart Association, and was named a Fellow in 2001.A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Jeffries graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton (Pa.), and earned his master s and doctoral degrees in pharmacology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pharmacology and served as senior research associate at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He then joined the Creighton University faculty in 1988, and was named Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Biomedical Sciences and Medicine in 1994. He became Interim Associate Dean for Medical Education in 2001, and was named to the permanent position in 2002.  Source: UVMlast_img read more

Colorado utility selects solar plus storage project to replace Drake coal-fired power plant

first_imgColorado utility selects solar plus storage project to replace Drake coal-fired power plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享KOAA News:Colorado Springs Utilities customers will soon receive more of their electricity from the sun. The city-owned utility announced plans Wednesday for a 175-megawatt (MW) solar farm to be coupled with a 25 MW battery storage system, all built and installed by Boulder-based juwi Inc.“We are going to integrate the solar energy into the rest of our grid, and it can effectively provide energy for 55,000 homes in Colorado Springs,” said City Councilwoman Jill Gaebler, chair of the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors.Coupling the solar array to a battery storage system adds resilience. Mark Marion, VP of Operations for juwi Inc. explained that system can still provide electricity overnight and on cloudy days. “The battery component gives some flexibility to Colorado Springs Utilities and how they manage their system,” explained Marion.The additional power will broaden the community’s renewable energy production to roughly 27% of Colorado Springs Utilities’ energy portfolio. It will also help to meet the new state-mandated 80% carbon reduction by the year 2030.In late June, the CSU Board passed an updated Integrated Energy Resource Plan that will speed up the decommissioning of the coal-fired Martin Drake power plant in downtown.“Because of that goal, we will be closing Drake Power Plant probably no later than 2023, and likely to be closed even sooner,” Gaebler said. “Coal is no longer cheap energy and so closing down that plant just makes financial sense for our ratepayers,” Gaebler added.[Andy Koen]More: New solar energy and battery facility coming to Colorado Springs Utilitieslast_img read more

National parks are opening across the country, but visitors should expect a ‘new normal’

first_imgThe American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day was scheduled to take place on June 6. But like just about everything these days, the in-person plans have been scrapped due to safety concerns caused by the coronavirus. Nevertheless, National Trails Day will go on and the public is encouraged to take actions from home that protect trails and public lands and ensure outdoor access for all. Daring rescue of hiker caught in whirlpool is captured on tape Across the country, national parks are opening their gates and welcoming visitors after a prolonged shutdown due to the coronavirus. But park visitors should expect a “new normal,” David Vela, Acting Park Service Director at Bryce Canyon, told the Associated Press. Depending on the park, a new normal could include closed facilities and some closed roads and trails. Visitors are encouraged to check park websites for the latest information on reopening. One way you can celebrate the day is by taking the #PublicLandsProtector Plege. The American Hiking Society is also asking the public to share on social media why access to trails and natural spaces are important. Photos tagged with #NationalTrailsDay and @AmericanHiking will be entered into a photo contest with a chance to win an outdoor gear prize package.  National parks are opening across the country, but visitors should expect a ‘new normal’ Stock Photo for Shenandoah National Parkcenter_img An off-duty officer’s quick thinking saved the life of a hiker in California over the weekend. California Highway Patrol Officer Brent Donley, who is trained in search and rescue, was hiking near Bass Lake in Madera County, CA, when he came upon a 24-year-old hiker who was trapped in a whirlpool. The hiker had tried to cross a waterway and had misjudged its velocity, becoming trapped in the whirlpool. Donley tied a strap from his backpack around a branch and threw it to the hiker. With the assistance of other hikers, Donley pulled the man to safety. “This… call could have ended very badly if not for his help,” said the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Some advocates for the parks, however, worry that the push to reopen is happening too soon and too fast. A park service document recently estimated that up to 40% of park staff may require isolation and 4% may require hospitalization. “Parks absolutely should not open until the safety of National Park Service employees, concession employees, volunteers and other partners, including those who work and live in gateway communities, can be ensured,” said Phil Francis, head of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.  National Trails Day moves onlinelast_img read more

NAFCU urges effective patent reform

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Writing ahead of a hearing today, NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to enhance the language of patent reform legislation before the Committee in order to better curb deceptive demand letters.The committee holds a hearing today titled “S. 1137, “The PATENT Act – Finding Effective Solutions to Address Abusive Patent Practices.” Thaler commended the bill as an important first step, but emphasized that more must be done.“We believe further work must be done to enhance the language to curb deceptive demand letters, as well as work to ensure that meaningful opportunities exist for all sectors to challenge low quality patents and have them reviewed by experts at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for validity,” Thaler wrote in a letter to Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Grassley introduced the bill last month.Also last month, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee voted to advance draft legislation addressing patent demand letters titled, “Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act.” continue reading »last_img read more

UK public funds pump money into alternatives

first_imgUK public sector pension schemes increased their overall exposure to alternative assets by nearly two-thirds in the three years to the end of 2016, according to State Street.At the end of the year the 105 public pension funds in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland had collectively invested £16.6bn (€19.1bn) in asset classes including infrastructure, real estate, and private equity, according to State Street’s research. This amounts to roughly 6.6% of the total assets in the local government pension scheme (LGPS).Andy Todd, head of UK pensions and banks at State Street, said the rise was “significant”, although the starting point was low.“Pension funds do want to investigate these asset classes – some of them, maybe, for the first time,” he said. “When you look at alternatives they tend to be long term asset classes,” Todd added. “Ultimately, the LGPS funds are open defined benefit schemes, so they have an investment time horizon that is arguably infinite.”The UK government has tasked LGPS funds in England and Wales to pool their assets to save costs and give more scale to invest in infrastructure projects in the country. Some have begun scaling up their resources in alternatives already: the London Pension Funds Authority and Greater Manchester Pension Fund have created a joint infrastructure fund, and were joined last year by the Berkshire Pension Fund.The £35bn Northern pool – involving the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, West Yorkshire Pension Fund, and Merseyside Pension Fund – has said it wants a long-term allocation of 15% to infrastructure, increasing by 10 percentage points the combined funds’ current allocation to the asset class.State Street’s research also found that, in the three years to the end of 2016, LGPS funds’ total exposure to UK equities declined by 5% to £37.9bn (15% of total assets).In contrast, the allocation to emerging markets equities rose by a third – albeit from a low base. LGPS funds had £446.5m invested in emerging market equities at the end of 2016, State Street reported, accounting for just 0.2% of overall assets.Todd said of the overall results: “This research highlights how these pension funds are becoming increasingly comfortable navigating complex asset classes such as alternatives as well as emerging market equities. These changes to the investment landscape are systematic, so we will likely see a continued trend toward such investments.”last_img read more

Gold Coast house offers acreage with sweeping views in the middle of suburbia

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 26B Uplands Drive, Parkwood.IT is rare to come across acreage estates with panoramic views in the heart of suburbia.But this Parkwood property proves they do exist.It is the first time in more than 30 years the Uplands Drive property has been on the market. 26B Uplands Drive, Parkwood.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoOwner Max Bohlscheid said there had been many milestones, including birthdays and weddings, shared in the property with his wife and five daughters. “It’s been very special to us,” he said. The sprawling 3.71ha property includes a five-bedroom house, swimming pool and tennis court.A wraparound balcony and entertaining area is one of the best spots in the house to admire sweeping views of the Gold Coast, including the city skyline.“Most Sundays we had our family dinner there,” Mr Bohlscheid said.Floor-to-ceiling windows surround the house to make the most of those views while a feature fireplace forms the centrepiece of the upstairs living area. 26B Uplands Drive, Parkwood.center_img 26B Uplands Drive, Parkwood.One wing of the upstairs level is dedicated to the master bedroom.Another wing on the opposite side of the house has the kitchen and dining area as well as a bedroom and study.A large games room makes up half of the ground floor.There are also three additional bedrooms with a central living area, which includes a wetbar.Outside, tropical plants and manicured gardens surround the pool and new floodlit tennis court. 26B Uplands Drive, Parkwood.last_img read more

19 Mooreland Pl, Kewarra Beach for sale in lush environment

first_img 19 Mooreland Place, Kewarra Beach Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen5 tips to style your home for sale01:12THINK sleek modernity, timber accents and a lush, tropical backdrop of foliage. This home, nestled in the exclusive last stage of Panguna Valley Estate in the hills of Kewarra Beach, is new, bright and bursting with a fresh energy anybody could harness and make their own. Fancy your own outdoor shower?Custom designed and finished with the best quality finishes, Thomas Baldwin Boutique Real Estate’s Carol Thomas said the home had “immaculate street appeal, maximum privacy and manicured gardens”.“This house has some Far North Queensland practicality as well with additional parking spaces for the boat and trailer making it a mile ahead of the rest,” she said.“The seamless indoor to outdoor floor plan means you can entertain all year round by opening the corner stacker doors to bring the outside in. The kitchen at 19 Mooreland Pl, Kewarra Beach“Indulge in your stylish kitchen with discreetly positioned butlers pantry, fixed glass splash back, Smeg appliances, feature lighting and minimalist design.”The living areas and kitchen may be impressive but the master bedroom is where the head of the home can be ensconced in luxury. Neat as a pin.Describing the room as a “hidden oasis”, Ms Thomas said it was perfectly positioned at the rear of the home.There are views of the tropical garden from a freestanding bath and for those who really want to embrace the outdoors, the room opens to a shower outside under the sun. “With wet room features, a beautifully designed vanity and an abundance of natural light, this space will allow you to unwind every time you enter,” Ms Thomas said. A spacious bathroom.“There are also three additional spacious bedrooms, a study nook, a double-car garage with storage provision and imported Pietra Luni 900x450mm Italian tiles throughout the house.”Louvre windows bring all the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and cooling breezes inside and the cleverly designed laundry is full of contemporary features.“On a spacious block just shy of 700 sqm the manicured, low maintenance landscaping creates the perfect backdrop and finishing touch to a beautiful build,” Ms Thomas said. Plenty of room for kids and pets.“There is also plenty of space for the pool if desired and there are plans available.“Panguna Valley Estate is known for bushwalking, mountain bike trails and a quiet, relaxed lifestyle, while being only a few minutes’ drive away from Smithfield Shopping Centre, Kewarra Beach, local shops, incredible restaurants, great schools and James Cook University.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago Bedrooms 4 Garage 4 Carol Thomas Morganne Baldwin Inspection today 11-11.45amcenter_img Bathrooms 2 Offers Over $695,000 0407 091 834 Thomas Baldwin Boutique Real Estate 0439 821 098last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino heaps praise on Daniel Levy

first_img The forward’s involvement against a side he was desperate to join will serve as a reminder to Spurs fans of what Levy missed, but Pochettino insists outside perceptions of the chairman are often misguided. “It’s unfair because sometimes it’s difficult to have all the information, for you and for our supporters. For me, Daniel is a brilliant man,” Pochettino said. “It’s very difficult to manage a big club like Tottenham and in his position, it’s always difficult to be kind to everyone but his job is fantastic and we have a very good relationship. “We have a very good communication. We share all the decisions. “It’s true, it’s not fair when the people sometimes (criticise) because they don’t have all the information. But for me, he’s a fantastic man and I can learn a lot from him.” Levy’s reputation as a ruthless negotiator is well-known and he has been frequently accused of taking too strong a lead in Tottenham’s transfer decisions, which are now also informed by head of recruitment Paul Mitchell. Pochettino, however, has final say and insists the process runs smoothly – although he admits to feeling the pressure of Levy’s negotiating prowess himself in the past. “It is true. I can feel that,” Pochettino said with a smile. “He’s very clever, I’ve learned a lot from him in every meeting. I have to be really strong. “I don’t have an agent so he offers a contract and I say yes, or no, or ‘I want more’ – it was very tough and he won.” Pochettino added: “It’s true today that we share all (decisions) and we take the decision to bring in players or not. “This is a very good thing because I feel good, he feels good. We have people behind us that feel important people for the club too. I think that we are a unit, and this is the most important thing. “It’s for that (reason) that I’m very happy here because I find very good people, with the staff, and with Daniel we have a very good relationship.” Spurs have played European football in eight of the last nine seasons under Levy’s stewardship but the ENIC businessman, who took charge in 2001, divides opinion at White Hart Lane. Advocates point to the club’s consistent challenging for Champions League football, a state-of-the-art training ground and a new 61,000-seater stadium on the way. Press Association Mauricio Pochettino has praised Daniel Levy and insists any criticism directed towards the Tottenham chairman is unfair. But detractors argue progress off the pitch has been prioritised over success on it, with Levy notoriously reluctant to back managers with the funds needed to reach the top four but quick to sack them when they fail to do so. Pochettino, however, is currently very much in favour, having led Spurs to 13 games unbeaten in the league, and the Argentine insists he has felt nothing but support from Levy so far. “After 18 months, I can judge him because it’s impossible to give an opinion about the past but after 18 months here, always he is very friendly with me, we have a very good relationship,” Pochettino said. “The way that he suffers for Tottenham, for his club, for the people – he is very sensitive in that but sometimes it’s difficult to show that to you and our supporters. “For me, he is one of the best presidents in England or the world. It’s a brilliant job how the club is today, how the training ground is, the project, the future, the new stadium and how he works. “For me, I can only praise him because it’s brilliant.” Fans’ frustration mounted again in the summer as Spurs failed to sign a striker, instead scrambling to finalise a last-minute deal for Saido Berahino and then upsetting West Brom with a series of penny-pinching bids. Pochettino, however, is pragmatic and continues to make the best of his youthful squad, with the team only four points off first ahead of Saturday’s trip to The Hawthorns, where Berahino is likely to be in action. last_img read more

Cricket News 15-Year-Old Shafali Verma Helps India Take Unassailable Lead Against South Africa In T20I Series

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The consistent rains in Surat had threatened to make the India vs South Africa women’s series a damp squib. The second and third matches were washed out and the wet outfield had reduced the fourth match into a 17-overs per side contest. However, the fourth match saw a 15-year-old star take centrestage and put on a fabulous display to signal the depth of talent in the Indian women’s team. 15-year-old Shafali Verma, from Rohtak, smashed 46 and was well supported by Poonam Yadav’s three wickets as India won the match by 51 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match Twenty20 International series played at the Lalabhai Contractor stadium in Surat. South Africa chose to bowl but their plan immediately backfired as Verma and Smriti Mandhana shared an aggressive opening stand. Verma was aggressive on Tumi Sekhukhune and she slammed two boundaries in her first over and she raised her aggression even further by hammering Sune Luus for a four and a six. When Mandhana fell to Nadine de Klerk, Verma neared her fifty by hammering Sekhukhune for a six but the bowler had her revenge in style. Also Read | Three Maidens In A Twenty20 International – Deepti Sharma Of India Creates RecordHarmanpreet blasted a four and a six off Nonkululeko Mlaba as India kept up a superb rate of scoring. Jemimah Rodrigues was the key in the middle order and she ensured India did not lose momentum by hammering two consecutive fours off Ayabonga Khaka. India ended with 140/4 in their 17 overs and immediately, South Africa were facing an uphill task.Also Read | Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur To Miss Women’s Big Bash League For National DutiesLizelle Lee started out with two boundaries but she was run-out by Pooja Vastrakar. South Africa still tried to be aggressive and despite losing Laura Wolvaardt, the South Africans were still in with a chance at 60/2 in the ninth over. However, Poonam Yadav changed the entire complexion of the game yet again as she picked up three wickets in two overs. Poonam was given good support by Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma as the duo combined to take three wickets for 35 runs in seven overs. South Africa never recovered from their trial by spin and they lost by 51 runs. The fifth and final game will be on October 4 at Surat before the action shifts to the three ODIs which will take place at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara.last_img read more

We’re down, but not out – Lady Jags coach

first_img… Guyana to play Cuba in final Group D match on Sunday THEY fell 5-1 to Barbados in their opening game of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Caribbean Qualifier tournament on Wednesday, but head coach Akilah Castello said Guyana might be down, but certainly not out of the competition.“We were not too worried about the end result of the game, because our players would have shown some amount of fight, given the challenges they were faced with coming forward to these games,” Castello said while speaking to the Media after her team’s defeat.Despite getting the first goal of the game – a beautiful free-kick by Tiandi Smith – Guyana succumbed to the ‘Bajans’ who got a double from captain Tia Briggs-Thompson, while Tiana Sealy and Caitlin Padmore each had a strike. Smith’s own goal added to the tally for the visitors.“For these girls, it was the first time being exposed to such a major game so they were nervous,” Castello said, stating that the players were selected from the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Academy Training Centres (ATCs).“Well, the coaching staff, we tried our best to give them an idea of what the atmosphere would have been like. We also told them about the additional coaches in the stands, but, like I said, this is the first major competition for these girls, most of them never played under floodlights before, so we did our best to help them along the way,” Castello said.Guyana will play Cuba on Sunday at 17:00hrs in their final game of championship, but Castello pointed out, for her coaching staff, while winning and moving ahead is something they would want, their primary focus is development.“For us, we’re looking at it as a form of development. They have to learn to play in a formation in a competitive environment. They did try their best to execute. We were not so worried because we basically lost the game (to Barbados) on free-kicks and possession-wise I think it was balanced, so we’re not too worried,” the Lady Jags coach noted.In the Caribbean Zone, 19 Caribbean Football Union (CFU)-member national teams have entered the qualifying competition, consisting of two stages.Apart from Haiti, who received a bye as hosts of the final round, the remaining 18 teams entered the first round and were divided into three groups of four teams and two groups of three teams.The winners of each group advance to the final round to join Haiti, where they are divided into two groups of three teams, with the top three teams qualifying for the final tournament as the CFU representatives.Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Guyana, and St Vincent and the Grenadines were automatically seeded in Groups A–E respectively, as hosts of each first round group, while the remaining 14 teams were seeded based on the results of the previous two editions of the qualifying competition.last_img read more