Healthier Choices

first_imgSix Georgia 4-H’ers have been awarded a $500 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the National 4-H Council to encourage healthier living for fellow 4-H members this summer.The 4-H’ers that attend the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living were selected via an application process from Georgia 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors and Health Rocks Actions Leaders. The 2019 group consists of Carlissa Stewart and Caroline Lord of Ben Hill County; Kaleigh Jordan of Johnson County; Kennedy Deveaux and Kayla Faulks of Cobb County; and Tianna Ramey of Habersham County.While attending the summit, the group created the “Keeping Things Just Peachy: Healthier options at Georgia 4-H events” Youth Community Action Plan. The plan’s primary goal is to provide and promote healthier snacks and drinks at Georgia 4-H state events and build support for long-term changes in the future.“Looking at the county health rankings data showed the group that although all their counties have some different challenges, healthy food and beverage choices affect us all,” said Courtney Brown, University of Georgia Extension 4-H specialist of Healthy Living Programs. “The group identified their Georgia 4-H statewide community as their target community. They noted that at many state 4-H events, sugar-sweetened beverages and less healthy snacks, like chips and cookies, are available and sometimes easier to pick up.”This spring the group handed out water bottles and surveyed their peers about their snack and drink preferences at the Georgia 4-H Senior Conference held in April at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. The group will use this data to plan for healthier snack and drink options at Georgia 4-H State Council this June.The youths hope to empower other 4-H’ers to make healthier living choices, not only at state 4-H events, but every day.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 175,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information about Georgia 4-H, visit georgia4h.org.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to learn, discover and create through youth-driven programming and partnering with other organizations to encourage healthier living.last_img read more

Claudio Fort Named CEO of North Country Health System

first_imgNewport, VT – The Search Committee, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, is happy to announce Claudio Fort as North Country Health System’s new President and CEO.Claudio grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire. His parents are both deceased but his in-laws and siblings live in southern New Hampshire. He and his wife, Brenda, have two children. Gabriela “Gabby,” is age 12 and in the sixth grade and their son, Camden, age 10, is in the fourth grade. Prior to having children, Brenda worked full-time as an insurance underwriter. She was a stay-at-home mom until their children began school. She now works part-time at a local insurance agency.Claudio attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 1988 with a double major in Economics and History. He earned an MBA from New Hampshire College in 1997.The summer before his senior year in college Claudio got a job at Bon Secours (now Holy Family Hospital) in Methuen, Massachusetts as a summer intern, which was his introduction to healthcare. The same summer his father passed away very suddenly of a heart attack and the outpouring of support he received from the Sisters and other staff at the hospital are what motivated him to pursue a career in healthcare administration. After he completed college, he accepted an industrial sales position for a defense subcontractor, but quickly knew that was not the direction he wanted his career to take. He applied for a marketing position with North Country Associates, a chain of nursing homes in Maine. Instead he was offered a nursing home administrator training position, filling in at a couple of their locations before receiving a permanent assignment as Administrator of a facility.After four years, Claudio was recruited by the Hillhaven Corporation as Administrator of their 83-bed skilled nursing facility in Maine. He enjoyed a very successful tenure with Hillhaven, but in 1996, the organization was sold.In 1997, Claudio was contacted by the CEO of the Main Veterans Homes, a five-facility system. After one year as administrator there, he was recruited as Vice President of Facility Operations as well as Nursing Home Administrator for Inland Hospital in Waterville, ME. In this role, he had responsibility for the 76-bed skilled nursing facility, as well as hospital responsibility for Facilities, Rehabilitation Services, Food and Nutritional Service, Housekeeping, Plant Operations, and Security. This gave Claudio the opportunity to move into acute care management, as well as providing him with Board and medical staff experience. In his role, he managed nine direct reports with responsibility for 140 employees, including seven physicians and three mid-level providers.In 2004 Claudio felt ready to move into a CEO role and was recruited to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Illinois, where he has enjoyed success for the last five years. Though they have enjoyed living in Illinois, Claudio and Brenda have missed their families and life in New England. The opportunity to become North Country’s CEO and also live in VT was the perfect combination for Claudio, both professionally and personally.Claudio enjoys being professionally active and feels it is important to contribute to the communities in which he has lived. He is currently a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the president-elect of Region 4 of the Illinois Hospital Association. He is a member of the Highland Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors of the Highland Chamber of Commerce. Claudio is also on the Strategic Planning Committee of the local school district. He is looking forward to making Newport his home and becoming an active member of our community.In his leisure hours Claudio enjoys spending time with his family in a variety of recreational activities including camping, hiking, skiing, boating, traveling, and supporting his children in their various academic, cultural, and athletic events.The Forts plan to move over the holidays and Claudio will assume his role as CEO in early January.last_img read more

Environmentalists sue federal government over planned Utah oil shale development

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Salt Lake Tribune:A proposed oil shale mine and ore-processing project in the Uinta Basin is under legal fire from several environmental groups that are seeking to invalidate a recent Bureau of Land Management decision to let the developer cut a 14-mile utility corridor across public land.In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court, the groups say the BLM’s environmental review should have considered the impacts to air, water, wildlife and climate from the massive strip mine proposed on private land by Enefit American Oil. “The BLM approved the rights of way to service Enefit’s proposed oil shale mine and processing facility based on an utterly inadequate analysis of potentially devastating air, water, climate and species impacts,” said Michael Toll, a staff attorney at Grand Canyon Trust. “Considering the rights of way are a public subsidy of an otherwise economically unfeasible oil shale development, the public has a right to know exactly how Enefit’s project will impact their health and environment.”Enefit previously has argued that the larger environmental analysis should not be required because its project could move forward without the proposed rights of way. The corridor would lessen the project’s impacts and further reviews will be required before mining begins, executives say.A subsidiary of a large state-run Estonian energy firm, Enefit hopes to develop a mine on 9,000 acres near the White River, along with a 320-acre processing plant that would “retort” ore known as kerogen. This rockbound hydrocarbon can be converted to crude if subjected to intense heat and pressure. As a result, this form of energy extraction uses large amounts of energy and water.The company hopes to produce up to 50,000 barrels a day, extracted from 28 million tons of ore mined each year for up to 30 years. It is seeking rights to nearly 11,000 acre-feet of water that would be needed to extract and process the ore. Spent ore would then be returned to the mine pit.More: Groups sue to reverse the feds’ approval of right of way needed for eastern Utah oil shale mining Environmentalists sue federal government over planned Utah oil shale developmentlast_img read more

Lakeview Robber Shoots, Wounds Victim

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An armed robber shot and wounded a man who refused to turn over his property in Lakeview early Sunday morning, Nasau County police said.The 32-year-old victim was walking on Pinebrook Avenue when the robber confronted him, the victim resisted and the gunman shot the victim in the left hand and bicep at 12:15 a.m., police said.The victim was taken to a local area hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.The gunman ran away empty handed.Fourth Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Aquatika became the first Croatian member of the World Water Museum Network

first_imgRELATED NEWS: Karlovac Freshwater Aquarium Aquatika has joined the association of the World Network of Water Museums (Global Network of Water Museums) and stood alongside the world’s most famous museums and interpretation centers for museums of its kind.  “Museums, interpretation centers, and similar institutions today play a significant role in communicating the values ​​of aquatic heritage, a better understanding of the contemporary water crisis and its solutions. We are extremely proud that Aquatika has become part of this prestigious association and global initiative on sustainable water use and protection of life in it.. “, Pointed out the director of the Public Institution Aquatika, Margarita Maruškić Kulaš. Membership in the association of the World Network of Water Museums is another in a series of awards for the work of Aquatika so far.  AQUATIKA AND NP UNA SIGN AGREEMENT ON JOINT COOPERATION AND SYNERGYcenter_img GET OUT OF THE HIGHWAY AND MEET OUR BEAUTIFUL – I “DISCOVERED” THE RIVER KORANA AND AQUATIKA The World Water Museum Network was established as an initiative to create synergies within UNESCO’s international hydrological program. The association directs its activities to better coordination of communication and educational activities of museums and similar institutions dealing with water. Furthermore, it addresses issues and challenges caused by climate change such as increasing water scarcity and pollution, resource depletion, melting glaciers, floods and the conservation of natural habitats.  With an educational function and exceptional importance for the preservation of the underwater world of Croatian rivers, Aquatika has now joined the leading actors who play a key role in education and raising awareness on various issues related to water.last_img read more

Virus deaths top 400,000 as Latin America infections rise

first_imgPope Francis, addressing Catholics in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday for the first time since the health emergency began, said the worst was over in Italy and expressed sympathy for those in hard-hit Latin American countries.”Your presence in the square is a sign that in Italy the acute phase of the epidemic is over,” Francis said as the Vatican confirmed it had no more cases of COVID-19.”Unfortunately in other countries — I am thinking of some of them — the virus continues to claim many victims.”Brazil has the world’s third-highest toll — almost 36,000 dead — but President Jair Bolsonaro has criticized stay-at-home measures imposed by local officials and has threatened to leave the World Health Organization. Europe restarting In Europe, countries are slowly working working towards a post-pandemic normal, and trying to revive key tourist sectors in time for the summer and return to business.The UK government said Sunday it would reopen places of worship for individual prayer on June 15 as it looks to speed up easing measures and save jobs.But British Airways and the low-cost carriers EasyJet and Ryanair launched legal action against government plans to force foreigners arriving in Britain to self-isolate for two weeks.The measures “will have a devastating effect on UK’s tourism industry and will destroy [even more] thousands of jobs in this unprecedented crisis,” they said in a joint statement.The European Union said it could reopen borders to travellers from outside the region in early July after some countries within the bloc dropped restrictions on other European visitors.France marked the anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings with a fraction of the big crowds seen in previous years, owing to strict social distancing restrictions.But in South Africa, where President Cyril Ramaphosa gave places of worship the greenlight to reopen from June 1, few were returning to services.”I am praying at home, God hears me just fine when I pray at home with my family,” 57-year-old vegetable seller Gloria Msibi told AFP.”I love church but it is so dangerous to be in a closed space with so many people.” Tolls are also rising sharply in Mexico, Peru and Ecuador, while in Chile, deaths have risen by more than 50 percent in the past week.As of 1900 GMT, a total of 400,581 deaths have now been recorded worldwide, according to an AFP tally using official figures — a figure that has doubled in the past month and a half.While almost half of the deaths have been recorded in Europe, the United States remains the hardest-hit nation with 110,037 deaths, followed by Britain with 40,542.The number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia surpassed 100,000 on Sunday, the health ministry said, after a new surge in infections.The kingdom has seen infections spike as it eases lockdown measures, with the number of daily cases exceeding 3,000 for the second day in a row on Sunday. Topics :center_img The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic passed 400,000 Sunday, with fatalities accelerating in Latin America even as Europe emerges from its virus lockdown with infections there increasingly under control.Almost seven million infections have been registered since COVID-19 emerged in China late last year, forcing much of the globe into lockdown and pushing the world economy towards its worst downturn since the Great Depression.However, fears of a second wave of the deadly disease have given way to grave worries over the economy, encouraging European countries to reopen borders and businesses, and countries throughout Asia and Africa to slowly return to normal life. Oil revival OPEC agreed on Saturday to extend an April deal to cut production through July, aiming to foster a recovery in oil prices after they were pummeled by slumps in demand.But gloomy data from Asia’s two powerhouse economies highlighted the long road to recovery.China reported a plunge in foreign trade on the back of subdued consumer demand and weakness in key overseas markets.Factories in India are also struggling to restart because of labor shortages, as the country slowly emerges from a strict lockdown that sent millions of migrant laborers back to their distant home villages.”Sixty percent of our laborers have gone back. How can we run a production unit with just one-third of our workforce,” asked Sanjeev Kharbanda, a senior executive with Aqualite Industries, which owns a footwear factory.last_img read more

Japan government warns on suicide after death of actress

first_imgJapan’s government Monday urged people to seek help if they were struggling to cope, following the death at the weekend of a popular actress.The death of “Miss Sherlock” star Yuko Takeuchi, 40, shocked the nation and follows other recent cases of Japanese celebrities taking their lives, with figures showing a recent rise in suicides.Takeuchi was a household name in Japan and had given birth to her second child in January. Earlier in September, popular Japanese actress Sei Ashina died in an apparent suicide, and actor Haruma Miura is also thought to have taken his own life in July.Reality TV show star Hana Kimura, 22, from the Netflix show “Terrace House”, also apparently died in May following online abuse, making international headlines.In August, Japan saw nearly 1,900 suicides, up 15.3 percent from a year earlier. In the first half of the year, there was a drop in the number of suicides and in 2019 the figure fell to a record low, which non-governmental groups attributed to increasing efforts on the issue. Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato did not mention a particular case, but noted some people were struggling to cope during the coronavirus crisis.”There has been an uptick in the number of suicide cases since July. We have to acknowledge the fact that so many people are ending their precious lives,” said Kato, who was health minister until earlier this month.He urged the public to use suicide-prevention hotlines and other services.Takeuchi played the lead in the 2018 Hulu-HBO Asia series “Miss Sherlock”, and also had a minor part in the 1998 Japanese horror classic “Ring”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Alcatel-Lucent UK scheme completes £300m buy-in

first_imgMartin Couzens, chairman at Alcatel-Lucent Pension Trustees, said he was very satisfied by the security offered by the deal.“We have obtained full insurance backing for most of our pensioners and even made a saving against our funding reserve,” he added.“Overall, this takes us substantially closer towards our goal of full buyout.”Dominic Grimley, principal consultant and risk settlement specialist at Aon Hewitt, said the deal was agreed after a “strongly contested” auction.“Aviva has shown great flexibility to accommodate the scheme’s needs, and the trustees have acted extremely efficiently throughout to secure an ideal result for all parties in a short space of time,” he said. The transaction came amid a flurry of activity in the UK de-risking market, which exceeded £10bn in transactions last year, with a predicted boost of £5bn on the back of the introduction of Solvency II expected this year. The UK pension fund for Alcatel-Lucent has completed a £300m (€408.6m) buy-in, de-risking approximately one-third of its liabilities.The French telecommunications giant’s scheme chose to de-risk its pensioner liabilities as part of a longer de-risking objective, according to a statement by Aon, which advised the scheme trustee.Insured with Aviva, the transaction completed during the summer of 2015, accounting for the majority of the company’s business written over the first two quarters of last year.By the second quarter of 2015, Aviva had completed 13 deals worth £407m, according to figures compiled by Aon Hewitt, with £405m across 10 deals written during the second quarter.last_img read more

Facebook in organ donation push

first_img Share Philip Barton explains how his son’s transplant prompted him to use Facebook to raise awareness about organ donationThe NHS and social networking site Facebook have joined forces in an attempt to increase the number of organs being donated.People will be able to register as an organ donor through the website and share their intentions with family and friends.Three people die every day while waiting for a transplant, NHS says.NHS Blood and Transplant said the partnership was an “exciting new way” to encourage donation.Around 10,000 people in the UK are on the waiting list for an organ.‘Life event’The NHS said only half of registered organ donors told their families that they wanted to donate their organs after death. If somebody is on the register then legally the organs can be used for transplantation. However, organs are not taken if the family is too upset by the prospect. The NHS said relatives who knew the person’s wishes were far more likely to consent.People can now say they are an organ donor as part of their “Facebook Timeline”. It is marked as one of their life events alongside getting married, having a new job or moving home. It will also mean people can register to become an organ donor through the NHS’s own pages on the social networking site.Inspired by friendsSimon Milner, the UK policy director at Facebook, told the BBC: “This is about making it easier for families in that highly emotional time as somebody dies, that they know this person is a register organ donor.“The second thing is to encourage people who may have thought about it in the past, but have just not got round to it or who might be inspired by finding out that 10 of their friends are organ donors, or 100 of their friends are organ donors, that they want to do it too.“We think there’ll be a double benefit from this.”NHS Blood and Transplant’s director of organ donation and transplantation, Sally Johnson, said Facebook was a “fantastic way” of getting families to talk about organ donation now instead of at “the worst possible time”.She said: “We need more people to sign up to the register and share their wishes with their friends and family, our job is to make that as quick and easy as possible. “This is an exciting new way to use the power of social media to reach a huge audience and encourage people to think about it, act, and share that information.”Initially, similar partnerships will be launched in the US, Australia and the Netherlands. Facebook then hopes to widen the scheme to other countries.By James GallagherHealth and science reporter, BBC News Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 4 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Facebook in organ donation push by: – May 1, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

Dinagyang 2020 tickets available beginning Dec. 9

first_imgIFFI has decided to reduce theperformance areas of competing 2020 Dinagyang tribes to four from the usualfive. ILOILO City – Some 3,600 stage/viewingstand tickets for the Dinagyang Festival tribes competition on Jan. 26, 2020will be made available beginning Dec. 9. “Parahapos sa aton mga locals andtourists mag-avail sang tickets,” Tan said. IFFI will partner with Department ofTourism-accredited establishments such as hotels and tour operators for theticket selling. According to Iloilo FestivalsFoundation, Inc. (IFFI) tickets and stages in-charge Allan Tan, prices rangefrom P1,500 to P2,200. This set-up should minimize thepractice of bulk-buying of tickets, said Tan. “This time, hotels can package thetickets with their rooms,” said Tan. Tickets will also be sold at city halland at the IFFI office. The Solis-Iznart Street performancearea would be for the provincial government of Iloilo and its guests in lieu ofthe scrapped performance area at the Iloilo provincial capitol./PN These four areas are the Iloilo FreedomGrandstand, Solis-Iznart Street, Valeria-Ledesma Street, and Ma. Clara Street. During IFFI public consultations,according to Tan, hotel managers cited past Dinagyang festivities where guestscomplained about failing to secure tickets. last_img read more