Newmans Own Partners With Ford Motor Company To Help The Hungry

first_imgFor the 12th consecutive year, Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own, Inc. are partnering with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to donate Ford refrigerated trucks filled with Newman’s Own food products.Food banks in four regions are receiving trucks this year including Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.With this year’s donation of four Ford F-550 trucks, a total of 107 Ford trucks and vans have been donated to Feeding America food banks to help deliver nutritious perishable foods.“While there are encouraging signs that we are coming back from the tough economic times of the past several years, many families still are struggling,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “This partnership is important because it not only provides food to families in need, it also contributes to building stronger communities and a better world.”The partnership between the two companies began 12 years ago when Paul Newman reached out to see how Ford Motor Company could join with Newman’s Own to address the critical need for fresh and nutritious food for families facing hunger. Since then Feeding America has been able to deliver more than 209 million meals to families across the country.“Meeting the needs of those who don’t have access to perishable foods was important to Paul Newman at the beginning of the program, and now, with an increased nationwide need, it’s become even more critical,” said Tom Indoe, president and chief operating officer of Newman’s Own. “Newman’s Own is proud to be part of this partnership.”The refrigerated trucks allow for delivery of perishable food to hard-to-reach communities that often are underserved, as well as urban and suburban areas where there is an urgent need for nutritious food. Besides Gleaners, other food banks receiving trucks this fall are Feeding America San Diego, Feeding South Florida in Miami and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.“Some of the largest increases in food need are in suburban Detroit communities, many of which lack a strong network of emergency food providers,” says W. DeWayne Wells, president of Gleaners. “We’re grateful to Ford and Newman’s Own for this donation, and for continuing to strengthen the emergency food network here and across the country.”“We have seen a dramatic rise in the number of people raising their hands seeking food assistance from the Feeding America network. Today, we are feeding 37 million people each year – that’s an increase of 1 million people from four years ago,” said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America. “Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own have been longtime, generous supporters of our mission. We continue to build partnerships like this to help our food banks provide more donated food to help feed more people in need.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Rush Honored At TJ Martell Foundations World Tour of Wine

first_imgLegendary rock group Rush and Doug Shafer, CEO of Shafer Vineyards, were honored at the TJ Martell Foundation’s 11th-Annual World Tour of Wine last week at Capitale (130 Bowery) in New York City.Rush Member Alex Lifeson Accepts HonorCredit/Copyright: Getty Images via Slate PRRush member Alex Lifeson accepted the honor on behalf of the band.Constantine Maroulis at 11th-Annual World Tour of WineCredit/Copyright: Getty Images via Slate PRAdditional guests included actors Constantine Maroulis, Montego Glover, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Karen Pittman; Radio Personality Robin Quivers, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Eddie Murray and President & Chief Operating Officer of RCA Records Tom Corson.Montego Glover at 11th-Annual World Tour of WineCredit/Copyright: Getty Images via Slate PREach year, wine enthusiasts and collectors come together to raise glasses and funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The event featured a silent and live auction with all-inclusive trips to wine country and very rare experiences in music and sports entertainment. The Foundation sources and supports early-stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients which otherwise might not be funded.last_img read more

Facebook to offer more info on posts after fake news and data

first_imgMENLO PARK, Calif. – Facebook is launching a new feature in Canada that allows users to get more information on who is behind articles and content on the platform.The U.S.-based social media giant says the company is rolling out a button on news feeds that will help Canadian users evaluate the credibility of an article and determine whether to trust the article’s source.When pressed, the button will lead to the poster’s Wikipedia entry, related articles on the same topic and information about how many times the article has been shared on Facebook and where it is has been shared.The button will also provide other content published on the platform by the poster, show users which of their friends shared the post and state how old the domain behind the post is.The launch of the features comes as Facebook has struggled to stop the spread of fake news and deal with the consequences of admitting earlier in the year that the data of up to 50 million Facebook users may have been misused by analytics firm Cambridge Analytica to target voters in the 2016 U.S. election with political advertisements.last_img read more

UPDATED Nearly 100 Fort St John residents still without power this afternoon

first_imgThe outage occurred at around 6:20 a.m. and is affecting 264 customers on the city’s northeast side.The outage stretches from 112th Ave. south to 101st Ave, and from 90th St. east to 86th St.BC Hydro says that crews have been assigned to restore the power outage, the cause of which is currently under investigation. UPDATE #2: BC Hydro says that as of 3:00 p.m., there were still 92 customers on the northeast side of Fort St. John without power. The outage is currently stretching from 112th Ave. south to 101st Ave, and from 90th St. east to 86th St. A cable fault is being blamed on the outage, which started this morning, and it is estimated that power will be fully restored by 5:00 p.m.UPDATE: BC Hydro crews are currently on site working to restore power, which is expected to occur at approximately 9:30 a.m. The cause of the outage is still under investigation.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 200 BC Hydro customers are without power in Fort St. John this morning.last_img read more

UN agriculture agency announces new initiatives to improve food safety

One FAO initiative is the convening of a Global Forum on Food Safety Regulators in October 2001, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). “The main purpose of the Global Forum is to promote the exchange of information and experience on how to deal with food safety issues of potential importance to public health and international food trade,” Hartwig de Haen, FAO Assistant Director-General, told the Committee on World Food Security which is currently meeting in Rome. The Global Forum will discuss the reduction of food-borne diseases, the establishment of food-safety regulations and risk management procedures, ways of dealing with emerging food-borne illnesses, the creation of new inspection models, the implementation of the Codex Alimentarius standards, as well as the transboundary consequences of food safety emergencies, the agency said.In the meantime, a joint technical consultation on BSE (“mad cow disease”) will take place from 11 to 14 June in Paris to review the scientific information available and address outstanding questions related to this animal disease and its transmission to humans in the form of a variant of the Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease. The joint technical consultation, organized by WHO, FAO and the Office International des Epizooties, will focus on preventing a global spread of the disease and on protecting both human and livestock populations. Another initiative launched by FAO and WHO is a Pan-European Conference on Food Safety and Quality to be held in Budapest from 18 to 21 February 2002. Its main objective is to promote the creation of a platform for mutual understanding of food safety and quality problems through institutional cooperation and exchange of information among European countries. To help ensure food safety in developing countries, FAO recently proposed setting up a Food Safety and Quality Facility for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). The proposal was made at the third UN Conference on the LDCs, held in Brussels from 14 to 20 May. The Facility will include a $98 million trust fund. In addition to upgrading national food safety and quality systems, it would also assist poor countries to comply with the Codex Alimentarius standards and guidelines. read more

Namibia UN agencies assist flood victims

In its latest update, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noted that floodwaters, which displaced 12,000 people form rural villages in the Caprivi region of northeastern Namibia in early May, had started to subside. The floods, said to be the worst in 21 years, occurred when after few days of torrential rains the Zambezi River burst its banks, submerging twenty-two villages. The authorities estimate that it will take six months for the water to completely recede to normal level.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that agricultural fields had been flooded, grain stores damaged and croplands that were planted late were completely destroyed. The UN response to the disaster has included food distribution by WFP, and delivery of water purification tablets by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). read more

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia focuses on health wellbeing of LGBTI

The International Day was created by grass roots movements in 2004 as a moment to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people internationally. It is celebrated in many countries and, as in previous years, many UN agencies and UN country offices will be taking part in events to mark the Day.This year’s focus is on raising awareness of the mental health and well-being LGBTI people. According to the UN, the lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts in gay or bisexual males is about four times that of comparable heterosexual males. “Research has shown conclusively that LGBT individuals show higher than expected rates of psychiatric disorders, but once their rights and equality are recognized these rates begin to drop,” said the Administrator of the UN Development Programme, Helen Clark.“There is growing recognition worldwide that same-sex sexual orientation and diverse gender identity and expression are not mental or physical disorders. Yet, many millions of LGBTI individuals around the world continue to face widespread stigma and discrimination, and many suffer violence and oppression,” she warned. “This is cause for action. We can and we must do more.” Recalling that on this day 26 years ago on this date the World Health Organization (WHO) declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder – ending the myth that being gay is a disorder or something that requires a ‘cure’ – the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) underlined that many LGBTI people continue to face enormous daily challenges, sometimes living in fear, in isolation and out of reach of life-saving health services.“It is unacceptable that LGBTI people face violence and discrimination just because of who they are and who they love,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “They are our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, our friends and colleagues. LGBTI rights are human rights. We must challenge prejudice wherever we are.”Also today, The UN Free and Equal campaign has launched a new weapon in its continued fight against discrimination of LGBT people. The new film is called ‘Why we fight’ and it features LGBT rights activists from across the world holding up signs stating why they have joined the fight against discrimination. The film has been released to help celebrate the International Day against Homophobia & Transphobia on 17 May 2016.Charles Radcliffe, chief of Global Issues and Intergovernmental Affairs for the UN Human Rights Office, said the video captures some of the strength and spirit that LGBT activists and allies bring to their work, and the sheer diversity of causes that help make up the movement globally. It is also a reminder to activists that they are not alone.“The UN stands with you, (and) millions of people around the world support you,” he said. Meanwhile, Research undertaken by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other agencies indicates that the vast majority of LGBTI workers keep their sexual orientation a secret, often resulting in considerable stress, depression and loss of productivity. However, ILO found that people who have come out at work have fewer symptoms of anxiety, depression and burnout, and a central factor in the decision to come out at work is a supportive environment with proactive diversity and inclusion policies in place.Meanwhile, a group of UN and international human rights experts called for an urgent end to the pathologization of LGBTI adults and children. They noted that “branding LGBTI people as ill” is linked to sexual violence, including so-called “corrective” rape against lesbian, bisexual and trans women, as well as transphobic and homophobic violence and bullying faced by young people on the basis of their actual or perceived gender identity and sexual orientation.“Being lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans is part of the rich diversity of human nature,” the expert stressed, noting their deep concerned that transgender children and adults continue to be pathologized based on international and national medical classifications.“These classifications should be reformed to depathologize transgender identities and expressions and same-sex attraction. States should adopt measures to prevent, investigate and prosecute all forms of forced, coercive and otherwise involuntary treatments and procedures on LGBT persons,” they insisted.To mark the International Day, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is bringing education ministers together for an event called the ‘#OutInTheOpen International Ministerial Meeting: Education Sector Responses to Violence based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity/Expression.’ A UNESCO event called the ‘#OutInTheOpen International Ministerial Meeting: Education Sector Responses to Violence based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity/Expression’ gets underway in Paris. Photo: UNESCO The Ministerial meeting coincides with UNESCO’s launch of the first-ever global synthesis of data on violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in educational settings, and existing responses by education sectors across regions. While data are not available for all countries, the report shows that in some, 85 per cent of LGBT students experience homophobic and transphobic violence in school, 45 per cent of transgender students drop out.Homophobic violence also targets 33 per cent of students who are wrongly perceived to be LGBT because they do not appear to conform to gender norms, according to the report ‘Out In The Open.’“In 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, world leaders made a promise to deliver inclusive, equitable and quality education for all, and ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all by 2030,” recalled Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO. “UNESCO recognizes however, that no country can achieve this goal while students are being discriminated against or experience violence, including bullying, because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” she added.Picking up that thread, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said this year’s International Day first in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “In order to make sure no one is left behind we must make sure no one is left out. Those who are furthest behind, most vulnerable and least supported are our priority.” Indeed, she said that action to end discrimination and exclusion on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is therefore a natural aspect of planning to implement the Agenda, “as homophobia and transphobia remain deeply rooted resulting in violence and exclusion from social services and decision-making.” Photo: ILO read more

Does A Team Need A Championship To Be The Best Of All

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (June 21, 2016), we talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals and wonder how much championships matter when we talk about history’s greatest players and teams. Then, we welcome ESPN FC’s Mike Goodman to chat about the USMNT’s run to the semifinal of the Copa America. Finally, Mike stays around to break down the opening games of the 2016 Euros, and we ask him what’s going on with Cristiano Ronaldo. Plus, a significant digit on the matchup between the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA.Links to what we discuss are here:Ben Morris wonders if the Steph Curry revolution is over already.Ben Morris’s original piece on why Steph Curry is revolutionizing basketball.Reuben Fischer-Baum writes the Warriors aren’t even the second-best team ever.Neil Paine says LeBron led the Cavs on one of the greatest playoff runs in NBA history.ESPN Stats & Information Group breaks down how LeBron carried the Cavs to the title.LeBron is so great, says Bryan Armen Graham in The Guardian, he should now be considered the greatest of all time.Mike Goodman asks whether the USMNT has finally turned the corner under Jurgen Klinsmann.The Guardian wonders why casual fans have stayed away from this year’s Copa America.Over at the Euros, The Upshot breaks down how teams can qualify for the next round.And, Sam Borden looks at what the new tournament structure has meant for fans from smaller countries.Borden also delves into Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustrations after Portugal’s tie with Austria.You can find Mike Goodman’s new soccer podcast, The Double Pivot, here.Significant Digit: 23. That’s the combined number of games the Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx had played in this season’s WNBA without losing. The Sparks lost 72-69 to the Lynx on Tuesday evening. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Champions League draw sets up possible showdown between Pats and Celtic later

first_imgST PATRICK’S ATHLETIC are on a Champions League collision course with Celtic.Christy Fagan’s away goal earned Pat’s a 1-1 draw against Legia Warzawa and gives them a slender advantage ahead of the second leg in Tallaght on Wednesday.The draw for the third qualifying round was made this morning with the winner set to face either Celtic or KR Reyjkavik. The Scottish champions are favourites to progress following a 1-0 win in Iceland earlier this week. Source: stpatsfctv/YouTubeEither Pat’s or Legia will be at home in the first leg, which takes place on 29/30 July, with the return in Scotland or Iceland a week later.Pat’s and Celtic met in Europe in 1998 when the Inchicore side battled to a 0-0 draw in Parkhead before losing the second leg in Dublin 2-0. Trevor Molloy and Malky Mackay went head to head when Pat’s and Celtic met in 1998. Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHOMeanwhile in the Europa League, Sligo Rovers’ reward if they can finish the job against Rosenborg is a third round tie against Kardemir Karabukspor of Turkey. The Bit O’Red made history with a 2-1 win in Norway last night, the club’s first away win in Europe.Derry City, who trail Shakhytor Soligorsk 1-0, will play either SV Zulte Waregem of Belgium or Poland’s Zawisza Bydgoszcz if they progress.Dundalk or Hajduk Split will face either FK Atlantas of Lithuania or FC Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan. Stephen Kenny’s Lilywhites face an uphill task in their second leg after a 2-0 home defeat last night.3 reasons to watch the League of Ireland this weekendlast_img read more

Artisanal wooden MAME cabinet with projector doubles as classy furniture

first_imgRather than hunting through Craigslist or eBay for an old arcade cabinet that you can put in your living room, designer Love Hulten created this wonderfully crafted wooden cabinet that won’t stick out like a sore thumb. Dubbed the R-Kaid-Redelux, the cabinet combines MAME, which is an arcade game emulator, and Maximus Arcade, which is software that allows access to different emulators — all kept within a polished wood housing.The controllers are built into the unit, but are wireless, so they can detach without the mess of being tethered. They’re made of polished wood as well, so they uniformly fit the overall aesthetic. The unit also makes use of an optional trackball (as some arcade games just aren’t the same without it) which can be magnetically docked.The unit is kept compact not with a tiny screen, but by not including a screen at all. R-Kaid-Redelux includes a 300 ansi mini projector, so the unit can remain a small size and be more easily moved between rooms. In the above video, Hulten shows off the unit in action, playing Street Fighter 2 and Metal Slug 2, which are only two of the 1,000 or so games held on the i3 PC rig kept inside the wooden frame.The Redelux is an upgrade of the R-Kaid-6, a unit Hulten built in 2011.If you’re into this piece, or would like to check out (or own) some of Hulten’s other work, head on over to his portfolio, where he notes that some of his pieces can be reproduced or put on sale.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos Islanders will lead new Invest TCI board

first_img Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Apr 2015 – The Invest TCI board leaders have been approved at Cabinet and are just about ready to get going; this revised version of the country’s investment agency replaces the dismantled TC Invest. Not only are two Turks and Caicos Islanders named to this vital unit, but we learn that the National Insurance Board Chairman, Colin Heartwell, will get early leave to act as consultant to Invest TCI. Finance Minister, Washington Misick is quoted in the press release issued late today as saying: “Our economy can only benefit by having an expert team working to bring together the needs of business and government in a more co-ordinated and coherent manner.” A banker and an attorney were approved by Cabinet for the inward investment agency chairs; they are Anton Faessler as Chairman and Tremaine Swann-Harvey as his Deputy. BWI Consultancy, which is owned by permanent resident, Colin Heartwell, reportedly won the opportunity to be consultant to the agency after a procurement process. TCIG shared: the TCI Government issued open tenders for consultancies for the TCIG Business Reform Strategy. One consultancy was for a Programme Director to lead the Business Reform Strategy initiative and the other consultancy was for an Investment Promotion Expert to assist the Board to develop institutional capacity; to strengthen and support investment promotion and economic development and; develop practical tools for the planning and managing of investments. Interested Bidders were invited to apply for one or other of the consultancies. Two tenders from within the TCI were received. Next is to appoint the remaining members of the Invest TCI board; it is said Turks and Caicos Islanders will be able to apply for those posts. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bench warrants issued for TCI insurance defaulters Invest Turks and Caicos Hosts Enhancing National Competitiveness Conference Related Items:anton FAESSLER, invest tci, national insurance board, TREMMAINE SWANN HARVEY, turks and caicos islanderlast_img read more

Sunken seiner leaks oil near Sitka

first_imgA 58-foot seiner that sank Wednesday is now estimated to have spilled 10-30 gallons of oil in Sitka waters. The incident took place half a mile from the mouth of Indian River.Download AudioThe Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization (SEAPRO) and local responders deployed booms around the vessel to contain the spill. SEAPRO also plans to pre-stage 600 feet of boom, in case more oil is released.The owner, William Manos, reports that 600 gallons of diesel fuel and 70 gallons of hydraulic and lube oils were on board the F/V Pacific Venture at the time of the sinking. According to the Coast Guard, fuel vents on the port side of the vessel have been plugged and other products remain in closed systems. A dive contractor will arrive in Sitka today to assess the situation and potentially remove fuel from the vessel, lessening the risk of pollution.A Unified Command has formed to take care of clean-up, that includes the Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the National Park Service, Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Manos, the vessel’s owner.The Pacific Venture ran aground Tuesday evening, rolled over, and sank in 25 feet of water Wednesday morning. No injuries have been reported, and there have been no confirmed reports of impacts to wildlife.“Responders are working diligently to minimize the impact on the environment and the community,” said Bob Mattson, State On Scene Coordinator. The cause of the grounding is currently under investigation.last_img read more

Chefornak bands together to combat climate change

first_imgRosalie Kalistook, General Manager of the Chefornak Village Corporation, standing next to her aunt’s home just 12 feet from the shoreline. December 16, 2017. (Photo by Christine Trudeau / KYUK)Villages like Newtok, Shishmaref and Kivalina have become well known for being on the front line of Climate change, but many other communities are facing erosion and flooding issues. Chefornak, in the Y-K Delta near the Bering Sea coast, is one of those villages. KYUK continues its look at climate change and how Chefornak’s villagers are facing the future.Listen nowOn a crisp and clear Saturday morning, Rosalie Kalistook, known as Rose, walks down to the edge of her aunt’s home. Standing next to a fish drying rack, Rose points several yards across the snow to the shoreline.“My aunt’s house, the land is falling from here,” Kalistook said. “You can see it. It’s 12 feet away from my aunt’s home. I think it’s two feet from her shed here.”It’s mid-December, and some men are out on the ice fishing for blackfish. Kalistook is the General Manager of the Chefornak Village Corporation. She points again, this time farther down the shore.“And you see that house up here? Their steam house is ready to go, and next will be their home,” Kalistook said.Kalistook gestures farther, indicating several more buildings.“And you can see the old BIA school that’s ready to fall out too,” Kalistook said. “And in the back the AVCP Head Start is ready to go as well.”Rosalie Kalistook’s father, Paul Tunuchuk’s home, in Chefornak. December 16, 2017. (Photo by Christine Trudeau / KYUK)At her parents’ home, just behind her aunt’s house, her 79-year-old father Paul Tunuchuk shares memories of the old village of Chefornak while his 18-year-old granddaughter Alexia Aylyuk translates.Tunuchuk says that the old village was on the other side of the Cicing old village site, where it was “nice and quiet.”Tunuchuk was a young man around Alexia’s age when Chefornak moved to its present spot in the 1950s. Then, like now, erosion and flooding threatened and villagers needed to get to higher, more stable ground,“From old village over there… easy to flight. That’s what this move was, [it] was higher right here, [in] this village,” Tunuchuk said.“So he’s saying that it was a lot more easier to get floods over there than over here, so we all just moved the village up to a higher place just to be safe. We all just moved, took our things, used a boat, kayak. We just started from there, I guess,” Aylyuk said.More than half a century later, it’s Tunuchuk’s daughter Rosalie Kalistook who is trying to find a way to move the village again. She’s searching for both higher ground and the money to move what’s been built since, which is considerably less movable and more expensive.After Kalistook came on board, the corporation put two Chefornak college students to work on a community survey.“The outcome of the survey came out that the concern of almost every home is erosion,” Kalistook said.That survey became the basis of a five-year strategic plan. And one of the students, Eric Tunuchuk, is working with Max Neale at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to apply for grants for Chefornak. The price tag? It’s estimated that the cost of building a seawall to protect the village of less than 500 people will cost $25 million. Funds from grants they apply for now won’t be arriving for a year or more.“If we can use a million or two at a time,” Kalistook said, “Eventually we’ll get to save the village, I am hoping.”To make their case they also need data on erosion, potentially from community monitoring programs now being put together by the state government, Alaska Ocean Observing Systems, and the Alaska Institute for Justice, which is already working with several Y-K Delta villages. Executive Director Robin Bronen says that the goal is to keep data collection simple and easy.The big problem is that erosion does not qualify as an emergency under the Stafford Act, the law governing the federal emergency program. Bronen says that gathering data will help prove that erosion, in the face of climate change, is no longer slow moving, but a real emergency.“What’s actually happening in communities shouldn’t be called erosion because it’s happening much faster,” Bronen said.Bronen says that the price Alaska’s coastal communities are now paying for the loss of the protections ice and permafrost once provided against erosion, storm surges and flooding, is beyond an environmental problem. It’s a human rights challenge.“The right to self-determination is the most critical right to protect when you’re talking about the way that climate change is affecting the habitability of the places where people have lived for generations,” Bronen said.Back at Kalistook’s father’s house, the television plays in the living room while the elder contemplates ways to combat the erosion and flooding that is once again threatening his village.“He wants something to do with probably putting most of the houses probably just further back from near the river,” Aylyuk said as she translates for her grandfather. “’Cause some of the houses are very old, and elders live there, and there is not much we can do.”The walls of the Tunuchuk home are covered in photographs of loved ones: those that have passed on and those that remain. Tunuchuk says that one of his favorite things about Chefornak’s current location is its proximity to good fishing.Alexia Aylyuk, 18, holds up a live blackfish just caught outside her 79-year-old grandfather Paul Tunuchuk’s home in Chefornak. December 16, 2017. (Photo by Christine Trudeau / KYUK)“Lots of fish around here. That’s why [we] moved right here,” Tunuchuk said.A moment later, a family member hauls in a big bag filled with wriggling black fish.“Fish, blackfish…” Tunuchuk said with a smile.Next fall in Bethel, a climate change workshop will be offered to Y-K Delta communities by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative.last_img read more

Private firm donates 10 lakh to SVIMS in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: SVIMS Sri Balaji Arogya Varaprasadini Scheme (SBAVPS) received a donation of Rs 10 lakh on Saturday. Y Raghavendra of Shivam Condev Private Limited, Odisha handed over a demand draft of Rs 10 lakh to SVIMS Director Dr TS Ravikumar at the Institute. Till date, the company has donated more than Rs 1 crore to SVIMS SBAVPS.last_img

If Congress Doesnt Fund CHIP Thousands Of Pregnant Texans Will Lose Health

first_imgGABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTIf Congress doesn’t reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) soon, it’s not just Texas children who could lose access to health insurance; thousands of pregnant women could lose coverage, too.Texas doesn’t run the program without federal funding, and officials say it’s set to run out of money Jan. 31. By law, state officials must give families 30 days’ notice that the program is shutting down, so families could be getting letters next month.Besides the 450,000 children in Texas who receive health care through the program, about 35,000 pregnant women here also rely on CHIP for prenatal and postpartum care. These are mostly women who don’t make a lot of money, but who don’t qualify for Medicaid.Anne Dunkelberg, an associate director with the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, says the program covers mostly immigrant women – both undocumented and documented.“Texas is one of only six states in the United States that doesn’t provide Medicaid maternity care to our lawfully present immigrants,” she says. “So the women who have green cards – who are called legal permanent residents of the United States – we exclude them.”Dunkelberg says federal health officials decided during the George W. Bush administration to extend CHIP to these pregnant women – or more accurately, their unborn children.“The services that that woman qualifies for have to all be related to the child,” says Laura Guerra-Cardus, deputy director of the Children’s Defense Fund in Austin. “So, if the woman breaks her arm or she gets pneumonia or something like that – that’s actually not covered with CHIP.”The argument behind the policy was that once the children are born, they will be U.S. citizens and probably be covered by CHIP or Medicaid. So, the program is just reaching those future U.S. citizens early.But, if CHIP goes away, those low-income women – and their unborn children – won’t have another affordable option for health insurance.Guerra-Cardus says she asked an outreach worker in the valley what families will do if CHIP ends. “She says, ‘They are just going to show up to the hospital on delivery day.’”Dunkelberg says that’s not the way women should be getting care.“We want women to get a full complement of prenatal visits,” she says, “and we want to make sure they get checked up afterward, too.”Both Dunkelberg and Guerra-Cardus say getting rid of CHIP for those pregnancies could lead to bad health outcomes for the women and their babies.Guerra-Cardus says considering what’s going on in Texas, this could make a bad problem worse.“In our state, that’s dealing with such a high level of maternal mortality, you know, this is a wrong direction to go,” she says.Texas has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. A few years ago, the rate of women who died while pregnant or right after giving birth doubled. Experts have said access to medical care early in a pregnancy is one way to decrease those rates.Texas officials have asked the federal government for money that would keep the program running at least through February. Sharelast_img read more

Why did you allow capping of ATM transactions HC to RBI

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday questioned Reserve Bank of India’s decision to put a cap on withdrawals by banking customers using their ATM cards, saying account holders were being “unneccesarily taxed”.As per RBI’s new guidelines, bank customers in six metros — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore — are allowed to withdraw money free of charge only five times a month and every transaction beyond this limit will be charged Rs 20 per use. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashA division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice P S Teji issued notice to RBI, Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) and State Bank of India while fixing the matter for next hearing on February 18. “Why are you unnecessarily taxing your own account holders. File your response by next date of hearing,” the bench said. The High Court was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Swati Aggarwal, seeking directions to allow banking customers to make unlimited number of transactions free of any charge on own bank ATMs. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsAccording to the plea, the guidelines came into force from November 1 and have already been implemented by several banks, including State Bank of India, the largest bank in India, said the plea. It claimed that the guidelines were issued at the behest of a few banks and IBA, which had approached RBI seeking changes in the extant instructions regarding free transactions at other banks’ ATMs. The plea contended that levying of charges was highly “arbitrary and unjustified” besides being “discriminatory and against good banking practices and reforms and a backward move”. It also said that the RBI guidelines were against international practices in relation to use of own bank ATMs followed across the world.  “In almost all modern economies of the world, there is no cap on the number of transactions one can make on own bank ATM and unlimited number of transactions remain free of charge on their own bank ATMs,” it said.last_img read more

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis – The Comedy of an Era and

first_imgThey’re often overlooked in the grand scheme of things, but back in the 1940s and 50s Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were a showbusiness phenomenon. A rapid rise to fame led to TV appearances and movies, which kept them at the top for a decade.What was the secret of their joint success? Martin and Lewis relied on each other like family, and were sometimes jokingly characterized as a married couple.A combination of mutual admiration and aggravation created a chemistry that audiences lapped up, whether on stage at the Copacabana club in New York or wowing the nation during the Colgate Comedy Hour.Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, 1950.The double act was formed as much by accident than design. Lewis met Martin in 1945, as he was exiting his teens.Crooner Dean was 9 years older and under contract to MCA. His assured style made an instant impression on Lewis and a younger brother/older brother dynamic was formed.Original studio publicity photo of Dean Martin for the film Bells Are Ringing (1960).To get his attention while on the same bill, Lewis interrupted Martin’s performance with slapstick. Thankfully Dean got the joke and a template was formed for their otherwise improvised antics.As described in the New York Times review of Lewis’s book Dean and Me in 2005, “The pair’s live shows were often pandemonium, bubbles of potential chaos in which both they and the audience ‘knew that at any minute absolutely anything could happen.’”Publicity photo of Jerry Lewis when he was guest-hosting The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson.On the surface, the act appeared simple. A Guardian article from 2005 writes, “To look at them, they hardly made a natural pair: Dean with his leonine beauty and slow, assured touch with a song or a joke; Jerry gaunt and gangly and hysterical and screeching like a klaxon horn.”It was a little more complex than that. Both men had a natural intelligence when it came to their showbiz persona.Colgate Comedy Hour.In the days before political correctness Martin faked alcoholism, boosting his laid-back profile. Lewis was in awe of his ability to think on his feet, even when pretending to be legless.As for Jerry, he harbored ambitions as an artist and fashioned the image of the pair in unexpected ways. The Guardian mentions that “Each stood about 6’1″, but Jerry added lifts to Dean’s shoes and had the soles and heels of his own shaved so that Dean appeared taller.”Martin and Lewis in an episode of The Colgate Comedy Hour.With the younger man wielding control, it was only a matter of time before Dean lost interest. The increasingly explosive double act called it quits after 10 years.Lewis and Martin’s affection for each other had been soured by the limelight, yet that love was reflected a thousandfold in the country.The New York Times states “the Martin and Lewis bust-up devastated the team’s multitudinous fans more than the breakup of any Hollywood romance. In the days just before that last show, word got back to Lewis that there was a lot of ‘touchingly hopeful’ gossip around town that the two would patch things up, and afterward, both men faced hostility from a resentful public.”Martin and Lewis on Ed Sullivan’s The Toast of the Town in 1948.Yet the damage was done and the “brothers” went their separate ways. Lewis developed his career, writing and directing his own movies.Martin became forever associated with Frank Sinatra and his pals of The Rat Pack, as well as receiving acclaim for his acting and singing.Sinatra with Dean Martin and Judy Garland in 1962.Sinatra played a key role reuniting the pair in a 1976 telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.With Lewis performing his usual hosting duties (as he’d been doing for a decade) Frank snuck Dino into the wings. Lewis’s surprise gave way to warmth and the old magic seemed to be recaptured, if only for one night.Martin and Lewis in 1955.Though Lewis and Martin as a partnership was largely defunct, the personal bond they had couldn’t be denied. It brought them together again in 1987 when Dean suffered an immense tragedy. After his son Dino Jr. died in a plane crash, Jerry reached out. Lewis went on to lose his son Joseph to suicide in 2009, though Dean had sadly passed away in 1995. Jerry died in 2017.That same year, MEL Magazine wrote about Martin and Lewis, saying “Their partnership, and its aftermath, was everything we’ve come to expect from siblings: contentious, but with a begrudging understanding that the other person knows you better than anyone else.”Read another story from us: The FBI Files and Mob Ties of Frank SinatraIn a sense what they had was a love affair, albeit a platonic one. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin’s relationship kept the world laughing in the post-war period and went on to inspire many with their genuine connection.last_img read more

New Comprehensive Report on Renal Denervation Devices Market is Thriving Worldwide

first_imgRenal Denervation Market Report, published by Allied Market Research, forecasts that the global market was valued at $197 million in 2015, and is expected to reach $3,153 million by 2022, supported by a CAGR of 48.5% during the forecast period 2014 – 2022. Symplicity Renal Denervation System is estimated to continue generating highest revenue throughout the forecast period, owing to growing number of product approvals across the globe. Europe held the leading position in the global market in 2015, and is expected to maintain its lead in the future.Symplicity is the major and most frequently used product of the renal denervation market. According to the CIRSE Member Survey (2013), Symplicity is used by approximately 78% of the European hospitals. This system is generally preferred as it delivers low level of RF energy and thus reduces the potential risks associated with high levels of RF radiation on body tissues.Download Sample PDF Brochure at: players have adopted product development as their key strategy to cater to the changing needs of the industry. Major players operating in this market include Ablative Solutions, Inc., Boston Scientific Corporation, Cardiosonic Ltd, Kona Medical, Inc., Medtronic plc, Mercator MedSystems, Inc., ReCor Medical, Inc., Renal Dynamics Limited, St. Jude Medical, Inc., and Terumo Medical Corporation. As of 2015, Medtronic dominated the overall renal denervation market, followed by St. Jude Medical.Increasing prevalence and incidence of hypertension and blood pressure, changing lifestyle of the people, improvement of healthcare infrastructure in developing countries, and cost effectiveness of the renal denervation procedure as compared to other multidrug treatment therapies propel the market growth. However, stringent approval process for renal denervation devices, and patient discomfort and pain that arises during the procedure hamper the market growth.Do Purchase Enquiry at: Renal Denervation System is projected to be the fastest growing segment, with a CAGR of 57.6% from 2016 to 2022, as this system can be used for arteries of variable diameter (has a balloon that can be expanded into variable sizes). In addition, it uses a full-color graphic user interface that increases the accuracy and operation of the device. Boston Scientific, manufacturer of Vessix Renal Denervation System, considers this market to be a potential growth opportunity for expanding its business.Radiofrequency was the most frequently used technology in the renal denervation market. In addition, it was the major segment in 2015 and is expected to lead throughout the forecast period. Ultrasound is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 56.4%, as it overcomes the limitations of radiofrequency devices.Key findings of Renal Denervation Market:On the basis of product type, the Symplicity Renal Denervation System segment accounted for the largest share, while Vessix Renal Denervation System is projected to grow at the fastest rate.Radiofrequency segment dominated the overall renal denervation market.Utrasound is poised to grow at the highest CAGR of 56.4% during the analysis period.Europe was the leading geographic market in 2015, and it is projected to lead for the next few years.Asia-Pacific is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 50.6%.Learn More at: read more

Asian nominees announced for World Travel Awards

first_imgThe nominations for the World Travel Awards in Asia have been announced. A record number of Indian travel and tourism companies are in the running to receive an accolade at the World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia Ceremony in October.  Regional winners will then go forward to compete against some of the finest travel operators in the world in the 17th World Travel Awards 2010 final in London.The nominees from the Asia/Australasia region are among 5, 000 nominated companies, spread across more than 1, 000 categories, including airlines, cruise companies, destinations, resorts and hotels in 162 countries.Graham E. Cooke, Founder and President, World Travel Awards, said: “We have been overwhelmed with the tremendous response to self nominations this year, which have grown a phenomenal 50 per cent on 2009.”“The quality and quantity of nominees within the Indian categories has surpassed all previous years. With the largest number of dedicated country categories within the Asia Awards, Indian is undoubtedly a very strong competitor for the 2010 awards.””The surge in nominations, in the face of a global recession, demonstrates the vital role that World Travel Awards now plays within the travel industry. “More multinational companies than ever, ranging from Etihad Airways and TAP Portugal to InterContinental Hotels, Universal Studios and Disney, are spearheading their global marketing campaigns with their award victories,” he added.Winners of the Asia & Australasia Ceremony will be announced at the The Claridges Surajkund, Delhi, on Sunday 17 October. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Anaheim Visitor Convention Bureau changes name

first_imgAnaheim Visitor & Convention Bureau changes nameThe Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) today unveiled its new name, Visit Anaheim. After more than 20 years as AOCVCB, the destination marketing organization (DMO) streamlined its name and introduced a fresh and contemporary new brand that invoked the past, present and future of the destination, while encouraging travelers to do what the name suggests: Visit Anaheim.“A year’s worth of brand exploration, consumer, meetings and travel trade research told us clearly that we needed a name and brand that is reflective of our organization’s mission,” said Jay Burress, president & CEO, Visit Anaheim. “Visit Anaheim is a name that travel enthusiasts and conventioneers can easily find and understand. It evokes a sense of discovery and clearly communicates that we have an incredible, awe-inspiring destination that people should come see for themselves.”The second largest city in Orange County, Anaheim has undergone a massive revitalization and beautification effort and is home to some of California’s most exciting and prestigious attractions, entertainment and sports venues, theme parks and an exploding foodie culture and brew scene.“Our new look is bold, timeless and delights in the uniqueness of Anaheim. It also perfectly encapsulates the next stage we are entering into as an organization. We are here to help inspire the imagination of every visitor that comes to our destination – whether they’re a sports fan, adrenaline junkie, beach lover, theme park enthusiast or foodie – and change the way they see the world,” said BurressRebranding Efforts and New NameTo land on its new name and brand essence, the DMO conducted multiple focus groups and key stakeholder interviews in and around Anaheim, Orange County, Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Jose to better understand how travelers perceived the destination, which includes Anaheim, Garden Grove and the greater Orange County. The findings were clear that the DMO’s broad consumer and business travel audiences were not aware of what the destination offers and what it represents. Rebranding to Visit Anaheim was a critical first step in better communicating the DMO’s distinct personality, while remaining committed to serving its Southern California partners and promoting tourism for the greater county as it has since its founding in 1961. Visit Anaheim Source = Visit Anaheimlast_img read more