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Evaluating antenatal and postnatal care around the globe

first_imgAntenatal (ANC) and postnatal (PNC) care for women—crucial for ensuring healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy mothers and babies—is the focus of several new studies involving researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The four studies, published in the March 2016 issue of the British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (BJOG), examined topics such as successes and challenges of several ANC and PNC care delivery models in different settings around the world and how to integrate such care with overall maternal and child health services.Both the BJOG “Editor’s Choice” column and a BJOG commentary highlighted the papers.The studies resulted from work completed by Harvard Chan School’s Women and Health Initiative (WHI) under a project titled “Adding Content to Contact.” Several Harvard Chan researchers were study authors—including WHI coordinator Ana Langer and Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems—as well as colleagues from the World Health Organization, Instituto de Cooperación Social Integrare, the University of Central Lancashire, and Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Triple Dawg

first_imgGriffin, Georgia, native Bethany Harris has found the perfect job using her entomology and horticulture education from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES). As assistant director of education at Callaway Gardens, Harris truly works out in the field, overseeing the butterfly center and educational gardens, managing over 200 volunteers, and teaching workshops for the public.A 2009 graduate of Griffin Christian High School, Harris earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental resource science in 2013, a master of science degree in entomology in 2015 and a doctoral degree in horticulture in 2018, all while taking most of her upper-level courses on the UGA Griffin campus.“My degrees exposed me to working with pollinators and butterflies, so this job is a perfect fit for me,” said Harris. “In addition to the butterfly center, we have an outdoor butterfly garden and my research at UGA centered around native pollinators and butterflies.”Harris said her doctoral work with CAES horticulture Professor Bodie Pennisi at UGA-Griffin exposed her to many horticultural concepts that she brings to her new role.At Callaway Gardens, she hopes to reestablish an insect zoo and is working with her UGA colleagues in the UGA Department of Entomology to make that a reality. She also plans to establish a honeybee colony at Callaway with the help of a volunteer beekeeper.To learn more about the degrees offered at UGA-Griffin, go to www.griffin.uga.edu.last_img read more

Fest Gear

first_img1. Outdoor Research TerminiIn the thick of summer, the Termini is just what you need to get through long days of festing. Despite the casual look, it’s made of technical, extremely lightweight nylon with an airy fit that will let what little wind’s out there reach you for sweet relief. Add odor control treatment and UPF 30 sun protection, and you’ve found the shirt that will carry you through the weekend. $65; outdoorresearch.com2. Chaco UpdraftA revamped take on the classic Chaco, the Updraft features a lighter streamlined sole with a comfortably sculpted platform that cradles your foot and the expected grippy Vibram® traction on the bottom that you can’t live without. $110; chacos.com3. Kelty LumaSpot RhythmPerfect for campsite illumination and background tunes, the LumaSpot Rhythm is a versatile lantern with a bright, movable spotlight mounted to the top and a built-in MP3 player to keep the jams rolling all night. Bonus feature: multi-colored LED’s can be set to disco mode for your late night campsite dance party. $65; kelty.com4. Sierra Yahi 6 TentTake advantage of basecamp-style festy camping and stretch out with the Yahi 6. The border pole design pops quickly and delivers plenty of room for the whole family or a handful of close friends and a cooler. Two doors and two vestibules mean easy entry and exit, as well as simple organization of gear and other festival essentials. $399; sierradesigns.com5. Crazy Creek New Hex 2.0There’s no hassle bringing the New Hex 2.0 out to the main stage for a set of bluegrass. The lightweight camp chair features high-density core foam for long stints of comfortable chillaxing with your favorite tunes. Plus, when it’s time to bounce around the grounds, it rolls up to only four inches in diameter. $40; crazycreek.com6. Eagles Nest Outfitter SlackWireIn between sets, hook up the SlackWire and challenge your friends to a balance competition. See who has the strongest core with this slacklining wire that sets up in minutes and comes in a convenient carrying case for festy transport. $60; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com 7. Eureka Sawtooth 45LEureka makes its first foray into backpacks with the Sawtooth, a rugged, durable, and affordable overnight pack. Extensive exterior pocketing keeps water bottles and maps within easy reach, and the roomy interior stows a week’s worth of gear and food. $109; eureka.com8. Scarpa SparkAnother crossover company, Scarpa has long been known for its tough hiking and mountaineering footwear. Now it has released its first trail shoe. The Spark weighs in at a lean 9.7 ounces, yet it has plenty of grip and support for rugged Blue Ridge trails. A minimalist design and a sturdy sole make the Spark a quick, nimble trail shoe for running, fastpacking, or day hiking. Eco-bonus: the Spark is made of 40 percent recycled materials. $115; scarpa.com9. Pura Water BottleMany water bottles claim to be BPA-free, but Pura ensures that every component—from lid to lining—is made from 100%, BPA-free stainless steel. Even the lid is steel, ensuring no sneaky endocrine disruptors leach into your water. It’s also 100% recyclable and made from 60% recycled steel. No other water bottle offers the safety and durability of the Pura. $25; purastainless.com10. Anarchy McCoy SunglassesLightweight and flexible, the McCoys withstood a week of getting smashed, crunched, and sat on. Named after Steve McCoy from the 1972 movie The Getaway, these classic shades provide complete UV protection, and the polarized lenses are especially impressive behind the wheel. Rugged and durable, they didn’t break or scratch after a road trip that involved multiple cars, hikes, and kids. $40; anarchyeyewear.com11. Outdoor Research Helium JacketIt’s as light as its name. The Helium compresses into its own pocket so small that it’s barely noticeable, yet the durable storm shell protects hikers from sudden downpours or cold fronts. The elastic cuffs and drawcord ensure weather-tight shielding. $130; outdooresearch.com12. Carhartt Canvas Cargo PantsCarhartt is synoymous with rugged durability, and the cargo pants live up to the Carhartt legacy. They are ideal for rugged adventure. Made of 7.5-ounce, 100% ring-spun cotton, they offer thigh, multiple tool, and utility pockets and a right leg utility band. They’re quite simply the toughest pants on the planet, yet the cotton is comfortable and lightweight. Wear them on and off the trail for durable, long-lasting comfort and style. $82; carhartt.comClick here for our full list of festivals!last_img read more

A lottery you can’t lose

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Bob HildrethImagine that you have a low-paying job but still manage to save a little for your kids’ future every month. Then someone comes along and offers you a chance to win a cash prize. You just have to put your interest into a pool from which the prize is made. Would you do it? My bet is you would. Today’s interest rates are so low that you would be giving up a little for the chance to win a lot. That’s prize-linked savings in a nutshell, and it could spur a lot of people to save.It is very encouraging to witness the increased interest in motivating low-income households to save and accumulate wealth around the nation. Scholars like Michael Sherraden have helped us understand how the lack of assets is one of the main factors preventing low-income families from upward economic mobility (read more about Sherraden’s work here). First, the Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), then the Children Savings Accounts (CSAs) and matched 529 college savings accounts, and now there is yet another exciting development: prized-linked savings (PLS).PLS is a powerful idea based on the premise that savings can be made more fun and attractive when merged with the logic of the lottery. Compared to traditional savings accounts, PLS accounts do not earn interest. The interest accrued on all the accounts is pooled and periodically distributed as prizes to its participants. It is essentially a no-loss lottery. continue reading »last_img read more

NAFCU adds to Congressional Caucus speaker list

first_imgRep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., lead cosponsor of H.R. 2769, the “Credit Union Risk-Based Capital Study Act of 2015,” will speak during NAFCU’s Political Administrative Fund breakfast during the association’s Congressional Caucus next month in Washington.NAFCU’s Political Administrative Fund breakfast will include a private conversation with Heck, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, on current issues facing credit unions. Attendees can sign up for the breakfast here.NAFCU has also confirmed Joyce Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, for the Defense Credit Union Summit, which is taking place Sept. 16, in conjunction with the Congressional Caucus. The summit will feature military-focused speakers and discussions of the issues facing credit unions that serve members of the military. Reps. Joe Heck, R-Nev., and Jeff Miller, R-Fla., have also been confirmed as speakers for NAFCU’s Defense Credit Union Summit.Also recently confirmed to speak during the general session at NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus is Brian Peretti, financial services critical infrastructure program manager for the Treasury Department’s Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy. He will address data and cybersecurity trends and best practices. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Good Governance: Make the most of new directors’ perspectives

first_imgAs new credit union directors settle into their roles and responsibilities, they can offer valuable views on several persistent challenges facing many boards, which may be informed by their own experiences being recruited and trained for board service.Stagnation and Demographic HomogeneityCredit unions have more long-tenured board members than other business sectors, which increases the likelihood of a default toward the status quo, suggests Matt Fullbrook, manager of the David & Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Fullbrook is also and faculty at CUES Governance Leadership Institute™ at Rotman. And especially for historically SEG-based credit unions, board membership may skew toward people from the same or similar professions.“People who are familiar with each other and used to interacting tend to be much less likely to challenge each other and to step outside what they’re used to in recruiting new directors,” he says. “There’s a huge amount of both scientific and anecdotal evidence suggesting that diverse perspectives dramatically enhance the ability of groups to make good decisions. They’re more willing to challenge each other. They bring diverse perspectives to what might seem like a mundane question or decision, which may raise new opportunities.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, May 22

first_imgDeath with Dignity vulnerable to abuseI’m disappointed that The Gazette has failed to print (up to May 13) anything about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support for physician-assisted suicide (bills A2694/S3947). More than 75 years ago, my aunt would regularly visit a friend suffering from dementia at the Egelfing hospital, but stopped doing so very suddenly. I searched for Egelfing and found Hitler’s “T4 Program,” which sent SS troops disguised as doctors to transfer disabled patients to other facilities, where they were systematically killed. Later. their families received an urn of ashes with condolences regarding the unfortunate death of their loved ones. This was Hitler’s assisted-suicide program. Now our governor is endorsing a law that will lead to similar results.The financial pressures for mercy killing are enormous. Insurance companies would rather pay for a cheap death pill than for months or years of medical care. Greedy relatives are reluctant to see their inheritance frittered away on nursing home costs.Assisted suicide advocates claim to avoid needless suffering by providing a dignified death. Of course, this is only meant for fully conscious, adult, terminally ill patients who freely request it. Safeguards would be included to prevent abuse. It is intrinsically evil to kill an innocent human being. No number of safeguards can ever make that morally acceptable. Christians should remember the Lord’s most undignified death. Soon “Death with Dignity” will include the demise of useless eaters and life unworthy of life, just as happened in my youth. We should call it Cuomo’s T4 Program.Wendell NeugebauerBallston Spa Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHolocaust memorial will be asset to townRegarding the proposed Holocaust Museum in Niskayuna, I, for one, commend the panel on its support of this worthy project. To quote Stephen Berk, “If there was ever a time when a Holocaust Memorial should be built, this is the time.”I am appalled by some of the negative comments such as “this project is asking the neighbors to live with man’s inhumanity to man for the rest of their lives. It’s the wrong place, build it elsewhere.”This is a project for everyone in the community and also for future generations.Hopefully, the next forum (tonight) will be more productive.Phyllis ChapmanGlenville Duci worked in best interests of people I have been a close friend of Frank Duci’s for more than 43 years.When we first met, I was introduced to Frank by Leo Keneston, then the 4th ward Republican at my first county committee meeting. The chairman was Ed Cammarota.I was a young lawyer at the time. Frank asked me to participate in all his campaigns, and over the years we went to most political and community functions together. Frank was very resourceful and was an accomplished artist, sketching many political figures like Ronald Reagan and Mario Cuomo. After Frank retired, I co- hosted his show, “Frankly Speaking,” on the Schenectady public access channel. Going to the studio at Proctors, Frank would take the time to talk to the parking attendants. That’s the kind of man Frank was — always attentive to his constituents’ needs.  I had the pleasure to serve as the deputy corporation counsel under Frank and  Mike Cuevas. At the time, the council was in Democrat hands and I was doing the legislation (local laws, ordinances, and resolutions). Frank and I worked with the council on a bipartisan basis in the best interests of the people. That’s the kind of man Frank was.  Frank had a lot of accomplishments. One of them was spearheading a referendum to change the form of government from manager to strong mayor. Not once, but twice, the Democrats asked for and got another referendum. Frank prevailed both times.Frank was a great man and I will miss him dearly.Paul TockerSchenectady Trump shows talent for losing big moneyWhy don’t the critics of Donald Trump give him credit for being able to do certain things better than almost anyone else? One of his finest accomplishments, which certainly gives him bragging rights, is losing $1.17 billion in his business dealings in only 10 years. I challenge any reader of The Gazette to put together a business scheme that would beat what Trump was able to do. Perhaps The Gazette could sponsor a competition along those lines. And if Trump was able to lose so much money so quickly in running his own business, imagine what he can and is doing for our nation.Putting his significant talent to work, he is increasing our national deficit faster than anyone thought possible. Wow.Arnold SeikenSchenectady Continue the fight against robo callsCongratulations for taking strong positions on many consumer issues. Please keep advocating for strong limits on robo calls. I wish we could boycott services that unbelievably ask people to agree to such harassment just to use their services.I used to be better than a paid ad for PayPal. But lately, they will not allow a smooth transaction without you accepting and using a code they send to your smart phone. As part of the agreement to which you consent is this language:“If a telephone number provided to us is a mobile telephone number, you consent to receive SMS or text messages at that number. We won’t share your phone number with non-affiliated third parties for their purposes without your consent but may share your phone numbers with our Family of Companies or with our service providers, such as billing or collections companies, who may contact you using auto-dialed or prerecorded message calls or text messages. Standard telephone minute and text charges may apply if we contact you.”We need to find a better “pal.”Betty PieperScotiaTake action against impact of humansThere is widespread agreement that human activity is having long-term adverse on the Earth’s climate and thus on prospects of our survival as a species.That is to say, if we are to have a sustainable environment, there must be fewer humans exhaling CO2.A simple way to achieve this end would be stop subsidizing childbirth. This may be done by ending public financing of education. This approach towards working on a stable environment may also lead to an acceptance of the reality that today, a woman’s choice to become a mother, much like buying a car, is strictly a private matter.Like buying a car, she should be accountable for all of the costs of her decision. These costs include the cost of educating her child. It should not be the public’s responsibility. As for the transition issues associated with a sustainable environment and female responsibility, I suggest that we follow the St. Clare’s president and end all retirement contributions for professional employees.Fred BarneyAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

China condemns US tweet on Taiwan exclusion from UN

first_imgChina has condemned a US tweet backing Taiwan’s push for participation at the United Nations as the global body works with its 193 member states to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.Beijing’s diplomatic mission to the UN expressed “strong outrage and firm opposition” to a message on Friday by the United States calling Taiwan’s exclusion an “affront” to UN principles.The self-ruled island, which Beijing considers a wayward province awaiting reunification, has been held up as a model in fighting the virus. Fewer than 500 cases have been detected in Taiwan despite its proximity to the Chinese mainland where the outbreak began.”Barring #Taiwan from setting foot on UN grounds is an affront not just to the proud Taïwanese people, but to UN principles,” the tweet by the US mission said.US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft retweeted the message.In response a statement by Beijing said “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China”.The Twitter account of the US mission also shared earlier tweets from the US State Department that called for Taiwan’s inclusion in a coming World Health Organization (WHO) assembly.Relations between the UN and Taiwan were strained long before the pandemic but have deteriorated in the past three months.The WHO’s leadership have been accused of being too close to Beijing and complimentary of China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.Topics :last_img read more

Dominica could be the station for marketing wellness tourism

first_img Tweet Indian High Commissioner Mala Mishara. Photo credit: GIS NewsIndian High Commissioner to Dominica Mala Mishra said the Nature Isle is the ideal country to market a new form of tourism that has the potential to boost the struggling sector.Mishra said India is willing to partner with Dominica in that regard.He said a delegation could soon visit Dominica to discuss ways to get the initiative off the ground.“We use a lot of humble plants to generate medicines and we make medicines, we produce them in India and export them in large quantities. We also run medical tourism or wellness tourism where we offer a lot of treatments in spas. I think Dominica could be an ideal location in the Caribbean to market wellness tourism and you can add that as a very important tourism product in Dominica and you can really do well,” he said.Mishra said plans are underway to bring a delegation from India to identify the plants to start the project.“The delegation will develop some kind of laboratory and then manufacture the plants not only to be used in Dominica but other parts of the region,” Mishra added. LocalNews Dominica could be the station for marketing wellness tourism by: – April 19, 2011 22 Views   no discussions Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Persons React to the first Edition of The Last Enemy

first_imgPhoto Credit: mirror.co.uk DBS Radio’s Production Manager Felix Henderson’s Latest featured Program’s first edition “The Last Enemy” was aired today on the Nation Station from 9:00am.The First Edition which was just about an hour long spoke of the beginning of time when God created man,  the deception of man by the devil and the condemnation of death unto man because of sin.It also spoke of persons preparing for birth and not for death and about the unknown of man’s appointment with death.In the first edition, Mr. Henderson spoke to many nurses and also to Dr. Irvin Mc Intyre about their experience with death in their profession.After the program was aired many called the program “talking Point” hosted by Mr. Steven Dangleben sitting with Mr. Felix Henderson to congratulate him on the production of The Last Enemy” and also spoke of their experience with death at their door step.One man called to share his experience.Click to Hear Audio:The second and third edition of “The Last Enemy” will be aired on Tuesday and Wednesday at 9:00am and be repeated in the afternoons at 2:30pm and the whole program will be aired on Sunday 22nd may 2011 between the hours of 12:00pm to 1:00pm, 3:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 7:00pm on DBS Radio.“The Last Enemy” was written, directed and produced by Mr. Felix Henderson, Production Manager at DBS Radio.News Reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 43 Views   no discussions LocalNews Persons React to the first Edition of The Last Enemy by: – May 16, 2011center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more