4H Members Attend National Conference

first_imgTwo Nova Scotia 4-H members will have the opportunity to exploreagriculture related careers when they attend the National 4-HCareers Conference, entitled My Future, My Choice, in Winnipegfrom Wednesday, March 31 to Sunday, April 4. “It is important to educate youth on careers in agriculture toensure the future sustainability of our industry,” saidAgriculture and Fisheries Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Thisconference will provide the delegates with valuable informationthat will assist them in making important career decisions.” The 4-H members will learn about the agriculture industry and itsimportant contribution to Canada’s economy. The program willconsist of industry visits and tours, career counseling seminarsand simulated job interviews with representatives from governmentand industry. Nova Scotia recipients of travel awards are: Robert Heighton,River John, Pictou Co., and Josh Dillman, Middle Musquodoboit,Halifax Co. They will join 16 other delegates from across Canadaand 40 senior 4-H members from Manitoba.last_img read more

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Affordable accessible healthcare

first_imgIn a country where people by hundreds and thousands live deprived of basic medical and healthcare needs, compounded further by the soaring expenses of everything, the revolutionary phenomena of mohalla clinics pioneered by Aam Aadmi Party has not only found favour with the common people, but people are willingly coming forward in support of this initiative. These primary health centres in Delhi offer a basic package of essential health services including medicines, diagnostics, and consultation free of cost. The purpose of these clinics is to serve as a first point of contact for people with timely services if necessary and ease the load of referrals to secondary and tertiary health facilities in the national capital territory. This ‘zero cost model’ seeks to ensure better access to primary healthcare and reduce out-of-pocket health expenditure for people coming from low-income groups and underdeveloped areas in Delhi. Notwithstanding the politics surrounding this initiative, what speaks volumes of its success is that hundreds of residents have formally come forward to offer their private spaces on rent (to be a maximum of Rs 20,000) to set up more mohalla clinics. More than 650 applications have been received from willing participants. Although the Kejriwal government has delivered only close to 200 of the promised 1,000 mohalla clinics so far, they have found favour with residents and its popularity is remarkable. In a very basic sense, this is the essence of democracy at display here where the involvement and participation of people are maximised, for both their benefit and to the assistance of the government to deliver better.last_img read more

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CANADIAN ACTORS PUSH FOR MORE DIVERSITY IN TELEVISION FILM CASTING

first_img“That guy got to me. I became angry. I became small. I became all these things I’ve been working so hard not to be. But in the end, it was a good thing, because it was a catalyst for me.”Yu is among the Vancouver-based actors now pushing for greater diversity in television and film. He participated in an emotional roundtable video series posted online last fall, organized by the Union of British Columbia Performers, a branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists.Actors say the industry began to change about five years ago, but it has accelerated in the past year and a half with the .MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment business. Discussions about gender have sparked conversations about race, and the voices of diverse actors are being heard more loudly, they say.Yu, who appeared in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” said the man’s comment to him about the ambassador role wouldn’t fly today.“Now, nobody would say that. If he did, everybody would go, ‘Whoa, Raugi belongs here, man. That’s a weird thing to say, dude.”‘Angela Moore, co-chair of the diversity and inclusion committee at the B.C. performers’ union, said the roundtable discussions were meant to showcase the experiences of Middle Eastern, North African and East Asian actors. The previous year, Moore participated in a roundtable with other African-Canadian performers.One of the challenges of being a diverse performer has been trying to get more auditions, she said, and when she first started about 25 years ago she often had to wait for roles that were specifically meant for black actors.“A lot of those roles were service roles, one-liners as a nurse or a prostitute,” Moore said. “I played nurses dozens of times. Nurse No. 2, nurse No. 3. I’ve also played a police officer many times, or a guard.”She noted that many American shows are shot in Vancouver and the leading roles are often already filled with Hollywood actors by the time the production arrives north. Canadian actors are left to fight over smaller parts, she said, and opportunities get smaller still for people of colour.“In the last few years, (the union has) made more inroads with the casting directors about being brought in for different parts, and (casting directors) have had conversations with producers,” she said.Moore said her goal is to collect Canada-wide data on representation of people of colour in television and film so that she knows the baseline in order to improve it.Patrick Sabongui, a Canadian actor of Egyptian heritage, said the moment he realized his cultural identity was going to become an issue was on 9/11.“I quickly identified that there were going to be a lot of work opportunities for a guy like me. Hollywood was going to want to see someone who looked like me as the villain, getting beat up and blown up and as the threat,” he said.As a younger actor with fewer opportunities, Sabongui took those roles. But as he evolved and became a parent, he said he began to feel guilty, though he still needed to accept those types of jobs to put food on the table. Raugi Yu (left), a Montreal-born actor who is advocating for more diversity in the entertainment industry, is pictured directing for television in an undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Raugi Yu) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Sabongui finally drew the line about five years ago and started to look for better parts, but the industry hadn’t quite caught up with his social conscience. The Middle Eastern or North African character could be an ally or a friend, but not the lead character, he said.A turning point for him was a role on “Homeland,” where he played an advocate for wrongly accused Muslim Americans. Now, he plays Captain David Singh on “The Flash,” an openly gay South Asian police captain. These are the kinds of roles he’s been pushing for, he said.Recently, the issue of representation in the entertainment industry was highlighted on one Hollywood’s biggest nights when Canadian actress Sandra Oh delivered an emotional Golden Globes speech in which she celebrated this “moment of change.”But while Oh spoke of a noticeable shift this year, there is still a need for improvement, actors say.A lack of diversity on screen means that young stars can’t imagine themselves in those roles, said Mayumi Yoshida, a Tokyo-born actress based in Vancouver.Yoshida said one of the reasons she moved to the city was because she saw Oh on “Grey’s Anatomy.”“I actually thought, ‘Why is she cast? It’s so odd,’ because I was so used to not seeing her,” said Yoshida. “Then, I thought, ‘Wow, I want to play roles like this.’“If I hadn’t seen Sandra play that, then I still would’ve thought that world belongs to them, not me.”By Laura Kane | The Canadian Press – Follow Laura on Twitter:  @ellekane VANCOUVER — Raugi Yu was thrilled when he nabbed an audition to play a French ambassador. It was about 15 years ago, early in his acting career, and a rare time he’d been welcomed to try out for a role not specifically written for an Asian actor.In the waiting room, a middle-aged white actor auditioning for the same job asked Yu why he was there. When Yu said he was reading for the French ambassador role, the man replied, “Wow, they’re really casting a wide net.”“There was no consideration of how racist that is, and how that would mess with my audition so much, because I was young and I was like, ‘Oh, does that mean I don’t belong here?’ ” recalled Yu, who grew up in Montreal and speaks fluent French. Facebook Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Controversial police clerk faces tough questions over handling of missing women calls

first_imgAPTN National NewsAt the Missing Women’s Inquiry in Vancouver, testimony heated up Monday as the former civilian desk clerk for the Vancouver police department, Sandy Cameron, took the stand.Cameron was the person who took the calls from family members about their missing loved ones.We’ve heard lots of testimony from family members and police witnesses who say she was at times condescending and unprofessional.On the stand, Cameron adamantly denied that she ever told family members that their missing daughters were, “just out partying and would eventually show up.”Cameron says she personally handed out posters for missing persons all around the downtown eastside.Lorelei Williams says when her aunt Dixie tried to report her daughter Tanya missing, Sandy Cameron told her, “If you were a better mother your daughter wouldn’t be missing now.”Cameron adamantly denied this claim.last_img read more

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Margaret Ma Murray Community School Fundraising Concert

first_imgThe concert is on February 28, 2019, the doors open at 5:30 pm. The admission to the concert is by donation and runs from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. and the concert.The goal would be to raise between $5,000 to $10,000 to purchase recorders, ukeleles and drums, all proceeds from the concert will be directed to the music program.The PAC will also be offering a canteen serving: Hot dogs ($2), pizza ($3), water ($1), coffee ($1) and popcorn ($2 large $1 small) as well as raffling baskets with tickets on a variety of baskets at $2 each or 3/$5. There will also be face painting. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Margaret Ma Murray Community School (MMMCS) PAC and Sabrina Brooks, District 60 Band Teacher will be hosting a fundraising Concert.The new school is in need of building their musical instrument selection as each student has the opportunity to participate in the music program once a week. Brooks shared it would be nice to build upon the selection of instruments that are currently available to her so she can provide variety to her students. Studies have shown children that have been exposed to music have healthy brain development.The Northern Winds Community Band and the SD 60 Beginner Band will be performing, as well as performances by the Choir and costumed dancers to complement the movie music theme.last_img read more

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Brazils president says corruption charge is soap opera

An employee looks at the price monitors at the the BM&FBOVESPA Stock Market in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. A day after Brazil’s top prosecutor formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption in a scathing indictment, markets largely shrugged off the news, a sign that the leader’s departure may not be imminent. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) Brazil’s president says corruption charge is ‘soap opera’ SAO PAULO – Brazil’s president dismissed corruption allegations against him as a “soap opera plot” Tuesday and sought to cast doubt on the motivations of the country’s top prosecutor a day after a scathing indictment was issued against the leader.President Michel Temer is fighting to hold onto his job after Attorney General Rodrigo Janot filed an indictment with the Supreme Federal Tribunal on Monday. The charge sheet accuses Temer of corruption for allegedly accepting bribes from an executive at a major meatpacker in exchange for help influencing the decisions of state bodies.The prosecutors “created a soap opera plot,” Temer said in a brief statement to reporters and allies, his first comments since the indictment was presented. “I say without fear of being wrong that the accusation is fiction.”Relying on innuendo, Temer also implied that Janot himself might be involved in a kickback scheme. The president noted that a former aide to the prosecutor is making “millions” working with the law firm representing the company at the centre of the accusations against Temer.“Maybe the millions in fees received weren’t only for the trusted aide, but … I will not conjecture,” Temer said.Janot’s office said in a statement that the former aide mentioned by Temer did not take part in the JBS plea bargain negotiations. It reaffirmed the top prosecutor’s “probity, transparency and responsibility in his dealings in the public sphere.”The president’s office did not respond to a request to elaborate.Temer poured out a stream of adjectives to heap scorn on the accusations against him, calling them injurious, undignified, infamous, shaky, dangerous, irresponsible, frail and precarious.Even for Brazilians virtually inured to revelations of corruption among their politicians, the accusations against Temer were shocking, allegedly occurring just this year, three years into the largest corruption investigation the country’s history, known as Operation Car Wash.If the president is shown to have solicited bribes at the same time that the judiciary was jailing politicians nearly every week, it would reveal incredible audacity and dash hopes that the Car Wash probe would put fear into Brazil’s leaders and put an end to a culture of corruption.Janot’s indictment had been widely expected and financial markets mostly met them with a shrug Tuesday. The benchmark Bovespa fell 0.8 per cent, while Brazil’s real currency pulled back 0.5 per cent against the dollar.But the accusations themselves have roiled Brazilian politics since the details that underpin them began to emerge last month, raising questions about whether Temer will be able to finish out his term, which ends next year.While politicians might be reeling, many Brazilians are finding the dark humour in their country’s turmoil. After Temer’s address, many took to Twitter to mock his assertion that he was proud to be president and didn’t “know how God put me here.” Many posted photos of things in strange places, like a cow on a roof or a horse on a balcony.While Temer may have already lost in the court of public opinion — his approval rating stands at 7 per cent — his fate rests with the lower house of Congress, which now must decide whether the charges move forward. If two-thirds of that chamber votes to accept the indictment, then the president will be suspended for up to 180 days while a trial is conducted. House Speaker Rodrigo Maia, a Temer ally, would be president in the interim.Many observers think Congress won’t force him out.“Several senators and deputies are in the same boat as he is, being accused in the same way, and are trying — in a drowning embrace — to hold onto each other to protect themselves, to avoid prosecutions,” said Sonia Fleury, a political science professor at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas University in Rio de Janeiro.If found guilty, Temer would face a $3 million fine and two to 12 years in prison.Temer is also under investigation over allegations of obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy, and Janot is expected to file those charges in the coming days.The indictment itself was blistering in its assessment of Temer, saying he showed a total disregard for his office and that his actions, including secret meetings not on his official calendar, showed he was trying to cover up “criminal actions.”Temer has denied the allegations and said he will not resign, but will fight the charges.In fact, the charges give Temer an incentive to hang on to office for as long as possible, said Mauricio Santoro, a political scientist at state University of Rio de Janeiro. As a sitting president, Temer can be tried only by the Supreme Federal Tribunal, the country’s highest court.If he left office, he could be tried in lower courts that might move faster and offer less deference.“If Temer resigns this week, he could be in jail next week,” said Santoro.Temer, who took over in May of last year after President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and later removed from office, has the lowest approval rating of a Brazilian president since 1989.___Associated Press journalists Peter Prengaman, Mario Lobao and Renata Brito in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report.___Mauricio Savarese on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/MSavareseSarah DiLorenzo on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sdilorenzo by Mauricio Savarese And Sarah Dilorenzo, The Associated Press Posted Jun 27, 2017 10:46 am MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Awesome Super 8 Movie Projector made from LEGOs

first_imgIf LEGOs can be sent to space, why not use them to make Super 8 movie projectors? Super 8 film launched in 1965 and has long been replaced by HD-quality cameras that don’t even require film. Although we love watching Avatar in HD, there’s a nice vintage feel to Super 8 film that’s hard to get from the crystal clear quality of a Blu-ray disc. To add to our love of retro tech, German inventor Friedemann Wachsmuth has created a Super-8 movie projector out of LEGOs.We previously saw the Legotron, a Mark I 4×5 camera made out of LEGOs, but we have to admit that the LEGO Technic Super-8 Movie Projector is up there in the wow-factor. Everything in the projector is made out of LEGOs except for the reel spindles, the lens, and the lamp. Wachsmuth used a “decent LED flashlight” for the lamp which surprisingly emits a good amount of light.The friction clutch and the gear ration control the slip film reel. The film is pulled through by a claw mechanism, which Wachsmuth calls an “eccentric-driven Claw.” The projector uses two engines, but only uses one when it rewinds. Yes, a projector made out of LEGOs can rewind your film.It also  has an automatic feeding feature and plays the film at 24 fps. That’s not super fast; the frame rate generally regarded as the lowest frequency that constant motion can be seen by people is 16 frames per second. The projector has a 120m reel capability.Judging by the video, which is set to the Hawaii 5-0 theme song to make it even more exciting, the projector works smoothly resulting in fairly good playback of the Super 8 film.The idea is rather nice when you think about it. Both LEGOs and Super 8 were once extremely popular and are now being buried by the latest Call of Duty release or the latest Blu-ray or 3D movie. The way Wachsmuth used the medium of LEGOs to play the lost medium of Super 8 film is very impressive and admirable.Read more at Peaceman.de, via OhGizmo!last_img read more

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Le livre blanc de la maladie de Parkinson présenté à Roselyne Bachelot

first_imgLe livre blanc de la maladie de Parkinson présenté à Roselyne BachelotFrance – La Fédération française des groupements de parkinsoniens (FFGP) remet aujourd’hui le “livre blanc” de la maladie de Parkinson à Roselyne Bachelot, la ministre de la Santé française, quelques jours après la journée mondiale consacrée à cette maladie.Ce livre blanc, réalisé grâce à la participation de 2.000 personnes, des patients ainsi que des professionnels, a pour but de faire reconnaître la maladie de Parkinson en tant que “grande maladie” afin que les patients atteints puissent bénéficier de mesures spécifiques à leur situation.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Mathilde Laederich explique que son association France Parkinson veut “un plan Parkinson, c’est-à-dire une mise en cohérence de tous les acteurs, indispensable pour une maladie complexe et spécifique”. Vingt propositions sont inscrites dans ce livre blanc, qui a nécessité plus d’un an de travail, tant au niveau du besoin de connaissance et de compréhension de la maladie par le grand public, qu’au niveau de l’aide des patients et de la recherche scientifique. La maladie de Parkinson est encore trop peu connue, bien que 150.000 personnes soient touchées chaque année en France. L’arrivée des premiers symptômes se fait en général vers l’âge de 60 ans, entre autres des tremblements des mains, des membres, de la mâchoire ainsi qu’une rigidité des membres et du tronc.Le 12 avril 2010 à 15:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Vancouver woman teaches infant massage to parents

first_imgRegina Greenwood turns down the instrumental music and turns up the heat in her Vancouver home.In the empty dining room, Greenwood situates herself on a yoga pillow on the floor. She places a baby doll in her lap. Across from Greenwood, Kelly Griffith takes a seat on another pillow. She lays her son, 4-month-old Brennon Griffith, on a yoga mat between the two women.Greenwood guides Griffith through a couple of deep, relaxation breaths.“They feel you. They feel your energy,” Greenwood says. “If you don’t relax, they won’t relax.”“With your touch, you can relax your baby and yourself,” she adds.Griffith rubs a small amount of fragrance-free oil in her hands and reaches for Brennon’s leg. Under Greenwood’s guidance, Griffith moves through about half a dozen strokes, rubbing Brennon’s thighs, calves, ankles, feet and toes.Brennon sucks on his fingers and coos as his mother massages his right leg, then his left.“I think he enjoyed it,” Griffith said after the nearly hourlong class. “He usually hates his feet touched, and he did pretty good.”Soothing touchFor the last two years, Greenwood has taught parents how to use their touch to comfort and bond with their infants through her business Genetic Bond. Greenwood is an infant massage instructor and teaches the curriculum developed by the International Association of Infant Massage.Greenwood taught private lessons and group classes out of her Redmond studio up until her family moved to Vancouver in April. Now, she’s primarily teaching in-home, one-on-one lessons while looking for a new studio space.Greenwood first learned the massage techniques out of a desire to connect with her son, Lain, who is now 2 years old.“I saw how effective this method was on the baby,” she said. “Massage can heal and connect.”She also discovered a desire to help other parents to bond with and soothe babies experiencing sleep issues, colic and stress.“Touch is the first sense that develops in babies,” Greenwood said. “It’s important to communicate and bond through massage.”Research has shown infant massage can have various health benefits, including helping a baby to relax and sleep, reduce crying, improve bonding with parents and affect hormones that control stress, according to the Mayo Clinic. A research review by the National Institutes of Health also concluded that infant massage promotes weight gain in premature babies.last_img read more

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Dean Smith bares mind on controversial equalizer after West Brom clash

first_imgAston Villa manager Dean Smith was not comfortable with the result of Friday night encounter with West Bromwich Albion which ended in a 2-2 draw.Dean Smith spoke to Aston Villa TV after the game.His thoughts which were published on the club’s website are below.“It should be five wins out of six for us – everybody knows it, even the Albion fans.”“He’s handballed it into the net. It’s not his fault. The officials have to be seeing that.”Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“Unfortunately they didn’t and it’s cost us two points today. It goes to show you’re not always in control of your results.”“I wasn’t overly happy with our first-half performance – it was ok at best. We were a bit loose and didn’t press as well as we could have.”“We had a couple of spells of pressure and scored a goal that had a touch of fortune about it.”They got back into it through a counter attack that should’ve been stopped. We knew they were strong in that area.”last_img read more

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Muslim group in US urges new way of dealing with radicals

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and re-educate radicals.The Muslim Public Affairs Council — which long has pushed for a moderate, American-based Islam — hopes its “Safe Spaces Initiative” will get mosques to stop a pattern of dealing with extremists by simply shunning them and kicking them out.The plan was unveiled a day before Tuesday’s one-year anniversary of the marathon bombing, allegedly orchestrated by ethnically Chechen Muslim brothers who lived in the Boston area. One of them, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had turned toward extremism and was banished from a Boston-area mosque after challenging its moderate teachings.“The message there was that ejection is not the answer,” said Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Los Angeles-based council. But, Al-Marayati noted, it is not an uncommon reaction: Many American mosques traditionally have dealt with radicals by kicking them out or finding ways to isolate or distance them from the larger group.“Ejection from the community does not solve the problem. It just makes the problem worse,” Al-Marayati said.The initiative, which the Muslim council will begin promoting nationwide, calls for mosques to continuously present mainstream visions of the faith. If a believer turns toward radical — potentially violent — views, mosques should intervene by offering mental health and religious counseling and, when warranted, seeking help from the police.last_img read more

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Hilton Saudi Arabia offers employerfunded support for female drivers

first_imgHospitality organisation Hilton Saudi Arabia is offering employer-funded financial support for its 250 female employees, in recognition of the country lifting the ban that previously prevented women from driving.Hilton Saudi Arabia is now providing female employees with paid time off to attend driving lessons, as well as reimbursing female staff for the cost of a standard set of driving lessons and the typical license issuance fee.In addition, Hilton Saudi Arabia will financially assist female employees who already hold a driving license from a different country, by helping cover the license conversion cost.The employer-paid support package, which was implemented on 24 June 2018 when the ban was lifted, will be available for female employees at Hilton Saudi Arabia until December 2019.The driving support package forms part of the organisation’s focus on increasing the number of female leaders in the business. To further support this aim, Hilton Saudi Arabia held a Women in Leadership conference for staff last April, and introduced a minimum of 12 weeks of fully-paid maternity leave for employees working in the Middle East and Africa.Julia Miller, director of compensation and benefits, Middle East and Africa at Hilton, said: “We welcome the move to allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia. In line with Vision 2030, this is another step to open up the country that will encourage more women to join the workforce.“At Hilton, we are always looking for ways to empower our team members and create world-class rewards and benefits. We have a fantastic group of female [employees] in Saudi Arabia and we are pleased to be encouraging them to take advantage of the new driving rules in the kingdom.”last_img read more

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Chef Aikens Brings Flavor to Healthy Food

first_imgWhile celebrity chef Curtis Aikens adores First Lady Michelle Obama, he said he wishes she would add diabetes awareness to her health advocacy repertoire.Chef Curtis Aiken wants Black people suffering from diabetes to eat better. (Courtesy Photo)And because she hasn’t, Aikens has taken up that mantle with an assist from healthcare company Novo Nordisk through its Eat and Test for Diabetes Health awareness project. The project is a national campaign that encourages diabetics to test their blood sugar within one to two hours after eating and points them to resources that help them manage blood sugar hikes. During the campaign, Aikens typically gives cooking demonstrations of healthy recipes he’s created.For people living with diabetes, ensuring their blood sugar number or postprandial glucose remains in check is important when it comes to reaching long-term blood sugar goals.Blacks, as well as Mexican Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are more at risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke, according to the American Diabetes Association. This is partly because those groups are more likely to be overweight and have high blood pressure.Type-2 diabetes is a lifelong, chronic condition characterized by high blood glucose levels. Unlike Type-1 diabetes where the body doesn’t make enough insulin, Type 2- diabetes means the body cannot use insulin properly.“It’s like syrup running through your veins,” Aikens told the AFRO. He has lived with type-2 diabetes for more than 30 years. “Syrup tastes good going in but it’s not good for our veins … too much of it slows us down.”There are 29.1 million Americans who have diabetes, 9.3 percent of the population, according to 2014 data from the CDC. Of them, nearly 63,000 live in Washington, D.C.Meanwhile, Black adults are 80 percent more likely than White adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports.“So I feel as an African American man, I’ve got to ring this bell because it’s in our families,” said Aikens, whose parents also had diabetes. “Diabetes has just crossed over, so we’ve got to ring this bell.”Last weekend, Aikens, 57, brought the campaign to the American Diabetic Association Game On Greater Washington walk and expo in Landover, Md. But high winds cut the event short and meant he could only share tips for managing diabetes at mealtime and pass out samples of his chopped gazpacho salad as a healthy food option. It marked his second event with the campaign.The campaign has been around for about a year and Aikens, a founding host of the Food Network, joined it four months ago. He left the Food Network in 2002 with 12 shows under his belt in which he shared healthy recipes and showed viewers how to use fresh produce. Other television credits include ABC’s “Good Morning, America” and “Home Show.”Off camera, Aikens prepared meals at the White House for Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.Diabetics can lead productive and active lives as long as they manage the disease and their portions, exercise and eat healthy, he said. With certain modifications diabetics can even savor foods that are typically high in fat and sugar, including soul food.For example, Aikens makes his sweet potato pie with two tablespoons of butter and less than a quarter cup of sugar, a slight modification from how he used to make the pie two cups of sugar and a stick of butter.“I want to be the best me I can be, the best we (Black men), we can be so we can help our communities be stronger and make a more positive productive contribution to this country,” Aikens said.last_img read more

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Barehanded Surgeries as Zimbabwes Health System Collapses

first_imgBy Farai Mutsaka, The Associated PressA doctors’ strike in Zimbabwe has crippled a health system that was already in intensive care from neglect. It mirrors the state of affairs in a country that was full of promise a year ago with the departure of longtime leader Robert Mugabe but now faces economic collapse.Doctors describe grim conditions: Bare-handed surgeries. Plastic bread bags used to collect patients’ urine. Broken-down machines. Zimbabwe’s health sector, once considered one of the best in Africa, is on its knees.In this Jan. 9, 2019, photo, a man lies on a bench outside a government hospital after being turned away during the doctors strike at Parirenyatwa Hospital, in Harare, Zimbabwe. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)“It’s so sad. The hospitals are empty, the patients are being turned away to die somewhere else,” said Prince Butau, treasurer of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, which represents about 1,000 doctors who anchor government hospitals.A new president’s promises of change have turned out to be empty.“Affordable quality health care guaranteed,” read campaign billboards for President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe protege, ahead of the July 2018 election. Six months after he narrowly won the disputed vote, Zimbabwe’s health sector has widespread shortages of basic medicines such as painkillers and contraceptives.Mnangagwa and others in the country’s political and economic elite receive medical care mainly in neighboring South Africa, while Mugabe frequently visits Singapore for treatment.At home, everyday Zimbabweans seeking health care have had to bring their own drugs, syringes, bandages and, at times, water.Government hospitals were paralyzed by the five-week doctors’ strike that “begrudgingly” sputtered to an end on Jan. 10 with no resolution for their demands. The end brings no improvement in conditions.In November, the Zimbabwe Medical Association, which represents health workers, warned that patients were “relapsing” and “deteriorating” while operations were being cancelled due to shortages of medicines.The situation, coupled with low salaries, forced doctors to strike, Butau said.Without adequate gloves, doctors sometimes use their bare hands while masks and goggles are nonexistent, he said. “We are exposed to fluids, blood spillage, HIV and hepatitis B.”He has seen rope used in place of bandages. “We cannot keep on doing that,” he said.One of the striking doctors, Wallace Hlambelo, described using everyday plastic bags with catheters for some elderly patients. “What we were doing was not to treat patients. Patients feel you have done something but you would have done nothing. That’s not medicine,” he said.Early this month, Mnangagwa cut short his annual leave to help resolve the doctors’ strike. The problem may widen after the Apex Council, which represents all government workers, on Jan. 8 gave notice to strike if Zimbabwe’s government fails to pay salaries in U.S. dollars.The government has said it cannot afford to pay in dollars, Zimbabwe’s de facto currency. Many government workers are paid in quickly devaluing electronic money instead, forcing them to tap the black market at risk of arrest.At government hospitals, the situation has been desperate.At Parirenyatwa Hospital, the largest in Zimbabwe, the usually busy corridors were silent when The Associated Press visited on Jan. 7. In the pediatric section, beds were empty while other wards were barely occupied as the hospital, like others, only accepted the direst of cases.Patients began to trickle in after some doctors returned, but on the day the strike ended, one family at Parirenyatwa said they were collecting the body of their son and blamed his death on the strike. They carried his coffin out to a waiting truck.Poor funding is a major cause of the health system’s collapse, said Itai Rusike, director of Community Working Group on Health, a non-governmental organization.Zimbabwe’s finance minister has allocated $694 million for the health sector in 2019 against an annual need of $1.3 billion. To return the sector to its former glory days, the health ministry said it needs about $8 billion, which is the entire government budget for 2019.The burden falls on impoverished patients.“The hospital has nothing but we are running out of money because the pharmacies are demanding U.S. dollars,” said Nobert Nzonzo, who accompanied his 77-year-old father for dialysis at Parirenyatwa Hospital.At times, they have spent an entire day without being helped due to machine breakdowns while the doctors’ strike means his father could not be checked for catheter-associated infections, Nzonzo said.Doctors who are unable to afford private medical care have faced the same plight as patients.“It means I have to talk to other doctors to help me, to treat me for free,” said Hlambelo, the striking doctor. The 26-year-old comes from a poor family and had hoped that becoming a doctor would pull his family out of poverty.Zimbabwe’s health sector is “precarious,” several prominent local non-governmental organizations said in a joint statement early this month. They said the government is “responsible and liable for the depressing situation” at state-run hospitals “and any attendant loss of life.” Doctors and officials said they don’t track such deaths.Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said the government was working on resuscitating the health sector.“The challenges are huge but not insurmountable,” he said on Tuesday. “Already we have begun buying medicines, protective clothing and other essentials. It will come right.” The government has pledged to improve the supply of medicines and other items.But for some, the government is hardly doing the bare minimum.“I am being betrayed by the government,” Hlambelo said. “It is useless for me to continue working in this environment. It is not helping me, it is not helping my mother and it is not even helping my patients. It is a difficult time for everyone in this country.”last_img read more

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VIDEO Rarely seen footage of Vernon Mad Max Maxwell charging 8 rows

first_img Advertisement Russell Westbrook caught some heat for confronting a Jazz fan after being eliminated from the first round of the NBA playoffs, but it was nothing compared to what Rockets guard Vernon ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell did one night in Portland in 1995.For those that aren’t familiar with Maxwell, he was a key contributor during the Rockets back-to-back title run, but he was also basically Dennis Rodman with a jumper. On February 6, 1995, during the third quarter on the road in Portland, Maxwell had heard enough from heckler Steve George and charged eight rows into the stands to punch him directly in the face.Maxwell was tossed, but shockingly was only suspended 10 games by then commissioner David Stern(!). Until the last several days when this video started circulating through a Reddit forum, it was thought no video of the incident existed. Thank you internet.Considering the punishment that would later being dished out for ‘The Malice in the Palace,’ Maxwell only getting 10 games is a stunner. It was a different time in the NBA in 1995. If this happened today with Twitter circulating it, he would be banned for life. Watch Mad Max absolutely lose his sh–.vernon “mad max” maxwellhouston rocketsposition: shooting guard shoots: right6-4, 180lbreal one: yessir pic.twitter.com/OxB0KNVyiB— Calhoun (@linkcalhoun) April 28, 2018last_img read more

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New TB drug inaccessible to many South Africans

first_img*Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives. Only 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.” Doctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014.center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Baba Beach Club launches the ultimate experience

first_imgSource = Baba Beach Club, Phuket Baba Beach Club launches the ultimate experienceBaba Beach Club launches the ultimate experienceMusic Lover’s Beachfront Hotel in PhuketBaba Beach Club, Phuket an exclusive music lover’s luxury beach hotel, created by the owners of renowned resort Sri Panwa Phuket, has launched its new Ultimate Baba Beach Club Experience. The stylish hotel has a chilled music vibe with the stunning pool and beach bar with DJ booth as the focal point. The backdrop of this uber-chic property is the stunning Andaman sea and pristine stretch of beach.The Ultimate Baba Beach Club Experience, includes a minimum of five night’s accommodation for two guests in a contemporary Baba Suite, Pool Suite and Gabana Villa with daily breakfast. Allowing guests to fully relax and embrace the Baba vibe, daily lunch and a three-course dinner are included in this ultimate experience. From light snacks to gourmet Japanese cuisine, guests will be spoiled by the choices offered in the property.The Baba Beach Restaurant has views of the beautiful Natai beach and azure coloured sea with a signature Chino Portuguese design. It serves innovative international cuisine and favoured Thai classics, including Andaman Crab Meat in Yellow Curry, Baba Beach Club Wings and Yam Ped krob.Feast on the freshest and most authentic flavours from Japan at the Baba Iki. The team of highly-trained sushi, teppanyaki and yakitori chefs have created an exquisite menu. The teppanyaki grills is a gastronomic experience for guests with skilled chefs preparing the food in the open kitchen. To compliment the dinner, Baba Beach Club suggests starting with the Sake Cocktail, which blends the floral petals of sakura with sake, watermelon, lychee and lime juice, or the Yuzu Mojito, which is built upon a traditional sake flavor and enhanced with mint, brown sugar, soda, lime juice and finally adorned with a wedge of lime.For balmy sunset cocktails, Baba Beach Bar is the most energizing and inimitable area on the property. Evening entertainment is provided by world-class DJs and undiscovered local and international talent in luxurious beachside surroundings. Baba Beach Club, Phuket offers South East Asia’s first surround-sound system by Funktion-One.As well as offering a full-board dining experience throughout the stay, guests will also receive an in room 60-minute Aromatic Thai Oil Massage for two people from the award-winning Cool Spa, complimentary minibar and a selection of fun activities including bike riding, paddle boarding, surfing and boogie boarding to hit the waves on Natai Beach. The luxurious experience starts with the Baba Beach Club team greeting guests at the airport to transfer them to the boutique property, where a bottle of chilled sparkling wine and a fresh fruit basked awaits.The Ultimate Baba Beach Club Experiences starts from USD 2,300.For more information on the Ultimate Baba Beach Club Experience and reservations visit http://www.bababeachclub.com/phuket/package-special-offers/For the latest events and parties, follow Baba Beach Club at https://www.facebook.com/BabaBeachClub/Baba Beach Club Contact: Email: phuket@bababeachclub.com Tel: +66 76 429 388https://www.bababeachclub.com / @bababeachclublast_img read more

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Housing Wealth Increases Among Senior Homeowners

first_imgHousing Wealth Increases Among Senior Homeowners Housing Wealth among senior homeowners is on the rise and approached a new high in the first quarter of 2018 touching $6.8 trillion according to data on the NRMLA/Risk Span Reverse Mortgage Market Index (RMMI) released by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) on Wednesday. The data indicated that housing wealth among senior homeowners had increased by $177 billion in Q1 when compared to the previous quarter. The rise was driven by an increase of $182 billion or 2.2 percent in housing values among this group. However, mortgage debt among the group increased only 0.3 percent or $5.4 billion compared to the previous quarter, the data revealed.The RMMI, also rose to 244.73 in the first quarter, reaching its highest point since the index was introduced in 2000. Home equity among this set of homeowners has been rising steadily since the second quarter last year driven by rising home prices. Yet, seniors are wary of taking loans against their homes. A recent study on how owners are using their home equity found that a very small percentage of borrowers against their home values were seniors. The study found that of all the reasons that people borrowed against their homes, just over 1 percent of home equity loan requests were to fund retirement made by those over the age of 63 years.According to a report on retirement security published by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission, total home equity among senior homeowners rivals their retirement savings, with the gap between the two narrowing considerably with Americans owning more than $12.5 trillion in home equity in 2017, compared with the $14 trillion held in retirement savings. The report noted that a variety of mechanisms existed for tapping home equity to fund retirement such as downsizing on homes, using a reverse mortgage or selling a home to rent.“Federal and state tax policy, however, actually subsidizes the use of home equity for pre-retirement consumption, leaving many retired homeowners burdened with debt and with less equity to support retirement security,” the report said. Bipartisan Policy Center Home Equity homeowners homes HOUSING Housing Wealth Mortgages NRMLA Reverse Mortgage Seniors 2018-06-20 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img June 20, 2018 636 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Seabourn the worlds

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSeabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, has officially opened its new signature restaurant, The Grill by Thomas Keller, on Seabourn Quest. With a menu, wine list and ambience inspired by a classic American chophouse, The Grill is a collaboration between three-star Michelin chef Thomas Keller and designer Adam D. Tihany, exclusively for Seabourn.Located on Deck 8, The Grill focuses on updated versions of iconic dishes where guests are treated to chophouse classics as well as a range of other steakhouse favourites. The timeless menu draws on many artisan purveyors, while a wine list featuring more than 90 selections from around the world has been personally curated by Chef Keller to complement each dish.The interior design by Adam D. Tihany enhances the dining experience with spaces that are distinctive to the ship, yet defined by intimate settings with an elegant and warm masculine quality. The Grill by Thomas Keller is located in the newly renovated space formerly occupied by Restaurant 2.Seabourn’s partnership with Chef Thomas Keller began in 2015 and underlines the luxury cruise line’s commitment to offering outstanding guest experiences.The Grill will be open for dinner daily, and guests will have the opportunity to secure reservations online in advance of their cruise. In keeping with Seabourn’s all-inclusive rates, there is no additional charge to dine at the specialty restaurant.The restaurant will also feature on the new Seabourn Encore, which will cruise Australian waters during its first season. When the ship arrives down under in late January, Seabourn Encore will be less than two months old, claiming the mantle as the youngest ship ever to visit Australia as well as the most luxurious.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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