Health watch

first_imgWith salt levels in bread and bakery products in the UK ever under scrutiny, a new global study claims that efforts to cut down on salt intake will prevent millions of deaths each year. By reducing salt around the world by 15%, the study claimed, this could prevent almost nine million deaths between 2006 and 2015.The research was conducted on 23 low- and middle-income countries, which together account for 80% of deaths to chronic disease. The analysis was led by Perviz Asaria from Kings Fund London, UK, and published in The Lancet Chronic Diseases Series.According to the study: “This reduction would be achieved by a voluntary reduction in the salt content of processed foods and condiments by manufacturers, plus a sustained mass-media campaign aimed at encouraging dietary change.”These studies add to observational evidence that blood pressure increases rapidly with age in populations that have a high average intake of salt, whereas communities in which salt consumption is very low do not have an age-related increase in blood pressure.”In the UK, the Food Standards Agency claims that adults should have no more than 6g of salt a day. It estimated that the average intake in the UK is about 9g of salt a day, however. High blood pressure (hypertension), is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which causes almost 50% of deaths in Europe.According to the study: “Simple changes in diet ? such as avoiding salty food and not adding salt at the table ? can reduce sodium intake by about 3g to 4.5g per day.”last_img read more

Policy paper: Dementia 2020 challenge: progress review

first_imgDuring 2018, stakeholders from the health and social care system, and the charitable sector, were asked to comment on the progress of the actions set out in the Challenge on dementia 2020 implementation plan and what else needed to be done to complete them.This report summarises the responses and sets out revised actions for 2018 to 2020.last_img

Farmington select board awards bids for Front Street lighting

first_imgFARMINGTON – Selectmen met briefly Tuesday night to award two bids and determine a source of funding for Greater Franklin Development Council after an article at last month’s town meeting approved them to do so.In an ongoing project on Front Street, the board authorized an expenditure of $28,011 to install decorative street lights. The project was awarded to the low bidder, Collins and Collins Electric. The funding will be taken out of the Downtown Businesses Tax Increment Financing account, which was determined as the source of funding at the beginning of the project. An additional $44,955 has already been spent on lighting, bringing the total to $72,966. The remaining $27,034 could be put toward more sidewalk work, according to Town Manager Richard Davis.An additional bid for street striping was awarded to Lucas Striping, LLC out of Readfield. Lucas Striping was the only company to put in a bid for the work, and the town has used them in the past, said Davis. The total authorized cost came to $21,905.Finally, selectmen voted to fund GFDC using the Franklin Printing TIF account, which funds several other smaller fees such as the Chamber of Commerce membership and the Androscoggin Valley Council of Government fee. Town members voted to fund the non-profit at last month’s town meeting in the amount of $7,200.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, STS9 & More Highlight Dominican Holidaze Day Three [Gallery]

first_imgDominican Holidaze is off and running, bringing all of the jams down to the Dominican Republic for the first major destination music event of the season. Performances from Michal Menert, The Disco Biscuits, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set), Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, and Goldroom ran through the day, as fans gathered for some beachside jams.After an opening DJ set from Michal Menert, it was the Biscuits’ turn to perform in the coveted “sunset show” spot. This was a non-stop party from tDB, including a memorable “Little Shimmy In A Conga Line” that actually featured a conga line! That song also featured a sit in from Simon Posford himself, joining the Biscuits for a rendition of his classic tune “Gamma Goblins.” The band also teased some “Rockin’ Robin” in their set to keep things fun.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/16Set 1: Papercut-> Lunar Pursuit-> Jigsaw Earth, Little Shimmy in a Conga Line-> Gamma Goblins [with Shpongle (Simon Posford)]-> Little Shimmy in a Conga LineShpongle came out next for his own DJ set, bringing his transcendental electronic music to the adoring fans in the DR. Once the sun set, the evening’s festivities then began with a fun local merengue band hosting a silver party in honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary, complete with fire dancers, cake and paella! Umphrey’s McGee hit the stage thereafter, bringing a full-fledged two set rager to the fans in Punta Cana. The first set featured a major “Bridgeless” sandwich filled with jams like “Conduit,” “Utopian Fir” and Mark Ronson’s “Daffodils,” before closing out the set with the apropos “Ocean Billy.” THe second set featured some awesome playing by UM as well, including “Plunger > 2×2” and “The Triple Wide > All In Time.” Jams on “Wife Soup” and “Dump City” closed out the second set, and “Slacker” brought it all home with a bang. The band also brought their children on stage during the set, making for an adorable moment.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/16Set 1: Bridgeless > Conduit, Utopian Fir > Daffodils, All In Time > Bridgeless, Ocean BillySet 2: Plunger > 2×2, The Triple Wide > All In Time, Wife Soup, Dump CityEncore: SlackerSTS9 got the late night nod on night three at Holidaze, treating fans to hits form their extensive catalog. The band has been energized of late with their new album, The Universe Inside, and played music from that release throughout their performance. New songs like “Sun, Moon & Stars” complemented the setting perfectly, bringing a groovy disco vibe to the beach. Some classic STS9 jams like “When The Dust Settles” and “Arigato” made it an evening to remember.Setlist: STS9 | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/16Set 1: Forest Hu >> Rilly Wut, Kamuy >> Potamus >> Kamuy, Arigato, Move My Peeps >> Monkey Music, Oil & Water, Sun, Moon & StarsSet 2: When the Dust Settles, Poseidon >> Ramone & Emiglio, Worry No More >> Blu Mood, Totem, Rabble, Get LoudCheck out a few more photos below from Holidaze 2016! Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Michal Menert will bring the festival to a close today. All photos courtesy of Josh Timmermans // Noble Visions.last_img read more

Butch Trucks Doesn’t Think Gregg Allman Is Healthy Enough To Reunite Allman Brothers

first_imgIn a new interview with Atlanta Business Chronicle, drummer Butch Trucks was asked about the potential for an Allman Brothers reunion. Fans have heard from Gregg Allman himself about the issue, as well as from Derek Trucks and Oteil Burbridge over the last year or so. While Gregg and Oteil have remained optimistic, Derek recently said that he was too satisfied with the direction of Tedeschi Trucks Band to rekindle those old flames.With fans still wanting more Allman Brothers Band shows, naturally the first question asked of founding drummer Butch Trucks was about the reunion. He said, “It’s possible but unlikely. To be quite honest, it gets down to whether or not Gregg is healthy enough to do it. There are some other complications but we can get the other things ironed out if Gregg is healthy enough to do it. If he’s not healthy enough to do it, we just can’t do it.”He continued, “He’s been going in and out lately. He’ll get sick then healthy. I know he just rescheduled his tour so that gives me an optimistic feeling but we’ll see what happens.”Later on in the interview, Trucks was asked about his own band, The Freight Train, and their upcoming performance in the region. Trucks talks about wanting to continue the legacy of the Allman Brothers by playing their music, in contrast to all of the other ABB musicians on the road these days.“One of the reasons I put this band together is because The Allman Brothers split up in 2014 and it wasn’t because of a lack of attendance. People were still packing the Beacon (Theatre) every time we played. The one thing I noticed was so much of the audience was in high school or college. They were just catching on to what The Allman Brothers were doing, then we split up.Derek (Trucks) and Susan (Tedeschi, Derek’s wife) are doing what they’re doing (Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Gregg is doing what he’s always wanted to do, and I’m glad he’s getting a chance to do that. Warren (Haynes) is out doing what he’s always done, which is pretty much everything. (Laughs) But, nobody is continuing what The Allman Brothers did and that’s the music I love to play.”Let’s hope these musicians can come together for one more run at the Allman Brothers, because that’s something we’d love to see. You can read Trucks’ full interview here.last_img read more

Indiana to reopen at full capacity, mask mandate still in place

first_imgIndiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the state will move to Stage 5 of its reopening plan beginning Saturday, Sept. 26, the Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday.While restaurants, bars, fitness centers and stores will be open at full capacity, the statewide mask order will continue indefinitely. Holcomb said people must maintain social distancing and wear masks except while eating or drinking.“We want to make sure we’re doing all those little things that add up to make a big, big difference,” he said.There have been a total of 3,322 COVID-19 related deaths since March 15 in the state. In the last seven days, Indiana has seen a 3.9% positivity rate and a total of 114,236 positive cases since March 6.The decrease in Indian’s positivity rate in the past few months helped led Holcomb to further open the state. The seven-day positivity rate for all tests was 6 to 6.5% in July.Holcomb also said the rates of spread have decreased across the majority of counties.Mark Fox, St. Joseph County’s deputy health officer, told the South Bend Tribune he was worried about Holcomb’s recent announcement.“I am not sure what he is seeing that gives him the confidence to do that,” he said in the article.The seven-day positivity rate is 3.1% in St. Joseph County, and the average number of new cases has increased for the fifth straight day.Those who have been testing positive have not been linked to activities related to the Notre Dame’s home football games or Labor Day, the Tribune reported.“We really have not pinpointed anything specific,” Fox said.University spokesman Dennis Brown said the governor’s decision to stage 5 of his reopening plan does not affect the policies Notre Dame has in place on campus.“[Our policies] will remain the same, and we strongly urge students to — on and off campus —  continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands often,” Brown said.Tags: COVID-19, Eric Holcomb, Mark Foxlast_img read more

Vermont responds to lawsuit filed by Entergy Vermont Yankee

first_imgEntergy Vermont Yankee sues state of Vermont | Vermont Business … Apr 18, 2011 … ‘Despite the fact that Vermont Yankee is important to the reliability of the New England electric transmission grid, emits virtually no … Northstar Vermont Yankee,The State of Vermont filed its opposition papers to Entergy’s motion for preliminary injunction in Entergy versus Shumlin in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont in Brattleboro, Vermont. Entergy has sought in a previous court filings in April in Burlington to stop the state of Vermont in intervening in the re-licensing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon or taking action that would close the facility. In part, Vermont’s argument states: “Since 2005, ENVY (Entergy Vermont Yankee) has known that it needed approval from both the Vermont Public Service Board and the VermontLegislature to operate after March 21, 2012. Yet now, as March 2012 approaches, ENVY claimsan urgent need for this Court to enjoin all State authority over whether the plant will continue tooperate beyond March 21, 2012’authority ENVY has agreed to all along.In the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB or Board) proceedings related to the sale, and insubsequent proceedings addressing ENVY’s need for additional dry-cask storage and a newcertificate of public good (CPG), ENVY has consistently recognized and agreed to Stateregulatory authority’and specifically acknowledged that it needed State approval to keepoperating after March 21, 2012. The Legislature’s role in that decision also comes as nosurprise; ENVY sought legislative approval for the dry-cask storage that it needed to operateuntil 2012, and the statute that approved additional storage, Act 74, required further legislativeapproval for storage of spent fuel generated after March 21, 2012. ENVY made bindingcommitments during these State proceedings to not assert the preemption claims that are pressedin this suit. The Court should not grant equitable relief that would allow ENVY to avoid, at thislate date, its agreements with the State of Vermont.Indeed, under these circumstances, ENVY cannot make the ‘clear showing’ necessary tojustify the ‘extraordinary and drastic remedy’ of a preliminary injunction.” RELATED: center_img Defendants’ Memorandum Of Law In Opposition To Plaintiffs’ Motion For Preliminary InjunctionDeclaration Of Justin E. KolberDeclaration Of Bruce E. HinkleyDeclaration Of Seth G. ParkerDeclaration Of Robert deR. Steinlast_img read more

Global Terrorism Index Says Latin America is Mostly Safe from Terrorists

first_imgBy Dialogo February 18, 2013 The latest Global Terrorism Index (GTI), produced by Australia’s Institute for Economics & Peace, offers good news for Latin America. The report says that apart from Colombia, Latin America is among the world’s regions least likely to suffer a terrorist attack. The latest edition of the index, published Dec. 4, ranks 158 countries based on their exposure to incidents of international terrorism. In all of South America, it said, only Colombia was a significant target of terrorist attacks. Brazil, with nearly 200 million inhabitants, had none at all listed. No Latin American country made it to the top 10 list, and aside from Colombia — which ranked 13th in the number of terrorist attacks — no country in the region was among GTI’s top 30. “Surprisingly, low-income countries are less affected by terrorism than lower middle-income countries, indicating that poverty is not necessarily a main cause of terrorism,” said a GTI press release. “Private citizens and property are the most common targets of terrorism while the military is targeted in only 4 percent of attacks. The United States, Algeria and Colombia had the biggest improvements over the last 10 years.” The GTI report confirmed the assessment of the U.S. State Department Country Reports on Terrorism in 2011. That study, released last year, recorded a rise in terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a communist rebel group. But Colombia was the only nation in South America reporting a significant increase in the number of attacks and casualties; throughout the rest of the continent, both figures remained negligible. Uruguay at lowest risk of terrorist activity At the other end of the spectrum was Uruguay, which ranked 156th out of 158 in terror risk, with a zero rating on the GTI list. Other countries with a zero rating included Brazil, Nicaragua, Cuba, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Even Mexico — where war between the federal government and powerful drug cartels in northern Mexico near the U.S. border continues to claim thousands of lives every year — was virtually free of terror attacks that were not drug-related, said the report. In fact, Mexico enjoyed the same overall regional assessment as the United States, making North America the world region safest from the threat of terrorism. Some analysts cautioned that Latin America cannot continue to take its virtual freedom from terrorist attacks for granted. They caution that Iran as well as Islamist extremist groups such as Hezbollah have been seeking to increase their influence in the region. Venezuela accused of aiding Hezbollah cells In October 2011, former U.S. diplomat Roger Noriega and political consultant José R. Cárdenas published a paper entitled “The Mounting Hezbollah Threat in Latin America.” The paper, disseminated through the American Enterprise Institute — a Washington-based conservative think tank — warns that President Hugo Chávez is turning Venezuela into a “safe haven” for Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist group in the Western Hemisphere. However, in an August 2012 article published in the Christian Science Monitor, analyst Geoffrey Ramsey of InSight Crime argued that many of the concerns expressed by critics like Noriega and Cárdenas are exaggerated or even completely unjustified. The GTI is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Its backers claim it is the most comprehensive database on terrorist activity anywhere, with over 104,000 cases of terrorist attacks codified. The Global Terrorism Index — which strictly focuses on acts of terror rather than violence associated with drug cartels and organized crime syndicates — ranks countries based on the following four indicators weighted over five years: Number of terrorist incidents committed within a country, number of terrorist-related fatalities, number of injuries from terrorism and estimated cost of property damages caused by all acts of terrorism. The fight against terrorism and all forms of extremism requires the combined unity of the global community, military actions, top level military intelligence, fighting against poverty, protecting the environment, education, work, studies, sports, culture for youth, fighting against corruption, preventing and combating drug trafficking in all its forms and manifestations, rejecting every kind of discrimination: racial, social, political, religious, ISIS and others are enemies of humanity, fighting ISIS and its allies also happens by uniting political and diplomatic efforts at every level, oklast_img read more

Long Island Weather: Nor’easter to Bring Rain, Snow

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Screen grab of satellite image from National Weather Service.The eastern end of Suffolk County is under a winter storm warning as a nor’easter with the potential of dumping upwards of eight inches of snow on Long Island makes its way to the area Wednesday.Areas east of William Floyd Parkway could feel the biggest impact, but Nassau County and western Suffolk are also in store for some wet weather. The National Weather Service is predicting up to six inches of snow in those areas.Western Suffolk and Nassau are currently under a winter storm advisory.The storm will bring a mixture of rain and snow to the area Wednesday afternoon, before turning over to heavy snow in the evening and overnight.The snow is not expected to rapidly accumulate on roadways because temperatures will stay above freezing in the evening, the weather service noted.“The heaviest snow will be overnight tomorrow into the morning rush hour,” and could create hazardous conditions during the morning commute, said Tim Morrin, meteorologist at the Upton-based weather service.And its likely that the system will hover over the area for some time, the weather service said.It’s “not something we’re going to get out of our hair quickly,” Morrin added.The storm could continue to drop light snow on the area Thursday and Friday, forecasters said.A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday and a coastal flood warning was issued for parts of Nassau and Suffolk until 8 p.m. Wednesday, the weather service said.The storm could produce 55 mph wind gusts and sustained winds between 25 to 35 mph, forecasters said.The weather service is also warning of possible beach erosion and 5-foot high waves across western Long Island Sound and 8-foot waves across the twin forks, the NWS said.last_img read more

America’s best credit unions in each state

first_img 167SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are more than 5,000 credit unions with 117 million members across the U.S. Members-only credit unions typically have lower fees and offer better interest rates than traditional banks, and the nonprofit model also puts the customer first, resulting in higher levels of satisfaction.But to get to the bottom of whose customers have the highest opinion of them, Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to produce our second annual look at the Best Credit Unions In Each State. More than 25,000 customers in the U.S. were surveyed for their opinions on their current and former banking relationships.Financial institutions were scored on overall recommendations and satisfaction, as well as five subdimensions (trust, terms and conditions, branch services, digital services and financial advice). continue reading »last_img read more