YWCA Vermont announces that Andrea Rogers, Flynn Performing Arts Center Executive Director will receive the 2009 YWCA Thrive Award. Ms Rogers will be honored at the YWCA Thrive luncheon on Thursday, October 29 for her leadership in the community.YWCA Thrive award recognizes the intrinsic value successful women and girls bring to their communities, workplaces, and the world. This year’s thrive awardee exemplifies this important purpose through her own unique leadership and vision.Rogers was previously the director of prevention for the Vermont Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, she ran the University of Vermont Church Street Center, was instrumental in the fundraising required to reopen the Flynn in 1981 after which she served as the capital fund director. In 1983 Rogers became the Flynn s executive director. She is also co-founder of the Discover Jazz Festival. We had so many strong nominations for this award; it was extremely difficult to choose. Andrea rose to the top based on the impact her work has made on the three criteria for the award, stated Sara Blum, YWCA board member and chair of the Thrive Award nomination committee. Our Vermont community is enhanced by Andrea s work, and we re pleased to be able to recognize her for those efforts.Ms. Rogers was one of five finalists. The YWCA Vermont also recognizes and congratulates Amy Judd, Jeanne Lynch, Sandy Baird, and Wanda Heading-Grant for their manifold contributions to building communities where women and girls thrive.The YWCA Thrive luncheon is sponsored by KeyBank, Domtar; Merchants Bank; Chittenden, a division of People s United Bank; Kinney Insurance; SymQuest Group; and Ben & Jerry s.For more information about the award and lunch please visit: www.ywca.org/vermont/thrive(link is external). Seats may also be purchased at the website.About the YWCA VermontChartered in 1919, the YWCA of Vermont is a pro-active membership organization that works in collaboration to offer programs to eliminate racism and provide opportunities for growth, leadership, and power for women and girls of all ages, races, cultures, and creeds. The YWCA of Vermont is an affiliate of the YWCA USA, which works to eliminate racism and empower women. Source: YWCA###
continue reading » Historically, there are a few key indicators that can signal a potential rise in interest rates. Perception of a robust economy, increased consumer spending, and high employment levels could all combine to lead to a hike in interest rates. Higher interest rates reduce disposable income (and therefore consumer spending), increase the cost of borrowing, hamper the speed of economic growth, and limit the rate of inflation.Increased interest rates also increase the yield on financial institutions’ cash holdings. This creates a favorable environment for institutions to increase their profitability. In this fiscal environment, financial institutions should pay particular attention to how rising interest rates could affect their bottom lines.Deposit ProductsWhen interest rates are higher, banks and credit unions attract more deposits, and deposit products enjoy greater popularity among members.For example, according to The Financial Brand, when the federal funds rate was more than 5% in 2007, nearly 25% of consumers had a CD, but only 15% had one in 2017, when the interest rate was less than 2%. In 2007, 21% of consumers had a money market account, compared with 17% in 2017. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Jul 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A Thai province is culling 300,000 chickens after a laboratory test confirmed an avian influenza outbreak, and the country’s health ministry is monitoring 80 patients who are suspected of having avian flu.The Bangkok Post reported today that the cull in the Nakhon Phanom province is being carried out on 70 farms by 1,500 health officials. The culling was prompted by the deaths of several chickens. The province’s governor, Nikhom Kerdkhanmak, told the Post that samples of chicken carcasses were sent to the Centre for Veterinary Research and Development in Kohn Kahn, and results showed that the chickens were infected with bird flu; the strain was not specified in the story. Last least week, 40,000 chickens were culled in the province as a precautionary measure.Health officials are disinfecting households and vehicles, the Post said, and poultry movement has been banned along the Thailand-Laos border. Last week, Laos reported its first major outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in more than 2 years, and the poultry farm where the disease surfaced borders part of Thailand.Meanwhile, the Post reported that 19 Thai provinces have patients on the suspected avian influenza watch list. All are in northern and central Thailand. The Phichit province, where a 17-year-old boy died of H5N1 avian flu last week, has the most patients on the list (18). Provinces with several patients on the list include Sukhothai (14), Phitsanulok (9), Suphan Buri (9), and Nan (7). Nakhon Phanom, the site of the major chicken cull, has two patients on the list.The province of Buri Ram has banned cockfighting matches in August after mysterious poultry deaths were reported, the Post reported.In other avian flu news, representatives from 11 Asian countries gathered in New Delhi recently at a conference sponsored by the World Health Organization, according to a report from Reuters. The health officials agreed to join forces to fight the spread of avian flu. They plan to share details about their outbreak investigations and pledged to collaborate on the development and production of drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tests. They also said they would pool their research efforts.The report noted that Thai officials said they would push for early use of osteltamivir (Tamiflu) in suspected H5N1 avian flu cases, rather than wait for lab results.An official from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told the group that the Asia-Pacific region has lost an estimated $10 million because of avian flu outbreaks, The Financial Express, an Indian newspaper, reported today. FAO regional representative He Changchui said more than 200 million birds have been culled over two and a half years.See also:Jul 28 CIDRAP News article “Avian flu strikes again in Laos”Jul 26 CIDRAP News article “Thailand’s first avian flu case of 2006 confirmed”
Headline didn’t reflect true content of storyI always took headlines for granted and never thought much about a definition of what a headline should be. Having given it some thought, I’d have to say that a headline should portray the most important essence of the story using the fewest words possible. I have to wonder who wrote the headline on the top of page D3 in the Aug. 25 Daily Gazette. If my definition of a headline is correct, someone thought that the race of the individuals involved was the most important essence of the story when they wrote, “White man found guilty of shooting black man.”When I read the article below this headline, I saw absolutely no aspect where the race of the individuals involved was essential to the story: a verbal dispute escalated to physical conflict and then to deadly force. A jury found that deadly force was not justified.That’s the essence of the story.When it appears to me that the media seems to selectively amplify specific racial themes, I try to dismiss such thoughts as conspiratorial paranoia. The press couldn’t really want to fertilize racial tension, could they?But it’s hard to dismiss the message when headline writers promote the race of the perpetrator and the race of the victim as the most essential aspect of a story.Norman PerazzoGlenvilleImpressed by staff’s courtesy at ProctorsLast week, I was in the area to visit my grandparents, and one of the plans was to attend the 8 p.m. Friday show of Hamilton at Proctors.Not only was the show absolutely delightful, but I was pleasantly surprised by how warmly my grandma and I were welcomed by the staff and volunteers there. Even though the building was teeming with people, we felt taken care of from beginning to end.After walking in, the lovely Joanne stayed with my grandma (who depends heavily on her walker and is not accustomed to crowds) and I until the theatre doors opened and escorted us right to our seats.During the intermission, a kind woman waiting in the line for the women’s restroom, allowed my grandma to step in front of her. Just as the show was ending, a gentleman brought my grandma’s walker right up to her, without us asking or even leaving our seats. The usher at the theater door after the show was friendly and accommodating, and as we approached the sets of doors leading outside the building, they were held open for the departing crowd by a team of young volunteers.I came to be amazed by Hamilton, but in the end, was just as impressed by the very warm and welcoming people who work and volunteer there. Bravo, Proctors.Until next time.Kathleen O’ConnorNew York CityWhen you see bad happen, take actionHas this happened to you? You are driving and you sense that the stand of trees you had seen along the highway is not as thick as it once was. Before you know it, the last row of trees goes and there is yet another crop of houses. This is how I feel about our country today.We see tweets and hear words being said that bring our attention to that matter. When we look back to issues we care about, things have been changed. Less school aid. Cuts in veterans’ programs. Money for the Ukraine to battle against Russian tyranny reduced. More public parks opened to oil drillings. More tariffs on Chinese goods.I know China steals ideas, but who is paying the costs of the tariffs? Just ask the parents who will buy new sneakers this school year after an additional 15 percent tariff on those necessities.Less protection for our air and water, even in the wake of problems like Flint, Michigan’s, water or the Hudson River’s chemical pollution. I heard today about 84 reductions in EPA regulations. Scary.My relatives in West Virginia say, coal mines can now dump the waste from drilling into valleys, often clogging the rivers, the local water supply, with mining waste.What does that mean for us average Joes? We must follow our favorite issues and make noise when we see something bad happening.Hungry school-aged kids? Mandated license plates? Changes in air and water regulations? What’s your issue? Do something.Janice WalzScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNeed better choices for license platesI’m writing in regard to the news that Gov. Cuomo wants us to change our license plates on our cars to a choice that seems to be his only.I take offense that not only do we have to change plates, given only a few choices, and a slap in the face fee of $25 as well.First off, don’t we pay enough taxes in this state already?Shouldn’t our taxes be paying for this switcheroo? Also, if you want to shove these plates down our throats, shouldn’t we at least have better choices?If we are to accept these changes and get stuck paying for them, why not have plates for certain areas of the state? For instance, for the western tier of the state, how about Niagara Falls? In the central tier, the Finger Lakes. The northern tier, the Adirondacks. The southern tier, the Catskills. The New York City tier, the Statue of Liberty. The Mario ‘M.’ Cuomo Bridge, or as it will always be affectionately referred to, the Tappan Zee Bridge, shouldn’t even be a choice. Get your head out of your behind, Andrew, and let the people decide what they’d like. We are paying your wages and you should be serving us.Bill MyersJohnstownNets are a bigger threat than straws Schroeter gave much to the communitySchenectady has lost an active community citizen with the death Aug. 20 of Helga Schroeter. Ms. Schroeter served on many community boards and gave generously to many community organizations.But more than these contributions, she brought to those boards and organizations a reminder that social inequity needed to be talked about and addressed and that racial justice was very far from the ideal we liked to think.She was passionate about voting rights and the need for every-day citizens learning about issues important to their communities and addressing leaders to act on their behalf. Schenectady and the greater community are poorer without the presence of a person like Helga Schroeter.Joan ElliottSchenectadyGrateful to the Ellis staff for father’s careWe now live in a society where we depend on recommendations.There isn’t a restaurant, theme park or entertainment place visited unless the recommendations are read first. Well I feel the need to do the same, yet not for an entertainment venue. This time, it’s for a hospital and its staff.Sadly, I recently lost my father. He passed away at Ellis Hospital.But I’m writing today to inform all The Daily Gazette readers of the wonderful experience we had there. My dad spent many days on the sixth floor C Wing of the Neuroscience Unit. The staff, including the nurse practitioner, the physician’s assistants, the registered nurses and the patient care technicians were exemplary. They treated my father as if he were their own father. I know this, since I was with him every day from morning until evening.I witnessed every shift and every staff member, and the care was extraordinary. Education is key to understanding the types of treatment he was receiving, and everything was explained to me concisely. Any questions I had were answered.I would personally like to thank each of them for the kindness and compassion they showed to my dad and me during this trying time.They all became family to me, and I cannot thank them enough.Dorothy MazzarellaNiskayunaGolf fans lost out on PGA FedEx coverageOn Saturday, August 24, Mike MacAdam wrote three articles about the Travers, a race that was to be run with a purse of $1.25 million.I could not find anything about the PGA FedEx golf tournament with 36 holes played with a purse of $46 million.It would’ve been nice for the golf fans to see something about the tournament.Lowell MontgomeryMayfield Each year millions of tons of plastic spill into our oceans. Currently, many people have resorted to using reusable straws instead of plastic straws. Many cities and California have gone so far as to ban and limit them.However, how much of a difference is this change truly making?In reality, this barely even scratches the surface of how major of a problem plastic pollution is. What should be a worry is the amount of lost, damaged and abandoned fishing nets that there are in the sea.Nearly 50 percent of the plastic waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is fishing nets. These nets exhaust, suffocate, starve, amputate and kill countless marine animal lives.But why has the world continued to only focus on plastic straws? This is because it has become a trend. Corporations are beginning to limit their use of plastic straws, which affects the consumer.Many environmental groups have started “ban plastic straws” campaigns as well. These campaigns have taken over social media with countless montages of injured marine life struggling with plastic waste. But truly, the straws are not the biggest concern. They are just the symbol of what must be done in order to fix our pollution crisis. They have helped to make the general population more aware of the problem at hand.Christopher EvansAverill Park
The Jakarta administration reported 1,114 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the capital’s highest one-day total so far. In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, the administration said that most of the new infections were suspected to have occurred during the recent long weekends for Independence Day (Aug. 15 to 17) and Islamic New Year (Aug. 20 to 23). Dwi Oktavia, the Jakarta Health Agency’s head of disease control and prevention division, said that 70 percent of Sunday’s positive cases were tested on Aug. 24 and 25. She added that based on an average incubation period of six days, most of the infections would have taken place between Aug. 16 and 17. “The number of samples taken [for testing] on Aug. 27 was also quite high, so we should consider the effect of long weekends two weeks in a row,” Dwi said in the statement. “Both the government and the public need to be vigilant given this rising trend of cases.”She said that 57 percent of the new cases were detected through tracing conducted by community health centers (Puskesmas), adding that on average, for every one person who tested positive, six close contacts were tested.“The Jakarta administration will continue to pursue testing, tracing and treatment to respond to this outbreak,” she said. “But the public also needs to understand that really putting an end to this requires all of us to exercise restraint.”Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Thursday that he would implement another 14-day extension of the transition period for the gradual easing of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), effective Friday.Despite the continued surge in new cases, Anies is set to go ahead with his plan to reopen the city’s movie theaters after receiving the green light from the national COVID-19 task force.According to the Jakarta administration’s data, the capital had recorded 39,280 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,186 deaths as of Sunday. (kmt)Topics :
The fund is split into a return-seeking pool, worth £1.8bn at 31 December 2016, a liability-matching pool (£71.6m), and separate holdings in index-linked gilts (£322m).In May 2016, the broadly-based index-linked gilt portfolio – previously held within the liability-matching pool – was sold, and the proceeds invested separately by each pension scheme.Pierre Jameson, CIO of the CEPB pension funds, told IPE: “For risk management rather than fund management reasons, we adopted a liability-driven investment overlay in early 2016. The result was that the actively-managed gilt investment in a spread of maturities was taken out of the liability-matching pool and invested separately on behalf of each scheme into a more tactical gilt allocation.”The Church of England Funded Pension Scheme (CEFPS) – the largest of the four schemes – bought two long-dated index-linked gilts, which returned 40.6% from May to December, making a total return of 45.9% for the year.Two other schemes enjoyed a 22.5% return from a BlackRock index-linked gilt tracker fund.Jameson said: “We decided that super-long issues with UK index-linked gilts were a better hedge against inflation and interest rates. It was great timing, because it was then that long-dated gilts started to take off.” Meanwhile, during 2016 the return-seeking investment pool delivered 19%, compared with 21.4% for its benchmark.The CEPB report said: “Markets tend to perform very strongly, as they did in 2016, when riskier stocks do well. For 2016, this was profit-free internet companies, and oil and commodity stocks. Institutional-quality fund managers and their strategies tend to be exposed to less risky stocks.”Within the return-seeking pool, global equities returned 20.8% compared with the benchmark’s 25.4%, while property returned 11.2% compared with a benchmark return of 2.8%. Infrastructure made 26.1%, US private debt 16.1%, and emerging market sovereign debt 32%.The CEPB estimated that the weakening of sterling against other major currencies added around 3% over 2016, after taking into account the effect of hedging half its US dollar, euro and yen exposures.During the year, a new asset allocation was agreed for the return-seeking pool, with a reduced allocation to listed equities, and a removal of the equity portfolio’s UK bias.The CEPB said: “We increased our exposure to investments that rely more on contractual income and that are less liquid; these include infrastructure and private debt. This move was made to increase the diversity of the assets and reduce the volatility of the pool’s valuation.”As of end-2016, the return-seeking pool was 55% invested in global developed market equities and 6% in emerging market equities, with a further 10% in small cap equities. There was 11% in property and 5% in infrastructure, 4% in emerging market debt and 3% in private loans.The liability-matching pool returned 11.2% for 2016, compared with 12.2% for its benchmark. At end-2016, 100% of its assets were held in corporate bonds. The £2.3bn portfolio of the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) returned 21.2% during 2016, the strongest return since performance records began in 2003.The result was boosted by returns from index-linked gilts, while other strong performers were the allocations to global equities, infrastructure, and emerging market sovereign debt.The result compares to the board’s overall return in 2015 of 2%.The CEPB runs four pension schemes, with over 38,000 current or future beneficiaries, including clergy and church workers. It invests ethically, with its policy and practice shaped by the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG).
However, some worms do survive thisstage. If consumers want to make sure they are not ingesting these parasites,experts advise that each piece be cut in half and inspected for worms beforeeating it. A NEW study published in the journal Global Change Biology in March 2020 on the occurrence of certain worms in raw or undercooked seafood, in the form of sushi, sashimi, nigiri, etc., reports an increase in the number of parasites by over 280 times over the last 40 years. This could have dramatic effects on the health of both humans and marine mammals, both of which may accidentally ingest the worm. The worm species that were examined inthis study were Anisakis, or the herring worm, a nematode (roundworm) parasitethat has been studied in many different places and times. The current paperassimilates the results of thousands of different papers to find out how thenumber of these worms has changed over time. Fisheries expert and researcher Chelsea Woodsays, “One of the important implications of this study is that now we knowthere is this massive, rising health risk to marine mammals. So, the increasein parasitic worms actually could be a good thing, a sign that the ecosystem isdoing well. But, ironically, if one marine mammal population increases inresponse to protection and its Anisakis parasites profit from that increase, itcould put other, more vulnerable marine mammal populations at risk of increasedinfection, and that could make it even more difficult for these endangeredpopulations to recover.” Freezing or cooking the fish will killany parasites that are present. The herring worms hatched in the oceanfirst infect small shellfish like the bottom-dweller shrimp or copepods. Theseinfected crustaceans are then preyed on by small fish who then acquire theinfection. This chain of transmission continues. When a human or sea-dwelling mammal eatsan infected fish, the parasites transfer to the new host but are unable tosurvive beyond a few days in the human intestine. However, they can live muchlonger and reproduce themselves in the gut of a marine mammal. The worms, whichmay grow to about two cm long, are noticeable, and the infected fish can bequickly picked out at any stage of preparation by professional sushi chefs andothers who process seafood for export, for instance. The staff eliminates theinfected seafood before they are sold in grocery stores, sushi stalls, orseafood markets. The researchers performed a literaturesearch online to find all papers in which the herring worm is mentioned, aswell as the codworm, Pseudoterranova.They then culled the papers which did not fit their criteria. They finallyanalyzed those papers which mentioned the estimated numbers of each of theseworm species at any given time. They found that there was no change inthe abundance of the cod worm, but the number of Anisakis in 2015 went up toreach 283 times the estimated number in 1978. Herring worms are not confined toherrings, as their name suggests. Instead, they live on numerous varieties ofsea fish and squids. When ingested live by humans, along with these fish, theyare capable of burrowing through the wall of the gut to produce symptomstypical of food poisoning – nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The worm mostlydies in a few days, and the symptoms then vanish. This condition is calledanisakiasis or anisakidosis. It is little known because of its transience, withmost people merely putting down their symptoms to a bad case of food poisoning. Anisakis worms in blue whiting fish. The prevalence of these worms, found in raw or undercooked fish, has increased dramatically since the 1970s. Credit: Gonzalo Jara/Shutterstock Notwithstanding the relatively minorill-effects of eating these marine worms in humans, scientists point to thepotential for disease in marine mammals – dolphins, seals, and whales. Theseallow the parasite to multiply after which they are released into the oceanwith the feces of the host animal. Another potential concern is the effect ofthe presence of the parasites for years in the host, which could cause disease. Anisakis infested the viscera of mackerel. Image Credit: Purino / Shutterstock “This study harnesses the power of manystudies. It’s interesting because it shows how risks to both humans and marinemammals are changing over time. That’s important to know from a public healthstandpoint, and for understanding what’s going on with marine mammal populationsthat aren’t thriving,” she added. (Dr.Liji Thomas, MD/news-medical.net)
ARLINGTON, Minn. (July 19) – Josh Telecky led every lap in winning his first IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature of the season Saturday at Arlington Raceway. Telecky was taking full advantage of his pole position start but on the second lap, Kevin LaTour rolled his car on the front stretch.Following the restart, Telecky resumed control and held off eventual runner-up Dakota Robinson the remaining laps.A rough and tumble 95.7 IMCA Sprint car feature saw Brett Allen make contact with Aaron Wisch, resulting in a violent flip by both cars. Both drivers were OK but out of the race. When the race resumed, Dustin Sargent led the first nine laps but Bruce Allen was on his tail. The veteran had moved through the pack and got by Sargent to take the lead and win his first feature of the year.Curt Lund started 10th and won the MN 93 IMCA Modified main event. Dan Mackenthun was the third and final different leader in the Annihilator IMCA Stock Car show.There was even more change up front in the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMod featuyre, where 12th starting Matt Looft became the fourth and final different driver scored first across the strupe. Nate Coopman was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.
Gary Darrell Huber, age 71 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. The son of Howard and Goldie (nee: Stutz) Huber was born on January 24, 1948 at his home in Blue Creek, Indiana. He married Judith (nee: Quick) Huber on June 23, 1973 in St. John Lutheran Church, Hubbles.Gary retired from Batesville Casket Company in 2006. He liked to bowl, fish, hunt and trap shoot, but most of all his passion was being out in the woods cutting wood and hunting in his spare time. His family, kids and grandkids meant so much to him.He is survived by his wife Judith Huber of Batesville, his children; Chris Huber of Batesville, Jennifer Huber of Batesville, Todd Huber of Indianapolis, Sarah Cruz (Julio) of Greensburg; his 6 grandchildren, Lexie, Noelia, Joaquin, Whitney, Austin and Mackenzie; along with his two sisters, Leola Rider of Harrison, OH and Shelvajean Bennett of Aurora, IN.Visitation will be Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 11:00am – 2:00pm with a 2:00pm funeral service all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville. Pastor Shawn Crisman will be officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Church Cemetery (Huntersville) in Batesville.Memorials may be given to the Phi Beta Psi Sorority c/o the Meyers Funeral Home.
Authorities in New York have arrested the father of a 3-year-old girl after the child’s body was found inside of a burning car with the doors chained shut.The incident occurred around 9:00 pm Sunday near Baisley Pond Park.According to the report, authorities were called to the scene due to a car that was found parked in the middle of the road. When they arrived they found a charred vehicle with chains on it’s back doors. They then noticed a three-year-old girl unresponsive in the backseat.Authorities were able to break into the vehicle through one of the melted door handles and rushed the child to the hospital, however, the child did not survive.During the investigation, witnesses reported that they saw the vehicle being driven erratically before the driver, identified as the child’s father, jumped out of the vehicle. Another witness reported that the man’s clothes were on fire and that a woman directed the man to a nearby pond where he jumped in to extinguish the flames.He was later located inside of the pond by authorities and taken to the hospital with second and third degree burns.His identity has not been released at this time.