Brace for Summer Heat

first_img“Some people prefer the taste of certain bottled waters, too. If they can afford it, that’sfine,” she said. “But most people can get used to the taste of tap water.” This year’s spring stayed mild to the end, but it’s almost gone now. Summer’s comingon, and you can count on this: its intense heat can be deadly for the unwary. Use commonsense approaches to reduce the heat’s effect, too. Wearing light-colored,loose-fitting clothes can help greatly. “The most breathable fabric you can wear iscotton,” Crawley said. Intense heat leads to hyperthermia, with a range of symptoms including dizziness, rapidheartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, headache, intense weakness, breathing difficultyand mental changes. Another sign is an inability to sweat, which leads to a viciouscycle of worsening symptoms. At the top of the at-risk list, Crawley said, are the elderly. The very young are also at risk, she said, at least partly because they, too, aren’t veryaware of health-threatening changes around them. In general, she said, “use common sense.” Find easy ways to lower at-risk people’sexposure to heat and raise their intake of fluids. Caffeine can have the same dehydrating effect. “Coffee, tea and caffein-containing softdrinks probably aren’t the best choices,” she said. “We’re better prepared to handle intense heat in the South — most housing hasair-conditioning or at least fans for cooling. But many people are still at risk,” saidConnie Crawley, a food, nutrition and health specialist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service. Any nonalcoholic fluid will meet the body’s needs, Crawley said. Alcohol dehydratesthe body and can make a person even less aware of heat stress signals. Both the elderly and the very young aren’t as likely, or as able, to tell others of theirneeds. “So the people around them need to do proactive things that help prevent heatstress,” Crawley said. “As people get older, they aren’t as sensitive to body changes,” she said. “They tend toget into trouble faster and recognize it slower.” “Thirst lags behind the body’s need for water,” she said. “That’s especially true forolder people, who may not be as conscious of thirst cues as younger adults.” In Georgia, summer rarely waits until summer to arrive. It’s usually scorching longbefore June 21 announces the season’s official start. For kids, making Kool-Aid may help, “but cut down on the sugar,” she said. “It’s bestto teach children to enjoy plain water.” “Infants and young children also have a high proportion of water to body weight,” shesaid. “They need more fluids, but they aren’t aware of it.” Encourage them to drink water regularly. Plain, moderately cool water is best. Icewater isn’t as well absorbed, and it can upset the stomach. But if people who needwater resist drinking it, try making it more appealing by adding a little ice and maybelemon juice for flavor. Schedule your most active times, particularly outdoors, in the early morning or verylate, just before dark. “People often think of noon as the hottest time,” she said.”Actually, the temperature is usually highest in mid- to late afternoon.” If you don’t have air-conditioning, baths and cold compresses can help reduce the heat.A fan helps but can give you a false sense of coolness, she said. Drinking more fluids is the best way to fight the deadly dehydrating effect of high heat.But older people may even resist drinking more fluids, Crawley said, to avoid morefrequent bathroom visits. “You can’t trust your senses when it comes to the body’s need for water,” she said.”Just know you need to drink fluids regularly when it’s hot. And remember to watchout for others, especially the elderly and the very young.”last_img read more

Compensating the wrongfully convicted explored

first_img March 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Compensating the wrongfully convicted explored Compensating the wrongfully convicted explored Dedge case has lawmakers examining how to make it right when system breaks down Jan Pudlow Senior Editor “It was like I was dropped on another planet when I got out,” Wilton Dedge said of finally being a free man, cleared by DNA testing, after serving 22 years in prison for a brutal rape he did not commit.“Everything has changed so much.. . . It’s like I’m 20 years old in a 43-year-old body,” Dedge said at a February press conference in Tallahassee, standing with his parents and lawyer Sandy D’Alemberte.Now the question is whether and how the state of Florida will reimburse Dedge for more than two decades snatched from the prime of his life—and whether legislators will create a process to compensate others wrongfully convicted.Early indications look promising.D’Alemberte said he has support from Rep. David Simmons, R-Longwood, and Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, for his claims bill.Addressing the bigger picture of a mechanism to compensate not only Dedge but others wrongfully convicted, Senate President Tom Lee announced his decision recently to direct the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, to make recommendations that could include possible legislation.On March 2, Webster filed SB 1964, a shell bill that simply states the legislature’s intention “to enact legislation to provide for the compensation of individuals who were wrongly imprisoned and whose innocence is established.”“If we do something, I would like it to be a broad statewide policy,” Webster said of the proposed alternative to a claims bill. Likening the process to a condemnation of property in an eminent domain case, Webster said: “What they have done is taken a part of a person’s life and you have to pay for that. They took a life, and time and earnings.” Webster added: “I don’t think there would be a lot of resistence to compensating for pain and suffering.”In a prepared statement, Lee said: “With the emerging technology and the advances in DNA testing, we may see more cases like that of Wilton Dedge. We have an excellent criminal justice system in Florida, but there are those limited cases when the system breaks down.“Currently, the only avenue for compensation in Florida law is the claims bill process—yet it appears that our present system may not sufficiently address those few cases when someone has been imprisoned for a crime they clearly did not commit.”The Dedge case is a painfully slow chronology to eventual exoneration—a decade after the Innocence Project first sought DNA testing and three years after the DNA testing actually cleared Dedge as the rapist. After two trials, Dedge was convicted for the 1981 rape, based on what D’Alemberte calls junk science of microscopic hair analysis, testimony of a notorious jailhouse snitch, a discredited dog handler and his wonder dog that supposedly could track cold scents months and years later, the 17-year-old victim who described her rapist as 6 feet tall and 180 pounds though Dedge is a 5-foot-5-inch slender man. Jurors also disregarded alibi testimony from six co-workers at an auto body shop who said Dedge was at work at time of the crime.In the end, it was the perseverance of a group of pro bono lawyers working with the Innocence Project—including Milton Hirsch of Miami and J. Cheney Mason in Orlando—that made sure DNA testing on physical evidence finally cleared Dedge’s name.“I’ve had people ask me: ‘What’s a number? What will make it right?’ I haven’t been able to come up with one, and I haven’t really talked to anyone who could put a number on it,” Dedge said. “Things I’ve missed; I’ve lost family, friends. I can’t put a price on it.”Putting a price on it is what D’Alemberte, former president of Florida State University and the ABA, is trying to do as he works pro bono to get a hearing at the legislature on a claims bill for Dedge. Pressed to come up with a number that would compensate Dedge and his parents, who took out a second mortgage on their house and emptied a pension fund to pay for their son’s legal defense, D’Alemberte said: “$4.8 million.”Armed with a report from expert economists on Dedge’s lost wages, D’Alemberte said, “The expert economists can’t tell us anything at all about how to value the loss of freedom. Somebody else is going to have to figure that out. I hope it means a lot to all of society. It certainly meant a lot to Wilton.”What also means a lot to Dedge is not leaving behind others who remain locked in prison but insist they are innocent.“I’m doing it for myself, but I’m also doing it for friends who are still in prison,” Dedge said. “I know people in there who have been trying to get DNA testing done for years, and they are still being denied. Hopefully, (legislators) will do something for the Innocence Project, also, because they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and I don’t know how many thousands of man hours trying to get this done. Just going by the statistics, there are still thousands of people in prison who shouldn’t be there.”D’Alemberte seized upon a quote from President Bush’s State of the Union Address: “Because one of the main sources of our national unity is our belief in equal justice, we need to make sure Americans of all races and backgrounds have confidence in the system that provides justice. In America we must make doubly sure no person is held to account for a crime he or she did not commit—so we are dramatically expanding the use of DNA evidence to prevent wrongful conviction.”D’Alemberte tied that quote to his client’s hope that his case will spark the creation of a fair system to exonerate others, including support for the Innocence Project and the offshoot Florida Innocence Initiative at Florida State University College of Law, housed at D’Alemberte’s office, that struggles financially.“Maybe I am reading too finely between the lines of President Bush’s remarks, but it seems to me that he is calling for something very much like that. He is not directly asking for support for the Florida Innocence Initiative; he at least is indicating his belief for having a system in place that will take care of that,” D’Alemberte said.“And Wilton has made that point to me repeatedly that as a result of this, hopefully, we are opening doors for people who have bonafide claims of innocence.”last_img read more

Are you kissing your credit union members?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: Details Now, don’t get too excited. Yes, we do talk a lot about the importance of member engagement, but I am not to the point of advocating full on-the-mouth kissing for members as soon as they walk in the door. By kissing, we refer to the acronym KISS, or “keep it simple, stupid.”In this day and age, keeping it simple for your members is critical. Think about how many choices they have out there. They could go to any of your more traditional competitors like other credit unions, they can seek out loans from pawn shops and fast-cash stores. This isn’t even to mention the rapid rise of online-only financial service providers like Simple and Ally. Even McDonald’s is getting into the act, announcing earlier this year an effort to simplify its menu, thus making choices easier and quicker for consumers. If McDonald’s and its 14,000 United States locations are taking notice of this simplification trend, your credit union probably should, as well.Using the McDonald’s litmus test, there are three important points to this KISS principle. We will examine each and how they can apply directly to your credit union’s efforts. Whether we like it or not, credit unions are in the commodity business, providing products and services to consumers, just like fast food restaurants.Operational experience. For fast food restaurants, this means what it is like for staff behind the counter to prepare and present food. For your credit union, this refers to the back-office experience of the products and services you bring to your members. What is it like for your staff to run the various support mechanisms that make your products and services work? Is it easy to do? Do you have way too many checking account options? And what about your marketing materials — are they verbose and confusing? Where can you make things simpler for your members?Member response. Unfortunately for McDonald’s, they ranked dead last in customer response and satisfaction, according to a survey last year from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Where do you think your credit union ranks? While there are a variety of ways to gauge member satisfaction, perhaps the best is face-to-face. Are you asking your members if things are simple for them in your credit union? Are you asking if there are things you can do (or stop doing) that would make it easier and quicker for them to use you as their primary financial institution?Price points. For fast food restaurants, this is simple. We’re talking about the price of a hamburger and fries. For credit unions, it’s a little more complex. What is your fee structure like? Are you dinging your members to death with dreaded fees? Have you priced your checking account offerings out of the range of most consumers? And what about time of service? How long does it take you to sign up a new member, get a car through the drive-through or turn around a decision on a loan? All these things matter, especially when it comes to helping keep things simple for your members.Of course, our credit unions are not fast food restaurants and not every comparison is a direct correlation. However, as providers of a product and service (financial) for consumers, credit unions can learn a lot about how to keep things simple for their members from the efforts of other retailers.Are you kissing your members today, or just making things more needlessly complicated?last_img read more

UK virus measures could last for months, health official warns

first_imgToo slow Johnson has been out of action for more than two weeks after being hospitalized with coronavirus, spending three nights in intensive care.In his absence, the government is battling growing criticism over its response to the crisis.   Labor leader Keir Starmer on Wednesday used his first appearance in parliament since his election at the helm of the main opposition party earlier this month to accuse ministers of being slow to act.”There’s a pattern emerging here: we were slow into lockdown, slow on testing, slow on protective equipment,” he told MPs, many of whom were attending via videolink — a first in the parliament’s long history.Raab rejected the accusation of being slow and hit back that Starmer was looking at the situation “with the benefit of hindsight”. Topics : Brexit row Britain’s death toll only covers those people hospitalized with coronavirus, and Whitty said when all the statistics were collected, he expected to see a “high mortality rate in care homes”.The state-run National Health Service (NHS) has radically expanded its critical care capacity in recent weeks but staff continue to complain about a lack of masks and gowns to protect themselves.Ministers insist they are doing everything they can to get personal protective equipment (PPE) from abroad and ramp up production at home.A Royal Air Force plane landed in Britain from Turkey on Wednesday after collecting a shipment of equipment including 400,000 badly needed surgical gowns.But a simmering row has erupted over whether Britain missed a chance to bulk buy equipment through the European Union, which it left on January 31 but to which it retains close ties.The government has blamed “communication problems” but the foreign ministry’s top civil servant on Tuesday said it was a “political decision”.In an extraordinary U-turn, Simon McDonald then retracted his evidence to the foreign affairs committee, writing to tell them it was “incorrect”.Health Secretary Matt Hancock later revealed Britain had agreed to join the EU scheme on an “associate” basis but said it had yet to deliver anything.European Commission spokesman Stefan de Keersmaecker said Britain had “ample opportunity” to participate in joint procurement schemes for coronavirus.”As to why it did not participate, this is obviously something on which we cannot comment,” he said. Social-distancing measures to tackle coronavirus are likely to be in place for many more months, one of Britain’s top health officials warned on Wednesday, as the world waits for either a vaccine or drugs that can stop people dying.”Until we have those — and the probability of having those any time in the next calendar year are incredibly small… we are going to have to rely on other, social measures,” Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, told a media briefing.Pressure is growing on the British government to explain how it might ease a month-long lockdown that has seen people confined to their homes to stem the spread of COVID-19.center_img But deaths continue to rise, reaching 18,100 on Wednesday — an increase of 759 on the previous day — making Britain one of the worst-hit countries in the global pandemic.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson following his hospitalization with coronavirus, warned of the threat of a new wave of cases.”The greatest risk for us now, if we eased up on our social distancing rules too soon, is that we would risk a second spike in the virus,” he said.Whitty said it was “wholly unrealistic” to expect the lockdown to be suddenly lifted. Experts were looking at the effect of different social distancing measures, he said, but ministers would have decide on the right combination.”We are going to have to do a lot of things, for really quite a long period of time. The question is, what is the best package,” Whitty said.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: SWEAP Will Build the Skilled Workforce That Pennsylvania Needs

first_imgGov. Wolf: SWEAP Will Build the Skilled Workforce That Pennsylvania Needs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Education,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  SWEAP Hershey, PA – Pennsylvania must continue to make smart investments in education and job training to create the most skilled and qualified workforce in the nation, Governor Tom Wolf today told the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association (PWDA).During his remarks, the governor outlined his proposed Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP), the centerpiece of his 2019-20 budget. SWEAP is a bold and sensible plan to rebuild Pennsylvania’s economy and prioritize skills training from birth to retirement.“The economy is thriving and there are more jobs than ever before, but our economy is changing and how we educate and train people must change with it,” said Governor Wolf.“We’ve invested in schools and expanded science and technology education, apprenticeships and job training, but we must do more.“My SWEAP plan will bring together businesses, labor unions, educators, students, parents, and adult workers like never before. By working together, we can train people to have the best education, skills, and qualifications to attract more good-paying jobs here and grow the state’s economy for everyone.”The governor’s SWEAP plan builds on last year’s successful launch of the groundbreaking $30 million PAsmart initiative that is benefiting students and workers throughout the commonwealth.The proposed PAsmart funding under SWEAP this year includes:• $20 million to expand computer science and STEM education;• $7 million to expand apprenticeships;• $3 million to expand job training through Next Generation Industry Partnerships;• $6 million to expand adult career and technical education programs;• $4 million to expand Manufacturing to Career Training Grants.Other SWEAP components would enable more children to attend high-quality child care; ensure kids are in school by age 6 and stay until age 18; modernize the minimum teacher salary to help address a teacher shortage; enable more teachers to visit local employers and bring the experience back to the classroom; and increase job training for low-income parents.The governor has traveled the commonwealth to hear from business owners, industry leaders, and hardworking Pennsylvanians about how the Wolf Administration can help them thrive. In addition to proposing a minimum wage increase, other actions the governor has taken to close the skills gap and support manufacturing and new growth industries include:• Increasing registered apprenticeships by 21 percent since 2016 after launching the Apprenticeship Training Office. Pennsylvania now has nearly 17,000 registered apprentices• Establishing the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center that brings together commonwealth agencies and the private sector to address the skills gap, worker shortages, and other workforce challenges.• Starting the Manufacturing PA Initiative to support critical training in that important sector of the economy.• Modernizing job licensing requirements to remove barriers to employment so hardworking Pennsylvanians can enter careers of their choice.• Championing Clean Slate, a first of its kind law enacted with overwhelming bipartisan support that helps formerly incarcerated or arrested individuals get their lives back on track and find employment.• Joining the Skillful State Network, a nonprofit initiative of the Markle Foundation to emphasize the importance of skills so workers, particularly those without four-year college degrees, can get good jobs in the changing economy.During his remarks to the 35th annual conference of the PWDA the governor thanked the members for their efforts to help job seekers connect with employers looking to hire.The PWDA is a voice for the 22 local workforce development boards in Pennsylvania. It provides a clearinghouse for information, develops professional training, and partners with advocacy groups and service organizations in economic development, education, youth, human services, and vocational rehabilitation.center_img May 08, 2019last_img read more

Logan poised for real estate boom this year

first_imgThe Logan suburb of Holmview experienced a 13 per cent surge in property prices last year. AAP/Richard WalkerTHE Logan real estate market is expected to be one of southeast Queensland’s solid performers in 2018 with a property expert predicting buyers will be moving to the area in droves.Elder Shailer Park principal Nathan Strudwick said the Logan market proved to be steady, strong performer throughout 2017 immune from boom and bust speculative investing. He predicted the solid growth would continue in 2018. “We will continue to see buyers in the droves relocate to the area from interstate and intrastate,” Mr Strudwick said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020According to property research company CoreLogic, Holmview saw the highest level of growth in the year to September with the median house price surging 13.5 per cent. This was followed by Bethania, up 10.8 per cent, and Windaroo, up 7.7 per cent. Mr Strudwick said buyers at the lower end of the market looking for a safe, secure investment with reliable growth in a desirable location were finding it in the Logan area.“Investors look for locations with high return and low entry costs,” he said. “Pockets of Logan offer this to interstate buyers and, as long as money continues to be cheap to borrow, we will see continued growth in investor inquiries.”CoreLogic data shows Kingston and Eagleby are Logan’s most affordable suburbs, with median house prices of $310,000, while both suburbs offered gross rental yields of 5.5 per cent.last_img read more

Existing cannabis law criminalises too many people – says criminal lawyer!

first_imgStuff 16 September 2019Family First Comment: On this basis, we should probably legalise speeding, burglary, and Meth as well.“You still need the coercion of the law to basically give a societal stamp of disapproval.” – Family FirstThe president of New Zealand’s criminal lawyers’ society supports legalising cannabis for personal use and says existing law criminalises too many people.Len Andersen, Criminal Bar Association president, said banning cannabis created demand for more harmful drugs, including synthetic cannabinoids​ which have been implicated in at least 70 deaths.He said prohibition put otherwise law-abiding people who chose to smoke cannabis “in the position of constant illegality.”The association said its membership comprised 700 practicing criminal lawyers across New Zealand.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie, currently running an anti-legalisation campaign, said cannabis’ illegal status kept its use relatively low compared to tobacco and alcohol consumption.He said Family First supported “a level of discretion for police” in possession cases and believed health agencies could help drug addicts.​McCoskrie said that police discretion and incremental increases in available penalties meant low-level cannabis possession was effectively decriminalised anyway.He said Family First polling showed many of its members supported liberalising medicinal cannabis use, but that was distinct from legalisation for recreational use.McCoskrie said even if most voters chose legalisation at the next election, he would keep campaigning for prohibition.“You still need the coercion of the law to basically give a societal stamp of disapproval.”READ MORE: read more

Three bus accident at Fond Baron, Loubiere

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Three bus accident at Fond Baron, Loubiere by: – November 21, 2011 29 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet One of the three buses involved in the accident at Fond Baron.Information reaching Dominica Vibes News indicates that there has been a vehicular accident on the Fond Baron highway involving three buses.According to eye witness reports, one bus was attempting to overtake another when it collided with two other buses.It is not clear at this time how many passengers were injured, the extent of their injuries or whether there were any fatalities.Second bus involved in the accident which was carrying six passengers.Dominica Vibes News will attempt to provide further details as they become available.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Nancy Jane Bultman

first_imgNancy Jane Bultman passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The daughter of Chester Riley and Sarah Madge (nee: McClanahan) Bultman was born at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, IN on April 24, 1955.From 2002 – 2019, Nancy lived at the Cardinal Center, a basic developmental group home in Silver Lake, IN.  She worked at the Cardinal Center in Warsaw, IN for several years.  She attended the Center United Methodist Church in Silver Lake.Her family wishes to thank those who worked with her at the Cardinal Center and her Silver Lake community, she called her home.She is survived by her sister, Sandra Dickey (Dale) of Batesville; brother George Bultman (Mary) of Osgood; niece Rebecca Bultman and nephews, Christopher Bultman (Raychelle), Bradley Dickey (Mary), and Benjamin Dickey (Kim); along with great nieces and nephew, Claire Monique Dickey, Aubrey Ellen Dickey and Ian Bradley Dickey.The private funeral will be Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Meyers Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Renick of the Batesville United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will follow at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Napoleon, IN with her family.The family requests memorials be made to the Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department Building Fund c/o the funeral home.  Online condolences read more

Haspin Acres opens today

first_imgLaurel, IN—Haspin Acres has been granted permission from the Franklin County Commissioners to reopen the park starting today.  The Park will be required to have a limited number of customers and the restaurant is still only open for carry-out meals. All customers to Haspin acres will be required to preregister before being allowed through the gate. Preregistration will be done by emailing with the following information:Please send your pre-registration email to this email address with the following information:Name and phone # for reservationTotal of guests arriving with you16 yrs or older – Adult pricing – # qty _____8 yrs to 15 yrs – Young Adult – # qty ______7 yrs or less – Child pricing – # qty ______**Spectator – 10.00 per day – ABSOLUTELY NO RIDING – CAMP AREA ONLY ____ **          Veterans – receive half off admission pricing for themselves only and must have ID on you – Please notify cashier at the time of admission.Date and approximate time of arrival.Check out date.How many in the group need liability cards? _________ ( See attachment at bottom of email)If you have other persons that will be camping or riding with you, they each need to email their own info – especially if not all arriving at same time. This way they will have all of their own information that is needed for admission.Haspin Acres will return your email with a guest number and some directions to help admission to go as smoothly as possible. They will also attach a copy of the liability form to download, print, and fill out before entry for the admission process.last_img read more