Florida WIC families to receive increase for veggies and fruits; food…

first_img Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here TAGSAmerican Rescue Plan ActfloridafoodFood BanksFood PantriesFruitshealthNationwideNutritionVeggiesWIC Previous articleCFX 2045 Metro Master Plan includes high-speed rail from Apopka to MiamiNext articleHulu is ready for June with these new shows and movies Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photo by David Veksler Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. From the Florida Department of Health in Orange CountyEarlier this year, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)  authorized State Agencies for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to enhance the WIC benefit for a period of four months, expanding the vegetable and fruit voucher from $9/month for children and $11/month for women to $35 per month, per participant. WIC’s vegetable and fruit voucher is known as the Cash Value Benefit (CVB). The CVB is credited with improving the dietary quality of WIC participants and reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity among WIC toddlers.Florida WIC will be implementing the CVB increase beginning June 1, 2021 until September 30, 2021. All women and children 1 – 4 years old who participate in the WIC Program will receive an increase in their fruits and vegetables cash voucher to $35 per participant, per month. For example, a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old child will receive a total of $70 cash voucher to use on fruits and vegetables per month from June – September 2021. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Any brand, variety, size, with no added sugar, syrup, artificial sweeteners, fat, or oil. Organic fruits and vegetables are allowed.For more information on enrollment and eligibility for the WIC Program at the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, please call our friendly customer service representatives at 407-858-1494 between 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. Follow on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.Food pantries nationwide are also nudging clients toward nutritious foods, hoping to help lead to healthier dietsBy Caitlin Caspi, Associate Professor of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut and Marlene B. Schwartz, Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of ConnecticutProminently placing fresh produce can encourage healthier choices.Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty ImagesFood banks and pantries across the U.S. were forced in the pandemic to dispense with something that is central to most people’s grocery experience: choice.Faced with social-distancing rules and a large uptick in need – by one estimate these nonprofits served 55% more people – for the most part, clients were offered prepacked bags or boxes of food rather than allowed to pick from shelves themselves, as was increasingly common before the pandemic.It was one of a number of adaptations that food banks and pantries made in 2020, which also included drive-thru services and expanded meal delivery options.The content of these prepacked bags differed from venue to venue and also by who was assembling them. As a result, there was tremendous variability in the quality of produce being offered and whether they contained the kind of food that people were seeking.Food banks turned to prepackaged items as a safe, efficient means of delivery.Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York CityAs experts on food policy and obesity, we are aware of both the important role of choice to clients of food pantries, and also the need to encourage healthier options. People who rely on food pantries are disproportionately at risk for diet-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, yet most would like to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.We are currently conducting work on the charitable food system and its potential to promote a healthy lifestyle through measures including behavioral economics, which uses “nudges” to promote behavior change.Our prior research suggests that people want healthy food that can be used to put together balanced meals when they visit food pantries. In a 2019 study of over 200 food pantries and more than 5,000 of their clients in Minnesota, the top requested food categories were all healthy items that form the basis of the American diet, including meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, eggs, and common ingredients like flour and spices. In fact, over 90% of clients said they would like to get more fresh fruits and vegetables.At the same time, only about half of the people surveyed said that fresh fruits and vegetables were available at their local food pantry during every visit. Demand for healthy food has been consistently demonstrated in studies in other U.S. areas as well.Another key finding from the Minnesota survey was that people who visit food pantries place a very high value on choosing their own food. They said that this is even more important than having reasonable wait times and being welcomed by volunteers.Because clients really want healthy food, it makes sense for food pantries to make it easier for them to make healthier choices. This requires making sure that food pantries stock a consistent supply of healthy and fresh food. It also requires displaying food so that it is appealing and accessible to people.This is where behavioral economics can be helpful in guiding food pantry clients to healthier food options.Changing behaviorsBehavioral economics builds on the way that people make decisions by restructuring environments to encourage certain choices. For example, grocery carts have gotten bigger over the years to nudge people to buy more food. The idea behind the bigger carts is that fewer people will head to the checkout aisle with a cart that feels empty, so they will buy more stuff.Behavioral economics strategies are used commonly in grocery stores, but they are a good match for food pantries for several reasons. Many behavioral economics strategies are compatible with the way food pantries already operate. And food pantries have leeway in setting the default options for clients. This might mean offering bags of produce by default, but providing day-old birthday cakes by request, rather than displaying them by the front door.And unlike many food retailers, as nonprofits, food pantries do not rely on advertising from food distributors for revenue. That means food pantries are under no obligation, for example, to display soda prominently as is the case in many supermarkets. They are also at liberty to alter their layout and what’s on the shelves to nudge clients toward healthier options.Food pantries that have started to use behavioral economics to promote healthier choices are seeing results. Studies in Utah, Minnesota and New York have shown that people are more likely to take healthy foods in food pantries when they are nudged.New tools are making it easier to use behavioral economics. In March of 2020, Healthy Eating Research, a national program that supports research on strategies to promote healthy eating among children, published new guidelines for the healthfulness of food bank and pantry offerings. These guidelines have been supported by Feeding America, the largest network of food banks in the U.S.The new guidelines offer a system for ranking individual food items in a three-tiered system using a “stoplight system” of green, yellow and red, based on their nutritional value. Stoplight systems like this have long been used in other countries to encourage people to buy healthier food in grocery stores.Perhaps the most common food-ranking system in the charitable food system is Supporting Wellness at Pantries. SWAP, which was introduced in 2016 and has been updated to meet the new charitable food guidelines, can be used to nudge both food pantry staff to procure healthier food and clients to select it. Research has shown that SWAP has resulted in healthier food at the pantry being ordered by staff and offered to clients. In our most recent study we found that after a pantry implemented SWAP, clients selected significantly more “green” foods and fewer “red” foods.A post-pandemic modelThe pandemic has accelerated the emergence of a number of innovations in food banks and pantries and encouraged client-centered practices like trauma-informed services, new mobile and delivery options and opportunities to preserve client anonymity. New models are also being considered to address not just the immediate need of clients, but also the root causes of food insecurity.As food pantries pivot to a post-pandemic model, we believe putting choice at the center and helping guide decisions through nudges toward healthier, nutritious food would serve food pantry clients well.This food pantry article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.last_img read more

Jerry Collins’ former club Narbonne perform emotional Haka before match

first_imgMonday Aug 24, 2015 Jerry Collins’ former club Narbonne perform emotional Haka before match Narbonne players and fans have paid tribute to the late Jerry Collins in their opening game of the season in the PRO D2, the French second division. Collins was contracted to the club when he tragically died in a car crash two months ago. There have been a number of tributes since the tragic event took place, in which Collins’ partner Alana Madill also died, but this was the first real chance for the Narbonne team and fans to pay their respects publicly.The Narbonne team and supporters club came together to create the giant jersey and a video tribute, as well as a minutes silence, then a stirring prematch Haka.“Jerry and Alana meant a lot to the team and the boys wanted to pay their respects,” said former Wallabies loose forward, Rocky Elsom.“Doing a haka for the first time, live on television and in front of a packed house for a mate that has passed away is not an easy thing to do. I’d also like to thank the supporters club (of Narbonne) for their support of the Collins and Madill families over the past months.“You (the supporter’s club) have represented Narbonne well and done all you could to assist in what has been a very a difficult period.”Collins wasn’t at the club very long but he clearly made an impact. The banner made by fans reads “Collins Forever”, and although you can’t see it below, the Haka was actually faced by Aix en Provence, as can be seen in a second video on page two of this post.The 7m wide by 6m supporters banner was reportedly put together by as many as 50 people, who spent a whole month making it in Collins’ honour.Meanwhile daughter Ayla, who survived the crash thanks to Collins shielding her on impact, is in Canada with her maternal grandparents. She continues to develop and grow despite the awful nature of her injuries. Doctors say they are unsure about possible long term complications. Collins’ parents recently flew over to spend time with her.You can still donate to the Jerry Collins Memorial Fund that was set up after the accident and has already raised over $50 000 to support little Ayla. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Nissan Approves E15 Use for First Time

first_img Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 14, 2017 Home Energy Nissan Approves E15 Use for First Time Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleFarm Groups Unite to Save Section 199 Deduction Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Nissan Approves E15 Use for First Time SHARE Facebook Twitter Nearly 90 percent of new 2018 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to the results of an annual analysis of warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). That is up from last year, when approximately 81 percent of MY2017 vehicles were formally approved by automakers to use E15. For the first time, Nissan Motor Company has warrantied the use of E15 in most of its MY 2018 vehicles, joining the majority of its competitors. Together, Infiniti and Nissan represent slightly more than 9 percent of the U.S. light-duty automobile market. Language allowing the use of E15 appears in the owner’s manuals for popular Nissan models, including the Altima, Maxima, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Sentra, as well as Infiniti’s QX60, Q60, Q70, and certain Q50 models.Other key points from RFA’s analysis include:• The Detroit Three (Chrysler, General Motors and Ford), which collectively represent 44% of U.S. market share, all continue to clearly allow E15 in their vehicles. GM started approving the use of E15 with its MY 2012 vehicles, while Ford joined the following year and Chrysler began E15 approval with its MY 2016 vehicles.• Other large automakers explicitly offering E15 approval for MY 2018 vehicles include Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai/Kia. Altogether, auto manufacturers with 89.4 percent of 2017 U.S. market share now approve the use of E15 in their MY 2018 vehicles.• Subaru, Daimler (maker of Mercedes-Benz), and Mazda remain the largest vehicle manufacturers that still exclude E15 from owner’s manual fuel recommendations and warranty statements, together representing about 7.5 percent of U.S. market share. It should be noted, however, that Mercedes-Benz offers three of its most popular models as flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of operating on up to 85 percent ethanol.• With 1.7 percent of the U.S. market, BMW also continues to exclude E15 from its fuel recommendations. However, BMW Group’s Mini vehicles again allow the use of up to 25 percent ethanol blends.In 2012, EPA approved the use of E15 in vehicles built in MY 2001 or later. However, auto manufacturers did not retroactively endorse the use of E15 in legacy vehicles that were already on the road. Since 2012, however, the number of major automakers approving the use of E15 has grown from one (General Motors) to 10.RFA estimates that approximately 34 percent of the estimated 235 million cars, trucks, and SUVs on the road today are clearly approved by the automaker to use E15 (including FFVs). Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of vehicles on the road were built in 2001 or later, meaning they are legally approved by EPA to use E15.“Automaker acceptance and approval of E15 continues to expand rapidly, and almost all new 2018 vehicles carry the manufacturers’ explicit allowance to use this lower-cost, cleaner-burning, higher octane fuel,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “This analysis should put to rest any myths still being propagated by the American Petroleum Institute and its cronies that automakers don’t allow or warranty the use E15. We applaud Nissan for joining the ‘E15 Club’ with its model year 2018 vehicles, and we will continue to work with the few remaining automakers who haven’t yet included E15 in their fuel approvals. We’re thrilled to see Mini continuing to blaze the trail toward greater consumer choice. By allowing the use of optimal high-octane fuel blends like E25 in conventional autos, Mini continues to set the pace.“The oil company explanation for their failure to invest in infrastructure allowing E15 has been there isn’t sufficient demand for E15 because it is warrantied. Well, that narrative has been misleading for years, but now it is completely bankrupt. As this analysis shows, 34% of the cars on the road today have full warranty coverage for E15. That compares to only about 10% of vehicles that require a premium fuel. Oil companies have invested in the infrastructure for premium, but why not for E15? The answer is obvious, they want to preserve their monopoly at the pump. But consumers deserve better. Consumers deserve higher octane fuels at lower prices. That’s what E15 provides. It’s time for the oil industry to stop erecting barriers to higher ethanol blends, and start serving the consumer,” Dinneen added.Recently E15 has been experiencing incredible growth in the marketplace and it is sold today at more than 1000 retail stations in 29 states.Source: RFAlast_img read more

RSF renews call for justice for Jamal Khashoggi with murder trial set to start in Istanbul

first_img Help by sharing this information With a new murder trial set to open in Istanbul on 3 July, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) renews call for justice for the assassination of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. RSF is filing to become a civil party in the case and will monitor court proceedings. Following a miscarriage of justice in the Saudi courts, the Turkish proceedings now represent the best chance of holding Khashoggi’s killers to account. News Organisation TurkeySaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence July 1, 2020 RSF renews call for justice for Jamal Khashoggi with murder trial set to start in Istanbul News RSF took an unprecedented mission to Saudi Arabia to free jailed journalists RSF_en Saudi Arabia – How much longer will the world tolerate MBS’s bad behavior? December 3, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asiacenter_img to go further News Starting at 10 am local time on 3 July in Istanbul’s main Çağlayan court, 20 Saudi nationals are expected to be tried in absentia in connection with the killing of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. The Istanbul prosecutor has indicted two former Saudi officials on charges of inciting Khashoggi’s murder, and 18 other men on charges of carrying out the “deliberate and monstrous killing.” If convicted, they face possible life sentences; however the possibility of a full trial taking place is slim with the defendants not physically present in Turkey.“Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination remains one of the most horrific crimes against a journalist that we have ever seen. Shocking, too, is the fact that nearly two years on, very little has been done to secure justice or hold the Saudi government to account, even as it now holds the G20 presidency. We hope the Istanbul proceedings will open not only a new route to justice, but will serve as a wake-up call to the international community on the urgent need to end impunity for Khashoggi’s murder and ensure better protections for journalists everywhere,” said RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire.The Turkish proceedings follow a trial held in secret in Saudi Arabia, in which 11 men were tried in connection with Khashoggi’s murder. Five of these men were sentenced to death, and three others received prison sentences. They were later publicly “forgiven” by Khashoggi’s sons, paving the way for their likely pardon and release. Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz, in contrast, has stated that “no one has the right to pardon his killers.” RSF does not support the death penalty in any instance. Saudi Arabia’s deputy public prosecutor has claimed the prosecution’s investigation showed that there was no premeditation to kill Khashoggi.“This trial in Istanbul now represents the best hope for justice for Jamal Khashoggi following a blatant miscarriage of justice in the Saudi courts. We will be monitoring closely, and call for proceedings to be held in a transparent manner in full accordance with international due process standards,” said RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu.UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary killings Agnès Callamard conducted an investigation and published a full report on Khashoggi’s killing, finding that he was the victim of a “deliberate, premeditated execution.” She later referred to the pardon of Khashoggi’s killers as “the final act of the parody of justice” in the Saudi courts. Callamard is expected to attend the opening of the Istanbul trial, as is Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz.RSF has campaigned extensively for justice for Jamal Khashoggi and the release of 32 journalists currently unjustly jailed in Saudi Arabia, and raised these cases directly with the Saudi authorities in an unprecedented press freedom mission to Riyadh in April 2019. RSF has also campaigned extensively for an end to impunity for violence against journalists and the release of jailed journalists in Turkey.Turkey and Saudi Arabia are respectively ranked 154th and 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Photo: AFP January 25, 2020 Find out more As Saudis take over G20 presidency, they still hold 32 journalists, RSF says Receive email alerts News July 10, 2019 Find out more TurkeySaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence last_img read more

US — #WeeklyAddress December 4 –10: President calls for journalists to be fired after making mistakes

first_img Follow the news on United States Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas December 12, 2017 US — #WeeklyAddress December 4 –10: President calls for journalists to be fired after making mistakes WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of December 4 – 10: Organisation RSF_en News June 7, 2021 Find out more News to go further News United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News Help by sharing this information President Trump calls for reporters’ firing after making mistakes On Saturday, December 9, President Trump took to Twitter to call for the resignation of Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel after he mistakenly underestimated the size of Trump’s crowd size at a rally in Florida, despite the fact that Weigel deleted the misleading photo and tweeted an apology. The President also called for the firing of reporters working for both CNN who had mistakenly misdated emails received by Donald Trump Jr. in a story involving contact between Wikileaks and Trump’s son. CNN issued a correction after the error was learned. Trump also said investigative journalist Brian Ross with ABC News should be fired after Ross incorrectly reported that the President, at the time he was a candidate, had told his campaign adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Russian government. ABC News later acknowledged that the story was inaccurate since Michael Flynn was only told to contact the Russian government once Trump had already won the election. ABC issued a correction and suspended Ross for four weeks, in addition to removing him from any future reporting on Trump.Throughout his presidency, Trump has frequently chastised news outlets and specific reporters as if he had the power to terminate them or direct coverage of his own administration. In September, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for ESPN’s Jamele Hill to be let go after she had referred to the President as a “white supremacist” in a tweet. One in four Americans believe in censoring media coverage of government officials The Poynter Media Trust Survey, conducted by non-partisan research firm YouGov, revealed that 25% of Americans believe government officials should have the right “to stop a news media outlet from publishing a story that government officials say is biased or inaccurate.” Presented on December 4 at the Poynter Journalism Ethics Summit, the study showed that, while there was a slight increase in the public’s trust of media outlets, that trust remains divided on partisan lines. While 74% of self-identified Democrats reported having either “a great deal” or “a fair deal” of trust in the media, only 19% of self-identified Republicans expressed similar sentiments. 60% of those polled as Trump supporters agreed with the President’s statement that the media is an “enemy of the American people,” while only 15% of non-supporters believed the same. White House refuses to take on the record questions during press gaggleWhite House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley refused to answer questions from reporters unless they were off the record while on Air Force One en route to DC on Monday, December 4. After making statements regarding President Trump’s endorsement of Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore and a Supreme Court decision which upheld the President’s travel ban, Gidley refused to take any questions on the record from reporters and insisted that any comment he makes be considered “off the record.” An unnamed reporter challenged Gidley’s refusal, saying “You’re not doing your job. Your job is literally to take questions from us. That’s the whole point of this.” If you don’t want to do that, “you can release paper statements if you want.” Gidley maintained his position, and did not answer any on the record questions from the White House Press Pool.Journalist defends right to protect sources in court Independent journalist Jamie Kalven appeared before a Cook County, Illinois court this week to defend his right to not reveal his sources. Kalven was subpoenaed to testify in the trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who is being charged with first-degree murder of Laquan McDonald. The defense is attempting to identify Kalven’s sources for an expose he published on the murder, suggesting the police department engaged in a cover-up. Kalven’s attorney argued that compelling Kalven to reveal his sources was a violation of the Illinois Reporter’s Privilege Act. The judge ultimately decided to postpone his decision on whether or not to compel Kalven’s testimony. While Kalven may have the law of the state of Illinois on his side, there is still no such reporters’ privilege at the federal level, despite multiple attempts by the US congress to pass a federal shield law. The lack of such protections is cause for concern at a time when United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly failed to agree to protect reporters and their sources in leak prosecutions led by the Department of Justice. The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Donegal man suing newspaper over article which made him look like a’headcase’

first_img Google+ Twitter Twitter Google+ A man suing the Sunday Times for defamation over an opinion piece about him filming the birth of his baby daughter says he does not accept it was an emergency delivery.Dubai based property broker John McCauley, originally from Donegal but now wth an  address in Co Kildare claims the column by journalist Brenda Power wrongly made him look like ‘some kind of headcase running around with a camera’.Columnist Brenda Power wrote an article in the Sunday Times about John McCauley after he lost an action for damages against a hospital and a midwife who interrupted him filming the birth of his first daughter.The 46 year old says he was disgusted by the opinion piece from March 2009 which he claims meant that he showed no consideration or care for his partner Jurgita and their baby.Under cross examination by lawyers for the Sunday Times which denies defamation, John McAuley said he had received permission from staff at Mount Carmel to film the birth.He didn’t believe the delivery by caesarean section was an emergency but accepts that it was if that’ s the term used by medical staff.He claims the midwife at the birth was very cold and abrupt. He says she was professional in carrying out her duties but not in her manner. Facebook Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleReport recommends that cyberbullying be made a criminal offenceNext articleNew Sewerage Schemes for Bundoran and Glencolmcille – upgrades for Killybegs and Convoy News Highland Newscenter_img Pinterest Donegal man suing newspaper over article which made him look like a’headcase’ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – July 11, 2013 Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

Chamber presents annual awards

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip Latest Stories Sponsored Content Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Bentley declares more proration Gov. Robert Bentley declared a 15 percent proration to the general fund budget for the remainder of the fiscal year…. read more Published 8:01 pm Thursday, March 31, 2011 By Jaine Treadwell The Industry of the Year Award was presented to Sikorsky Support Service. The award is presented to an outstanding industry/manufacturer working in or providing service to the manufacturing, extracting or processing sector in Pike County.“The Young Professional of the Year was awarded to Troy Weed, an extraordinary young Pike Countian who has made significant contributions to his profession as well as the community,” Riley said.The Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Brundidge was recognized as the Business or Industry Most Committed to the Community. The award is given for contributions, dedication and exceptional supportive efforts to the Pike County community.The Most Promising New Business recipient was Victorian Spa. The award is given to a new or relocating business that demonstrates excellence and achievement in ownership and/or management. Chamber presents annual awards Book Nook to reopen Renee Dickerson was named the Chamber Board Member of the Year. The award is based on the board member’s commitment, leadership and dedication to the advancement of the Chamber and its policies.“The recipient of the Most Devoted Volunteer Award was Dianna Lee,” Riley said. “This award is given to a volunteer who performs exemplary, selfless volunteer work and contributes to the community and serves as an inspiration to others.”Matt Baker was recognized for his numerous volunteer hours and his professional expertise with the Behind the Scenes Award.Adam Drinkwater, Chamber board chair, congratulated the award winners for their outstanding commitment to the Pike County business community.“The year 2010 was a very successful one for the Chamber but it was not without challenges,” he said. “But those challenges were met with a spirit of cooperation and faith in one another and the support of the community.”Chamber President Kathy Sauer was the featured speaker for the annual meeting and said that with a month of Chamber leadership to her credit, she is in awe of everyone and the experience.“The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is a vibrant organization and must take ‘active steps’ to reach its goals,” she said. “Those steps might be small at first but they will take the Chamber where it needs to go to be successful.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy Cable was recognized as the Best Service Business of the Year.“The Non-Profit Organization of the Year award was presented to Habitat for Humanity, which is an excellent non-profit organization that solves problems, helps with needs and enriches Pike County through active volunteerism and community endeavors.Troy Regional Medical Center was the recipient of the Outstanding Customer Service Award for constantly and consistently demonstrating the ability to exceed customer expectations, Riley said. Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… The Pike County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2011 Chamber Awards at noon Thursday at the Troy Country Club and recognized businesses, industries and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the business community during the year.The awards were presented by Bridget Riley, Chamber board second vice chair.The 2011 Business of the Year Award, which is designed to recognize dedication, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, was presented to CGI of Troy. By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Civilian shoots, kills suspect who opened fire at Oklahoma City restaurant

first_imgCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. ABC News(OKLAHOMA CITY) — A citizen with a gun fatally shot an armed suspect who opened fire in an Oklahoma City restaurant on Thursday, local officials said.The Oklahoma City Police Department said on Twitter that investigators were on the scene of the shooting at Louie’s Grill & Bar, near Lake Hefner Parkway.Both the suspect and the civilian were armed with a handgun, police said.The “bystander with a pistol confronted the shooter outside the restaurant and fatally shot him,” OKCPD wrote on Twitter.The suspect was outside when the suspect walked into the restaurant and opened fire around 6:30 p.m. local time, Oklahoma City Police Public Information Officer Bo Matthews said at a press conference Thursday evening.Two female customers are among the injured, Matthews said. The victims are expected to survive, according to Matthews.The conditions of the victims were not disclosed, but at least one was in surgery, Matthews said.“The biggest thing is thankfully the only person that is deceased is the person who went to harm other citizens and it looks like our other citizens are going to survive at this point so that’s the best thing we can hope for and that’s what looks like happened today,” he said.The identities of the suspect, the citizen who shot the suspect and those who were injured have not been released.Matthews said that the citizen who fatally shot the suspect was outside when the shooting started inside the restaurant.When asked about the citizen, Matthews said, “We don’t know anything other than it was a civilian that was outside and he confronted the suspect and he shot and killed him.”Police are looking to interview at least 100 witnesses, Matthews said.The suspect was wearing “some kind of ear protection” and glasses though it is unclear if the glasses were prescription or intended to help protect his eyes during the shooting, Matthews said.“This is so early on in the investigation,” he said.The National Rifle Association tweeted about the shooting, touting it as an example of the idea that “the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” an idea disputed by experts.The gun rights group also used their tweet to send a message to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who vetoed a bill that would have eliminated the requirement for people to have completed a firearms training course in order to carry guns in public. The NRA supported the proposed bill, but the Republican governor, who has supported concealed carry and open carry laws in the past, vetoed it.“I believe the firearms laws we currently have in place are effective, appropriate and minimal, and serve to reassure our citizens that people who are carrying handguns in this state are qualified to do so,” she said in a statement explaining her veto.last_img read more

City Hall Offices Back Open 18 Months After Sandy

first_imgThe renovated first floor of City Hall in Ocean City includes an area that can serve as an information center for residents and visitors.A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy flooded the first floor of Ocean City’s historic City Hall, the City Clerk’s Office and the Tax Assessor’s Office are back home.Storm damage to the building had displaced both offices. The Clerk’s Office operated out of a building adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department at 550 Asbury Avenue, and the Tax Assessor’s Office moved to Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall.With a $1.2 million reconstruction project near complete, both departments are back in their first-floor locations.The move frees the third-floor chambers, and Thursday’s City Council meeting will return to City Hall for the first time since Sandy struck in October 2012.City Council returns to Council Chambers for a meeting on Thursday, April 24.The renovation project also includes the addition of public bathrooms to serve the downtown shopping district. The facilities are open daily during business hours. They were open during the Doo Dah Parade and will be open for the Spring Block Party. When improvements to restrict access to the rest of City Hall during off-hours are complete, a regular schedule of hours will be set.The project also opens an area to serve as an information center and possible location for city press conferences.The repair to City Hall was one of the last completed by the city in the wake of Sandy, and it helps fulfill a goal of Mayor Jay Gillian to make the facility more accessible and user-friendly.The work by contractor Arthur J. Ogren, Inc. of Vineland includes installation of new flood gates at doorways to prevent future water infiltration and the elevation of all electrical sockets.The Tax Assessor’s Office had moved to City Hall earlier this month, and the City Clerk’s Office moved in the middle of last week. Some work to replace windows still needs to be completed.last_img read more

Indiana Department of Health no longer able to perform COVID-19 contact tracing

first_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twitter (Source: http://bit.ly/1VSITiP License: http://bit.ly/1S0IVkT) With coronavirus cases spiking in Indiana and all across the country, contact tracers have had to make changes.The Indiana Department of Health is no longer going to alert people who may have come into contact with someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus.“We recognize we had to make some changes to our process because with more cases, interviews were taking much longer and we’re seeing cases lost to follow up,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box.The department will only alert people who test positive for the virus and leave it up to them to tell anyone who they believe has been a close contact.“To help ease this bottleneck, we’ve shortened our script for interviews of positive cases. The contact tracers will strongly encourage the positive individual to notify all of their close contacts. A close contact is a person who has been within six feet of you for 15 minutes or more throughout the course of a day,” said Box.Box said they will still gather as much information from the person that they’re willing to share, but they had to take some steps out of the process to save time.Box and Holcomb will give another coronavirus news briefing next Wednesday at 2:30 pm. They are expected to give more specifics about the distribution of a coronavirus vaccine throughout Indiana. By Network Indiana – December 4, 2020 0 255 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Indiana Department of Health no longer able to perform COVID-19 contact tracing Google+ Previous articleElkhart, Goshen, Nappanee Mayors to ask councils to support county health ordinanceNext articleBenton Harbor woman, 24, clocked driving 116 mph with child in vehicle Network Indianalast_img read more