Hazardous holiday

first_imgIf you have children, consider getting new products anddisposing of the old ones.Check the labels of PVC Christmas products before you buythem. Companies are now required to disclose if any products maycontain lead. To date, there are no recalls or exchange programsfor these products.Wash your hands after touching the item.PVC products may degrade in sun and heat. Clean the entirearea carefully to eliminate any lead particulate matter. Lead exposure risk”Children are more susceptible to the negative effects of leadexposure, which can range from learning disabilities to seizuresand death,” Atiles said.”Exposure can come from airborne lead dust, emitted from thetree, which may be breathed into children’s lungs,” he said.”Lead dust also may settle on the ground and on gifts stackedunder the tree.”Children ingest the lead when they touch the ground and the giftsand then put their contaminated hands into their mouths.Until safe levels of lead exposure are determined, it’s importantto keep children from coming in contact with the tree and leaddust emitted from it, Atiles said.For more information on lead contamination, visit the World WideWeb at yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/.(Faith Peppers is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaPreliminary research has found that artificial Christmas treesmade with PVC may contain lead.In a study of new and used artificial trees, the EnvironmentalQuality Institute at the University of North Carolina-Ashevillefound that some trees contained lead.”Researchers studied the trees for a month, using weekly wipesamples taken from below the tree,” said Jorge Atiles, aUniversity of Georgia Extension Service housing specialist.”The study found that two of the used trees with lead in the PVCbranch material emitted high levels of lead,” Atiles said. “Whilethe use of lead as a PVC stabilizer is becoming more infrequent,some common Christmas products such as artificial trees made inChina may contain lead used as a PVC stabilizer.”What can you do?If you’re concerned about your PVC tree, garland or wreath, youcan have items tested for lead emission with a kit from theEnvironmental Quality Institute.The kit costs $15. Mail orders with checks to FE/EQI CPO #2331,UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC 28804. You’ll get a test kit withinstructions, disposable lab gloves, a lab wipe and vial, aresearch questionnaire and a return mailer, Atiles said.In the meantime, if you suspect your tree or other PVC productmay contain lead, minimize your family’s exposure to them. Atilesoffers these tips:last_img read more

Long-time Captive Insurance Regulator to Retire

first_imgLong-time Captive Insurance Regulator to RetireLeonard Crouse Helped Pave Way for Growth of Industry in VermontMONTPELIER, Vt. Leonard Crouse, Vermont Deputy Commissioner of Captive Insurance and a fixture in the states captive insurance industry for 18 years, has announced his plans to retire effective June 1st of this year.For more than 30 years Crouse has been a nationally recognized leader in insurance regulation and has been credited as a key figure in advancing the captive insurance industry both nationally and in Vermont.We thank Len for his extraordinary and exemplary service to Vermont, and wish him well, said Governor Jim Douglas. Len has been a credit to the state, and has been a tremendous asset and important contributor to our success in the captive industry. He set the bar high for Vermont and we are fortunate to have time to conduct a thorough search for a worthy successor.The Captive Insurance Division is housed in the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA). The Deputy position oversees the Captive Insurance Division and is responsible for the administration and regulation of captive insurance companies and risk retention groups.We have the most experienced, credentialed and able captive regulatory staff in the country, if not the world, said BISHCA Commissioner Paulette Thabault. They are equipped to maintain the regulatory continuity and momentum of the Captive Divisions functions as we seek a new Deputy.Thabault said the search is already underway.We are committed to finding a successor for Len who can continue to enhance Vermonts long-established pre-eminence in the field of captive insurance regulation, Thabault said.Crouse has served as Deputy Commissioner of Captive Insurance since May of 2003. Prior to his appointment, he was Vermonts Director of Captive Insurance since May of 1990, and before that was Chief Examiner of the Property and Casualty Division of the Massachusetts Insurance Department.I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served the people of Vermont, said Crouse. As I head toward retirement on June 1, I feel very good about the position of the captive industry in Vermont and its future success. I have worked very happily and very hard in this role for a very long while. Its just time to go. A member of the Society of Financial Examiners and a Certified Financial Examiner, Crouse has served on various committees and working groups representing both Vermont and Massachusetts at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).During Crouses tenure, nearly 600 companies have been licensed in Vermont and he became recognized as a leading authority in the industry. He has written a number of articles for various trade publications, served on several committees of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and was a frequent presenter at captive insurance events across the country.Last year he was honored for his contributions to advancing the captive insurance industry with the 2007 Distinguished Service Award presented at the Captive Insurance Companies Association International Annual Conference.A captive insurer is a company that is owned or controlled by its policyholders, thereby enhancing the parent company’s ability to control its own insurance costs. Through captives, businesses have access to broader, less expensive insurance markets.Vermont constructed a regulatory system to ensure the solvency of captives while recognizing the special purposes for which they were formed.Vermont is the largest captive insurance domicile in the United States and second largest in the world in terms of gross written premium, with $13 billion in 2007. Vermont is also home to 44 of the companies that make up the Fortune 100, and 19 of the companies that make up the Dow 30 have Vermont captives.Learn more at www.vermontcaptive.com(link is external)-30-last_img read more

Brazil Supports Proposal to Create South American Defense School

first_imgBy Dialogo June 18, 2013 “All these courses, organized by different institutions, can be part of a network that will be coordinated to avoid duplicating and wasting resources,” said Amorim, who added that the school will always respect plurality and diversity of ideas. The supported idea occurred after the bilateral meeting between Amorim and Ecuadorean Minister of Defense, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, in Quito, Ecuador. During his visit to the country, the Brazilian minister was also welcomed by President Rafael Correa in a meeting at the Presidential Palace. In an interview with the press following the meeting, both ministers explained that the goal of the school is to boost the formulation of a regional strategic thought defense. The Brazilian minister was invited to Quito by the Ecuadorean government. During the bilateral meeting at the Ministry of Defense representatives from both delegations debated an extensive agenda of topics, which resulted in decisions aiming to deepen the defense cooperation between both nations. According to Defense Minister Espinosa Garcés, despite the approval by members of the CDS, the proposed creation of the school should be confirmed during the next South American Defense Ministers meeting, scheduled for November 2013, also in Lima. Amorim invited Ecuador to send military observers to the next edition of Operation Ágata, at the Brazilian border, scheduled for the second half of this year. He also invited Minister Espinosa Garcés for an official visit to Brazil in August. According to Espinosa Garcés, the school is expected to take advantage of the resources of the South American nations in a coordinated fashion, maximizing the capabilities and specialtiesof each country in the defense field. “The path to the future is in the construction of a line of thought, regardless of how diverse, that we can identify with and that will generate a South American identity,” she stated. “It is essential that the school focuses on our own problems, and that it is not conditioned by problems that are not ours,” added Amorim, who had already defended the creation of the school in international forums. Among the topics discussed at the meeting, were Brazil’s support to the development of Ecuador’s defense industry, the expansion of aid to the demining actions in the country, control and defense of the airspace and training Ecuadorean Air Force pilots and technicians who operate Super Tucano airplanes. The delegates also discussed matters linked to strengthening the South American defense identity in the CDS/Unasur and the Brazilian contribution to the Ecuadorean initiative, currently underway, to update the political agenda in the military. The new institution will be located in Quito, where the coordination and administration areas will be operating. However, according to the ministers, the school will operate as a network, taking advantage of the various initiatives already in existance in the military realm of the South American countries. To illustrate the network initiatives, Amorim mentioned the Center for Strategic Studies based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the South American Advanced Defense Course, which will take place for the second consecutive year at the Superior War College, in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian Minister of Defense, Celso Amorim, stated that Brazil supports the creation of a South American Defense School. The proposition to build the school was recently formalized by Ecuador during a meeting between deputy defense ministers, in Lima, Peru, within the scope of UNASUR’s South American Defense Council (CDS for its Spanish acronym). With the purpose of ensuring the continuity and direct follow-up of the agreed topics, both ministers created a work group and institutionalized yearly meetings with their respective joint staffs.last_img read more

CDC, manufacturers aim for more flu shots this year

first_imgJul 2, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – More Americans are being told to seek flu vaccination and more vaccine will be available in the coming influenza season, as authorities try to improve people’s odds against the persistent and sometimes deadly influenza virus.Experts have cast a wider net by recommending that 6- to 23-month-old children be vaccinated (see Apr 30 CIDRAP News story). In addition, healthcare workers will be more strongly advised than before to get their flu shots, and vaccine manufacturers are planning to make about 13 million more doses this year than they did last year.Young children suffer complications from flu nearly comparable to those endured by seniors, Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told CIDRAP News. He is hopeful more parents will make the two clinic visits necessary to develop immunity in small children.Only about 35% of healthcare workers get vaccinated, Allen said. In answer to this situation, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee plan to issue a joint recommendation “which uses stronger language than either has ever used before affirming the importance of healthcare workers getting vaccinated,” a Jun 24 Reuters story quotes ACIP liaison member Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University as saying.The vaccine is also recommended for people older than 50 and people with certain conditions that affect their immune systems, as well as those in close contact with such people.In a bid to avoid a repeat of last year’s flu-shot shortage, drug companies are making more than 100 million doses of vaccine. As announced by the Department of Health and Human Services early this year, the agency will spend about $80 million in the next 2 years to stockpile another 4 million or 5 million doses a year for uninsured and underinsured children eligible for the Vaccines for Children Program.Those stockpiled doses will be free of the controversial preservative thimerosal, according to Allen. Although a safety review by the Institute of Medicine found that the bulk of evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism, some public concern lingers. The product is still used in injectable influenza vaccine, but thimerosal-free flu vaccine is available.”We continue to work with manufacturers to remove thimerosal from the vaccine,” Allen said. “It’s a matter of prudence even though there’s no evidence it causes harm.” He recommends that parents who want a thimerosal-free vaccine ask their healthcare provider how to find it.Those who assess supply and demand anticipate that not everyone who ought to get the vaccine actually will. Compliance usually isn’t higher than 40%, Allen said. Last year, however, saw vaccine shortages in some places as manufacturers dropped production to 86.9 million doses, down from 95 million doses in 2002.It’s a delicate balance, acknowledged Dr. Raymond Strikas, associate director for adult immunization in the Immunization Services Division of the National Immunization Program.”There are many more people who actually should be vaccinated who haven’t asked for vaccine,” he said, estimating that 185 million people should be immunized.A final variable in the flu fight is predicting which three virus strains to include in the vaccine, a decision that must be made well in advance to allow time for vaccine production.Last year’s vaccine benefited people, although it lacked the strain that dominated the flu season, Strikas said. On average, the experts who conduct surveillance correctly predict the circulating virus 9 of every 10 years, Strikas said.It’s too soon to know if this year’s trivalent vaccine—with an H1N1 (A/New Caledonia), an H3N2 (A/Fujian), and a new B/Shanghai strain—will hit the immunization trifecta.”It’s the Yogi Berra story,” Strikas said. “Predictions are difficult when they involve the future.”See also:CDC overview of last year’s flu season and preview for 2004-05http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5325a1.htmCurrent ACIP influenza vaccine recommendations, released Apr 30http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5306a1.htmAmy Becker is a full-time reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a freelance reporter for CIDRAP. She will enter the University of Minnesota’s graduate program in public health administration and policy in fall 2004.last_img read more

The big retail gamble

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PREMIUMPlan to expand military role in fight against terrorism raises red flag, again

first_imgThe government has proposed a new regulation to allow greater military involvement in curbing terrorism but which lacks clear accountability, much to the concern of analysts who view it as a move that may lead to a repressive approach by the Indonesian Military (TNI).The presidential regulation (Perpres) to specify such a role is mandated by the 2018 Terrorism Law, which already allows the TNI to combat terrorism through military operations other than war — but not in detail.The draft Perpres, a copy of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates the TNI’s three main roles, namely the prevention of terrorism, enforcement measures that allow the use of force and deradicalization efforts. It also grants TNI the authority to conduct intelligence and territorial operations as part of the prevention measures.It outlines several terrorism scenarios that allo… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Topics : Forgot Password ? #Terrorism terrorism counterterrorism #Counterterrorism TNI #TNI military #military Perpres-presidential-regulation #perpres Linkedin Facebook Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

UK promises review of Financial Reporting Council

first_imgThe UK’s business minister has promised an independent inquiry into the functioning of the accounting watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council.Speaking last week to a parliamentary inquiry into the collapse of Carillion, Greg Clark said: “There is a strong case for reviewing the operations of the FRC, and that is something that I intend to require.”Clark, the secretary of state for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), also hit back at claims made by FRC chief executive Stephen Haddrill that the watchdog needed government to beef up its powers.Haddrill had told the inquiry at a hearing in late January that the FRC’s “powers in relation to enforcement should be looked at”. He argued that the trigger for misconduct was set too high and added that the FRC’s “ability to review the report and accounts ought to be expanded.”  However, Clark told MPs last week: “In the case of the FRC, I saw the evidence given to [the committee] that it needed a change to its powers in order to be, if I can put it this way, more vigorous. I do not agree with that.” Greg Clark, UK secretary of state, UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial StrategyHe went on to say that he expected the FRC to work closely with both the Financial Conduct Authority and the Insolvency Service to hold individuals and firms to account “using the full suite of powers that are available”.A BEIS spokesperson said: “The UK is admired around the world for its corporate governance regime and it’s important to ensure all of our regulators continue to uphold those high standards.“We intend to commission a review of the Financial Reporting Council’s operations and will announce further details in due course.”Clark’s comments came amid mounting public disquiet over both the timeliness and vigour of the FRC’s audit investigations. Critics of the watchdog claim that it is too close to the audit firms that it regulates.The FRC was set up in 1990 and is responsible for overseeing the disciplinary scheme for both the accountancy and actuarial professions. It is also responsible for maintaining the UK Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes.Carillion FDs under investigationMeanwhile, the FRC has announced a probe into the conduct of Carillion’s two former finance directors, Richard Adam and Zafar Khan.The audit watchdog said the inquiry would cover Carillion’s financial reports for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 year-ends, as well as the six months to the end of 30 June 2017 and other financial reports and information between 2014 and 2017.In January the FRC said it would scrutinise KPMG’s audit of Carillion’s accounts, promising to conduct the investigations “as quickly and thoroughly as possible”.last_img read more

Condé Nast Traveler “2020 Reader’s Choice Awards”

first_img Tweet                                                                      Secret BayNow, more than ever, celebrating travel and championing our favorite destinations, hotels and experiences is paramount. Condé Nast Traveler has announced its annual “Reader’s Choice Awards” survey is open for voting. Both Dominica and Secret Bay are in the running as a top island and top hotel, respectively. Together, let’s support them and, by extension, our communities.To vote for Dominica:Visit https://www.cntraveler.com/rca/voteSelect “Islands”Register to create an account or login with an existing accountSelect “Dominica”Follow the prompts to submit your vote for DominicaTo vote for Secret Bay: Visit https://www.cntraveler.com/rca/voteSelect “Hotels & Resorts”Register to create an account or login with an existing accountSelect “Dominica” as the location and “Secret Bay” as the hotel or resortFollow the prompts to submit your vote for Secret BayNow’s the time to show our appreciation for the places that consistently lift us up, bring us joy and give us hope when we need it most. We encourage you to share your vote to social media and ask your friends to do the same.About Secret Bay Secret Bay features a limited collection of freestanding, secluded and sustainably-crafted villas that are immersed in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. Offering a wealth of transformational experiences, fine dining, wellness facilities, architectural residential-style villas, and night and day access to remote beaches, Secret Bay provides guests with the ultimate six-star hideaway experience. Recently accepted into Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious association of luxury hotels and restaurants in the world, Secret Bay is the first and only property in Dominica and just one of seven properties in the Caribbean to join the internationally acclaimed, elite group of independent hotels. Secret Bay recently earned Green Global Certification and has received numerous accolades in its eight years in operation. http://secretbay.dm/ Share InternationalLifestyleLocalNews Condé Nast Traveler “2020 Reader’s Choice Awards” by: – April 22, 2020 Sharing is caring!center_img Share 114 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Area Girls Softball Sectional Pairings

first_imgThree hundred seventy‐four (374) teams were drawn and placed into brackets for the start of the 32nd Annual IHSAA Softball State Tournament Series which begins in 11 days.Sectional action runs May 23‐28 with the 64 survivors moving into a one‐game regional round on Tuesday, May 31. From there, 32 teams will square off in four‐team semi‐states on Saturday, June 4, with the four state championship games scheduled for Saturday, June 11 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.WRBI Area Sectional Pairings.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Rising Sun.Game 1:  Monday (5-23)-Jac-Cen-Del vs. Oldenburg Academy.Game 2:  Monday (5-23)-South Decatur vs. Hauser.Game 3:  Tuesday (5-24)-Monday’s Winners.Game 4:  Tuesday (5-24)-Rising Sun vs. Shawe Memorial.Championship:  Thursday (5-26)-Tuesday’s Winners.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switzerland County.Game 1:  Monday (5-23)-South Ripley vs. Austin.Game 2:  Monday (5-23)-North Decatur vs. Southwestern (Hanover).Game 3:  Tuesday (5-24)-Monday’s Winners.Game 4:  Tuesday (5-24)-Milan vs. Switzerland County.Championship:  Thursday (5-26)-Tuesday’s Winners.Class 3A Sectional 29 @ Greensburg.Game 1:  Monday (5-23)-Madison Consolidated vs. Lawrenceburg.Game 2:  Monday (5-23)-Franklin County vs. South Dearborn.Game 3:  Tuesday (5-24)-Connersville vs. Rushville.Game 4:  Tuesday (5-24)-Greensburg vs. Batesville.Game 5:  Thursday (5-26)-Monday’s Winners.Game 6:  Thursday (5-26)-Tuesday’s Winners.Championship:   Friday (5-27)-Thursday’s Winners.Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Shelbyville.Game 1:  Tuesday (5-24)-Shelbyville vs. Bloomington North.Game 2:  Tuesday (5-24)-Columbus East vs. East Central.Game 3:  Thursday (5-26)-Tuesday’s Winners.Game 4:  Thursday (5-26)-Bloomington South vs. Columbus North.Championship:   Friday (5-27)-Thursday’s Winners.2016 Softball State Tourney Drawlast_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi made me a better player, enjoy healthy rivalry: Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgBoth Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have won Ballon D’Or five times.Lionel Messi missed the opening game of the La Liga.Messi strained his calf during Barcelona’s friendly. Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo admitted on Wednesday his long-time rivalry with Lionel Messi has made him “a better player” and that he enjoys a “healthy” rivalry with the Argentine great. However, Portuguese star Ronaldo, whose influence at Real Madrid mirrored that of Messi at Barcelona before he left for Juventus, admitted that the pair have never socialised together. “I really admire the career he has had and from his side, he has already talked of the disappointment when I left Spain because it was a rivalry that he appreciated,” Ronaldo told TVI in Portugal. “It’s a good rivalry but it’s not unique — Michael Jordan had rivalries in basketball, there was Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in Formula 1. The thing they all had in common is that they were healthy rivalries.”Ronaldo and Messi have won the coveted Ballon d’Or five times each, a factor that helps each player flourish. “I have no doubt that Messi has made me a better player and vice-versa. When I am winning trophies it must sting him and it’s the same for me when he wins,” he said. “I have an excellent professional relationship because we have been sharing the same moments for 15 years.” He added: “We’ve never had dinner together but I don’t see why we can’t in the future. I don’t see a problem with that.”Messi gave Barcelona a timely boost by returning to training with the rest of the squad after a calf injury. Messi trained alone in the morning before joining his team-mates in the afternoon, increasing hopes that Barca’s captain could play a role against Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday.He strained his calf on August 5 in his first training session back following the Copa America and subsequently missed the club’s pre-season. It would be a surprise if Messi started at Camp Nou, but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be eager to have his star available again, particularly after his team suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat by Athletic Bilbao in their opening league game last weekend. Messi’s absence has been compounded by injuries to other strikers. Luis Suarez is expected to be out for around a month after hobbling off with a calf problem against Bilbao.Ousmane Dembele injured his hamstring and will need five weeks to recover. Antoine Griezmann, the 120 million summer signing from Atletico Madrid, is the only fully-fit forward, with Rafinha and 21-year-old Carles Perez possible options to play behind him. The shortage up front has intensified speculation that Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar could return to Barcelona before the transfer window closes in Spain on September 2. PSG sporting director Leonardo admitted earlier this month that the club were in “advanced negotiations” to sell Neymar but a deal is yet to be agreed with Barca, who have already spent around 250 million euros this summer.  highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more