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Nutrition is a balancing act

first_imgHarvard School of Public Health (HSPH) nutrition expert Walter Willett spoke about the value of fruits and vegetables during an interview with CBS Boston that aired June 5, 2014. Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition, stated that while fruits and vegetables may not be as helpful in cancer prevention as previously thought, they do seem to protect against cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Blueberries, apples, peaches, and leafy green vegetables may be particularly beneficial. However, the key to a healthy diet is diversity, he said.“Nutrition is about balance and variety. I think it’s analogous to an orchestra. You can’t just have one or two good pieces. You’ve got to have all the pieces together there playing in balance and harmony.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Jon Robin Baitz to Write Feud’s Second Season About Princess Diana & Prince Charles

first_img View Comments Jon Robin Baitz(Photo: Steve Mack/Getty Images) The countdown to Feud season two has begun. Prior to the highly anticipated premiere of the FX series, Deadline reported that Tony-nominated playwright Jon Robin Baitz will work with creator Ryan Murphy on the second season, which will focus on Princess Diana and Prince Charles. No timeline yet on Feud season two, but season one of the anthological series begins on March 5. Tony winner Jessica Lange and Broadway alum Susan Sarandon will take on the roles of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in the inaugural season. Baitz’s Other Desert Cities was nominated for the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. His other plays include The Substance of Fire, The Paris Letter, Ten Unknowns, Mizlansky/Zilinksy or Schmucks, A Fair Country, Three Hotels and The Film Society. He also adapted the book for the 2001 Broadway revival of Hedda Gabler. Baitz serves as the consulting producer on FX’s Katrina: American Crime Story and created the acclaimed ABC drama Brothers & Sisters.Feud’s first season explores Joan Crawford and Bette Davis’ tempestuous relationship while working on What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?. Take a look at the \ trailer below, which also features tastes of Tony winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Hallivand and Tony nominees Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci as Robert Aldrich and Jack Warner, respectively. last_img read more

Seat-belt grant

first_imgDavis will oversee and coordinate all of the institute’s initiatives, said Don Bower, a UGA Extension Service human development specialist. Bower serves as project director and liaison between the institute and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Davis will coordinate trainings onsite and around the state, a comprehensive resource center, two demonstration projects in rural counties and a special initiative to help parents better prepare their teens to be safer drivers. By Janet RodekohrUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia’s Traffic Injury Prevention Institute was awarded a $1 million grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to continue its education and training program in the use of safety belts and child safety seats. UGA also announced the appointment of Steven V. Davis as director of the institute, effective Nov. 15. Strong new director”Mr. Davis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in law enforcement, project management and safety education and a network of colleagues statewide,” Bower said.Davis was chief of police in Blairsville since 1999. He was also in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety as project director of a federal highway safety grant from 1998 to 2001 and was a law enforcement specialist with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 1996 to 1998.The institute was established to help reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities statewide. The $1 million grant is the largest in the 18-year history of the partnership between UGA and the GOHS. It was awarded Oct. 1.Leading killer of childrenCar crashes are the leading killer of children and young adults. Vehicle crashes cost society more than $150 billion annually, according to the GOHS.”This program is the primary resource in the state for public information and professional training on the use of safety belts and child safety seats,” Bower said.The program reaches virtually every Georgian with media information encouraging the correct and consistent use of these safety devices.In 2001, educators in the program conducted 280 safety seat checks and provided more than 18,000 hours of training, helping increase Georgians’ safety-seat use by 85 percent.last_img read more

General Fund Revenues Exceed Target for December

first_img(January 14, 2008)– Secretary of Administration Michael K. Smith released General Fund revenue results for the month of December, the sixth month of fiscal year 2008. General Fund revenues totaled $104.21 million for December 2007, +$0.11 million or +0.1 % more than the $104.10 million consensus revenue target for the month. This brought the fiscal year-to-date total in the General Fund to $559.12 million (+1.6%) above the cumulative revenue forecast of $550.17 million.The monthly consensus cash flow targets reflect the most recent fiscal year 2008 Consensus Revenue Forecast that was agreed to by the Emergency Board on July 24, 2007. The States Consensus Revenue Forecast is updated two times per year, in January and July. The January Emergency Board meeting was held on Wednesday, January 16, 2008.Monthly Personal Income Tax receipts, which are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds, finished December ahead of target with $56.41 million in revenue or +$2.21 million above the monthly revenue target. Personal Income Tax Receipts are by far the largest single state revenue source. December totals surpassed the December 2006 Personal Income Tax by +$7.81 million or +16.1%.The Rooms & Meals Tax slightly surpassed its target for December by +$0.07 million or +0.9%. Corporate Income Tax did not meet target for the month of December, falling below the forecast by -$1.26 million, due to higher than expected refunding.Sales and Use Tax again fell below target for December by -$1.27 million. The Estate Tax (difficult to predict), surpassed target for the month by +$1.19 million or +74.8%. This boosted the below target cumulative performance in the Estate Tax to -$0.86 million, (-9.1%) below cumulative targets for the year.Of the remaining other General Fund revenue categories, Insurance and the Property Transfer Tax both finished below target, while the Liquor Tax finished the month of December above the consensus revenue targets.Considering the continued uncertainty in the financial markets, the price escalation in oil and gasoline, and a national housing downturn, Smith notes that he will remain cautious about revenue predictions for the remainder of fiscal year 2008 and will continue to closely monitor economic indicators.Transportation FundSecretary Smith also announced revenue results for the Transportation Fund. The month of December was a very disappointing one for the Transportation Fund, which performed below target with revenues of $16.42 million or -6.1% below target. The poor performance in December caused the year-to-date totals to fall below the cumulative target by -$0.26 million. Motor Vehicle Fees, Motor Vehicle Purchase and Use Tax and the Other Fees category all fell below projections in December, with only the Gasoline and Diesel Tax categories performing above target. Motor Vehicle Fees were -$0.20 million below, Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax was -$0.30 million below and the Other Fees category was -$0.75 million below their respective targets. The Diesel Tax performed well in December with +$0.12 million (+5.8%) above target, along with a slightly better than expected performance in the Gasoline Tax, surpassing target by +$0.06 million or +1.2%.Education FundIn announcing the Education Fund results for December, Secretary Smith reported that non-Property Tax Education Fund revenues, which constitute about 11% of total Education Fund receipts, totaled $12.03 million in December, -$0.63 million, (-5.0%) below the $12.65 million consensus revenue target for the month.Both the Sales & Use Tax and the Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax in the Education Fund performed below target in December. The Sales & Use Tax was below target for the month by -$0.63 million or -6.8%, while the Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax fell by -$0.15 million, (-7.5%). Cumulatively through December, the Education Fund now stands at -$3.6 million below the year-to-date target of $81.71 million.Overall Smith was pleased to have again exceeded projections in the General Fund in December. However, the below target performance in both the Transportation Fund and the Education Fund are cause for continued caution. The cumulative General Fund receipts are $559.12 million or +$8.95 million, (+1.6%) ahead of the cumulative target for Fiscal Year 2008. The Transportation Fund stands cumulatively at $110.62 million or -$0.26 million below the year-to-date target. The Education Fund also continued to fall below its cumulative target for FY2008 by -$3.56 million or -4.4%. The Total Year-To-Date figures for the three Funds combined are above the cumulative targets for the first half of Fiscal Year 2008 by $5.14 million or 0.7%.last_img read more

Emerging cross-border trends ‘break with traditional IORP image’

first_imgThere has been an increase in the number of multi-employer pension funds, and multi-country cross-border pension funds have been expanding, according to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). This was despite aggregate growth in the number of cross-border pension funds having stalled since 2010.At the end of 2016 there were 73 active cross-border Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs), the supervisory authority said in a market development update. Fourteen of these were active in multiple countries.Assets under management in cross-border funds amounted to €63bn, equal to 1.65% of total IORP assets. Number of cross-border IORPs – growth has stalledEIOPA flagged potential concerns from a supervisory point of view.“It should also be monitored whether, from a supervisory perspective, it affects the triangular relationship between the employee, the employer and the IORP and if so, how it could particularly impact on the governance and management of IORPs,” it said.According to EIOPA’s figures, at the end of 2016 there were 14 multi-country cross-border IORPs operating in 13 countries.More IORPs were expanding, or seeking to expand, their cross-border activities to additional countries.The revised European pension fund directive – IORP II – includes an amended notification process for cross-border funds. EIOPA said this might lead to a further increase in multi-employer and multi-country cross-border IORPs.EIOPA is also reviewing the process of cooperation and exchange of information between national supervisory authorities, with a view to ensuring alignment with the IORP II Directive and to improve procedural transparency and efficiency.Ireland has the most cross-border IORPs, followed by the UK and Belgium. Belgium is the EU member state with the widest geographical spread of cross-border activities, covering eight countries. “Sponsors, cross-border practitioners, social partners and academia pointed out that an increase in the number of cross-border IORPs should not be expected further,” said EIOPA.However, the number of cross-border IORPs established by service providers to attract multiple unconnected employers was rising, it said.This emerging trend “breaks with the traditional image of IORPs established by a sponsor or a group of sponsors (for example for industry-wide schemes) to manage the defined benefit [DB] pension schemes of employees in these countries,” said EIOPA.Chemicals giant Dow recently announced it was to place its European defined contribution plans in UnitedPensions, the cross-border vehicle run by Aon Hewitt. The vehicle also runs the consultancy’s own Irish legacy DB schemes to the Belgium-based vehicle and implements the DB schemes of several other multinationals, including European pensions plans of US pharmaceutical company AbbVie.last_img read more

PFA doubles alternatives in 2017 to DKK26bn

first_img“We have great expectations for all the investments as they also establish PFA as an attractive business partner on the international stage,” he said.In 2017, PFA said it invested DKK13.5bn in alternatives — a grouping which includes private equity and debt and infrastructure.In its annual report, PFA’s said its alternatives portfolio ended the year with a value of DKK26bn.These investments included leading the consortium that bought 16.9% of shares in Danish bank Nykredit in a private equity deal.Other alternatives investments were PFA’s acquisition of 25% of major UK offshore wind farm Walney Extension, and its takeover — as part of a small group of international investors — of US infrastructure company Interpark.Increasing its exposure to alternative investments is part of the company’s aims in its Strategy2020 long-term business plan, PFA said.PFA’s 2017 investment return overall was primarily attributable to solid returns on equities, and quoted shares in particular, the company said. Alternative investments and real estate had also contributed, it added. Alternatives returned 7.1% after currency hedging, while real estate generated 8.0%.The pensions provider said its customers would receive DKK2.2bn through its CustomerCapital model of passing profits back to customers, with this amount made possible because the company ended 2017 in a stronger position.“When we consider the intensified competition and added government regulation, economies of scale become increasingly more important for us as market leader to maintain our position as the commercial company with the lowest costs and best long-term return,” Polack said.In 2017, PFA generated returns to its customers of between 5.3% and 13.5% including CustomerCapital, depending on investment profile, compared with a range of 6.5% and 8.2% the previous year.The return on average-rate pension plans fell to 1.5% from 2.2%.PFA’s total customer funds grew to DKK472bn at the end of December from DKK439bn. Denmark’s largest commercial pension fund said it increased its exposure to alternatives significantly in 2017, making large private equity and infrastructure deals as part of consortia and doubling its assets in its sub-portfolio to DKK26bn (€3.5bn).Releasing its 2017 financial results, the pension fund reported a profit of DKK247m after tax, up from DKK219m in 2016, and a total investment return of DKK26.3m, which was little changed from the previous year.Allan Polack, PFA’s group chief executive, said: “We aim to generate the best long-term returns, and, in order to ensure high stable returns, we increased our exposure to alternative investments significantly in 2017.”The pensions provider did this by using its position in the market to make “a number of historical and attractive investments”, he said.last_img read more

Negros militants seek Du30 ouster

first_imgThe spokesperson said based on recordsmade by Karapatan-Negros, there are already 87 victims of extrajudicialkillings against political activists in the region, while 95 are imprisoned. Bayan-Negros spokesperson EreneoLonginos said the President had been using the premise of the so-called “war ondrugs” by launching a bloody campaign which undermines the due process andresulted to the killings of thousands especially those living in poverty. Longinos also criticized theadministration’s moves to shut down ABS-CBN by posturing himself to hateoligarchs, yet maneuvers to install his own controlled oligarchs and cronies. BACOLOD City – Militant groups inNegros Occidental convened yesterday at the Old City Hall Fountain ofJustice to mark the EDSA People Power Revolution’s 34th anniversarytoday. “These are the gross human rightsviolations of his administration, while the real criminals are freed,” Longinossaid. He also accused the Duterteadministration of incarcerating political dissenters without due process of lawor worst being killed. “The message of EDSA uprising isclear. The Duterte regime’s Marcosian methods are unacceptable to thepeople,” he said. Members of various progressive groupsled by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan demanded the resignation of President RodrigoDuterte, whom they accused carrying out a “large-scale murdering enterprise.” “The widespread human rightsviolations and abuse of power we see today are reminiscent of Marcos’ rule,” hefurther added./PNlast_img read more

Argument leads to stabbing; 1 hurt

first_imgAlbert Tirol was accused of stabbingPacifico Duga Jr. on Wednesday. According to the police, theknife-wielding Tirol attacked Duga after a heated argument ensued between them.It as however not immediate established what triggered the altercation. ILOILO City – An argument between two friendsresulted in one stabbing the other in Barangay 9 Poblacion, Tigbauan, Iloilo. Duga, who bore stab wounds on the leftelbow, received treatment at the Rep. Pedro Trono Hospital in Guimbal Tirol, meanwhile, was arrested and nowdetained in the lockup cell of the Tigbaun police station. Charges forfrustrated homicide will be filed against him./PNlast_img

Warriors finish impressively

first_img Connacht controlled much of the first half but trailed 19-6 by its end, Niko Matawalu bagging a brace and Stuart Hogg also dotting down as the Warriors profited from the Irish province’s errors. Aly Muldowney’s fifth try of the league campaign brought the hosts closer either side of yellow cards for Glasgow duo Tommy Seymour and Chris Fusaro. However, Adam Ashe’s 67th-minute effort sealed the bonus point and Seymour added a flattering fifth before the end. It was Henshaw and Carty who combined to prevent Russell from opening the second period with another intercept score, and the penalties finally caught up with Glasgow when winger Seymour saw yellow for a ruck offence. Connacht’s passing let them down, though, as they failed to put an unmarked Matt Healy over out wide and a poor Carty pass led to a turnover from a five-metre scrum. However, the hosts’ persistence paid off in the 53rd minute as Muldowney reached over from close range after Henshaw and Denis Buckley had both gone close. Carty added the conversion but he blotted his copybook with a frustrating penalty miss as the gap remained at six points (19-13) despite some incisive play from Healy and Henshaw. That was as close as it got as Townsend’s charges found their rhythm in attack again. While flanker Fusaro was in the bin for a high tackle, replacement Josh Strauss broke through to tee up a simple run-in for fellow back rower Ashe. Russell converted and quick hands put Seymour over in the right corner for a closing five-pointer. Results this weekend have seen Connacht relinquish their grip on sixth place in that battle for European Champions Cup qualification. Pat Lam’s men are now four points behind Edinburgh with the Scarlets also pushing hard. In the build-up to this round 20 clash, Gregor Townsend dubbed Connacht’s scrum the best in the league, and the hosts duly won the first scrum against the head with a dominant shove. Jack Carty curled over the opening penalty soon after, rewarding half-breaks from Tiernan O’Halloran and Muldowney, and Glasgow had a let-off when Rodney Ah You was pinged for an early push just five metres out. Carty did make it 6-0 with a terrific strike from distance after hands in the ruck from Euan Murray, but a couple of loose Connacht line-outs gave the Warriors a foothold and they quickly took full advantage. Man-of-the-match Henry Pyrgos pinched scrum ball under Kieran Marmion’s nose, launching a dangerous spell inside the Connacht 22 which ended with Fraser Brown’s brilliant one-handed offload putting Matawalu over in the right corner. Finn Russell’s conversion fell wide. Glasgow’s first-time captain Jonny Gray was warned by referee Marius Mitrea about his side’s indiscipline, however Carty missed to the right and left with two difficult place-kicks. Connacht’s failure to put more points on the board was emphasised when the Scots stung them with two opportunist tries before the interval. A series of missed tackles allowed Seymour to sail through midfield and his pass put Hogg over to the right of the posts. Russell converted and also added the extras to Glasgow’s third touchdown which saw Fijian Matawalu intercept a Robbie Henshaw pass as Connacht tried to counter from deep. Glasgow Warriors’ clinical finishing proved too much for Connacht as the Guinness PRO12 leaders ran out 31-13 bonus point winners at the Sportsground. Press Associationlast_img read more

Granada on Michu trail

first_img Swansea are keen to sell the Spain international, who has one year left on his contract, and t he 29-year-old has been linked with a return to La Liga. “We like Michu a lot,” Granada sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero said to Spanish sports newspaper Marca. “W e have spoken to him and with his agent, but there is no agreement nor have we begun negotiations. “He would be a very important player for Granada but he has a contract with his club. “We have players in that position and we also have a budget that we must respect.” Michu enjoyed an impressive first season in England when he scored 22 goals in 2012-13 for Swansea following his £2million move from Rayo Vallecano. His strong performances saw him capped by Spain and helped Swansea qualify for Europe by winning the Capital One Cup. Michu’s second season was disrupted by injury and he scored only six times in 25 games. The Spaniard was sent out on loan to Napoli last season but an injury-plagued campaign saw him make just five appearances for the Serie A club. Should Michu join Granada he would work again under manager Jose Ramon Sandoval, who coached him at Rayo. “He has a very good relationship with Sandoval,” Cordero said. “He was the one that gave him the opportunity to play in the Primera Division and he had a great season at Rayo working with Sandoval.” Granada narrowly avoided relegation and finished 17th in La Liga in the 2014-15 campaign. Press Associationcenter_img Primera Division side Granada have confirmed their interest in signing Spanish forward Michu from Swansea. last_img read more