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Working healthy snacks into after-school programs

first_imgNutritious snacks don’t have to bust budgets, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers conclude in a new study that analyzed the cost of foods served in YMCA after-school programs in four U.S. cities. While the prices of individual healthy snacks are typically higher than those of their processed-food counterparts, the researchers found simple strategies made healthy snacks more affordable.The study appears in the February 2012 issue of Preventing Chronic Disease.“Price is frequently cited as a barrier to purchasing healthy foods,” said Rebecca Mozaffarian, project manager for the YMCA/Harvard program at HSPH and lead author. “We wanted to identify practical strategies for program staff to purchase and serve healthful after-school snacks without increases in price.”The researchers, including senior author Steven Gortmaker, professor of the practice of health sociology and director of the HSPH Health Prevention Research Center, analyzed 1,294 snack menus from 32 YMCA programs. The menus were part of a national YMCA-driven initiative to promote nutrition and physical activity among children. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Junior Class Council hosts Domecoming activities

first_imgThis year’s annual Domecoming Week, hosted by Junior Class Council (JCC) will be “fun for a cause,” junior class president Kevin Doherty said. Monday’s Domecoming kickball game, Kick for Kans, launched a weeklong food drive sponsored by the junior class. Students who donated a non-perishable food item could play the game on North Quad. “We thought that giving back to the community would be a good way to give Domecoming a new dimension of ‘fun for a cause’ that would attract more interest from the student body and the local community,” Doherty said. “We will have collection boxes available at all of the events this week.” Doherty said the week offers a chance to bring the junior class and other members of the student body together. “Its purpose is to unite students in a week of fun events and activities on campus,” Doherty said. “Our hope is that Domecoming will continue to grow and involve more student groups, and be carried on as a tradition for years to come.” The junior class will also sell Class of 2013 “bro tanks” throughout the week. Doherty said an initial order of the tanks sold out almost immediately. “We sold out within a few hours during our first sale in the dining halls,” Doherty said. “We ordered a little over 200 new tanks and are hoping these will sell out over the course of the week.” JCC representative Kelsey Eckenrode said Domecoming is Notre Dame’s version of homecoming at other schools. “We wanted to give the students something similar,” Eckenrode said. “We were surprised that a big football school like Notre Dame didn’t already have homecoming.” The junior class will also host song-led adoration service at 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Ryan Hall Chapel. “The song-led adoration should be a really awesome event for people to relax, reflect and listen to some great music,” Eckenrode said. “The JCC is really excited for all of the events this week.” Juniors can skate for free on the JACC ice rink Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Doherty said students could still register for a Thursday dodge ball tournament online or at the event. “The winning teams will be awarded Chipotle gift cards and bragging rights,” Doherty said. The second annual Domecoming Dance on Friday will end the week with music and dancing under a tent on South Quad, as well as free food from Chick-fil-A, Eckenrode said. “We’re happy that the dance is outdoors this year since the weather is supposed to be great on Friday,” Eckenrode said. The junior class will host all the Domecoming events this week, Doherty said, but the activities are open to all students. “While the focus is on the junior class, we welcome all students to our events this week,” he said. “The only exception is the Domecoming Dance, which SAO classifies as a junior class dance, but non-juniors are welcome to attend as long as they accompany a junior. Our goal is to involve as many students on campus as possible in Domecoming Week.” Further information about Domecoming events can be found on the Domecoming 2011 Facebook page.last_img read more

Credit unions quick to adopt Apple Pay

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Move solidifies their commitment to Mark SievewrightAs the iPhone® 6 made its way into the hands of tens of millions of consumers, it also heralded a fundamental change in the way consumers pay with its embedded Apple Pay™ capabilities.It may also provide the tipping point for widespread adoption of mobile point-of-sale payments, which could increase exponentially over the next five years.Apple announced recently that Apple Pay is doing well, with about 750 banks and credit unions signed up. The credit union movement’s commitment to remaining relevant and increasing its growth momentum is evidenced by the fact that, so far, credit unions represent 40% of the financial institutions that already support Apple Pay.Within applications like Apple Pay and in mobile payments more generally, it will be critical for the credit union’s brand and its payment capabilities to be “top-of-wallet” for members—not only to keep your credit union brand visible but to protect and increase interchange revenue streams.Once payment card information is stored in a mobile payment app or service it tends to stay there. In the case of Apple Pay, a card must have tokenization capabilities to be used through the service. continue reading »last_img read more

HHS hears community leaders’ ideas on pandemic readiness

first_img HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, in his address at the meeting, said the goal was to share ideas on how local leaders can promote the importance of personal preparedness, according to a transcript released by HHS. Despite uncertainty about when a pandemic will strike, Leavitt said, leaders can be sure of two things: “Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after a pandemic will seem inadequate.” Marshall told CIDRAP News that the forum yielded ideas that will help HHS tailor the tool kits for each sector. “We received a lot of thoughtful input yesterday,” she said. Jun 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A hundred leaders from the business, healthcare, faith, and civic communities met with US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials yesterday to discuss how to motivate individuals and families to prepare for an influenza pandemic. “We need to reach out to everyone with words that inform, but not inflame. We need to encourage everyone to prepare, but not panic,” Leavitt said. At a press conference that followed the forum, Stephanie Marshall, director of pandemic communications for HHS, said the agency would launch two more personal-preparedness promotion efforts in the months ahead. Later this summer officials will release tool kits, tailored to four different sector (business, healthcare, faith, and civic), that leaders can use to teach people more about pandemic flu and what they can do to prepare. In the fall, HHS will target 5 to 10 diverse communities for more intensive communication campaigns about personal preparedness, Marshall said. “We certainly would like to include the appropriate representatives from the leadership forum and blog summit in these localized efforts,” she added. The Pandemic Influenza Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, was linked with an online effort by HHS to engage community leaders in talking about pandemic preparedness. On May 22 the agency launched a pandemic leadership blog, which continues through Jun 27, to stimulate discussions and public feedback. During the leadership forum, HHS employees “live blogged” the event, adding several detailed blog postings describing the presentations and breakout sessions. John Agwunobi, assistant secretary for health at HHS, said at the press conference that pandemic preparedness experts who share their expertise on the Internet and leaders representing other groups, such as churches, stand ready to help the government promote personal preparedness.center_img According to an HHS news release yesterday, HHS officials at the meeting urged participants to communicate to their communities that it is critical for everyone to prepare for possible pandemic flu. Participants were urged to encourage people to(1) store extra food and other daily supplies to make it easier to stay home for a prolonged period of time, (2) learn and practice proper hand washing, (3) use safe cough and sneeze techniques to limit the spread of illnesses, and (4) stay home and avoid others during illness. “They [pandemic planning leaders] need to be leveraged by the government and leaders, or at least listened to,” he said. “I recognize that the federal government still has a lot to learn about the best way to engage individuals.” See also: The HHS leadership forum helps validate the efforts of the many people who have already heeded pandemic warnings and started preparing their communities, their families, and themselves, he said. Personal preparedness “is a message that needs to surround everyone. They need to hear it from their pastors, from their employers, from their physicians, and from everyone in a position of responsibility,” Leavitt said. “And they need to keep hearing it. In fact, they need to hear it even more after the news media loses interest.” Greg Dworkin, MD, who took part in the leadership summit and is one of 13 experts who have led the blog discussions, told reporters he lauds the HHS for offering such an open live and online forum. The sometimes heated blog postings over the past weeks show there are many interested people who want good information from a federal source on individual and family preparedness, said Dworkin, founding editor of the FluWiki Web site and chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. May 22 CIDRAP News story “HHS launches blog on pandemic preparedness”last_img read more

Austria has included Croatia on the list of safe countries

first_imgThe list of risky countries includes a total of 32 countries, ie Egypt, Albania, Bangladesh, Belarus, BiH, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Northern Macedonia, Pakistan , Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Hubei Province in China. Croatia is included in the list of safe countries in Austria, said Branimir Tončinić, director of the CNTB Representation in Austria.  According to the eVisitor system, about 40.000 Austrian tourists are currently staying in Croatia. Namely, Austrian Ministry of Healthand last night published a list of high-risk countries from which, to enter Austria, a PCR test is required, and the provision takes effect on Monday, July 27, 2020. Na there is no Croatia in this list, which is classified in the category of safe or “stable” countries from which, upon return to Austria, it is not necessary to present a PCR test. Photo Poreč Port Authoritylast_img read more

US agents fall victim to economic downturn

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Asian stocks poised for gains after late Wall Street dash

first_imgAsian stocks were set to open higher on Friday as a late Wall Street rally supported global sentiment although weak US data and uncertainty about a stimulus package in Washington have kept a lid on confidence.US stocks ended positive in choppy trade on Thursday, led by a dogged comeback in the technology sector, having initially sold off on higher than expected unemployment claims.“What we’ve seen for equity markets is there is quite a good deal of resilience,” said Tom Piotrowski, a market analyst at Australian broker CommSec. “Commentators like to stack up all of the negatives markets face, the US election being among them, but I think there is a sense that there is an underlying resilience in the market.” In early Asian trade, Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 futures rose 0.12 percent and Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures added 0.13 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures rose 0.45 percent. MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.43 percent.Democrats in the US House of Representatives are working on a US$2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package that could be voted on as soon as next week, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterating she is ready to negotiate on it with the White House.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.2 percent, the S&P 500 gained 0.30 percent and the Nasdaq Composite added 0.37 percent.The US dollar lost ground as investor confidence returned. The dollar index fell 0.056 percent.US Treasury yields fell, but moved off lows after a stronger-than-expected report on the housing sector.Oil prices were steady as a new wave of coronavirus cases in Europe led several countries to re-impose travel restrictions, offsetting a drop in US crude and fuel inventories.US crude recently fell 0.12 percent to $40.26 per barrel and Brent was flat.Topics :last_img read more

North Yorkshire Pension Fund to join East Riding LGPS pool

first_imgThe move comes after the £1.6bn Lincolnshire Pension Fund agreed in early January to join as a founding investor and, as IPE reported in December, the £1.6bn Warwickshire local government pension scheme (LGPS) said it would submit a joint proposal with the other local authorities.The discussions come ahead of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) initial 19 February deadline for English and Welsh LGPS to lay out proposals for a half dozen asset pools.Warwickshire has only agreed to back Border to Coast Pensions for the first consultation being conducted by the DCLG, and said it could still join a different pool ahead of the second consultation set to finalise pooling arrangements.Emerging asset poolsOther collaborations to emerge so far include a so-called Northern Powerhouse pool, named after the UK government’s policy to reinvigorate Northern England, that has seen discussions between England’s largest LGPS, the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, West Yorkshire and Merseyside, create a partnership worth an estimated £40bn.Eight other funds, predominantly in the Midlands, have joined with the West Midlands Pension Fund to pool £35bn in assets, and nine funds worth £19bn are in talks to form a South West England pool.Talks among eight funds in the South East, including Norfolk Pension Fund, are set to create a £26bn asset pool, and the eight funds in Wales are also expected to submit a joint proposal.Including the already launched London CIV and the previously announced partnership between the London Pensions Fund Authority and Lancashire County Pension Fund, this would bring the number of pooling vehicles to eight.Because no other funds have publicly declared their support for the £10bn LPFA/Lancashire partnership, however, it is unclear whether it would gain approval from the DCLG, falling well short of the £25bn asset target imposed.After the London CIV, which has invested in a number of equity sub-funds on behalf of members, it is the most advanced of the partnerships, last year naming Michael O’Higgins as its chairman. According to figures compiled by the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board, 81 funds have either declared their intention or are close to declaring their intention, leaving only eight schemes yet to decide. The South West pool is set to be joined by two further schemes, bringing membership to 11, and Border to Coast Pensions is expected to see membership grow to eight, or £25bn in assets, according to the board. North Yorkshire Pension Fund is backing the asset pool being launched by East Riding, boosting the number of participating schemes to six.The £2.3bn (€3.1bn) fund decided late last week it would join the East Riding, Surrey and Cumbria asset pool – christened Border to Coast Pensions – which, since launching in November, has attracted the support of two further funds.Gary Fielding, North Yorkshire County Council’s corporate director of strategic resources, recommended that the council pension committee support “in principle” the idea of joining the asset pool.A spokesman for the council confirmed the committee had followed Fielding’s recommendation.last_img read more

One Planet Summit: Investors, regulators ‘raise their game’

first_imgAsset managers and asset owners have a requirement to take into account risks related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, the European Commission plans to clarify. Presenting its “Action Plan for the Planet” on the occasion of the high-level climate change summit in Paris this week, the Commission foreshadowed a series of measures it planned to take to place the financial sector “at the service of the climate”.The summit coincided with the two-year anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement.The Commission’s measures were intended to provide incentives for investors to invest in the green economy.  In addition, although Climate Action 100+ was explicit about including emissions from the use of a company’s product, Preventable Surprises said the methodology was underweighting energy utility companies. This sector accounted for around 42% of global emissions, according to figures cited by Preventable Surprises, and was “the low hanging fruit for reducing greenhouse gases”.Hayman said investors needed to quickly come to a view about what stewardship activity would lead to the biggest reduction in the shortest timescale, and Climate Action 100+ was the perfect initiative for experimenting with “different theories of change”.Lastly, Preventable Surprises called upon asset owners joining the initiative to report on how they were changing their mandates for investment consultants and fund managers to incentivise action on climate-related systemic risk.This was a prerequisite for “real manager commitment and participation in this initiative”. In March the Commission would present a plan with these initiatives, it said, which would include “integrating sustainability considerations into the duties that asset managers and institutional investors have towards those whose money they manage, to clarify the requirement to take into account risks related to environmental, social and governance factors”.One Planet SummitFrench president Emmanuel Macron hosted a ‘One Planet Summit’ in Paris this week. Held two years to the day after the UN climate change agreement was reached in the same city, it brought together people and organisations from different walks of life, from those engaged in making a clean economy a reality, to those whose primary power lies in their capacity to finance this transition. An appreciation that action was now needed more than words seemed to pervade at least some of the many announcements made in connection with the summit. But some stakeholders still saw the need to hold to account those making new commitments or launching new initiatives.IPE reported on some initiatives and views expressed in connection with the summit earlier this week.Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission vice-president for financial stability and financial services, said in a speech in Paris that the EU executive would propose to integrate sustainability factors into investment mandates. This would clarify institutional investors’ legal obligation to factor sustainability risks into capital allocation decisions.center_img Commission vice president Dombrovskis during the One Planet SummitThis essentially means the Commission is taking forward one of the recommendations of the sustainable finance expert group it has established.The other well-trailed measures included the creation of a “common language and classification system for what is considered green and sustainable”, said Dombrovskis. The goal is a EU classification system for sustainable finance.Lower capital charges for banks on qualifying “green” assets may also be forthcoming. The Commission was looking favourably on a European Parliament proposal to that effect, according to Dombrovskis.Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The time has now come to raise our game and set all the wheels in motion – regulatory, financial and other – to enable us to meet the ambitious targets we have set ourselves.“This is a necessity dictated by our current living conditions as well as those of future generations. This is the time that we must act together for the planet. Tomorrow will be too late.”  AXA IM implements new climate policyAXA Investment Managers has brought in a new climate policy that will apply to all of its responsible investment open-ended funds and other products and mandates on an opt-in basis, from the end of January.According to a spokeswoman, AXA IM planned to divest from companies that derived 30% or more of their revenues from coal. The new policy also covered divestment from any companies with significant exposure (30% or more of revenues) to tar sands activities.In April, the asset manager sold its holdings in companies deriving more than 50% of revenues from coal-related activities. Fixed income and equity holdings worth €177m were sold.Climate Action 100+ investors urged to aim highThe advocacy organisation Preventable Surprises has issued a challenge to investors involved in the Climate Action 100+ engagement initiative that was launched in Paris this week.Carolyn Hayman, board member and climate lead at the organisation, said the initiative had set itself apart because investors were saying what they would do as stewards of capital, instead of telling governments or companies what to do.“Investors need to quickly come to a view about what stewardship activity would lead to the biggest emissions reduction in the shortest timescale.”Carolyn Hayman, Preventable Surprises“Potentially this could be a big shift,” she said.Although applauding the initiative, Preventable Surprises raised the question of whether it could actually help reshape the current global warming trajectory by 2020.It highlighted that many major US fund managers – including BlackRock, State Street, Fidelity and Goldman Sachs – did not appear on the list of participating investors.“Well before the next anniversary, we hope that climate-aware asset owners and investment consultants will have been able to persuade all major global managers, wherever they are headquartered, to come on board,” the organisation said.last_img read more

South Carolina policeman charged with murder after video of shooting emerges

first_imgA white police officer in South Carolina has been charged with the murder of a 50-year-old black man shot eight times in the back as he ran away.North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey announced the charges at a hastily called news conference in which he said City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager made “a bad decision.” The shooting, which began as a traffic stop, occurred as Americans grapple with issues of trust between law enforcement and minority communities after a series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. They include the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner on Staten Island, New York. Both sparked protests nationwide. In the Charleston case, authorities said the victim, 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott, was shot after the officer had already hit him with a stun gun.“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” Summey said. “When you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or a citizen on the street, you have to live with that decision.”A video of the shooting released to news media outlets shows the officer firing several times at the man’s back while he’s running away.The footage was posted online by Charleston’s Post & Courier on Tuesday, and filmed by an anonymous bystander. It appears to show that a stun gun wire has already been deployed, but falls out as Scott runs away from Slager, who pulls out his firearm and shoots until Scott falls to the ground. The officer then walks over to the body and appears to talk into his radio. He reaches the body and shouts: “Put your hands behind your back now, put your hands behind your back”. Scott is motionless, his face down in the ground.last_img read more