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Diabetes Increasing.

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first_imgAs Georgians become heavier and more sedentary, diabetes and related ailments are soaring. “The greatest morbidity and mortality from the disease are seen in the oldest age groups,” said Connie Crawley, a University of Georgia extension nutrition specialist. “But diabetes is developing at much younger ages, so disability and death may become more common in younger populations soon.”Grim Stats A recent report by the American Diabetes Association and the Georgia Department of Human Resources gave grave statistics about the seriousness of diabetes in the state: About 217,000 Georgians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Another 108,000 are undiagnosed. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the state. For every reported death where diabetes is the primary cause, there are at least two deaths for which diabetes is a contributing cause. Death rates from diabetes have been rising about 1 percent each year for the past two decades. Diabetes is two times more common in the African-American population than in the non-Hispanic white population. Death rates from diabetes are two times higher for black men and three times higher for black women than for their white counterparts.Take Care “Unfortunately, people with diabetes don’t seem to be getting the care they need,” Crawley said. A survey of Georgians with diabetes found that only 6 percent reported meeting the minimal standards for routine medical care. “Only 25 percent of adults had heard of the hemoglobin A1c test, which is the best laboratory test to determine how well diabetes is under control,” she said. The lack of care lands many Georgia diabetes sufferers in the hospital. In 1997, diabetes was the primary cause of more than 12,600 hospitalizations, totaling 63,000 days in the hospital (equal to 173 years) and costing more than $99 million. “These figures don’t even include hospitalizations from other health problems like kidney disease, high blood pressure, amputations and cardiovascular disease which are more likely to occur in those who have diabetes,” Crawley said.Risk Groups Statistics show that the highest incidence of diabetes tends to be in the central and southwestern part of the state. “I believe part of the reason … may be demographics,” Crawley said. “The population is older and there are more people from the highest-risk ethnic groups, namely African-Americans and now Hispanics.” The report speculates that the increase in diabetes may be directly related to the increase in obesity and inactivity in Georgians. “We do know that those who exercise regularly and keep their weight down have less risk even if they have a family history of the disease,” Crawley said. “Obviously, in Georgia, diabetes is a serious, common and costly disease,” Crawley said. “New research has shown that with better control, death and disability from diabetes can be reduced. “But it will require directing more money and effort into weight-control and physical-activity efforts for all age groups who don’t have diabetes,” she said, “and intense diabetes education and care for those who have the disease or who may be at risk for developing it.”last_img read more

Mexican Officials: Tijuana Drug Lord Captured

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first_imgBy Dialogo January 12, 2010 Mexico has captured a kingpin accused of terrorizing his way to the top of a gang fighting for control of key U.S. drug routes — even ordering rivals dissolved in acid. Tuesday’s arrest, announced by U.S. and Mexican officials, capped a series of victories in Mexico’s U.S.-backed war on narcotics. Teodoro Garcia Simental, known as “El Teo,” was arrested at 5 a.m., said Amy Roderick, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego, California. She said she had no other details. A U.S. official and a Mexican law enforcement official said he was captured in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state. He is the second alleged major drug lord to be taken down in less than a month by President Felipe Calderon’s government. Neither the U.S. nor the Mexican official was authorized to give a name for publication. Garcia is considered to be among the country’s most vicious kingpins. Officials say he was to blame for many of the beheaded bodies found dumped in Tijuana and that he ordered hundreds of bodies to be dissolved in acid. He is listed among Mexico’s 24 most-wanted drug lords and the government had offered $2.1 million for information leading to his arrest. Officials say Garcia was a cartel lieutenant who broke away from the Arellano Felix gang following the arrest of its leader, Benjamin Arellano Felix, and the death of his brother, Raul. Garcia formed his own gang, which was zealous in killing street-corner peddlers as he tried to solidify his control of eastern Tijuana. He is believed to be allied with the Sinaloa cartel, run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, according to an army document dated February 2009. His arrest comes on the heels of another triumph for Calderon’s drug war. Mexican marines killed reputed kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva on Dec. 16 during a raid on an apartment complex in Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City. Federal officials on Jan. 2 arrested his brother Carlos Beltran Leyva in another blow to the gang. Calderon’s government has sent more than 45,000 troops to drug hotspots to confront the cartels. Cartels have responded with a vengeance, unleashing unprecedented killings. More than 15,500 people have died from drug violence since 2006. The government says most of the dead are smugglers.last_img read more

Credit unions face ‘perfect storm’ of tech changes in 2015

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A sea of forces–investment, innovation and competition–could expand what credit unions, and other financial institutions, will spend on technology in 2015, according to a new report on technology expectations.” Bankers as Buyers 2015 ,” compiled by William Mills Agency, a financial public relations and marketing services company, could provide credit unions a glimpse into how they might mold their technology budgets, including in the realms of mobile technology, branch transformation and data security.Based on the agency’s forecast, 2015 sets up to be a busy 12 months. Scott Mills, president of William Mills, said the year will usher in a “perfect storm” of robust investment in fintech, competitive pressure from nontraditional financial companies and a wave of innovation.“From all appearances, more investment is flowing into financial and payment technology companies than I’ve ever seen in my career,” Mills said in the report, which received input from the Credit Union National Association. “Once considered too esoteric for many local and general business media, the fintech industry has become more mainstream. continue reading »last_img read more

PhD students seek to understand schizophrenia diagnoses using phone app

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first_img“It’s really cool that you’re able to see what is happening with folks in the moment,” said. “Instead of having them come back after a week and saying, ‘hey how was it on Monday for you?’ Instead they can say exactly what’s happening in the moment.” The participants will meet with researchers and for six days they will take a survey on a smartphone app. They will be documenting their moods and thoughts. Researchers say the goal is to understand the diagnosis better. The study is completely confidential and participants can get paid $65 to $85 upon completion. The “mobile app survey study” looks to gather 30 volunteers with a schizophrenia diagnosis and 30 without. (WBNG) — A research project conducted by PhD students at Binghamton University is looking for participants. If interested, go their Facebook page by clicking here.last_img read more

Over 400 NYSEG customers are without power in Tioga County following storms

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first_img(WBNG) — According to the NYSEG power outage map, 484 customers in Tioga County are without power following storms that rolled through the area Monday afternoon. For the most up to date information, go to the NYSEG Power Outage Map by clicking here. NYSEG does not list a reason for the outages.last_img

FDA to ban some cattle parts from animal feed

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first_img Mechanically separated beef derived from materials banned under the rule Canada is proposing a more comprehensive rule that would ban all SRMs from animal feeds, Sundlof said. FDA officials have talked regularly with their Canadian counterparts about the rules, he added. The proposal announced today is the result of comments received after the July 2004 proposal and discussions since then, officials said. Oct 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today proposed new animal feed rules to reduce the risk of spreading bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), but they don’t go as far as some earlier FDA proposals. See also: The reason the ban on brain and spinal cord excludes cattle younger than 30 months “is that all the studies tell us that materials from cattle less than 30 months of age do not have the infectious agent in a concentration sufficient to cause disease in other cattle,” Sundlof said. In January 2004, shortly after the first US BSE case surfaced, the FDA announced plans to ban SRMs from animal feeds and halt the feeding of mammalian blood to calves and feeding of poultry litter and restaurant scraps to cattle. But the agency never followed through on those plans. In July 2004 the agency announced a “preliminary” decision to ban SRMs from all animal feeds and called for comments on possible restrictions on blood, poultry litter, and restaurant plate waste. The brains and spinal cords of cattle of any age not inspected and approved for human consumption “There’s no good way of disposing of all that material presently in the Untied States,” he said. “That would’ve been an environmental issue for very little risk reduction.” Dr. Steven Sundlof the FDA said removing just the brain and spinal cord would greatly reduce any remaining risk while minimizing waste disposal problems. “By removing the brains and spinal cords from the animal feed stream, you’ve taken out 90% of the risk,” he said during a teleconference today. The agency has banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals since 1997, but it allows cattle parts in feed for other animals such as pigs and poultry. Today the agency proposed to ban the use of brains and spinal cords of older cattle from all animal feeds and pet foods. Further, the US Department of Agriculture’s ban on SRMs in human food makes restaurant scraps safer, he said. The agency said removing high-risk materials from all animal feed will help prevent the possible spread of BSE through accidental mixing of ruminant and nonruminant feed during feed manufacturing or through misfeeding of nonruminant feed to ruminants. Sundlof said the FDA would take comments on the proposed rule for 75 days after its publication in the Federal Register, scheduled for Oct 6. He wouldn’t predict when the rule might take effect. Sundlof said the international expert panel that advised the government after the first US BSE case concluded that eliminating high-risk materials from all animal feeds was the most effective way to prevent misfeeding or cross-contamination that could allow the BSE agent to find its way into cattle. The entire carcass of cattle not approved for human consumption if the brain and spinal cord have not been removed “If the high-risk materials are removed from the feed stream, they never get into poultry feed, so therefore poultry litter becomes safer,” he said. Under the new rule, brains and spinal cords from cattle older than 30 months would be banned from all animal feeds, the FDA said. The brain and spinal cord are among the “specified risk materials” (SRMs)—the tissues most likely to contain the BSE (mad cow disease) agent if an animal is infected. Tallow derived from materials banned under the rule if it contains more than 0.15% insoluble impurities The FDA estimates that the amount of brain and spinal cord that would have to be disposed of in alternate ways under the proposal is about 64 million pounds annually, Sundlof said. The increase in waste would be much larger if the FDA banned all SRMs from animal feeds, he said. In addition, the FDA is proposing to ban from animal feed: The estimated cost of the proposed rule is $14 million a year, he said. But the FDA has decided not to ban other high-risk cattle parts, such as the tonsils, part of the small intestine, eyes, and certain nerve bundles, from animal feed. Also, the agency has decided to continue to allow the use of cattle blood, poultry litter, and restaurant plate waste in cattle feed, officials said. FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108496.htm “And [cattle] blood just doesn’t seem to transmit the disease among cattle,” Sundlof added. “So that was the reason for moving away from those early proposals.” He asserted that the current proposal is “much more protective” than what was proposed in 2004.last_img read more

Šibenik sweet bagatin as a new souvenir of the city of Šibenik

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first_imgŠibenik was the first city to mint its own money during the Venetian period. As determined by the decree on minting, on one side of the coin was the figure of St. Mark, the patron saint of Venice, and on the other hand the figure of St. Mihovil, patron saint of the city of Šibenik. Immediately after Šibenik, Split, Zadar, Trogir and Hvar began to forge their bagatine. The project was created in cooperation between the School of Tourism and Hospitality and the Technical School, which is funded by the Ministry of Tourism through a program of promotion and strengthening the competence of professional professions for tourism. The idea was to design the Šibenik bagatin as a delicacy and as a souvenir, which succeeded in the form of chocolate coins. Photo: Šibenik Tourist Board Thus, today in the Museum of the City of Šibenik, the project Šibenik Bagatin was presented today.  The Council of Nine in Venice approved the production and distribution of Sibenik petty cash – Sibenik bagatin, which has been a means of payment in the city for more than two centuries. Certainly an interesting fact, which has become a new Šibenik sweet souvenir as part of the Šibenik Bagatin project. The holder of the project is the School of Tourism and Catering, and the Museum of the City of Šibenik plans to use this delicacy as a sales souvenir. Photo: City of Šibeniklast_img read more

Nasdaq jumps 2.5% to fresh record as big tech shares soar

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first_img“Stocks that benefit the most from social distancing and the spreading virus are doing well,” said Karl Haeling of LBBW.”Investors are hedging their bets by buying stocks that don’t benefit from the economic rebound as much as they benefit from a continuation of high fear surrounding coronavirus.”United States stocks have proven resilient in recent weeks even as spiking coronavirus cases have forced some states to suspend or roll back efforts to reopen their economies. The strength partly reflects unprecedented stimulus from the Federal Reserve and from Congress, where another round of stimulus legislation is expected to be debated in the coming days.Oil services firm Halliburton jumped 2.5 percent despite reporting a US$1.7 billion quarterly loss following a 46 percent plunge in revenues.Noble Energy rose 5.4 percent as Chevron announced it would acquire the exploration and production company for $5 billion. Chevron dropped 2.2 percent.Topics : The Nasdaq powered to another record Monday behind strong gains by Amazon, Microsoft and other tech giants ahead of earnings reports in the coming days.The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index surged 2.5 percent to 10,767.09.The Dow Jones Industrial Average added less than 0.1 percent at 26,680.87, while the broad-based S&P 500 gained 0.8 percent to 3,251.84. Monday’s rally followed analyst upgrades of several tech giants that have been big winners from the COVID-19 upheaval as more Americans work from home.Shares of Amazon surged 7.9 percent after Goldman Sachs lifted its price target on the e-commerce giant, estimating North American revenues rose 48 percent in the second quarter.Among other large tech companies, Apple rose 2.1 percent, Google parent Alphabet 3.3 percent, Microsoft 4.3 percent and Tesla 9.5 percent.All will report results within the next 10 days.last_img read more

Swiss pension fund tenders global corporate bond mandates via IPE Quest

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first_imgThe deadline for responses is 15 January 2018, at 5pm UK time.Separately, SEB Manager Research is on the hunt for a firm to take on a €200m large-cap European equities mandate for a Swedish asset owner.The investment style required is core with a tilt towards growth, and the manager should use an active process, according to search QN-2393.The benchmark to be followed is the MSCI Europe index.SEB said the client was looking for an existing fund in a UCITS-compliant structure with a retail share class, registered for sale in Europe.The fund should have a Morningstar rating of three or more, a concentrated portfolio and a strong stock-picking process.ESG must be integrated into every investment decision, according to SEB Manager Research, adding that the mandate had a very high focus on ESG and active ownership.The final closing date for the search is 21 December at 5pm UK time.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. A Swiss pension fund is looking to allocate two mandates of between CHF500m (€428m) and CHF1bn each to global developed markets corporate bond investments.According to search QN-2386, the asset owner wants managers using a passive or semi-passive investment process. The benchmark for the mandate is the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate, unhedged in Swiss francs.The two allocations will be set up as segregated mandates as part of the pension fund’s single investor funds.Maximum expected tracking error for the mandate is 0.4% for passive, and 0.75% for semi-passive. Managers should have at least a five-year track record.last_img read more

2nd meeting of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Council

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first_imgLocalNews 2nd meeting of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Council by: – June 22, 2011 17 Views   no discussions Roseau, Dominica – June 22, 2011 – The Second Meeting of the Council of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will be convened at the Fort Young Hotel on 23rd June, 2011. There are 18 member countries of CDEMA namely: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos Islands.  Honourable Charles Savarin, Minister for National Security, Labour and Immigration is the Chairman of the CDEMA Council.             The Agenda items for the Meeting include:Reports on activities of CDEMA Member StatesFinancial ReportsWork Programme and Policy ConsiderationsClimate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk ReductionForecasts and Preparations for 2011 Hurricane SeasonThe highlight of the meeting is the presentation of the 2011 UN Global Assessment Report (GAR 11) on Disaster Risk Reduction.  The GAR 11 is a major initiative of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) that contributes to the achievement of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) through monitoring risk patterns and trends as well as the progress in disaster risk reduction while providing strategic policy guidance for countries and the international community.The objective of the GAR is to increase political and economic commitment to risk reduction as well as the effectiveness of risk reduction policy and strategies.  GAR 11 will provide national governments, regional and international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders with strategic policy advice on how to adapt to climate change and to reduce disaster risk.Photo credit: internationaldisasterconference.comPress Release Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more