Neighbors of foreclosed homes may face an elevated risk of high blood pressure, according to findings by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues. A study of 1,750 Massachusetts residents participating in the long-running Framingham Heart Study from 1987 through 2008 found that each foreclosure within 100 meters of a person’s home raised his or her systolic blood pressure (the top number in the reading) by 1.71 mm/hg. The researchers theorized that this may be due to stress over the effects of vacant properties on home values and community safety.The study was published online May 12, 2014 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.Although the increase was not large enough to pose a significant health risk, it does show that the housing crisis has influenced health, said lead author Mariana Arcaya, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Population and Development Studies.“It demonstrates that a phenomenon that we think of as being solely in the financial realm is getting reflected in measured aspects of our physiology,” Arcaya said in a Washington Post article. “It’s less about how big the increase in blood pressure is and more about the fact that you can put a blood-pressure cuff on a person and see that this is having an effect on their health.” Read Full Story
Fusarium wilt is on the rise in Georgia watermelon fields. University of Georgia scientists are studying whether this fungal disease can be managed through fumigation.Fumigation is a method of pest control that involves using volatile compounds in a restricted area to kill pests and pathogens. Research on the interactive effect of fumigant and a fungicide Proline is yielding promising results, according to Bhabesh Dutta, UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable pathologist at the UGA Tifton campus.Though Dutta admits more research is needed, results from last year’s UGA trials show a significant reduction in disease in test fields where fumigated treatments were applied — 4 percent per field — as compared to those fields where the plants were not fumigated — 26 percent per field.“I am encouraged by the outcomes of the first year of this trial. We conducted this trial in a field with a history of fusarium wilt. To get a reduction in disease incidence down to as little as 4 percent is encouraging,” he said.Dutta is collaborating with UGA Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong and UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agents Will Gay in Turner County, Georgia, and Josh Grant in Crisp County, Georgia. The research team plans to continue conducting multilocation field trials on the interactive effect of using both a fumigant and a fungicide to control fusarium wilt.Over the last four to five years, fusarium wilt emerged as the biggest disease that watermelon farmers face. The limited control options for the disease exacerbate the problem.Proline’s effectiveness is limited, Dutta said. The plants may look well through midseason, but they quickly decline as temperatures warm up in early June.Once fusarium wilt is in a field, the pathogen becomes difficult to eradicate. Farmers who grow watermelons in infected fields are always at risk for fusarium wilt.Plants infected with the fusarium wilt pathogen wilt and eventually die if the infection is strong. The plant can produce fruit if the infection is weak, but when it begins using the energy necessary to produce fruit, the plant will likely decline and slowly die, Dutta said.“The management of fusarium wilt is tricky, as multiple races of the pathogen are present in Georgia. While our watermelon growers are armed with watermelon varieties that are resistant to one race of the disease, there are also other races to which our plants are totally vulnerable. In those cases, the plants are very likely to incur significant, if not total, damage,” Dutta said.Watermelon plants can become infected in multiple ways. The fusarium wilt pathogen can produce spores that can survive in the soil, and can be seedborne and introduced to fields where watermelons have never been grown.The 2015 farm gate value for watermelon in Georgia was $124.5 million, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.
VPR launches new classical stationVermont Public Radio has launched a new music station called VPR Classical, a brand new classical public radio service broadcasting on 88.1 FM in the Connecticut River Valley.When VPR began in 1977, much of the broadcast day was dedicated to classical music. Today VPR provides a mix of news, information, classical music, entertainment programs and jazz, and many listeners have told us that they would love to hear more of both music and news.The solution is for VPR to provide two services – one for news and information programs and one that features classical music. This vision of the future will allow us to better serve current and new listeners. VPR Classical is the beginning of the realization of this dream, and the next step in providing our listeners with the variety and quality of programming that they have come to expect from Vermont Public Radio.WNCH, 88.1 FMBrand new classical public radio service in the Connecticut River ValleyBroadcast from Mount Ascutney in WindsorThe first of VPRs planned statewide network of classical stationsFeatures voices from the local community as well as the world.
By Geraldine Cook/Diálogo August 04, 2017 A radiant blue sky greeted 60,000 Colombian and international visitors, who attended the eighth edition of the International Air Show F-AIR Colombia 2017. The air show was held July 13th to 16th at José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, in the department of Antioquia. It showcased the civil and military aviation potential of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym), and offered visitors a range of attractions. Military rotary and fixed-wing aircraft —from fighters to tankers, to transport, and trainers — as well as drones, satellites, radar aircraft, land and air support equipment, aerospace medicine, and new aerospace technologies, were all part of the aviation event. The air show, which is held every other year, featured 16 air shows by the Colombian, Brazilian, and U.S. air forces. “This air show was born from deep within the FAC 10 years ago,” said General Carlos Eduardo Bueno Vargas, the commander of FAC. “It was an initiative to present only the institutional capabilities from the 5th Air Combat Command at Rionegro Air Base, but we saw how it kept gaining ground year after year.” It grew in stature, and that allowed it to become entrenched as an air show where, in addition to displaying our aviation capacities, we demonstrated new systems and technological innovations, and also were able to showcase businesses from Colombia’s aeronautical industry, which contributes to our national development. The air show was spearheaded by FAC and by Civil Aviation. Bogotá’s International Expo and Business Center, known as Corferias, provided logistics coordination for more than 90 exhibitors from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Spain, and the United States, as well as 22 delegations from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. The air show was expected to generate $71 million in business. “We are positioning ourselves as one of the most important air shows in the region,” said Colombian Air Force Colonel Édgar Francisco Sánchez Canosa, the assistant director of Civil Aviation and director of F-AIR Colombia 2017. “We have companies coming here from every continent. This world-class fair has called the attention of nations that are interested in investing in Colombia.” In addition to aerial feats, the air show offered specialized conferences held by international experts on topics such as satellite capabilities, civil and military aviation, and the outlook for the global aviation sector, among others. International inroads “This air show is amazing because it attracts people from across the region, whether it’s a Brazilian flight demonstration, a demonstration of our own capabilities, or providing FAC the opportunity to show its capabilities to its own people,” U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Mark D. Kelly, the commander of the 12th Air Combat Command/Air Forces South, told Diálogo during the air show. Lt. Gen. Kelly said that F-AIR Colombia 2017 is just as important because it brings together business partners and executives from the aviation industry with air force commanders and their staff from various countries, facilitating opportunities for dialogue on issues that are common to the countries of the region, such as security. “A lot of positive things come from this air show; it’s more than just air show demonstrations,” he added. “The big thing about FAC is that it is 15,000 strong. They really do a lot for a 15,000-strong air force,” he said. “I am always amazed at their capabilities as airmen, their professionalism, their ability to execute; they operate as they were 150,000 personnel.” “Having the Brazilian and U.S. Air Forces here is a validation of our friendship and brotherhood,” Gen. Bueno told Diálogo. “The U.S. Air Force has been essential to us in our fight for democracy and for defeating terrorist organizations and other outlaw groups, due to the capacities, intelligence, and training that they have given our pilots and technicians, including military leadership.” For its part, the U.S. Air Force showcased various aircraft, including the F-16, KC-10 and KC-135 fighter planes. The fighters of the Viper East Demonstration Team displayed their skills. “It’s a great experience to meet other pilots from Colombia and the U.S.,” said Brazilian Air Force Major Daniel García Pereira, an A-29 Super Tucano pilot and a member of the air demonstration squadron “Esquadrilha Da Fumaça” (Vapor Trails Squadron). “For my career as a pilot it’s very important,” Maj. García said as he deplaned after finishing the aerial acrobatics in Brazil’s air show. Brazil uses its A-29 Super Tucano light attack plane for counterinsurgency duties and for training new pilots. “We are very proud to represent our country. It’s very nice to be here to show to the Colombian people, that have helped us many times, what we have,” Maj. García said. The squadron put on a daily 35-minute show with approximately 50 acrobatics in each, and it said farewell by skywriting the message “Thanks, Colombia” with exhaust from the planes. U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Beckham, an A-16 pilot with the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing, also stressed the importance of participating in the air show. “We’re here because it’s important to foster our friendship with Colombia,” he said. The South Carolina Air National Guard is Colombia’s partner through the U.S. National Guard’s State Partnership Program. “FAC has developed a lot in recent years and we are working more and more with them. It’s a very professional and advanced air force, and it’s important to work with them in more detail, day after day, and to do joint exercises.” National pride Colombia showed its air potential in the military review. FAC demonstrated a tanker plane, Kfir planes, and helicopters. The paratrooper show was one of the most widely acclaimed when they conducted rescue operations and included their paratrooper dogs. FAC First Lieutenant John Alexander Ganes Sánchez, an A-37 Dragonfly fighter pilot, participated in Colombia’s air demonstration. “This air show is an opportunity for Colombians to grow their aviation culture. It’s a very meaningful experience because we’re showing off our planes’ capabilities,” he said upon finishing his acrobatics show. After four days and hundreds of visitors, the fair ended successfully. “FAC is a partner air force, a friend, which has important air response capabilities at different threat levels and a lot of knowledge to share,” said Gen. Bueno. “We’ve acquired knowledge in a fight that hasn’t been easy; but today, thank God, with this peace process we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. FAC has been decisive in getting to the end of the tunnel. Today, we have a lot to teach and to share, and a lot to learn from our brothers in neighboring countries who have very substantial air forces.”
By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo March 15, 2018 The 2nd Air Combat Command of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish), together with Colombian National Army personnel attached to Joint Task Force Omega’s Air and River Component and to the Rapid Response Force thwarted two wildfires in different parts of Sierra de La Macarena National Park, in the department of Meta, Colombia. The forest reserve is 130 kilometers long by 30 kilometers wide. Caño Cristales, home to a delicate ecosystem of endemic flora and fauna and also known as the River of Five Colors, can be found within the jurisdiction. Although both fires were under control in record time, park management confirmed that flames destroyed 5,000 hectares of native forest. “It’ll be 50 years before this area is able to recover, however, it will never be the same,” FAC Colonel Juan Carlos Rueda, commander of Joint Task Force Omega’s Air Division, told Diálogo. More than 200 personnel took part in the operations, dropping 95,000 liters of water and fire retardant. The first fire burned from January 30 to February 3, 2018, in the northern part of the municipality of La Macarena. The second fire was larger. It started on February 21st in the southern part of the government-protected area. Modular system “While fighting the [second] fire, the Air Force used the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS II) for the first time,” Col. Rueda said. “We stopped the fire in three days. The flames, which advanced quickly, destroyed more than 3,000 hectares. It was the right time to use a tool acquired in 2017 from U.S. manufacturer United Aeronautical Corporation with whom we have a training program for the past eight months. Putting this fire out was our first real-time exercise.” The MAFFS II system can drop up to 13,000 liters of water and fire retardant. The system was designed to be installed on C-130 Hercules aircraft. “With the MAFFS II, we were able to drop a larger amount of water from a closer distance with greater accuracy. The plane was provisioned at Apiay Air Base, in the 2nd Air Combat Command, just minutes from the disaster area,” FAC Lieutenant Colonel John Jairo Báez, head of the National Personnel Recovery Center, told Diálogo. “We’re the only country in Latin America with this capacity. Our pilots’ performance was flawless. They’re very knowledgeable about firefighting.” Experience, control, and decision-making Flying a plane with the features of a C-130—considered the flagship aircraft in military aviation for its size—requires a lot of experience, especially during firefighting operations. The aircraft weighs 60 tons when carrying a maximum load of liquid fire retardant, which must be dropped from a height of 45 meters above the flames, flying at 200 kilometers per hour. “It’s important to stay within the established limits to deliver the water. We can’t fly at lower altitudes or faster speeds,” said to Diálogo FAC Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Alfredo Caviedes Silva, commander of the 81st Transport Group and a C-130 pilot during the mission. The drop takes just seconds. Coordination with the crew is a must to decide where to start and stop the drop. “I ended up being the first one to operate MAFFS II during a live forest fire, but, out of the nine pilots we trained, anybody could have done what I did,” Lt. Col. Caviedes said. Three crews received training from the system’s manufacturer in the United States as well as in Colombia. “They’re the [FAC’s] best trained crews to operate the Hercules, with more than 2,000 flight hours with the [MAFFS II] system set up,” Col. Rueda said. “We have three crews: a code-red crew on the front line, a secondary code-yellow crew, and a third reserve crew for both of them.” Bambi Bucket and drones The Bambi Bucket system, a device to load large amounts of water onto aircraft that was key to put out the fire, was installed on a Black Hawk from the 2nd Air Combat Command. Over three days, FAC made 73 drops from the Bambi Bucket, assisted on the ground by specialized firefighters from Villavicencio, Colombia. The use of drones was also very helpful to get both disasters under control. Thanks to the remotely controlled aerial vehicles, crews on the ground and in the air were able to detect areas with the greatest number of hot spots, as well as the size and direction of flames. Service members know that such incidents can happen at any time. In the first three months of 2018, Colombia experienced a dry season favorable to hot spots. People also sometimes start fires that get out of control. Authorities found that dissident groups from guerrilla forces with direct influence on the community encourage them to use deforestation to plant illegal crops and end up harming themselves and damaging their own belongings. The Office of the Attorney General of Colombia indicated in a press release that it is moving forward with the prosecution of five individuals identified as the perpetrators of the forest fires in Sierra de la Macarena. The fires were completely extinguished March 4th, with additional firefighting efforts on the ground to put out hot spots and finally secure the area.
In the summer of 2013, the CFPB published their Supervisory Highlights, which included their expectations for financial institutions needing to implement an effective compliance management system (CMS). As a part of these Highlights, the CFPB stated that an effective CMS commonly has four interdependent control components:Board of directors and management oversightA compliance programA consumer complaint management programAn independent compliance auditTo help credit unions maintain a compliance program that meet these key components, PolicyWorks, in conjunction with League InfoSight, provides a compliance management platform called ComplySight. ComplySight is a web based tool that provides credit unions with the ability to assess their level of compliance internally, while also providing the ability to communicate the requirements, and reporting for senior management and Board of Directors. Along with this tool, PolicyWorks provides consulting to help manage the platform for the credit union. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Vestal Police say the suspect was described as small in stature; approximately 5’ to 5’2” and weighing about 100 pounds, adding the suspect wore a white mask that had red lips and a defined chin. Officer say the mouth of the mask appeared open with teeth. Police say no one was injured during the incident. The Vestal Police were assisted by the Broome County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division. Police say right before 10 p.m. Friday, Broome County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a restaurant employee who claimed an unknown suspect was entering the restaurant 45 minutes after closing. Officers say the caller claimed the suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money from employees. VESTAL (WBNG) – Vestal Police say they are investigating a robbery that occurred Friday night at Corelife Eatery on University Plaza. Officials say the suspect was described as wearing light blue jeans, grey hoodie and white sneakers. Detective say the suspect left the store and fled in an unknown direction. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call Lt. Christopher Streno of the Vestal Police Department at (607) 754-2477. All information may be kept confidential.
Dec 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Exactly 100 of about 38,000 civilians who received smallpox shots in a federal program in 2003 suffered serious adverse events afterward, signaling that the program successfully screened out most people at risk for complications, according to a recent report.The safety monitoring system “achieved its goal of safe administration of smallpox vaccine among a limited number of DHHS [Department of Health and Human Services] volunteers through successful exclusion of at-risk individuals and rapid detection of unexpected adverse events,” says the report, published in the Dec 7 Journal of the American Medical Association.The authors, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), analyzed adverse events reported as a result of the smallpox vaccination program from January through October of 2003. HHS launched the program for healthcare and emergency response workers out of concern about the possibility of a terrorist release of smallpox virus. The report’s first author is Christine G. Casey, MD, of the CDC’s National Immunization Program.Authorities originally hoped to vaccinate as many as 500,000 health workers, but only 37,901 received shots by the end of October 2003. Hospital and public health workers constituted 95% of those, with law enforcement and firefighters making up most of the rest, the report says. Most of the vaccinees (64%) were women, and more than 75% of them were between 40 and 64 years old and had received a smallpox shot before.The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received 822 adverse-event reports related to the vaccinations, the report says. Of these, 100 were classified as serious events, for a rate of 26.4 per 10,000 vaccinees.Of the 100 serious events, 85 involved hospitalization or prolongation of hospitalization. Two people suffered permanent disability, and 10 experienced a life-threatening illness. The serious events included 21 classified as myopericarditis and 10 classified as ischemic events that were not expected on the basis of patient histories. Those 10 included six myocardial infarctions, two of which were fatal, and four cases of new or increased angina. Two cases of dilated cardiomyopathy occurring 2 to 3 months after vaccination were also reported.As a result of cardiac adverse events in both civilian and military smallpox vaccinees, the CDC issued a Health Alert Notice on Mar 26, 2003, that described the events and recommended deferring vaccination for at-risk people. None of the 10 ischemic cardiac events in vaccinees occurred after the alert notice triggered cardiac screening of potential vacccinees, the report says.The authors note that US military personnel recently vaccinated against smallpox have had a significantly increased rate of myocarditis, compared with unvaccinated military members. However, the report says the rate of ischemic cardiac events in civilian vaccinees does not appear to exceed the rate in a comparable unvaccinated population.”Whether smallpox vaccination is causally associated with ischemic events remains uncertain,” the authors write.Two cases of generalized vaccinia and one case of postvaccinial encephalitis were reported in the program. But there were no cases of transmission of vaccinia (the vaccine virus) to others and no severe reactions requiring treatment with vaccinia immune globulin.Among the 722 “nonserious” adverse events reported, the most common signs and symptoms were fever, 18.9%; rash, 18.4%; pain, 16.0%; headache, 15.2%; fatigue, 13.5%; and pruritus, 13.4%. Compared with those reporting nonserious events, people reporting serious events were more likely to be older than 40 (81% versus 64%).People who had been vaccinated previously were slightly overrepresented among the vaccinees with serious adverse events, the authors found. They say this is not surprising, since the revaccinees were older than the primary vaccinees and may have had a higher risk of adverse events because of age-related underlying chronic disease.The rates of expected, preventable, and noncardiac adverse events in the civilian vaccinees were about the same as rates in the much larger military vaccination program, the authors found.Casey CG, Iskander JK, Roper MH, et al. Adverse events associated with smallpox vaccination in the United States, January-October 2003. JAMA 2005 Dec 7;294(21):2734-43 [Abstract]See also:Safety summary for Department of Defense smallpox vaccination programhttp://www.smallpox.mil/event/SPSafetySum.asp
With a large number of destinations that are regularly connected to Dubrovnik during the winter, from Monday, January 14, begins the charter program of arrivals of senior groups from Scandinavia and Germany, which will bring over 11 visitors to Dubrovnik by May 30. This prolongs the season, the length of stay of guests, increases tourist spending and satisfaction with the destination, as well as the key problem of mass tourism that is present in Dubrovnik. This is called strategic and sustainable development, not that Dubrovnik sees only itself and within its “four” walls. OVER 30 THOUSAND VISITORS FROM SCANDINAVIA AND GERMANY Photo: Pixabay.com An excellent program and an example of how the season is extended, ie in this case we can talk about a high pre-season. Also, it should be praised that Dubrovnik is a place of arrival and departure as one of the main motives for arrival, but as part of the program sells the whole of Dalmatia and it is an example of how destinations must cooperate. Especially Dubrovnik, which must use its media and financial power to sell and brand the wider area of Dubrovnik, ie the entire Dubrovnik County as well as Dalmatia. It is a journey that begins and ends in Dubrovnik, during which guests will also visit Ston, Makarska, Trogir and Split. He will spend two nights in Dubrovnik in the Dubrovnik hotels Hotel Rixos Libertas, Hotel Lero, Hotel Villa Paradiso and hotels from the Valamar group. This year, over 30 visitors are planned to arrive by May 11, 2019, while next year the plan is to bring up to 65 visitors, according to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. Organized by the travel agency WTouristic, a member of the Karaci group and RSD Reisen from Germany, the winter program of senior group arrivals from Germany and Scandinavia with one charter per day starts on Monday, January 14, until February 11, when it will start arriving twice a day until 11:2018. .May. The winter program began in October XNUMX, after which it was briefly redirected to Split Airport due to works at the Dubrovnik airport.
“We will hold an evaluation meeting later. However, it doesn’t mean we are not doing anything [to fight corruption].”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated the three-star police general as KPK leader on Dec. 20 last year. Since then, the antigraft body has only launched two separate operations in January to arrest East Java’s Sidoarjo regent Saiful Illah and General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.However, the investigation of both cases started during the tenure of previous chairman Agus Rahardjo.Read also: KPK dumps cases as credibility slumps Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri said the commission’s lack of raids against state officials suspected of corruption might be thanks to the antigraft body’s success in preventing the special crime across the country.“Journalists asked me: ‘Why are there so few raids against corruption suspects?’ The answer is probably because our prevention method works,” Firli said on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency. Firli went on to say the KPK had three weapons in combating corruption: prevention, law enforcement and a combination of both. The KPK could implement preventive measures first, he said.“Our experience in investigating various corruption cases, ranging from goods and services procurement to public services, can be used to coordinate with ministries,” said Firli.He added he had visited several ministries, asking the ministers to map loopholes that could lead to corruption in their respective ministries.Read also: Synergy with other state institutions a ‘new soul’ of antigraft bodyThe chairman emphasized that the KPK’s first duty was to prevent corruption as stipulated in the revised KPK Law. The regulation took effect in October last year after the House of Representatives passed a revised bill following speedy deliberation.“Graft prevention could increase the government’s working performance. It will allow public services to work properly, and avoid high operational costs that lead to corruption.”Firli said he would organize a national corruption prevention act on March 31, in which various institutions – state ministries and regional administrations – would compete against each other in establishing a good system to prevent graft. (dpk)Topics :