By Allie ByrdUniversity of GeorgiaHypertension is the most common chronic disease in the U.S. and is becoming a major health concern for Americans of all ages, says a University of Georgia specialist. A healthy blood pressure is defined as a systolic pressure of 120 mm Hg and a diastolic pressure of 80 mm Hg. Hypertension is defined as a systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg or a diastolic pressure of 90 mm Hg or greater, said Crawley.Although genetics and family history can influence hypertension, she said, unhealthy choices such as smoking, eating certain foods, inactivity and being overweight cause it, too. Becoming more physically active, quitting smoking, keeping alcohol intake at a moderate level and eating more healthy foods rather than salty restaurant and convenience foods can also help reduce hypertension. Follow DASH diet Following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or DASH, diet has been proven to lower blood pressure up to 11 points, Crawley said.“It is one of the few clinically proven meal plans to treat a disease,” she said. When medication is prescribed, three to four medications may be needed to lower blood pressure to the desired range.Weight loss can also prove beneficial to controlling hypertension. “Losing weight helps the most if the person is overweight,” she said. “A person does not have to lose to an ideal body weight to see a positive result. Just a loss of 10 to 20 pounds is often enough to see an improvement.” The diet includes eating eight to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables, at least three servings of whole grains and three servings of nonfat dairy foods each day. Only one to two ounces of meat are allowed per meal. The diet also requires eating several servings of cooked legumes, like beans and peas, and nuts several times a week. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is excessive force of the blood on the blood vessels as it circulates. It can cause problems such as heart attack, heart failure, vision loss, stroke and kidney disease, says Connie Crawley, a nutrition and health specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. Know your numbers Unless a person is experiencing extremely high blood pressure, there are typically no symptoms. The condition can often go untreated.“It is important for people to keep track of their blood pressure and bring it to the attention of their healthcare provider if it is not in control,” she said. “Sometimes the health care professional is focusing on other health issues and may not notice an elevated blood pressure until the patient mentions it.” Lose weight, reduce stressLifestyle changes and medication are usually combined to treat the problem, she said.Stress management is helpful in reducing hypertension. Beneficial practices include deep breathing, yoga, tai chi, meditation, exercise, prayer or reducing responsibilities, Crawley says.
Governor Jim Douglas today announced that Deputy Chief of Staff Heidi Tringe will be stepping down at the end of the month to pursue a new opportunity in the private sector. On August 1, she will join the government relations firm of MacLean, Meehan and Rice LLC.“Heidi has been a critical member of my team and a key advisor during these challenging economic times,” said Governor Douglas. “Her expertise, enthusiasm and commitment to Vermont will be greatly missed, and I wish her all the best in her next endeavor.”Tringe joined the Governor’s senior staff in January 2008 as Special Assistant, following 2 years as Legislative Affairs and Communications Director at the Agency of Human Services. She was appointed Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs in 2009 and assumed her current position in January, 2010. “As chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), Heidi has been invaluable to me in helping navigate the many complex issues facing states in Washington and in state capitals,” the Governor remarked. “Federal health care reform is having a major impact on states and Heidi’s ability to quickly understand and relate decisions made in Washington to the realities here in Vermont has been critical.” In addition to her work with the NGA, Heidi served as co-chair of the Governor’s Health Care Cabinet and has been liaison with numerous state agencies and other organizations. Source: Governor’s office. 7.2.2010###
Ameren Missouri Kicks Off ‘Renewable Choice’ Customer Initiative FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享St. Louis Public Radio:In a couple of years, Missouri cities and corporations could be receiving more electricity from wind power as Ameren Missouri ramps up its wind power facilities. The utility filed a proposal with the Missouri Public Service Commission on Monday to give its largest customers the opportunity to participate the Renewable Choice Program, which would supply them with electricity from wind power. Ameren Missouri generates 100 megawatts of its electricity supply from wind, but in September, it announced plans to add 700 more megawatts of wind to its portfolio — which is roughly equivalent to serving 200,000 homes. If plans are approved by state regulators, Ameren hopes to make the program available and have new wind power facilities online by 2020. “Our customers are looking for choice to meet their sustainability goals. They can procure renewable energy through Ameren as opposed to trying to acquire it themselves,” said Ajay Arora, Ameren Missouri’s vice president of environmental services and generation resource planning. The company also announced in September that it aims to cut its 2005 emission levels by 80 percent by the year 2050. Arora said the utility is focusing primarily on wind because of rising customer demand for renewable energy and increasing affordability of wind power. “Wind technology has improved pretty rapidly and has become highly efficient,” Arora said. “So that’s really reduced prices for wind energy when combined with federal incentives for the technology.” The state of Missouri also requires all major utilities to generate 15 percent of its energy portfolio from renewable sources by 2021; Ameren Missouri is currently at 5 percent.More: More wind energy on the horizon for Ameren Missouri’s corporate and municipal customers
More troubles for Powder River Basin’s Cloud Peak Energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Cloud Peak Energy Inc. will be removed from the S&P SmallCap 600 prior to the opening of trading on Jan. 3.The pure-play Powder River Basin coal mining company is ranked near the bottom of the S&P Dow Jones Indices’ index and is no longer representative of the small-cap marketplace, S&P Global Inc. said in a news release Dec. 20. Cloud Peak’s stock price has been sliding throughout the year, closing at just 48 cents per share on Dec. 20.In mid-November, the company announced it had engaged a financial adviser and legal counsel to commence a review of strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the company. Cloud Peak is one of the few large, publicly held U.S. coal companies to avoid a bankruptcy reorganization in recent years, but has been challenged by low prices for the domestic thermal coal it mines and operational challenges at its operations.More ($): Cloud Peak to be removed from S&P SmallCap 600 as coal company’s stock flounders
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TVNZ News 26 December 2013There are concerns not enough is being done to collect billions of dollars owed in overdue child support.The alarm has been raised in the wake of the Government’s move to delay reforms of the child support system.Thousands of Kiwi families rely on child support but many are going without.“The consequence of this are the children and families don’t get to eat that week,” said Beneficiaries Advocacy Service manager Karen PattieParents are in debt to the tune of nearly $3 billion in overdue child support. In 2012 the money owed was $2.45 billion while in 2011 it was $2.27 billion.“We’ve currently got about a quarter of our customer base living overseas, so that’s where a lot of the complexity comes into collecting money,” IRD child support business manager James Grayson.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/child-support-debt-reaches-3b-5786640
Share 224 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Dallas reaches end of Ebola monitoring period by: – November 8, 2014 Share DALLAS (AP) — Dallas calmly marked the end of its Ebola crisis on Friday when the last of the 177 people who were being monitored for symptoms of the deadly virus were to be cleared at midnight.Thirty-eight days after Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola in a local hospital, officials expressed relief and resolve that they were prepared if anything similar — with its resulting panic, fear and constant media attention — ever happened again.“It’s a time to reflect on the sacrifices of our hometown health care heroes and the city, county, and school district employees that worked so hard, along with our state and federal partners, to keep us safe during the Ebola crisis,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement, calling it an early Thanksgiving for the city.Monitoring for the last person who came in contact with Duncan or the two nurses who contracted the virus will end at midnight Friday. About 50 people who returned to Texas from West African countries where the virus has killed thousands will remain under monitoring.
ADEL, Iowa – The number of votes left little doubt that Andrew Burg has quite a fan following. Burg’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock was the top choice in August balloting for the Sybesma Graphics IMCA Facebook Fan Favorite contest. As a result, the 13-year-veteran will receive a mini-hood from contest sponsor Sybesma Graphics. “I’ve always raced a Hobby Stock. I’ve spent my entire career in that division,” said Burg, who finished fourth in points at Stuart, anticipates a similar finish at Boone and won a single feature at each track this season. “I like the cost of the class and being able to race with the best of the best. We race with a lot of the best drivers in the country every Saturday and Sunday of the season.” He shares a shop with Shannon Anderson, John Watson and Jamie Songer. “I started racing with my dad when I got out of the service. I bought a used car for the first season and we built a new one for the next year,” Burg said. “It’s gotten a little more stressful over the last two years but things have come to fruition more. I’ve made a lot of friendships and met a lot of people racing.” Burg’s 16-year-old son Keith does most of the work on his dad’s car at the track. He’ll start his own Hobby Stock career next season in one of Burg’s used rides. Jimmy Keenan, Watson and often Songer round out the crew. Sponsors include Supreme Lawn & Landscaping, Chix Gear Racewear, CG Customs and Tony Moro Power Coating and Blasting, all of Des Moines; Finishline Auto Body & Paint of Grimes; Zipp’s Photos and Zipp’s Pizza of Adair; Ruby’s Pub of Stuart; Hawkeye Auto Salvage of DeSoto; Krazy Kal’s of Atlantic; and Five1seven Designs of Laguna Park, Texas.
But Monk responded to the crushing 3-0 home defeat to Leicester by saying: “I have never thought I’ve had enough. “I have never quit anything in my life – I will fight as hard as I can because I want the club to do well and I want to bring success. “No-one knows the principles of the club more than myself and no-one will fight harder. That’s never in question. “It is extremely frustrating, and that is putting it nicely. I don’t know what more I can do. “I am trying to find all the ways to make it better and produce.” Monk said before the Leicester game that he felt his side had turned a corner following an improved performance in the 1-0 defeat at in-form Liverpool the previous weekend. But Swansea were soon a sorry sight as they were cut to ribbons by the league leaders, with Riyad Mahrez scoring the first two goals of his hat-trick inside the opening 22 minutes. Boos from home supporters greeted both the half-time and full-time whistle and Monk, tipped as a future England manager only a few short months ago, admitted the buck stopped with him. Beleaguered Swansea boss Garry Monk insists he will carry on fighting in his job, even though he admits he does not know what more he can do to stop the club’s slide down the Barclays Premier League. Press Association “We can talk about players or this or that but ultimately it is with me,” said Monk, 36, who has been at Swansea since joining as a player in 2004. “It is my responsibility for the results and performances. Simple as that. I pick the team, I train the team and try to do it to my best. “It is frustrating when you work hard with the players all week and see a really good attitude towards everything. “All week there was barely a day I can say there was a bad training session or they didn’t quite understand it. “Unfortunately, you go on that pitch and it doesn’t work out, and you wonder the reasons why. “Obviously confidence plays a big part in this type of run, but I think our mentality has to be stronger than ever.” Swansea’s solitary win since beating Manchester United at the end of August came at bottom club Aston Villa in late-October. In all, Swansea have taken only six points from the last 33 on offer and have now lost four of their last five games. “Of course I am worried,” Monk said. “It is not a good situation that we are in and people need to step up to the plate now. “It is a precarious situation where we are getting dragged close to the relegation places and we can’t afford to not be getting results for a sustained period. “That is very clear, but you have to trust yourself as any experienced coach will tell you. “It is not as if I have not been working on things to rectify it.” Time appears to be running out on Monk’s 22-month reign at the Liberty Stadium after a run of one win in 11 league games which has plunged Swansea from a top-four spot to being a single point above the relegation zone. Press Association Sport understands the Swansea board have grave concerns as to whether Monk can turn around the club’s fortunes and might make a change in the dug-out before Saturday’s daunting trip to Manchester City.
According to a recent report by French news outlet Le10Sport, Premier League giants Chelsea are said to have contacted Ligue 1 outfit LOSC Lille to discuss the potential summer transfer of Nigerian international striker Victor Osimhen. The report suggests that the French club have received multiple firm offers for the striker’s services and that Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are certainly among the clubs said to be interested in his signature.Contrary to rumours floating around which state that Chelsea are going to hold back on spending amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the report suggests that the reality of the situation is actually the opposite. It has been clarified that the Blues are still extremely eager to sign players in the summer and that they are in a good position regarding the Victor Osimhen signature. Despite the excellent relationship between the two clubs, the Ligue 1 side are said to believe that they can get more than the €80m they got for Pepe from Arsenal.The West London club started the campaign with three recognised strikers for Lampard to choose from. Despite the decent form displayed by Tammy Abraham, the position gradually became an area of concern for the staff and fans alike. For all the excellent work that Abraham did in the early part of the season, an unfortunate back injury forced the Englishman out of the side for quite a while. The gaffer’s alternate options for the role included Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian was given the opportunity to prove himself first. Although he did get a couple of decent goals along the way, the former Valencia man struggled to have any sort of meaningful impact on the pitch. Olivier Giroud was then brought into the team, and despite his advancing age, the Frenchman came good for the Blues when it mattered most. Although this could be perceived as a good thing, the fact remains that the Blues were uncertain with their striking options for the more than half of the league season, and that’s one mistake they don’t want to make again.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram