first_imgIndependent MEP Marian Harkin has used today – World Sight Day – to call for targeted awareness campaigns on preventable sight conditions.Harkin noted that National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) statistics from 2010 showed that the direct cost of vision impairment to the Irish health care system is estimated at 116 million Euro. This figure is expected to rise to 136 million by 2020.“These increasing costs can be prevented, and many people’s quality of life improved, if effective awareness campaigns encourage Irish citizens to go for testing,” she said. “In particular,” Harkin added, “quality screening of high risk groups, such as elderly people and diabetes sufferers, could go a long way to prevent further sight deterioration.”The Ireland North & West MEP said that “all too often we take our eyesight for granted, and if we want these campaigns to succeed, people must regard taking an eye test as being as easy and convenient as taking a cholesterol test.” WORLD SIGHT DAY: NOT ENOUGH BEING DONE TO STOP PREVENTABLE CONDITIONS, SAYS MEP was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SAYS MEPWORLD SIGHT DAY: NOT ENOUGH BEING DONE TO STOP PREVENTABLE CONDITIONSlast_img read more

Corn going through an “ugly” stage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the way the 2017 Spring planting season shaped up, farmers are on edge and may not have high hopes when they are out scouting fields. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Chasitie Euler says corn may not look very good now, but there is a reason for that. She also says to be on the lookout for insect feeding this time of year. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Greenbuild 2009 Wrap-Up

first_imgGreenbuild 2009 in Phoenix was another great event. Unlike most of the construction industry, green building appears to be thriving. Attendance was slightly lower than last year but not by much, in contrast to other industry events that have seen their numbers plummet. Considering how many businesses are struggling or have closed, and the number of unemployed building professionals, the strength of this event is encouraging. Like last year, there was a dearth of good swag, a personal disappointment but a good thing for the environment, and even more unique USB drive options in lieu of printed material from vendors. The USB drive winner this year is Bluebeam Software, whose bamboo-shrouded drive came in a bamboo sliding-cover box, perfect for storing who knows what.Unique swagThe non-USB-drive winners included logo-printed walnuts from Power to Pass, a LEED AP test preparation operation, and a tote bag from Low-E made of reflective housewrap. While I have heard nothing negative about these particular companies, both test-prep services and reflective insulation have uneven reputations, so maybe it isn’t surprising that they handed out some of the more interesting goodies.Sessions and censoringAs for the seminars, I was only able to attend a few sessions due to other commitments, but I particularly liked the one on Living Systems Design. The panel raised interesting questions about the current state of green building, challenging the audience to think differently as we move forward. My favorite quotes from this session include “Sustainability as currently practiced is a slower way to die” and “Nature doesn’t understand property lines.” The residential summit was held in a hotel a few blocks from the main conference, which made visiting the show floor during breaks a bit of a challenge, but the event seemed to hum along nicely. My biggest disappointment was when I lined up to ask a question at a session, Nate Kredich cut off at the person before me. I can only assume that it was intentional as I rarely give anyone at USGBC a break. Maybe next time.I can’t squint that hardSaving my most petty complaint for last, it is time for the USGBC to bring on more mature employees who do not have such young eyes. The map of the show floor in the conference book had booth numbers printed in such small type that I was unable to see them even with my reading glasses. I’m thinking I might possibly have an ADA complaint. Any good lawyers want to talk to me about it?last_img read more

Total Force Fitness and Cooperative Extension: Nutritional Fitness

first_imgIn today’s Friday Field Notes, we will continue to explore how cooperative extension can support Total Force Fitness (TFF) by examining the resources for nutritional fitness available through cooperative extension.What is Nutritional Fitness?Nutritional fitness involves the development and maintenance of a high quality, nutritional diet. Eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, healthy fats, and whole grains supports service members’ and their families’ physical and psychological health.Maintaining a healthy diet and ensuring their children receive adequate nutrition is a concern for most parents. For children with food sensitivities, like many children with autism and related diseases, parents may find it more difficult to ensure their children are getting quality nutrition.Join the Family Development and Early Intervention team for the Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition and Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism webinar this Wednesday, June 12 from 11am to 12:30pm EDT. This webinar will address the common concerns regarding eating and nutrition for children with autism and related diseases and provide strategies for ensuring children with autism and related diseases are receiving adequate nutrition.Cooperative Extension and Nutritional FitnessIn addition to the strategies provided in this webinar, cooperative extension provides a variety of resources for families to help them develop and maintain a healthy diet. Many cooperative extension programs even provide recipes for inexpensive, family friendly, nutritious meals!To find resources near you and the families you work with, click on your state below or contact your local cooperative extension office.AlabamaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyominglast_img read more

Haryana Police bust inter-state ‘degree racket’; 4 private university employees held

first_img‘Degree racket’ busted in Haryana, four arrestedThe Haryana police on Saturday claimed to have busted an inter-State “degree racket” and arrested four men working at a private university in Rajasthan. The accused, who have confessed to their involvement in the scam, sold degrees for graduate and post-graduate courses without a student having to appear in exams, the police said. PTIlast_img