Germ season

first_imgWhether a child’s been back at school three weeks, three days or three hours, germs are multiplying. And with the added stress of a new school year, children are more likely to get sick.“It’s important to keep children’s stress under control and to teach them strategies for handling stresses when they come up,” said Diane Bales, a Cooperative Extension human development specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.The body’s reaction to stress is to send out a hormone known as cortisol. While cortisol helps the body handle stress, it also temporarily suppresses the immune system.“Some children tend to get sick more easily when they go to school for the first time or move to a different group of children,” she said, “because they’re exposed to different germs.”In the face of snotty-nosed children and mounting stress, helping a child stay healthy may seem impossible. But Bales said parents can take steps to keep illnesses manageable. And when children do get sick, she has simple tips on keeping them nourished.Illness prevention starts with “good, regular, hand washing on the part of both adults and children and good cleaning practices to cut down on the spread of germs,” she said.While clean hands and surfaces may help reduce illnesses, it’s not the only factor. A healthy child starts with parents who help them build healthy bodies at home.“Good nutrition, regular physical activity and adequate rest are all important,” she said. “Good nutrition is essential for providing a child’s body everything it needs to stay healthy. Including a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products is important.”When a child does get sick, she still needs to eat. Bales unravels the food mystery with a few simple tips based on common childhood illnesses.Colds. “A child with a cold needs to drink lots of fluids, especially water and juice, so he stays hydrated,” she said. Other good foods include soup, yogurt, ice cream and applesauce. “It’s fine to give your child milk if she wants it.”Fevers. “Children lose lots of fluids during a fever, so it’s important to keep them hydrated,” Bales said. “Encourage your child to eat small amounts of light foods, but don’t force her.” Call a doctor if your child’s fever stays high or persists for more than 24 hours.Vomiting. “When your child is vomiting, don’t give him any fluids or foods,” she said. “Offer him some fluids about an hour after he has quit vomiting.” After a few hours have passed with no vomiting, Bales suggests small portions of mild foods such as bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.Diarrhea. “One of the biggest risks is dehydration,” she said of diarrhea. “Offer your child fluids over and over. Try diluted juice or sports drinks if she won’t drink water.” When a child has regular diarrhea – three times in three hours – an oral rehydration solution “helps restore the balance of electrolytes in your child’s body.”Sore throats. “Warm liquids are best because they’re soothing to the throat,” Bales said. Warm liquids include soup, tea with honey and hot chocolate. For children who push aside warm liquids, cold liquids such as Popsicles, ice cream, frozen yogurt and milkshakes may also help.If your child is still sick after 24 hours, call the doctor.“It’s very important to call your child’s doctor if you have any questions,” Bales said, “or if your child doesn’t seem to be getting well.”last_img read more

Wilson equals record on way to victory

first_img Tags: Andrew Wilson, Lee Westwood Trophy Durham’s Andrew Wilson equalled the course record at Rotherham Golf Club with eight-under par 62 on his way to victory in the Lee Westwood Trophy.The former England A squad member from Darlington Golf Club, played an almost flawless first round. He carded seven birdies and an eagle, with just one dropped shot on the 17th where he over shot the green and failed to make up and down.He held a five-stroke lead going into the final round and appeared to be cruising until late drama almost snatched victory from his hands.Four dropped shots on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes suddenly opened up the field and he found himself one behind Fulford’s Charlie Thornton playing in the group ahead.However, Thornton accidentally trod on his own ball while searching in the rough just behind the 17th green. A ruling gave him a one shot penalty and the frustration led to three putts and the triple bogey ended his chances.Wilson, watching on the fairway behind was unaware of the events ahead but he made birdie putting him well in control. A steady par down the last secured his four stroke win with a 72-hole total of four under par (62 71 70 73).The 23-year-old said: “I’m delighted with the way I’ve played his week. I’ve been seeing coach Graham Walker recently and that has helped a lot.“It was pleasing to equal the course record, although in a way I’m disappointed to have been caught out by the wind on the 17th and ending up with a bogey from 130 yards out.“After that opening round I played pretty solidly and did what I had to do although the bad run on the back nine of the final round nearly saw all the effort wasted.“It brought so many players back into it, but I had a solid finish to the round so I’m very pleased.”The Lee Westwood Trophy offers points on the  World Amateur Golf Ranking and the England Golf order of merit. Westwood’s mum, Trish, presents the prizes. 21 Aug 2017 Wilson equals record on way to victory last_img read more

Thurston County COVID-19 Update: Dr. Yu’s Letter to the Community

first_imgFacebook363Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyTwenty days ago, I took on the challenge of coming out of retirement to help with the COVID-19 response. In less than 3 weeks we have seen our number of cases of people confirmed with COVID-19 go from 1 to 48! The cases we are seeing now were infected sometime in the last two weeks. Since then, the Governor ordered the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate. I expect we will continue to see more cases in the next 10 days but then should see the number of new cases declining because most people in our community are following the restrictions in the mandate.  Thank you for that!All the restrictions imposed in the Governor’s mandate are non-pharmaceutical interventions we can implement during a pandemic. The restrictions and the constant messaging are working. The newer cases we are investigating have been observing self-quarantine and have fewer close contacts.I NEED YOUR HELP. We still have challenges with folks that do not believe they are at risk and continue to move around, party, and meet with friends. Hopefully they will not spread the disease to their more vulnerable loved ones. So please, stay at home. Keep your young adults and children from mingling and playing with others. Do as many virtual meet-ups as you can to keep from social isolation but please keep your distance. Stay home. Stay healthy.In the last 20 years of my active public health career, we have been preparing for a pandemic. We met with community partners, asked everyone to prepare a continuity of operations plan, worked with partners on crisis standards of care, and hoped we would never have to dust off the plan books. Plans are never final, they are always in draft format because situations change. We were preparing for a FLU pandemic and we have a COVID pandemic. The diseases have some similarity, but they are not the same.Since the discovery of COVID-19 we have learned a lot but have much more to learn. It may seem that recommendations change frequently but that is only because we are learning every day. We know the virus needs us to stay alive. It needs people to pass it to others. We can stop the spread of this disease!To keep up with the most up-to-date information, please look at trusted websites like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Washington State Department of Health, or the Thurston County Health Department websites. There is one message that has not changed. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE, STAY 6 FEET AWAY FROM ANYBODY! WASH YOUR HANDS! STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK! KEEP YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR FACE! These are the actions you can control and can protect you from getting the infection.Folks, the pandemic is here. This is not a practice drill. This is the real thing. Please stay home, stay safe, and stay healthy.Diana T. Yu, MD, MSPHActing Health Officer, Thurston Countylast_img read more

Dating Disaster: Is Neanderthal the New Piltdown?

first_imgWe all know it by heart: Neanderthal Man was a big-boned, hairy cave-dweller that got pushed out of northern Europe 40,000 years ago by the smarter modern humans.  Could this all be wrong?  Did some bones actually belong to real people living in recorded history?    The man who dated some of these bones, a carbon-14 dating specialist at Frankfurt University, Reiner Protsch von Zieten, has just resigned in disgrace after being investigated for fabricating data and plagiarizing the work of others, reports World Net Daily.  Last August, the UK News Telegraph broke the news about the investigation of Protsch.  Growing skepticism over his dates for Neanderthals were causing concern that a “dating disaster” was going to force anthropologists to “rewrite prehistory,” because dates he published, that they all trusted, were way off the mark.  Some famous skeletons he had dated at 36,000 years old turned out with independent tests to be only 7,500 years old, and another claimed by Protsch to be 21,300 years old was only 3,300.  Another specimen Protsch claimed was the oldest early human found in a region of Germany, which he dated at 27,400 years old with radiocarbon, turned out to belong to an elderly man who died around 1750 A.D.  Professor Protsch, who was fond of Cuban cigars and Porsches, has also been accused of illegally selling university fossils to American buyers, and of shredding documents relating to “ gruesome scientific experiments done by the Nazis in the 1930s.”    Apparently this professor has “forged and manipulated facts for 30 years.”  The president of Frankfurt University apologized for not curbing his misconduct for so long, admitting that “A lot of people looked the other way.”  Now that the perpetrator has resigned, what lies in the wake of this latest paleoanthropolical hoax?  Chris Stringer, the head of human origins studies at the London Natural History Museum, put it bluntly: “What was considered a major piece of evidence showing that the Neanderthals once lived in northern Europe has fallen by the wayside.  We are having to rewrite prehistory.”  Robert Todd Carroll on The Skeptics Dictionary has a picture of Protsch and more details about his misdeeds.The legacy of Darwinian paleoanthropology has been one of dating disasters, hoaxes and misinformation.  What did you expect?    This story does not prove that every Neanderthal date is bogus (many more skeletons are known) but casts serious doubt on the whole evolutionary tale of modern humans in Europe.  We need to ask some hard-hitting follow-up questions.  Why did a lot of people look the other way?  Was it because the results provided by this dishonest man fit into their preconceived notion of human evolution?  Did some Neanderthals actually live among us in historical times?  If so, does this not throw the whole Neanderthal classification into disarray?  What other hoaxes are being promulgated right now by other dating labs and bone hunters?    Carroll reminds us that, like Piltdown, this fraud was “discovered by scientists, reported by scientists, and it will be scientists who will work to correct the record.”  This is how science works, he preaches like a good positivist.  He understates, however, the fact that it took 50 years for Piltdown and 30 years in this case, and that the desire to believe in evolution had a lot to do with delaying the victory of the truth.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Today I woke up..

first_img…in a country that said, “be who you want to be.” Zanele Situ, Nelson Mandela, ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala, Natalie du Toit, Joel Stransky, Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu are among the New South African heroes who woke up to a country Alive with Possibility. Click arrow to play video.last_img

What tools are in your marketing tool box?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  CornYield estimates on last week’s USDA report were as expected, while harvested acres increased slightly. With this report the likely trading range could be $3.20 to $3.60 through Dec 2016. There was a surge in prices late this week, but I don’t expect it to continue. As prices increased, basis levels began slipping across the Corn Belt, indicating farmers are willing to sell.Little new crop has been priced, so even the smallest rally will encourage farmers to sell some corn. End users seem to be willing buyers under $3.30. So, $3.40 may be the fair market value over the winter. BeansThere were no surprises in the report for beans. Right now the market is determining the necessary premium when considering South American weather. Good to average growing conditions would mean levels are overpriced and will need to go lower. Add this to many farmers planting more beans in 2017 and there is potential for substantial downside risk long-term. Without a weather issue in South America it’s doubtful beans will rally above $10 in the near future. What is in your tool box?I’m amazed how many farmers are still reluctant to use futures in their grain marketing. Not using futures is like going to the field with only a hammer, screwdriver, vice grip and crescent wrench in the tool box. Can you fix a problem in the field with these tools? Yes, but how effective are you and how successful will you ultimately be? The hammerIt’s easy to understand what will happen when you use it. But, it doesn’t give you very many choices. Hit something just right, and all the problems are solved. But, swing too hard or in the wrong spot, and you can break something. The hammer is the equivalent of selling cash grain. Every farmer knows how this will work. They have had successes and failures in the past, but it’s pretty easy and takes little skill. Selling at the right price at the right time (a direct hit) feels great. But, selling at the wrong price or time is hard to fix and causes frustration. The screwdriverThe screwdriver is an easy tool to use, but very limited in function. It can be very useful in the right situation, but unless you have the right screw or bolt, this tool may not be the answer. This is similar to just counting on insurance revenue programs or government payments to help set a floor price or make up for any short fall in prices. It’s an indispensable tool, you can’t live without it, and easy to use, but it won’t fix everything. The crescent wrenchWhen you aren’t sure what size of bolt you need to loosen (or maybe you have a surprise metric bolt you have never encountered) the crescent can come in very handy. However, if the bolt is really tight you can round off the corners of the bolt or nut, and be in an even worse position. This is similar to buying a put or call option. There are times buying a put or call can be just the right “tool” in the marketing world. However, there are situations where it doesn’t work as well, or makes a problem worse than when you started. In less volatile markets like this previous year, options can cost farmers more than they can potentially gain from them. The vice gripThe vice grip is a companion tool with any of the above tools mentioned. You can keep your fingers safe using a vice grip to hold a nail when using a hammer. Or a vice grip can work with a screwdriver or crescent wrench to hold a nut in place when screwing in a bolt head. This is like selling grain to an end user. It can be handy on its own, or use it with other tools, like Hedge To Arrive, minimum priced contracts, or deferred pricing. However, it can lock you in tight, leaving you with limited options. What if there are production issues? What if there is another end user paying more in the future? Flexibility is limited sometimes. What’s in my tool box?Obviously, I have the above tools in my tool box, but I also have other tools available to me that best fits each situation the grain market throws at me. Socket setI have a complete standard and metric socket set that fits any bolt in need of repair. I want all sizes and extensions available for the right task. Futures like sockets give me flexibility and allow me to pick the exact price I want to sell grain at. Deep sockets are like using deferred contracts that allow me to sell late in the year and pick up market carry. Different drives are like futures contracts that allow me to pick the right year to market. All the extensions are equivalent to how futures allow me to take advantage of basis opportunities. While a little heavier to carry, keep organized and more complicated to use, the flexibility of what I can do and how much I can fix is worth it. WD40Sometimes a little extra help is needed to loosen tight bolts. This is like selling calls. Does it work all the time? No, but when things are tight and none of the other tools are working, sometimes a little help is all that’s needed to get the job done.Next time you knock a sickle out while cutting beans, or have to fix a broken gathering chain on the corn head, ask yourself what tool will do the best job and what do you have in your tool box. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Bahamas Congratulates India on the Celebration of its National Day

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has congratulated the Government and people of the Republic of India on the celebration of its National Day.   The Government of The Bahamas looks forward to continuing the friendly and cooperative relationship that has existed between the two countries since the inception of Diplomatic Relations in 1975.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent a formal Diplomatic Note of congratulations to the Government of India to that effect.Release: BISlast_img read more

11th annual Dia De La Mujer exhibit celebrates women artists

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Allie Wagner, March 13, 2018 Allie Wagner 11th annual Dia De La Mujer exhibit celebrates women artists Posted: March 13, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsInspired by the theme of #MyVoice or #MiVoz, women artists are showcasing their work at the FRONT art gallery in San Ysidro. The exhibit is their 11th annual Dia de la Mujer exhibit, and it’s designed to celebrate and embrace various perspectives of women.The pieces of art include traditional and contemporary visual media, including projections, video, installations and live performances.“We believe in the importance of expression in any form that it might take, whether it deals with political, cultural, personal, sexual or gender issues,” museum representatives said in a statement.Allie Wagner visits the FRONT to learn about the exhibit, which opened March 8. last_img read more