Malnutrition, unregistered children, and maternal health policy the focus of student fieldwork

first_imgFrom helping to launch a nutrition program in Tanzanian villages to learning how the World Health Organization (WHO) develops global policies, eight Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students spent this past summer getting a taste of real-world public health. They all were awarded travel grants from the Maternal Health Task Force, part of the School’s Women and Health Initiative, to support internships in countries including Brazil, Nigeria, and Pakistan. They recently shared research findings and spoke about their experiences.Severe malnutrition is the third highest cause of death for children under five in Tanzania, and stunting (diminished growth in children) is estimated to be around 35 percent, according to Alexandra Bellows, S.M. ’17. She spent the summer in Tanzania working on a project that aims to prevent malnutrition in children and their mothers through better dietary diversity.Many rural women in Tanzania maintain small home farms, so Bellows and her fellow researchers at the Homestead Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative—a collaboration between Harvard Chan School, the Ifakara Health Institute, and Sokoine University of Agriculture, and part of the School’s Africa Health Partnership—wanted to see if the addition of new crops would improve their health and their children’s health.The program provided vegetable seeds at no cost to participating households and will monitor their health for one year. The hope is that women and children’s height, weight, body composition, and blood tests will show signs of better health at the end of the study period. Read Full Storylast_img read more

That Time Your Weekend Getaway Felt More Like A Retreat.

first_imgLet the moments begin in Chesapeake.The Greatest OutdoorsAs the world moves at a blistering speed, it’s time to catch your breath in the great outdoors. All year long, you can unplug in Chesapeake and focus on the good stuff. Like 22 miles of windless water that provides some of the best of kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing on the planet. Not to mention the best hiking, fishing, crabbing, birding, camping, shopping and more!North West River Park and Campground – 763 acres of majestic parkland that includes a seven-trail system totaling nearly eight miles – the perfect place for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. There’s also stellar crabbing and a 40-acre-lake stocked with bass, trout and catfish. Bring your rods and reel in the memories.The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – is rich in history and activities. Recognized by Smithsonian Magazine and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, for thousands of years, this area was home to Native Americans and run-away slaves. Today, with over 112,000 acres of forest, thousands of visitors flock here each year to camp, fish, hike, boat, bird watch and cycle.Wine, Dine, Shop, Repeat.For the best of indoor activities, you can shop to your heart’s content and get your fill of a range of regional cuisines, by way of a food scene that appeals to every taste. And with an abundance of farmers’ markets, working farms and dairies you can also find a great selection of locally prepared foods and artisanal goods such as soups, ice cream, coffee and beer. Spring is always an Event.Chesapeake Eggstravaganza – Saturday, March 31, 2018 Free at Chesapeake City park, children 8-and-under can hunt for Easter eggs and join Peter Cottontail for a picture. For details, visit Swamp Stomp Running Festival – Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8AMRunners take a 13.1-mile journey alongside the Dismal Swamp Canal – complete with forested wetlands and a peaceful paved pathway through the wilderness. Also returning this year is the Children’s Half-Mile Cub Run – a half-mile out-and-back fun run for kids 12 and under.5K run/walk – If a half marathon is more then you want to tackle, try the 5K run/walk.For details, visit Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Migration Celebration – Thursday – Saturday, April 26 – 28, 2018Chesapeake has been a sanctuary for birds and bird watchers since the 17th century. Home to more than 200 species, the birding is superb all year round, but Springtime is particularly popular. Serious birdwatchers will delight in catching a glimpse of the Swainson’s Warbler and the Wayne’s Warbler, two of the most secretive and least observed of all of North American birds.  Birders can also catch a peek of the White-throated Sparrow, the graceful Great Egret and even the regal Bald Eagle, to name a few. So grab your binoculars and make a plan to come on out to the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival. For details, visit Visitor Center1224 Progressive DriveChesapeake, Virginia 23320 read more

Coronavirus: 9 precautions you should take for your personal finances

first_img 555SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jackson Bolstad Details So, you’ve stocked your home with food and other daily essentials in preparation for being stuck at home. You even managed to fight off the hoard of desperate shoppers at your local grocery store to secure the last few rolls of toilet paper. At this point, you’re prepared to weather whatever coronavirus (COVID-19) throws your way. But is your wallet? With more and more restrictions going into place every day, it’s well past time you took a few precautions to protect your personal finances. Here are nine things to do over the next few days to prepare yourself and your wallet for any disruption to your paycheck, financial situation, or daily routine:Get familiar with your credit union’s e-Services: In the event you can’t make it to your local credit union branch, you can stay on top of your finances by signing up for online banking and/or downloading your credit union’s mobile app. Conveniently deposit checks through the mobile app instead of in person at your local branch.Automate payments or set up bill pay: If you haven’t already, consider automating the monthly payments for your utilities, internet, insurance, and any other regular bills. You should also set up online bill pay through your credit union if they offer the service.Reduce your discretionary spending: Whether you have an emergency fund or not, you should start saving as much as you can. That means cutting back on non-essentials, including streaming services, shopping, and eating out. Even if you’re only saving $20; that’s 20 more dollars you’ll have if you end up not being paid for a few weeks.Avoid making large purchases with your credit card: You definitely don’t want to be on the hook for a large purchase when you’re not getting paid. Instead, save those funds for any pressing needs that come up while stuck at home.Aggressively pay down debt: If you have the financial ability, pay off your credit card, make multiple payments on your car loan, or even make an additional payment on your mortgage. In the event you’re without a paycheck for longer than you expect, this may bring you at least a modicum of relief. It will also help you avoid interest payments and late fees, which could impact your credit score.Put that tax refund into your emergency fund: Expecting that tax refund in the mail? Instead of spending it, consider putting it into an emergency fund that you can use as needed during this turbulent time. You can always move or invest it later.Subscribe to your credit union’s emails: As you read this, your credit union is likely developing a plan to assist and serve you in the event things take a turn for the worse. This could come in the form of extended contact center hours, skip-a-pay loan promotions, and more. Stay up-to-date on all your options by signing up to receive credit union emails, monitoring their website, and following them on social media. Develop a plan for work: If your child’s school and/or daycare decides to close down, do you have an emergency plan in place? Whether it’s trading days off with your partner or enlisting the help of grandma, now’s the time to work out a plan that won’t force you to take valuable time off to be at home with the kids.Scams: Be on high-alert for coronavirus-related scams! In particular, the Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to be wary of phony emails and calls from coronavirus-related companies and charities. In addition to never giving any money to these fake organizations, be sure to never discuss your personal information, passwords, or PINs.Taking a few precautions now can help you better prepare your finances for any implications from the coronavirus later. If you need additional assistance, don’t be afraid to reach out to your credit union’s personal finance experts for advice, resources, and more. last_img read more

Southern Tier Harley Davidson holds chili cook-off

first_imgTOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Southern Tier Harley Davidson held their annual chili cook-off Saturday with a little help from a special guest. “It’s a fundraiser for the Harley Owners Group’s local chapter here, plus all of the charities that we’ve become involved in over time,” said Kevin Ferris of the Harley Owners Group. Organizers tell 12 News that the event was just one of many that the group holds to help out local charities. Rowdy the Pony of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies was on hand to help judge more than twenty entries for best chili, with proceeds going to a charity that will be selected by the Binghamton chapter of the Harley Owners Club. While you had to register ahead of time to have your chili judged, the tasting was open to the public.last_img read more


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Arsenal target Ivan Perisic wants to join Tottenham in summer transfer

first_imgArsenal target Ivan Perisic wants to join Tottenham in summer transfer Comment Perisic wants to join Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Tottenahm could seal the signing of Perisic by sending Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier to Inter as part of the deal.Manchester United have long been linked with Perisic, but a switch to the Red Devils or Arsenal now seems unlikely.Inter accused Arsenal of ‘conning’ Perisic into believing they seriously wanted to sign the forward, while United are unwilling to match the asking price for the 30-year-old.MORE: Mesut Ozil being ‘offered’ to other clubs as Arsenal open to transfer Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Feb 2019 12:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link398Shares Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Perisic was a target of Arsenal’s in January (Picture: Getty)Ivan Perisic wants to complete a summer move to Tottenham after coming close to joining Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to reports in Italy.Arsenal tried to sign Perisic from Inter on loan, but could not convince the Italians to agree to a deal with no obligation to buy at the end of the season.Perisic was isolated from the Inter squad after handing in a transfer request, but TuttoSport claim the Croatian always wanted to join Spurs over Arsenal. (Picture: Getty)Mauricio Pochettino is a fan of Perisic, but Tottenham failed to firm up their interest in January.ADVERTISEMENTTottenham have not signed a single player in the last two transfer windows, but is expected to make additions in the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementPerisic is determined to be one of those new faces and seems set to complete a ‘dream’ move to Spurs.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img read more

Batesville FFA Holding Farm-City Banquet

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — November 14-18 is Farm-City Week, and on Tuesday, the Batesville FFA and the Batesville Kiwanis will be holding the 57th annual Farm-City Banquet.Cassie Wallpe, Batesville FFA Advisor, says the keynote speakers will be from Kreuzman Farms.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Banquet is open to the public.Tickets are $9 at the door, or can be purchased in advance for $7 at Hertel Shoe Store, Geis Electronics, The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, or any FFA Member.last_img

Marietta Curran, 51, Versailles

first_imgMarietta T. Curran, 51, of Versailles passed away 9:30am, Sunday, October 6, 2019 at her residence. She was born at Greensburg, Indiana on May 2, 1968 the daughter of Joseph and Christine Voss Brandewiede. She was married to Jack Lee Curran on February 3, 1990 and her husband of 29 years survives. Other survivors include three sons; Daniel, James and Jacob and one daughter Joanne Curran all of Versailles, one brother Edward Brandewiede of North Vernon. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Michelle and her parents. Marietta was a wonderful homemaker and loved horses, cooking for her family and crocheting. She was also a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship, Indiana. Her wishes were to be cremated, the family will have a private burial in Flat Rock Cemetery at their convenience with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating.“Across the years I will walk with You in deep, green forest; on shores of sand; and when our time on earth is through, in heaven, too, You will have my hand.”last_img read more

U-19 one-day title due to team work, says Persaud

first_imgBy Rajiv BisnauthA TOTAL team effort was the key ingredient in Guyana’s five-wicket win over the Windward Islands on Sunday in the final of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-19 tournament, claims captain Travis Persaud. Speaking to media operatives yesterday after the team’s arrival at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport, Persaud lauded his players for their commitment and hard work throughout the game and more so the entire tournament.“This win was a total team effort in every way. We did well in all departments and the way we executed our plans also contributed well for our success. As I said before we departed Guyana knowing that we have a strong team in order to defend our titles.“We didn’t perform so well in the three-day, but we bounced back nicely in the one-day,” Persaud said.Persaud credited the entire team for their performance but acknowledged that the senior players were their main weapons for success.“Everybody did their part, everyone did what was expected of them, everybody acted in the capacity they were chosen to act on, and everybody gave a hundred percent, and in the end we came out successful,” Persaud pointed out.Also on hand to congratulate the players were Director of Sport Christopher Jones, president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Drubahadur, Marketing manager Raj Singh, chairman of the GCB’s Competitions Committee Colin Europe and chairman of the senior selectors Rayon Griffith.Jones in his remarks congratulated the team for their success on behalf on the Guyana government and by extension the National Sport Commission (NSC).The Director of Sport urged the players to continue the winning habit, adding that their success is a demonstration that the efforts of their trainer and coaches have definitely paid the dividends.He implored the youngsters to continue to be humble, and at the same time continue to develop as Guyanese best cricketers, with the ultimate aim to represent the West Indies.Drubahadur lauded the players for their success.Guyana finished second in the points standing at the end of the seven-team round-robin series. In an invited comment coach Adrian Amsterdam indicated that the players were determined to play as true champions.He added “It was a very professional performance. If you look at the whole tournament then, everyone did contribute: the bowlers bowled well, there were some good batting innings, and the fielding was good too.”“So credit goes to the entire bunch of boys for their professional approach. I always believed that we had the talent to finish on top,” Amsterdam pointed out.The Guyanese were dethroned by Trinidad and Tobago in the three-day competition.last_img read more

LABA president presents basketball backboard, balls to Christianburg-Wismar Secondary

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA), Lawrence Simon, recently handed over a new Spalding regulation-size backboard to the Christianburg-Wismar Secondary School for use in an upcoming basketball programme which the association intends to roll out soon.Mr Simon in an invited comment told Chronicle Sport: “It’s collaboration with LABA, Brusches Classic and Think Green, basically to what we would have discussed before, to enhance basketball within the schools and also to support our clinic that we propose to launch soon, aimed at resuscitating female basketball in the secondary schools.”The basketball equipment was handed over to assistant coach and teacher of the school, Mr Rono Stephens, in the presence of other staff and students of the school.The LABA official indicated, “This is the start, the first of many. As we get resources we will work along with the Ministry of Education to develop basketball within the school system.”Simon said, “We gave them a Spalding complete, adjustable, regulation-size, all-weather backboard combo, which includes the stanchion, the ring the backboard etc. Also we gave them basketballs to start the (women’s) programme.”last_img read more