Vermont is “The Healthiest State in the Nation”

first_imgUntitled Document Vermont is The HealthiestState in the Nation Montpelier (November 5, 2007) Vermont is the healthiest state in the nation, according to the 2007 edition of Americas Health Rankings, released today by the United Health Foundation. This is the first time Vermont has captured the top spot, climbing steadily from being ranked eighth in 2001. Vermont surpassed the previous leader Minnesota, which was ranked second this year.According to the United Health Foundation, Vermont is among the top 10 states in 14 of 20 measures. The states strengths include high immunization coverage with 86 percent of children between the ages of 19 to 35 months receiving complete immunizations, and a low premature death rate.The quality of care provided by Vermonts physicians and other health care providers is a significant reason for the states top ranking, said Paul Harrington, executive vice president of the Vermont Medical Society. Vermont physicians work extremely hard to make sure all their patients have the best possible health care, despite the fact that reimbursement rates here tend to be lower than other parts of the country. I think it really speaks to the dedication and skills of Vermonts physician community, he said.While about 10 percent of Vermonts population is uninsured (the ninth lowest rate in the country), Vermonts physicians do provide a large amount of free care to their patients who lack coverage and cannot afford to pay, noted Glen Neale, M.D., president of the Vermont Medical Society. Vermonts physicians are very generous with their time, because they realize the importance of everyone having access to good health care, he said. That is also evidenced by the fact that about 91 percent of Vermonts physicians participate in the states Medicaid program, despite reimbursement that is about half of what commercial insurers pay.The adequacy of prenatal care has been one area where Vermont has seen major improvements, going from 62.6 percent of pregnant women having adequate care in 1990 to 86.4 percent in 2007 (second highest in the nation). Infant mortality has dropped from 9.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 5.3 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007.The number of cardiovascular deaths has declined from 409 per 100,000 of population in 1990 to 287.9 per 100,000 in 2007. The number of cancer deaths has shrunk from 209.2 per 100,000 of population in 1990 to 195.4 per 100,000 in 2007.A number of public health factors have influenced Vermonts steady rise to the top of the rankings, the United Health Foundation said. For example, since 1990 the prevalence of smoking in Vermont has decreased from 30.7 percent to 18 percent of the adult population, and the incidence of infectious disease decreased from 20.3 to 6.4 cases per 100,000 population.Vermonts physicians have been working with the Vermont Department of Health and following guidelines for improving public health, Dr. Neale said. Being ranked the healthiest state in the nation is an indicator that our efforts are paying off.Reference: http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2007/states/Vermont.html(link is external)last_img read more

A couple of questions before trying to make money from home

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We’re living in a weird time right now. A lot of us are adjusting to working from home, but others aren’t lucky enough to have that option. If you’re at home and can’t work, you may be looking for other ways to make money. If you’re not willing to spend your day filling out surveys, you might have a hobby that you’re thinking about monetizing. If you’ve considered it, here are a couple of questions you should ask before investing in your side hustle…Do I have something people will buy?: Whether you’re providing a product or a service, the key to making money is having a product that people want or need. So before you start advertising your product on your Facebook page, you need to ask yourself whether or not your hobby has the potential to be a money-maker or if needs to remain a hobby for you to enjoy as you choose. You may enjoy building rocking chairs, but you may want to line up some buyers before you start crankin’ them out.Do I have a good plan?: Sometimes a hobby is relaxing but may not be as fun if it’s taking up a ton of your time. If you want to make money off of a hobby, you need to be sure that it’s something you’ll really enjoy spending your time on. You may enjoy helping your son with his math homework, but do you really want to tutor your neighbors kid? Have you figured out how much profit you can make vs. how much time you’re going to end up spending on it? You’ll also need to figure out how you’re going to manage your time so you can bake/create/build and still do the other things that you need to do to continue going about your life.If money is getting tight, an internet business might help, just make sure it’s going to truly have a positive effect before you start investing all your time and a chunk of your money on it.last_img read more

Are you registered to vote? Pennsylvanians have one more day to register to vote

first_imgAccording to the Votes PA webpage, Pennsylvania residents may register to vote online, by mail, or at government agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Photo License and Driver’s License Centers. (WBNG) — Monday is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania before the election. The state is encouraging residents to check their voter registration status on their website.  The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot and last day of in-person early voting is Tuesday, Oct. 27. Click here for more information.last_img read more

Clashes at mass Paris protest over black man’s death in custody

first_imgTopics : Some 20,000 people defied a ban in Paris on Tuesday to protest the 2016 death of a young black man in French police custody, some clashing with police and using slogans like those used in the demonstrations raging in the US.The protesters rallied outside a Paris court despite a coronavirus ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, before clashes erupted involving tear gas, rubber bullets, burning barricades and projectiles.They were protesting after the release of two differing medical reports into the cause of Adama Traore’s death, whose case has long been a rallying cry against police brutality in France. “There were some incidents on the sidelines of the banned protest and security forces are intervening,” the Paris police prefecture tweeted. The police estimated that around 20,000 people attended the protest.Earlier in the day Traore’s elder sister Assa spoke to the large crowd. “Today we are not just talking about the fight of the Traore family. It is the fight for everyone. When we fight for George Floyd, we fight for Adama Traore,” she said.”What is happening in the United States is an echo of what is happening in France.”Protests were held across France, with 2,500 protesters attending a rally in the northern city of Lille, 1,800 in Marseille, and 1,200 in Lyon. Many of the protesters drew inspiration from the protest movement in the United States over the police killing last week of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, brandishing viral slogans in English such as “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe”.The protest started in the late afternoon outside the court in northeast Paris, before projectiles were thrown and the police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, which scattered into the surrounding streets, AFP journalists witnessed.Sporadic clashes broke out near the ringroad that encircles Paris, with stones thrown at the police, who responded by firing rubber bullets.Barricades were erected in some streets. center_img Dueling medical reports The Traore case has long been controversial in France.Following a dispute over an identity check, Traore, 24, was apprehended in a house where he hid after leading police on a 15-minute chase in 2016.One of the three arresting officers has told investigators that they pinned Traore down with their combined bodyweight.Traore lost consciousness in their vehicle and died at a nearby police station. He was still handcuffed when paramedics arrived.On Friday, French medical experts exonerated the three police officers, saying that Traore did not die of “positional suffocation” but from “cardiogenic edema” linked to his poor health. The findings, the third official report to clear the officers, dismissed a medical report commissioned by the young man’s family that said he had died of asphyxiation.But on Tuesday a new probe commissioned by the Traore family said that his death was caused by the arrest technique used by the officers.The dueling medical reports also echoes the case of George Floyd, whose preliminary autopsy said he died from pre-existing heart problems, while an autopsy arranged by his family found he died of asphyxiation from sustained pressure. Floyd’s official autopsy then confirmed he died in a homicide involving “neck compression”. ‘Not violent, nor racist’ Paris police chief Didier Lallement, who banned the protest, earlier on Tuesday wrote a letter to police officers defending their conduct.He said he sympathized with the “pain” officers must feel “faced with accusations of violence and racism, repeated endlessly by social networks and certain activist groups”.The Paris police force “is not violent, nor racist: it acts within the framework of the right to liberty for all,” he insisted in an email to the city’s 27,500 law enforcers.Several French officers have also been investigated for brutality against members of the public at long-running “yellow vest” anti-government rallies, and more recent anti-pension reform strikes.Scores of protesters were maimed by rubber bullets or stun grenades, some losing an eye or a hand.On January 3 this year, a 42-year-old man suffocated to death after being pinned face down to the ground during an arrest in Paris.Last week, a 14-year-old was badly injured in one eye during a police operation in Bondy, one of Paris’s northern suburbs, sparking protests.last_img read more

Supreme Court cuts graft sentence of former Dems chief

first_imgThe Supreme Court has reduced the graft sentence of former Democratic Party chair Anas Urbaningrum to eight years from the initial 14 years after a recent case review.“[The court] sentences defendant Anas Urbaningrum to eight years in prison, in addition to a fine of Rp 300 million [US$20,164], which, if not paid, will be replaced with three months’ imprisonment,” the court’s ruling on Wednesday read, as quoted by kompas.com.The Jakarta Corruption Court initially sentenced Anas, who served as party chair from 2010 to 2013, to eight years in prison in 2014 for his involvement in the high-profile Hambalang Sports Complex graft case, a lighter sentence than the prosecutors’ demand of 15 years. The Supreme Court increased the punishment to 14 years in June 2015 after an appeal. Despite the reduced prison sentence, the court still required Anas to pay Rp 57.5 billion and $5.26 million in restitution. He was also stripped of his right to run for public office for five years after serving his sentence.Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro, who was a member of the bench, said the court had approved Anas’ reasoning of “judicial error” in the previous sentence. In particular, Andi said the judges had convicted Anas under the wrong article of the 2001 Corruption Law.Anas is one of many officials involved in the major corruption scandal surrounding the development of the Hambalang Sports Complex in Bogor, West Java, which reportedly cost the country about Rp 2.5 trillion.In 2016, Jokowi insisted on moving forward with the graft-ridden project, promising to recoup resources lost to corruption. However, as of last year, the barren construction site has remained untouched, with no signs of ongoing development. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Midfielder Arthur Melo ‘praying’ for Neymar

first_imgRio de Janeiro: Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo has expressed the hope that Brazil teammate Neymar will return to the Catalan club, less than 18 months after his world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).Neymar has scored 44 goals in 49 matches for the French side but there has been speculation that the 26-year-old is unhappy and angling for a return to the Camp Nou.“Personally, I’m praying that he comes because he is a great player,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Brazil’s Uol news portal on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.“That’s unquestionable. The more top qualify players we have, the better [for Barcelona]. But only he knows. I don’t how if there are negotiations and possibilities of him coming back. He is a personal friend and a footballer who I admire a lot. I’d be really happy if he came back,” he added.Neymar won two La Liga titles, a Champions League title, three Spanish Cups, a Spanish Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in a four-year spell at Barcelona. He became the most expensive footballer in history when he joined Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros in August 2017. (IANS) Also Read: Don’t Compare Me with Neymar: Rodrygolast_img read more

Unexpected veteran presence Evan Molloy steadies Syracuse depleted defense

first_img Published on February 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ What now constitutes as “experienced” on Syracuse’s defense is less than a year spent as a starter.Evan Molloy, a backup 10 months ago, now barks orders from the net as a grizzled guru. Injuries and graduation have forced the redshirt senior into the leadership position on a defense with a former fourth man, a fresh-faced sophomore and transitioning long-stick midfielder. Molloy has an approach manicured over years of goaltending: Be really, really loud.“I make my voice really deep,” Molloy said, speaking normally. “It doesn’t sound like this. I’m yelling at people. It’s intense.”Syracuse’s current defense — Tyson Bomberry, Marcus Cunningham and Scott Firman — combined for one start at their positions entering the year. But it’s the group Syracuse must roll with after preseason All-American defender Nick Mellen, who started all but one game last season, needed season-ending surgery.Albany exposed Syracuse’s new defensive line last Saturday like Siena never could with skip passes and quick rotations. Now, No. 6 Syracuse (2-0) needs Molloy to be the antidote for inexperience by preparing and directing teammates for when Army (2-1) visits the Carrier Dome on Saturday at noon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“(Molloy) is very local, which helps our defense play well as a unit,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He’s like a quarterback out there. Communication is important. … He’s been the strength of our defense.”The coach now heaping high praise passed on starting Molloy last season but reversed his decision after eight games. Immediately, Desko noticed, defensive communication improved. The fluidity of slides, second slides and recovers increased. Syracuse’s clearing improved from 88 percent to 93. “He really turned some things around for us,” Desko said.Molloy transitioned into the larger role midseason, leaning on senior stalwarts Jay McDermott and Brandon Mullins. This season, roles reversed.“I love playing for Evan,” redshirt sophomore Cunningham said. “He bails you out all the time and he’s very vocal. …. Even though usually we are in a good spot, he’s always reminding you where you need to be.”Molloy, though, cannot communicate what he does not see. But therein lies his strength as a goaltender, he said. Because Jamie Molloy, his father, introduced him to lacrosse in Manhasset, New York, at age 5, Molloy said he often recognizes offensive sets and angles.He compares it to playing football and walking to the line of scrimmage. You can’t exactly explain how you know the defense will blitz, but you yell to alert your teammates anyway. The confidence to direct as Molloy did last season as a career backup comes from Jamie. His father holds the career saves record at SU and still says, according to Molloy, that he could play wide receiver in the NFL. Projecting unfailing confidence has been passed down and now signifies one of Molloy’s strongest traits.“It’s just my IQ,” Molloy said of his strength in net. “I’ve been playing the game since I was 5. … I’m just a good leader inherently. I’m in the net and (defenders) hear my voice, their ears perk up. ‘He’s telling me something I got to do.’ Then they realize someone’s wide open in the crease.”The vocal and fundamental soundness reminds ESPN lacrosse analyst Mark Dixon of other great Syracuse goalies, such as John Galloway and Jay Pfeifer. The 6-foot, 176-pound redshirt senior’s frame, read-and-react style and steadying influence fit the archetype.The Orange needs a calming presence now more than ever. The experience has already hurt Syracuse two games into the season with struggles against Albany. When SU faced a 6-1 hole against the Great Danes, Desko shifted lineups by rotating Austin Fusco and Andrew Helmer at long-stick midfielder and even subbed off Cunningham for true freshman Nick DiPietro in long spurts. The defense clamped down and didn’t allow a goal in the next 30:38 en route to a 10-9 win. But Desko credited Molloy and his four second-half saves to cool a scalding offense and play SU back into the game.The result didn’t surprised teammates. And Molloy even less. But they know it’s only the beginning of the defense’s transition. Impromptu adjustments require time to normalize and, until then, Molloy will push Syracuse forward with direction from behind.“I have the best view because (defenders) are all focused on their men,” Molloy said. “Their back might be turned, but I’m in the net. I can see everything.” Commentslast_img read more

FA Cup replay action

first_imgCambridge United travel to Old Trafford to take-on Manchester United after holding the Premier League giants to a goalless draw in their first meeting.Meanwhile, Fulham will host Sunderland at Craven Cottage and Sheffield United will take-on Preston.Those three matches will all kick-off at 19:45.last_img

Obaje Vows to End Season as Top Scorer

first_imgBy Uchenna IyokeWikki Tourists top striker and NPFL leading scorer, Godwin Obaje has sets his sights at scoring more goals this season to help his club land the 2016 title. Obaje spoke to npfl.ng shortly after helping Wikki Tourists regain the pole position on the log after a 2-0 defeat of visiting Abia Warriors in a Match-day 28 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) decided at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.The big striker scored the second goal and his 14th of the season. Obaje’s impressive scoring abilities have seen him earn a call-up to the NPFL All-Star camp preparing for an international friendly tour of Spain for the Carranza LaLiga World Club Tournament.The NPFL All-Star  are billed to play three pre-season friendlies against Malaga CF, Valencia CF and Atletico Madrid CF.Obaje said the invitation has offered him an opportunity to team up with the best players in the Nigerian elite league, pledging that he will make sure the opportunity counts.Obaje had failed to score a league goal for over a month and said his return to scoring form wasa great delight.“I am happy to have scores again today after many games without a league goal. It has not been a result of me but it is the efforts of all my team mates. So i dedicate the goal to the entire squad”.To score the goal, Obaje had intelligently displaced Emmanuel Olowo of Abia Warriors before slotting home perfectly to seal the win for Wikki . The former Mighty Jets striker would not want to place a goals target and reasoned that goals can be scored as the opportunity calls.He continued by saying that scoring against Abia Warriors has renewed his run of goals in the current season and reiterated that he wouldn’t be setting any goals’ target.“I do not like to set a goal target and like I said earlier, I just want to keep scoring as the chances come. Many people are keen to know why Obaje have not been scoring but it’s absolutely nothing. Most times i tried but it did not work out, so I thank God that I got back today”, enthused Obaje.He is now looking forward to continue the scoring form in their game against Akwa United on Match Day 29 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA Confirms Next World Cup in Qatar to Hold Nov/Dec 2022

first_imgDuro Ikhazuagbe in MoscowFIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place between November 21st and December 18th.FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, confirmed Friday at the final Press Conference on the 2018 World Cup in Russia that football leagues around the world had been informed on time for them to adjust their calendars to suit the tournament. The World Cup has always been hosted from June till July when the European football league season has ended, but this time it will be in the run up to Christmas break.“Leagues around the world have been informed already, and of course they will have to adapt,” Infantino said.“The World Cup in 2022 will be played from November 21 to December 18: the idea is to involve 48 teams.”“We have agreements and a contract with Qatar, but it’s still too early to know if there will be 32 teams or more.”“For now, anything is possible. With 48 teams, many ‘regional’ tensions would be solved so I don’t want to close the door to this opportunity.”The implication of a winter World Cup would mean several European leagues will have to break for several weeks before the tournament to allow national teams to have time with their players in the build up to the tournament and for several weeks after in order to give them a break.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more