Taking Care of the Moms

By on August 6, 2020

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesThe holiday season is upon us. For those of us with children, it’s easy to focus just on their needs and wants, while we neglect taking care of ourselves in order to get everything done. Sound familiar, moms?This is a reminder to not only take good care of yourself this time of year, but all year long, so that you can be ready for all that this and every season bring. Why is this so important? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease, cancer and stroke together cause over half of deaths among women in the U.S. Make sure that you can be there to enjoy your children—and their children—by taking the following steps to reduce stress and your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.Get an annual well-woman visit with your healthcare provider. During the visit, discuss your health habits, family history, and family planning if you are in your child-bearing years. Your annual checkup is also the time to get current on your vaccines, have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked, schedule any additional screenings you may need, like a mammogram, and set health goals. Your well-woman visit is covered by insurance.Eat a well-balanced mix of nutritious food such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein every day. Eating well can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, certain types of cancer, and anemia. In addition, a healthy diet can reduce high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, help manage diabetes, and help maintain a healthy weight.Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Choose activities you enjoy like walking, hiking, jogging, cycling, taking a class at the gym, or following along with a workout DVD. Daily exercise can help control weight; help prevent or manage metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, and certain types of cancer; improve your mood; boost energy; and promote better sleep.Take time to unwind. Stress impacts our bodies, mood and behavior. Making time for things we enjoy, exercising, relaxation techniques including meditation, and getting good nutrition can help us manage stress. Having a relationship with a higher power—something larger than ourselves—can make us feel more hopeful and help reduce stress levels. If you have tried these methods and are still having trouble managing stress, talk to your healthcare provider for support.Get treatment for depression. Women are twice as likely to experience depression as men. If you are one of these women, discuss it with your healthcare provider and consider treatment options.If you smoke, quit, and don’t substitute vaping for smoking. The CDC reports that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S, and estimates that people who smoke are 2 to 4 times more likely to have coronary heart disease; and are 2 to 4 times more likely to have a stroke. Smoking also increases women’s risk of lung cancer by more than 25.7 times. The SmartQuit TM App for smartphones is a research-based smoking cessation program that may be more effective than trying to quit on your own. It can be used with or without nicotine replacement therapy. The App is free for download to Washington residents and is private, easy to use and always within reach. Learn more online here.Limit alcohol use. According to the National Institute for Health, drinking too much canGetting enough sleep each night impacts your health and ability to handle the stress of daily life.negatively impact the brain, heart, liver, pancreas and immune system, and can also increase your risk of developing certain types of cancers. More information is available here.Get seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. Too little sleep on a routine basis can affect our mood and ability to think clearly and is also linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. More recent studies also indicate connections between lack of sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Adequate sleep helps keep the mind and the body healthy.When we take care of ourselves, we can better give our time, love, and support to those we love. Wishing happy, healthy holidays to you all!last_img read more

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Mega Commercial Component For Route 35 Before Planners

By on August 4, 2020

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – On June 1, the township Planning Board is scheduled to  begin hearing the commercial component – almost 340,000 square feet of movie theater, retail and restaurant space – for the proposed Route 35 “Village” project.The Shoppes at Middletown are proposed for about 52 acres of Route 35 North, between Kings Highway, Kanes Lane and Carriage Drive — or diagonally across the highway from the municipal complex.The property is famous for its “Calico the Clown” sign, various businesses, a few residences and open space, including woods.Plans on file at the township Planning Department show 338,455 square feet of commercial space, broken down into:— Retail space of 285,622 square feet, individually ranging from 5,000 to 199,572 square feet.— Restaurant space of 27,033 square feet, individually ranging from 4,000 to 9,500 square feet.— Movie theater space of 25,800 square feet.Plans show a combination of connected and disconnected buildings, along with parking areas, an internal road system, storm water basins and wetlands. The plans call for the removal of most of the existing structures.The 52 acres are part of the 118 acres owned by Mountain Hill LLC. No application – expected to be residential – has been made for the remaining 66 acres, said Amy H. Sarrinikolaou, director of the community development in the township Planning Department.The commercial developer – Village 35 LP, Purchase, New York – is to present the plans at the Wednesday, June 1, township Planning Board meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex courtroom.Village 35 seeks preliminary and final major subdivision and site plan approval. The subdivision is necessary to divide the 52-acre commercial aspect from the property’s remaining 66 acres, Sarrinikolaou said.The proposed use of the property complies with the site’s “Planned Development” (PD) zoning.“The property has been the subject of many applications to the township’s Planning and Zoning Boards over the past two decades,” according to paperwork filed with the Planning Department in September.The other projects did not come to fruition.last_img read more

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By on August 2, 2020

first_imgPICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $49,133 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $300,000ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2015)–Longshot Ashleyluvssugar pressed the pace from his outside post position and went on to an authoritative 1 ¾ length win in Thursday’s $60,000 “You Can’t Make It Up” allowance purse at Santa Anita, as he covered 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.10 under Mike Smith.Trained by Peter Eurton, the 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Game Plan pressed French-bred Sofast into and around the far turn, took a narrow advantage at the top of the lane and widened late on even money favorite Talco.Off at 8-1 in a field of eight older horses, Ashleyluvssugar paid $19.20, $5.80 and $4.00.“This was my first time on him on the turf, and he might be better on this than on synthetic,” said Smith. “I think it may be time to see if he can win a stake.”Owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashleyluvssugar won for the first time in three tries on turf and improved his overall mark to 9-4-0-2. With the winner’s share of $46,800, he increased his earnings to $215,504.“This is the first time he’s had a chance to really show himself on turf,” said Eurton. “He needs something tight (surface-wise). He’s not a big horse. He uses all of his energy trying to get through dirt and he couldn’t do it last time out (when sixth, beaten 11 ¾ lengths on a wet fast surface Jan. 11).”French-bred Talco, who exited a close fifth place run in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on Dec. 26, was next to last around the Club House turn, pulled his way into contention turning for home while five-wide, but flattened out to finish second, a nose in front of Jules Journey.Off at even money, he paid $2.60 and $2.40.Jules Journey, ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, was mid-pack after the first half mile and just missed the place. Off at 10-1, he paid $4.20 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover of $49,133 into Friday and it’s expected Friday’s total pool will exceed $300,000. First post time for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Samukai May Lead Liberia Basketball Association

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgIt may be one of the most important good news for basketball fans and teams at the beginning of 2014 as one of the long serving and passionate promoters, Abraham Samukai, is likely to lead the Liberia Basketball Association as its president.Information reaching the Daily Observer yesterday said there is a consensus among basketball leaders to petition Mr. Samukai to lead the leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association.“Samo has been a good leader, considering his support to the K-Delta Basketball Team, and leading the LBA will demonstrate his commitment to push basketball to another level,” a long time follower of basketball told the Daily Observer yesterday.He said the K-Delta Basketball Team has education and healthcare assistance for its members and with sports and education being encouraged in the country; his presence will bring fresh ideas to Liberian basketball.Another former basketball player said Samukai was in the administration of former president Tarr Harris, when the organization was known at the time as Liberia Basketball Federation, LBF.“It was one of the most successful administrations in basketball history,” he said.It is therefore no understatement that with all things being considered, Abraham Samukai could be the man to infuse new blood into the administration of basketball in the country.Meanwhile, a source from Samukai informed the Daily Observer that basketball owners need corporate support to ease the financial burden on private team owners.During a recent interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Samukai said the Government of Liberia must also make sports development a priority.“The government,” he said, “has a commitment to develop the physical abilities of the young people and therefore with sports’ intrinsic values of fair play and respect for rules, it is in the government’s interest to make their development paramount.”He said much must be done in both the public and the private sector to move Liberian basketball to another level.Meanwhile, a source close to Samukai yesterday said he may consider any request by the members of the LBA to consider leading the LBA in a quest to improve on the game in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Raptors show off Splash Brothers North in Game 3 win over Warriors

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgWith Klay Thompson not playing Wednesday, the Raptors made sure Oracle fans still got to see jaw-dropping shooting displays by a backcourt tandem in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.Toronto’s tandem of Kyle Lowry and Danny Green combined for 11 of their team’s 17 3-pointers and 41 points to help overcome Stephen Curry’s one-man show in the Raptors’ 123-109 victory.The Splash Brothers of the North, if you will.Curry was dazzling with 47 points, the most he’s ever scored in an NBA …last_img read more

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Spotify Arrives For Linux

By on December 16, 2019

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… mike melanson Streaming music service Spotify may not have made its way to the U.S. quite yet, but it has arrived in another much requested realm: Linux. A product of “hack days and late nights,” the Linux version is something that the company says it hopes to make sure “keeps pace with its Mac and Windows siblings.”As we noted in March, all signs point toward a U.S. launch for the European service some time in the third quarter of 2010, although an informal show-of-hands poll during Spotify founder Daniel Ek’s keynote speech at SXSW this year showed many U.S. users are already running the service. Many of those same early adopters are likely rejoicing today as the program finally makes its way into their alternative operating system of choice.According to the company’s blog post, the Linux version will only be available to Spotify Premium subscribers, as the company hasn’t “found a reliable way to display ads yet.” The Linux version will also not include support for local files, as “there are issues regarding decoding of local music on the Linux platform.” Spotify finds itself in an increasingly competitive market, with alternatives like MOG and Napster already gaining ground and entries from Apple and Google likely on the horizon. For those of you wondering what you’re missing out on, we have a video and some screenshots of the music app that our co-editor Marshall Kirkpatrick calls “simply awesome.”The Linux version of Spotify is available for download as a Debian Squeeze/Ubuntu 10.04 package on the Spotify website. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#news#web last_img read more

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Building an Energy-Efficient Home on a Budget

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first_imgDouble-Stud Walls Is Double Stud-Wall Construction the Path to Efficiency on a Budget?Choosing a High-Performance Wall AssemblyChoosing the Right Wall Assembly (2013)Choosing the Right Wall Assembly (2015)All About Larsen TrussesA Superinsulated House in Rural Minnesota A Thick Cocoon of Cellulose Protects This Superinsulated HouseSix Proven Ways to Build Energy-Smart Walls Q&A: Moisture Control in Double Stud Wall Q&A: Double Wall Construction Q&A: Questions about the Larsen Truss for retrofit applicationsEnergy Solutions: Cellulose Insulation RELATED ARTICLES John Holscher has done enough research to know there are many ways of building and insulating an energy-efficient home. Options include double-stud walls, 2×6 walls with rigid foam on the exterior, and structural insulated panels.Now he has to figure out which one makes the most sense for his Cape-style home in New England.“So many options, so little time,” he writes in his Q&A post.“I’d also like to avoid (as much as I can) petrochemical-based products and use as many natural and/or recycled products as possible,” Holscher adds. “I understand the argument that using foam insulation in the end saves more oil than is used to produce it, but if I can get equal or better results using natural/recycled, all the better.”First, start with a smaller, simpler house“The most cost-effective approach to an efficient home is to build only the space actually required for basic shelter, which is generally no more than half of what the typical American believes they need,” writes Robert Riversong.center_img No matter what materials you use, or how the house is built, using fewer resources by building smaller lowers both operating and maintenance costs, Riversong says. “A half-sized house can have half the R-value and still be energy efficient.”Riversong’s recommendations for the most cost-effective approach are simplicity over complexity. “The most cost-effective building system for a temperate climate?” he asks rhetorically. “Structural straw bale with earthen plaster, cordwood masonry with earthen floor, or scribed log construction, with no interior plumbing or wiring, a simple woodstove or Rumford fireplace, a shallow well with windlass bucket or gravity-fed spring and a rain barrel, and a pleasant composting outhouse.”James Morgan likes the “small” part, but not all of Riversong’s details. “The very first concern for an aspiring green builder should be to build no larger than necessary,” Morgan writes. “Sadly, most of the featured ‘green homes’ we see, including even the plans featured on Sarah Susanka’s ‘Not so Big’ Web site, set expectations of well over 2,000 s.f. for a modest three-bedroom home.“Oddly, as a result of poor planning and fussy detailing, many of these oversized homes feel anything but spacious.”Double-stud walls or a Larsen truss?“When it comes to high-R walls, the most cost-effective option in most areas is a double 2×4 wall with a total thickness of about 12 inches, insulated with dense-packed cellulose,” writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay.But in areas with very high labor costs, he adds, it may be less expensive to build 2×6 walls covered on the exterior with 2 in. to 3 in. of polyisocyanurate foam.Riversong still designs double-stud walls for some customers, but he prefers another approach. “I’ve modified the Larsen Truss to make a 12 in. thick, nearly thermal bridge free wall, out of locally-sourced rough-sawn (often green) lumber, which uses no more wood than a standard 2×6 house,” he says. “And all above grade insulation is dry cellulose with borates, the very best of all the commonly available insulation options (short of straw bale and earthen plasters).”Riversong also includes a link explaining his approach to building.The house he describes can be heated with a cord of wood, even in New England.Insulating the roofHolscher is planning on using the second floor of his Cape for bedrooms, so what he needs is an insulated cathedral ceiling. What’s the best way of tackling that?Here, says Holladay, the best option isn’t necessarily the most cost-effective. “As far as I’m concerned, the best option would be a [structural insulated panel] roof covered with a layer of 2-in.-thick rigid foam above the SIPs, with the top layer of foam lapping over the SIP seams,” Holladay wrote. “Then 2×4 sleepers, eaves to ridge, for ventilation. Then another layer of roof sheathing (ideally plywood or boards, not OSB), followed by roof underlayment and the roofing of your choice.”Holscher asks, Why not a thicker SIP, without the extra layer of foam?First, says Holladay, adding 2 in. of polyisocyanurate foam to a 12-in. panel gets the R-value up to 56. And second, the failures in SIP roofs in Juneau, Alaska, occurred at the seams, where effective air sealing is tough. Adding the foam layer on top of that solves the problem.Graham Mink, who is building a double-stud wall house in Vermont, had another idea. “For the cathedral roof we used 2×12 rafters, then gussetted 2x4s to the interior to create an extra 12 in. cavity,” he writes. “This 23-in. cavity will then be dense-packed like the walls. We chose to go unvented in order to align the air barrier (Zip system roof sheathing) with the insulation layer. A vented assembly can be done this way as well. I am not sure if its the best way, just the way we are doing it.”Hang on a minute, says Rivesong. An unvented, non-breathing roof is “not the best partner for cellulose.”His suggestion: “Rather than extending the frame outward with a truss chord, extend the rafters inward with an additional non-structural framing member under each rafter connected by gussets (or webs) to reduce thermal bridging and create a deep enough insulation cavity to still leave room for venting under the roof sheathing, which would require continuous baffles from eave to ridge.”last_img read more

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Nagaland begins crackdown on proxy teachers

By on December 1, 2019

first_imgNagaland has undertaken an exercise to cleanse the education system of proxy teachers “appointed” by regular employees in order to avoid working out of their comfort zones.The crackdown began with the State’s Directorate of School Education ordering 16 teachers to join their places of posting in Kiphire district, bordering Myanmar, on Monday.To ensure that these teachers do not go back to their old ways of letting a substitute teach on their behalf, the directorate asked them to email their photographs with the school building in the background as well as photographs while taking classes. The directorate has sought such photos every day from November 11 to the end of the academic session this year.“The reforms in the education sector have begun in earnest with inspection of schools,” said Mmhonlumo Kikon, BJP legislator and the State government’s advisor for IT, Science and Technology. He credited the reforms to school education advisor K. Tokugha Sukhalu and the department’s principal director Shanavas C.The crackdown started from November 4 to 7 with Mr. Shanavas undertaking inspection of schools in Kiphire district. He found 16 teachers absent from their duty, but with proxies teaching on their behalf.“We don’t have data on how many proxy teachers are working but the situation is very grave. We have made a start and hope the step taken against the Kiphire teachers would send a message to other teachers who have been guilty of such unethical practice,” Mr Shanavas told The Hindu.He added that district education officials have been asked to survey the schools in their areas of operation toward purging the system of proxy teachers, many of whom are not qualified to teach.Investigations by NGOs in the past had revealed the regular teachers usually pay their proxies a fraction of their salaries while staying put at home in urban centres or villages in a different district and pursuing business or other vocations. The proxies teach in the name of the regulars.Mr. Sukhalu said the 16 teachers have been told to sign an undertaking they would henceforth be regular and not keep proxy in their place of posting. “The undertaking has to be countersigned by the head of the institute, Village Education Committee, and district education officer or sub-divisional education officer. Failure to comply with the order will invite legal action and termination of service without any further notice,” he added.On November 8, the Directorate of School Education published the names of the 16 teachers in Kiphire district who either kept proxies or were absent from duty for a long period. One of the teachers, a woman posted at Government Middle School at Zhimkiur, had “appointed” two locals as proxy teachers.last_img read more

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Celebrities Design Medical IDs for Charities

By on October 16, 2019

first_imgHope Paige Designs, the foremost designer of fashionable medical accessories, has announced the release of their second annual celebrity-driven campaign after the previous year’s immense success.Angela Bassett, Mayim Bialik, Carrie Ann Inaba and Daniele Jonas have recently joined the existing eight stars to create customized Hope Paige medical ID bracelets to benefit a variety of charities and raise safety awareness.Hope Paige Celebrity Charity Bracelets.Credit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/Hope Paige DesignsThese celebrities will join recurring philanthropists Melissa Joan Hart, Kimora Lee Simmons, Leeza Gibbons, Misty May Treanor, Dot Marie Jones, Greg Grunberg, Meatloaf and Kenton Duty as they raise awareness for great causes.Hope Paige will donate 100% of the profits from each celebrity’s bracelet to the charity of his or her choice. Last year, celebrity bracelet charity donations totaled $50,000.00 and this year, Hope Paige hopes to increase this amount. Bracelet pricing begins at $29.95 and the entire collection can be found at hopepaige.com.Married to Jonas star Danielle Jonas has chosen to support The Change for the Children Charity, while Emmy nominee and star of The Big Bang Theory Mayim Bialik is supporting Golisano Children’s Hospital. Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s donations will go to Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation, and American Horror Story star Angela Bassett is helping the Rahel Formula Fund.“We are so appreciative that these celebrities have come on board to help us raise awareness about the importance of wearing a medical ID bracelet,” says Shelly Fisher, founder of Hope Paige. “The creativity of these charity minded celebrities are sure to encourage people to be safe while donating to some truly great causes.”While each celebrity has a different reason for participating, they all have an inspiring story to share. Visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/C2060/IMG14983.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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