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Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Steely Dan, & More To Play New Bicoastal Festival

first_imgA few weeks ago, Billboard broke the story that The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac were plotting to headline a new bicoastal festival called “Classic East” and “Classic West.” Today, the official announcement of Classic East and Classic West is here, revealing that the two-day festivals will also feature Journey, Steely Dan, Earth Wind & Fire, and The Doobie Brothers. The new pair of Classic Rock festivals will go down July 15th – 16th at Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium, and July 29th – 30th at Citi Field in New York City.Something similar to what was last year’s Desert Trip Music Festival, also known more casually as Oldchella, Classic East and Classic West are brought to you by industry superpowers Azoff MSG Entertainment, Live Nation, the Oak View Group, and Creative Artists Agency.This will mark the first shows from The Eagles since the death of founding member Glenn Frey, and since Don Henley announced their breakup. These are the only announced dates for both The Eagles and Fleedwood Mac in 2017.[via Billboard]last_img read more

Get rid of rats

first_imgBy Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaAs the seasons shift and people spend more time indoors, so do rodents. A University of Georgia wildlife specialist says you can rid your home of those uninvited winter guests.The first step is to make sure your intruders are rodents. Michael Mengak, a specialist with the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, says watch for:• Droppings. Mouse droppings are the size of rice grains. Rat droppings are the size of raisins.• Tracks. Scatter baking flour or powder on the floor along walls or attic or basement. Put a cracker with peanut butter in the center of the path. Check for tracks the next day.• Burrows. Outdoors, look in weedy places around plants, under boards and doghouses and near garbage cans.• Gnawings. A little hole with chewed edges is a sure sign.• Nests. They are often found in boxes, drawers, toolboxes, basements and attics.• Odor. A musty, urine-like odor often indicates mice are present, not rats.Listen, too, for scratching in the walls or attics at night.If you have rodents, the next step is to get rid of them. Act fast, though.“One pair of breeding mice can potentially lead to millions more in a year,” he said. “Although they don’t actually reproduce this quickly in nature, mice can breed at 30-day intervals, beginning when female mice are only two months old. So you must keep working to get rid of them.”Mengak recommends using traps, not poison baits. “Poisons are more dangerous to children and pets, and poisoned rodents don’t die immediately,” he said. “Instead, they usually crawl into an inaccessible space in a wall or behind appliances, die and then smell awful.”Place traps in rooms, attics, basements and garages. Put them along walls, in cupboards, in drawers or on countertops. Mice don’t venture out into a room or open space. Well-fed mice may live for weeks in one corner of a room or attic. Don’t expect it to travel more than 10 feet to find a trap. Rat traps are larger. Place them where children and pets are not likely to trigger them, he said. A dozen rat traps should work for one home. Remember, rats are smarter and harder to catch than mice.Set traps with the bait treadle across its path at a right angle to the wall. The best baits are peanut butter, bacon, cooked chicken or anything with a strong odor, he said. Using two traps back-to-back with one facing in each direction is effective.Snap traps are easy to set and inexpensive. Multi-catch traps work fine but are more expensive. Sticky traps are good for mice but will likely not hold a large rat. Set traps for a few weeks to make sure you get all rodents.Poison baits should only be used outside the home and away from pets and children. Make a bait box. Get a sturdy wood, metal or cardboard container. For rats, cut 3-inch diameter holes in opposite sides of the container at ground level. Cut smaller holes for mice.Fill a smaller container with a pound of poison bait and put it inside the bait box. Add bait each day to keep it full. Don’t let the rodents empty the bait container. They must feed each day, or they will not die.Don’t leave bait out longer than four weeks. Unattended bait will spoil, mold or cause a poisoning accident. If after a few weeks rats and mice are no longer feeding at the bait station, remove unused bait and save it in clean, tightly sealed, labeled containers. Use disposable gloves to handle the bait or dead rodents.Mengak warns homeowners not to buy the latest gizmo guaranteed to rid homes of rodents. Homemade products generally do not work either. Don’t use homemade chemicals or products not labeled for rat or mouse poison. Don’t use arsenic, mercury, strychnine or other similar products. Read and follow all label instructions on the poison box or packaging.Only licensed operators should use fumigants or gas cartridges. Never use fumigants or gas inside structures or dwellings where humans or pets will be exposed.For more information on rats and mice, visit the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ publication, “Rats and Mice: Get Them Out of Your House and Yard,” at pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C970/C970.html.last_img read more

Million Mom March Marks 15 Years Fighting for Gun Violence Prevention

first_imgIt’s an image seared into the minds of mothers everywhere: a daisy chain of children being led out of a building, the dichotomy of sweetness and innocence against a backdrop of an unconscionable tragedy.Gun violence in America has become so commonplace that it’s mostly the mass shootings that break through the airwaves, shocking an almost unshockable society. When the victims are children, that shock becomes outrage. And when outraged mothers organize, mountains can move.Case in point: After five people, including three small children, were shot at a Jewish Community Center in California 15 years ago, Donna Dees, then a public relations associate for the Late Show with David Letterman, was so enraged that she gathered hundreds of thousands of fellow moms (and dads, grandparents, celebrities and other activists) to march on Mother’s Day 2000 in Washington, D.C. in the Million Mom March Against Gun Violence. Speakers included Rosie O’Donnell, Reese Witherspoon, Susan Sarandon, Roseanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, mothers of victims of the Columbine massacre, elected officials, surviving victims of gun violence themselves, and religious leaders across the country. Thursday marks the fifteenth anniversary of that monumental event—and they are still inspired, enraged and more coordinated than ever in their fight against gun violence as well as their push for common sense gun laws.“It was August 10, 1999, a beautiful summer day,” recalls Dees. “At the time, I was living in Short Hills, New Jersey but was on Fire Island that particular evening. And there was a shooting earlier that day at a JCC day camp in Granada Hills, California. I turn on CNN showing the little daisy chain of kids with officers leading them out of this Jewish Center. I had a visceral reaction.”That day, a white supremacist unloaded 70 gunshots at the day camp, wounding five, including three children.The gunman later murdered a postal worker who was delivering mail several miles away. After learning how disparate and ineffective American gun control laws are, Dees, whose children were then the same ages of the students who had been shot, thought she could use her PR experience and connections to help.“I had worked in news for many, many years,” Dees tells the Press. “I remember so many school shootings. I never took action. Always felt like there was Sarah Brady out there, doing her job,” she adds, referring to the gun control activist and wife of Jim Brady, President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary who was seriously wounded during an assassination attempt in 1981. He died last August, and she died in April after leading the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.But, after mass shootings, volunteer organizations often get overwhelmed with activists looking to help. Dees couldn’t get anyone to return her phone calls, beyond requests for monetary donations, which she was happy to supply. She wanted to do more.“I thought, ‘There must be mothers out here like me who are just completely outraged,’” Dees remembers. “So I went ahead and applied for a permit to march in Washington. I called it the Million Mom March, Mothers Day 2000.” With the rallying cry, “Looking for Few Good Moms to Mobilize for Common Sense Gun Laws,” a movement was born.With key sponsorships from companies like Dannon Yogurt and iVillage.com, the Million Mom March was held on May 14, 2000, on the National Mall outside the Capitol. Still working in a part-time job share for Letterman, Dees launched what ultimately became a mission that consumed the majority of her time. Between organizing the march and crossing the country talking to PTAs, church groups and legislators about the need for background checks on gun buyers, Dees worked tirelessly to enact change.She didn’t work alone. The MarchDees launched a whirlwind media tour that included press from NBC Nightly News, an Oprah Winfrey interview and spots on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. She found a captive audience of like-minded advocates who stepped up to donate time, money and support.“The march was a huge success,” Dees tells the Press. “Seven-hundred-fifty-thousand at a minimum were there and we were low-balling that figure because any exaggeration would be challenged by the gun lobby. They just kept pouring in.”Two stages had been set up at either edge of the Mall to accommodate everyone. Across the country, they had 77 sanctioned support marches, including 5,000 people in Oakland, Calif., on a rainy day. More than 5,000 in Chicago, Denver, Tucson, and Jackson, Mississippi. Ladies on a cold day in Juneau, Alaska, holding up signs.Dees did not plan on continuing a movement.“After the march, I don’t know why I foolishly thought I could go back to my life,” Dees recalls. She turned the database of activists over to the Bell Campaign and went back to the Late Show. But the movement didn’t leave her. With the 2000 Presidential election impending, Dees started educating voters about gun laws in their states and where their elected representatives stood on gun issues.“The days I wasn’t working at CBS, I would be on the road to meet with whomever candidate that wanted the media attention,” says Dees. “Right up until the election, I was working this crazy schedule. Right from the march, to campaigning.”In February of that year, Dees left Letterman to regain national control of the Million Mom March, which was in danger of collapsing from financial strain due to “too much interest, not enough resources,” according to Dees. The Million Mom March merged with the Brady Campaign, run by Sarah Brady, who died April 3.“Most people think Sarah got involved because her husband was shot,” Dees tells the Press. “But it was only a couple of years later when she was in Illinois, and they were in somebody’s pickup truck and her son, Scott, reached under the seat and got a gun. It was the same [type of] gun that the shooter of Reagan and Jim Brady used. And that’s what incensed Sarah.”Her son was 6 at the time. Sarah realized that if her son, who was aware of the dangers of handguns, wasn’t able to control his curiosity, she knew that would apply to other kids at that vulnerable age as well. That’s when she stepped up as an activist.“Because we didn’t have social media back then, Sarah probably didn’t know the impact she had on people when she spoke to them,” Dees says. “She would go back to her home in Washington or Virginia and have no idea that she’d just inspired five women in a certain congressional district to take on their congressman.”While the Million Mom March, in conjunction with the Brady Campaign and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, worked to educate voters and lobby for gun control legislation, they were out-organized and out-funded by pro-gun lobbyists such as the National Rifle Association. Still, the moms had some victories, such as stopping H&R Block from having an advertising partnership with the NRA. They staged protests and merged with other like-minded groups, such as the Protest Easy Guns in Virginia.They also faced crushing defeats, most notably, the failure to renew the assault weapons ban when it expired in 2004, a decade after it had first passed. The moms had lobbied for its renewal, but Congress never let it get to a vote. Despite the advocates’ high hopes, the Obama administration did little to advance gun control legislation, even after former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) was one of 13 people wounded in an Arizona shooting that killed six in 2011.Then came the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six educators dead. Americans watched again as children were led out of their school building, hand-in-hand, an eerily similar daisy chain of senseless loss.“When Obama said it was the worst day of his life, many of us in the movement knew he meant it,” Dees recalls. “We knew. He had ignored the issue and now he had to do something.”Many believed that the massacre would lead to passage of long-sought gun control legislation, but just as the Million Mom March and the Brady Campaign saw increasing support, they also became the target of attacks to their credibility from the pro-gun lobby. A Long Island-based lawyer named Meg Farrell volunteered to help them fight back.“I told Donna on day one, Churchill once said: ‘A lie makes its way around the world before the truth has a chance to put one leg in its pants,’” Farrell said in an email. “So, with tactical precision I did the research, conducted the analysis and was there as a strategic legal consultant to ensure the narrative, commentary and MMM reference was reported with accuracy. The scores of women who volunteered for years advocating for gun control and gun safety deserved proper historical reference and recognition. And the accurate historical narrative alongside the official documents I obtained, also gave the Brady Campaign the ammunition…to clean up the disinformation campaign against the Million Mom March.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.com Moms on The GroundDees credits the chutzpah and the camaraderie of her fellow women who created an atmosphere of tireless support that got the job done in nine months.She recruited fellow professional moms, stay-at-home moms, friends, neighbors, and what she calls “play-date” moms. The march featured dozens of speakers, including former U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola); Commack-native Rosie O’Donnell; Patti Nielsen, an injured teacher from Columbine; Dawn Anna, the mother of a slain student; and too many gun violence survivors to list, including Mindy Finkelstein, a 16-year-old camp counselor shot at the JCC day-camp in 1999.As many Long Islanders remember, McCarthy’s husband, Dennis, and son, Kevin, were both shot in the Long Island Rail Road massacre in 1993–a mass murder committed by Colin Ferguson, who killed six and wounded 19. Dennis died of his injuries. Kevin survived, but was severely wounded. McCarthy, a nurse at the time, was so outraged that she launched a campaign that propelled her to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served the 4th district from 1997 until January of this year, when she retired after deciding not to run for re-election. Former Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has since been elected to fill her seat.“When I finished speaking at the event…I was speaking to one woman’s husband who had asked her what she wanted for her anniversary and she said, ‘I want to go to Washington, I want to be a part of this movement to protect my child for the future,’” McCarthy remembers. “I tell you, my heart could have broken. There were so many stories like that, and it was just inspiring for me because I have to tell you trying to get anything done on gun violence in Washington has been quite difficult.”McCarthy, who Politico described as “the fiercest gun-control advocate in Congress,” worked tirelessly to close loopholes in existing gun laws during her tenure, but couldn’t re-enact the assault weapons ban, curb the sale of high-capacity magazines or ensure background checks for sales at gun shows. Still, she remains optimistic.“I think we’re in a much better place than we were certainly 15 years ago,” McCarthy tells the Press. “Do we know that it’s going to take time? Yes. But I’m more encouraged today than I’ve been. But many of us, especially those of us who have had personal tragedies in our lives, we’re not going to give up on this. I may not be in Congress, but I certainly plan on using my voice to reduce gun violence because most of us who got into this cause just didn’t want to see it happen to another family.“We’re not going to win every battle,” she continued. “I understood that. I’ve spoken about that as being an ICU nurse. I couldn’t save every patient, but that didn’t stop me from going back to work every day and doing the best I could to protect those patients that I could.” Together, these women collaborated to bring the disparate groups who supported the gun violence prevention movement together.“This movement is really about the women who came before me, the Diane Feinsteins and the Carolyn McCarthys–it’s really been propelled and worked on by these women who are very selfless and will do anything, any job, no matter how thankless it is–to move the issue forward,” Dees said. “And that’s where I find myself here on our 15th anniversary.”The core volunteer leadership of the original Million Mom March has decided to celebrate the anniversary with a “Moms in the House (as in House of Representatives)” Day in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 28, 2015. The goal is to reach out to the original MMM organizers to finish the job in Congress they started in 2000 by calling on supporters to help convince Congress to pass HR 1217, which was re-introduced with bi-partisan support to close the loopholes in the Brady background check bill.“Over the course of the next few months, we will be recruiting 535 moms from across the country to join us in Washington, D.C. on October 28 to tell each member of Congress it is time for them to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales,” says Martina Leinz, who represents the MMM/Brady chapters on the Brady Campaign board of directors. “It is time for them to put the health and safety of our children ahead of the greedy interests of gun manufacturers who want to keep the lucrative criminal market wide open.”The rallying cry is the same: Looking for a few good moms to mobilize for common sense gun laws. 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Paul Merson tells Arsenal to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers and give Leicester City boss ‘five-year contract’

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Gunners hero Paul Merson has mocked Emery and hailed Rodgers (Picture: Getty)‘Emery is struggling and with a trip to Leicester on Saturday, he will do well to keep hold of his job if that goes against him.‘The gap is already six points to fourth and Arsenal are in a situation where they can realistically only afford to lose two more game this season to keep pace with the teams ahead of them.‘And, to make matters worse, the fans are turning, they are booing, making decisions and chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’. Advertisement Emery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:06FullscreenEmery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homehttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-speaks-press-arsenal-draw-1-1-wolves-home-2040884/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘That’s not good, especially ahead of the two-week international break, a break in which Emery’s position will be under threat if they fall to the Foxes.’Merson added: ‘Leicester have been outstanding. They have an unbelievable manager. Brendan Rodgers has improved every single player at his disposal.‘He’s getting a tune out of every single player, it’s incredible. If they beat Arsenal on Saturday, they will be in the driving seat for the top four.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Rodgers has done so well that Leicester have a job on their hands keeping hold of him.‘If I were Arsenal, I’d be breaking the bank to get him, give him a five-year contract and sit back and watch him transform the club.’Emery replaced legendary manager Arsene Wenger at Arsenal last year.MORE: Arsenal told they should have signed Man Utd star instead of Nicolas Pepe Brendan Rodgers could emerge as a target for Arsenal if Emery leaves (Picture: Getty)Merson believes Emery could be sacked if Arsenal lose to the Foxes next weekend and says Rodgers is the ideal candidate to take over in north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners hero has urged his former club to ‘break the bank’ for Rodgers and hand the former Liverpool manager a ‘five-year contract’.He told Sky Sports: ‘I read somewhere that Unai Emery was pleased with how Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Wolves panned out from a tactical perspective.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 City‘If letting Wolves have 24 shots on goal was what he wanted, then yes, it went to plan.‘But when you consider that was the most shots Arsenal have faced in a Premier League game since moving to the Emirates, I doubt whether that was his intention.‘That came after Arsenal conceded 31 shots away at Watford, who are rock bottom of the Premier League. That is some doing. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 5 Nov 2019 1:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Time is running out for Unai Emery at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers and says the Leicester City manager can ‘transform the club’.Emery is under immense pressure at the Emirates, with his Arsenal team winning just one of their last five Premier League matches to slip to fifth in the table.Arsenal are currently six points behind third-placed Leicester, who have enjoyed a sensational start to the campaign under Rodgers, who arrived at the King Power earlier in the year. Paul Merson tells Arsenal to replace Unai Emery with Brendan Rodgers and give Leicester City boss ‘five-year contract’last_img read more

Reed Elsevier pension fund to merge with Dutch printing scheme PGB

first_imgThe €800m Dutch pension fund of publishing company Reed Elsevier (SPEO) is to liquidate itself and join PGB, the €20bn scheme for the printing industry, at year-end. In a letter to its participants, the board said it took the decision following a survey on its future, which concluded that continuing as an independent scheme would not be in its best interests.It said the number of active participants in the relatively small scheme was decreasing, which would lead to falling income from contributions while costs continued to rise.According to the pension fund, the employer agreed with its central works council (COR) to introduce a new pension plan that the scheme could not implement properly. The company, which declined to reply to questions about the details of its new scheme, has been pushing for individual defined contribution arrangements since 2013.The Stichting Pensioenfonds Elsevier-Ondernemingen has 1,700 active participants, as well as an equal number of pensioners.The scheme’s board and the employer have been at loggerheads over future pension arrangements for some time.The employer – recently re-named the Relx Group – had indicated for several years that it wanted to get rid of its Dutch pension fund.SPEO’s proposals to introduce collective defined contribution arrangements were rejected by the company, which argued that this would not fit witin its human resources policy.Funding at the Elsevier scheme, 97.1% at the end of July, is lower than PGB’s coverage, which stood at 103.1% at August-end.However, according to the board, the employer has promised to plug the funding gap at the end of this year.Filling the current difference in coverage would require an additional contribution of €50m.The pension fund said it refrained from placing its pension plan with an insurer, “as this would be too expensive”. It added that it had also been in merger talks with another industry-wide scheme.However, it declined to reveal the pension fund’s name.last_img read more

Chad sentences 10 Boko Haram members to death

first_imgTen members of Boko Haram have been sentenced to death in Chad for crimes including murder and the use of explosives, Chad’s prosecutor says.“The accused have recognised their guilt and accepted the sentence,” Bruno Mahouli Louapambe said in a statement on Friday, adding that the suspects would be shot.The suspects included Bahna Fanaye, alias Mahamat Moustapha, who Chadian officials have described as a leader of the Nigeria-based group.Chad has vowed to take a leading role in a regional force to fight Boko Haram that is also expected to include soldiers from Cameroon, Benin and Niger in addition to Nigeria. Boko Haram has targeted Nigeria’s neighbours in regular attacks this year. In June and July Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, was rocked by a series of suicide attacks that killed dozens of people – the first such attacks since Boko Haram threatened the country earlier this year.In one attack, suicide bombers on motorcycles attacked two buildings in the capital. In another, a man disguised as a woman wearing a burqa detonated a bomb outside the city’s main market.last_img read more

250 NegOcc policemen promoted

first_imgFamily members ofthese police officers were the ones who pinned the rank patches during aceremony yesterday at Camp Alfredo M. Montelibano Sr. in this city.   BACOLOD City – At least 250 members of the Negros Occidental Police ProvincialOffice (NOCPPO) got promoted to higher ranks. Those who took theiroath were 51 police Executive Master Sergeants; 43 Chief Master Sergeants; 14Senior Master Sergeants; 22 Master Sergeants; 95 Police Staff Sergeants; and 25Police Corporals.   Meanwhile, 91 policepersonnel of the Bacolod City Police Office were also promoted. “Promotion is not aprivilege but will serve as inspiration and motivation,” he stressed.center_img Baleros in his messagereminded police officers to avoid involvement in illegal drugs and otherwrongdoings. NOCPPO directorColonel Romeo Baleros led the activity, which is part of the regular promotionfor second semester of 2019. Of the 90 prompted cops, 20 were Executive Master Sergeants; four ChiefMaster Sergeants; eight Senior Master Sergeants; 13 Police Master Sergeants; 35Police Staff Sergeants; and nine Police Corporals./PNlast_img read more

IYI leader highlights importance of health for kids

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana’s children face many significant health issues, with our opioid crisis and an alarming increase in nicotine use being two of the most urgent. Our state needs all its children to be healthy and have the opportunity to become the strong workforce and leaders of tomorrow.Children are often the unseen victims of the opioid crisis, with kids of all ages both directly and indirectly affected. Family and community opioid abuse often affects younger children, while older youth may combat opioid addiction themselves. Hoosier children whose parents struggle with substance use disorder are more likely to experience abuse or neglect than other children.Research shows a clear connection between parents’ substance abuse and child maltreatment, and the number of Indiana kids negatively affected by substance use disorder is growing. Parental substance abuse is the primary factor in more than half (52.2%) of Indiana cases where a child was removed from their home. The addictions crisis also has contributed to a crisis in foster care for the state, with the number of children in foster care having risen 50.2 percent from 2012 to 2015.Although we may not hear as much about Indiana’s alarmingly high rates of tobacco use, the toll it is taking on our kids is no less dire. The use of any type of tobacco product is unsafe for young people. Experts agree that whether a teen smokes or vapes, the nicotine is both addictive and damaging to their developing brains.Youth are sensitive to nicotine addiction and feel dependence earlier than adults. Each year, over 3,500 Hoosier children under 18 become new daily smokers. Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start before age 18, and three out of four teen smokers become adult smokers. The brain continues developing until age 25 and adolescent use of products containing nicotine can harm the part of the brain responsible for mood, learning, and impulse control.Today, the most commonly used tobacco product among teens are e-cigarettes. When adolescents use vaping products, they are both more likely to use cigarettes, and more likely to increase their use of cigarettes and vaping products over time. Teens who would otherwise be deterred from tobacco cigarettes may be attracted to e-cigarettes because of their unique qualities such as flavorings, design, and perceived social acceptance. The top reasons why teens use e-cigarettes are the use of the product by a friend of family member, availability of flavors, and the belief that vaping is less harmful than other forms of tobacco.Smoking and substance use are just two of the health issues impacting young Hoosiers – overall, we rank 34th in kids health. We can, and must, do better. We will not change these trends without investing in our kids and our communities. Distressingly, we are 49th out of the 50 states in per-capita spending on public health issues like smoking, drug addiction and obesity.The Indiana Youth Institute is part of a broad coalition of health, business and youth leaders that are coming together around a plan that calls for improving health outcomes by raising the state cigarette tax as part of next year’s biennial budget. A $2 increase in the state cigarette tax—which is currently under $1 and even lower than Kentucky—would significantly lower the appeal of cigarettes to young, price-sensitive people. It also would generate $360 million in the first year alone that could go toward funding opioid treatment and prevention, educating and protecting youth from e-cigarettes and smoking, addressing our state’s infant mortality concerns and strengthening the Healthy Indiana Plan.Kids and families benefit from these initiatives. We have the potential to move from bottom ten states in public health spending to the top 10. By raising cigarette user fees in next year’s budget, we can make meaningful and transformative investments to improve our kids’ health.Our kids are our future. They have limitless potential. Let’s ensure they have the good health needed to become Indiana’s next generation of citizens, innovators, and leaders.last_img read more

Final Coaches Corner of the Season

first_imgBe sure to tune in tonight to WRBI at 6 p.m. for the final Coaches Corner of the 2018-19 season.  It has been another great year for the show.  Each year it seems we extend our coverage of sports and other school activities in the listening area.I would like to thank all the coaches, administrators, and other personnel who attended the show.  A big shout out to WRBI (Caz, Brent, and John) and Ison’s for allowing us to do this.  Also, I want to thank our sponsors for without them this would not be possible.Hopefully, we will all be together again in August for the start of the fall sports season.  Enjoy your summer!!last_img

Valencia target Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Valencia is reportedly interested in signing Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka this summer.The 18-year-old has been heavily involved for the Gunners during the 2019-20 campaign, making 29 appearances in all competitions, contributing three goals and nine assists in the process. The teenager’s contract with Mikel Arteta’s side is due to expire in June 2021, though, and it is understood that the Premier League club are struggling to agree a new deal.Liverpool is said to be closely monitoring developments surrounding the England Under-19 international, but according to media reports, Valencia is also in the hunt.The report claimed the Spanish giants are “keeping tabs” on the left-sided player as they consider a move during this summer’s transfer window.Saka, who came through Arsenal’s Hale End academy, started the season as a winger but has largely been used as a full-back over the last few months.Tags: Bukayo SakaMikel ArtetaPremier LeagueValencialast_img read more