01Mar/21

Saving women during childbirth

first_imgThroughout history, more women have died in childbirth than men have died in battle, Mahmoud Fathalla, founder of the Safe Motherhood Initiative, told attendees at the recent Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, co-sponsored by Harvard School of Public Health’s Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and Management and Development for Health (MDH), a Tanzanian nonprofit.Fathalla and other speakers urged the more than 750 audience members, who represented 59 countries and work in more than 110 countries, to continue working for the health of the 200 million women who become pregnant each year.Conference attendees collaborated on a maternal health manifesto that was published in The Lancet on Feb. 22. Ana Langer, director of the MHTF and professor of the practice of public health at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Lancet Editor Richard Horton, and Guerino Chalamilla, executive director of MDH, co-authored the piece, which incorporated ideas raised during the conference and feedback from the participants. The authors hoped to keep maternal and women’s health part of discussions during the High-level Dialogue on Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, held March 5-6 in Gaborone, Botswana. Representatives from the World Health Organization and United Nations met with government officials and experts from around the world to develop suggestions for the development framework that will follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Launched by the United Nations in 2000, the MDGs include two women’s health goals to be achieved by 2015: A 75 percent reduction in maternal mortality (from 1990 levels) and universal access to reproductive and sexual health services. Maternal mortality has been reduced by nearly 50 percent since 1990, but only 24 percent of developing countries are currently on track to achieve this goal by 2015. There is still much more work to be done, according to the manifesto authors. With less than a thousand days before the MDGs run their course, they sought to define a framework for maternal and women’s health goals in the next set of targets.The manifesto, which calls for “a new and challenging goal for maternal mortality reduction” that embraces “political, economic, and social rights for women,” reflects the collaborative spirit of the conference in a concrete way, Langer said. The writers state that as maternal mortality declines, policymakers need to focus on improving the quality of maternal health care while simultaneously ensuring that the care is delivered in a way that respects women’s dignity.“The manifesto will help make sure that women’s health stays high on the list of priorities that the world needs to keep working on,” Langer said. “It will hopefully also draw more attention to the agenda of the Women and Health Dean’s Flagship Initiative here at HSPH. This is an area where we are well-positioned to move the agenda forward.”To read the full story, visit the HSPH website.last_img read more

30Dec/20

Nice Pipe

first_imgSeven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania was selected as the number one terrain park and half pipe on the East Coast by Transworld Snowboarding. This is the second year the park and pipe have been mentioned on the coveted list. Last year, because of the record high snowfalls, Seven Springs’ pipe measured an astounding 600 feet long with 18-foot-high walls.Laying pipe: Watch video of snowboarding at Seven Springs at blueridgeoutdoors.comlast_img

30Dec/20

The January Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors On Stands Now

first_imgOur January issue is live and on newsstands now! Be sure to pick up your FREE copy, download it from iTunes, and enjoy all stories and more here on BlueRidgeOutdoors.com!DepartmentsEditor’s Note20 Years of YouFlashpointIs Atlantic Oil Drilling Inevitable?The DirtMarathon winner DQed / Four year old climbs 50-foot tree / New A.T. doc / Land conservation wins at ballot box / Sprinter chases Olympic dream / Bear balancing act / Raising hell to save salamandersThen and NowA tale of two iconic outfitters and their evolution.The GoodsThe latest in wintersports gear technology to carry you into the new year.FeaturesBest of the Blue Ridge AwardsAfter four weeks and over 5,000 votes, the results are in. Readers selected their favorite regional races, faces, and places.Roads to NowhereThe Pisgah-Nantahala Forest Plan proposes more roads and logging—and fewer trails and wild places.Man on a WireHighliner Edward Yates conquers the Chattanooga skyline.NewIssue_PrintDig_BRO_0115last_img read more

30Dec/20

Go Outside and Play at the Anthem Roanoke Go Outside Festival!

first_imgThe annual Anthem Go Outside Festival is jam-packed with over 175 FREE activities you can try throughout the weekend of October 12-14th. While admission and most of the activities at the Anthem GO Outside Festival are free, there are some races that come with registration. (But they are definitely worth the price.) Most of the races onsite include amazing swag and prizes from outdoor brand sponsors that are unlike your average 5k.GO Fest weekend offers competitions and races for all ability levels from 2 to 5-year-olds, to casual adventurers, to competitive athletes — everyone can compete during Go Fest weekend – Oct. 12-14 – just make sure to register in advance for your share of race swag or prizes.Participate in a Race at GO FestWalkabout Outfitter Wild Gear Chase: From water bottles and hats to bikes and kayaks, and everything in between, everyone walks away with a piece of gear in this unique “treasure hunt.”Parkway Brewing Beer Relay Presented by Fleet Feet: Run four laps with your team and partake in Majestic Mullet. Plenty of prizes and a raffle. Must be 21 or older to enter.Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo: Cyclists have route options of 30, 50, and 80 miles, so there’s something for everyone on the scenic roads in Botetourt County. This event starts and ends at the scenic Ballast Point Brewery.Carvins Cove Mountain Bike Challenge: This will be the first true XC lap race ever held at Carvins Cove (the country’s 2nd largest municipal park with 60+ miles of trail); three separate courses with challenges for different skill levels.Hometrust Bank Superhero Race: This family and dog-friendly event captures the spirit of what GO Fest is all about. You don’t have to be a professional athlete or even a serious runner to have a fun day outside; 5K runners will having timing chips, but walkers, dogs, strollers, wheelchairs, and kids are all welcome. There’s also a fun run for Little Heroes (ages up to 10) that has them leaping tall buildings and dodging kryptonite!LewisGale Salem Half Marathon and 8K: The race starts and finishes on Main Street and takes runners on a tour of Salem through neighborhoods, Roanoke College, and the Roanoke River Greenway.Adidas Outdoors King and Queen of the Mountain Trail Running Challenge Presented by Runabout Sports: Challengers have from 7 a.m. on Oct. 7 until exactly 3:37 p.m. on Oct. 13 to post their best Strava time on the assigned segment up Mill Mountain to take top honors and win swag. The King & Queen of the mountain each receive a $200 gift card from Adidas Outdoor, and anyone who attempt the challenge will be entered to win 1-of-4 $100 prize packs from Runabout Sports Roanoke.Adidas Outdoor King and Queen of the Mountain Bike Challenge Presented by Runabout Sports: Challengers have from 7 a.m. on Oct. 7 until exactly 3:37 p.m. on Oct. 13 to post your best Strava time on the assigned segment up Mill Mountain on a bike to take top honors and win swag. The King & Queen of the mountain each receive a $200 gift card from Adidas Outdoor, and anyone who attempt the challenge will be entered to win 1-of-4 $100 prize packs from Runabout Sports Roanoke.Carilion Children’s Strider Bike Race: The cutest thing on two wheels you’ve ever seen!GO Fest Friday Night Alleycat:  It’s not exactly a race, but it’s sure to get your competitve juices flowing. A fun, semi-competitive bike event with surprise stops and adventurous challenges along the way.Ultimate Frisbee Tournament: Get in on the ultimate action! Eight mixed teams, ultimate tournament.You can find a list of all the races and details here.And while it’s not a race per se, you should rush to get music VIP packages for GO Fest. The VIP package includes access to a special artist lounge with exclusive beer taps, access to private porta-potties, ability to rub elbows with some members of the GO Fest music lineup, and a swag bag. Buy yours online.last_img read more

19Oct/20

Maria’s extradition ‘cover up’ for failure to arrest other fugitives, experts say

first_imgMaria was named a suspect for fraudulent gains she made from loans from state-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) issued to her company PT Gramarindo Group, which she co-owned with Adrian Waworuntu. She allegedly used a fictitious letter of credit to obtain US$136 million and 56 million euro ($118,846) in bank loans between 2002 and 2003.Read also: Jakarta ‘welcomes home’ BNI loan fraud fugitive from BelgradeBNI grew suspicious about the company and reported the case in June 2003 to the National Police, which opened a fraud investigation.However, Maria reportedly fled to Singapore in September 2003, just a month before the police investigation team named her a suspect in the case. Interpol issued a red notice in December 2003 for Maria, who had by then been on the run for three months. Meanwhile, the South Jakarta District Court tried and sentenced Adrian in 2005 to life imprisonment for corruption.Yasonna said in a statement that authorities later discovered that Maria – who was born in Paleloan, North Sulawesi in 1958 – had obtained Dutch citizenship in 1979 and was hiding in the Netherlands, from where she reportedly made several trips to Singapore.He added that the ministry had sent requests for her extradition to the Dutch government in 2010 and 2014, but they were rejected.The Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in Belgrade apprehended Maria on July 16, 2019, as she was entering the country through Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport and alerted the Indonesian NCB in Jakarta.The Law and Human Rights Ministry then issued a request for Maria’s temporary detention and extradition from Serbia.“We, along with law enforcers, will work to recover from abroad assets obtained by Maria [from her crimes]. We will take all legal measures to freeze her assets, including by blocking her bank accounts,” Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said in a statement on Thursday.While many lauded the government for the extradition, experts have called on the authorities to capture other high-profile suspects and fugitives that have fled overseas.The fugitive list includes Djoko Tjandra, who was convicted in 2009 for embezzling billions of rupiah from the state bailout fund during the 1998 Asian financial crisis. He escaped to Papua New Guinea (PNG), a day before a court announced the verdict and he reportedly obtained PNG citizenship later that year.Read also: Indonesia will be ‘ashamed’ if it is ‘made a fool of’ by fugitive Djoko Tjandra: MahfudAfter being at large for more than a decade, Djoko has reportedly returned to Indonesia to file a review of his case, although his whereabouts remain unclear. He was absent from the first hearing in his case review on Monday.Attorney General ST Burhanuddin previously criticized the immigration authorities for their failure to notify his office of Djoko’s arrival in the country. However, the immigration office claimed it had found no trace of Djoko in its system.Zaenur Rohman, a researcher at Gadjah Mada University’s Center for Anticorruption Studies (PUKAT UGM), said the government had managed to capture Maria in Serbia but failed to bring home Djoko from PNG, despite the fact that Indonesia does not have an extradition treaty with either country.“Such a failure is caused by the lack of a government program to repatriate them to Indonesia. There is no measurable target and single well-planned effort to bring them back home,” Zaenur said on Thursday.He added that the fugitives’ immense wealth might have hindered efforts to capture and extradite them because they had brought economic benefits to the countries to which they had fled.Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) coordinator Boyamin Saiman called Maria’s arrest a cover up of the ministry’s “shame” for letting Djoko slip through undetected.”Maria’s extradition case has proven that if the government is serious, it can catch fugitives, including Djoko Tjandra and other high-profile ones,” Boyamin said in a statement.Read also: Airport CCTV footage shows PDI-P politician Harun Masiku returning to Indonesia, despite official claimsHe highlighted other major fugitives, including Eddy Tansil who was found guilty of having embezzled $565 million in state funds in a loan scam channeled by the Bank Pembangunan Indonesia (Bapindo) to his Golden Key GroupEddy escaped from prison in 1996 while serving his 20-year prison sentence, and has reportedly hidden in China since at least 2011.The Law and Human Rights Ministry was not immediately available to comment on the experts’ calls to arrest other fugitives.BNI corporate secretary Melly Meiliana said in a statement that the bank appreciated the government’s efforts to extradite Maria and would support the ongoing legal proceedings, which could become an opportunity to recover some of the losses endured by the lender.Topics : Indonesia succeeded in finally repatriating fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, who had been wanted for 17 years for allegedly stealing billions of rupiah from a state-owned bank, from the Republic of Serbia on Thursday.The successful extradition, however, should inspire the authorities to catch other high-profile suspects and convicts who have fled the country, experts have insisted.On Thursday morning, the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s extradition team escorted Maria as the group arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from Belgrade, where the Serbian government had formally handed her over to Indonesian authorities.last_img read more

06Oct/20

Miami homeowners the big winners of Gold Coast property boom

first_imgTamara and Johan Johnson in their newly built Miami villa. Photo: Steve HollandHOMEOWNERS in Miami are the big winners of the Gold Coast property boom, enjoying a 65 per cent increase in houses prices since 2012.The latest figures from CoreLogic show the suburb’s median house price has jumped from $455,000 to $752,500 in the past five years.Broadbeach Waters (up 60 per cent), Clear Island Waters (54.5 per cent), Bilinga (52 per cent), Tugun (46 per cent), Southport (42 per cent), Benowa (40 per cent) and Mermaid Waters and Hope Island (both 38 per cent) also experienced significant growth.Corelogic said 56 properties sold in Miami this year — among them a 1950s fibro shack at 58 Marine Pde for $3 million and a glitzy three-level mansion at 114 Marine Pde for $3.025 million.Tamara and Joe Johnson were lured to Miami from Palm Beach and have just completed two luxury villas at Sunshine Pde.“We are still trying to work out why it is such an underrated suburb,” Mrs Johnson said. “It’s flying under the radar when it comes to expensive beachfront property.” We originally lived at Palm Beach because we noticed it was one of those up-and-coming markets. Mermaid Beach was another hot suburb and right next to it was Miami, which was also becoming a bit of a trendy place to live.“We couldn’t work out why it wasn’t overpriced and why there were affordable blocks of beachside land. Seeing a great opportunity, we decided to jump at moving there.”Miami beach lifeREIQ Market Monitor editor Felicity Moore said the Miami price hike came on the back of factors such as the light rail, demand for beachfront property and the flow-on effect from Mermaid Beach.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Proximity to the recently renovated Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Bond University campus and Mermaid Beach, which is the Gold Coast’s most expensive suburb, make this suburb very attractive for owner-occupiers looking for high quality living,” Ms Moore said.“The future stage of the light rail project is forecast to include an extension to the Coolangatta airport providing direct access to Miami.”John Henderson Professional Mermaid Beach principal Andrew Henderson said the supply of homes available in Miami was limited.The couple love their bright and breezy luxury villa. Miami villa. Photo: Steve Holland“During the March quarter, only 19 homes changed hands in Miami,’’ said Mr Henderson. “Vendors are resisting the temptation to put homes on the market while prices are rising so strongly.“I would suggest this is exactly the time they should consider selling because the demand will not last forever.”Mr Henderson said he was not surprised Miami was city’s best performing suburbs over five years.“Five years ago Miami would have been considered one of the great underrated suburbs of the Gold Coast’’ he said.“It sits on the beachfront in the heart of the city, right beside Mermaid Beach, one of the most prestigious suburbs on the Coast and yet many people overlooked it as a potential suburb to call their home. This perception is has certainly changed.”last_img read more

28Sep/20

Fixer uppers in prized Brisbane locations prove hot for buyers

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45Fixer uppers and character homes in Brisbane’s sought-after suburbs were the hot buys at auction yesterday, with buyers willing to dig deep for the rough diamonds located within prized school catchment zones.In Bardon, five of eight registered bidders battled for half an hour to secure the character-packed, pre-war Queenslander at 51 Gerler St. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS It has good bones and plenty of character“The owner has had the house for 30-odd years so it was an emotional sale,” she said. Including a bay window in one of the two bedroomsMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“But he was very happy with the result.” Insane Brisbane houses on the market right now Located on am elevated double block totalling 810sq m, the two bedder is located within the sought-after Rainworth State School and Kelvin Grove State College catchment zones.It is just 5km from the CBD and was pitched as a property ripe for renovation. But either way, it is in good shape now . She said the suburb was a strong sales performer, with the majority of buyers prepared to pay a premium to get in to the school catchment zone.As for the Gerler St house, it has character features including soaring decorative ceilings, VJ walls, casement and lead light windows.Both bedrooms open onto a sunroom, the kitchen has been updated and the gently sloping back garden is ringed with trees for privacy. Brisbane house price hits new record high: What‘s your home now worth? The new owner plans to rent the property before undergoing an extensive renovationMeanwhile in Camp Hill, a young family snapped up a three-bedroom house with city views at 32 Ernest St.The house had been updated but was also granted a demolition approval two years ago opening up the possibility for a knockdown and rebuild. This Camp Hill house has been renovated but could be knocked down to make way for a more modern homePlace Bulimba agent Joanna Gianniotis said bidding started at $900,000 and then paused at $960,000.Negotiations with the highest bidder saw that offer raised to $985,000 and the house was sold.“The vendors had outgrown the house and were upsizing,” she said. “We also had other interested parties at the auction but they were not able to bid under auction conditions.“Camp Hill is very solid and consistent with a good number of people through our open homes.” The Bardon home has been tenanted, but its proximity to good schools made it a hot buy for buyersRay White Paddington agent Sonya Browne said the winning bidder joined the action by phone, eventually knocking out the competition with an offer of $935,000.“He is a local developer-investor type on the southside who buys and renovates a lot of properties around Brisbane,” she said.“He is planning to rent it out for awhile and then do a big renovation.“He does plan to move to Bardon with his family but it may or may not be to this house.”Bidding started at $750,000, increasing in $10,000, $5000 and, at times, $1000, lots.Ms Browne said there was a mix of local buyers, developers and first home buyers in the 40-strong crowd, and it was slow and steady right up until the hammer fell. Where to invest: Buy a house in one of these suburbs and earn $50k in 3 yrslast_img read more

24Sep/20

Lady Bulldogs Soccer Teams Best Lady Spartans

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs blanked The Connersville Lady Spartans 10-0.Batesville JV won 7-0.Batesville vs. Connersville (9-21)Submitted by Batesville Coach Kyle Laker.last_img

23Sep/20

Werkmeister sweeps Lincoln County Stock Car features

first_imgNORTH PLATTE, Neb. (July 12) – Picking up a pair of Saturday feature victories in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division at Lincoln County Raceway was Casey Werkmeister. He was joined in the winner’s circle by Zach Schultz, Kyle Bond and Charlie Blowers. On top of his game, Werkmeister swept top honors in the Stock Car features as two were run this evening. Werkmeister took the lead in the initial feature near the halfway point and never looked back. In the finale, Werkmeister droved to the lead on lap 10 from his fifth row starting position to capture the checkered flag.Schultz started on the pole and led from green to checkered in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Finding the right groove on the high side in the late laps powered Bond to the winner’s circle in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division. Bond snared the lead on the sixth lap. Leading the final two laps, Blowers piloted his way to the Mach-1 Sport Compact victory. Blowers started in the second row and was able to avoid incidents throughout the feature to make the move for the lead on the eighth lap.last_img read more

23Sep/20

Glenda S. Craig

first_imgGlenda S. Craig, 72, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday September 10, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.She was born March 11, 1947 in Milan, Indiana, daughter of the late Herbert Leon Witte and Susie (Mangold) Witte.She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.Glenda was excellent at quilting and sewing, and she loved to fish. Glenda was very talented at drawing. She enjoyed listening to country music and watching old western movies. Glenda’s passion was her family, she loved to spend time with them and she will be missed by all who knew her.Glenda is survived by her children, Tammy (Brian) Johnson, Kim Wilson and Wyatt Craig all of Aurora, IN.; siblings, Mike Witte of Moores Hill, IN., Faye (Lonnie) Riddell of Aurora, IN., Kenneth (Nancy) Witte of Aurora, IN., and Walter Witte of Moores Hill, IN.; grandchildren, Cassie and Brianna Johnson, Morgan & Kendra Wilson, Marissa Craig and Brooklyn Sturgill; great grandchild, Dakota Johnson.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of over 23 years, William Craig; and brother, Robert Witte.Friends will be received Thursday, September 12, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 16393 St. Rd. #148, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Church, Friday at 11:00 am with Richard Richardson officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Ebenenzer Baptist Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more