Keeping Pets Healthy

first_imgPets ingest pollutants and pesticide residues and breathe in an array of indoor air contaminants just like children do — and since they develop and age seven or more times faster than children, pets develop health problems from exposures much faster. Credit: Hemera CollectionEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: What are some tips for keeping my dogs and cats healthy?                                                                                                                                                                         — Kim Newfield, via e-mailBelieve it or not, our pets may be exposed to more harsh chemicals through the course of their day than we are. Researchers at the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that pet dogs and cats were contaminated with 48 of 70 industrial chemicals tested, including 43 chemicals at levels higher than those typically found in people.“Just as children ingest pollutants in tap water, play on lawns with pesticide residues or breathe in an array of indoor air contaminants, so do their pets,” reports EWG. Since they develop and age seven or more times faster than children, pets also develop health problems from exposures much faster, EWG adds.“Average levels of many chemicals were substantially higher in pets than is typical for people, with 2.4 times higher levels of stain- and grease-proof coatings (perfluorochemicals) in dogs, 23 times more fire retardants (PBDEs) in cats, and more than five times the amounts of mercury, compared to average levels in people,” reports the group. Their 2008 study looked at plastics and food packaging chemicals, heavy metals, fire retardants and stain-proofing chemicals in pooled samples of blood and urine from 20 dogs and 37 cats tested at a Virginia veterinary clinic.“For dogs, blood and urine samples were contaminated with 35 chemicals altogether, including 11 carcinogens, 31 chemicals toxic to the reproductive system, and 24 neurotoxins,” adds EWG. This is particularly alarming given that man’s best friend is known to have much higher cancer rates than humans. A 2008 Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center study found that dogs have 35 times more skin cancer, four times more breast tumors, eight times more bone cancer, and two times more leukemia per capita as humans. And according to researchers from Purdue University, cancer is the second leading cause of death for dogs, with about one in four canines succumbing to some form of the disease. Meanwhile, hyperthyroidism—a condition which many think is on the rise in felines due to chemical exposures—is already a leading cause of illness for older cats.In its Pets for the Environment website, EWG lists dozens of ways for pet owners to ensure that dogs and cats are as safe as possible in this dangerous world we inhabit. Among other tips, EWG recommends choosing pet food without chemical preservatives such as BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin, and looking for organic or free-range ingredients rather than by-products. As for drinking water, EWG suggests running tap water through a reverse osmosis filter—either faucet-mounted or pitcher-based—before it goes into a pet’s bowl to remove common contaminants. Also, replacing old bedding or furniture, especially if it has exposed foam, can prevent pets from ingesting fire retardants. From avoiding non-stick pans and garden pesticides to choosing greener kitty litter and decking material, the list of tips goes on.Taking steps to ensure a safer environment for pets—some 63 percent of U.S. homes have at least one—will mean a safer world for humans, too. EWG concludes that our pets “well may be serving as sentinels for our own health, as they breathe in, ingest or absorb the same chemicals that are in our environments.”CONTACT: EWG Pets for the Environment, www.ewg.org/PetsfortheEnvironmentEarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

UK PM Johnson, on the mend after COVID-19, faces lockdown conundrum

first_img“That decision is for the prime minister in consultation with his doctors,” Hancock said. “I spoke to him yesterday, he’s on very good form and is clearly recovering.”Lockdown The government’s as yet unpublished strategy for unwinding the lockdown will be heavily scrutinized as investors try to work out which major economy will be worst hit by the most severe public health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak.The United Kingdom has the fifth worst official death toll in the world, after the United States, Italy, Spain and France, and government scientists have said that the death rate will only start to decline quickly in a another couple of weeks.Hancock said on Friday that it was too early to lift the lockdown, though economic data indicates Britain’s economy is crumbling under the strain of the lockdown.According to the country’s budget forecasters, the economy could be heading into its deepest recession in more than 300 years even after the finance ministry and the Bank of England rushed out a string of emergency stimulus measures.British retail sales fell by the most on record in March as a surge in food buying for the coronavirus lockdown was dwarfed by a plunge in sales of clothing and most other goods, official figures showed on Friday.Sales volumes plunged by 5.1% in March from February, the sharpest drop since the Office for National Statistics records began in 1996. It was also a bigger fall than the median forecast for a drop of 4.0% in a Reuters poll of economists.”Clearly there is huge uncertainty as to how deep the downturn proves and how long restrictions remain in place, a fall in the region of 25% in GDP over the next few months seems likely,” said Thomas Pugh, an economist with Capital Economics. “He sounded incredible,” US President Donald Trump said on Thursday of how Johnson sounded on a call they had two days earlier. “He was ready to go.””It’s like the old Boris,” Trump said. “He’s doing great.”Johnson’s government, which was slower than European peers to impose a lockdown, has come under fire for its limited testing capacity and for failing to deliver enough personal protective equipment to front-line health workers.The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that Johnson is planning to return to work as early as Monday, and his health minister, Matt Hancock, described the prime minister as cheerful, ebullient and getting much better. Topics :center_img Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces the biggest conundrum of his premiership as he recuperates from COVID-19: how to lift a lockdown that is destroying swathes of the British economy without triggering a deadly second wave of the outbreak.Johnson, 55, is on the mend at his country residence after spending three nights in intensive care at a London hospital earlier this month with COVID-19 complications. He later said he owed his life to the hospital staff.But as speculation mounts that the prime minister is preparing to return to work, Johnson is under pressure to explain just how and when the world’s fifth largest economy will exit the crippling lockdown.last_img read more

Alecta returns 11% on back of rising Swedish, European equities

first_imgSwedish occupational pensions provider Alecta has reported a steep increase in investment returns in the first quarter, driven in particular by its focus on Swedish and European equities.The return on defined contribution pensions, Alecta’s Optimal Pension product, rose to 11.1% in the January to March period, from 3.1% in the same period last year.Meanwhile, defined benefit pensions returned 7.8%, up from 2.8% in the first quarter of 2014.Per Frennberg, CIO, told IPE: “Our portfolio did well this quarter, and, market-wise, we are focused more on Europe and Sweden than others.” Equity performance had been in the right place, with listed equities generating a return of 15.3% between the beginning of January and the end of March.Fixed income performed well over the three-month period as well, Frennberg said.He added that Alecta was satisfied with its low cost level.Group management costs on a rolling 12-month basis fell to 0.10% from 0.12%, it reported.“The portfolio is fully active, even across fixed income, and we do that in-house at very low cost – and, so far, with very good returns,” Frennberg said.He said costs could be kept low because of the economies of scale possible with the high level of capital Alecta manages.Rather than add more staff as the value of the portfolio grows, the organisation has opted to keep relative costs low.The group solvency ratio was unchanged at 164, while collective funding for defined benefit pensions rose to 148 from 147.Alecta had group assets under management of SEK682bn (€73.4bn) at the end of last year.last_img read more

Further French IORP vehicle on the cards as Austerlitz seeks switch

first_imgThe vehicles were introduced by a 2016 law known as “loi Sapin”, and are subject to a regulatory framework combining elements of the IORP Directive and Solvency II, but not the latter’s capital charges and other financial requirements.Institution de Prévoyance Austerlitz delivers supplementary pension plans for former employees of three lenders: Crédit National, Banque Française du Commerce Extérieur (BFCE), and Credit d’Equipement des PME (CEPME). The plans are closed. One of France’s provident institutions is looking to take on pension fund status, having requested formal authorisation as an “institution de retraite professionelle supplémentaire (IRPS).  ACPR, the supervisor for the banking and insurance sectors in France, published an official notice about the request – from Institution de Prévoyance Austerlitz – yesterday, with creditors having two months to register views on the draft authorisation.   Institution de Prévoyance Austerlitz is planning to change its name to Institution Austerlitz in connection with the transformation into an IRPS, a new type of occupational pensions vehicle.Approval would take to four the number of these vehicles being lined up in France, following moves by insurance entities Aviva and Malakoff-Médéric last year, and Sacra this year.last_img read more

Stolen car recovered 22 years later

first_imgIt was February 1993 when 23-year-old Derrick Goosen first got behind the wheels of his Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL. The young man from Wonderboom South in Pretoria would however enjoy his new ride only for a short while. One day in October that year, Goosen discovered that his pride and joy was gone. He immediately rushed to the Moot police station to report his car stolen.With no insurance for the car, his only hope was for the car to be recovered so he could get his wheels back. But that was not to be the case. Days turned into months, months into years, and years into decades with no sign of the car.“At the time I did not have insurance for the car and after reporting it [stolen], I never heard anything about it,” said Goosen, who currently lives in Centurion.Twenty-two years later, Goosen received a call that would reunite him with his prized possession. Through the dedication, hard work and perseverance of Warrant Officer Kwakwa Ntokola from the Seshego Vehicle tracking unit in Limpopo, Goosen has his car back.“Three weeks ago, I received a call from officer Ntokola from the vehicle theft unit to ask if I was driving such a car back then. Old memories came back and we started the process of fetching the car,” he said.last_img read more

Independence Street bus stop removed effective Friday

first_img 52 Views   no discussions LocalNews Independence Street bus stop removed effective Friday by: – May 31, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share As of tomorrow, May 31st, 2012 bus drivers will not be allowed to access the Independence Street bus stop as it will be removed in an effort to deal with the traffic congestion within the City of Roseau.Police chief Cyril Carette expressed concern at a news conference earlier this month stating that bus drivers do not adhere to traffic rules and regulations and this is a contributing factor to the congestion.“For a while now we have been experiencing traffic congestion on Independence Street and we just realize that bus drivers have been stopping and parking on Independence Street in a willy-nilly fashion and we need to regulate traffic in the city of Roseau”.To solve this issue of traffic congestion the Traffic Department decided to remove that bus stop.“In order to alleviate traffic congestion on Independence Street we are from the 31st of this month moving the bus drop off point to the bus stop on Independence Street between the E. C Loblack Bridge and the Great George Street Bridge getting out of Roseau,” Carette said.Therefore, as of tomorrow, should any bus driver is found violating this traffic violation they will be charged $75.00.Police spokesman inspector John Carbon noted that there should not be an issue for space as bus drivers should only use that area to drop off or collect passengers and move on. “If they would stop at the E C Loblack stand and drop off their passengers and move out there will not be an issue for space”. Head of the Traffic Department, inspector Patrickson Albert explained that temporary signs will be erected this evening and police officers will be available to guide drivers tomorrow morning.“Drivers will not be able to make a right turn into the Pizza Palace area to access the Canefield/Mahaut/Massacre/Jimmit bus stop as there will be a “No Entry” sign placed there.They will be able to access that bus stand by making a right turn from the E. C. Loblack Bridge as well however they will not be able to exit through that area which was formally a two-way street”.Albert also informed that he met with the members and executive of the Mahaut, Massacre, Jimmit, and Canefield Bus Drivers Association to give them an opportunity to voice their concerns.“We met with them to hear what their concerns are and they are in agreement with these changes. They have given the commitment for us to work together to solve the problems”.The bus drivers of the Canefield, Mahaut, Massacre and Jimmit villages who use this bus stand on a daily basis expressed outrage when this announcement was made and formed an association.President of that Association Ronald Francis now seems pleased with the changes.“The space is small yes, but we just have to try and understand the situation and work together. We will be having a meeting tonight so the executive will meet with the members so we can inform the members of the new routes”.Bus drivers are also asked to take note that the Cork Street bus stop also remains un-operational so they can only collect and drop off passengers between the two bridges.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

October 23, 2018 Police Blotter

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Justice Brothers/Gillund car care awards go to Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour winners

first_imgThis is the fourth season Dirt Knights drivers receive JB/Gillund awards. Information about the JB brand is available at the www.justicebrothers.com website and on Facebook.  “We are gearing up for a very busy IMCA Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour and the great folks at Gillund Enterprises are doing the same,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “Having Justice Brothers products in victory lane has been something we’ve been able to do in some capacity for over two decades and they’ll be there again in 2020.” Feature winners during the 11th annual tour for IMCA Modifieds receive car care packages, to be presented in victory lane. Gillund Enterprises, located in Eden Prairie, Minn., and a 24-year IMCA sponsor distributes Justice Brothers Car Care products manufactured for high-performance, com­mercial vehicles, agricultural and industrial applications. Justice Brothers products are sold by various automotive parts retailers throughout the Midwest.  EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Nearing another IMCA sponsorship milestone, Justice Brothers and Gillund Enterprises renew awards for Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour competitors. last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds, Northern SportMods new at North Central Speedway in 2015

first_imgBRAINERD, Minn. – Saturday night race programs at North Central Speedway feature two IMCA sanctioned divisions beginning next season.Both the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods join weekly shows at the 1/3-mile, D-shaped dirt speedplant near Brainerd.“What drew our attention to IMCA was the support they give, from the president on down, to their tracks. They want us to succeed,” said K.T. Torbert, promoter of the Cliff Sasker-owned venue for the past four years. “There’s definitely a different feel in sanctioning bodies. IMCA wants to work with us.” In all, seven classes of race cars will run Saturdays at Brainerd beginning on April 25. The point season continues through the Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6 Mighty Axe special. “The IMCA Modifieds and Northern SportMods are divisions our drivers can easily transition to,” noted Torbert. “Everybody likes the Modifieds. They’re a thriller.”“SportMods give drivers the ability to move up and not break the bank,” she continued. “You don’t have to have a gazillion sponsors to do it.” Built in the mid-1950s, North Central Speedway boasts grandstand seating for 7,000, 31 enclosed suites, half of them with deck space, and a tailgating area on the backstretch. Modified points earned at NCS will figure toward Belleville Motorsports North Central Region standings.last_img read more

Wildcats CC Results At Richmond

first_imgThe Franklin County Girls Cross Country team had another successful meet on IU East’s rolling cross country course.Junior, Lauren Kelley, placed 3rd with an impressive time of 21 minutes even. Just missing the top ten by 10 seconds, senior, Katelyn Meyer, placed 11th, with a time of 23:28. Junior, Josie Selm, finished 26th, with a time of 26:10. This is over 3 minutes faster than her time last year on the same course. Sophomore, Katherine Apsley, was only 14 seconds behind Josie, with a time of 26:24.The Wildcat Girls continue to be competitive as they enter the start of the 2019 season.The competition was fierce at the Richmond Invitational, which took place on IU East’s Cross Country course.Even though they ran faster, collectively, than last year, they couldn’t get a runner in a top 25 spot. Junior, Drew Grant, was the top finisher for Franklin County, with a time of 19:26. Sophomore, Ben Maze, was close behind with a time of 19:41. The next three finishers were newcomers to the sport. Senior, Harvey Marshall, and freshmen, Hunter and Harmon Marshall, rounded out the top 5 Wildcat spots. After coming off an injury, Kyle Seibert finished in the 6th spot, with a time of 21:48. Sophomore, Eric Schwab was close behind Kyle, with a time of 21:59.The Wildcat Boys put in great performance against some large schools with large teams.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.last_img read more