Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 82-year-old Florida man was fatally hit by a vehicle while crossing a road in Lawrence on Friday evening.Nassau County police said Theodore Schiffman, of Boca Raton, was crossing Nassau Expressway at the corner of Broadway when he was struck by a southbound Dodge at 5:45 p.m.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died three hours later.Homicide Squad detectives tested the vehicle and did not charge the 66-year-old man driving the vehicle.
By now you have likely been made aware of the hard feelings 49ers players engendered with their Slip-‘N-Slidefest following Sunday’s 9-0 victory over the NFL’s Washington franchisee.In time, it says here, the team’s launderers will forgive them.Not so the Washington radio crew. As the 49ers expressed sheer ebullience which comes when you go to 6-0 by skunking an outgunned opponent, the tsk, tsk, tsk-ing could be heard in Monticello.“The Niners go sliding as though they were soccer players …
Nine (9) schools represented by a group of four learners from each province will represent their provinces at the 2018 Heritage Education Schools Outreach Programme (HESOP) competition at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in Free State from 01 to 05 October 2018.The HESOP is an annual programme by the National Heritage Council (NHC) and this year’s partners include the Department of Basic Education (DBE), South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA), South African National Parks (SANParks), National Arts Council (NAC), National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and Brand SA.The group of four learners per school will attend a week-long camp, where they will learn about intangible heritage, network and meet new faces from different cultures and traditions so they discover their value in society as patriotic citizens. They will also get to understand cultural and natural heritage concepts in their curriculum related subjects. The schools that reach the final stage of the competition will continue to challenge each other for first, second and third prize winner. With 2018 being the centenary of Tata Nelson Mandela, the stalwart’s words of wisdom and legacy will be part of the learners’ competition exercises.The Golden Gate Highlands National Park was established in 1963 to protect the sandstone rocks which were once shelters for the Bushmen. Learners will have the pleasure of viewing cave paintings that are well preserved. The park also boasts various rare and indigenous flowers that include the Arum Lily, Watsonias, Fire Lilies and Red-Hot Pokers.The 2018 HESOP programme kicked off in June where the Department of Basic Education in partnership with the NHC reached out to a number of heritage enthusiastic teachers and learners from schools at district and provincial level by going through several workshops. Eliminations were done at provincial level in July and August.At provincial level, the Council is in partnership with the Limpopo Provincial Department of Arts, Sports and Recreation, Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Arts, Sports and Recreation and the Eastern Cape Nelson Mandela Museum.The programme is targeted at Grade 9 to 11 learners from Government schools and is designed to increase awareness and appreciation of our common and diverse heritage through inter-cultural exchange, presentations, traditional performances and a site visit to a cultural village or heritage site.“The successful management of our heritage resources; awareness and appreciation of our heritage is key for united and patriotic citizens. As the NHC, we cannot achieve all of this by ourselves, we appreciate the collaboration and support we receive from our partners. We also pride ourselves in decolonizing heritage for the future leaders of the country to start writing and telling their own history and to better understand their heritage” says Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa, Chief Executive of the NHC.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Foodborne illness costs some states more than $350 per resident every year, according to a new study in the Journal of Food Protection.The Ohio State University study also provides an updated estimate of the total national cost of foodborne illness, up to $93.2 billion a year, an increase from $77.7 billion in 2012.The economic analysis is the first peer-reviewed study that provides comprehensive estimates of costs borne by individual states as a result of specific foodborne illnesses. It is designed to offer public health authorities localized information to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of food safety education efforts and other interventions, said investigator Robert Scharff.“It will give policymakers a tool to determine whether a particular intervention they’re using makes sense,” Scharff said. “It can also be used to determine what are the biggest food safety problems in a state and how to prioritize resources accordingly.”Scharff, an economist, is a scientist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.Costs vary between states for a number of reasons, Scharff said, including differences in:The incidence of foodborne illness. States with a higher population of older people or other higher-risk groups are more likely to have higher costs related to foodborne illness.Medical costs and economic productivity losses due to illness. Total hospital costs for foodborne illness in New Jersey, for example, are twice those in Maryland.Economic estimates of losses due to death or lost quality of life. Such estimates depend on average household income and similar factors.In the study, Scharff includes conservative cost estimates that don’t include losses associated with quality of life due to foodborne illness, which is the model typically used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as higher, or “enhanced,” estimates that include quality of life, a model typically used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Using the conservative model, he found that the average cost per case of foodborne illness ranged from $888 in West Virginia to $1,766 in the District of Columbia. Using the enhanced model, estimates of average cost per case ranged from $1,505 in Kentucky to $2,591 in Maryland. Those costs reflect a per-resident annual cost ranging from $133 to $391.In Ohio, the average cost per case ranged from $1,039 with the conservative model to $1,666 with the enhanced version, or $156 to $250 per resident every year.Nationally, Scharff calculated the total cost of foodborne illness to be $55.5 billion to $93.2 billion.Costs also vary depending on the type of foodborne illness.“The total cost and cost per resident estimates are ideally suited for a situation where a policymaker has limited resources and has to decide which pathogens to focus on at a more macro level,” Scharff said. “On the other hand, if you’re at the point where you’re actually considering different interventions, then the cost per case estimates would be most useful.”Using those figures, policymakers can weigh the cost of a foodborne illness prevention program against the potential cost per case of the illness to determine whether the program makes economic sense.For example, public health authorities in Ohio, which recently experienced an outbreak of botulism that resulted in at least 20 illnesses and one fatality, could use the data provided in the analysis to help determine whether additional food safety efforts should target this particular illness.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual number of foodborne botulism cases nationwide averages about 17, Scharff said.“In Ohio, we had 20 cases just from one outbreak,” Scharff said. “That’s still a small number, but the cost per case for botulism is huge, ranging from $1.3 million to $1.6 million per case in Ohio.Using the figures in the new study, the recent Fairfield County botulism outbreak will cost an estimated $26 million to $33 million. Given those numbers, and the fact that it was the second documented outbreak of botulism in Ohio in the last seven years associated with home-canned vegetables, policymakers may determine that putting more resources toward home canning food-safety education would make sense, Scharff said.The analysis does not include costs associated with foodborne illness pathogens identified in foods that are recalled or otherwise do not cause foodborne illness, Scharff said.The analysis does reflect the severity of different types of foodborne illness, Scharff said.For example, although Campylobacter is commonly found on raw chicken — some estimates indicate it is on nearly half of all chicken in the U.S. — it is killed easily during the cooking process, and when it does cause illness, just 1 in 10,000 die. On the other hand, although Listeria is less common, it is often associated with foods such as ice cream, lunchmeat and fresh produce that are not cooked, and when it does cause illness, the chance of dying is high — 1 in 6.“That’s a big difference,” Scharff said. “And that’s reflected in the cost per case figures — it’s why both Listeria and botulism are so high.”In Ohio and in most states across the nation, Salmonella would be a good pathogen to target, he said.“If you look at the numbers, the biggest problem is Salmonella,” Scharff said. “Norovirus is more common, but Salmonella has a very high incidence of illness and also has a relatively high cost associated with it.”Scharff hopes the analysis brings more attention to the seriousness of foodborne illness not only among policymakers but consumers as well.“These numbers reflect the fact that 1 out of every 6 people becomes ill every year from foodborne illness,” Scharff said. “That’s a pretty big number.”
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football star Leo Messi is making an urgent plea to strengthen efforts in child survival to save the lives of thousands of children dying every year from preventable causes.Video: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi – help end child deaths“We all can help to stop child deaths from preventable causes,” says Mr. Messi. “These children don’t have to die, but they do.”Despite impressive strides in child survival, some 19,000 children under the age of 5 die every day from causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles. These deaths do not have to happen.Child deaths have fallen dramatically, plummeting from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.9 million in 2011. Progress has been made because the world has not only the knowledge and technology to reach the most vulnerable children with such life-saving interventions as new vaccines and improved healthcare practices, but also the resolute determination of many development actors and members of the international community to save children’s lives.However, progress continues to elude too many children.Much more can – and must – be done, which is why Mr. Messi is putting his personal focus on child survival and urging others to do the same.Leo Messi is a strong advocate for vulnerable childrenNamed the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009 and winner of three Golden Ball awards for the best European footballer of the year, Mr. Messi was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in March 2010.Since then, he has been a strong advocate for some of the world’s most vulnerable children and has visited Argentina, Costa Rica and Haiti to help raise awareness and support for the work of UNICEF and its partners.Source:UNICEF
Greenpeace have an important message from their most recent plastic campaign recruit, actor Sam Neill.Video: Sam Neill and the humble plastic bagSam jumped on board because he wants to see the New Zealand Government ban single-use plastic bags, something tens of thousands of New Zealanders have been pushing for, too.So far, Greenpeace have had major successes in this campaign, getting New Zealand’s two largest supermarkets – New World and Countdown – to announce a ban in their stores, but they are not stopping there.At noon on Tuesday, 27 February, Greenpeace was joined by Dr Jane Goodall, and Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand patron, former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark, along with members of local councils, businesses, non-governmental and community organisations, and scientists. They gathered at the steps of parliament in Wellington to present a letter to Ministers as well as a petition signed by more than 61,000 New Zealanders – all asking for a change in law.They are calling for a nationwide ban to make sure plastic bags can no longer find their way into our oceans, devastating marine life.One in three turtles found washed up on NZ beaches has eaten plastic – a tragic last meal that causes them to die slowly and in agony.Greenpeace think our marine life deserve better than to swim in our garbage, and now is the time to act.In the words of David Attenborough, who saw plastic pollution first hand on the set of Blue Planet II, we have to act now and we have to act together.