January 1

Vermont Ranked No. 1 for Maternal and Early Childhood Health

first_imgWaterbury, Vt.-A website created to inform mothers across the nation about the quality of healthcare in each state recently ranked Vermont first in the nation for maternal and early childhood health.MomScore, an interactive tool that presents moms and moms-to-be with relevant, comprehensive data about maternal health in their states, was created by RevolutionHealth.com, a leading comprehensive health and medical information site.The website reviewed over 50 quality indicators of maternal and infant health from federal and state government sources, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Census Bureau, and leading non-profit organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In consultation with clinical and public health policy experts, they identified ten key indicators of maternal and early childhood health.Vermont ranked no. 1 in five of the ten indicators, boasting the best family paid leave policy, lowest risk of pregnancy complications, most affordable children’s health insurance, and the lowest infant as well as maternal mortality. In each of the other indicators, access to prenatal care, availability of childcare, air quality, low incidence of violent crime, and affordable health insurance rates, Vermont ranked within the top 10 states.”I am pleased that MomScore confirms that Vermont is the best place in the country to support maternal and early childhood health,” noted Governor Jim Douglas. “This ranking highlights the commitment my administration, state legislators, our congressional delegation, and our community partners have made to ensuring that all Vermonters have access to excellent pre-and post-natal care and affordable, high quality health care through innovative and affordable programs like Green Mountain Health.”Governor Douglas noted, however, that this success must be replicated across the entire healthcare system. “Every family deserves the peace of mind that affordable and accessible healthcare provides. That is why I am absolutely committed to taking more bold steps to reform our healthcare system and reduce the cost of care.”Cynthia D. LaWare, Secretary of the Agency Human Services, agreed. “This website is wonderful acknowledgment of the hard work the Governor, AHS staff, particularly at the Health Department, the Office of Vermont Health Access, and the Department for Children and Families’ have done to ensure Vermont mothers and their children receive the best possible start in life. While we should never be completely satisfied, clearly we can be proud of all we are doing to promote maternal and child health.”Revolution Health Group is a leading consumer-centric health company founded to transform how people approach their overall health and wellness. The cornerstone of Revolution Health is RevolutionHealth.com, a free, comprehensive health and medical information site, specifically designed with women and other caregivers in mind. The site offers respected, scientifically sound health information as well as more than 125 online tools aimed at helping individuals take control of their well-being.Please visit: www.revolutionhealth.com/momscore(link is external) for further information.last_img read more

October 18

Cesc Fabregas reacts to Granit Xhaka’s outburst towards Arsenal fans

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 7:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Granit Xhaka hit out at Arsenal fans during the draw with Crystal Palace (BPI/REX)Cesc Fabregas has expressed the view of many Arsenal fans after watching Granit Xhaka lose it with the Gunners supporters during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.Unai Emery’s side threw away a two-goal lead and were held by Roy Hodgson’s side at the Emirates Stadium.But Arsenal fans turned on Xhaka as he was substituted in the 61st minute.The Arsenal captain was booed by the club’s supporters as he walked off the pitch and the midfielder then cupped his ear and mouthed ‘f*** off’.ADVERTISEMENTA furious Xhaka then slapped Emery’s outstretched hand, took off his shirt and stormed straight down the tunnel.Granit Xhaka WOW pic.twitter.com/2BfqomacFF— Steven (@SanPenguinYo) October 27, 2019More: 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 CityAdvertisementAdvertisementFabregas, who made over 300 appearances for Arsenal and captained the team for nearly three years, was clearly watching his former side in action as moments after Xhaka’s incident, the midfielder posted a flush-faced emoji on Twitter.Arsenal fans clearly got the message as they responded by directing further abuse towards Xhaka by way of Fabregas’ post. Advertisement Cesc Fabregas sent a clear message after Granit Xhaka’s strop (Twitter)Emery, meanwhile, now faces a decision over whether Xhaka should remain as captain following his outburst towards Arsenal’s supporters.‘He’s wrong but we are going to speak inside about that situation,’ Emery said after the match.‘I want to be calm but, really, he was wrong in this action.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Cesc Fabregas reacts to Granit Xhaka’s outburst towards Arsenal fanslast_img read more

August 30

1xBet integrates online slot and video bingo games from MGA

first_img Share StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 International operator 1xBet has increased its library of online slot and video bingo games through a new alliance with the online division of Spanish gaming company MGA.Content from MGA Games will be fully integrated into 1xBet’s product offer, specifically for markets where online gaming is regulated or on the path to regulation.1xBet has access to the complete collection, which includes the Lucky Dragon, Wild Africa and Cabaret slots, as well as the Detective, Zeus and Castle video bingo games.The 1xBet press statement read: “Online slots and video bingo games are extremely popular amongst our player base. “We are very happy to have MGA in our portfolio, and we hope our players enjoy the content as much as we do. It’s an honour to work with the winner of the Best eGaming Technology Provider Award.”José Antonio Giacomelli, MGA’s New Technologies Director, said: “1xBet is an international operator with a significant presence around the world. We are very proud that they have chosen MGA Games as a partner to increase their collection of reliable, quality content.”He added: “It encourages us to maintain high standards of product and service quality, which, indeed, open the doors for us to international markets.” SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020last_img read more

August 4

Storm-Battered Bayshore Trail Anticipated to Reopen in October

first_imgBy Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The opening of a $1 million-plus rebuilt trail providing breathtaking views and tranquil paths along the shoreline could be pushed into next month.After construction began in February on the popular Bayshore Trail, a 1.25-mile-long portion of the Henry Hudson Trail spanning Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, officials from the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS) say the project might not be completed until mid-October, instead of opening at the end of the month.“It’s been a shame to close it,” said Joseph Sardonia, a MCPS supervising landscape architect. “To us, it’s a big priority to go and get this thing done.”Compass Construction of New Egypt was retained for the construction after an $881,677 bid. Changes in design plans and necessary infrastructure upgrades since then bumped up the price to just over $1 million. Monmouth County’s portion cost $700,734; Atlantic Highlands contributed $356,214.Andrew J. Spears, assistant director of MCPS, said he anticipates the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse about 80 percent of the project costs, leaving Monmouth County to fund $140,147, and Atlantic Highlands $71,243.“Park System staff knew from the beginning that this would be a major improvement project,” Spears said via email to The Two River Times. “With cost sharing from Atlantic Highlands, and an authorized FEMA reimbursement, we knew we could minimize the direct impact on Monmouth County taxpayers.”Drainage and bridge improvements are underway in theAtlantic Highlands section.Sardonia said drainage improvements along the trail could push scheduling back. About a dozen sections of drainage are to be installed underneath the trail in places where water pools. Ken Thoman, a MCPS park resource manager, said the systems are similar to those used in golf courses.New additions to the project’s wide-ranging scope include installing 80 precast concrete foundations in lieu of cast-in-place concrete foundations – where concrete would have been poured on site. The park system scrapped that idea. Sardonia added all bridge construction has been completed.Smaller construction equipment and vibration monitoring equipment was implemented to reduce the impact on underground utilities. Also, about 441 tons of riprap stone was installed between Sandy Hook Bay and the trail to act as another level of protection.Atlantic Highlands owns about a 1/5-of-a-mile section of the Bayshore Trail beginning at the borough-operated marina, located at 4 Simon Lake Drive. In that section, new bridge footings were ordered and installed for resiliency due to soil conditions there.Adam Hubeny, Atlantic Highlands’ borough administrator, said Compass Construction has been working to complete paving in front of the harbor’s dredge pit, as well as beginning cleanup efforts.“It’s come a long way, but we just hope that Mother Nature doesn’t bang us up too much,” Hubeny said.The 1.25-mile long Bayshore Trail was washed out after Super Storm Sandy’s 14-foot stormsurges displaced wooden bridges and eroded the surrounding area.While the trail has been closed to access on the Atlantic Highlands end, it has unofficially stayed open on the Highlands end, where it meets Popomora Point. Sardonia said that section of the trail is vastly popular for walkers, bicyclists and joggers. Despite all the construction, those trail aficionados have worked in ways to still use the bayside path.“This is a typical issue we have with construction on all of our trails,” Sardonia said. “People still use them, and we recognize that. We try to warn people about it, and we also let the contractor know to not be surprised that people show up.”After construction crews had departed for the night, well over a dozen people were using the trail recently as dusk began to fall. A pair of teenagers finished up the last leg of a bike ride, while others were just beginning their evening dog walks.Jersey Girl, a goldendoodle and Atlantic Highlands resident, was moving right along on her unleashed walk with owner, Paul Lenskold.“We come here every day,” Lenskold said. “This is our trail.”Instead of reintroducing wooden bridges, the MCPS decided to go with concrete structures which provide much more resiliency in the event of another storm.He said the soft sound of crashing waves and the view along the water is what draws him back to the Bayshore Trail. He’s hopeful the remaining repairs will ultimately keep the graveled pathway safe.“It’s a great trail,” he said. “So whatever they have to do to restore it, keep it up to date, then that’s a good thing.”MCPS spokesperson Karen Livingstone estimates the 24-mile long Henry Hudson Trail, connecting Highlands to Freehold, gets used by about 202,225 annually. She said there are no specific numbers on the Bayshore Trail section.Although scheduled to reopen at the end of the month, the park system believes a mid-October reopening of the Bayshore Trail is more reasonable.According to the park system, the Henry Hudson Trail was called the Bayshore rail corridor, a 19th-century rail line serving towns from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands. In 1980, Monmouth County secured a grant to acquire the property from Conrail. In 1990, the county took control of the right-of-way and began rehabilitating the trail through federal grants a few years later.The Bayshore Trail portion also hosts a local landmark: Henry Hudson Springs. According to Weird NJ, the spring outpouring was the drinking source of the Dutch explorer Henry Hudson before he embarked on exploring the New York waterway which would eventually bear his name.Visit the Park Improvement Projects tab at monmouthcountyparks.com for more information and updates on the Henry Hudson Trail upgrades.This article was first published in the Sept. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

August 3

Saints add another seasoned D-man to the squad in Nitros Mark Strachan

first_imgThe Selkirk College Saints Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce a commitment from defenceman Mark Strachan (Calgary, AB) to attend Selkirk College and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.Strachan joins the Saints following three seasons split between the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Fernie Ghostriders and Kimberley Dynamiters. He enjoyed an offensive breakout as a 20-year old in Kimberley, scoring 15 goals and picking up 46 points in 50 regular season games and adding 10 points in 13 playoff contests as the Dynamiters advanced to the Eddie Mountain Division finals. His 56 total points on the season were the third most by a KIJHL defenceman.The 21-year old wore the ‘C’ for the Dynamiters and was named the club’s Most Valuable Player following the season. He also spent two years in Fernie, where he contributed 49 points in 88 games and played a key role in the Ghostriders’ silver medal performance at the 2011 Cyclone Taylor Cup. “Mark is a smart, skilled, puck-moving defenceman coming off an outstanding season on and off the ice in Kimberley,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”His strengths fit in perfectly with the style of game that we will play this season and he adds to what is quickly becoming a very talented roster. He also has experience playing up front, so his versatility is another plus, and I expect that his leadership abilities and work ethic will both be an asset for us moving forward.” Strachan is the third defenceman to commit to the Saints for the 2012/13 season, joining Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL) and Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL).Selkirk also returns second-year blueliners Justin\ Sotkowy and Sandro Moser, who combined for 43 points in 48 games last season and finished third and fourth respectively in scoring by BCIHL defencemen. “I’m looking forward to furthering my academic career in the Business program at Selkirk College while having the opportunity to play at a higher level,” says Strachan, who describes himself as a playmaker who is comfortable playing at forward as well as on the blueline.”I’d like to accomplish a good balance between academics and hockey working towards a diploma and helping the team win a championship as well as improving my game at both ends of the ice.” Also committed to the Saints for 2012/13 are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL), as well as goaltender Stephen Wolff (Oceanside, VIJHL).last_img read more