Commentary: Gun Manufacturers Are Killing Their Best Customers

first_imgOur gun laws need to be modernized. Most Americans agree. Pew Research published another telling report on the issue in October of 2018. More than two-thirds of Americans support banning assault rifles and high capacity magazines (67%); requiring background checks for all private sales and at gun shows (85%); barring gun sales to anyone on a no-fly or watch list (84%); creating a database to track all gun sales (74%); and, blocking those with mental illness from purchasing guns (89%).At least half of those who consider themselves Republican or lean Republican support each one of these items, some by lopsided majorities.With that kind of public support, our government should be able to do some of these things.Death-by-gun is a public health crisis in America. I have been saying it for years, but only because of the overwhelming evidence.The mass shooting problem in our country is obvious and internationally unique. There is no escaping it for any meaningful amount of time. We no longer have time to do much healing between them anymore. Virginia Beach is this week’s reminder. Twelve innocent people, mostly city employees, were gunned down by another last week for no immediately apparent reason.The incident shares plenty of similarities to other mass shootings. Assigning a non-partisan research organization the task of learning about these numbing events would seem to be a simple and obvious thing for us to do. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is available to do it for us. All we have to do is undo a congressional prohibition on it and fund the study.We should want to know all about why these things keep happening here. I believe we do want to know. When I write “we,” I mean all Americans. That includes gun rights folks, confiscation advocates and everyone in between. There is no legitimate reason not to want to understand why these uniquely American massacres keep happening.We should want to know all we can about every other type of gun death suffered by our country men and women too.Now, before all of the usual objectors start crafting their rage-responses to my transparent ploy to impede their right to buy an AR-15 with no waiting, background check, or to have it delivered promptly to the shooter’s home like a pizza, read on please.Legitimate gun owners, the distinguished “good guys with guns,” are the ones dying more than any other demographic in our country through the use of the very product they so adamantly defend. That’s right, gun manufacturers’ most loyal customers are buying guns and then using them to kill themselves at an alarming rate.The people in this group who are dying would likely oppose my positions on gun policy. They would likely be in the minority of the polling groups reported by Pew in the report cited above.Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. More than 47,000 people committed suicide here in 2017. Roughly 70% of them are white men. And to further narrow it down, the leading age group among those white men are those 46-64.Have you ever been to a gun show or an NRA convention like the one Indianapolis just hosted? This is who is there.While still nauseated by the murders at Virginia Beach this week, I found myself reading an in-depth piece in Rolling Stone titled “All-American Despair,” written by my friend, Stephen Rodrick. This one focuses on suicide in the American West. Again, for those inclined to be enraged by my suggestion that our culture do something, anything, to try and turn the tide on our gun violence problem, please read this story. If you are a white man, between the age of 46 and 64, read it twice.The largest number of those killed by a bullet each year in America do so via suicide. The guns being used are not stolen. They are being bought legally, often obsessively, by people who shouldn’t have them.Gun control is not about inconveniencing Americans for me. It is about saving lives. Even the lives of those who tirelessly advocate for the right to buy a product that they eventually use on themselves to die.Rodrick writes: “…the men who survived suicide attempts had one thing in common: They didn’t use guns. Pills can be vomited, ropes can break, but bullets rarely miss.”A great America would do something about this. Even when the most vulnerable object.FOOTNOTE: Michael Leppert is a public and governmental affairs consultant in Indianapolis and writes his thoughts about politics, government and anything else that strikes him at article was posted by the City-County Observer without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Commentary: Gun Manufacturers Are Killing Their Best CustomersJune 9, 2019  By Michael LeppertMichaelLeppert.comI ran into a friend on Tuesday night who disagrees with me on gun policy. Plenty of my friends do.Whatever.To keep it fresh, I have new reasons this time.last_img read more

Tuffers supports National Doughnut Week

first_imgFormer cricketer Phil Tufnell will be supporting this year’s National Doughnut Week, which takes place between 11 and 18 May.Star and team captain on BBC One’s A Question of Sport, Tufnell is also vice-president of The Children’s Trust, the official charity for the Week, which supports children with multiple disabilities, in particular those with acquired brain injuries.He said: “I do hope that bakers, food retailers, coffee shops and the public will get behind this year’s fundraising event and help to raise as much money as possible for a very special charity.”As part of this year’s activity, organisers behind National Doughnut Week conducted an online survey to discover the doughnut-eating habits of consumers.It revealed that 40% of people said trying to eat a doughnut without licking your lips was all part of the pleasure of consuming the small bakery good.The week-long event, sponsored by CSM UK, has been organised for UK craft bakeries, high street coffee shops and food retailers to celebrate and promote doughnuts to customers.Last year’s Week raised more than £20,000, bringing the grand total raised over the last 22 years since the event started to £755,000. This year, organisers are hoping to raise in excess of £25,000.last_img read more

Dead & Company Will Webcast Their Two-Night Run At Fenway Park

first_imgFor the second time this summer, Dead & Company will perform for two nights at a baseball stadium. Judging by their incredible run at Citi Field, the upcoming performances at Fenway Park in Boston, MA are sure to be something special.If you can’t make it out to Boston for the shows this Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, fear not. The band has teamed with to provide webcasts for each of the two shows. With SD and HD packages and single-night options available, there’s no reason to miss out on any of the music!Check out the poster for the run below, and head here for pricing and more information.last_img

School work

first_imgA group of college students spending a weekend at the beach is a common occurrence. Having them take time out from sunbathing to weed a community garden is rare.Recently, members of the University of Georgia Sigma Alpha professional agricultural sorority did just that. The sorority travelled to Savannah, Ga., for a sisterhood retreat. While there, they put the horticulture skills they are learning through the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to use at Charles Ellis Elementary School.Unlike other schools in the area, Ellis is a public Montessori school focused on hands-on and exploratory learning. For several years, the teachers there have wanted a garden where the students can plant, tend and harvest their own vegetables.Since one of Sigma Alpha’s main goals is community service, the perfect partnership was formed. Sigma Alpha helped plan the school’s garden, which had become overgrown. Teri Schell of the Forsyth Farmers Market in Savannah organized the service day.Schell said the students will benefit from having a garden because they will be able to see the full circle of food, from planting it, to growing it to eating it.Lynsey Jackson, a UGA senior from Covington, Ga., worked with Schell to get the sorority involved. When asked why community service is important, she said, “If we don’t help, who will?”The UGA students surveyed the proposed location, gave insight on what needed to be done and then cleared the area of weeds and leaves. They also worked with students to plant a peach tree and several blueberry bushes.They also helped Patra Rickman, a pre-k and kindergarten teacher at Ellis, plant a pizza garden. All of the vegetables in this garden can be used as pizza toppings.Rickman said the garden is an important tool for showing students a “real-life example on the food cycle and how to take care of the earth.” For her, it is essential that students are able to see the big picture, especially because so many children these days are not aware of where their food comes from.By helping design the school garden, the UGA students used the skills learned in their CAES courses. Based on their suggestions, the school plans to build four raised beds for students to tend. The Sigma Alpha students suggested raised beds because they minimize weeds and will make the plots more visible to keep them from being trampled by the students.The elementary school students aren’t the only ones who benefited from the project.”It is important to help others that aren’t as fortunate and to make the community a better place to live,” said Karen Stubbs, a UGA sophomore from Suwanee, Ga.last_img read more

Andrews, Lawton, Moran Elected to Vermont Public Television Board

first_imgAndrews, Lawton, Moran Elected to Vermont Public Television BoardJulia Andrews, Lorilee A Lawton and Mary E Moran have been elected to the board of directors of Vermont Public Television, Vermont’s statewide public television network.  Andrews is a resident of Westford, Vt.  She is marketing strategist/account executive at Spike Advertising in Burlington.  Before that, she held sales and marketing positions at Comcast, Charter Communications and Competitive Computing.She is affiliated with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and is co-founder of the Westford, Vt., Food Shelf.  She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.Lawton, of Colchester, Vt., is the owner, president and CFO of Firetech Sprinkler Corp. of Colchester.  Before that, she was owner and president of Colchester’s Red Hed Supply Inc.She has served on many local and national professional boards and currently is on the board of directors of Merchants Bancshares and Merchants Bank.  She is a graduate of the University of Vermont.Moran, who lives in Rutland, Vt., is superintendent of education for the Rutland City Public Schools.  Before that, she was assistant superintendent for the district.  She has been a history teacher and school administrator in Massachusetts.Active in professional organizations, she is past president of the Vermont Superintendents Association.  Other community service includes Rutland Housing Authority, Rutland Regional Medical Center and United Way of Rutland County.  She is a graduate of Boston College and holds a master’s degree from the college, as well as a certificate of advanced graduate study in school administration from Northeastern University.last_img read more

Visa celebrates 25 years of ecommerce

first_img continue reading » 25 years ago, shopping malls reigned supreme, Neiman Marcus introduced the ‘gift card’1, and Pizza Hut started accepting online orders for the first time. Shoppers did not have the luxury of buying anything they wanted from the comfort of their sofas, and long lines and fragmented payment technology made for frustrating checkout experiences. As the Internet ushered in the age of ecommerce, the advancement of secure digital payments brought to life the potential of a now multi-billion-dollar industry.The ecommerce ecosystem has drastically evolved since the first online purchase was made on the Visa network on August 11, 1994. In 2018 alone, global e-retail sales amounted to 2.8 trillion U.S. dollars, and projections show a growth of up to 4.8 trillion total U.S. dollars by 20212. As companies like Amazon and eBay ushered in a new generation of digital-first marketplaces, Visa introduced digital payment solutions like Visa Checkout, as well as security advances with 3D Secure and Visa Token Service, all of which have paved the way for the future of digital payments.As we celebrate 25 years of ecommerce, we look at what is on the horizon:Visa Secure Remote Commerce (Visa SRC): Built on new EMV®3 standards for Secure Remote Commerce (SRC), Visa SRC provides the technical groundwork for the digital commerce ecosystem of tomorrow and creates convenient and consistent payment experiences. Visa SRC supports tokenization, which removes sensitive data from the transaction and routes new device information through the transaction flow. Using tokens protects both merchants and consumers and also increases rates of authorized payments. To build on EMVCo standards and Visa SRC, Visa is working to make digital checkout more friction-free and secure, which can help increase the potential for merchant sales conversion. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to strike the right note and help business owners now

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jackie Philpot Jackie has been in the financial services industry for over 35 years with a primary focus on the credit union market. Jackie oversees the operational and strategic direction of Securian’… Web: Details Credit unions are eager to provide the SBA’s new Paycheck Protection Program loans to qualified business owners. As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act, the program is meant to provide relief to small businesses in the wake of the pandemic.Unfortunately, many credit unions are having to spend valuable time seeking guidance to interpret the final interim rule published April 9, 2020 by the Small Business Administration (SBA) – before they can implement the program.Answers to several questions can get credit unions started on understanding the fundamentals of the PPP program and get back to what they do best – helping their members.What is the Payment Protection Program (PPP)?The PPP is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act. It is intended to provide small businesses with eight weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans.Who is eligible to lend under the PPP loan program?  All existing SBA-certified lenders have been given automatic delegated authority to process PPP loans. All federally insured depository institutions, federally insured credit unions, and Farm Credit System institutions that are not currently SBA-certified lenders are also eligible to apply to participate in this program.Additional information regarding lending eligibility and requirements can be found here.Is the SBA providing credit unions with necessary loan documentation including commercial and business promissory notes?The SBA website is providing access to a model loan application.  However, for a promissory note, the SBA is only directing lenders to its template 7(a) loan note located on its website. However, the note does not include revisions to accommodate the unique aspects of the PPP. Lenders should seek their own legal guidance to make sure the documents meet PPP guidelines and the lender’s needs.Can credit unions use their own commercial loan agreements and promissory notes? If yes, how can credit unions get started?Yes; under current SBA guidance, credit unions can use their own documents. This is the perfect time to seek guidance from your loan forms provider. They can work with you and your legal counsel to develop a promissory note that meets current PPP guidelines and reflects program parametersHow are loan form providers preparing to help credit unions implement the PPP?Loan form providers are in a great position to customize PPP commercial and business promissory notes to incorporate the changes you and your counsel feel are needed. They can start with their standard commercial and business closed-end notes or the SBA 7(a) note, or a combination thereof. Then, incorporate loan attributes of the PPP as promulgated by the SBA.Is it possible for loan form providers to guarantee compliance of a PPP promissory note?Yes; loan form providers can guarantee compliance of the content of the PPP related note with the appropriate loan attributes as they exist according to the SBA interim final rule. However, loan form providers should not be expected to simultaneously guarantee documents fulfill all non-PPP related SBA requirements credit unions are required to follow as a SBA or non-SBA lender.These are challenging times for credit unions and their members. And there are many factors to weigh and consider when jumping in to help members take advantage of PPP loans. Credit unions should seek help from their lending document vendor and review all new and existing documents with their own legal counsel.Contact us for a consultative session to determine what documentation you will need to close these PPP loans.last_img read more

Broome County ‘Fair Feast’ offers all of the classics

first_imgWHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — While the Broome County Fair may have been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus, organizers made sure there was still an opportunity for everyone to have a taste of their favorite fair food. A drive through ‘Fair Feast’ at the fairgrounds in Whitney Point included all of the classics from bloomin’ Onions to funnel cakes. While Sunday was the last day to get fair food in Broome County, he says he’ll be traveling around to county fairgrounds throughout Upstate New York for the next month. Jerry Gillette normally operates rides and food trucks for the fair and says it was important to be able to preserve at least some part of the fair tradition. “You have to have a little normalcy in your life, people want to get out and do things and you really can’t so it’s something to do,” he said. last_img read more

Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in recalled snack

first_imgJul 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The strain of Salmonella associated with 57 recent illnesses in 18 states has been found in a recalled snack called Veggie Booty, confirming interview-based evidence linking the product to the outbreak. Jun 29 CIDRAP News story “Snack implicated in 17-state Salmonella outbreak” The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced this week it had found Salmonella Wandsworth, a strain it said has not been implicated in a US foodborne outbreak before, in a sealed package of the snack. The outbreak prompted the snack’s manufacturer, Robert’s American Gourmet, based in Sea Cliff, N.Y., to issue a nationwide recall last week. Interviews with sick and well persons had previously pointed to consumption of Veggie Booty as the common factor among patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Jul 3 CDC press release The company said in a Jul 3 press release that preliminary independent tests suggested the vegetable seasoning is the likely source of the Salmonella, and that most of the components come from China, a country that has recently been implicated in several other product-contamination incidents. The company said the two recalled snacks are the only products that contain the seasoning. When the outbreak was announced last week, authorities said it involved 52 cases in 17 states. The Jul 3 CDC update reported 57 cases in 18 states.center_img Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, often with fever and abdominal cramps, within 12 to 72 hours after infection, the CDC said. Most people recover in 4 to 7 days without treatment, but elderly people, infants, and those with an impaired immune system may suffer severe illness. The FDA and CDC said the cases began in March. Almost all the illnesses were in children under age 10, with most of them in toddlers. Most of the patients had bloody diarrhea, and 10% were hospitalized, officials said. No deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates, known for 49 patients, ranged from Mar 4 to Jun 15. Veggie Booty is made of puffed rice and corn with a vegetable coating and is sold in flexible plastic foil bags in 4-ounce, 1-ounce, and half-ounce sizes. Last week the company recalled another snack, Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks, because the same vegetable seasoning is used in both products. The CDC said it was not aware of any illness cases related to Crunchy Corn Sticks. See also: In a Jul 3 statement, the CDC said the Minnesota lab had also found Salmonella in cultures from four other sealed Veggie Booty bags, but was still examining the isolates to see if they matched the outbreak strain.last_img read more

Recommendations for swimming pools and water parks

first_imgStaff awareness. Before starting work / opening, it is necessary to educate employees about all measures that are implemented or related to them. Photo: Park Resort Plava Laguna Catering facilities / Instructions for catering facilities are available HERE Visible notices and informing guests. In a visible place at the entrance, as well as in the area where visitors stay, it is necessary to place information on hygienic procedures and with guidelines on proper behavior and protection measures to be followed or valid in that area. If the appropriate infrastructure is available, it is possible to occasionally advertise voice messages over the loudspeaker to remind visitors of the need to maintain physical space and other general measures. Maximum number of people in the premises. For pool areas, the maximum number of persons allowed to stay at the same time is determined according to the principle of 15 persons per 100 m2 of net area (including pool area) 6. Water sports clubs Cleaning and disinfection of the area without patients with COVID-19: and disinfection of areas where a person suspected of being infected with COVID-19 has stayed: .Use of water and chlorination. Maintenance of hygienic conditions of pool water (bathing water) and ensuring the smooth operation of water treatment devices is carried out in the usual way. Air conditioners, heating and ventilation devices (HVAC). It is necessary to pay special attention to the condition of the filter and pay attention to maintaining the correct condition of the air renewal rate indoors. Proper operation of equipment for ventilation, air exchange and dehumidification of indoor pools should be checked. Dispensers and other disinfectants. Regular inspections should be carried out to ensure the proper functioning of the soap and disinfectant dispenser. It is recommended that hand dryers be put out of function and replaced with disposable paper hand towels. Defective units should be repaired or replaced quickly. Conditions for maintaining the hygiene of sanitary facilities. It is necessary to intensify the cleaning and disinfection of sanitary facilities every two hours (and more often if necessary), as well as to increase the number of employees for daily cleaning in each sanitary facility. At the same time, the use of sanitary facilities should be limited in accordance with the size and prescribed sanitary conditions 1.General recommendations Entrance to the pool. Before entering the clean part of the pool (pool with an area around the pool), users must take a shower and go through the pre-pool (barrier) to wash their feet. The water in the pre-basins must be hyperchlorinated or must contain a disinfectant. 5. Recommendations for employees Waste disposal. It is recommended to place waste bins with appropriate lids in all indoor bathing areas, as well as at reasonable intervals in open spaces. Training provisions. Water sports clubs (swimming, water polo, diving, etc.) during the preparation for training adhere to the hygienic measures that apply to the areas of swimming pools listed in these recommendations. General and hygienic measures. General measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are available at: Recommendations for compliance with all preventive measures apply to all areas of swimming pools and water parks (pools, areas around the pool and the area where the changing rooms are located, toilets) Regular maintenance of space hygiene. Cleaning and disinfection instructions are available at the following links: Physical distance. Deckchairs should be separated in such a way as to ensure physical distance (there is a lifeguard or a person who can supervise the prescribed measures in the pool) and the deckchairs should be disinfected several times a day, always after a certain guest no longer uses the deckchair and before another guest uses it. If the bathing areas provide for other seats, they should also be arranged at a distance of 1,5 m. Attachment: HZJZ Recommendations for the operation of swimming pools and water parks during the COVID-19 epidemic Physical distance in the pool. The number of people who train in the pool at the same time depends on the size of the pool and it is recommended to meet the criteria of 7m2 of area per person in outdoor and indoor pools. Hand disinfection. Disinfectant dispensers (based on alcohol in a concentration of not less than 70% or other agent with declared virucidal action according to the manufacturer’s instructions and suitable for use on the skin) must be installed in all entrance areas and in employees’ work areas. Maximum protection. Staff should use a protective mask covering both nose and mouth when interacting with visitors. If possible, a protective barrier should be installed at the serving site and at the cash register so as to physically separate the cashier from the visitor. Contactless credit card payments should be encouraged. The employer is in charge of providing a sufficient amount of protective equipment. General protective measures. It is necessary to maintain social distance. When coughing or sneezing, the mouth and nose should be covered with an elbow or tissue, which should later be thrown in the trash and hands washed. Wash hands regularly with soap and water and / or use a disinfectant based on alcohol or other agent with a declared virucidal effect according to the manufacturer’s instructions and suitable for use on the skin. Daily body temperature measurement. Before coming to work, the staff should measure their body temperature in the morning. If it is higher than 37,2 ° C, if the person feels ill or has any signs of illness (applies to all symptoms and signs of illness, not just respiratory diseases), he should contact his superior and should not come to work all until he telephones the competent family doctor. 4. Pool areas Two-shift operation. If possible, work should be organized twice, so that there is at least an hour between the first and second shifts, which will be used to clean and disinfect surfaces during routine cleaning. Surfaces are disinfected by wiping with an alcohol-based disinfectant. The recommendations can also be applied to swimming pools that have a medical indication (eg thermal waters, sulfur waters and other waters with proven therapeutic properties), hydromassage bathtubs and the like. Physical distance. All visitors and employees are advised to adhere to the rules of physical distance of 1,5 meters. Collaborating staff. The arrival of other persons (eg masters, couriers, couriers) should be arranged in such a way that these persons are announced by telephone before their arrival. The person is then checked for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath / shortness of breath, sore throat, sense of smell and taste) and contact with patients. 3. Food and beverage service areas and shopping facilities in swimming pools and water parks Record. For each training and organized sports and recreational activity or free use by citizens at the swimming pool or water park, a system of keeping records of persons present will be established for subsequent easier epidemiological monitoring of contacts in case of SARS-CoV-2 virus. In addition to the place and date of the training or activity, the records include the name, surname, telephone number and time of arrival and departure of coaches, instructors, leaders, athletes, users, assistants and possibly other persons involved in the activities. Activities outside the pool. If foreseen, sports-related activities performed outside the pool, indoors or outdoors, are carried out in accordance with the Recommendations for training and sports-recreational activities in indoor and outdoor sports facilities published on the CNIPH website. HERE 2. Spatial and technical conditions of swimming pools and water parks Maximum number of people in the pool. The number of people who can stay in the pool at the same time depends on the size of the pool, and the number of people with whom it is possible to maintain physical distance is acceptable. If the circumstances are such that movement and activity in the pool is intensified, an additional reduction in the number of persons should be considered. The Croatian Institute of Public Health has published recommendations for the operation of swimming pools and water parks during the COVID-19 epidemic, which we are transmitting in its entirety. 7. 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