Bernie Sanders to hold Montpelier hearing on employee ownership

first_imgChristopher Mackin, President of Ownership Associates, Inc., Cambridge, Mass. Bruce Seifer, Assistant Director for Economic Development of the Community and Economic Development Office of the City of Burlington, Vt. Who:               Senate Heath, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Jeff Clark, Operations Manager of Chroma Technology Corp, Bellows Falls, Vt. What:             U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on ‘Investing in American Workers: The Benefits of Expanding Employee Ownership’ When:             11 a.m., Thursday, August 26, 2010 Where:           Vermont State House, Room 11, 115 State Street, Montpelier, Vt. Bill McIntyre, Director of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Jon Crystal, Executive Director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center, Burlington, Vt. Bill Carris, Former Owner of Carris Reels, Proctor, Vt. Cindy Turcot, Chief Operating Officer of Gardeners Supply Company, Burlington, Vt. Witnesses: At 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2010, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will preside over a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in the Vermont State House in Montpelier, Vt. on the need to expand worker-owned businesses in the United States in order to create a more productive and democratic economy. Vermont has been a national leader in the area of worker ownership and Vermont companies will be participating in this hearing to discuss their experiences.  Studies have shown economic benefits from employee ownership including a greater likelihood that a firm will keep its jobs in America as well as greater productivity and worker morale because workers share in future profits and have greater control over their work-life.  Sanders has proposed establishing state programs designed to expand employee ownership and participation in business decision making throughout the United States.  He has also proposed the establishment of the United States Employee Ownership Bank.    Mike Sessions, Senior Vice President of Pizzagalli Construction Company, South Burlington, Vt. Steve Voigt, CEO of King Arthur Flour, Norwich, Vt.last_img read more

Food pantry to add service at Castaic site

first_imgCASTAIC – The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry will open a satellite distribution site to serve Castaic and Val Verde residents once a month beginning March 1. Food will be distributed from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic. “This is something we’ve been working on for some time because we know there are needy families in the outlying areas,” said Belinda Crawford, the food pantry’s executive director. “We have quite a few people from that area who come to Newhall, but we also know there are families up there who can’t get to our Newhall facility.” The pantry discovered the need in Castaic and Val Verde through word-of-mouth and by contacting the area schools and senior-citizen housing developments. [email protected] (661) 257-5256160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our focus there is mainly on senior citizens, but we’ll be distributing to families as well,” Crawford said. “We knew we needed to do more senior outreach.” The food pantry serves nearly 1,000 different families per year from its Newhall location, but despite those numbers the organization is only reaching about 14 percent of people who qualify for services in the Santa Clarita Valley, Crawford said. “We serve the entire valley, but because of cost-of-living factors, we tend to find more families in the outlying areas,” Crawford said. “We are perceived as a very affluent community, but there are pockets of poverty.” A distribution center opened in Acton at the beginning of 2006, and after the Castaic location is running smoothly, the pantry plans to open another satellite location in Canyon Country. Castaic or Val Verde residents who would like to see if they qualify for the program, or those interested in volunteering or making donations, can call the food pantry at (661) 255-9078. Information is available at the organization’s Web site at www.scvfoodpantry.org. last_img read more

Taking a nation’s health to heart

first_imgCooking from the Heart contains recipes from ordinary South Africans from a wide range of cultures. All recipes have been adapted by experts to be healthier.(Image: Cooking from the Heart)MEDIA CONTACTS• The Heart and Stroke Foundation+ 27 21 403 6450RELATED ARTICLES• Bridging the public healthcare gap• Getting Africa’s youngsters moving• Mandela’s chef publishes cookbook• The simple palate of Nelson MandelaRay MaotaSeptember is widely known as Heritage Month in South Africa, with the country’s multi-cultural makeup celebrated each year around this time, but it is also National Heart Awareness Month, and this year a recipe book that encourages healthy eating will be made available to help raise awareness on heart disease.Cooking from the Heart is a joint initiative between the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa (HSF) – an NGO that has been active in raising awareness on the subject of non-communicable diseases for 32 years – and Pharma Dynamics, a supplier of medicine for cardiovascular disease (CVD), to encourage South Africans to cook, and eat, healthier.CVD claims about 200 lives in South Africa daily, making it the second leading cause of death after HIV/Aids.More than just a cookbookCooking from the Heart contains recipes from ordinary South Africans that celebrate a wide range of cultures. Over 2 000 entries for everyday recipes were submitted for the initiative, and a team made up of dieticians from the HSF, with the help of food consultant Heleen Meyer, selected over 70 of these, which are featured in the book.The recipes were then adapted by the team, who modified ingredients like fat, salt and sugar in an effort to boost the nutritional value of the food to keep in line with the HSF’s healthy eating guidelines.Copies of the book will be distributed to the public for free, and through efforts endorsed by the National Department of Health, hospitals and other public institutions across the country will also be able to serve patients healthier meals based on the information contained in the book.“We’ve launched many initiatives over the years, but never one quite like Cooking from the Heart,” said Vash Mungal-Singh, CEO of HSF. “It offers the public a practical resource to tackle non-communicable diseases that are closely linked to poor diet.“We hope that everyday cooks will see how easy it is it to make favourites like potato salad or beef stew, healthier.”Also in the book are basic guidelines for healthy eating, ideas for healthy shopping on a budget and tips for reading food labels.“This book is a heart-friendly, multi-cultural, budget cookbook by South Africans, for South Africans,” said Paul Anley, managing director and CEO of Pharma Dynamics. She also founded the company in 2001.CVD on the riseThe initiative received praise from health minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who called it a bold and practical step against heart disease and stroke. Motsoaledi has been an outspoken advocate for healthier living among South Africans since taking up office in 2009.In an interview with The Times newspaper in July, he expressed concerns over the escalating costs of healthcare not only in South Africa, but globally, because of the public’s ignorance of the impact of unhealthy lifestyles.A statement released by Motsoaledi’s department in 2011 shows the conclusion of research done on non-communicable or lifestyle diseases by the UN, in which it was said that these diseases were expected to account for 69% of global deaths by 2030.“The idea of researching and publishing recipes that are both economical and culturally appropriate is an excellent way of creating awareness,” said Motsoaledi. “It is a concrete means for people in all communities to improve their overall health.”Mungal-Singh also quoted from the UN research and said that by 2030 the world body predicts that deaths of South Africans aged between 35 to 64-years by CVD will have skyrocketed by 40%.“Cardiovascular disease is a growing problem in South Africa as the intake of saturated and trans-fats, salt and sugar is on the increase,” she said. “Nutrition is a very important part of managing and preventing heart disease and stroke.”She added that another contributing factor to the rise in CVD cases was people’s misconception that a healthy diet is expensive, impractical or unappetising.“Cooking from the Heart will dispel that myth once and for all,” said Mungal-Singh.Practical toolMariska Fouche, public affairs manager at Pharma Dynamics, highlighted the significance of such a book in helping healthcare practitioners to do their work.“They don’t necessarily have the tools to teach people about healthier eating habits,” she said. “This book is a vital part of the HSF’s preventative toolkit to help tackle the looming heart disease and stroke epidemic in South Africa.”Research by the Medical Research Council and the Chronic Diseases Initiative in Africa using different people across the country, said Fouche, found that CVD patients received limited advice about adapting their diets from doctors at the time of their diagnosis.“They struggled to incorporate the little advice they did get into their everyday lives, meaning that they didn’t make meaningful changes to their diets, which had a negative impact on their management of their condition.”During September, HSF and Pharma Dynamics will be hosting free screenings for heart disease risk factors at shopping centres across the country and those who do get screened will get the book for free.“Screenings will include blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose testing and vital information about cardiovascular disease,” said Fouche.A further 57 000 copies are available at Clicks pharmacy outlets across the country.The Cooking from the Heart website also provides a free e-copy as well as information on where hard copies can be obtained, while a mobile site for smart phones is available at www.heartrecipes.mobi.last_img read more

Ginebra’s Slaughter says he’s still not 100 percent

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PBA IMAGESFeasting in the paint against the smaller TNT frontline, Greg Slaughter had a field day in Game 1 of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series on Monday with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks.That shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially with the Cebuano giant averaging 14.3 markers, 9.3 boards, this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And one of his main focal points is on the defensive end, as evidenced by Ginebra limiting TNT to just 40 percent from the field to come away with the 121-94 blowout win.“I think we came out really aggressive and did well on the defensive end. That’s our calling card, it’s how hard and how aggressive we play on defense,” he said.But Slaughter knows the KaTropa are no pushovers as he prepares for a tougher fight from them come Wednesday in Batangas for Game 2.“We know TNT is a very dangerous team. We were able to play good defense on them now, but it wasn’t too long ago that they scored 120 on us. So we just got to stay aggressive on defense, maintain our defensive intensity, and just keep executing on our offense, and you know, just have each other’s backs like we did this past couple of games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Slaughter, however, argues that he’s still far from his peak form.“I definitely don’t feel that I’m at 100 percent,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite of that, the towering big man is doing everything he could to help the Gin Kings, with his main fuel his desire to help the Kings successfully defend their throne.“I’m giving my all for this postseason. I know I still got a lot of work to do, especially after this conference. I know I’ll be working hard, but for now, there’s nothing I can do now. We got to play these games every other day, so whatever I can give, I’ll give to the team,” he said. Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more