60 minutes of exercise per day needed for middle-aged women to maintain weight

first_imgThe 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensityphysical activity, which can be achieved by 30 minutes a day, five days a week,and which is recommended by the federal government, while clearlysufficient based on data from many studies to lower the risk of developingchronic diseases, is insufficient for weight-gain prevention, withoutrestricting caloric intake. Among women who are already overweight or obese,physical activity — at least, at levels carried out by participants inthis study — is not related to weight change, emphasizing the importanceof controlling caloric intake for weight maintenance in this group.“These findings shouldn’t obscure the fact that forhealth, any physical activity is good, and more is better,” Lee emphasizes. “Itis important to remember that weight is only one aspect of health. Many studieshave shown that being physically active for even 30 minutes a day, five days aweek, significantly reduces the risk of developing many chronic diseases, suchas cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes.”This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. If a middle-aged or olderwoman with a normal body mass index wants to maintain her weight over anextended period, she must engage in the equivalent of 60 minutes per day ofphysical activity at a moderate intensity, according to new findings by Harvard researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).“There is plenty of research on treating overweight and obesity — that is,looking at strategies for weight loss among overweight or obese persons, butvery little research on preventing weight gain in the first place. Mostoverweight and obese persons who lose weight do not successfully maintain theirweight loss over time, and so, from a public health perspective, preventingthat initial weight gain is important,” said I-Min Lee, an associateprofessor of epidemiologyat Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), epidemiologist in the Division of Preventive Medicine at BWH, and associate professorof medicine at Harvard Medical School.center_img The findings are published inthe latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Lee and colleagues analyzed data reported from more than 34,000 healthy U.S.women in the Women’s Health Study over 13 years to examine the relationshipbetween the level of daily physical activity and weight change over time. Womenin the study reported their leisure-time physical activities every two to threeyears. Each time that physical activity was assessed, women were divided intothree groups, according to the amount of time they spent engaged in physicalactivity.The most active group of women spent the equivalent of 420 minutes a week(60 minutes a day) or more engaged in moderate-intensity physical activity.The second group engaged in the equivalent of at least 150 but less than420 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, and the leastactive group engaged in the equivalent of less than 150 minutes a week ofmoderate-intensity physical activity.  An example of a moderate-intensityphysical activity is brisk walking.These three levels of physical activity were chosen based on the 2008 federalguidelines for physical activity, which recommended at least 150 minutes a weekof moderate-intensity physical activity for health, and a 2002 Institute ofMedicine report on recommended dietary intakes, which suggested that 60 minutesa day of moderate-intensity physical activity was needed to prevent beingoverweight, although the scientific basis for this level of activity has beenquestioned.Over the duration of the 13-year study, the average weight of participantsincreased by 6 pounds, which is a rate of weight gain similar to that ofcomparably aged women in the general population. Compared with the most activewomen, both the group physically active for 150 to less than 420 minutes a week,and the group physically active for less than 150 minutes a week gainedsignificantly more weight than the most active group. The two less-activegroups also were significantly more likely to gain at least 5 pounds, comparedwith the most-active group.Researchers discovered that the findings differed significantly, according towomen’s body mass index (BMI). Physical activity was associated with lessweight gain only among women with anormal BMI, which is less than 25. An average U.S. woman who is 5 feet, 5inches tall must weigh less than 150 pounds to have a normal BMI. Among heavierwomen, physical activity — at least, within the levels that study participantsundertook — was not related to less weight gain.In this study, researchers were able to identify a group of “successful weightmaintainers.” These were women who started with a normal BMI and managed tomaintain their weight, gaining less than 5 pounds at each weight assessment,throughout the study. These women, 13 percent of participants, consistentlyengaged in physical activity that was the equivalent of 60 minutes a day ofmoderate-intensity physical activity.Researchers concluded that:Among middle-aged and older women consuming ausual diet with no calorie restriction, moderate-intensity physicalactivity for 60 minutes a day is needed to maintain normal BMI and preventweight gain over time.last_img read more

Researchers awarded for open-source software projects

first_imgThree Harvard research teams have been recognized by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) with funding to support their open source software projects, considered to be “essential to biomedical research.” These grants will support software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement.Open source software is publicly accessible so that anyone can modify or share it. This approach to building tools for data analysis is widely acknowledged to be crucial to modern scientific research, as it allows scientists worldwide to advance biology and medicine swiftly while providing reproducibility and transparency.Harvard-led projects include DeepLabCut: An Open Source Toolbox for Robust Animal Pose Estimation, led by Mackenzie Mathis.“DeepLabCut is an open-source software package that efficiently performs 3D pose estimation on animals from fruit flies to primates,” said Mathis, a Rowland Fellow and a principal investigator at the Harvard Brain Initiative. “We are delighted to receive a grant from CZI to support this software, which is used by hundreds of labs across the world. We are very excited to continue to build new tools, run user training workshops and hackathons, and interface with other open-source modules to aid in developing pipelines for behavior-focused neuroscience and medical research.”Rory Kirchner, a research scientist in the Department of Biostatistics of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, received an award for the bcbio-next project and its work on “Maintenance and Improvement of Validated, Community Developed Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Analyses.”“If you want to be on the cutting edge of genomics, you need to be involved with open source software,” said Kirchner. “Commercial, closed-source solutions exist for many analyses but they are often far behind state of the art, at times lagging by years from what is known to be best. Our goal is to help researchers spend more time thinking about and working on the biology of their experiments and less time struggling with the unimportant and scientifically boring computational processing of their data.”At the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Bhanu Gandham, senior computational associate, was awarded by CZI for the project GATK (Genome Analysis Toolkit), to further develop GATK Methods for Bacterial Variant Discovery and Evaluation.“The world’s most pressing needs should be addressed by humanity’s collective scientific talent,” said Gandham. “By providing a platform that improves data sharing and collaboration, we hope to empower researchers with computationally reproducible and interoperable bacterial variant analysis methods.”In this round of funding, CZI granted $5 million over 32 projects in total. In addition to supporting the improvement of software tools, the organization will offer the awardees opportunities to connect with other open source software developers, technical experts, and members of the broader scientific community.In an announcement, CZI Head of Science Cori Bargmann said, “Open source software accelerates the work scientists carry out each day, whether it’s searching a genome sequence for a disease gene, tracking a disease outbreak, or counting cells in a microscope image. Scientists are only as good as their tools, and we’re thrilled to support open source projects that will benefit the entire scientific community and help every scientist be a better scientist.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

John Rubinstein, Emily Padgett & More Will Join Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018 They’ve got the golden ticket! Tony winner John Rubinstein, Emily Padgett and more will complete the cast of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Headlined by the previously announced two-time Tony winner Christian Borle, the musical is set to begin performances on March 28, 2017 and officially open on April 23 at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.Along with Borle as Willy Wonka, Rubinstein (Children of a Lesser God) as Grandpa Joe and Emily Padgett (Side Show) as Mrs. Bucket, the cast of 35 will include Kathy Fitzgerald (9 to 5) as Mrs. Gloop, F. Michael Haynie (Wicked) as Augustus Gloop, Ben Crawford (Shrek) as Mr. Salt, Emma Pfaeffle (Finding Neverland) as Veruca Salt, Alan H. Green (School of Rock) as Mr. Beauregard, Trista Dollison (A Bronx Tale) as Violet Beauregard, Jackie Hoffman (On The Town) as Mrs. Teavee, Michael Wartella (Tuck Everlasting) as Mike Teavee and introducing Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust and Ryan Sell making their Broadway debuts as Charlie Bucket. So yes, the kids, apart from Charlie, will be played by adults.Directed by Jack O’Brien, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will feature music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, a book by David Greig and choreography by Joshua Bergasse. The production includes additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 film.Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for chocolate waterfalls, exquisitely nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka’s army of curious Oompa-Loompas.Rounding out the company will be Yesenia Ayala (Broadway Debut), Darius Barnes (Cinderella), Colin Bradbury (Come Fly Away), Jared Bradshaw (Jersey Boys), Ryan Breslin (Newsies), Kristy Cates (Finding Neverland), Madeleine Doherty (The Producers), Paloma Garcia- Lee (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Stephanie Gibson (Cinderella), Talya Groves (Motown), Cory Lingner (On The Town), Elliott Mattox (Broadway Debut), Monette McKay (Memphis), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots), Paul Slade Smith (Finding Neverland), Stephen Carrasco (Fiddler on the Roof), Kristin Piro (An American In Paris), Amy Quanbeck (Broadway Debut), Michael Williams (On The Town) and Mikey Winslow (On The Town).The production will feature scenic and costume design by Mark Thompson, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Andrew Keister, puppet design by Basil Twist, projection design by Jeff Sugg, orchestrations by Doug Besterman and music direction and supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck.Dahl’s book was first adapted to the big screen in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. In 2005, Tim Burton directed a remake using the novel’s original title, with Johnny Depp playing Wonka.The West End staging officially opened at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on July 25, 2013, starring Tony and Olivier winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka and helmed by Sam Mendes. It will play its final performance on January 7, 2017. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory John Rubinstein & Emily Padgett(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Emilio Madrid-Kuser)center_img View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

October Drought

first_imgAfter five months of above-normal temperatures and dry conditions, almost 75 percent of Georgia is now experiencing some level of drought or abnormally dry conditions. Because of the hot, dry conditions, the drought expanded and strengthened west of a line running from Screven County, Georgia, in the north to Ware County, Georgia in the south. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Drought Monitor shows an expanded area affected by extreme drought – the fourth drought level on the monitor’s five-level scale – grew from 11 percent to 40 percent of the state. Areas affected by exceptional drought – the most severe drought designation – expanded to cover 14 percent of the state.Hurricane Matthew, which struck the Georgia coast the weekend of Oct. 8, provided rainfall along coastal Georgia, but the rest of the state saw extremely warm and dry conditions, with only one or two days of measurable rain.Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta, reached its lowest point in the last four years last month. Twenty-two public boat ramps were closed due to low water. In Haralson County, Georgia, west of Atlanta, the Tallapoosa River dropped below the intake level for the water plant there. Water was imported for schools and other drastic water conservation measures were undertaken by residents.Numerous forest fires occurred across the driest areas of the state and residents were encouraged not to start fires, especially at the end of the month. Some of the fires were spread by strong winds around Hurricane Matthew.Winds from Hurricane Matthew also blew many green pecans off the trees in the southeast corner of the state. In Tattnall County, Georgia, alone about one-third of the pecan trees were toppled by the winds and will take years to replace. Cotton was blown off of plants to the ground and yield will be significantly reduced. In addition to agricultural damage, three people were killed in Georgia due to the hurricane, millions lost power and many people evacuated inland ahead of the storm.Despite the hurricane-fueled rain in part of the state, rain reports from many National Weather Service reporting stations tied records for being the driest October on record. Athens, Georgia, saw the second-driest October in 114 years of record following 1963, which had no rain. Savannah, Georgia, saw the third-wettest October in 143 years, after 19.84 inches in 1994 and 12.50 inches in 1990.Daily rainfall records were set in Alma, Georgia on Oct. 7 with 2.83 inches, surpassing the old record of 1.84 inches set in 1996, and in Savannah on Oct. 8 with 2.57 inches, breaking the old record of 2.10 inches set in 1952.After five months of above-normal temperatures and dry conditions, almost 75 percent of Georgia is now experiencing some level of drought.The highest monthly total precipitation according to National Weather Service reporting stations was 11.60 inches in Savannah, 7.91 inches above normal. The lowest monthly total precipitation was recorded in Albany, Georgia, with just a trace of rain, 2.59 inches below normal.Atlanta received 0.16 inches of rain, 3.25 inches below normal.Athens received 0.03 inches of rain, 3.52 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received 0.92 inches of rain, 1.66 inches below normal.Macon, Georgia, received 0.2 inches of rain, 2.59 inches below normal.Augusta, Georgia, received 2.09 inches of rain, 1.18 inches below normal.Alma received 3.23 inches of rain, 0.20 inches above normal.Brunswick, Georgia, received 11.19 inches of rain, 6.73 inches above normal.Valdosta, Georgia, received 0.46 inches of rain, 2.74 inches below normal.Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers along the coast reported daily rainfall amounts of 10 inches or more on the morning of Oct. 8 after the passage of Hurricane Matthew. A Garden City, Georgia, observer in Chatham County reported 13.86 inches that morning, after taking three separate readings of the gauge to keep it from overflowing. The highest monthly rainfall of 14.58 inches was measured south of Savannah in Chatham County, followed by 14.12 inches reported by the Garden City observer.A number of daily high temperature records were set or tied on Oct. 29, 30 and 31 in Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Savannah and Augusta, and records were tied in Brunswick and Columbus on Halloween.Atlanta’s monthly average temperature was 69.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 6.3 degrees above normal.Athens’ monthly average temperature was 67.8 F, 4.8 degrees above normal.Columbus’ monthly average temperature was 70.8 F, 4.3 degrees above normal.Macon’s monthly average temperature was 68.7 F, 3.8 degrees above normal.Savannah’s monthly average temperature was 70.8 F, 2.9 degrees above normal.Brunswick’s monthly average temperature was 71.9 F, 1.7 degrees above normal.Alma’s monthly average temperature was 69.7 F, 1.3 degrees above normal.Augusta’s monthly average temperature was 68.2 F, 3.8 degrees above normal.Albany’s monthly average temperature was 72.4 F, 4.3 degrees above normal.Rome, Georgia’s monthly average temperature was 67.2 F, six degrees above normal.Valdosta’s monthly average temperature was 71.3 F, 2.6 degrees above normal.For more information, see the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/ or visit gaclimate.org. Please feel free to email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to share on the blog to pknox@uga.edu.last_img read more

Colombia’s Caribbean Naval Force at the Head of Panamax’s Maritime Component

first_img In naval construction, also with the COTECMAR shipyard, we are foreseeing the construction of coastline patrol units to operate up to mile 24, and the renowned Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), the second of which is already under construction, with the goal of building six of these units. The first OPV, “ARC 20 de julio,” is already in operation since 2012. We are now aiming at launching the second OPV, the “ARC 6 de agosto” by the end of this year. Rear Admiral Leonardo Santamaría: In the Caribbean Naval Force, our role is constitutional, and our focus is to conduct naval operations that will allow us to guarantee territorial security and sovereignty; something we develop with the components we have at the Caribbean Naval Force. The maritime jurisdiction of the force encompasses about 600,000 square kilometers; we have 1,600 km of Caribbean coastline. We are also responsible for more than 14,000 km of land jurisdiction, as well as 2,300 km in rivers, including Colombia’s main tributary, the Magdalena River, which flows into the Caribbean waters, and the Atrato River, which flows into the Gulf of Urabá, on the border with Panamá. Taking advantage of the visit of nearly 160 participants from 19 countries to the Unites States Southern Command for the annual exercise Panamax from August 11 to 16, Diálogo interviewed Rear Admiral Leonardo Santamaría, Commander of Colombia’s Caribbean Naval Force, which led the maritime component of this year’s exercise. The project we have for 2030 is aimed at renewing our main units in our own shipyard, COTECMAR, based in Cartagena. Diálogo: The Naval Force is strengthening its capabilities with the 2030 Plan. Could you tell us about the sort of vessels that are being included in this process, their missions and the nautical coverage that they provide on the borders? The seizures conducted by the Navy are very important … Generally, maritime seizures are an important contribution by the National Navy for several years; it represents half of all national seizures. Likewise, landing units used both for civil actions and for naval operations are also under construction as part of this equipment renewal process. Rear Adm. Santamaría: The mission is essential; the fight against drug trafficking on sea is a priority. The concept of interdiction is a primary and continuous operational effort by the Caribbean Naval Force’s units, focused mainly on neutralizing the enemy’s entire logistical component, preventing drugs from leaving and neutralizing resources that result in the financing of terrorism and illegal organizations. It is our main effort. Rear Adm. Santamaría: The concepto f the exercise per se has always been very interesting for Colombia; we have been attending a variety of exercises, including academic, simulated and real ones. The difference between our previous participation, where Colombia led the land effort, is that our Navy is now responsible for managing the maritime component programmed in the exercise. In regards to the river component, the intention is to renew the material we have, based on the lessons learned of how to achieve this with our own naval construction in our shipyard. They include units for riverine combat, riverine support patrol boats, and riverine combat elements, among others. This generates the need to have surface components, ships to conduct operations on open waters, a submarine component, a coast guard component, a river component, an air component, and a marine component for land jurisdiction. Diálogo: What is the role of the Caribbean Naval Force and how is it structured? We’re in the process of acquiring new surveillance tools and resources to address any activity. This is aimed towards the construction of quick units, glass and aluminum fiber boats that may be used between mile 12 and mile 24 (the Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone). Panamax 2013 was designed to provide military training to the U.S. and partner nations to conduct stabilization missions in accordance with the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions; to offer interoperability training for multinational teams and to build planning and execution capabilities for complex multinational operations between partner nations. In the air component there is also an interesting effort focused on renewing the capabilities we currently have. Basically, it is an effort to guarantee and maintain surveillance or air-maritime exploration capacity. Currently, the Caribbean Naval Force is at about 25 … 24.8 seized tons this year. This is a very important number, very interesting, and in relation to the national average seized in the jurisdiction. Diálogo: What is the importance of Colombia’s participation and, specifically, the Caribbean Naval Force’s role in Panamax 2013? What is the difference between this year’s role and that of 2012, when Colombia was leading the land component? Rear Adm. Santamaría: As such, the area of operations is a region where we generally operate; somehow, it is part of our contribution, the knowledge of the area in the maritime field of performance where we generally operate, the knowledge of what maritime interdiction is, the fight against drug trafficking… We have very interesting knowledge to provide, regarding how to execute this sort of operation, how the different events must be coordinated in order to neutralize this threat, which is also contemplated in this operation. That knowledge is one of the things we can contribute to this sort of operation. Knowledge, learning, working in multinational operations, the effort generated by that, the different coordination that must be made to guarantee success and how this can be applied to other sorts of operations that carry the need to work in a multinational environment jointly and among different agencies to defeat or neutralize common enemies, such as transnational piracy, drug trafficking or terrorism. Diálogo: President Santos just announced a radical change in the military leadership. Although it was reported as an unexpected and surprising change, is it so? How do you think the change in the military leadership will affect the development of your operations? Rear Adm. Santamaría: As in many other countries, changes in the military leadership are are part of terms that are finished and fulfilled. In many cases these last two years, three years; it depends on the president. We assume these as normal changes that must take effect, as the regular transition of forces. This year’s exercise allowed participating security forces to maintain and further develop their relations in order to better focus on their common goals while developing mutual cooperation and understanding. As head of the Colombian component and commander of the main operational unit of the Colombian Navy, Rear Admiral Santamaría spoke with Diálogo about the Caribbean Naval Force’s responsibilities, their ongoing renewal plan, and Colombia’s contribution and benefits during Panamax 2013, among other topics. We do not see any repercussions in the Navy; it’s actually a continuity of the work that is being done. There is a group of admirals that are in cohesion and clearly know where we are going; this is how we understand it with the support of the new officer that is taking command of the Navy, Admiral [Hernando] Wills, who used to perform as Chief of Operations. We see this as the continuity of planning, of knowing where the Navy is going, and being aware that we have all the guarantees to continue all the operations we are developing. To sum up, we are building coastline patrol boats; we are building the second OPV, we are starting the construction of amphibious landing ships, with the civil version to support the community in case of floods, etc., and we are working on the design of the main ship to satisfy our needs. Diálogo: The extent, the size of this year’s exercises hás been limited by U.S. government budgetary cuts. As participants, have you noted any difference or changes in this respect? Has this affected the development of the exercise? In regards to the rest of the components, the coast guard component is being reinforced, which is an interesting effort to guarantee surveillance coverage all along the coastline, with specific resources assigned to each coast guard control station along the coastline. Rear Adm. Santamaría: The mission is basically, the same under the concepto f the Force’s responsibility. The mission is maintained. This 2030 Plan is more focused towards the renewal of equipment; an improvement of capabilities for more efficient results because of the typical limitations that we have, as any other country. Diálogo: How is the Caribbean Naval Force contributing to Panamax 2013? Likewise, what are you expecting to gain from this exercise? During this year’s Panamax, Colombia is commanding the maritime environment, which entails an additional effort in the planning and working in unison with the participants from the other countries. Among all participants, Colombia is assuming the responsibility of coordinating the work done by the entire group to determine the Best course of action. That is the benefit: improving our knowledge, continue to improve our relationships with other participating nations in the event, and finally, to continue participating, being important players in this sort of operations and maneuvers that are beneficial to all of us. Rear Adm. Santamaría: In general, I don’t think so. I consider that this exercise, which entails careful planning, is a highly academic tabletop exercise aimed at obtaining a product that can be implemented. This impact is minor compared to the deployment of forces where further physical resources are needed for direct participation of elements; that would be different. Diálogo: What is the role of the Colombian Naval Force in the fight against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime? Interview with Rear Admiral Leonardo Santamaría, Commander of the Caribbean Naval Force of Colombia By Dialogo August 28, 2013 It is very interesting from the maritime control point of view, regarding illegal (acts).last_img read more

PensionsEurope seizes on Norway plan to warn against solvency rules

first_imgPensionsEurope has responded to Norwegian plans to introduce solvency capital requirements for pension funds to reiterate warnings on the detrimental effect of such requirements and again point to IORP II statements against the further development of solvency models for pension funds.Commenting on Norwegian government plans to introduce a simplified Solvency II requirement for pension funds in January 2018, the umbrella association for national workplace pension bodies warned against solvency capital requirements for pension funds – be they at national or EU level – as they would have significant negative consequences.Matti Leppälä, secretary general and chief executive at PensionsEurope, said they did not provide any additional security for members or beneficiaries and instead significantly increased costs and constrained pension funds’ ability to invest for the long term and thereby support economic growth in Europe.In a seemingly pointed reference to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), he noted that the supervisor itself acknowledged that solvency capital requirements affected pension funds, sponsors and members. The European pensions industry believes EIOPA is on a mission to bring about solvency requirements for pension funds, to which it strongly objects.PensionsEurope and other associations have raised concerns about these being introduced by “the back door”, despite the new IORP Directive’s not containing any new solvency capital requirements, as well as statements – strong ones, in PensionsEurope’s view – against these being developed in future.PensionsEurope pointed to these statements in its reaction to Norway’s plans.“For the same reasons also at national level, now in Norway, introducing Solvency II-type capital burdens on pension funds should be avoided,” Leppälä said. MEPs are due to vote on the revised IORP Directive in November.last_img read more

REIQ providing ‘toolkit’ to help battle domestic and family violence

first_imgREIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella says the REIQ is committed to strengthening the response to domestic and family violence within the real estate industry. Photo: Claudia BaxterWhile visiting tenants most private spaces and glimpsing the true reality of their home lives, real estate workers become potential witnesses to signs of domestic and family violence. With that in mind, the Real Estate Institute Queensland is ensuring real estate agents and property managers are trained to not only identify domestic and family violence (DFV), but also take necessary action when they encounter it as part of their work. The REIQ has teamed up with Q shelter to develop a DFV toolkit, along with an educational package, aimed at real estate professionals. Funded by the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, the Domestic and Family Violence: Strengthening the Real Estate Agent Response Toolkit features information and resources that broaden understandings of DFV.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said with one in six women affected by DFV, there was a high probability a real estate professional would interact with a victim of this crime, so real estate workers understanding their role in community intervention was pivotal.“We are committed to strengthening the response to domestic and family violence within the real estate industry, as the nation strives to put a stop to this national crisis,” Ms Mercorella. “By incorporating appropriate training within our courses, we will also ensure that real estate agencies develop an awareness and understanding of the impact that domestic and family violence can have on a tenancy, providing them with the tools for an appropriate response.“Following completion, participants will have a better understanding of their role in responding to domestic and family violence as part of a whole-of-community response.“They will build proficiency in responding appropriately to tenants impacted by DFV, whilst prioritising the safety of women and children.“We will also ensure participants understand referral pathways for assisting tenants in accessing appropriate information and support services.”Ms Mercorella said the response to the toolkit from the industry had been heartening. “Q Shelter and the REIQ have held numerous focus groups, which clearly demonstrate the significant impact that real estate professionals can have on victims of domestic and family violence,” she said. “For example, property managers are in an ideal position to help victims of domestic violence understand their rights under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe Act gives rights to people in a domestic relationship whether they are a tenant named on the tenancy agreement or not.These rights include a victim of DFV being able to end their tenancy agreement or become recognised as a tenant. Ms Mercorella said one example that came out of a focus group was of a woman who was a cotenant with her former partner in a private rental. “Concerned about the financial repercussions of leaving the property, along with damage made by her domestically violent ex-partner, she turned to her property manager for help,” Ms Mercorella said“After raising her concerns, the ultimate outcome for her was avoiding financial accountability, receiving her portion of the bond back, and being able to remove her name from the lease and move out of the property, with the support of her real estate agency.“In this case, the understanding, support and guidance provided by the property manager empowered and enabled her to follow the legal process required to allow her to escape a dangerous situation.”REIQ students already have access to the toolkit and the new content will be introduced into REIQ training early next year.last_img read more

Trump vows to hit 52 Iranian targets if Iran retaliates

first_img“The USA wantsno more threats!” Trump said, adding that the 52 targets represented the 52Americans who were held hostage in Iran for 444 days after being seized at theUS Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 1979. Iran, Trumpwrote, “is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets” in revengefor Soleimani’s death. Trump said the US has “targeted 52 Iranian sites” andthat some were “at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranianculture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERYHARD.” WASHINGTON –United States (US) President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to hit 52Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or US assets after a dronestrike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqimilitia leader on Friday.   Trumpreferenced an unusually specific number of potential Iranian targets after asenior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander had also mentioned a specificnumber of American targets – 35 of them – for possible retaliatory attacks inresponse to Soleimani’s killing.(Reuters) United States President Donald Trump delivers his remarks in West Palm Beach, Florida on Jan. 3. REUTERS/TOM BRENNERlast_img read more

Messi doubtful for Champions League opener

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Barcelona star Lionel Messi is all but out of Saturday’s La Liga meeting with Valencia as he continues personalised rehabilitation work away from the main group. The Argentine has not made a competitive appearance for his club so far this term after picking up a calf injury shortly before the Blaugrana’s pre-season double-header with Napoli in the United States. Head coach Ernesto Valverde did state that his star man would be available for selection following the international break and admitted to having his own hopes that Messi would be ready to face Los Che after Barca’s mixed start to the season. A 1-0 loss at Athletic Club in their opening game in La Liga preceded a 5-2 win over Real Betis and a 2-2 draw with newly-promoted Osasuna before domestic play was paused. However, Messi has continued to work alone on his recovery, missing Tuesday and Wednesday’s sessions with the main group and his participation against Valencia, who beat Barca in last season’s Copa del Rey final, appears to be off the cards. The attacker’s injury has been closely monitored by the club’s medical team but no return date had ever been specified, with Messi’s levels of discomfort being looked at on a day-to-day basis. And, while the Camp Nou captain has not stopped working on his recovery and was aiming to return against Valencia, the player lacks full match fitness and the rhythm of featuring in competitive clashes and is therefore unlikely to be risked. He is also likely to miss out on the Champions League opener against Dortmund on September 17. Luis Suarez, meanwhile, has been out of action having suffered an Achilles tendon injury in Barca’s defeat against Athletic at San Mames. Reports in Spain had suggested this week that Suarez would make the cut against Valencia, and, having featured in the group session on Wednesday, he could well be in the squad for the match at Camp Nou. That said, Valverde may also choose to hold back the Uruguayan to ensure he is able to play in the Champions League clash against Bundesliga title hopefuls Dortmund.Tags: BarcelonaChampions LeagueDortmundLa LigaLionel MessiNapolilast_img read more

Cricket News Shantha Rangaswamy Resigns From CAC After Being Served Conflict Of Interest Notice

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Shantha Rangaswamy has stepped down from her position as a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and director of the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) after being served a Conflict of Interest notice by BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain. “I have other plans so have decided to move on. The CAC was anyway meeting once in a year or one in two years so I did not understand the conflict,” Rangaswamy told PTI. “It was an honour to be on the CAC committee. It will be tough to find suitable former cricketers for any administrative role in the current scenario (conflict of interest). The ICA I would have resigned anyway before the elections were held. So it was a matter of time,” she added.  Rangaswamy, who was a member of the CAC along with Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad, sent her resignation letter to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Board’s CEO, Rahul Johri via email in the early hours on Sunday. The BCCI Ethics Officer D K Jain on Saturday had sent a notice to CAC, asking the former cricketers who picked the current India coach to respond by October 10 to the Conflict of Interest allegations levelled against them.  Also Read | Three-member panel appointed for selection of Indian cricket team’s new head coachMPCA life member Sanjiv Gupta had filed the complaint against the trio who picked Ravi Shastri as the head coach in August. As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post at the same time. In the complaint, Gupta has claimed that the CAC members don multiple cricketing roles. He wrote that 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil is conflicted as he is a commentator, owner of a floodlight company, member of Indian Cricketers Association, besides his CAC role.  Also Read | International Women’s Day: ‘In Indian cricket, son is treated differently from daughter’Likewise, Gupta alleged that Gaekwad too is conflicted as he owns an academy and is a member of BCCI Affiliation Committee. Rangaswamy is alleged to be conflicted because of her multiple role with the CAC and ICA. The CAC had also picked the women’s head coach W V Raman in December but at that time it was an ad-hoc committee. Shastri was a re-appointed for a two-year period, ending with the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. This is Shastri’s fourth stint with the national team, having served briefly as the Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019). For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more