50 Female Aspirants Complete Training in Political Capacity Building

first_imgPartial view of the banner With 85 days to the holding of the representatives and presidential elections, 50 female aspirants and candidates over the weekend ended an intensive political capacity-building training intended to help sharpen their understanding of politics and bring them on par with their male counterparts.The three-day event, which ended on Saturday, was meant to enable the women to participate in debates, face their districts using the media and other platforms, respond to issues, and their strategies for the upcoming campaign.The women were excited about the training especially the first time contestants, and called on the supporting institutions to continue the capacity-building of Liberian female politicians to empower them in their political quests.The program was held under the theme, “Politics is Women Business Too, Winning Campaign Strategies for Women Candidates.”Tenneh Dalieh, national program officer for Gender Equality and Human Security at the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, said the Swedish Government in collaboration with Liberia has contributed to a range of women’s empowerment initiatives and increased progress towards gender equality in the country.Madam Dalieh said women in Liberian politics and women in politics around the world face a range of obstacles related to gender, encouraging them to fully participate in the process.“We are always inspired by the women who overcome these obstacles and become transformed leaders in the communities at the national and international levels. Having attended numerous programs involving women’s political empowerment, we have witnessed the strength and tenacity that Liberian women possess,” she added.She lauded the women for joining their colleagues around the world in politics, and called on them to take advantage of every opportunity that will ensure victory for them.“We know that your journey has met many bumps in the road, and that you will continue to encounter and overcome challenges throughout your sojourn. The embassy encourages equal participation of women in the political governance process of their country. This is reflected in the Swedish feminist policy,” she said.She expressed the embassy’s hopes that the training will contribute to their technical capacities to conduct competitive, well-resourced and innovative campaigns and leadership contests.She meanwhile expressed her gratitude to the UN Women, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the National Women Political Forum for organizing such a training that would impact and empower Liberian politicians.On behalf of the participants, Beauty N. Barcon, Montserrado District #11 candidate, lauded the organizers for providing the opportunity to ensure that the capacities of female aspirants and candidates are built.“We enjoyed the various presentations that have put us a step ahead, especially the upcoming elections. We want to assure our supporters and sympathizers that we remain committed to the process and stand ready to win more seats in the 54th Legislature,” Madam Barcon said.In 2005, Madam Barcon contested District #8 in Montserrado, but lost, and has now relocated in Gardnersville Electoral District #11.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DD Fitness: Is red meat really bad for your health?

first_imgA new study that came out last week had some surprising findings.The controversial study claimed that there is currently no significant evidence that eating red meat, including processed meat, is bad for our health.As you can imagine, the media jumped on this and the headlines across the globe were all telling us that red meat isn’t bad for us. Social media went into a frenzy as meat-eaters rejoiced and non-meat eaters claimed that the study was nonsense.Here’s the thing;The study in question isn’t actually a single study.A team of researchers got together and conducted a series of 5 systematic reviews of all the current evidence that looked at red meat consumption and our health. What the results found wasn’t that there was no evidence, more that it was uncertain as to whether it was enough to link red meat consumption to adverse health effects.“Adherence to dietary patterns lower in red or processed meat intake may result in a decreased risk for all-cause mortality, cardiometabolic disease and mortality, and cancer morbidity and mortality.Nevertheless, the magnitude of these effects for all outcomes is small to very small, and the certainty of the evidence is low to very low. Our results, therefore, raise questions about the plausibility of red and processed meat being causally related to adverse health outcomes”So, that means you are free to eat as much as you want with no health effects, right?Not really. While they haven’t been able to find a direct link to red meat and poor health, they aren’t saying that it isn’t harmful.They stated that the current levels of evidence aren’t enough to make any recommendations about red meat at all.If you are confused as to why they can’t give a yes or no answer, it is because it isn’t that easy to do.In order to get an answer like that, you would have to have control of hundreds of people and their diets and then split them into meat-eating and non-meat-eating groups and then get data from them for years. The cost to do this would be too high and you would never get people to allow you to control what they ate for a prolonged period of time.What then does this mean for us meat-eaters?Simply put, if you want to eat red meat, it probably isn’t as harmful to your health as previously thought.But, if you want to stick to the previous guidelines about it, you are fine to do that also.The main takeaway from this, as always should be to look at your diet as a whole, rather than worrying about individual foods or food groups.Ensure you are eating plenty of fruits and vegLimit your consumption of high calorie processed foodsDrink water as your main fluidsEat fish/oily fish 2-3 times per week Eat lean cuts of meat as your main meat sourcesThis isn’t new information, but it always needs to be said and reminded because no matter how much new information comes out about nutrition, the basics never change.#leanin2019If you want some help with how to plan out a balanced diet that gets real results in time for the Christmas Party Season, our LITTLE BLACK DRESS CHALLENGE 2019 starts on October 29th.It’s an 8-week program that is guaranteed to get you in shape for the Christmas Party Season.Click the link below to get signed up now.CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE!DD Fitness: Is red meat really bad for your health? was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmett rushefitnesslast_img read more

Madison-Plains FFA members awarded highest honor

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Four graduated members from the Madison-Plains FFA chapter received the highest degree attainable in the FFA, the American Degree.The three were recognized at the 89th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Indiana. The Degree requires the recipients to meet specific extensive requirements. This year’s recipients included Satch Davison, Garrett Davison, David Hodge and Kayla Thornsberry. As part of the requirements to earn their degree, they had to earn over $10,000 in their SAE projects and participate in at least 50 hours of community service. On average, only .5% of the 629,367 members of the National FFA earn the American FFA Degree. This year Madison Plains had 4 of the 3,780 American FFA degree recipients. The Madison-Plains FFA Chapter is very proud to see it’s members go so far and would like to congratulate them on their hard work.These four alumni members give the chapter hope in knowing anything is possible and hard work pays off.last_img read more

Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: The Nature Conservancy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentOhio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research Jordan Hoewischer talked with Dr. Jessica D’Ambrosio of The Nature Conservancy earlier this summer. On this edition of Field Day, Hoewischer and D’Ambrosio discussed the role of The Nature Conservancy and how the organization works with farmers to help make positive impacts on water quality.Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer is an ongoing series of conversations with experts and leaders who are helping to shape and secure the future of Ohio’s ag industry for generations to come.Following are some highlights from Episode 8.  Complete transcript  Q: Give us an overview of The Nature Conservancy and how farmers and environmentalists can work together.A: The Nature Conservancy is the largest conservation organization in the world. We’ve got offices in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries across the world. It’s our mission to preserve the land and water upon which all life depends. We probably got our start and are probably most famously known for purchasing and protecting rare and unique places all over the world. In this area of the world the, the Western Lake Erie Basin, we learned early on we are trying to protect a endangered mussel species in the St. Joseph River and we realized really early on that we weren’t able to do the work we needed to do to protect that species without involving the landowners, and the landowners in that watershed were predominantly farmers. Once we started talking to them instead of ignoring them or not incorporating them in the solutions, we found that they were many times more interested and more excited about what we were doing, sometimes more than we were.Q: We’ve talked about a combination of voluntary and regulatory nutrient management practices. What’s your opinion on proposed or rumored future legislation on water quality or farming as a whole?A: If you read the mass balance study that was recently done by Ohio EPA, you’ll see that it does state that the voluntary measures that are in place now, and continue to be in place, have done a really good job of – I am going to use an analogy here – stabilizing the patient. So we have a patient, Lake Erie and Lake Erie watershed, who’s sick and those voluntary practices, without those in play, we wouldn’t be able to debate these ideas and these decisions about what we should do next and who we should involve. I think regulatory measures and policies need to be on the table as part of the solutions. Continued voluntary action does too. So, can we take next steps, voluntary or regulatory, that help treat the root causes and then can that lead us towards really getting rid of the disease that Lake Erie has which is these chronic algal blooms.Q: It’s easy to generalize a whole segment of people (farmers) as the main culprit in the water quality issue, but I wish we could focus on solutions and not so much who’s at fault or who’s to blame because the issue is the issue.A: I think that’s where The Nature Conservancy has had a lot of success in working with the ag community as we’ve sat down and we’ve said, ‘Hey let’s talk about how we can work on this together and what are real solutions you can implement as an industry’ rather than saying it your ‘It’s your fault; you better fix it or else.’ So, again catching more flies with honey than with vinegar and real solutions that are practicable and that are cost effective that makes sense.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Person-Centered Thinking and Planning

first_imgDocumenting Person-Centered Thinking & Planning for Your FamiliesAn excellent way to begin to document the process of Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is through a one-page description.  In this document, the child, along with parents, caretakers, doctors, teachers, case-workers, therapist, or anyone else who knows and cares for the child, come together to detail the following:Things That Are Important TO MeThings That Are Important FOR MeHow You Can Support MeWhat You Love About MeAnything else you need to know… Person-Centered Thinking & PlanningPerson-centered planning is most helpful for parents of children with disabilities (those eligible for special education).  However, we believe that this process can also be used for all children with special needs, particularly for military families who are facing the challenges of relocation.Person-Centered Thinking and Planning is a process based on what the child (the Person) wants in life.  The most important aspect in this process involves deciding what is important to and for a person, which eventually leads to development of the child’s future plans.  This process happens when a group of people that know and care about the child partner with the child to develop the plan.  Note that all perspectives are important regarding what works and does not work for the child.  Parents/guardians using a Person-Centered Thinking and Planning approach can determine when to begin this process based on the child’s growth and development. References:Helen Sanderson Associates, Person-Centered Thinking Tools.National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (2017).  Retrieved on March 13, 2018.The Learning Community for Person-Centered Practices. Retrieved on March 13, 2018.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 6, 2018. Keeping this document updated is particularly helpful for military families who relocate and will need to share information with those who work with their child.  This succinct document can lead to discussions and planning regarding how a person would like to be involved in the community, procures supports at school, etc.  Additionally, the document details the manner in which the person would like to live life now and in the future. Written by Rebecca Bardenhagen, M.Ed. and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.Month of the Military ChildApril is the Month of the Military Child, which underscores the important role that children play in the armed forces community.  As the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) explains, “Care of military children sustains our fighting force, and strengthens the health, security, and safety of our nation’s families and communities” (2017, para. 1).  This is a perfect time, therefore, for parents, caregivers, and service providers to focus on the military child with special needs.  This entails thinking about the child’s future role in life, what strengthens the child’s health, safety and security and the child’s general life transitions.  Particularly, this April we ask that you initiate a process called Person-Centered Thinking and Planning for the child.  Person-Centered Thinking and Planning takes into consideration the child’s strengths, interests, needs and desires.  Those who are familiar with this way of planning enable the child to make informed choices and become a fulfilled and productive member of the community. Download this example of Person-Centered Thinking & Planning and a template to create your own!  Important To and ForDiscerning what is important to a person involves determining:What activities a person enjoys (swimming, movies, video games)Rituals and routines that are important (drinking orange juice each morning, taking the dog for a walk after dinner)Ways to relieve stress (listening to music, talking to a trusted adult, physical activity)Relationships (family, friends, teachers, service providers)Faith (participating in religious rituals, praying)Anything else that a person controls in life (participating in school meetings, choice of clothing, recreational activities)Important for includes things that are necessary in order to keep a person healthy and safe, both physically and emotionally.  This may include:Medications (including knowledge of allergies)Diet and exerciseRegular doctor visitsNecessary medical equipmentEnvironmental safety measures may include:Comfortable seatingWell -lit areasQuiet zonesAwareness of allergensKeep in mind that discussions regarding what is important to and important for a person may change over time.  This is especially so for military families as they relocate from one place to another.  For this reason, keeping an ongoing discussion about these things is necessary as the military child with special needs grows and changes.Person Centered Thinking and Planning can lead individuals to become better advocates for what they need and want out of life.  Ultimately, it empowers military families to allow their child with special needs to lead a more connected, healthy, and fulfilling life.last_img read more