John Quelch is an ambassador for public health in the business world. A professor at Harvard’s business and public health Schools who holds master’s degrees from both, Quelch told an audience at a recent event discussing his new book “Consumers, Corporations, and Public Health” that he believes both fields can inform and benefit the other.“Every company has a public health footprint,” said Quelch, who is professor of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS).What he means by a “public health footprint” is that every corporation’s products and policies have the potential to help — or hurt — health and well-being of the public by their effects on consumers; the company’s own employees; communities; and the environment. While some companies do little more than what is legally required, others go above and beyond compliance, and find that doing good can help their brand reputation — and their bottom line.Since last spring, Quelch has been teaching a course for public health and business students that highlights real-world examples of the intersection of health and corporate policy in industries from cruise ships to clothing manufacturers. Material from the course has been collected into his new book which Quelch discussed with a Harvard Chan audience at the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Feb. 22.Quelch said that he sees his roles at HBS and Harvard Chan as a way to build bridges between public health and business. Read Full Story
Many food items, including fresh fruits and vegetables, would never make it to grocery store or farmers market shelves without the help of beneficial insects like honeybees and butterflies. The number of these pollinating insects in the U.S. is declining, and to help, Georgia agricultural experts developed a statewide plan to teach gardeners and landscapers how to care for their plants and protect these vulnerable insects that are vital to food production.“The issue is that we have broad-scale problems with our pollinators — both in numbers and in diversity,” said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and a member of the team that created the “Protecting Georgia’s Pollinators” plan. Pollination involves transferring pollen from the male parts of a flower to the female parts of the same, or a different, flower. This simple act of nature is essential to the production of many seed crops. Insect pollinators contribute more than $24 billion to the U.S., according to a fact sheet released by the White House in June 2014. A 2014 economic impact study by UGA lists the annual value of pollination in Georgia at more than $360 million.“Bees outperform most other pollinators, but bees are just 17.57 percent of the total pollinator population. Ants, wasps, butterflies and other insects, like native bees, play an essential role, too,” Braman said. “They are very important to modern agriculture, and the service they provide to the ecosystem is free.”Since 2006, U.S. beekeepers have lost about 30 percent of their colonies each winter. Honeybees are also dying as a result of pests, like varroa mites and hive beetles, from habitat and forage degradation and from broad applications of certain insecticides that kill other essential, pollinating insects. A large bee kill in Oregon had a ripple effect across the nation, Braman said. “A landscape company improperly treated trees at a shopping center and 50,000 bees died as a result. The pesticide that was used has a very low (toxic affect on humans and animals), so it’s widely used. New pesticides are being sought that have systemic effects but do not hurt bees,” said Braman, who also directs the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging states to create specific plans to improve pollinator health. In addition to Braman, the Georgia state plan committee includes other experts from UGA and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The committee’s primary goal is to provide a method for beekeepers, growers, pesticide applicators and landowners to better cooperate and communicate to protect pollinators.“We hoped to put a plan in place to garner wide-scale support from our stakeholders and communities,” she said. “Protecting our state pollinators is everybody’s responsibility.”Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black said the issue of honeybee health, in particular, is “complex” and includes factors like new viral diseases, mites, nutrition and exposure to nonlethal doses of insecticides. “Communication between farmers and beekeepers is essential if we are going to promote a healthy pollinator population. Both agricultural and nonagricultural interests will greatly benefit from this common sense plan and greater awareness of pollinator protection issues,” Black said. “However, no plan created by government or academia will ever surpass the vital role of individual responsibility.”Georgia’s plan includes guidelines — not rules — to follow to protect pollinating insects.“The plan is not an anti-pesticide plan and it’s not a regulation. This is a voluntary stewardship plan. It’s a list of best practices to conserve and better manage pollinator habitats and minimize pesticide exposure,” said Braman.The guidelines also include ways that beekeepers can keep their bees healthy and be better neighbors. These tips include making varroa mite control a top priority, placing beehives away from human traffic, planting adequate floral resources, replacing failing queens and providing bees with an adequate water supply. On the flip side, the plan also includes guidelines for home gardeners and commercial landscapers. These tips include leaving portions of property undisturbed for soil-nesting bees, mowing grass to remove flowering weeds before applying pesticides and planting pollinator-attracting plants like crape myrtle, sages, clovers and sunflowers.“There are yellow and black-striped ‘Bee Aware’ flags available to denote where bees are. Consumers can also look for the new pollinator protection advisory, a symbol of a bee inside a diamond, on pesticides that can harm honeybees and other insect pollinators,” Braman said.Educating the public on the importance of pollinating pests is essential to protecting them, she said.“Not everyone has that warm, fuzzy feeling about insects, especially bees. As educators, we communicate the benefits so people can learn to appreciate why they are important,” Braman said. “One plant at a time, one landscape at a time, we can make a difference.”The official plan is available online at t.uga.edu/28O. For more information on honeybee research at UGA, go to ent.uga.edu/bees.
6 Solander Boulevard Port DouglasPORT Douglas property is back with three stunning homes selling from well over the million dollar mark in the first six months of this year.Part of the Vivo Villas by Verri development, 24 Mudlo St topped the list with its $1.725 million sale last month. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, the modern and sleek building is a short walk to restaurants, cafes and the beach. 23 Sand St Port Douglas 24 Mudlo St Port DouglasMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoHe said it was a rare buy in one of Port Douglas’s best beachfront positions. “It’s on the doorstep of Four Mile Beach, walking distance to Macrossan Street and Crystalbrook Marina yet offers seclusion, privacy and the tranquil sounds of the Coral Sea,” he said.The original two-level Queenslander-style house with three bedrooms is now for sale and the new owner was waiting on council approval to build two new dwellings on the land.The property had been home to the same family since the early 1980s and was on 866 sqm. 6 Solander Boulevard Port DouglasNow on the rental market for $850 per week, 6 Solander Blvd was sold by Sotheby’s International Realty – Port Douglas’ Barbara Wolveridge and Mardi Rae for $1.7 million in March. The biggest selling point of the Balinese-style pavilion home was the direct access to Four Mile Beach via a sandy pathway.And despite its dated exterior and interior, 23 Sand St, a deceased estate sold at auction for $1.27 million in March, drew plenty of interest, according to Ray White Port Douglas agent Mark Flinn. PORT DOUGLAS BIG SELLERS 24 Mudlo St $1.725mJune 2019 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms 6 Solander Boulevard $1.7mMarch 2019 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms 23 Sand St $1.27mMarch 2019 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroomsData: Core Logic
January 25, 1937 – November 17, 2016Dallas “Wayne” Turner passed away at home in Milan, Indiana on November 17, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley Fletcher-Turner, children: Douglas Turner and wife Deborah, Cammy Turner, Daniel Turner, and Deanna Turner – Christensen, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two siblings. Wayne served his country through the Army in the 101st Airborne Division. He served his community through both the Masons and Shriner’s. With a quick wit and hearty laugh, Wayne was an accomplished story-teller. He loved to be surrounded by his family and pets. His absence will be sorely felt by his family and friends.Services will be held Friday December 9, 2016 at 1pm at Hogan Hill Church with Rev. Bill Powlen officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by the Versailles American Legion Post 173. Memorials may be made to the Hogan Hill Church. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. Box 243 Milan, Indiana 47031 (812)654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
In doing so, the Jim Bolger-trained newcomer was following his top-class stablemate Trading Leather, who won this mile event 12 months ago. Kevin Manning’s colt was in the box seat two furlongs out but had to withstand a strong challenge from the twice-raced Kerkeni, who made up plenty of ground before failing by a short head as the line came just in time for the well-backed 13-2 winner. Bolger was at Croke Park for the All-Ireland Football final, but his assistant Ger Flynn said: “Kevin said he’s a big immature horse but he was smart away and did it well. “It’s very unusual to win here from such a bad draw (14) and he looks like a nice horse for the future. “He was a bit babyish in the parade ring beforehand but we’ve always liked him, he was just a bit slow to come to hand.” Mandatario made a winning start to his career when hanging on for victory in the Powerstown Stud European Breeders Fund Maiden at Gowran. Press Association
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I think it’s just gonna be a really tough series and usually, really tough series’ end up being a long series,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We’ll prepare for seven and with that in mind, we’re gonna go out and try to play each game at a time.”READ: Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA FinalsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’There are many reasons to believe why the Beermen and the Gin Kings could likely go the full distance.Roster wise, the two teams are not only loaded in talent, they boast two of the biggest lineups in the league as well. Their respective imports in Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee and San Miguel’s Renaldo Balkman are also do-it-all forwards. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The two teams also took similar roads to the finals. Both squads surprisingly opened the conference at the bottom of the standings before finding their groove late in the elimination round just in time to make the playoffs and hit their stride in the semifinals, ousting their higher-ranked foes in four games.READ: Fajardo says Slaughter ‘got stronger’ since return from injury“Ginebra is the hottest team in the league right now. They’ve won 10 of their last 11 games,” said SMB coach Leo Austria, wary of the kind of challenge Ginebra presents.Austria is six-for-six in the finals and is aiming to steer San Miguel to its seventh crown in 11 conferences, but he swears this championship clash with Ginebra is different from the rest.“It’s nice to be back here again and again and again,” he said. “This series is very interesting. It’s very different right now because we’re up against a very strong team.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between San Miguel Beermen and Ginebra Gin Kings. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA Finals is still three days away from tipoff but in a title series featuring two seemingly evenly-matched teams in San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra, a Game 7 is expected.“I won’t be surprised if this goes to a Game 7,” said San Miguel Beer governor Robert Non during the pre-finals press conference on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NBA 3X PH returns for 8th straight year Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ
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