Today is World Diabetes Day!

November 14th, 2014

Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from properly using energy from food. It occurs when the pancreas does not produce insulin, or when the pancreas produces insulin but it is resisted by the body.

The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. The day was created in 1991 by the IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes in the public spotlight.

There were 382 million people living with Diabetes all over the world in 2013 and there will be an estimated 592 million people living with it by 2035.

The theme of the campaign for 2014-2016 is Health Living and Diabetes, but the official date of celebration is November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1921.

For more information on Diabetes please visit – http://www.idf.org/about-diabetes

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the D Day Landings!

June 6th, 2014

Today is the 70th Anniversary of the D Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. The Anniversary will be commemorated by many Allied Heads of State and hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world from June through till the end of August. A Large number of commemorations and festivities including firework displays, parades, parachute drops, setting up of military camps, open air concerts and much more will be taking place. You can visit the official webpage – http://www.the70th-normandy.com/?lang=en to find out more about the celebrations.

Congratulations to Carbonfund.org who managed to exceed their expectations planting 10,057 trees in Haiti for Earth Month!

May 22nd, 2014

The 10,057 trees they planted in Haiti will help to provide agricultural techniques and 400,000 seedlings to 800 Haitian farmers over the next year. Due to deforestation and unsustainable land management leading to the recent natural disasters, mainly earthquakes and landslides, Haiti can really use the trees planted. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, with a history marked by political instability, but they’re richer in trees now because of people assisting Carbonfund.org and donating money for trees.

There is still time to donate trees by going to https://carbonfund.org/plant-trees-dine-free?partnercode=ED14Contest. Participants receive a dining rewards eGift card through Restaurant.com, which is good on over 50,000 deals nationwide and never expires. All you have to do is select from three simple tree-planting options:

Plant 25 trees for $25, receive a $50 eGift Card

Plant 50 trees for $50, receive a $100 eGift Card

Plant 100 trees for $100, receive a $500 eGift Card!

Fitch Ratings say Brazil’s airports likely to accommodate FIFA World Cup traffic

May 21st, 2014

Fitch Ratings say that Brazil’s airports are likely to accommodate the traffic challenges the FIFA World Cup will present and pass the test, despite some gateways being behind in upgrades.

The South American country is set to welcome 3.7 million passengers from June 12 to July 13, with approximately 600,000 likely to be foreign tourists arriving directly through Brazil’s gateways. Rio de Janeiro is expected to see approximately 544,000 visitors and San Paulo about 390,000. According to a release on the website of the ratings agency Fitch “Brazil’s railway network is limited, making airport infrastructure critical.” Fitch explains that according to Empresa Brasileira de Infraestrutura Aeroportuaria, around BRL 5.6 billion was invested in the improvement of airport infrastructure for the World Cup. Most of the work was dedicated to building, or renovating passenger terminals, aircraft gates and runway conditions. Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, was reported on Monday in media reports, as saying the upgraded airports would be a ‘legacy’ of the FIFA World Cup. In Rio, the main airport’s capacity has been increased by 80% and she adds more upgrades would be undertaken between the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The government was also investing BRL 7.3 billion on expanding 270 airports in Brazil. Since 2003, Brazilian airport passenger traffic has surged from 33 million to 111 million a year, an increase that has strained the aging airport infrastructure and caused severe delays.

It’s National Nurses week!

May 7th, 2014

This week it is National Nurses week ending on May 12th, the birthday of perhaps the most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale, the original nurse leader. Nurses are the first line of defense in the prevention of illness and injury. They champion and promote the health of the nation. This year we recognize nurses as healthcare leaders and trusted advisers on health issues, thank nurses for their critical role in implementing the health insurance marketplace and Medicaid expansion, and look ahead to how nurses will continue to improve patient outcomes in the ever-evolving field of primary care. Please join us this week in thanking them for the critical work they do in bringing care and better health to all Americans.