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 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.
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.
Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. Asthma is caused by environmental and genetic factors. These factors influence how severe asthma is and how well it responds to medication. The interaction is complex and not fully understood. Diagnosis is usually made based on the pattern of symptoms and/or response to therapy over time. As of 2010, 300 million people were affected by asthma worldwide. With proper control of asthma with step down therapy, prognosis is generally good.