ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Kristen HicksIt’s the giving season. For about two months, everyone’s encouraged to think about giving: giving thanks for the ways in which we’re fortunate, giving gifts to those we love, and giving back to our communities. It’s easy to get swept up in the season.The people, animals, and causes that need us don’t go away on January 1st though. While we all intellectually know that all those causes and needs exist year-round, it can be easy for them to slip our minds once the holiday season ends and we’re no longer in active giving mode.We’ve compiled a list to help you make giving back a more automatic habit.5 Easy Ways To Give Back This Year1) Use Goodshop for your online shopping. Do you often buy items online? Goodshop works with many of the stores you’re probably already shopping with and convinces them to commit to sending a percentage of each purchase to charity.The next time you’re browsing the Internet for a new sweater or tablet, take a minute to check and see if the store you’re checking out is on Goodshop. Or better yet, make it a habit to start all your online shopping there. continue reading »
The United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed 368 cases of Salmonella enterica serotype Newport infections in England and Northern Ireland, according to an Oct 7 report in CDR Weekly, the HPA’s communicable disease bulletin. Another 14 cases were confirmed in Scotland. See also: Patients reported illness onsets from Aug 21 to Sep 25, according to CDR Weekly. The report said molecular typing of 122 S Newport isolates showed that 109 of them were identical and also matched isolates from the 14 cases in Scotland. CDR Weekly report on outbreak Dr. Bob Adak of the HPA said only about 150 cases of S Newport infection occur in the UK in a normal year, according to a report by The Independent newspaper. The increase in cases prompted increased testing, which showed that the Salmonella strains were the same, he said. He added that the HPA and the Food Standards Agency were collaborating to identify where in the supply chain the food was contaminated. Adak told The Independent that while its possible the foods that caused the outbreak have left the food supply, its important to identify them. Lettuce was determined to be the culprit in a national outbreak of S Newport cases in 2001, the newspaper said. Oct 12, 2004 (CIDRAP News) Lettuce has been implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella infection that has involved more than 350 cases in England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Case-control studies in Lincolnshire and Northern Ireland linked the infections with the consumption of lettuce, the report said. Food histories collected in England, the Isle of Man, and Northern Ireland pointed to fast-food and takeout restaurants as the source of contamination, the article said. Thirty-three people were hospitalized.
NZ Herald 1 March 2014Same-sex weddings have split the ranks of marriage celebrants.Some celebrants have stepped down in opposition to same-sex marriage, although they are outnumbered by those signing up to marry gay couples.New figures from Internal Affairs also show there are now hundreds more independent marriage celebrants – and hundreds fewer celebrants linked to churches and religious organisations – since a law creating marriage equality came into force in August last year.The law change has prompted the resignation of a small number of celebrants, including Family First national director Bob McCoskrie, who has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage.But it has also attracted new celebrants keen to preside over same-sex weddings.The Internal Affairs figures show the overall number of celebrants dropped by about 300 between February and June last year – a period that included the law being passed in April. However, the number of celebrants has since bounced back to near February 2013 levels.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11211834