FARMINGTON – United Way of the Tri-Valley Area and Titcomb Mountain are joining forces for the third year to present ‘Trail of Terror,’ a haunted walk to be held at Titcomb on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m.The event is being sponsored by Poland Spring, State Farm Insurance and Twitchell Fuel/Sandy River Cash Fuel.The event will be held in compliance with all Center for Disease Control guidelines in order to keep volunteers, participants and others safe. Changes this year include requiring the pre-purchase of tickets, which can be done online here. Only 100 tickets are available per hour and groups will be limited to six people, in order to meet building occupancy guidelines. All participants should wear masks/face coverings in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order.Updates can be found on United Way’s or Titcomb’s Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/uwtva or www.facebook.com/TitcombMountain) or websites. Tickets are $15 per person, additional people in the car/group (up to 6 total people) will be only $12. This haunted trail is recommended for those over the age of 12. Younger children can attend with a parent at their discretion.United Way and Titcomb Mountain will be raising money to be split between the two organizations. Funds will help provide additional services for children, adults, survivors of domestic or sexual violence and more. It will also support recreation and community opportunities.Anyone interested in volunteering or being part of this event should contact United Way 778-5048 or Titcomb Mountain 778-9031 to get involved or to get more information.For additional information about United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, visit www.uwtva.org or call 778-5048.For additional information about Titcomb Mountain, visit www.titcombmountain.com or call 778-9031.
How do you balance the need for biodiversity conservation with human health? For Christopher Golden ’05, that question is at the core of a paper he wrote. It says that in societies where people rely on bush meat for important micronutrients, losing their access to wildlife — either because of unsustainable harvesting or strict conservation enforcement — could harm some children.Published in the Nov. 22 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Golden’s research paper reports on a yearlong study, conducted in the northeast corner of Madagascar, that found that lost access to bush meat would lead directly to a 30 percent relative increase in malnutrition among children 12 years old and younger.“This research highlights a tension between conservation policy and human health and livelihoods, but solutions could be designed to benefit both,” said Golden, a postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Center for the Environment. “I wanted to study this question through the lens of ecosystem services. If the wildlife is the natural capital, and the surplus is the harvested meat, what benefit do we receive from being able to rely on this source of food?“This is an area that is extremely poor,” Golden added. “Madagascar is often ranked among the top 10 poorest nations in the world, and this region is among the most impoverished in Madagascar. People there eat beef maybe one to four times a year, and chicken maybe once a month. So the wild foods they’re receiving are enormously important, because the meat is providing the nutrients they aren’t getting elsewhere.”Though his paper points toward potential negative consequences of strict conservation action, Golden emphasized that it isn’t a call to halt all conservation efforts.“I’m just looking at one possible way in which biodiversity impacts human health,” he said. “There are a host of other ways in which maintaining intact ecosystems benefits human health that this paper does not explore. In my heart, I believe that conservation is a powerful and positive process that, were it not in place, it’s very likely that these animals would be unsustainably harvested. Ultimately, in this region, we’re dealing with the confluences of cultural preference, policy restrictions, and food necessity. It’s a very difficult area to traverse.”Though the word malnutrition conjures up images of starving children, the most prevalent form of the condition is actually anemia, Golden said. Globally, nearly 2 billion people suffer from iron deficiency, a form of anemia that causes drops in hemoglobin, the protein that helps to ferry oxygen through the body.Even small dips in hemoglobin levels, Golden said, have been linked to problems in cognitive development, increases in maternal mortality, and mental retardation.To examine whether and how the consumption of bush meat affects hemoglobin levels, Golden designed a study that closely monitored the diets of children in one part of Madagascar. Over a year, researchers took monthly blood samples from children 12 or younger to measure hemoglobin levels. In addition, the children’s diets were precisely measured and recorded.“Every scrap of fish, every bit of meat, it was weighed before it went into the cooking pot,” Golden said. “The goal was to create a study that would examine the causal links between biodiversity change and human health. Because of the longitudinal study design, we were able to disentangle the true effect of bush meat on hemoglobin levels.”Armed with those results, Golden and colleagues were then able to model the health effects of cutting off access to bush meat. The results, he said, were a 12 percent absolute increase in anemia, and a 30 percent relative increase.The findings suggest that the norm shouldn’t be unrestricted hunting or strict conservation, but a happy medium, where conservation efforts maintain forests as a sustainable resource that people can rely on to supplement their diets, or where there’s a system that allows people to reduce hunting in favor of raising domestic animals for food.Going forward, Golden said, his goal is to broaden his research to see whether the same effect is observed in other populations, and to bring together the public health and conservation communities in a search for possible policy solutions that can maintain health while also protecting wildlife.“The interesting thing about this research is it’s empirical. It’s data-driven,” Golden said. “There are very few papers in the literature that examine how changes in people’s environment or their natural resources are impacting human health.”In an effort to expand the literature on the topic, Golden and colleagues from the University of California, Berkeley, earlier this year received a grant from the National Science Foundation to expand the research in Madagascar, and to bring the study to Ghana and Kenya. Golden, through Harvard, is part of a 24-institution consortium seeking to conduct similar studies in Southeast Asia with his new advisers, Samuel Myers and Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health.“I’m hoping that this research brings together people from the development, public health, and conservation communities,” he said. “The theoretical framework of how these things work together has always been there. People like to say, ‘Healthy environment, healthy people.’ It’s intuitive, and it makes sense. But until now, the empirical evidence to support it hasn’t been well supported.”Golden’s research was supported by the National Geographic Society Conservation Trust, the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Fund, the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, and the National Science Foundation, and was conducted while he completed a Ph.D. at Berkeley.
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that January signing Odion Ighalo is in contention to start the first leg of Manchester United’s Europa League last-32 game against Club Bruges on Thursday. The Nigeria striker, 30, made his debut in the 2-0 win over Chelsea last weekend when he came on as substitute. “Well for me Odion is a different type of striker for us,” the boss told reporters in Belgium. “He’s a box striker, he’s a goalscorer. We’ve already seen in training that he really knows his craft. “He knows how to play as a centre-forward and he’s a fantastic professional, and human being, and he’s already added to the squad. The boys have learned his song already, so they’ve taken to him. “So I hope he’s going to sharpen up quickly, because we know he’s been out of season and he needs to do a little bit extra after training most of the time and we try to give him as much game time as possible. “Unfortunately he didn’t score against Chelsea, he had a good chance, that would have been a good start, but I’m sure he will take his chances.” The Nigerian striker has joined the club from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua until the end of this season and made his anticipated debut during the final minutes of Monday’s 2-0 Premier League victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where he replaced Anthony Martial late on. The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations top scorer showed flashes of his combative qualities against the Blues and almost scored, too, when a low shot was saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Cabballero.Tags: BelgiumChelseaClub BruggeEuropa LeagueManchester UnitedOdion Ighalo
Allstate Appraisal, Bradford Launch Valuation Express in Headlines, News, Technology October 30, 2014 418 Views Nationwide valuation and review services company Allstate Appraisal, based in Chicago Heights, Illinois, and computer-aided appraising technology pioneer Bradford Technologies, based in San Jose, California, announced the launch of Valuation Express, a desktop appraisal product that incorporates third-party property inspections.The reports produced through Valuation Express are prepared by licensed, certified appraisers utilizing their expertise and knowledge of local markets and using statistical analysis to support their conclusions regarding the property’s value. This makes Valuation Express reports significantly higher in quality than reports provided by broker price opinions (BPOs) and automated valuation models (AVMs), which do not use statistical analysis and are not completed by licensed appraisers.Valuation Express reports also come at a fraction of the cost of full appraisal reports, which makes Valuation Express a viable option in the case of a non-first trust deed transaction.”We are thrilled to be working with Allstate Appraisal. With their history of success in the appraisal industry and the new, unique Valuation Express appraisal product, they are well positioned to effectively compete in the expanding market for alternative valuations,” said Jeff Bradford, CEO of Bradford Technologies. “These alternative desktop products open up opportunities for all appraisers in new markets that can augment their traditional business.”Appraisers at Allstate produce Valuation Express reports using Bradford Technologies’ CompCruncher software, and the reports are available exclusively through Allstate Appraisal.”The market needs alternatives that provide the strength and accuracy of an appraiser-driven valuation but without the time and expense of a full appraisal,” said Steven Albert, President of Allstate Appraisal. “The Valuation Express report provides the right balance of quality and expertise of the local appraiser at the price points lenders require. This is exactly the solution our clients have been asking for.”