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Michael Franti Celebrates 1000th Recipient Of “Do It For The Love Foundation” In Atlanta [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Michael Franti & Spearhead performed a sold-out show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday night. The evening also served as a very special occasion for the Do It For The Love Foundation,. Do It For The Love is a wish-granting nonprofit organization that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live music concerts. The foundation was started by Franti and his wife, whose experience as a Registered Nurse bridges the couple’s passion with expertise. Tuesday night’s show doubled as an awareness gathering and celebration of their 1000th recipient, with the first-ever recipient from the foundation (who has ALS and was too sick to attend the concert) thanking everyone for their amazing work. It was a complete family affair, and you could clearly see Franti’s wife and son enjoyed the celebration as well. The emotional event also included Zac Brown Band percussionist Daniel de los Reyes for the entire show, which helped the musical experience reach new heights.Photographer Emily Butler was on-site to capture the special evening. Enjoy her photos below:last_img read more

Many Private Wells Open to Contaminants

first_imgProtect your head. Everybody knows that. That’s why cyclists and football players wearhelmets. But a wellhead — the part of a water well you can see — needs protection, too.And many in Georgia don’t get it.”From what I’ve seen in southwest Georgia, only about half the wellheads areprotected from runoff that may contain contaminants,” said Wayne Adkins, an engineerwith the University of Georgia Extension Service. Extension engineers Tony Tyson and Kerry Harrison say probably only about half theprivate wells statewide are properly sealed from potential contaminants.About 95 percent of all rural Georgians — half a million households — rely on privatewells for their water. “It’simportant for those homeowners to realize that they need to protect their wells to protecttheir health,” Harrison said. “Many people who have a well don’t know if it’s properlysealed because they don’t know it’s supposed to be done.”A 1985 Georgia law requires well drillers to seal wells with “an imperviousmaterial” in at least the top 10 feet of the well. Adkins said a special materialcalled bentoni clay works best. But sand concrete grout does the job with less cost. Well drillers must seal each well they drill. It’s then the owner’s responsibility to build aconcrete curb around the wellhead. This curb helps keep contaminated water or chemicalsout of the well, Tyson said. It also prevents running water from eroding the seal.The curbed area must extend at least two feet in all directions from the well casingand be at least four inches thick. “The curb provides another layer of protection from potential contaminants,”Tyson said. Harrison figures it costs less than $100 to properly seal a well. That’s a small price to pay forsafe water. Poorly sealed wells create a direct route down the outside of the casing into the well.Contaminants that seep down outside the well casing are then pumped up through the casinginto the home or farm the well supplies.Wells drilled on a hillside or in a low area are at special risk. Water flowing down ahill may carry chemicals or animal waste. And standing water can allow contaminants toconcentrate. The contaminated water can flow down around a well casing, straight to thewater source.Homeowners with unsealed wells put themselves and their families, and possibly theirneighbors, at risk, Tyson said. A contaminated well can affect nearby wells. But thelevels of the contaminant will be lower in those wells. Water-testing will show whether a well’s water is safe. Tyson suggests regular testingfor nitrates and bacteria that could cause illness.Natural soil and rock formations help filter water from the surface before it reachesthe aquifer. But letting chemicals go straight down into a well undoes what naturedesigned to protect us. The aquifers under much of Georgia hold millions of gallons of water. When a fairlysmall amount of contaminant enters the water, that huge volume dilutes it to safer levels.”But some gets in there,” Adkins said. “And every little bit adds up. Weneed to keep the water clean to start with. This is the way to stop the pollution beforeit starts.”last_img read more

It is high time that we start to take health tourism seriously and strategically

first_imgPolyclinic Bagatin has been named the leading dermatological clinic in Europe according to the latest analysis of European dermatological clinics, which is done Global Clinic Rating – international accreditation body for medical institutions.The fact that a total of 2.368 dermatology clinics were included in the analysis, with an average quality score of 3.15, shows that this is a serious competition and a high ranking.Because medical and aesthetic services are highly individualized, the goal of the GCR is to bring the standardization and categorization of the institutions it certifies closer to all its users and potential patients, and the criteria for medical institutions are set based on patient satisfaction. GCR is the only internationally independent organization that serves patients as well as owners of polyclinics and clinics worldwide.Source :: Global Clinic Rating”The overall international clinical reputation of the Bagatin Polyclinic for 2018 was rated very high at 4.55, which placed us at the very top. This indicates an increasing health standard throughout Europe, but also in Croatia. ” they point out from the Bagatin Polyclinic and add that by combining technology and an individual approach, they create a complete and ideal program for clients, with which they achieve the best and long-lasting results.Global Clinic Rating (GCR) is an international accreditation body that evaluates medical institutions based on 4 criteria: staff expertise, technological equipment and quality of medical and non-medical units, range and quality of medical and non-medical procedures and services, and patient reviews and evaluations on independent websites ( like Google and Facebook).The success of the Bagatin Polyclinic is just another in a series of successes of our polyclinics, specialized hospitals, surgeries on the competitive market of Europe and proof that it is high time to start seriously and strategically dealing with health tourism.From year to year, the Bagatin Polyclinic receives recognitions and awards from the profession and patients, in various healthcare activities offered on the market, and is ranked among the best polyclinics in Europe, as evidenced by the aforementioned GCR recognition. In addition to the Bagatin Polyclinic in Croatia, we also have other excellent and recognized clinics that are excellent in their fields, such as St. Catherine’s Special Hospital, Svjetlost Special Hospital, Medico Polyclinic, Rident… and many other smaller practices that are leading in the region and among the best in Europe.So, we have an excellent foundation for health tourism from Rijeka, Zagreb, Osijek and other cities on the Adriatic that are slowly rising, we have the most important clinics that are among the best and leading in the region and Europe. However, the clinics themselves do not constitute health tourism, this must be taken care of by tourist destinations, ie tourist boards headed by the CNTB and the Ministry of Tourism, to complete the whole cycle and story about health tourism.The private sector has long since made its own, from various clinics, specialized hospitals and surgeries that are the main base and prerequisite for the development of health tourism, but again we fall for a system that obviously does not know or want to round it off as a tourism product. We have everything, from hotels, clinics, spas, suitable climates, connectivity, restaurants, tourist stories, but again the system is slowing down and not at the level it should be.How long do we have to wait for something to really move from a standstill? We live in the 21st century where change is getting faster and faster, where there is strong competition, where it is getting harder and harder to stand out and get attention, and we still prefer competition in the environment because we are sluggish, inert and content with the sun and by the sea.Health tourism is one of the focuses of the Master Plan for Tourism Development until 2020, but a lot is written on paper of various strategies and master plans – the paper suffers everything, and unfortunately there are still no concrete changes in the field. Entrepreneurs are shouting loudly and sending an appeal to tourist institutions to get involved and for health tourism to become part of the integrated Croatian tourist offer. It is obviously time for some concrete changes and actions, because we do not have another ten years to wait for some concrete changes to happen and to arrange a quality story about health tourism in Croatia.According to estimates, the total revenues that are generated globally in the field of medical tourism today exceed 60 billion dollars, and in just a few years that number will exceed 100 billion dollars. Although there are about 1.100 medical tourism service providers in Croatia, only five percent of tourists (patients) come from foreign markets, primarily from Italy, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.We are constantly talking about potentials, it is time to concretize those potentials. Right now and now, because when if not now – when Croatian tourism is a trend in the focus of global tourists and the media.We have everything and everything is up to us.</p>
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Developer wastes no time paying big bucks for Brisbane property

first_img26 School Street, Kelvin Grove.A family home only 3km from Brisbane’s CBD has been snapped up for a multi-million dollar figure.The property at 26 School St, Kelvin Grove sold for $2.31 million after being marketed as an inner-city residential development site. 26 School Street, Kelvin Grove. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The character home at 26 School Street, Kelvin Grove.LJ Hooker — New Farm selling agent Claudia Marchand said the character home, on a generous land holding, could be moved to accommodate further building behind.The 1783sq m allotment is close to Brisbane’s CBD and a short walk to QUT, walking trails and parkland.center_img 26 School Street, Kelvin Grove.Ms Marchand said a local developer bought the property and was planning to build a child care centre.“We had this property on the market for a week and it got snapped up — it was incredible,” she said.She said the sellers had owned the property for several years.last_img read more

Ancelotti’s dream Everton run continues

first_img(REUTERS) – CARLO Ancelotti’s flying start as Everton manager continued as his side won 2-1 at Newcastle United and Watford are also thriving under new boss Nigel Pearson after crushing relegation rivals Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday.Everton won for the second time in two games with Italian Ancelotti at the helm as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s double sealed the points at St James’ Park to ease Everton into mid-table.Fabian Schar had levelled for Newcastle but Calvert-Lewin’s fifth league goal in his last five games gave Everton the win.Watford remain in the drop zone but Pearson is working his magic having taken over from Quique Sanchez Flores this month to become the club’s third manager this season.Pearson’s side played for more than half an hour with 10 men after defender Adrian Mariappa was sent off but they already led through Troy Deeney’s opener in the 42nd minute.Watford scored again when Deeney slotted home a penalty after he was fouled by Douglas Luiz.Ismaila Sarr added a third as Watford recorded their second successive victory under Pearson to move to within three points of 17th-placed West Ham United, who play later on Saturday.Villa beat Norwich City on Boxing Day but defeat by Watford left them third from bottom.Bournemouth are also too close to the relegation zone for comfort after losing 2-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion in the south coast derby that kicked off the day’s programme.Iranian winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh opened the scoring with his first goal for Brighton and Aaron Mooy made the points secure in the 79th minute as Brighton claimed a vital victory in their bid to stay away from trouble.Danny Ings earned Southampton a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace who had taken the lead through James Tomkins.Palace also had a goal ruled in the first half through VAR, Max Meyer’s celebrations being cut short for a marginal offside call on Wilfried Zaha.Tottenham Hotspur can go fourth with victory at Norwich City in a later kickoff while Leicester City will try to close the gap on leaders Liverpool to 10 points by winning at West Ham.Burnley host Manchester United in the day’s final action.last_img read more