Oxford City Council releases latest rough sleeper street count

first_imgBreaking down the numbers,the Council said that 9 of thesleepers were female, whilst 37(79%) were male. The council counted 43 peoplesleeping rough on the streets ofOxford on one night in the month,representing a 16% decrease fromSeptember and a 4% decreasefrom the 45 people counted inNovember 2018. There was one person who wasnewly verified by the outreachteam (OxSPOT) as sleeping roughfor less than six months, yet 9 al-together were counted as havingbeen on the streets for less thanhalf a year. Oxford City Council has releasedits latest rough sleeper streetcount for the month of November2019. The street count found that thetwo most common support needsfor those sleeping rough werealcohol issues and mental healthneeds, with 18 people identifyingwith each of these. The count found that nearly half of those sleeping rough had four overlapping and complex needs. Commenting on the November street count results, Councillor Linda Smith said: “the key to helping people off the streets is effective engagement and this begins with the first conversation with someone experiencing rough sleeping.” Meanwhile, 14 people sleeping on the streets had returned to them after being previously accommodated, the same proportion as those in September, whereas two rough sleepers who had accommodation in Oxford chose to sleep out on the night. Smith, who is an Oxford City Council cabinet member for leisure and housing, added that “We anticipate that the opening of Floyds Row in January will help us to sustain this reduction in the number of people experiencing rough sleeping in Oxford.” Caution should be taken withthe numbers released, as theCouncil warned, noting that streetcounts cannot capture commonscenarios of rough sleeping suchas people sleeping in stairwellsand sites not visited or accessibleto street counters. Whilst the number of those people sleeping rough who had local connections with the city and the Oxfordshire area increased between the two months, the number of those from elsewhere in the UK and from the EU had fallen. Although street counts cannot give a complete picture of homelessness in Oxford, the Council uses the measurement to guide its trends of the number of rough sleepers over time. This represents an increase of3,600 on 2018 and 23,000 since2017. Furthermore, 27 people (61%) had been sleeping rough for more than six months, whilst the number of those homeless in Oxford for over a year has increased from 21 in September to 26 in Novem- ber. A county-wide estimate ofrough sleeper numbers has beencompiled by Oxford City Counciland other district councils. According to the homelessness and housing charity Shelter, an estimated 280,000 people were sleeping rough or living in temporary housing in England at the end of 2019. This will be released on 28th February to coincide with England-wide statistics collected by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. last_img read more


first_imgSUFFERING FROM ELECTION STRESS DISORDERBy Tom Purcell“Five more weeks before the election. I’m not sure I can survive that long.”“Ah, yes, you speak of an interesting phenomenon this election cycle, ‘election stress disorder,’ as some therapists refer to it. According to several news reports, our cantankerous election is causing increased irritability, heart palpitations and an inability to sleep in more than a quarter of American adults.”“You got that right. Trump has been saying nasty things for months. He says Hillary is a corrupt politician and should be in the slammer. Meanwhile, Hillary has accused Trump of being a racist, a sexist and unfit for the presidency.”“To be sure, this election has not been for the faint of heart. But its nastiness is being exacerbated by 24-hour news channels and social media. The vitriol among ‘friends’ on Facebook has reached a fever pitch. Strangers are arguing at restaurants and coffee shops. But Yahoo News offers some tips to deal with the problem.”“Go to the liquor store and stock up on hooch?”“Actually, the first obvious step is to do what you can to limit your exposure to the noise. One therapist suggests that you turn off cable news and stop checking what your friends are posting on Facebook and Twitter. Go out and do some volunteer work.”“I’ve been doing volunteer work, all right. Me and the boys from the local pub have been removing unpleasant political signs from our neighbors’ front yards.”“That’s a bad idea. The right idea, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, is to exercise. It will release endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and will help you sleep better. You need to get to the gym and do some cardio.”“I tried doing cardio at the gym, but some jerk on the treadmill next to me changed the TV to a news channel that spewed a bunch of lies about my political party. We were exchanging a few choice words until another jerk called the cops.”“You need to chill, my friend. The therapist said that adjusting one’s tone of voice is something we all could work on. If we must debate the election, we need to be more positive and less judgmental. We shouldn’t carry on like emotional adolescents but as reasonable, thoughtful adults.”“I don’t argue like an immature teen, you dirty rotten moron!”“The therapist suggests that we be more introspective. If we become angry and emotional about something a candidate says, is it his or her politics that are setting us off or is it something deeper down that is really bothering us? Maybe the source of our anger is that our job isn’t going as well as we’d like or that we’re experiencing some other unpleasant issue in our lives. By chilling out and thinking things through, maybe this political season isn’t bothering us as much as we think it is.”“My job isn’t going well because my boss is voting for a moron for president!”“Here’s another tip from the therapist. We’d be better off focusing on the areas in which we and others agree, rather than the areas where we disagree. And we ought to stop taking politics so personally when a friend or neighbor does disagree. The fact is we’re not likely to change anyone’s mind and he or she is not likely to change ours. So chill.”“I’ll try. But I sure can’t wait until the next five weeks pass and this lousy election is finally over.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Trick-or-Treaters With Food Allergies Can Look for ‘Teal Pumpkins’

first_imgFall is officially here. There’s a chill in the air, the scent of cinnamon wafting in grocery stores, apples abundantly displayed just waiting to be turned into homemade applesauce, and the ultimate sign of fall…pumpkins everywhere.For some, pumpkins mean nothing more than a simple seasonal change. For others they signify the beginning of all things that are deliciously pumpkin. Yet, kids (and adults) often see pumpkins as the mascot for our first holiday of the season: Halloween.Cherished by most as being an evening to get creative with costumes, pumpkin carving and painting, haunted hayrides and houses, and, of course, trick-or-treating, it’s an evening filled with memories. However, many children that would love to enjoy trick-or-treating can have a difficult time due severe food allergies. Whether a child’s allergy is to milk, eggs, gluten, wheat, peanuts, soy, food dyes, or tree nuts (or perhaps they can’t have candy at all), not all big brands state that a child with one or any of those allergies may safely consume one of their products.Attempting to find allergen friendly candy or snacks can also be very difficult. For example, those of us who have allergies always read every ingredient on every item of food we buy because even on something that sounds like it should be fine, it might cause a terrible reaction. Consider Twizzlers or Red Vines in this instance. They’re just licorice. However, they both contain wheat and red dye.If someone is severely allergic to wheat and they consume these products they will likely have a reaction. As for the red dye, well, this past January, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology did a study and stated that around 2 to 7 percent of those with allergies actually have issues with food dyes. The side effects from ingesting dyes when allergic can range from difficulty breathing to anaphylaxis. So, licorice is not fun to eat when you have allergies.Unfortunately even the “healthier” hand outs like such as dried fruits (preservatives and fructose), yogurt covered fruits (dairy), pretzels (gluten), nuts, dark chocolate (often processed in facilities where milk, soy, peanuts can cause cross contamination), etc. are out of the running when you have allergies. So, what if there was another way that kids could Trick or Treat without feeling left out? What if we took food out of the equation entirely and did something different?In 2014 FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education, started the Teal Pumpkin Project. The premise is to paint a pumpkin teal and display it by your front door so children with food allergies know you’re participating. Instead of giving out food items, you hand out non-food items. Some examples of what can be given out:Glow sticks, bracelets, necklacesHalloween themed erasersMarkers, pens, pencils, crayonsWhistles, noisemakersMini note padsThere are many options with non-food items, just use your imagination. Also, as stated on FARE’s website you can definitely give out candy and non-food items if you so choose as long as you do it safely by asking if the children have allergies.Last year homes from all 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project. To be honest, I knew nothing about this then so I’m really hoping to help spread the word about this and make sure every child gets the chance to have a safe and Happy Halloween.For more information, posters, a pre-made goodie bag with 50 non-food treats, window stickers and more please visit FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project.— News release from Dominique Soeldner, [email protected] (PDF, 608KB)last_img read more

Are you one of our BIA09 finalists? Find out below

first_imgBritish Baker is delighted to announce the finalists for this year’s Baking Industry Awards. The 1930s-themed event, on Tuesday 8 September at the Park Lane Hilton in London, will be hosted by much-loved comedian Ronnie Corbett.On judging the Baker of the Year award, sponsored by Vande-moortele, Stephen Bickmore, UK commercial manager of the firm’s lipids division, said: “There were a variety of entries – from small and large bakeries, industrial and craft, making it very interesting.”Book your place at the industry’s key event. Tickets are £195 + VAT each, or £1,895 + VAT for tables of 10. Contact [email protected] or call 01293 846593.l Judging for Bakery Food Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by ADM Milling, is ongoing. Finalists will be announced soon.last_img read more

Book your place at the BSB conference

first_imgThe British Society of Baking (BSB) Autumn Conference is now taking bookings for the networking dinner on Monday 4 October, and conference on Tuesday 5 October.Speakers at the event include Ted Rich, of Rich Products, will speak about cakes from the world markets in which Rich’s operates. Roel Orselof, CSM, will present topics and trends for European bakery products and ingredients. Kevin Kingsland, chartered occupational psychologist will be giving a talk on effective people management, organisational development and business performance; Edward Garner, communications director, Kantar Worldpanel will look at the facts and figures in relation to grocery retail market’s economic recovery; and Tony Parsons, Parsons Design and Marketing, will be speaking about the Importance of Branding. There will also be a presentation from those representing Great Britain in the Louis Lesaffre World Cup. BSB chairman Keith Houliston said: “It would be great to see as many delegates as possible for the dinner and/or the conference at the popular Ardencote Manor in Warwickshire.” The conference will be chaired by award-winning baker David Powell and Peter Jones of Speedibake. For details, contact [email protected] or tel 01869 247098/277094.last_img read more

Women experience high rates of health insurance ‘churn’ before and after childbirth

first_imgMany women, particularly those covered under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, may lose access to prenatal and postpartum careA high percentage of women in the U.S. move in and out of health insurance coverage — sometimes referred to as ‘churn’ — in the months before and after childbirth, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Low-income women experience the brunt of these insurance disruptions, which cause coverage gaps that can lead to adverse health outcomes.The study is the first to use national data to look at month-to-month health insurance coverage for women during and after pregnancy. It appears in the April 2017 issue of Health Affairs.“Ideally, every woman would have access to coverage not only for prenatal care and delivery, but also for preconception and extended postpartum care. We find there is much more work to be done to ensure that women retain continuous coverage for services we know are critical for reducing adverse birth outcomes and supporting the health of moms and babies,” said Jamie Daw, the study’s lead author and a doctoral student in health policy at Harvard University.The study analyzed data from 2005–13 from more than 2,700 women surveyed by the nationally representative Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.The researchers found the highest rates of coverage at delivery. But that coverage masked considerable churning during the prenatal and postpartum months — especially for women who had coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the month of delivery. Read Full Storylast_img read more

03 Keep veggies safe

first_imgDiseases can seriously damage or completely destroy a vegetable garden. But there are a few things the home gardener can do to reduce the risk these veggie enemies pose.”Most vegetables are susceptible to a number of diseases,” says David Langston, a vegetable plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Types of problems and their causesWilts, leaf spots, blights and fruit rots, he says, are just a few of the problems that plague vegetable gardens every year.Plant diseases are caused by four primary types of organisms: fungi, bacteria, nematodes and viruses.When conditions are wet and temperatures warm, your vegetable plants are more susceptible to diseases caused by fungi and bacteria. Scout your garden regularly.When garden conditions are dry, nematode damage is more evident. Soil may be sampled for nematodes by submitting a sample through your county extension office.Viral diseases can occur at any time, he said.Many plant diseases can be on or within seed. “Seeds should not be saved from year to year,” Langston said. “This is important to prevent a number of diseases.”Buy seed from a reputable dealer, because you can’t distinguish healthy seed from diseased seed. And make sure you follow directions on when and how to plant them. Your best bet for control Disease-resistant plant varieties are the most efficient way of controlling vegetable diseases. So buy resistant varieties when you can. Resistance traits are usually listed in seed catalogs and in plant stores.Don’t plant your garden near or beneath trees. The shade will reduce the drying of plant foliage after rain and increase the chances of diseases. Besides, vegetables like a lot of sunlight, and the trees will compete for vital nutrients.Crop rotation is important. If you continue to plant the same vegetables in the same spot year after year, you’re asking for soil disease problems.Grow the same or closely related vegetable plants in the same soil only once every three to five years, Langston said. This practice starves out most pathogens that cause stem and leaf diseases.Vegetable families include: Alliaceae (chives, garlic, leeks and onions). Brassicaceae (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, mustard, radish, rutabagas and turnips). Cucurbitaceae (cantaloupes, cucumbers, honeydew melons, pumpkins, squash and watermelons). Fabaceae (all beans, English peas and Southern peas). Solanaceae (eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes). Asteraceae (lettuce). Poaceae (corn). Malvaceae (okra). Chenopodiaceae (spinach) Apiaceae (carrots).Everyday prevention”Trap crops” can reduce virus diseases carried by small insects. Plant a few rows of a crop like rye or corn around your main garden. This will tempt insects to feed there first, reducing the risk of diseases some small insects are known to carry.When watering, avoid splashing soil onto plant foliage. If possible, irrigate by running water between the rows. Use a mulch layer of straw, bark, shredded paper or plastic to keep soil from splashing onto plants and keep fruit from touching bare ground.If you use tobacco, wash hands thoroughly before handling plants. This will prevent the spread of tobacco mosaic virus, which can infect many kinds of vegetables, particularly tomatoes and peppers.After harvest, remove and destroy all plants from the garden, and sanitize your garden equipment. This will reduce the overwintering of disease-causing organisms.Most important, use proper cultural practices to keep your plants healthy.”Healthy plants don’t get diseases as easily as weak ones,” Langston said. “Healthy plants are the best control against plant diseases.” By Brad HaireUniversity of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 3last_img read more

Teach Your Teens the Value of Money

first_imgAs your teens grow older and come closer to adulthood however, it just becomes important to teach them how to be responsible and independent. This is especiallytrue during the teenage years because much of what they learn about the value of hard work, responsibility, and money during this time will shape their adultbehaviors.Teaching a child the value of money is not all that difficult and you can start rather early. Something as simple as having a “piggy bank” is great way to teach childrenhow to save early on in life. It’s a first step towards them learning how to not squander money on small things but rather to save for something more important such asa car, their college education, a home, or for the “rainy days.”It is pretty well known that something given to you rarely has as much value as when you’ve worked to get it. A sure way of not instilling these values in your childrenis to give them far more than what they need and without them lifting a finger for it. Buying them expensive clothes or the car they always wanted may make themhappy and be important for their status, but you’ll likely end up teaching them how to be dependent rather than independent.Even if you paid for your child’s first car in its entirety, having them continually work to make token payments on it or the insurance premium can instill the sense thatthey’ve worked for what they have.As children get older, working odd or part time jobs can teach them a great deal about responsibility, the value of hard work, and how good it feels to earn what youhave.These times it’s extremely difficult for a child to buy their first car or to pay for college all by themselves. It’s hard for parents to do the same, especially if you havemultiple children, and especially if you haven’t started saving early. Not preparing for these expenses could mean having to buy an inexpensive car with constant repairbills that eat up more money in the end.When it comes to handling money, the example you give your children may be the most potent lesson of all.For professional help just log on:http://www.abundantlifeacademy.com/(link is external)http://www.troubledteens4jesus.com/(link is external)http://www.troubledteenministries.com/(link is external) They can be of great help. Abundantlifeacademy Group’s schools and programs excel at finding anindividualized plan for troubled children and teens. Their purpose is to introduce, or re-introduce, their students to the Holy Spirit. There are ways to help manage thedepressions and all it takes is some effort to find those answers.About Author: Nivea DavidFor listings please visit http://www.abundantlifeacademy.com/(link is external) (Leading Website For Troubled Teens) TroubledTeen Help You can also visit http://www.troubledteenministries.com/(link is external) For Troubled Teens Campslast_img read more

Unleashed Dog attacks Olympic Trials Qualifier

first_imgKeen was taken to the hospital in the ambulance with gaping wounds that required 21 stitches. At the 2017 Dallas Marathon, Keen finished second after the first-place runner staggered across the finish line assisted by a pedestrian. Keen refused to challenge the results, despite pressure from other runners who criticized the winner for receiving help. BRO: What were some things going through your head during the attack? BRO: What are some ways that runners and dog owners can work together to be safer in shared spaces? KEEN: Sometimes really unfortunate things just happen. And they suck. And we can’t control the fact that it happens, but we can control how we handle ourselves and our reaction. I am choosing to use this to make me stronger. I survived for a reason. I plan on figuring out why. Olympic Trials Qualifier Caitlin Keen was out running on the Trinity Trails system in Fort Worth, Texas, last weekend when she was attacked by a dog. Keen says the dog appeared out of nowhere, sprinted toward her, leapt up, and bit her arm. She shook it off and kept running, but the dog bit into her back and pulled her to the ground. This isn’t the first time that Keen has made headlines. The dog, a pit bull mix whose name is Taco, was up-to-date on its rabies vaccines and is currently in city-mandated quarantine. Taco belongs to a local homeless woman who was not present during the attack. BRO: Do you feel safe to run outside or at the park? KEEN: I haven’t run since the attack, and I am not allowed to run or drive for at least another week. I know that I will run back at the trail again, but I know that it will take me some time to recover. BRO: What do you want people’s biggest takeaway to be? BRO: You mentioned that you have received a lot of hate from this incident. Is there anything you would like to say on your behalf? BRO: Do you feel changed at all from this? KEEN: I think that dogs should be kept on a leash if it is not a designated “off-leash area.” Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dog controlled, and runners have a responsibility to stay clear of these areas if they are not comfortable with dogs. We can all work together by putting ourselves into each others’ shoes and thinking about what it would feel like if you had to suffer the consequences of an irresponsible dog owner. center_img KEEN: During the attack, I was thinking how scared I was that it wasn’t going to let me live. I didn’t know what this dog wanted, and I didn’t know how to handle it. All I wanted was to get away and for someone to show up to help me because I knew I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own. We reached out to Keen to hear her thoughts on the situation. Photo Courtesy of Caitlin KeenPhoto Courtesy of Caitlin KeenPhoto Courtesy of Caitlin KeenPhoto Courtesy of Caitlin Keen KEEN: I have been running outside at this particular park since 2006, since I was 14 years old. I have always felt safe out on the trails and have never had a close encounter to not feel safe. BRO: How did you feel when you saw the dog calm down after it attacked you? Her injuries require 21 stitches. Warning: the pictures are graphic. KEEN: If there was anything I could have done to not get attacked, I would have done it. I went from having one of the best long runs I had run all training cycle to being dragged to the ground fighting for my life in a matter of seconds. I didn’t provoke anything, I was simply running fast. I looked at my watch, and when I looked up, a dog was lunging for me. She kicked at the dog until a woman, who was also on a run, picked up a large rock and scared the dog away. The dog was eventually subdued and caught by the collar by a man walking his own two dogs that were leashed. The dog that attacked Keen became calm and friendly with the man’s dogs. BRO: How long have you been running at that park? KEEN: I currently feel very lucky to be alive. Previously, I used to let all the little things bother me. Now I have a much different outlook and perspective on what matters and what is a waste of energy. This is not a fight against breed, animals, or their owners. This is a story about awareness, safety, and having to overcome things that happen to us that we don’t have control over. KEEN: I was scared. I thought the dog was going to start attacking the other dogs that were being walked by a witness, but it didn’t. It made me wonder, “Why me?” Why was I just running one moment and the next I was being taken down by a dog?last_img read more

CUNA subcommittees discuss regulatory burdens with CFPB, NCUA

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Two CUNA subcommittees met with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) staff Friday to discuss potential overdraft rules and to remind the agency of the current regulatory burden facing credit unions.The subcommittees also met with National Credit Union Administration staff Thursday, just after the agency voted to finalize its risk-based capital rule.Regarding overdraft protection, the subcommittees discussed credit union overdraft protection, and questioned the CFPB about what it is considering for its overdraft rulemaking. The bureau discussed past and ongoing research about overdraft, and indicated that it is attempting to learn about the practices of small institutions and credit unions through data collected from service providers.“Credit unions offer overdraft products very differently from for-profit institutions. Credit unions offer overdraft services as a convenience and accommodation for their members and members appreciate these services,” said Elizabeth Eurgubian, CUNA’s deputy chief advocacy officer. “We do not support broad new regulation of overdraft services that would limit the flexibility of credit unions to structure their services appropriately, including the regulation of overdraft fees.” continue reading »last_img read more