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  • TRAFFIC CALMING, TIDY TOWNS AMONG ISSUES AT LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

    first_imgThe following ares some of the issues to be discussed at next Monday’s meeting of Letterkenny Town Council.Thornberry estateCllr Jimmy Kavanagh is seeking to have Letterkenny Town Council take over the running of the public lighting on the Thornberry estate. Cllr Kavanagh revealed the developer has gone into liquidation and up to 20 lights are not working. ReportCllr Gerry McMonagle is to ask the council for a report on the status of two derelict houses at the entrance of Ard Na Ri estate.WebCllr Ciaran Brogan is to ask the council if the Tidy Towns web-page can be facilitated within the town council web-page. Mental HealthLetterkenny Town Council is to be given an overview of the Donegal Mental Health Services by Kevin Mills, Director of Nursing at the council’s meeting on Monday evening next.Traffic calmingCllr Jimmy Kavanagh is to ask that further traffic calming measures be introduced at Ballyraine Park. Cllr Kavanagh says the estate is being used as a means of bypassing the nearby roundabout.TRAFFIC CALMING, TIDY TOWNS AMONG ISSUES AT LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING was last modified: November 11th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • African art scene blooms in South Africa

    first_imgArtist David Koloane attends the 2013 Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg. (Image: Turbine Art Fair)• Ross Douglas Founder and directorArtlogic+27 11 447 3868• Jade MacCallumMarketing ManagerTurbine Art Fair+27 11 575 3698• Liza Dyason ProducerCape Town Art Fair+27 21 674 5644Lucille DavieThe African contemporary art scene is blooming in South Africa, with one fair going into its seventh year, and two others having a second showing this year.The longest-running of them, the FNB Joburg Art Fair, is planning its seventh splash in August this year in Sandton, in the northern suburbs of the city of gold. “As we sit down to plan for the seventh edition of the FNB Joburg Art Fair, we are very excited to [get] feedback on what a pivotal year 2013 was for the African contemporary art scene,” says Ross Douglas, the director and founder of Artlogic, the company that initially conceived the idea.In 2013, 33 galleries participated, with groups in Mozambique, Nigeria and Zimbabwe showcasing work, while galleries in England, France, Germany and Spain took floor space too. Douglas says sales were up 25%, with R20-million raked in. Some 10 000 visitors attended the fair, which was held in September.Artlogic was founded by Douglas in 2004, with its first venture a production of William Kentridge’s 9 Films for Projection, shown in South Africa and New York, as well as The Magic Flute. Artlogic also produces the FoodWineDesign Fair, and the Winter Sculpture Fair, held in the scenic surrounds of the Nirox Foundation sculpture park, in the Cradle of Humankind, some 40km north-west of Johannesburg.Douglas says that the Joburg Art Fair is now on the international art calendar, and the 2013 edition secured interviews on German National Radio, Deutsche Welle, Monocle, Art Tactic and the AMA newsletter. There were also six African pavilions at the Venice Biennale 2013, he adds, and the Golden Lion for the best national pavilion was awarded to Angola.Two new art fairs“While we [had] been pioneers for five years, 2013 saw no fewer than two new art fairs in South Africa.” The first Cape Town Art Fair took place in October, with the second planned for late February this year. And the first Turbine Art Fair, in Newtown in downtown Joburg, took place in July; the second is planned for July this year.In total, 28 South African galleries were represented in Newtown, with the aim to create a platform for aspiring art collectors to buy art, says Jade MacCallum, the marketing manager of the Forum Company, which conceived and organised the event. A ceiling of R25 000 was set for the artworks.“The project was started by The Forum with the purpose to educate, include and excite people about the wonderful world of art, people [who] wouldn’t ordinarily be exposed to art or galleries. Sharing art experiences enables us to live out our passion and create opportunities,” says MacCallum. Some 3 000 people attended the two-day event, and she says the organisers are satisfied that they achieved their aim.The second Cape Town Art Fair takes place at the start of the year in which Cape Town is World Design Capital (WDC). “WDC is a biannual honour, awarded by the International Council for Societies of Industrial Design, to cities across the globe to show their commitment using design as a social, cultural and economic development tool,” indicate the organisers of the fair, Fiero Milano Africa.In all, 40 galleries took stands at the first Cape Town fair, most of which were from the city. Asked why it took Cape Town so long to have an art fair, Liza Dyason, the event producer, said: “I’m uncertain why it took so long… the idea seems obvious. Until now it was felt that the market was primarily Joburg-based but with the enormous developments and investments going into art and design in the Mother City, the [Cape Town Art Fair] was seen as an important addition to the events that are planned, especially with Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 in mind.”Fiera Milano Africa director Louise Cashmore says: “The success of the first fair in 2013 clearly illustrated that the time was right for Cape Town to host an art fair of this nature. Cape Town is an international city and home to many of the country’s leading contemporary artists, curators and galleries.”Other spin-offsAnother spin-off was the 1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair, held in London in October 2013. Artists from Tanzania, Mali, Angola and Benin exhibited, and galleries from Equatorial New Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, and South Africa took stands. Alongside these galleries were several European dealers who have an interest in work from Africa: Milan’s Galleria Continua, London’s Jack Bell and Berlin’s Mikael Andersen, among others.In November, the announcement of the first major private art museum in Africa was made: the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will open in late 2016 in Cape Town. Jochen Zeitz has committed his collection of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora in perpetuity as the museum’s founding collection. Not only will he underwrite the running costs of the museum, but he will provide “a substantial acquisition budget to allow the museum to acquire new important artworks over time to remain on the edge of contemporary cultural production”, according to a statement by the V&A Waterfront, his partner in the venture.The museum will focus on collecting, preserving, researching, and exhibiting “cutting edge contemporary art”. It will be housed in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront, with the V&A committing over R500-million to the development. “Built in 1921, and at 57m tall, the Grain Silo remains an icon of the Cape Town skyline. This investment will further the development of art in Africa and acknowledges the important cultural and financial contribution the visual arts sector makes.”Around the time of the announcement, Zeitz said: “Over the last two decades, Africa has played an important role in both my professional and private life. My collection has been strategically built over many years specifically with the goal to create an internationally relevant public contemporary art museum in Africa. After considering many cities across Africa, I am excited to partner with the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. It is an iconic location in an iconic city, and will be situated in a historic landmark building. This will make my collection accessible to local, national, continental and international audiences.”Douglas says that this year, more galleries from Africa and Europe will participate in the Joburg Art Fair, but the core theme will remain African. England, France, Germany, Mozambique, Nigeria, Spain and Zimbabwe will be represented, and so far 33 galleries have confirmed their attendance, 11 of which are new to the event.“One of Artlogic’s primary aims with the FNB Joburg Art Fair is to grow the audience for art from Africa,” he says.last_img read more

  • Matfield named interim Springbok captain

    first_img3 June 2014 Victor Matfield will captain the Springboks in this month’s Castle Lager Incoming Series, which includes two tests against Wales, one against Scotland, and one against a World XV, in the absence of the injured Jean de Villiers. Matfield will lead South Africa for the first time since his return to rugby in Saturday’s match against a star-studded World XV at Newlands in Cape Town. Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer made the announcement of Matfield’s appointment in Cape Town on Tuesday. The 110-test veteran last captained the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011.‘It wasn’t an easy decision’ “Victor’s appointment as interim captain is something I thought long and hard about and it wasn’t an easy decision to make,” said Meyer. “The three candidates we considered, Victor, Bismarck du Plessis and Fourie du Preez, were all very strong options. “We’re in a fortunate situation that we have a strong leadership group in the current squad, which includes Victor, Bismarck, Fourie, Bryan Habana, Schalk Burger, Flip van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen and Francois Louw.”‘A logical option’ Meyer said Matfield’s experience played a crucial role in his decision to hand him the captain’s armband. “It’s only a short-term appointment as Jean will take over as captain again once he’s recovered from his injury. Victor was a logical option. He knows the pressure associated with being Springbok captain as he’s been there before and he has vast captaincy experience at all levels of the game. “I also firmly believe Bismarck has improved a lot in this role with the Cell C Sharks and I know he can still lead the Springboks. He’s 100 percent supportive of Victor and he will remain one of our vice-captains for the season. “Victor is someone who has the respect of all the players in our squad, as well as world-wide in rugby. He’s achieved a lot and has always put the team’s interests first, while most of the players in our squad have already played under him.”Grateful Matfield, who has captained the Springboks in 17 tests, said he is very grateful for the trust shown in him by the national coach. “I’m here to serve the team and would like to make a positive contribution,” he explained. “When I decided to return to playing rugby, my aim was to be good enough to make the Springbok team. I never dreamt of leading the team again and it’s a massive honour. “The coach has built a strong core of leaders and I’m fortunate to have guys such as Bismarck, Fourie, Bryan, Duane, Schalk, Flip and Francois alongside me. And we’ll have Jean and Adriaan Strauss back with the team soon, which will add to the depth of leadership.” Matfield will captain the Springboks in their four matches in June. The vice-captains will be Du Plessis and Du Preez. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Transnet opens wagon maintenance facility in Northern Cape

    first_img29 July 2014State logistics company Transnet officially opened a R30-million wagon refurbishment facility in De Aar in South Africa’s Northern Cape province on Monday.The De Aar wagons depot will maintain various types of wagons for Transnet Freight Rail, functioning as a satellite workshop for the Transnet Rail Engineering Beaconsfield Depot in Kimberley.Speaking at the opening, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said the investment was aimed at increasing Transnet Freight Rail’s capacity on the main freight corridor between Johannesburg and Cape Town.This facility has already created jobs and improved rail engineering skills in the area, Brown said, adding that 47 people, 22 of them from De Aar, had already been employed, and that an estimated 300 direct and indirect jobs would be created through this facility.“Government is committed to revitalising the economy of rural towns such as De Aar, so that we create sustainable livelihoods for the local people,” Brown said. “A wagon refurbishment facility will have a long-term impact not only on De Aar but surrounding areas, as it will be a springboard for development within the broader Northern Cape province.“The establishment of such a facility brings hope to the youth of De Aar to become engineers and better their lives.”After the opening, Brown and Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas handed over two new houses to families who agreed to make way for Transnet’s new Youth Multi-Purpose Precinct next to the De Aar Rail Station.The youth precinct comprises a youth shelter for 20 homeless boys, a youth educational centre, a recreational park and a social club for youth volunteers.The Transnet Foundation will fully fund the De Aar Youth Precinct NGO for the first three years (2014, 2015 and 2016). During this time, the Transnet Foundation will engage with other potential partners to invest in the precinct.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

  • AFBF sets 2019 policy

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention adopted policies to guide the organization’s work during its centennial year on key topics such as farm bill implementation, cell-cultured food products, trade, rural broadband access and rural mental health programs.“As our organization has done for the last 100 years, grassroots delegates from across the nation came together to express a unified voice on issues vital to the success of our farms, ranches and rural communities,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president . “It was fitting to have President Trump and numerous members of Congress among our attendees as we kicked off our centennial celebration. We continue to face a challenging farm economy and we stand ready to work with Congress and the Trump administration to address the issues important to our farm and ranch families.”Government shutdown Delegates urged the administration and Congress to work together to end the government shutdown as soon as possible. The current shutdown means farmers and ranchers are being delayed in securing loans and crop insurance as well as disaster and trade assistance. The impasse has also delayed implementation of important provisions of the farm bill.Trade Delegates voted to favor negotiations to resolve trade disputes, rather than the use of tariffs or withdrawal from agreements. They also voted to support the United States’ entry into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.Cell-based food Delegates adopted a comprehensive policy to support innovation in cell-based food products while ensuring a level playing field for traditional protein. Delegates affirmed that the Agriculture Department is best equipped to be the primary regulator of new cell-based products as it encouraged USDA to utilize the Food and Drug Administration’s expertise in food safety. The policy also calls for complete and accurate product labels to ensure that consumers have all the pertinent information they need.Rural broadband Delegates supported improved broadband coverage maps through better data and third-party provider verification. AFBF will work with the Federal Communications Commission to address map inaccuracies.Substance abuse and mental health Delegates supported increased funding for programs and facilities for the treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues. Delegates also voted to support funding for the Farm and Ranch Assistance Network, which was included in the 2018 farm bill. AFBF will urge appropriations committees to fund this program, which is critical to address the mental health issues faced by many farmers, ranchers and other rural Americans.last_img read more

  • Lazyfeed Redesign Goes All Web 2.0 on its Bad Self

    first_imgTags:#news#Real-Time Web#RSS & Feeds#RSS Readers#web Lazyfeed’s biggest emphasis in this redesign is social network integration. Now, users can log in using their Facebook and Twitter accounts in order to post content to those sites, as well as connect with friends they already have on those networks. (On another note, how long will it be until we can stop mentioning this as a new feature and simply say “so-and-so finally caught on to the whole social networking thing”?) mike melanson In addition to social network integration, the redesign incorporates a cleaner stream of updates much like any number of other sites we’ve become accustomed to. No longer will content categories appear in a static position on the page, intermittently showing the word “update” and new content. Instead, the categories will stream down the center of the page, much like on Facebook, Twitter or FriendFeed. Or, as the company’s About page states, “Lazyfeed turns the Web into a stream of everything you love, and lets you enjoy ‘fishing’.” The primary difference compared to the old site, however, is that as content streams down the center of the page and you read along, you can also write about what you’re reading in a left-hand column. The site has also gone real-time social, as is the general trend these days, allowing you to comment on posts and receive notifications when others reply. As the new new tagline says: “Lazyfeed lets you endlessly talk about your favorite topics, without even trying.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Lazyfeed, the site we previously described as a “super-simple feed reader” is coming out with a whole new design today that not only makes everything even lazier, but changes the core purpose of the site itself. Instead of just watching “live updates on every topic you care about, simultaneously,” the site is now the “super-lazy way to blog about everything you love”.Lazyfeed plans to push its redesign live this morning at 10 a.m. PST (0700 GMT). At the same time it will be moving in a decidedly Web 2.0 direction. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In essence, the redesign seems like a Facebook-esque feed reader – much like what Facebook might be hoping to achieve in some ways. With its increasingly social features, Lazyfeed lets you get content recommendations from friends, interact with those bits of content socially, and immediately share them and comment on them with other friends. It does all of this while maintaining the topical categorization you would find in a feed reader, rather than being based solely on social connections. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

  • HP’s webOS 3.0 Leaked: Updated Browser, Email, Maps & More

    first_imgThe bloggers over at PreCentral have gotten their hands on the new, unreleased version of HP’s webOS, the mobile operating system HP acquired through its purchase of Palm last year. The updated software, webOS 3.0, will soon power new HP Pre smartphones and a tablet computer called the TouchPad. The webOS SDK (software development kit) was released a few weeks ago to developers, allowing them to have an early hands-on with the software in order to begin building mobile apps. Although prohibited, an unknown developer has leaked the SDK to the media.In a comprehensive review, PreCentral has examined every aspect of the new software, noting updates to core apps like the Web browser, email client, maps and others. Most notably, HP has ditched Google Maps in this version, and is now using Microsoft’s Bing Maps instead.According to the site, the following features and/or applications are new:Launcher: An arrow/home button on the bottom right brings up a new tabbed launcher with tabs labeled “All” and “Favorites.” Rearranging apps: press and hold now launches an “edit mode” where apps can be moved, deleted, or removed from a customized launcher page. Press “done” to complete the process.Just Type: webOS’s universal search feature is now tabbed, like the launcher, and muted gray in appearance. Recent searches and the virtual keyboard appear when you tap the search bar. Virtual Keyboard: Text Predication has been added, not just to help you complete words (as with Text Assist introduced in webOS 2.0), but to predict what word you’ll type next. Notifications: Notifications are now at the top of the screen, next to the device menu. If you receive more than one notification from the same app, you can swipe through them and drill down into the message you’re interested in. This doesn’t delete or mark as “read” the other notifications you swiped through while doing so. Browser: Now called “Browser” not “Web,” the new browser has removed the grid of bookmark icons and replaced it with a Bookmarks/History button that slides out a panel with Bookmarks, History and Downloads buttons at the top. A bar at the bottom shows the progress of a loading webpage and disappears when the loading is complete. The navigation bar does not disappear as you scroll down on a webpage. Calendar: Now redesigned, the app shows your current calendar in the middle of the screen, with buttons for creating events, switching views, etc. at the bottom. Buttons at the top let you switch to other calendars. The design is new, but everything else here works the same as before.Contacts: No changes here besides slight tweaks to the lettering style.Email: Similar to email on the iPad, the folder list disappears in Portrait view, but is present in Landscape view. Buttons at the bottom lets you compose, refresh and now, mass edit (meaning select multiple messages at once to add flags, delete, move, etc.)Exhibition: The screen saver-like mode is now bigger, and more stretched out. Time, Agenda and Photo options are available, but only Time was functioning. Both an analog and flip clock are offered. Maps: The biggest update to webOS 3.0 is a switch from Google Maps to Bing. The new interface offers a search bar at the top, which also provides access to recent searches and favorites, a Directions mode, Suggested Searches (when it doesn’t understand your query), and more. You can drag and drop pins, turn on or off GPS, and switch between road, aerial and Bird’s Eye (3D) views.Memos: Cork pad and push pins are gone and memos are larger. You now press “edit” to move notes around, instead of press and hold. Messaging: Now two-paned, but functionality remains essentially the same. Music: The app has been overhauled, offering a two-paned view, with songs on the right and sort/filtering options on the left, plus a cover flow-like view of music, and a notification area mini-player with access to controls.Photos & Videos: The two apps are now one, and integrate device pictures with those from Facebook. Album, filmstrip and fullscreen views are available. Facebook comments are shown, too. sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web Related Posts last_img read more

  • A New Way to Duct HRVs

    first_imgUPDATED June 27, 2013 with an author’s postscriptNine years ago, I co-authored a Journal of Light Construction article with David Hansen on HRV installation. The article noted, “Stale air is exhausted from bathrooms, the laundry, and the kitchen. (An HRV is not intended to handle grease or smoke, so a range hood should be separately exhausted to the exterior.) Fresh air is supplied to the bedrooms, living room, and other living areas.” This advice is consistent with the long-standing recommendations of most HRV manufacturers.The advice is logical: after all, it makes sense to exhaust air from the smelliest rooms in the home and to supply the fresh air to the rooms where people spend most of their indoor hours.Although this traditional ventilation duct layout works well, I’ve begun to rethink the issue lately. It may be time to experiment with different ducting methods for HRV systems — especially for homes with single-point heating systems.There is a strong trend among designers of superinsulated houses to use ductless minisplit systems for space heating and cooling. These systems can work well even when outdoor temperatures drop to -17°F or -20°F. Moreover, the systems are inexpensive, easy to install, and very energy efficient.What type of ventilation system is best in such a home? Since there is no heating or cooling ductwork, a central-fan-integrated supply ventilation system is obviously out. The usual choices: either an exhaust-only system (for example, a bath exhaust fan that runs for much of the day) or a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) with dedicated ventilation ductwork. (Throughout this article, I’ll use the term “HRV” to include energy-recovery ventilators as well as heat-recovery ventilators.)As more HVAC engineers and builders wrestle with the details of designing a house with a single-point heat source (for example, a… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

  • Mobile Healthcare Faces The Future [Infographic]

    first_imgThe Mobile Revolution continues to change how industry after industry goes about day-to-day business. Yet one industry has been surprisingly slow to embrace the benefits of mobile: healthcare. Many observers find that strange, since healthcare could clearly benefit from the power of smartphones and tablets attached to the cloud. Several things have slowed adoption of mobile in healthcare. Antiquated policies designed for a different era have been a major factor. For instance, what does it mean to be HIPAA compliant in a mobile world? HIPAA regulations rule how healthcare practitioners can store and transfer data on patients to protect both the privacy of the patient and the liability to doctors and nurses. HIPAA regulations are fairly complex and rigid (for a good reason, to be sure) and have scared off some mobile healthcare (mHealth) startups – at least until HIPAA can be updated to reflect the change in the technological landscape.There’s also the question of culture. For decades, the primary patient interface for doctors, technicians and nurses has been the paper chart attached to a clipboard. Digitizing of patient records is a long, arduous process that many clinics have declined to undertake. Doctors face significant blowback from administrators sitting in front of bookshelves crammed full manila folders of patient histories. (On a trip to my physician’s office a couple years back, I asked him if he used a smartphone to make his life easier. He showed me his BlackBerry and an app that helps him find the appropriate prescription for certain maladies. I asked him if he could digitize his entire file system and carry around an iPad or some such device to make his life easier. “I would love to,” he told me. “But I would lose half my staff if I ever changed how the system works.” )We are starting to see progress in mHealth adoption: According to researchers, 62% of doctors use a tablet in some shape or form and 71% of nurses use a smartphone at work. The mHealth industry is forecast to be a $11.8 billion market by 2018.Mobile healthcare is about more than just how doctors and nurses operate on a day-to-day basis. Mobile technology promises to contribute to wellness, preventative care, personal health records, communication with physicians, diet tracking, prescription reminders and many other health-related improvements. For instance, 30% of smartphone users are expected to use wellness apps in one form or another by 2015. By that year, analysts predict there will be nearly two billion smartphone users on the planet. You do the math.Check out this infographic from mHeath consultancy  [x]Cube Labs for a cross section of the mHealth industry, where it has been and how it can help healthcare providers and consumers alike. Tags:#health dan rowinski Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

  • Food insecurity in America’s Heroes

    first_imgWindome R, Jensen A, Bangerter A, Fu S. Food Insecurity Among Veterans Of The US Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan. Cambridge Core; 2019. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/public-health-nutrition/article/food-insecurity-among-veterans-of-the-us-wars-in-iraq-and-afghanistan/F03B64DD63287F2BE5F2067F3E5AC5FB/core-reader#. Accessed June 18, 2019. Bushatz A. Advocates Are Building a Plan to Take on Military Hunger. Military.com. https://www.military.com/spousebuzz/2018/09/24/advocates-are-building-plan-take-military-hunger.html. Published 2019. Accessed June 25, 2019. Sobol Z. Why Are So Many Veterans Food Insecure? | Move For Hunger. Move For Hunger. https://www.moveforhunger.org/why-are-so-many-veterans-food-insecure/. Published 2019. Accessed June 18, 2019. Jones A, Ngure F, Pelto G, Young S. What Are We Assessing When We Measure Food Security? A Compendium And Review Of Current Metrics. American Society for Nutrition; 2019:481-505. Food insecurity in America’s HeroesBy Sarah Pittman, Human Nutrition Graduate Student at the University of Illinois SM W. Prevalence of food insecurity among military households with children 5 years of age and younger. – PubMed – NCBI. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26976798. Published 2019. Accessed June 18, 2019. References:Eatrightpro.org. https://www.eatrightpro.org/advocacy/legislation/all-legislation/food-security-veterans. Published 2019. Accessed June 18, 2019. NPR Choice page. Npr.org. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/19/524563155/when-active-duty-service-members-struggle-to-feed-their-families. Published 2019. Accessed June 25, 2019. What Is Food Insecurity in America? | Hunger and Health. Hunger and Health. https://hungerandhealth.feedingamerica.org/understand-food-insecurity/. Published 2019. Accessed June 18, 2019. Food insecurity is one definition that has changed meaning since the term first came into existence. The current definition of food insecurity by the USDA is “a lack of consistent access to enough food to live a healthy, active life.”5 Food insecurity has three domains: availability, access and utilization but also included is having the ability to acquire socially and culturally acceptable foods. Food insecurity can change over time, whether it is seasonally or as a result of unexpected shocks like weather events, deaths or regional conflicts.2 Depending on the circumstances, there are two possible food insecurity conditions, chronic or transitory (being food secure one month and food insecure the next). For veterans, food insecurity often stems from the mental health issues that our veterans endure. Veterans can experience difficulty adapting back to civilian life when they return overseas, especially if they don’t have support from friends and/or family when they return.4Food insecurity in our veteransThere is a growing number of active duty service members becoming food insecure, relying on SNAP for assistance.1 In 2018, a study showed that 1.5 million veterans live in a household that completely relies on SNAP to supplement their food intake.4 And in 2016 it was noted that families spent about $67 million in food stamps at commissaries.8 A study by Cambridge University conducted in 2015 found that about 27% of veterans that had served in Iraq or Afghanistan wars were food insecure with 12% reported being very low food security.6Consequences and challenges of food insecurityHaving soldiers that are food insecure increases risk of health conditions that may decrease military readiness.3 Although there are supplemental programs available to veterans, many are unaware they exist.1 A study completed in July of 2016 found that military families facing financial hardships face challenges seeking assistance benefits, which include: limited awareness, stigma, misconceptions and inconsistent eligibility.1Is there hope for food insecure veterans and their families?Yes! In an article from September of 2018, stated that officials with the Military Family Advocacy Network are planning to work with Feeding America, the Food Research & Action Center, National WIC Association and the United Way to tackle food insecurity in veterans and their families. With this help they plan to “find the best ways to help families access services, while increasing education on the assistance that’s already available”, while also reducing the shame of asking for help.7Lawmakers in action“Because of a quirk in the law, some service members can be disqualified from programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP… Service members can be considered ineligible because of certain military pay, such as housing benefits.”8 The Military Hunger Prevention Act excludes the value of a housing allowance for service members in determining eligibility for any federal program issuing benefits for nutrition assistance.9Do you know any veterans that are food insecure? Do they use or at least know the resources available to them? H.R.1078 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Military Hunger Prevention Act. Congress.gov. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1078. Published 2019. Accessed June 25, 2019.last_img read more