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Speech: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex addresses the UN General Assembly

first_imgThank you, Madam President. Thank you, Chair.Madam President, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,It is a privilege to be here today to join such an inspiring group of women, especially the young women leaders, to consider the crucial issues of Gender Equality and women’s empowerment.I am delighted to have this opportunity to share our understanding of the barriers that hinder women’s participation and leadership – and to discuss what actions we can take to bring down these barriers. We have a responsibility to ensure that women have every opportunity to reach the highest levels of their profession and lead across political, economic and social spheres. In the societies we live in today, there is no excuse not to include women. As I suggested to an all-male board on a recent trip, if all the seats at the table are full, you just need to pull up an extra chair.In the last year, I have encountered some extraordinary people, like yourselves, who are devoted to doing what they can to tackle the barriers women still face. I have also been fortunate enough to meet a number of women peacebuilders who have shared their stories and insights with me.Last November, I also met the 2018 Nobel Prize Laureate, Dr Denis Mukwege at the PSVI International Film Festival in London. Dr Mukwege, a gynaecologist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has treated hundreds of victims of rape and abuse. I was struck by what he said about the silence. He considers the silence to be an enemy of survivors of sexual violence and a crime in itself. The silence that prevents survivors, their families and communities from reporting these crimes and seeking justice and makes complicit those who deliberately enable such a situation. Here at the UN we can give survivors a voice, we can break down the stigma they face.The positions that many of us in this room occupy gives us an enormous opportunity to support the work of these brave individuals. However, at the same time we cannot impose solutions. They must be home-grown. We must listen to those on the ground, whether it be women leaders breaking down barriers in the work place or survivors of sexual violence, and encourage support that is targeted at and appropriate for individual situations.This is my first visit to CSW and my first opportunity to see the UN in action on these issues. It has made me even more determined to use my position to break down the silence around sexual violence and I will champion women’s full and meaningful participation in peace processes, as part of my wider support for implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. I will amplify and elevate the voices of women from those in business to those working tirelessly to bring peace to their communities.I look forward to working with you over the coming months and years, especially as we look ahead to the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 next year.Thank you.last_img read more

First Subway and Applegreen store launches

first_imgSubway has opened its first store as part of its new partnership with Irish independent forecourt retailer Applegreen.The Republic of Ireland-based outlet, located in a service station in Gorey, County Wexford, opened last Friday (15 March), with another site due to open in Uckfield, East Sussex, in April as part of the Applegreen deal.The number-three BB75 bakery retailer said 300 of these outlets, which are either open or in development, are based in non-traditional locations such as forecourts or within convenience stores.Trevor Haynes, area development manager for Subway UK and Ireland, said: “Since announcing the brand’s partnership with Applegreen earlier this year, we have been hard at work developing the site in Gorey ready for the store opening today. This is a very exciting time for Subway, with a great deal of demand for stores on forecourts and within convenience stores. The Gorey opening with Applegreen is the first of many in the pipeline.” Adrian Grimes, head of food, Applegreen, said: “The opening of the store in our Gorey service station location today is the beginning of Applegreen’s partnership with the Subway brand and we are very excited to see our planning come to fruition. Our food team is constantly looking for innovative solutions to help our busy customers through their day. Therefore, with its convenient, fresh approach, a Subway store is a natural complement to our existing forecourt offer.”British Baker revealed last month, as part of its BB75 league table – the annual authoritative tracker of bakery retailers ranking firms on the number of stores it operates in the UK – that Subway had increased its estate by 59 outlets year-on-year to 1,483.last_img read more

Cloud-Native Applications at the Speed of Business

first_imgEMC World is one of my favorite times of the year – it’s a great opportunity to spend solid time with thousands of customers, partners, and fellow EMCers in one place.It’s also the time of year in our calendar where we bring a lot of mojo to bear on the industry – all at once.   In fact, there’s often SO much you can lose sight of the big picture.If you want to see the trees – check out Virtual Geek here, where I’ve posted a set of detailed posts on Unity, on Project Nitro, on the latest on VxRack System 1000, the new EMC Copy Data Management products, and much more.Any one of the Modern Datacenter Architectural pillars: Flash, Scale-out, Software-Defined, Cloud-Enabled – all wrapped in trust…. Well – they are well represented!But – here – I want to zoom out and see the forest. This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) risks associated with the proposed acquisition of EMC by Denali Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Dell, Inc., including, among others, assumptions related to the ability to close the acquisition, the expected closing date and its anticipated costs and benefits; (ii) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (iii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iv) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (v) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.’s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (viii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (ix) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xii) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xiii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiv) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xvi) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release. The first “big picture” element that I see every day with every customer is an important recognition that things are changing.   A recognition that they need to focus on where they differentiate and innovate versus their competitors.   That means that while all the cool point innovations EMC launched at EMC World today are powerful – customers increasingly want to consume/buy the necessary outcome. Customers are less and less interested in building it themselves – even if optimizing the ingredients has some marginal benefit.   This is being accelerated by the stark contrast of SaaS and Public Cloud models – which offer NO “best of breed” configurability, but in exchange deliver speed and agility.The second “big picture” element is the emergence of the “Digital Enterprise” agenda in every customer.   Every customer is realizing they need to digitize their business, build new ways of engaging with their customers with an “any time, any way, any scale” way.   This creates huge pressure for customers to re-learn what it means to be a software company and innovate faster – versus simply using off-the shelf enterprise software.That’s why I think two of the biggest announcements at EMC World are the new Native Hybrid Cloud platform and VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes.Both are focused on this new Cloud Native world.   Both are delivered in turnkey form, engineered stacks that are built holistically, supported holistically, and sustained holistically.   They are platforms – not solutions.   You don’t “assemble” them – you consume them.First – VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes.   For the last 2 years, we’ve been looking at how to make the deployment and all the “day 2” operations for Cloud Stacks completely turnkey.   Why?   Simple – customers really, really, REALLY struggle to get sustained value and leverage out of the open source projects like OpenStack, Apache Hadoop, Photon Platform, Mesos and others.   It’s not that they can’t or they aren’t smart enough.   Rather – it’s that the skill base in the market is very shallow, and the technology stacks are moving REALLY fast. If they successfully build a stack and get it up and running – and then lose the one employee who knows how it all works – POOF – back to square one.   The other driver is that each of those open source ecosystem projects are working to make their products a better fit for the enterprise – but each are building management tools that only impact THEIR stack, and in many cases these management tools cause the community to split (because these are often commercialized differently from one stack to another. Enter Neutrino Nodes.   Neutrino Nodes are a combination of industry standard server hardware coupled with an organic EMC innovation – the Neutrino software stack that is built to enable multiple different cloud native stacks to be deployed, managed, lifecycled – all things one needs to do after deployment. Together they deliver a turnkey Cloud Native IaaS that can be deployed in less than a day out of the gate. The first stack which is fully integrated with Neutrino is OpenStack – specifically the Kilo OpenStack project trunk. It’s the vanilla (but current) OpenStack codebase – delivered in a turnkey way. Simple. This is valuable, but where Neutrino Nodes will start to sing is as they support multiple different Cloud infrastructure stacks – with VMware Photon Platform – a true Cloud Native IaaS optimized for elasticity, APIs, and container abstraction models as the next stack on Neutrino Nodes In addition, our plan is to also make deploying the broad Apache Hadoop ecosystem on Neutrino Nodes simple and easy. Neutrino Nodes are deployed in the VxRack System 1000 – which makes for a turnkey Cloud Native IaaS, making the complex simple and easy.   If you want to read more about Neutrino Nodes – you can see my blog post on them here!Second – the Native Hybrid Cloud Like VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes – the Native Hybrid Cloud is focused on delivering a turnkey outcome – but for an even higher-order idea.   No one – I repeat – no one, consumes infrastructure for its own sake – even cool turnkey Cloud Native IaaS like VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes J There’s always a higher-order thing – the application, the use case that consumes infrastructure. In the world of the digital enterprise – those would be new Cloud Native Applications – built in new ways, using new tools.   The most popular tool to do that is Cloud Foundry, and the best Cloud Foundry distribution is Pivotal Cloud Foundry. What developers want is to get going faster; to code and innovate faster; to worry about infrastructure less. The Native Hybrid Cloud does that – it’s a turnkey developer’s stack that makes getting going with Pivotal Cloud Foundry faster – 96% faster than building it yourself. It helps developers innovate faster – 3x faster.   It helps the infrastructure become invisible and more efficient – up to 10x more efficient.But – the Native Hybrid Cloud does more than help the developer – it helps the other half of the DevOps cultural and operational model – the IT Operations team. Normally IT operations can be in conflict with the goals of the Developers – but the Native Hybrid Cloud makes them a hero again with control, reporting, chargeback and programmatic API-driven elastic infrastructure that the Developers building new Cloud Native apps need.The Native Hybrid Cloud joins the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud as EMC’s two highest order platforms – things for customers to consume versus build.   They both are designed to be hybrids – deploying on-premises, and leveraging off-premises clouds like Virtustream, AWS, Azure, and the vCloud Air Network.Enterprise Hybrid Cloud optimizes for traditional IT-as-a-Service, and is commonly deployed on Vblocks – and it optimizes around traditional IT needs: deep resilience, infrastructure availability, backup, DR and more.   You can absolutely deploy Pivotal Cloud Foundry on top of the Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (many do!) for “one stack for traditional and cloud native”, but it is optimized to service traditional enterprise application workloads.Native Hybrid Cloud optimizes for Cloud Native PaaS and new applications, and is deployed on VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes (leveraging OpenStack and soon the VMware Photon Platform).   Native Hybrid Cloud can also deploy VxRack System 1000 using Flex Nodes for customers who want to leverage vSphere).You can read more about the Native Hybrid Cloud at my post on Virtual Geek here!The march towards the IT endgame continues – consume vs. build, and get smart about where and how you as a customer innovate faster.   The Native Hybrid Cloud and VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes both represent powerful new turnkey capabilities at the Cloud Native IaaS and PaaS layers for customers to go further, faster.last_img read more

Panel discusses issues associated with body image

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association held a panel Tuesday in which body image issues, self-love and health were discussed as part of Love Your Body Week. Junior Anna Mullek, social concerns committee chair, said it is important for students to see the prevalence of peers struggling with body image. “Hopefully a few brave women sharing their diverse journeys will encourage other students to go and either seek help or consider sharing their own story in the future to inspire and serve others,” she said.Mullek and junior Haley Coghlan organized the panel, which featured speakers who touched on topics such as anorexia, embarrassing body issues and overall body health. The first speaker, junior Emma Lewis, spoke about her experience with anorexia in high school. She said her journey of recovery has taught her she is not alone, and it‘s fine she doesn‘t always like everything about herself.“Even if you don’t have an eating disorder, even if you don’t have a diagnosis, and even if you do, you’re not alone. Everyone has body positivity issues; it just makes you human,” Lewis said. “What really matters is learning how to look at yourself and just say ‘you know, I may not like this today, but I do like this.’”Sophomore Sophia Wittenberg also spoke about her experience with anorexia. She said today it can be easy to get wrapped up in yourself, and looking to others can help you see the wonderful qualities about yourself.“I would stress the importance of leaning on friends and family and faith because that is something I wish I would have done,” she said. Sophomore Anne Nowalk shared her story of learning how to cope with irritable bowel syndrome. She said that although issues like these are uncomfortable to discuss, it is important to pay attention to the needs of your body and not be embarrassed by them. “I needed to change my diet; I needed to change what I did for my body,” she said. “It took patience to do what helped me, but the more you don’t reach out, the worse it’s going to get. It can feel lonely, but you don’t have to feel alone. You should love your body no matter what.”Elizabeth McGonagle, who is a 25-year veteran of the health and wellness industry and owns a fitness center in Alabama, spoke at the panel via recording. McGonagle said the five pillars of health are the food we eat, sleep, exercise, quiet and healing. She said quiet is rare, but it is very important for our mental health and body image “Your body needs time be silent. You’ll be able to hear your body better in silence. Walk away from the phone, sit in silence for five minutes, and you will begin to crave that moment of science,” she said.McGonagle said healing is the most important pillar of health and body image because it means letting go of anger and hostility as well as seeing the good in others and most importantly in yourself. “Acknowledge what you need,” McGonagle said. “I cannot believe how mean people are to themselves. Take a more honest look at who you are, acknowledge the good, the bad, the ugly and magnificent because we have it all.”Tags: Body Image, Love Your Body Week, Self-confidence, sgalast_img read more

Katie Brayben Set to Star in London’s Beautiful

first_img Joining Brayben in the cast will be Alan Morrissey as King’s husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, with Lorna Want as songwriter Cynthia Weil, Glynis Barber as Genie Klein, King’s mother, and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner. The complete cast will be announced later. Some kind of wonderful news for Katie Brayben, who will play the title role in the previously reported West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. The tuner will begin previews on February 10, 2015, with opening night set for February 24. The Broadway production continues its run at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Brayben is currently playing Princess Diana in King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre and previously was seen in American Psycho: A new musical thriller at the Almeida Theatre. Her other theater credits include Joking Apart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime, 13 and Mamma Mia!. Morrissey was last on stage in I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium.  His work for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Want’s West End credits include Footloose, Evita, Parade, The Fantasticks and Dreamboats and Petticoats.  Barber is best known for her TV work playing Harriet Makepeace in Dempsey and Makepeace and Soolin in Blake’s Seven. Trainor’s theater credits include Potted Potter and The Shawshank Redemption.center_img Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. View Commentslast_img read more

Sweeney Todd to Play Off-Broadway Next Year

first_img Related Shows The worst pies in the Big Apple will be found off-Broadway next year! Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is coming to NYC following sold-out runs in London, where the show debuted in Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, the oldest continuously operating pie shop in Britain.Directed by Bill Buckhurst and designed by Simon Kenny, the working pie-shop environment will be re-created at the Barrow Street Theatre, where performances will begin on February 14, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for March 1.With music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, Sweeney Todd follows a wronged barber who takes to slitting throats while seeking revenge on the corrupt judge who destroyed his life and family. Traditional pie and mash will be served prior to each performance of Tooting Arts Club’s acclaimed revival, which is set to feature music supervision by Benjamin Cox. Full production details, including casting, will be announced later.Sweeney Todd was last seen on Broadway in 2005 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. The tuner debuted on Broadway in 1979 at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin), winning eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. In 2007, Tim Burton directed the movie adaptation. The film received two Golden Globe Awards and three Academy Award nominations. View Comments Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 26, 2018last_img read more

Turfgrass field day

first_imgFor Spanish-speaking attendees, the field day will also be offered in Spanish. Registration for the field day is $65 and covers the day’s program and lunch. Groups of four or more will receive a 10 percent discount. Students can attend for $20. To register, call (770) 229-3477 or go to the website www.georgiaturf.com. Registration starts at 8 a.m. on Aug. 1 for a daylong workshop covering everything you ever wanted to know about turfgrass and more. The field day will be held at the turfgrass research plots at the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga. Tours will begin at 9:15 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m., rain or shine The field day is certified for Georgia Pesticide License credit hours: two hours for a private license and four hours in categories 21, 24 and 27. Whether you’re a golf course superintendent or a homeowner in search of the perfect lawn, you’ll find the information you need at the University of Georgia Turfgrass Field Day.center_img A barbecue and chicken lunch will be followed by displays and demonstrations of the latest turfgrass industry equipment. UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers and Extension specialists will present the latest information on how to care for residential lawns and commercial golf courses. Field day topics will include controlling turf insects like mole crickets and white grubs and controlling turf weeds like crabgrass and dollar spot. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UGA Cooperative Extension, the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Georgia Urban Ag Council and the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture have partnered to conduct this field day.last_img read more

It’s the (Fuel) Economy, Stupid

first_imgIn a plan formulated by the Obama administration, auto makers will double the average, unadjusted fuel-economy rating of their cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 from today’s standard of 27 miles per gallon. Congress is likely to sign the new rules, which will start taking effect for the 2017 model year, into law this summer. Photo: Hemera Collection/ThinkstockDear EarthTalk: I read that car makers had agreed to up fuel economy standards to an average of about 55 miles per gallon by the year 2025, and that specifics were due to be hammered out by the end of 2011. Did this happen and where do things stand now?— Scott Ellis, Norwalk, CAAfter years of wrangling on the issue, auto companies, regulators and policymakers have finally come to terms on increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for vehicles plying American roads. According to the plan as formulated by the Obama administration, automakers will double the average, unadjusted fuel-economy rating of their car and light truck vehicle fleets to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 from today’s standard of 27 miles per gallon. Automakers which don’t meet the standards will be penalized $5.50 per 0.1 miles per gallon they fall below, multiplied by their total production for the U.S. market. Congress is likely to sign the new rules, which will start taking effect for the 2017 model year, into law this summer.According to the White House, the higher standards will likely lead to price increases of some $2,000 per vehicle to cover the costs of more expensive technology, but drivers should save an average of $6,600 in gas over the life of a vehicle. Environmental advocacy groups allied as the Go60mpg Coalition report that the new rules will create almost half a million new jobs while cutting domestic oil consumption by 1.5 million barrels or more a day by 2030.“The standards are going to lead to large investments and a rebirth of the U.S. auto industry [as] global leaders in innovation,” says Roland Hwang, director of the Transportation program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the six environmental groups (along with Environment America, the National Wildlife Federation, the Safe Climate Campaign, the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists) behind Go60mpg. Hwang figures the new rules will generate $300 billion in extra revenue to the U.S. auto industry, not to mention lining consumers’ pocketbooks with an estimated $200 billion in fuel savings. “This is a big deal [and] something that will keep the U.S. auto industry on the forefront of manufacturing innovation.”In addition to the new CAFE standards for cars and light trucks, the White House is calling for a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions from large trucks and buses by 2018. The fuel economy bump inherent in these new truck rules will translate to some $73,000 in fuel savings for truckers over the lifetime of a new 18-wheeler and some 530 million barrels of oil saved for all large trucks and buses made between 2014 and 2018.Critics point out that no one can be sure how much new technology will add to the cost of vehicles, let alone how fluctuations in gas prices, consumer tastes and the overall economy could impact what types of cars people want to drive. While the new rules represent a gamble in regard to these variables, enough Americans see the benefits of more fuel efficient vehicles outweighing the trade-offs. Of course, environmentally conscious consumers can already buy more fuel efficient vehicles—Priuses, Volts and Leafs are already all over American roads. And if Congress goes along with its intent to pass the new rules, greener cars will be standard and the U.S will be on the forefront of automotive innovation once again.CONTACTS: Go60mpg Coalition, www.go60mpg.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Renewables ‘more attractive’ for UK pension funds after subsidy cuts

first_imgHe told delegates at an infrastructure conference organised by the Financial Times that subsidies were needed to bring down the cost of energy generation, but that the “heavy” subsidy was always difficult for the government to sustain.“Those projects always had that risk,” he said, “whereas now, because the subsidy level is much lower going forward, the cost-production level of renewable projects is much less.“[The changes to subsidies are] actually a much more attractive and sustainable way of providing that power into the UK grid.”His views were shared by Mike Weston, chief executive of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP), who told IPE that certainty was “absolutely essential” when investing in long-term, buy-and-hold projects.“If you’re saying ‘Well, I can forecast that out five years, and after that it all gets woolly because we might have a new government in five years’ time that changes the policy’, then you inevitably have to put a risk premium on,” he said.“And then, ultimately, the projects get more expensive to be done, and the economics get more unpredictable.”The Church Commissioners indirectly own several wind farms, having acquired the land on which they sit as part of a farmland portfolio in 2014.They are also working with energy company Lightsource to develop solar power opportunities for rural property owned by the Church, and exploring the possibilities for wind farms on other rural real estate assets within its portfolio.The PiP, meanwhile, has recently launched a solar fund managed by Aviva.Click here for more on the pipeline of renewable projects ahead of the Paris climate change conference The UK government’s scaling back of feed-in tariffs for renewable energy makes energy projects more attractive and sustainable, according to the Church of England’s pension manager.Changes to subsidies for renewable projects, including rooftop solar, anaerobic digestion plants and wind farms, have been criticised in some quarters, coming ahead of the UK climate change conference in Paris.However, according to the Church Commissioners, responsible for managing the pension funds and endowments of the Church of England, the scaling back of subsidies may help in the long term.Roy Kuo, head of alternative strategies, said renewables were “more attractive” in the wake of the changes than they were before the cuts were announced.last_img read more

Health officials investigate Hepatitis A outbreak

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is working with local health departments in southern Indiana to respond to a recent increase in hepatitis A cases, many of which are tied to a large outbreak in Kentucky.In the last month, 17 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed statewide, including 11 in Clark and Floyd counties. Since Jan. 1, ISDH has confirmed 40 cases of hepatitis A statewide. Typically, fewer than 20 cases are confirmed each year in Indiana.Many of the southern Indiana cases have involved inmates in the Clark County Jail. However, an elementary school in Clark County and a Bob Evans restaurant on State Street in New Albany also have been impacted.“Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus, and seeing this many cases in such a short timeframe is concerning,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “We are working closely with our local partners to identify individuals who may have been exposed and to halt the transmission of disease.”Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. It is generally transmitted via fecal-oral routes or through consumption of contaminated food or water. Individuals can contract the virus through contact with:Foods prepared or served by an infected person(s)Stool or blood of an infected person(s)Inanimate objects that may have trace amounts of fecal material from hand contactShared syringes or “works” used to inject drugsSymptoms vary greatly, from severe to none at all, and may include loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, fever, stomach ache, dark (cola) colored urine and light colored stools. Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin) may appear a few days after the onset of these symptoms. Individuals can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. However, hospitalization and, in rare cases, death can occur.Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider immediately. Individuals with symptoms should not prepare or serve food to others and should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after eating and after restroom use. Food handlers in schools, hospitals, restaurants and other facilities that serve large numbers of people are encouraged to get vaccinated, which is the best way to prevent hepatitis A.Since 2014, Indiana has required that children be vaccinated for hepatitis A prior to the start of the school year. Therefore, children in kindergarten through grade 3 have likely been immunized against the disease. Older children and adults may not have been immunized and are urged to check their vaccination status.Healthcare providers are encouraged to ask patients about risk factors for hepatitis A, which include:Travel to countries with high rates of hepatitisMen who have sex with menInjection drug useA diagnosis of chronic liver diseaseDirect contact with individuals who have hepatitis AFor a complete list of populations that might be at higher risk for hepatitis A, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Additional information is online here.Visit the Indiana State Department of Health website or follow on Twitter or Facebook.at http://www.in.gov/isdh/ or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.last_img read more