Statewide—Indiana’s infant mortality rate fell at the highest rate in six years, with the black infant mortality rate declining nearly 16 percent and the rate for Hispanic infants declining nearly 20 percent in 2018.Data from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) show 559 Indiana babies died before the age of 1 in 2018, down from 602 in 2017. The overall infant mortality rate stood at 6.8 per 1,000 babies in 2018, down from 7.3 in 2017. “Indiana has been investing heavily in improving health outcomes for moms and babies as we work toward Governor Holcomb’s goal of having the lowest infant mortality rate in the Midwest by 2024,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “It’s heartening to see those efforts pay off so that more Hoosier babies can celebrate their first birthdays.”The 2018 infant mortality rates for non-Hispanic white infants met the Healthy People 2020 goal of 6.0 per 1,000, while the rate for Hispanic infants fell to 6.1. The non-Hispanic black infant mortality rate fell from 15.4 to 13.0.While encouraged by an across-the-board decrease, Box said the state will continue to work with partners to address persistent racial disparities.Box said the state’s new OB Navigator program will help those efforts by providing personalized guidance and support to women in the 20 counties at highest risk of infant mortality during their pregnancies and for six to 12 months after their babies are born. The home visiting program, which was part of Governor Holcomb’s agenda in 2019, formally launched in Allen County this week and will expand to 19 other counties in 2020. “Every baby deserves a chance to grow and thrive,” Box said. “The new OB Navigator program that is launching in the areas of the state at highest risk for infant mortality includes specific strategies to help connect at-risk women with community resources to help them have a healthy pregnancy and support them after their baby is born.”
DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds has directed a key state agency to draft a new policy for state employees who volunteer outside of state government during the workday.“It’s important to me to encourage our hardworking state employees to participate in volunteer activities similar to other employees across Iowa with volunteer policies,” Reynolds said Tuesday.The governor told reporters it may start small, granting up to eight hours of paid time off a year for state workers who volunteer.“According to the Society of Human Resource Management, 26% of US employers offer paid time off for volunteering,” Reynolds said, “and studies show that it not only boosts employee engagement and morale, but it also increases productivity, recruitment and retention — and the bottom line as well.”Policies about volunteerism among public sector workers in OTHER states vary wide. State workers in North Carolina, for example, may take up to 24 hours of paid community service time each year. Massachusetts gives state employees up to 15 paid days off each year to serve as a Red Cross volunteer in a disaster zone.Reynolds and her staff are planning to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House near a Des Moines hospital to show the governor’s commitment to volunteering.According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of Americans who volunteer has declined in the past 15 years. About one-in-four Americans did some sort of volunteer work last year.
0Shares0000Marcelo and Sergio Ramos are at the forefront of Real Madrid’s Champions League celebrations in the Spanish capital © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELMADRID, Spain, May 27 – Tens of thousands of ecstatic fans lined the streets of the Spanish capital to greet Real Madrid’s players as they returned home Sunday after winning their third Champions League title in a row in Kiev.Elated fans cheered and waved club scarves as an open-top bus carrying the squad and the trophy made its way to the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles. Some children sat on the shoulders of their parents to get a better look as the bus went by.The giant white bus was emblazoned with the phrase “Campeones 13” and the club’s crest to mark their record-extending 13th European Cup success.Team captain Sergio Ramos and other players waved and filmed the crowd with mobile phones from the top of the bus, which was escorted by police on horseback.Ramos took the walkway set up over the plaza’s fountain and draped the statue of the goddess Cybele with the club’s scarf and flag as the crowd cheered.He and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo then held up the trophy over their heads as white confetti rained down and the Queen anthem “We are the Champions” blared out from loudspeakers.“I had to be here and celebrate this win with them,” Ivan Gonzalez, a 23-year-old student who wore a pink Cristiano Ronaldo jersey and a Real Madrid scarf wrapped around his neck, told AFP at the plaza.– ‘Pride and ambition’ –The bus then made its way to Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium where a celebration with fireworks will later be held.Roughly 80,000 people packed the stadium on Saturday night to watch Real’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool on eight giant screens.The crowd erupted in delight at the final whistle, breaking out in familiar chants of “Campeones, campeones”.Earlier on Sunday at a reception at the headquarters of the Madrid regional government, Ramos joked that winning the Champions League was “turning into a routine”.Zinedine Zidane joined Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti as the only coaches to lift three European Cup titles © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMEL“In the difficult moments, when people doubted us, this team showed it has pride and ambition, that it does not get tired of winning,” he added.“I think this is the key of this success, along with having a great coach.”Real’s “decimotercera,” or 13th title in the competition, moved them six clear of second-placed AC Milan in the all-time honours list, after lifting the trophy for a remarkable fourth time in five seasons.Former French international Zidane also became the first coach to win three consecutive Champions League crowns, despite having spent less than three years at the helm.– ‘Legendary team’ –The squad also stopped by Madrid city hall where they presented mayor Manuela Carmena with a jersey with the number 13 on the back that was signed by the players.Carmena, who attended the match in Kiev, said Real had won thanks to the “magisterial leadership of its manager and the synergy of all its players”.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a die-hard Real fan, sent a telegram to the club’s president, Florentino Perez, to congratulate the team for their victory, which he said had “revalidated” the club’s “continental leadership”.“Thank you for this sporting show that filled all sports lovers with emotion and pride, and for once again taking Spain’s name to the highest levels of world sport,” he added in the telegram, his office said in a statement.Cristiano Ronaldo shared a few words with the tens of thousands of Real fans who turned out to celebrate a record 13th European Cup © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZORajoy had planned to watch the match in person in Kiev but he cancelled the trip at the last minute after the main opposition Socialist party filed a no-confidence motion against his government in parliament.Real’s victory made the front page of all main Spanish newspapers on Sunday.“Madrid dominates Europe with a legendary team,” headlined top-selling daily El Pais below a photo of Ramos holding up the Champions League trophy surrounded by the rest of his teammates.“An eternal Real Madrid,” wrote rival daily El Mundo while conservative daily ABC headlined: “A Real Madrid of legend”.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)
LETTERKENNY CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA & FRIENDSLove:live Music Ireland’s National Music DayBy Víctor YélamoTo celebrate Love: Live Music – National Music Day Ireland next Friday, April 8th, theLetterkenny Children’s Orchestra and the Regional Cultural Centrepresent a Classical Music Recital with music by Bach and Gluck andother compositions performed by the junior ensemble and friends. Founded in 2009, the Children’s Orchestra is an initiative of theSzabó-Yélamo String Duo. The Children’s Orchestra aims to complementthe weekly individual instrumental lessons and to motivate beginnersto work as a team, and also to develop social skills. The ensemblecomprises string players aged 7 to 13, students of OrsolyaSzabó-Yélamo, Lucia Spacirova, Brian Bergin and Víctor Yélamo – whoalso conducts the ensemble.The Children’s Orchestra trains and prepares string players for theDonegal Youth Orchestra; some of its members have already joined thelarger ensemble. They made their performance debut in February 2010 aspart of the Szabó-Yélamo Concert Series at RCC, with great feedbackfrom music teachers and the general public. They got nationalinvitations to participate in the Junior Orchestra Festival of theCoole School of Music (Gort, Galway).The group would like to thank Anne McHugh (principal) and all thecaretakers of Errigal College for allowing the Children’s Orchestra touse their premises for our Monday rehearsals.Letterkenny Children’s Orchestra and Friends is a great opportunity tocelebrate the future of Classical Music in Donegal. At the same timewe celebrate the children of today who will entertain and delightcoming generations; we also celebrate the National Music Day ofIreland through this free event, starting at 5.30pm at the Gallery ofthe Regional Cultural Centre. Letterkenny Children’s Orchestra and FriendsFriday 8th April, 5.30pm.Music by Bach, Gluck and othersRegional Cultural Centre, LetterkennyCo. DonegalAdmission is freeVenue: Regional Cultural CentreLocation: Cove Hill, Port Road Letterkenny, Co. DonegalTime: 17:30 – 18:10Tickets: freeOrganiser: Letterkenny Children’s OrchestraContact: Víctor YélamoLETTERKENNY CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA HOST RECITAL FOR NATIONAL MUSIC DAY was last modified: April 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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)