‘My Sister’s Keeper’ theme of women’s conference

first_img Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Doctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) “We will talk as sisters in Christ about recognizing, seeking out and helping those who are in need,” she said.“We must be aware of those who are having difficulties and not walk around them and simply say, ‘It’s not my problem.’“When we see others in need, it should be our problem and we should be willing to do something about it.”Lending help to others can be done in different ways – perhaps a kind word or a thoughtful deed. Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Skip By Health Videos Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “The scripture says, ‘A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment and wounded him and departed leaving him half dead,’ and that is the scripture that we take forward to the ‘My Sisters’ Keeper’ Women’s Conference,” Valentine said.“The conference is about taking care of one another. It’s about reaching out to those in need. It’s about not passing each other by.”Valentine said the conference is directed toward the women who are sisters in Christ. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content “Whatever your part may be, it is up to you to do what you can, however you can,” Valentine said.The women who attend the conference are invited to wear specific colors each night of the conference to show solidarity – navy blue on Wednesday, white on Thursday, black on Friday and red on Sunday.However, Valentine said the wearing of the colors in not required. It’s optional.The guest minister on Wednesday will be Prophetess Paulette Singleton, with Evangelist Sheila Erkins, Thursday; Pastor Linda Dunn, Friday; and Pastor Tonya Cogburn, Sunday.Local women who will take leads in the conference are Pam Daniels, Vanessa Harvey, Janet McCray, Cassandra Dixon and Nekeshia Williams.“We have so many women coming together in this call to service,” Valentine said. “The call to service is in our homes, our churches, our communities, wherever we can serve in such a way as to make that place better.“I encourage all women to come to My Sisters’ Keeper Women’s Conference 2011 and bring someone to enjoy the word of God.” You Might Like Pike BOE seeks AG ruling The Pike County Board of Education wants the Attorney General to clarify issues regarding employee retirement and health insurance costs…. read more Published 11:24 pm Friday, October 14, 2011 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ theme of women’s conference By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Bethesda Restoration Outreach Worship Center in Brundidge will host the “My Sisters’ Keeper” Women Conference 2011 at 7 p.m. nightly Oct. 19-23 at the Center at 129 South Main Street in Brundidge.The Women’s Conference will be led by Evangelist Sheila Erkins, Prophetess Paulette Singleton and Pastors Linda Dunn and Tonya Cogburn.Patricia Valentine, event coordinator, said the conference is biblically based on Luke 10:30. Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Mercury levels in fish are on the rise

first_imgLet’s start with what fish eat.The researchers analyzed 30 years of ecosystem data from the Gulf of Maine, including an extensive analysis of the stomach contents of two marine predators, Atlantic cod and spiny dogfish, from the 1970s to 2000s.The researchers modeled methylmercury levels in cod based on their diet and results indicated levels were 6 to 20 percent lower in 1970 than they were in 2000. Modeled concentrations of methylmercury in spiny dogfish, however, were 33 to 61 percent higher in 1970 than in 2000 despite living in the same ecosystem and occupying a similar place in the food web. What accounts for these differences?In the 1970s, the Gulf of Maine was experiencing a dramatic loss in herring population due to overfishing. Both cod and spiny dogfish eat herring. Without it, each turned to a different substitute. Cod ate other small fish such as shads and sardines (small herring), which are low in methylmercury. Spiny dogfish however, substituted herring with higher-in-methylmercury food, such as squid and other cephalopods.When the herring population bounced back in 2000, cod reverted to a diet higher in methylmercury while spiny dogfish reverted to a diet lower in methylmercury.There’s another factor that impacts what fish eat: mouth size.Unlike humans, fish can’t chew — so most fish can only eat what fits in their mouth whole. However, there are a few exceptions. Swordfish, for example, use their titular bills to knock down large prey so they can eat it without resistance. Cephalopods catch prey with their tentacles and use their sharp beaks to rip off mouthfuls.“There’s always been a problem modeling methylmercury levels in organisms like cephalopods and swordfish because they don’t follow typical bioaccumulation patterns based on their size,” said Sunderland. “Their unique feeding patterns means they can eat bigger prey, which means they’re eating things that have bioaccumulated more methylmercury. We were able to represent that in our model.”But what fish eat isn’t the only thing that impacts their methylmercury levels.When Schartup was developing the model, she had trouble accounting for the methylmercury levels in tuna, which are among the highest of all marine fish. Its place on the top of the food web accounted for part of this but didn’t fully explain why its levels were so high. Schartup solved that mystery with inspiration from an unlikely source: swimmer Michael Phelps.“I was watching the Olympics and the TV commentators were talking about how Michael Phelps consumes 12,000 calories a day during the competition,” Schartup remembered. “I thought, that’s six times more calories than I consume. If we were fish, he would be exposed to six times more methylmercury than me.”As it turns out, high-speed hunters and migratory fish use a lot more energy than scavengers and other fish, which requires they consume more calories.“These Michael Phelps-style fish eat a lot more for their size but, because they swim so much, they don’t have compensatory growth that dilutes their body burden. So, you can model that as a function,” said Schartup.Another factor that comes into play is water temperature; as waters get warmer, fish use more energy to swim, which requires more calories.The Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest-warming bodies of water in the world. The researchers found that between 2012 and 2017, methylmercury levels in Atlantic bluefin tuna increased by 3.5 percent per year despite decreasing emissions of mercury.Based on their model, the researchers predict that an increase of 1 degree Celsius in seawater temperature relative to the year 2000 would lead to a 32 percent increase in methylmercury levels in cod and a 70 percent increase in spiny dogfish.The model allows the researchers to simulate different scenarios at once. For example: Add another item to the ever-growing list of the dangerous impacts of global climate change: Warming oceans are leading to an increase in the harmful neurotoxicant methylmercury in popular seafood, including cod, Atlantic bluefin tuna, and swordfish, according to research led by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH).Researchers developed a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive model that simulates how environmental factors, including increasing sea temperatures and overfishing, impact levels of methylmercury in fish. The researchers found that while regulation of mercury emissions has successfully reduced methylmercury levels in fish, spiking temperatures are driving those levels back up and will play a major role in the methylmercury levels of marine life in the future.The research is published in Nature.“This research is a major advance in understanding how and why ocean predators, such as tuna and swordfish, are accumulating mercury,” said Elsie Sunderland, the Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at SEAS and HSPH, and senior author of the paper.“Being able to predict the future of mercury levels in fish is the Holy Grail of mercury research,” said Amina Schartup, former research associate at SEAS and HSPH and first author of the paper. “That question has been so difficult to answer because, until now, we didn’t have a good understanding of why methylmercury levels were so high in big fish.”It’s long been understood that methylmercury, a type of organic mercury, bioaccumulates in food webs, meaning organisms at the top of the food chain have higher levels of methylmercury than those at the bottom. But to understand all the factors that influence the process, you have to understand how fish live.If you’ve ever owned a goldfish, you know that fish pretty much do two things: eat and swim. What they eat, how much they eat, and how much they swim all affect how much methylmercury fish will accumulate in the wild. While regulation of mercury emissions has successfully reduced methylmercury levels in fish, spiking temperatures are driving those levels back up … Credit: Harvard SEAS“This model allows us to look at all these different parameters at the same time, just as it happens in the real world,” said Schartup.“We have shown that the benefits of reducing mercury emissions holds, irrespective of what else is happening in the ecosystem. But if we want to continue the trend of reducing methylmercury exposure in the future, we need a two-pronged approach,” said Sunderland. “Climate change is going to exacerbate human exposure to methylmercury through seafood, so to protect ecosystems and human health, we need to regulate both mercury emissions and greenhouse gases. It is important also to remember that fish are a very healthy food overall and when people switch away from fish in their diet they generally pick less healthy alternatives. We can all agree less methylmercury in these fish in the future would be a good thing.”This study was co-authored by Colin P. Thackray and Clifton Dassuncao of SEAS and HSPH; Asif Qureshi of the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Kandi, India; and Kyle Gillespie and Alex Hanke of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.This research was supported in part by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the Nereus Program sponsored by the Nippon Foundation.last_img read more

Turning the mill

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Florida WWII veteran beats COVID-19, celebrates 99th birthday

first_imgA World War II veteran celebrated his 99th birthday last week just after beating COVID-19!According to Fox 13, Donald Betts, of St. Petersburg, FL, contracted the virus while at his assisted-living facility, where his 78-year-old niece — who has Alzheimer’s, also came down with COVID-19.Betts was able to beat the virus and celebrate his birthday!Betts’ niece is also doing well, and both are expected to head home later this week.last_img