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Pivoting is not the end of the disruption process, but the beginning of the next leg of your journey. Pivoting isn’t Plan B; It’s part of the process.
Hello, June! Normally the hot topic for June is graduation and Dads. This year, it is vastly different. We recently entered Phase 2, and more businesses were able to open with tons of requirements. Some people are continuing to stay at home; while others are venturing out. Masks are part of the new norm for many, and the 3 W’s are the new catch phrase – Wait, Wash, Wear. I’ve realized I’ve lost some of the art of actually talking with people in person, as others are also noticing they have this “problem” as well. The not being around people most of the time is starting to weigh heavy on me and my personality, but pivot is becoming my new mantra. Our business is pivoting and looking at ways we can continue to help the community. We are planning future events and opportunities for the local businesses, so people will know the businesses are still out there, and they are still OPEN! We have exciting things happening during the upcoming months, and I cannot wait to share those with all of you. We are looking at growing and filling our new space which is affording us plenty of social distancing while working as a team. I want to give the Dads out there a big “Happy Father’s Day” shoutout and say thanks for being a great dad, whether biological or not. To the students graduating in 2020, you have certainly had to pivot and celebrate in some incredibly unique ways. Stay positive and think of the great stories you can tell your children and grandchildren about being the graduating class that didn’t get to walk across that stage with family, friends, and peers watching and cheering you on. It will be your version of having to walk up the hill both ways to go to school through several feet of snow!! LOL!! Stay positive, embrace the new “normal” adventure, and stop watching the news all the time! Visit the outdoors! Stay happy,
A Guide to being prepared for hurricane season from the American Red Cross
MAKE A PLANIn light of the coronavirus, you may have to adjust any previous plans you made.
and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes. Remember, if it’s not safe for you to stay home, it’s not safe for your pets either.
•If authorities advise you to evacuate, be prepared to leave immediately with your evacuation kit (see below). •Plan now if you will need help leaving or if you need to share transportation. •Ask friends or relatives outside your area if you are able to stay with them. Check and see if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have people in their home at higher risk for serious illness. If they have symptoms or people at higher risk in their home, make other arrangements. Check with hotels, motels and campgrounds to see if they are open. Find out if your local emergency management agency has adapted its sheltering plans. •Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update emergency plans due to Coronavirus. •Plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels
BUILD A KITAssemble two kits of emergency supplies and a one-month supply of prescription medication. Some supplies may be hard to get, and availability will worsen in a disaster, so start gathering supplies now. Start with this basic supply list: •Stay-at-home kit: Include everything you need to stay at home for at least two weeks with items such as food, water, household cleaning and disinfectant supplies, soap, paper products and personal hygiene items. •Evacuation kit: Your second kit should be a light weight, smaller version that you can take with you if you must leave your home quickly. Include everything you need to be on your own for three days: ºFood and water ºPersonal hygiene items ºCleaning and disinfectant supplies that you can use on the go (tissues, hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol and disinfecting wipes) ºCloth face coverings for everyone in your household who can wear one safely. Cloth face coverings are not
a substitute for physical distancing. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others in public. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove it without help. ºInfant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream ºPet food and extra water for your pet ºCash or traveler’s checks ºImportant family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container. •1-month supply of prescription medication, as well as over-the-counter medications like cough suppressants and fever reducing drugs and medical supplies or equipment. Keep these items together in a separate container so you can take them with you if you have to evacuate.
Take a First Aid and CPR/Course online to learn what to do in case emergency help is delayed. Download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for your area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. These apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
BE INFORMED-Have access to weather alerts and community notifications. Be sure that you can receive official notifications even during a power outage. Always follow the directions of your state and local authorities. •Use the Red Cross interactive map to identify likely disasters in your area. •Learn about your community’s response plan for each disaster and determine if these plans have been adapted because of COVID-19. •Find contact information for state, local and tribal governments and agencies, and for state emergency management agencies. •Because of COVID-19, stay current on advice and restrictions from your state and local public health authorities as it may affect your actions and available resources and facilities. Visit redcross.org/hurricane for full information about what to do before, during and after a hurricane.
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Photography by Stone Samuels, Images by Stone Welcome to "Small Town NC" - a monthly cinematic journey through our proud communities in North Carolina. To kick off this section, this month’s feature is our beautiful hometown of Fayetteville, NC! An array of locals share their love for the community with you in short notes about the place they call “home”, so enjoy the beautiful photos and share in the love of the community and enjoy our hometown, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Why do I love our City?
Our potential, our diversity and our willingness to help one another are above all my top 3 reasons! Our community’s potential is almost palpable. I feel like we are always on the edge of a huge growth spurt or finally getting on “the
map” of destinations of our nation. Where else do you have universities & schools and the military population all situated close to the mountains and the beaches? Our residents and visitors have local amenities like the Crown Complex to Segra Stadium and the Botanical Garden but can also “get away” rather quickly. I think this makes for one of the best places to live. One day we may also have a river walk and create our own local getaway. Diversity of our people, places, small businesses, culture, food, and visitors are second to none. You can simply visit downtown to see great examples of all of these. From The Dogwood Festival, Greek Festival and The International Folk Festival to some of the best food around, our community has it! We all benefit greatly from the culture and footprints left behind by our military families. Some of those families may not stay very long but what they leave behind benefits us all. Then there is the Fayetteville by Choice residents
Photography by Stone Samuels, Images by Stone
that choose to stay in Fayetteville and add to our diversity in a more permanent manner. I think of this group as our true ambassadors. Our communities’ willingness to help our neighbors,strangers, friends, families and visitors can be seen almost constantly. Most recently this can be seen on our local government level with the creation of COVID related Small Business Loan & Grant programs to PWC starting assisting customers weeks before mandated from the State. I can’t count how many times I hear “..this is my adopted sibling, they moved to Fayetteville for a few years and became family...” or how many grass roots fundraisers you see on social media to help someone in need. You can clearly see by the growth of The Cumberland Community Foundation funds that our generosity as a community
rivals larger cities. Some of the best memories I have is seeing visitors step off the train to be greeted by residents that take the time to “show them around” or give them the insider tips to visiting our awesome City. During last year’s baseball season I saw this so many times that I’m not sure if I enjoyed the game or seeing our community pride more!
Photography by Stone Samuels, Images by Stone
Maybe it’s our diversity that is the glue for our potential and generosity. Maybe it’s that diversity that allows us to act more like a family instead of a community. We may not always get along or agree but if you think our community lacks pride, just watch the next time someone says something
less than favorable about us, you will see that unspoken family dynamic come out in many of us! I couldn’t imagine a better place to live, start a family or open a business in our great State.
Read from another Fayetteville Resident and their love for why they love our city on page 30.
FINANCIAL FOCUS Getting Through the Pandemic: You’ve Got Resources As we go through the coronavirus pandemic, with its constant threat to personal health and its devasting impact on the economy, it can be hard to find a silver lining. But if there is one, it’s that government agencies, private businesses and nonprofit organizations have contributed, in one way or another, to helping relieve some of the stresses – financial, physical or emotional –that many of us are feeling. So, it’s important for you to know what types of help are out there. Here are some of the key areas in which resources are available: -Unemployment – The CARES Act, a major piece of the recent economic stimulus packages, expanded several aspects of unemployment insurance, including eligibility, amount and duration. To learn more about unemployment insurance flexibility during the COVID-19 outbreak, and to find a link to your own state’s unemployment insurance office, visit: https:// www.dol.gov/general/topic/ unemployment-insurance. You might be able to collect some benefits even if you’re still working. Specifically, if your hours have been reduced, you could receive part of your unemployment benefits as short-time compensation. Your company’s human resources area can let you know if
you’re eligible. -Banking/Credit Cards/Consumer and Student loans – Many financial institutions are offering loan modifications, fee waivers or new lending products to help consumers
during this time. To see what’s available, contact your own bank or credit union. Credit card issuers and other consumer loan providers are also offering programs to help borrowers; to learn more, visit these creditors’ web sites or call their customer service lines. And, as part of the CARES Act, borrowers can stop making payments on federally held student loans through Sept. 30, 2020. -Health care – Losing employment often means losing health insurance. If you’ve recently lost your coverage, you may be eligible to participate in the special enrollment period to sign up for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance plan. Depending
on your income, you may be eligible for subsidized health insurance. To see if you qualify for the special enrollment period, or for Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), go to https://www. healthcare.gov/screener/. If you don’t qualify for Medicaid or CHIP and can’t afford health insurance, you may be able to get free or low-cost services at a community health center. To find one near you, go to https:// findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/. -Mortgage – Another provision of the CARES Act allows you to apply for suspension or reduction of your mortgage payment for a limited time if you have a federally backed mortgage (FHA, VA, USDA, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac). You’ll need to contact your own mortgage service provider to request this relief. -Utilities – Many gas, electric and water service providers are temporarily suspending disconnections of customers unable to pay their bills due to the effects of the pandemic. Also, some utilities are suspending late fee charges. Contact your local utilities to determine the benefits for which you may be eligible. -Telecommunications/Internet – Numerous broadband and telephone service providers (https://www.fcc.gov/ keep-americans-connected#pledges) have agreed to temporarily stop terminations and waive late fees for customers facing financial struggles arising from the pandemic. And some providers (https://www.fcc.
gov/keep-americans-connected/above-andbeyond) are also offering other benefits, such as free internet service to students and teachers and increased broadband speeds for customers working remotely. These are challenging times, to say the least. But by availing yourself of the appropriate resources, you may well be able to make your life easier. This article was written by Edward Jones and provided by Jonathan L. Proffitt, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investment. For more information or questions contact Jonathan at 910-488-7535.
Get Away Without Going Away 5 family staycation ideas that won’t break your budget
Family vacations are a great way to bond and take a step back from the hectic schedules that accompany everyday life, but sometimes time or money (or both) make planning an elaborate trip a non-starter. However, a staycation – a vacation you take right in your hometown (or nearby) – can be much less expensive and fit into nearly any amount of available time with the added bonus of skipping out on potentially stressful travel. Consider these staycation ideas to take advantage of your local area’s attractions and prove you don’t have to go far to spend quality time together.
Visit local landmarks. Just because it’s not a traditional vacation doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to be tourists. Start by visiting the places you recommend to friends and family from out of town or pick up a city guidebook to uncover hidden spots you may not even know exist. Make a plan to seek out historic sites, visit local landmarks like museums or try an out-of-the-way restaurant (or two) you’ve never eaten at before. Camp out in the backyard. Camping doesn’t have to be done far from home. In fact, it can be done right in your own backyard. Pitch a tent to sleep under the stars and plan a night full of traditional camping activities like roasting s’mores, telling spooky stories by flashlight and trying to identify stars and constellations. Set up a picnic in the park. Pack a basket with sandwiches, fruit and other treats and head to the park. You can enjoy a casual meal then take advantage of the open
space for a family walk or game of tag before retreating to the playground to let the little ones expel any leftover energy. Have a home spa day. If you’re looking for some relaxation but don’t want to splurge on the full spa treatment, plan an at-home oasis instead. Light some candles, run a bubble bath and break out the facial masks and fingernail polish. Visit an amusement park. No matter where you live, there’s probably an amusement or water park within driving distance. A quick online search before you arrive can help prepare a strategy for hitting the most popular thrill rides and waterslides while skipping those that may not provide quite the same entertainment value. Find more tips and tricks for enjoying family time together at eLivingtoday.com. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
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Abby Written by Johnnerlyn Johnson Photography by Stone Samuels been ultra-busy. It is almost as if the team serves as a first responder of sorts. “I am working 14-15 hours a day to make sure this town has products.” Whene the large-scale vendors call, Abby is reminded of the two-way respect and compassion that comes along with taking care of her clients and her hometown. Abby has received calls from across the country from large-scale vendors who want to both inquire about and purchase many of her products. “They want to buy up my supply, but I am very dedicated to looking out for my hometown and my clients.” Looking out for the well-being of her clients is Abby’s mission. She recalls, decades ago, working for others and not being appreciated or treated with the equity that she knew she deserved. In fact, the remembrance of not being appreciated is what became the force to propel her into business for herself. Abby recalls, “I was the highest producer in my company, but the men made more money than I did.” When this maltreatment became a habit with no end in sight, Abby decided to take a different approach. I took the $5,000 that I had in savings, and I started my
While most of the country has been in an uproar looking for tissue, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, and the like during these last few months, Abby Ortiz, owner of A1 Supply Company has been well-stocked. Having been in business for 30 years this month, Abby, along with her dedicated 11-member staff, has always been wellprepared to combat COVID-19 and to help others as well. “COVID-19 has made me regroup big-time. I didn’t want to get business this way,” reflects Abby. In fact, she says, “If I could go back and tell COVID-19 to go away, I would.” Since the onset of COVID-19 and the onslaught of mandated environmental changes, the employees at A1 Supply Company have
is A1 company in a 400-sq. foot building,” recalls Abby. It is no wonder, with this huge leap of faith, that the “A1” in A1 Supply Company stands for, “Abby is number one,” according to Abby Ortiz. Furthermore, the company’s outreach to those in the community, especially the elderly, is a significant part of what keeps Abby’s philanthropic heart filled with joy. “If you fail to plan, then you have planned to fail,” is an adage that still has value today. Abby Ortiz and her staff are textbook examples of preparedness. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed preparedness deficiencies among numerous large-scale and even more smallscale businesses. Regarding prior proper planning, Abby asserts, “It has brought out what I have been saying the past several years, Quality is the way to go. There are companies out there that were actually hurt from COVID-19 because you can’t sell a product that does half the job.” At A1 Supply Company, Abby and her staff neither scramble for supplies nor worry about
the effectiveness of the supplies. In fact, they stand by the same products that they have stood by for decades. “The products that I have been selling for the past 25 years have been the best on the market. I have been selling them all along,” says Abby. She further explains that her products have the ability to properly sanitize. “I would rather use this product than use a product that does not have a kill claim.” If the term “kill claim” is unfamiliar, it is very important to know what that is especially during a time when disinfecting and sanitization seems to be more important than ever before. A “kill claim” is what the product will kill and how long it will
take to do so. Because she prefers quality over quantity, Abby asks, “Why use 25 products that will do what one product will do?” Abby, and her staff at A1 Supply Company, stands by their products. She says, “People will trust someone
who will guarantee everything they sell.” As far as what she means by “guarantee”, Abby confirms, “If you don’t like that product, I will take it back.” “When consumers buy a gallon of our product at A1 Supply, that gallon will make seven gallons of disinfectant in the fresh or lemon scent. It is not an alkaline-base, it is a quat-based product which is the killer!!! Walk away for ten minutes. Come back, and your surfaces are clean, disinfected, and sanitized,” assures Abby. As touted on their website, A1 Supply Company is a HUB Zone, woman-owned small business that offers products that are safe to the environment and the personnel using them. Since its founding in 1990, A-1 Supply Company has continued to serve its Federal Government, Military, and Commercial Customers by providing environmentally safer products with knowledgeable service and outstanding value. A-1 Supply Company is a small business focused on providing the highest quality personal protective equipment, safety-related products, and environmentally safe cleaning products at the lowest possible cost.” While there may not be an elaborate 30-year anniversary celebration planned for A1 Supply Company due to the current pandemic, Abby and her staff, which includes her husband and her daughter, will still be celebrating as they take continued pride in knowing that they offer top of the line products with a guarantee.
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Wedding Deadlines Checklist When planning that magical wedding there are a lot of details that you need to remember. Here is a checklist to help you remember some of the most important “to dos”. 12+ Months from the Magical Day □ Select the date, time, and place. □ Begin visiting various venues and inter viewing them to see if they fit your theme, and budget. □ Reserve the venue. □ Decide on the size and style of the wedding. □ Begin interviewing Wedding Consultants (if applicable) and make sure they understand your dream. □ Hire a Wedding Consultant (if applicable). □ Create a wedding website and don’t forget to create your wedding hashtag. □ Ask friends to be in wedding party. □ Shop for a gown with family and friends… or not. □ Begin the guest list with your groom and families. Keep this in line with your budget. 9-12 months □ Research honeymoon destinations. You may want to meet with a travel agent to get great deals.
□ Book musicians, DJ, florist, photographer, videographer, and limousines. □ Order invitations. □ Purchase gown and begin alternation. □ Order bridesmaid dresses. 6-9 months □ Finalize guest list and send save-thedate cards □ Book appointments for hair, nails, and makeup. Set up a time when your bridesmaids can go with you and make this a pre-wedding event with your besties. □ Spend time with your man-to-be picking out a tux style that will go with your theme and budget. □ Reserve attire for groom and groomsmen. □ Set up appointments to taste test various flavors for the cake and decide with your soon-to-be. □ Order cake. □ Another outing with you and your boo! Choose and purchase the rings!
3-6 months □ Secure bridal accessories (such as shoes, jewelry, garter, and mementos). □ Give musicians a list of songs you want them to play (or to avoid). □ Make food choices with the venue. 2 months □ Mail the invitations. 1 month □ Give photographer a list of photos you want taken. 1 week □ Give final headcount to reception venue and caterer (if applicable). The day before □ Hold rehearsal ceremony and dinner. □ Deliver everything to site and work out any kinks. □ Give marriage license to officiant. □ Present gifts to wedding party, parents, and any other honored guests at rehearsal dinner. □ Take a deep breath. The day of □ Give rings and officiant’s fee to the best man. □ Designate liaison for photographer to ensure all necessary pictures are taken. □ EXHALE!! Written by Angel West
Your Pets and COVID19
Your pets are an important part of your family and we do not want them getting sick. Here is some helpful information for you and your pet. While the CDC is aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID19, it is not believed that this virus can spread from people to animals normally. Although information is still limited, the risk of animals spreading COVID19 to people is deemed low, but it does appear that the virus that causes COVID19 can spread from people to animals in some situations, such as close contact with a human that is infected with COVID19. While some coronaviruses can cause cold-like illnesses in people, others can cause illness in certain types of animals, such as camels, cattle, and bats. There are some of the viruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, that infect only animals, but not humans. Other coronaviruses have been found in North American bats in the past, but there is currently no evidence that the virus that causes COVID19 is present in any free-living wildlife in the United States, including bats. In general, coronaviruses do not cause illness or death in bats, but we do not yet know if this new coronavirus would
make the North American species of bats sick. Bats are an important part of natural ecosystems, and their populations are already declining in the United States. Bat populations could be further threatened by the disease itself or by harm inflicted on bats resulting from a misconception that bats are spreading COVID19. However, there is no evidence that bats in the United States are a source of the virus that causes COVID19 for people. There has been a small number of animals across the globe reported to be infected with the COVID19 virus, and it is believed to be mostly after having contact with a person with COVID19. Until more is known about how coronavirus affects animals you should treat your pets as you would other human family members, to shield them from a possible infection. WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE PETS •Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household •Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people •Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals •Avoid dog parts or public places
where there may be large numbers of people or animals WHAT TO DO FOR YOUR PET IF YOU ARE SICK If you are sick with COVID19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with people. Until we know more about this virus, people sick with COVID19 should avoid contact with pets and other animals. •When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick •Avoid contact with your pet including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding •If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them If you are sick with COVID19 and your pet becomes sick, do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Call your veterinarian and let them know you have been sick with COVID19. Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine consultations or other plans for seeing sick pets. Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet and determine the next steps for your pet’s treatment and care.
determine if testing is needed. In the United States, there is no evidence that animals are playing a significant role in the spread of COVID19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID19 to people is believed to be low. However, because all animals can carry germs that can make people sick, it is always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals. STAY HEALTHY AROUND YOUR PET •Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste, or supplies •Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly •Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health •Be aware that children 5 years of age and younger, people with weakened immune systems, and people 65 years of age and older are more likely to get sick from germs some animals can carry There is no reason to think that any animals, including shelter pets, play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID19.
TESTING FOR ANIMALS Animals are only being tested in exceedingly rare circumstances. Routine testing of animals is not recommended at this time, and any tests done on animals are done on a case by case basis. For example, if the pet of a COVID19 patient has a new, concerning illness with symptoms similar to those of COVID19, the animal’s veterinarian might consult with public health and animal health officials to
All information for this article was gathered from the CDC website. https:// www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq. html#COVID19-and-Animals
County 911 Center Achieves Rare Triple Accreditation Status FAYETTEVILLE - The Cumberland County 911 Communications Center has achieved membership in an elite group of communication centers throughout the world by achieving accreditation in three protocol disciplines with the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED). The County’s 911 Center achieved the “Triple ACE” distinction by earning its Police Accreditation earlier this month. The Center had already achieved an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) status for Medical and Fire Dispatch and is now the 19th Triple ACE and the 23rd Police ACE in the world. “This is absolutely great news,” said Adam Johnson, the 911 Center Telecommunications Manager. “This is extremely rare and while it is always the goal to get to this point, it doesn’t always come to fruition for many agencies. We are definitely proud of this.” Accredited centers demonstrate a commitment to providing superior public care and use of resources to create the best possible outcomes in public emergencies. The accreditation process requires an agency to conduct an intensive selfassessment based on rigorous standards. After reviewing the application, the IAED conducts an onsite evaluation visit. Agencies recognized as Accredited Centers of Excellence adhere to industry best practices that promote standardized care, superior professionalism, as well as tracking and monitoring of response times to citizens throughout the call process. “What better time than now for this to occur,” said Gene Booth, Cumberland County’s Emergency Services Director. “In uncertain times with the pandemic and now approaching what could really be a rough hurricane season for us, I believe it comforts our community to realize that when they pick up that phone and need help, that they are dealing with folks on this end that have put in rigorous hours to know how to handle any situation.” Cumberland County’s Triple-ACE distinction will be recognized at the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch’s national conference in Las Vegas in April of 2021. For more information on the IAED and accreditations, visit emergencydispatch.org. Find out more about Cumberland County Emergency Services at co.cumberland.nc.us/departments/emergency-group/ emergency-services. Source: Cumberland County Emergency Services Press Release
PHOTO: The 911 Communications Center includes (from left to right) Emergency Services Director Gene Booth, Ashley Wilson, Melissa Connolly, Christine Buchanan, Adam Johnson, Shelia Bowen, and Laura Smith.
5 Innovations that are Making the World a Better Place With new technologies and innovations improving many aspects of daily life, humanitarian work should be no different. Saving and protecting children for decades, UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency, has been implementing new ways to reach families more quickly, efficiently and costeffectively. In honor of World Creativity and Innovation Day, meet five innovations that are making 2020 the start of a decade of good: 5. A cryptocurrency fund for gamechanging ideas Blockchain increases transparency, security and efficiency, as transactions are publicly visible and do not have to be converted into other currencies for immediate use. A first for the United Nations, the UNICEF Cryptocurrency Fund is able to receive, hold and distribute donations in ether and bitcoin. The fund is helping accelerate and grow social good projects such as Prescrypto, Atix Labs, Utopixar and GIGA, which work in the areas of prescription tracking, investor-matching, community engagement tokens and bringing internet connectivity to schools around the world. 4. An inclusive period tracking app There are more than 200 period-tracking apps; most are targeted to Western adult women and provide information that can be gender-stereotyping or fertility-focused. Founded by UNICEF’s Asia branch, Oky is the world’s first period tracking app co-created with girls, for girls. Packed with information vetted by global health experts, the app is tailored to Indonesian and Mongolian cultures and available in local dialects. To support further advancements in this sector, the app is open source, digitally inclusive and available even in areas where online access is limited. In its next phase, the organization plans to scale and adapt the app for use in East Africa. 3. Schools made from recycled plastic waste There are three significant problems facing children in Côte d’Ivoire: There are not enough schools, there are not enough employment opportunities for adults and there is an overabundance of trash. Daily, the
Abidjan metropolitan area produces 288 tons of plastic waste. Tackling all three issues, UNICEF works with Conceptos Plásticos to employ women to recycle plastic into bricks to build classrooms. The bricks, which will be used to build more than 500 classrooms across the country this year, are 100% non-toxic plastic, fire- and wind-resistant, waterproof, insulated and lighter and quicker to assemble than regular bricks. 2. Drones that cut transport times from hours to minutes Drones help reduce carbon emissions and cut transport times from 1.5 hours driving to 25 minutes flying. Leveraging technology, UNICEF works with drones to deliver crucial medical supplies to the hardest-to-reach areas. The African Drone and Data Academy in Malawi, a first-of-its-kind program, trains and certifies young students across the continent on building, operating and maintaining the drones, building a pipeline of future experts in the field. 1. A warehouse that can send lifesaving supplies to anywhere in the world With the world’s largest humanitarian supply warehouse, the UNICEF Supply Division is able to deliver necessities anywhere in the world as quickly as 48-72 hours. The size of four football fields, the Copenhagen, Denmark warehouse is equipped with enough health kits, vaccines, rescue gear and more to support 200,000 people at any given time. The warehouse is also home to an innovation lab that tests, designs and produces new and improved products needed in the field. In 2018, the supply network procured nearly $3.5 billion of goods and services for children in 175 countries and territories. In 2020, UNICEF expects to respond to around 300 emergencies and assist 95 million people with support. To learn more about and support these lifesaving innovations, visit unicefusa.org/decadeofgood.
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up in a military family, Iâ€™ve always found it easy to pick up and move; however, Fayetteville has found a special place in my heart. There is so much warmth found in our community, from the local coffee shops feeling like a visit with old friends, to the daily chatter of stoop visitors at the Arts Council which is a rare occurrence in a city this size. With a population of over
200,000 citizens, Fayetteville is certainly a big city with a small town charm. What I love most about Fayetteville is A Dickens Holiday. Itâ€™s an incredibly magical experience to be a part of the crowd while singing carols, sipping hot cider, and watching as thousands of candles flicker to illuminate
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downtown. A Dickens Holiday is the perfect annual tradition that feels just like a Hallmark Movie come true. Metoya Scott
How You Can Help Find a Solution to COVID-19 The human immune system holds important clues about how people naturally detect and defend against disease. For COVID-19, many people have been able to defeat the virus because of their natural defense systems. Now researchers are working to learn from these survivors’ immune systems to inform the development of new tests.
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If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, you can help. A leader in immune-driven medicine, Adaptive Biotechnologies – which specializes in developing products based on the body’s immune response to disease – is working with Microsoft on the virtual clinical study ImmuneRACE. As part of the study, they are seeking 1,000 participants between the ages of 18-89 from major metropolitan cities in the United States who: •Currently have COVID-19 •Have recently recovered from COVID-19 •Were exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 Understanding testing options. There are currently two types of tests for COVID-19: PCR tests that indicate the presence of live virus from a nose or throat swab and serology tests that indicate exposure to and potential immunity against the virus by measuring antibodies in the blood. A third type of test could help address current challenges with testing, resulting in these scenarios: •Complementary or alternative testing for individuals who have had known exposures or symptoms
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•Ability to triage patients and inform treatment strategies based on risk •Confirmation that individuals have recovered and are no longer infectious Such a test could also contribute key information as part of an immune scan. How you can get involved. To participate in the study or learn about more ways to join in the fight against COVID-19, visit ImmuneRACE.com. If you decide to participate and qualify for the study, a trained technician will travel to you to collect a de-identified blood sample in the comfort and safety of your home. The global race for solutions. Because COVID-19 is a disease affecting communities
around the world, stopping its spread requires solutions from every angle. It is the belief of Adaptive Biotechnologies and Microsoft that the answers may lie within the immune systems of those who have been impacted by the coronavirus. The de-identified data collected through this study will also be made freely available to the global scientific community to help develop other solutions. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
MOCHA ICE CREAM By Crissie Mergogey
• Ingredients: • 6 frozen bananas (peel before freezing) • 2 TBSP cacao powder • 1/4 cup cold brew coffee concentrate • 1 TBSP coffeegrounds • 2-3 pitted dates • 2 TBSP milk
• Directions • Remove bananas from freezer and let sit for 5 minutes. • Add all ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to scrape down the sides a few times to make sure it blends properly. • Serve immediately in a bowl or cone.
Planning to Adopt a Cat? Five tips to help you welcome your newest family member While many of us have been staying home to contribute to public health and safety, some have also opened their homes to new pets. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the rates of fostering have increased by 90 percent in some cities. There are even reports of shelters being completely empty because all their animals have been adopted or placed in foster homes.
placed close by for obvious reasons. You will also want to ensure there is somewhere comfortable for you to sit as you get to know the newest member of your household. Once your cat gets used to their designated space, they will eventually become more comfortable venturing out to explore the rest of your home. Let them do it on their own terms.
If you are considering adopting a pet or if you recently welcomed a pet into your home, your timing is perfect. June is Adopt a Cat Month, which is intended to encourage people to consider adding a feline fur baby to their family. There are typically more cats in shelters than dogs, and cats also tend to be more overlooked by people looking to adopt. Cats make great pets â€“ they can be cuddly, comforting and a lot of fun. A 2015 Australian study even found that cat owners tend to have better psychological health than people without pets.
Give them something to scratch. Cats scratch for many reasons â€“ to stretch their bodies, flex their feet and claws, and to remove the dead outer layer of their claws. It is best to get them some type of scratching post to use so they do not decide to dig into your furniture. There are many sizes and shapes available, but make sure the one you choose is at least as tall or as long as your cat when they are fully stretched out. You can train your cat to use it with a little cat nip or by hanging something that dangles down for them to play with. If you have multiple rooms with upholstered furniture or carpet, you may want to have a couple of scratching posts around the house. Cats will always need to scratch, so of course the best way to avoid any damage is to keep their claws trimmed regularly.
If you have decided to adopt a cat, or if you are considering it, here are five tips to welcome them home in the best possible way. Give them a designated space Because the space is unfamiliar to them, coming into a new home can leave cats feeling very uneasy. It is good to choose a room to call their own for at least the first few days â€“ ideally somewhere that does not get much traffic. You will need a litter box, a bowl of water and some food to start with. It is best to put the litter box in the most private place possible, and you do not want the food and water
Choosing the right food It is important to choose a recipe that is right for your cat, and to look for foods which are minimally processed, and nutritionally balanced with fresh meats, nonrendered fats and nutrient-rich superfood ingredients. It is also a good idea to pick a food that is meant for the age of your new feline friend. For example, well-formulated recipes for kittens will include more calories, protein, and fat to support the growth of a
young cat. Quality brands will offer recipes formulated to meet the unique needs of kittens, adult cats and senior cats respectively, and each variety will be clearly labelled as complying with Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) requirements for that particular age. Look for a statement on the label that the recipe meets the regulatory standard of the AAFCO. This guarantee should be readily available on the bag – such as: “NOW FRESH™ grain free Kitten recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profiles for Growth.” It should not be hard to find the information you are looking for to make these decisions. Everything you need should be right on the label. Your local pet specialty retailer is also a great resource in helping you decide what is best, especially if your cat has more specific dietary requirements due to some underlying health concern. Be mindful of how you give treats Giving a food-based treat is a great way to show love, but many treats are full of unnecessary calories that can lead to problems down the line. You can still give them food-based treats of course, but do not overdo it, and factor this into their overall calories for the day. Other ways to show affection include extra time playing, giving head bumps, and offering extra tummy rubs or chin scratches. You can also replace higher calorie treats from the store with something healthier from your fridge, like a piece of cooked fish or plain boiled chicken (no sauce or seasonings!).
Watch their weight Ensuring your cat maintains an optimal weight is one of the most important things you can do to ensure their overall health and wellbeing, and using a body score chart is great way to keep track. The easiest way to prevent weight gain is by ensuring that you do not over-feed them, and that they get enough exercise each day. At their ideal weight, cats will have a proportioned, slightly hourglass body shape when viewed from above, a slight tummy tuck, and a thin covering of body fat over the ribs and spine. When running your hands along their body, you should be able to feel the ribs and hips without pressing hard. Congratulations to all the new cat parents out there. You have made a great decision and your newest family member will bring you joy and companionship for years to come. This information was provided to you by Petcurean
If you have any questions about caring for your cat, Petcurean’s blog is filled with information on topics like nutrition, weight loss, first aid and more. You can also contact their team of experts at 1.866.864.6112 if you have other questions.
Check out our feature article on Abby Ortiz at A1 Supply. She has been caring and providing for the community for decades, helping to keep u...
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Check out our feature article on Abby Ortiz at A1 Supply. She has been caring and providing for the community for decades, helping to keep u...