The nation's federal food-stamp program is at the center of an ideological firestorm. On one side are supporters of a bill moving through Congress that would impose stiffer work requirements on beneficiaries in exchange for food aid; on the other, anti-hunger advocates say the plan would make life more precarious for already struggling families. As the debate rages, one state offers a useful test case for assessing the potential impact of revamping food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at the national level. Maine introduced work requirements in 2014 under Governor Paul LePage's push to reform its welfare programs. By one measure, the initiative is a success: The state's roll of food-stamp recipients declined from 209,000 residents in 2014 to about 171,000 people as of February. "Revenues from people who have gone back to work are up 114 to 120 percent," he told Fox News earlier this year. "People are dropping out of the system." Yet … [Read more...] about Must work for food stamps: A modest proposal or recipe for hunger?
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0 Comments 'Crisis' in Northern Ireland's A&Es, say doctors as more patients face over 12 hour wait for care BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Doctors in Northern Ireland have said emergency medicine in Northern Ireland is in "crisis" as new figures show a threefold increase in the amount of patients waiting longer than 12 hours for treatment. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/crisis-in-northern-irelands-aes-say-doctors-as-more-patients-face-over-12-hour-wait-for-care-36846839.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article36800339.ece/b80c5/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_41be73fc-f6b5-4e9b-91e1-1992b176b01b_1 Email Doctors in Northern Ireland have said emergency medicine in Northern Ireland is in "crisis" as new figures show a threefold increase in the amount of patients waiting longer than 12 hours for treatment. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) surveyed 70% of Northern Ireland's 88 emergency medicine consultants, with many saying they felt "ashamed, … [Read more...] about ‘Crisis’ in Northern Ireland’s A&Es, say doctors as more patients face over 12 hour wait for care
IF you are trying to lose weight the chances are you are closely watching your calorie intake. But do you really know how many calories you should be eating each day, or are you just guessing? Generally speaking, the NHS recommends a woman eats no more than 2,000 calories a day and a man should eat no more than 2,500. But those are based on averages and the real amount you should be eating should actually be based on a number of factors including age and exercise levels. That's where your basal metabolic rate (BMR) comes in. Your BMR is the number of calories your body needs to survive each day - it is essentially what you would burn if you did nothing but rest for 24 hours. In a nutshell, your body needs calories to function properly and cutting out calories unnecessarily is not healthy for your body and won't help you maintain weight loss in the long term. Not to mention, you are missing out on more food. Nutritionist and dietitian Helen Bond told the Sun Online: "That [the NHS … [Read more...] about How many calories you REALLY need a day – and you could eat more than you thought
Drinking more than a glass of wine or beer a day shaves years off your life according to one of the largest ever studies on alcohol harm which found even low-level drinking brought significant health risks. Anyone drinking much over the UK recommended limits, about five medium (175ml) glasses of wine or pints of four per cent beer, was shortening their life span, and increasing their risk of serious disease Regularly having more than ten drinks a week cut life expectancy by up to two years, or up to five years for those drinking 17 or more. The top 10 countries that drink the most alcohol 10 show all The top 10 countries that drink the most alcohol 1/10 2/10 3/10 4/10 5/10 6/10 7/10 8/10 9/10 10/10 Every half pint above the low-risk threshold amounts to “about 15 minutes” off your life, scientists said. After tracking the habits of 600,000 drinkers across 19 countries the authors called for a global reduction in alcohol … [Read more...] about Glass of wine a day could shave years off your life warns study calling for global reduction in alcohol limits
MEET the stunning acrobatic twins who are taking social media by storm thanks to their incredible flexibility and daily six-hour training regime. Teagan and Samantha Rybka, 22, from Perth, Australia started doing acrobatics at the tender age of three with the help of their mum, an acrobat herself. The twins have built up a following of no less than 1.8 MILLION YouTube subscribers of impressed fans. “We have been doing acrobatics since we were three years old and dancing since the age of six,” Samantha told the panel of judges which featured Simon Cowell, Dawn French and Geri Horner when the girls appeared on season seven of Australia’s Got Talent in 2013. The twins made it to the semi-finals and have since gone on to travel the world to perform. “We perform in big shows, corporate events, parties and weddings as well as performing to the world by posting weekly videos to our YouTube channel,” says Samantha. Teagan thanks Australia’s Got Talent for … [Read more...] about Acrobatic twins with 1.8 million YouTube subscribers show off their incredible moves… and it’s all thanks to working out for six hours A DAY