Jul 7 2015

Fourth Of July Scary For Pets

The Fourth of July brings loud noises, including fireworks.

While enjoyable to many humans, the festivities scare pets, according to the Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

“They don’t understand it (the noise). It’s very frightening,” said Jane Grobaty, Parks, Recreation and Marine spokeswoman. “They’re just anxious and are going to look for a safe place.”

LBACS had 39 dogs brought in between July 4 and July 5 last year, Grobaty said, while a typical day usually has 11. However, some animals that flee during fireworks are killed by cars or are never reunited with their guardians, according to PETA.

Cats and more rare animals, including rabbits and possums, also have anxiety problems, Grobaty said, but those weren’t the public’s main concern. Dogs, compared to cats, are usually more dependent on humans.

“Cats don’t behave like dogs do,” she said. “They just kind of run off somewhere.”

Another increased problem around the Fourth of July was owners feeding pets scraps from their plates at barbecues, which they never should do, she said.

To help ease pets and avoid runaways, the LBACS offers the following tips:

o Play soothing music, lower the blinds to block outside sights and sounds, spend time with pets, using a calm voice. PETA suggests using recordings, such as “Through a Dog’s Ear,” and wraps, such as the Thundershirt.

o Keep pets indoors at home.

o Keep crate-trained dogs in their crate, covered with a blanket.

o Do not feed pets scraps from the grill or other human food. Onion, avocado, grapes and raisins may be toxic. Bones, especially from chicken, should not be fed to pets.

o Keep flames, matches and lighter fluid away from pets.

o Do not spray pets with sunscreen or insect repellent intended for humans, as it may be irritating to the central nervous system, stomach and lungs.

o Ensure yard gates and doors are secured, even if pets are indoors.

o Ensure pets wear identification with name and phone number of the owner, as well as confirm pets’ microchip registration information is accurate.

It’s best to have pets micro-chipped so they may be reunited with their owners, according to LBACS. The LBACS will partner with Spay Neuter Project Los Angeles to offer a Low Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinic from 4 to 7 pm, today, Thursday, July 2, at Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd. It will take place every first and third Thursday after that. Micro chipping is $15. For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/acs/about-us/low-cost-clinics/.

LBACS will be closed on Saturday, July 4, but will open on Sunday, July 5. Officers will respond 24 hours a day to emergency calls at (562) 570-7387. Staff will contact owners of lost pets with identification tags or microchips. Animals with identification will be held for 14 days. Pets without identification will be held at least six days before being processed for adoption.

The LBACS PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village is at 7700 E. Spring St. It is open from 10 am to 5:30 pm, Wednesday through Friday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. It’s closed on holidays. For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/acs/.

Emily Thornton can be reached at ethornton@gazettes.com.

Jul 7 2015

Insurance nightmare continues for Mountain Shadows family


Three years after the Waldo Canyon Fire, many homeowners still struggle with their insurance claims.

Paul and Jennifer Macomber have been at odds with their insurance company, American Family Insurance, since the fire started in June 2012.  Their home in Mountain Shadows wasnt a total loss, but the Macombers say it was damaged by smoke and heat.  American Family Insurance denies their claiming, saying the family cant prove the damages were from the wildfire.

Theres burn marks on the roof, the windows are warped, siding is damaged, said Paul Macomber.

The Macombers say their windows have been a major problem because they no longer seal properly.

You can actually see daylight in between the window and the wall, Jennifer Macomber said.

The couple says that precipitation and debris constantly leak inside their home and its impossible to keep the house warm in the winter.

We are so grateful that everything is still here, but on the other hand its also frustrating to three years later to still be sitting in the same exact position we were and nothing has changed. Its only gotten worse, said Jennifer Macomber.  Its takes its toll on us.

Kerri Olivier, the Colorado disaster recovery coordinator with United Policyholders, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the insured, says the Macombers are not alone.

We still have so many homeowners from Waldo here after the three-year anniversary that are far from done, Olivier said.

According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, the Waldo Canyon Fire is the states most expensive wildfire, with insured losses totaling $453.7 million from 6,648 claims. Neary 350 homes were destroyed and many more were damaged.  A representative at RMIIA told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that 99-percent of the claims are now settled.

Olivier said the numbers are misleading because insurance companies often consider a claim settled even if the homeowner isnt satisfied with the payout.

The insurers will often close the claim before the policyholder or homeowner is ready, Olivier said.

A survey conducted by United Policyholders one year after the Waldo Canyon Fire showed 57-percent of respondents were not satisfied with the settlement from their insurance company.

Clearly you have to push and be the squeaky wheel in order to get your claim settled quickly and fairly, Olivier said. If theyre not willing to cover something that you really believe and know was damaged by the fire, then do what you need to do to continue to push and document the damage and advocate for yourself.

Olivier said its a good idea to document and photograph everything in your home, including your belongings, in case something happens to your home.

Anything you have that can demonstrate the before and after is going to be helpful to you, Olivier said.

Though its frustrating, the Macombers say theyre not giving up. Theyve filed a lawsuit against American Family Insurance for a breach of contract.  A representative at American Family Insurance told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that it could not comment on the situation because its in litigation.

For more information on United Policyholders, click here.

Jul 6 2015

Call to halt legal highs ban based on ‘flawed’ Irish system

But a BBC investigation has found that Irelands drugs squad is unable to act against a range of legal-high type drugs because of problems with the legislation.

To bring a prosecution, police must scientifically prove that a substance has a psychoactive effect. So far, there have been only four successful prosecutions in five years.

One form of synthetic cannabis linked to a number of deaths is being openly traded in some Irish towns, obtained on the internet and marketed as Clockwork Orange or Happy Joker. It costs about 10 euros a gram, or £10 a gram in the UK.

Jul 5 2015

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Bostonians and their pets are getting ready to celebrate.

Although pets love the fourth, they arent a huge fan of fireworks. The ASPCA says, fireworks can result in trauma or even severe burns for pets. Here are some safety tips they offered for your furry friends:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them.Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.

  • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

  • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets reach.Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathingor even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

  • Keep your pets on their normal diet.Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes amp; raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.

  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach.Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.

  • Never use fireworks around pets!Whileexposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

Jul 4 2015

New California law provides insurance coverage to ride-share drivers during …

When Bill Tickner drives for Uber, he turns on his app. The moments that follow have sparked bitter debate.

Its my belief that thats the most dangerous period because thats when theyre engaged in distracted driving by interacting with their phone, said Christopher Dolan, the attorney for Sophia Lius family.

Liu is the little girl who was struck and killed by an Uber driver, who had the app on while waiting for someone to request a ride.

Uber came out and said it was not responsible, in any fashion, for what had occurred. They were not going to stand behind their drivers or provide insurance, said Dolan.

The driver had fallen into a gap – a situation not covered by most personal insurance. Uber says it wasnt liable until the driver was matched with a passenger.

Jul 3 2015

Nursing moms fight for insurance coverage of breast-feeding benefits

When nursing becomes painful or difficult in the days after giving birth, women can turn to certified lactation consultants for advice and relief. But some Illinois women say that when they tried to get their insurers to pay for the service, their claims were repeatedly denied.

The Affordable Care Act identifies breast-feeding benefits as a preventive service like contraception and lung cancer screening, which the law requires insurers to cover at no cost to policyholders. Recently a nonprofit that advocates for breast-feeding mothers sent a letter to the Illinois Department of Insurance requesting that insurers be forced to pay for the services of certified lactation consultants.

Moms are not getting what theyre supposed to be getting under the ACA, said Katrina Pavlik, board chairwoman of Breastfeed Chicago.

Jul 3 2015

Can I smoke here? What you need to know about legal pot

So what does that mean for you? Where can people light up, and where cant they?

We dove into the burning questions of legal weed: Where you can smoke, ingest or carry the drug, where you could still get busted, and just how safe it is to use.

Heres what you need to know about Oregons new legal pot law, whether youre at home, at work, in public or on the road.

Jul 2 2015

Fluidity Continues Its National Rollout with Gainesville Health & Fitness …

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INDIALANTIC amp; GAINESVILLE, Fla.–Fluidity – a leader in the barre category of fitness, and Gainesville Health amp; Fitness – a premier fitness facility with three locations in the Gainesville area, announced today that Gainesville has added the Fluidity Studio Barre program to its roster.

Fluidity Studio Barre provides a competitive advantage for fitness facilities looking to capture the barre momentum from specialty studios by investing in superior equipment and the most comprehensive instruction in the category. Fluidity offers a great architectural solution and innovative programming making it totally turnkey, commented Joe Cirulli, Owner – Gainesville Health amp; Fitness.

The Fluidity Barre features an independently height-adjustable barre so that a user can adjust the barre to their hip height key to working in correct alignment. The Barres patented design allows for push and pull movements in all directions while its portability allows students to position themselves in the center of a classroom in a way they can easily follow the instructor.

We use the Fluidity Barre to maintain a neutral pelvis position while executing ground-based, weight-bearing exercises in all planes of movement, said Michelle Austin, Fluiditys founder and CEO. By doing so, Fluidity strengthens the core and helps to facilitate function which in turn optimizes whole-bodystrength, improves functional flexibility and enables greater mobility in everyday life.

A sleek, compact design also makes for easy storage when class is not in session freeing up the space for other group fitness programming.

According to Robin Zukowski, Pilates Director – Gainesville Health amp; Fitness, Fluidity offers a level of barre expertise that is simply the best in the business, and allows us to offer the personal and highly-specialized experience of a barre studio along with the amenities of our larger facility.

About Fluidity

Fluidity is a leader in the barre category of fitness and has sold over 400,000 Fluidity Home Barres and established an intensely loyal following with a workout of simple yet powerful movements that consistently delivers astonishing results. Fluidity holds multiple US and international patents for the Fluidity Home Barre and Fluidity Studio Barre and offers a mass modality solution for corrective movement emphasizing proper body mechanics and postural alignment and offering one-of-a-kind equipment. Its $50M+ television campaign is credited by many with catapulting barre from a little-known fitness phenomenon to a mainstream exercise approach.

About Gainesville Health amp; Fitness

Gainesville Health amp; Fitness opened its doors in 1978 with founder and owner Joe Cirulli as the visionary leader. GHF has revolutionized the industry with a customer experience that is culture driven and designed to help others unleash their fullest potential. The largest fitness company in Gainesville and one of the most innovative fitness facilities in the countryGHF offers more classes, more choices and more variety than any other health club. Whats more, the members benefit from some of the most advanced programs available in the entire US With three unique clubs and on-site physical therapy through ReQuest, members have the greatest access to health. And, with a culture of service and an esteemed reputation, they experience growth and transformation faster than anywhere else. Driven by a culture of continuous improvement, this company defies the status quo at every level from the physical plant to the world class employees, all for the enhanced customer experience.

Jul 1 2015

Crime-scene DNA errors spark complex legal questions

PHOENIX — Recent admissions by the FBI involving data errors in calculating DNA probabilities are challenging the infallibility of DNA evidence, a science with a longstanding reputation as the forensic gold standard.

Prosecutors and bureau officials say the mistakes will have a minimal effect on criminal cases, but the real impact of the revelations in courtrooms across the country remains to be seen.

Vince Figarelli, the Arizona Department of Public Safetys crime-lab superintendent, stressed that the discrepancies do not amount to mismatching a DNA profile with a certain suspect.

Rather, he said, the corrected information alters only the likelihood that a DNA profile will be found in a certain population. This could be the difference between finding a matching crime-scene profile in one case out of 110 quadrillion, versus a corrected probability of one case out of 1 quadrillion.

The new information could be applied retroactively to court cases by defense attorneys, and Figarelli said his lab is mapping out how it will evaluate thousands of historical Arizona cases.

Jul 1 2015

Health & fitness tips for getting Dad’s in shape

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — This Father’s day, News 8 has your back with tips that all Dad’s should know about living a fit and healthy lifestyle.

We see dads who are overworked, stressed out, and neglect their health. As a result, they can end up with health issues and possibly carrying a great deal of excess weight around their mid-section.

Joining us Sunday on Good Morning Connecticut, Kara Ganssle, the Director of Nutrition from POP Weight Loss and Chaz Koch from Sound Runner in Old Saybrook, to tell us more about how to keep our dad’s healthy.

Ganssle tells News 8 that at POP Weight Loss, she works with Dads all the time and stresses the importance of good health. Ganssle mentions that heart disease is the number 1 killer of men from ages 45-54.  She also adds that one out of three men have high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Ganssle explains that dad’s should be aware of some signs like their waist circumference. If you carry most of your weight in your mid-section, you are putting a great deal of stress on your organs.  This extra weight increases their chance of developing type 2 diabetes.   You can simply measure your waist at home by placing the measuring tape above your hipbones.  Men with a waist larger than 40 inches are at a higher risk for health problem.

Here are five easy ways dads can make a difference:

1.Set a great example.
You may not know it, but your child is watching the foods you choose – and following in your footsteps. A 2011 Journal of the American Dietetic Association study found that kids are likely to mirror their father’s intake of many snack foods. Given that children get about a third of their calories from solid fats and added sugars, teaching them to choose smarter snacks can give them a big nutritional boost. If you want your kids to reach for fruit instead of cookies, show them how it’s done by leading the way.

2.Start in the supermarket.
Food shopping isn’t just mom’s job anymore. Considering that kids eat two-thirds of their meals and snacks at home why not take them to the supermarket to load up on healthy eats. They’ll love the fact that you have a completely different perspective than mom.

3.Get cooking!
Fathers who rank family meals as an important event are less likely to have kids who favor fast food restaurants according to a 2011 Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior study. But getting those healthy eats on the table isn’t always easy, unless dad steps in too. When both parents take turns cooking in the kitchen the likelihood of a home cooked meal doubles. That’s not the only reason dad should don his chef’s hat. When kids see dad whipping out pots and pans or chopping vegetables in the kitchen they develop a broader, more flexible view of gender roles.

4.Take it outside.
Outdoor activities are the ideal environment for dads to get on board with a healthier lifestyle.  Given that 64 percent of parents and kids play video games or watch TV together at least three days a week, the great outdoors is the ideal place for dads to help step up the whole family’s physical activity. Instead of reaching for the remote, round up the family for a bike ride or recruit them for a game of soccer.

5.Stand united.
To raise a family of healthy eaters both parents have to walk the walk and talk the talk. This means that parents have to follow the same rules and consume the same nutritious foods that they want their kids to eat. For optimal success both parents should agree on nutritional guidelines and be willing to stick to them.

Click on the video above to watch the full interview.

For more information, you can visit www.popweightloss.com.