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Daily Archives: July 5, 2013

Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School

“Many children and adolescents in the United States have grown accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle. Currently, less than half of youth meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommendation of at least 60 minutes of daily vigorous to moderate-intensity physical activity. This increases youths’ health risks and can jeopardize their well-being throughout their lives. Physical activity is also critical to children’s cognitive development and academic success. The school environment is key in encouraging and providing opportunities for children and adolescents to be active. In this light, the IOM was asked to examine the status of physical activity and physical education efforts in schools, how physical activity and fitness affect health outcomes, and what can be done to help schools get students to become more active.Schools historically have been central in supporting the well-being of youth by providing health screenings, immunizations, and nutrition programs and also by training them for lifelong learning. Schools can and should play a major role in efforts to make children and adolescents more active. The recommendations in this report provide approaches for strengthening and improving programs and policies for physical activity and physical education in the school environment, including before, during, and after school.”

European Parliament has adopted new EU legislation to fight cyber-crime

“The Directive on attacks against information systems builds on rules that have been in force since 2005 (Council Framework Decision 2005/222/JHA). While retaining a number of current provisions, it introduces new offences, such as the use of tools to commit large-scale attacks, new aggravating circumstances and higher criminal sanctions that are necessary to fight moreContinue Reading

Resource on British Columbia Annual Property Assessments

“About BC Assessment: BC Assessment produces independent, uniform and efficient property assessments on an annual basis for all property owners in the province. Structure: BC Assessment operates as an independent, provincial Crown corporation, governed by a Board of Directors and is accountable to the Government of B.C.  The President and CEO of BC Assessment isContinue Reading

Commentary – Creative destruction, government snooping: Is the Internet worth it?

Salon – We can’t “repeal the Internet.” But it has unleashed scary forces — and reasons for a Silicon Valley backlash, By Andrew Leonard “There is new evidence, every day, of the mixed blessings delivered by the Internet. Just to pick one example from current headlines: The vast advances in government surveillance capability that we’veContinue Reading

State of America’s Libraries Report 2013

State of America’s Libraries Report 2013, American Library Association: “After an economic recession that has left about 12 million Americans unemployed and millions more underemployed, libraries continue to play a transformative role in their communities. The more than 16,000 public libraries nationwide “offer a lifeline to people trying to adapt to challenging economic circumstances byContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Flood Insurance, SEC Internal Controls

Flood Insurance Implications of Changing Coverage Limits and Expanding Coverage,GAO-13-568, Jul 3, 2013 Flood Insurance More Information Needed on Subsidized Properties, GAO-13-607, Jul 3, 2013 Internal Controls SEC Should Consider Requiring Companies to Disclose Whether They Obtained an Auditor Attestation, GAO-13-582, Jul 3, 2013

BLS – June payroll employment increases unemployment rate unchanged

News release: “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 195,000 in June, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, health care, and financial activities. Household Survey Data The number of unemployed persons, at 11.8Continue Reading