Walk Georgia

first_imgMore than 100 of the state’s mayors, city council members and city officials donned their sneakers early Monday morning, June 23, at the Active Georgia Walk to highlight the importance of physical activity among Georgians. The event was sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) along with University of Georgia Extension’s Walk Georgia, The Coca-Cola Company, Grady Healthcare and Local Government Risk Management Services, Inc., and was part of the annual GMA conference, held last weekend in Savannah. “Georgia’s city administrators are a key partner in promoting health and wellness statewide,” said Dr. Deborah Murray, associate dean for Extension and Outreach. “Their participation in the Georgia Municipal Association’s Active Georgia Walk shows their deep commitment to combating obesity in the state. Through implementation of Walk Georgia in their communities, as both a worksite wellness program and a community-wide initiative, it’s our hope that we can work together to make Georgians more physically active.” The three-mile Active Georgia Walk started on River Street and led city administrators in a loop along Bay and River streets. Area 4-H volunteers with Walk Georgia, along with volunteers from sponsoring agencies and organizations, also took part in the event by registering event participants and guiding them along the course. Walk Georgia, run jointly by UGA Extension and the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, is a free, Web-based program that allows Georgians to track their physical activity. Because local Extension agents in Georgia’s counties administer Walk Georgia, the program reaches state residents at the most local level. Through a $1 million, three-year gift from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Walk Georgia aims to reach 100,000 Georgians and to decrease the number of physically inactive people in all of Georgia’s counties by 5 percent over the next few years. Walk Georgia will debut an updated version of its website this fall, complete with customizable profiles, goal-setting capabilities, personalized calendars and the ability to join groups. The website should open at www.WalkGeorgia.org beginning this September. If you’re interested in being part of this summer’s pilot phase of Walk Georgia, visit pilot.WalkGeorgia.org beginning July 1. For more information on Walk Georgia, visit www.WalkGeorgia.org or visit the program’s blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/walkgeorgia/. For more information on the UGA Obesity Initiative, see obesity.ovpr.uga.edu.last_img read more

What has Abe’s signature ‘Abenomics’ achieved?

first_imgThe Japanese economy has gradually recovered and prices have slowly increased, but are still far short of expectations.The country even experienced deflation between 2015 and 2016, which made an unwelcome return this year with the global economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. When Japan’s Shinzo Abe took office in 2012, he vowed to reinvigorate the country’s economy with a policy that came to be dubbed “Abenomics.” But what has the program achieved?As the prime minister announced Friday he will resign, here is a look at the key goals of the policy, and the extent to which they have been achieved: Major monetary easing On his return to power after a disastrous first term between 2006-2007, Abe cut a deal with the Bank of Japan that saw the central bank implement a policy of unprecedented monetary easing.The goal was to reduce the cost of borrowing, stimulating business activity and personal consumption, and pushing inflation up to a two percent target to end the deflation that had haunted the Japanese economy since the 1990s.The BoJ’s policy helped strengthen the competitiveness of Japanese exporters by weakening the yen, but the inflation target has remained stubbornly out of reach. Government spending galore The BoJ’s efforts were paired with stimulus in the form of massive government spending, the second of the “three arrows” of Abenomics.Hundreds of billion of dollars was spent from 2013, particularly for the modernization of infrastructure nationwide, some of it with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.The spending boosted revenue and investments for business, stimulated financial and real estate markets and helped support the country’s growth for several years.But it didn’t stop the national economy from derailing several times: GDP contracted between 2014-2015 before recovering, and the country fell into recession again in 2020, even before the coronavirus crisis hit.With an ageing population more inclined to save than spend, consumption has remained stubbornly low. And spending was hit further by two consumption tax hikes, in 2014 and 2019.Economists warned both times that the increases would send the economy into reverse, but the government pushed ahead, spurred by its burgeoning obligations in a country with the world’s highest debt-to-GDP ratio.With the coronavirus causing economic devastation, and domestically forcing the postponement of the Olympics and a nosedive in tourist revenue, the government has unleashed massive new stimulus.But Japan’s growth potential is dropping because “the government lacks a green recovery vision and digital initiatives,” said Sayuri Shirai, a professor in Keio University’s faculty of policy management and former BoJ policy board member.center_img Structural reformsThe first two arrows of Abenomics could not work without the third pledged by the premier: structural reforms.A chief target was Japan’s labor market, characterized by a post-war boom era model in which workers could expect life-long employment and extensive benefits in jobs at one of the country’s behemoth firms.But attempts to overturn the calcified model and promote greater flexibility have moved too slowly, experts say.”At first we thought the government was buying time by monetary easing and fiscal policy, to prepare for structural reforms which are painful,” said Masamichi Adachi, an economist with UBS.”However this time was not used wisely for structural reforms,” he told AFP.There have been some bright spots, including a rising number of women and older people in the workplace, and some loosening of the country’s strict immigration policy, which may help tackle chronic labor shortages.But many of the reforms “have been not bold enough” to boost labor productivity,” Shirai said.The pandemic, she added, revealed “not only Japan’s corporate sector vulnerability but also inadequate electronic public services” and the slow implementation of government policies. Topics :last_img read more

Honey Badger lands sweet deal

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Former Australian rugby union player and The Bachelor, Nick Cummins was happy to help. The Honey Badger literally cracked a whip on his sister’s real estate agent. Picture: Realestate.com.auHe literally cracked a whip on a real estate agent’s bottom and it seems to have worked for the Honey Badger Nick Cummins’ family — still a bachelor BTW.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:14Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:14 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy is he called The Honey Badger? 01:15Cummins may have shunned Bachelor tradition by not choosing any woman to give a rose to in the season finale of the 2018 hit show, but he jumped right in when his younger sister Alicia asked for help to land a home sale.MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSMum puts home, land, cash, business up for $55 raffleBrisbane suburbs you can now afford‘Practically bomb proof’ party houseHoney Badger cracks the whip at his sister’s home.And flicks a cheeky one as he walks away.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoGetting the agent on the derrière.CoreLogic records show the property sold for $529,000 last month — which was almost $120,000 more than Ms Cummins had bought it for with partner Nicholas eight years ago.The rugby union veteran photobombed a video shoot, threw himself into a pool and cracked a whip on real estate agent Jack Dangerfield of Harcourts Solutions, a mate who was happy to be the butt of the joke.It was on the market for just over a month, according to CoreLogic.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more