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The National Parenting Center releases the Fall 2014 Seal of Approval Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by D. Gaynes   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:57

WEDNESDAY- August 20, 2014 - The National Parenting Center has released its 24th annual Fall Seal of Approval report.  The second report of 2014 follows two months of consumer testing by parents and children at The National Parenting Center's test centers.  A recent independent survey indicated that nearly 60% of mothers rely on awards such as the Seal of Approval when making final purchase decisions for their children.  As such, recognition from The National Parenting Center has become a significant bellwether for retail and online buyers as to which products will ultimately succeed in connecting with consumers.  Perhaps that is why Amazon has elected to identify all Seal of Approval winners on their product pages (to see a sample click here)

TNPC's evaluative process gauges consumer reaction to products currently being marketed to both parents and their children such as toys, games, books, videos, websites, educational products, etc.  Each is reviewed on a variety of levels including, but not limited to, price, packaging, design, stimulation, desirability, age appropriateness, instructions and more.  TNPC's Seal of Approval is ultimately a peer-to-peer review program to recognize and highlight products and services that have been met with a "thumbs up" by parents.

Since 1989, The National Parenting Center has established itself as North America's leading parent advocacy organization.  TNPC offers advice and information to parents on issues that range from pregnancy through adolescence.  The National Parenting Center's home page, TNPC.COM, offers visitors free access to hundreds of articles on parenting issues as well as Seal of Approval reviews.

News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair XIV PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:47

Quarter Horses Win Big at Iowa State Fair Competition

DES MOINES, IA (08/20/2014)(readMedia)-- Winners in more than 70 classes of competition were named on Sunday in the 2014 Iowa State Fair Quarter Horse Show.

The Iowa State Fair Quarter Horse Show was a double-judged show. In such a show, the use of two judges, independent of one another, takes place. Thus, two sets of results are produced with two full sets of American Quarter Horse Association points being awarded.

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Miniature Horses Impress Judges at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/20/2014)(readMedia)-- The 2014 Iowa State Fair Miniature Horse show was judged August 10 through 12.

The show was double-judged, meaning two judges independently evaluated each class resulting in two sets of placements for each.

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Exhibitors Awarded for Top Poultry at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/20/2014)(readMedia)-- Exhibitors from across the Midwest brought their finest birds to the Poultry Show judged Tuesday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

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Written by Dick Westbrook   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:08

GREENFIELD, Iowa – August 19, 2014 – The Iowa Aviation Museum is proud to announce the upcoming dedication ceremony honoring the men and women whose hard work has created the Iowa general aviation industry we enjoy today.

Opening in May 1990, the Iowa Aviation Museum, located in Greenfield, was formed to preserve, display and educate the public on Iowa’s rich aviation heritage. The collection includes many vintage aircraft and other historical memorabilia ranging from balloons of the 1800s to Iowa’s contribution to space exploration.

Aviation legend Howard Gregory dedicated the museum to the original Aviation Pioneers, the men and women whose hard work, tireless hours and sometimes dangerous efforts created the Iowa general aviation industry of airports, aerial transportation, instruction and agriculture applicators.

As the museum approaches its silver anniversary we are honoring the next generation of Iowa aviation promoters. These are the airport operators, pilots, mechanics, and salesmen whose untiring efforts continued the work of their predecessors to give us the Iowa aviation system we enjoy today. Many are the sons and daughters of the original aviation pioneers and for this reason shall be referred to as the “2nd Generation.”

Twenty-seven individuals were chosen by their peers and will be recognized at a formal ceremony including the dedication of a plaque bearing their names with this inscription:

“Celebrating the Iowa Aviation Museum’s silver anniversary, it is only fitting to honor the Fixed Base Operators, Pilots and Mechanics who continued the hard work and long hours of the Aviation Pioneers to mold General Aviation into what we enjoy today! A quarter century later, they worked tirelessly promoting aviation in the 1970s and 1980s. Many are the sons and daughters of the early Iowa Aviation Pioneers; for this reason they shall be forever known as the “2nd Generation.”

Jim Bartholomew, Charles Hawley, Ron Remmers, Larry Berens, Russ Knok, Hazel Sigafoose, Willard Carson, Bill Kyle, Dan C.B. Smith, Jim Connel,l Ernie LeClaire, Bill Smothers, Mike Connell, Gary & Janet Lewis, J.B. Straley, Robert Dahl, John Lowe, Jerry Strunk, Ed Doyle, Ivan McBride, John Tibben, Richard Drake, Bob Mosley, Dick Westbrook, Paul Elmegreen, Lee Nichols, Russell Zangger

The Iowa Aviation Museum is honoring the “2nd Generation Iowa Aviation Promoters at a ceremony to take place Sunday, August 24th during the 22nd annual “Wings” fly-in. Breakfast served from 7:30-11 with ceremony and plaque unveiling at 10. Public is invited. For more information call the Iowa Aviation Museum at 641-343-7184.

Governor Quinn Signs Laws to Protect Vulnerable Adults and Seniors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:49

New Laws Improve Procedures for Reporting and Resolving Problems with Individuals in Nursing Homes or Community Settings

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed two new laws that protect vulnerable adults and senior citizens across Illinois. The new laws improve procedures for reporting and resolving problems with individuals in nursing homes or community settings. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to improve safety, care and quality of life for Illinois’ senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

“Protecting our most vulnerable family members is one of the most important duties we have," Governor Quinn said. "These new laws will help ensure that our older adults and individuals with disabilities receive the highest quality of care no matter where they choose to live."

“The health and safety of our loved ones in nursing homes and long-term care facilities is one of our top priorities,” Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said. “New means of accepting and compiling complaints about a nursing facility will help the Department better identify new ways to investigate and substantiate anonymous complaints, ultimately helping to ensure quality care for residents.”

“The law to expand the authority of the long-term care ombudsman will make sure that older adults and persons with disabilities ages 18 to 59 who live in a community setting and receive medical assistance waiver services and managed care services receive the same advocacy rights and quality of life protections as people who reside in nursing homes around the state,” Department on Aging Director John K. Holton said. “Furthermore, this law now allows for ombudsman to have unrestricted private communication with any consenting resident without the additional consent of a legal guardian.”

House Bill 5703, sponsored by State Representative Michael Unes (R-Pekin) and State Senator Julie A. Morrison (D-Deerfield), allows complaints about a nursing home or long-term care facility to be submitted electronically to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). It also requires that complainant questions be provided on the IDPH website, along with notification that complaints made with less information are far more difficult to respond to and investigate. IDPH will annually review the complaint process and produce reports for long-term care advisory boards and councils, who can provide suggestions on how to investigate and substantiate anonymous complaints while eliminating frivolous ones. HB 5703 takes effect immediately.

“These are common sense reforms that allow for a better complaint and response process,” Representative Unes said. “This will make for a more fair procedure to investigate complaints and provide for facilities to better understand the complaints made with Public Health.”

Senate Bill 798, sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and State Representative Naomi Jakobsson (D-Urbana), expands the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program to include advocacy for individuals in the Adult Protective Services program. The new law also allows ombudsmen more open access to individuals living in community-based settings and allows the ombudsman to report any business-related offense directly to the Attorney General or the county state’s attorney. The new law is effective Jan. 1, 2015.

"This law expands the long-term care ombudsman program, enhancing its capabilities, reach and coordination with other agencies," Senator Steans said. "It's good news for senior citizens and families navigating the often confusing world of long-term care, and it's an essential part of Illinois' ongoing nursing home reforms."

"With this new law, the ombudsmen will be able to have direct contact with our citizens living in community-based settings,” Representative Jakobsson said. “That direct contact will enable the ombudsmen to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves."

Governor Quinn also today signed Senate Bill 2958, sponsored by Senator Steans and State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), which creates a three-year pilot program for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to administer medication in a limited setting under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. This will help fill the immediate need for more healthcare professionals created by the Affordable Care Act. The law is effective immediately.

In 2013, Governor Quinn signed legislation to create the state’s first-ever Adult Protective Services Unit to ensure that every allegation made by those who are elderly or disabled is thoroughly investigated. The Governor has increased eligibility levels for households to qualify for programs such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Illinois home Weatherization Assistance Program for those who need assistance paying heating bills during winter months, with a priority given to households containing elderly members, persons with a disability or young children.

The elderly are often the targets of financial exploitation. Over the years, Governor Quinn has signed legislation that strengthens training standards for employees of financial institutions who have direct contact with customers, increased the penalties for financial exploitation of the elderly or those who are disabled, and for the Illinois Department on Aging to receive reports of elder abuse or neglect from senior service providers via the internet. He also signed legislation allowing the state to freeze a defendant’s assets if he or she is charged with financial exploitation of the elderly, giving law enforcement a chance to obtain reports of elder abuse or neglect.

Governor Quinn issued an executive order to strengthen protections for adults with disabilities who are suspected victims of mistreatment in state-operated facilities and to ensure that potential cases be properly reviewed and referred to the appropriate authorities.

The Governor has proclaimed July “Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in Illinois” every year since 2009.


U.S. Coast Guard issues interim rule for offshore supply vesses of at least 6,000 GT ITC, effective immediately PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Coast Guard HQ Public Affairs   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:18

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday issued an interim rule regarding regulations to mitigate the risk created by the removal of the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels. The regulations were effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 removed the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels and required the Coast Guard to issue regulations to mitigate the risk created as a result, noting the need to ensure safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances and individuals other than crew on OSVs of at least 6,000 gross tonnage as measured under the Convention Measurement System.

Also, this rule will affect any vessel of at least 500 gross register tons as measured under the Regulatory Measurement System, if that vessel is not assigned a measurement under the Convention Measurement System and the owner desires to have the vessel certified as an OSV.

This interim rule may be found at:


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