Great-Granddaughter Of Lucille Ball Dies Following Fight With Breast Cancer

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Desiree Anzalone via Instagram Photo (left) / Lucille Ball via U.S. Army Photo (right).NEW HAVEN, CT – The great-granddaughter of Lucille Ball has passed away following a battle with breast cancer.Desiree Anzalone died on September 27 at Smilow Cancer Center in Connecticut where she was treated for stage four breast cancer.Anzalone was the daughter of Julie Arnaz and Mario Anzalone and was described by Arnaz as her “mini-me.” Anzalone was the grandchild of Desi Arnaz Jr., the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Sr.Julia Arnaz spoke to People Magazine and said her daughter was “something else”. “She was so beautiful, just so so beautiful inside and out,” Arnaz said. “She really, really reminded me a lot of my grandmother, more so than I.”Arnaz said she went “peacefully” but “watching her slip away was just, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. No mother should have to watch that.”An obituary described Anzalone as “an old soul who loved 60’s and 70’s music.”“Her talent was prolific including her art, song writing, poetry and playing piano,” it reads. “She was a talented photographer and enjoyed playing guitar with her father, singing and modeling photography.”Anzalone was first diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer at 25, according to People. Anzalone underwent chemotherapy and eventually a double mastectomy. She was in remission before learning that her cancer had returned and advanced to Stage 4.“She probably would have been with us for a few more years…it was starting to spread a lot more, and the tumors were getting bigger. We expected her to stay at least through the holidays,” Arnaz told reporters.She went to say that Anzalone kept getting fluid around her heart which required her to undergo numerous surgeries. “The cancer would come back two weeks later. And this time, it came back 12 hours later…you’ve got days, if hours.” said Arnaz.Anzalone made it her mission to educate awareness on breast cancer in young woman. ” It’s rare, but it does happen” Arnaz explained. “And Desiree wanted to put awareness out for if you feel anything, just because you’re a certain age doesn’t mean that it can’t happen to somebody.”Since March, Arnaz and Anzalone didn’t have enough time to spend with each other due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “I wasn’t able to see her as much as I usually do because she was compromised and I didn’t want her getting sick in any kind of way,” Arnaz said.Anzalone is survived by her fiancé and caregiver, Chris Reynolds. her father, Mario, and his wife, Nancy, her mother, Julia, and her husband, Halbert Massey, her maternal grandmother, Susan Callahan Howe, grandfather Desi Jr,  paternal grandmother, Carol Anzalone, paternal great grandmother, Marjorie Broadhurst, stepbrothers Sammy and Joe, and AJ and Nick.last_img read more

Kudzu bug facts

first_imgTwo years ago, the kudzu bug arrived in Georgia. It has been aggravating homeowners and feeding on kudzu and soybeans ever since. Now, some of Georgia’s Latin American trading partners are worried that the legume-eating pest may be headed south. In February, Honduran officials discovered dead kudzu bugs in a shipping container from Georgia. This led the country to step up inspections of cargo from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.Kudzu bug overviewTo help Latin American officials prepare for the possible introduction of the pest into their countries, University of Georgia researchers scheduled an informational meeting to share what they have learned about the kudzu bug (Megacopta cribraria) since it was found in the Southeast. The goal was to educate the officials, representing various aspects of plant and animal health and international trade, on UGA’s current knowledge of the insect and provide a forum of discussion on trade issues surrounding quarantine concerns of the Honduran government, said Wayne Gardner, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the meeting’s organizer.Stowaway bugs“The meeting was prompted by concerns voiced by the Honduran government concerning the interception of two separate container shipments of poultry products from Georgia that reportedly contained dead kudzu bug adults,” Gardner said. “The second discovery prompted Honduran officials to halt receipt of all container imports from the states of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.” More than 4,000 containers from these states were reportedly held at Honduran ports, he said. Cotton imports affected“This stance was eased within a few days when Honduran laborers were being sent home as there was no cotton yarn and goods for manufacturers,” Gardner said. “Ten percent of all containers from these states are now being inspected, while 5 percent of all containers from other parts of the U.S. are routinely inspected.”Gardner said the country’s cotton industry was hit hard hit by the trade sanction. Strict guidelines that require containers be cleaned before being loaded with cotton products have already helped mitigate problems of transporting the kudzu bug, Gardner said.During their visit to Georgia March 27-29, the 16 Latin American officials toured CanAm Yarns LLC in Cedartown to see how cotton is processed and packaged before it is exported to their countries. With the help of Spanish translators, they spent two days on the UGA campus in Griffin listening to scientific presentations on the kudzu bug and asking questions.“We focused on having speakers deliver the most up-to-date information that we have on the insect, to be totally transparent and forthcoming in those discussions, yet emphasize that this insect is not unique to the southeastern U.S.,” Gardner said. “It also hitchhikes from its native Asian range.” In addition to the kudzu bug’s basic biology, UGA researchers discussed its host plants, potential risks, impacts on the environment and possible management strategies.Being ahead of the gameRogelio Trabanino, an entomologist with Escuela Agricola Panamericana, attended the meeting to learn about potential biological control methods.“I want as much information as I can get so we will be ready to control the pest should it enter our country,” he said. “UGA has laid a lot of the groundwork for us.”A bean-eating pest would affect the food supplyThe kudzu bug feeds on legume or bean plants. In counties like Honduras, any kind of bean-eating pest has the potential to affect a major food source.“Our initial concern is over beans because they are a main staple and a source for protein here,” said Guillermo Alvarado, executive director of the International Regional Organization of Plant and Animal Health. “Hundreds of thousands of acres of beans are grown by small farmers, and this pest would create an additional burden to these farmers and become a food security risk for us.”Alvarado’s organization’s major objective is to protect animal and plant health in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic.“At the conclusion of the meeting, Honduran and OIRSA inspection and quarantine officials admitted there had been no problems with cotton product imports and acknowledged that the standard protocols used by the cotton industry are adequate in minimizing the risk of introducing the insect to their region,” Gardner said. “They asked that similar protocols be implemented with the poultry industry and others.”Hitchhiking on planes?In addition to hitching rides in cargo shipments, OIRSA officials fear kudzu bugs may leave the U.S. on commercial passenger jets, he said.“Kudzu bugs have been intercepted in the passenger area and baggage compartments of several flights originating from Atlanta with arrivals in Guatemala and Honduras,” Gardener said. Honduran officials “have asked for some sort of protocol to address this problem. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is working with airport authorities to develop some sort of protocols to address these risks.”last_img read more

Q&A: Sasha Digiulian

first_imgSasha Digiulian climbs in the Red River Gorge during her record-breaking week. Photo: Magnus MidtboProfessional climber and Virginia native Sasha Digiulian has already had one hell of a year. In March, she spent a week establishing first female ascents of the hardest routes in the Red River Gorge, becoming the first American female to onsight a 5.14 route in the process. A couple of weeks later, she won the USA Sport Climbing Nationals in Boulder. This all comes after winning her fourth straight youth Pan Am Climbing Championship last December. Digiulian is pushing the limits of climbing and is arguably the strongest female climber in the country, if not the world. And she’s just graduated from high school. BRO talked with the 18-year-old as she finished up high school and made plans for a big summer and fall.Your recent trip to the Red was a breakthrough for you, and women climbers in general. What was different about that trip?SD: I spent spring break in the Red. I hadn’t climbed outside since August, so I’d just been training in the gym at home. I was so excited to be climbing outside that I wasn’t going to let the numbers limit me. Sometimes, you go on a climbing trip and you automatically look for routes in your comfort zone. I’d never been on a 5.14c before, but I decided I was going to put on my shoes and just climb it. I knew I only had a little time because I was on spring break, so I just went for it. Plus, the Red fits my style. The climbing there is fitness oriented without any big reaches. I’m 5’2,” so having to extend for a hold can be difficult.Was it a dream come true ticking off that 5.14c (Southern Smoke)?SD: When I was 10, I told myself if I could ever climb a 5.14A, I’d be out of this world happy. I thought that was the ultimate. I don’t know what to expect now. It sounds cheesy but if you believe it, you can do it. Lately, at the gym training, I’ll be tired but able to dig deeper. I think about what I’m training for, and I find the strength somehow. When you can link that mental aspect with the physical, you can really excel.How important is the mental game in climbing?SD: Climbing is so mental. There is only so much you can improve physically. But if you can tap into the mental side of the sport, you can do anything. There are so many individual moves in a route, so many distinctive techniques you have to perform. If you can wrap your head around what you have to do, and mentally picture yourself on the wall performing the moves, it’s amazing what you can accomplish. That side of the sport is almost as integral as the physical. 1 2last_img read more

Mountain Mama: I Need to Escape Winter. Any International Travel Tips?

first_imgDear Mountain Mama, I’m over winter. One day the temperatures plunge to below zero and the next day is gray and rainy. I want to escape somewhere sunny and 70 degrees. A lot of my friends are headed to the southern hemisphere for some warmer outdoor play. I’d like to plan a trip of my own, but I’ve never traveled abroad. Any international travel tips?Yours,Dreaming of Warmer Weather——————————————————————Dear Dreaming of Warmer Weather,The shorter days and colder temperatures can take the wind out of your sails. Booking a plane ticket to somewhere warm can break up the winter into manageable chunks of time. For a lifetime of memories, follow these three tips:1. Research as much as possible before leaving. Daydream about destinations and try to find a place that offers your favorite outdoor recreational opportunities. If you’re a climber, pack your rope and fly to Thailand, where you can climb in the morning, snorkel in the afternoon, and eat delicious foods in the evening. If kayaking floats your boat, check out heli-kayaking in New Zealand. A helicopter will pick up you and your boat at the take-out and shuttle you into remote wilderness.Find out if your preferred destination requires a visa in addition to a passport. Apply for your travel documents well in advance to prevent a last minute border-crossing crisis.The internet also makes easy work of determining what outdoor gear you need to bring. Traveling with a kayak can be expensive and a pain to transport. If you’re going to a paddling destination that rents boats, consider reserving your favorite model. Check to see what, if any, supplies are impossible to buy once you arrive, and prioritize those items on your packing list.2. Once you board the plane, let go of any expectations. The more rigid travelers are about checking off their to-do list, the less open they are to whatever experiences arise. Don’t force anything, and let the journey unfold.For example, one of my good friends traveled to Australia, hoping to learn how to scuba dive. The strong winds made underwater visibility poor. Instead of diving in lackluster conditions, she found a captain who needed an extra hand and spent three weeks sailing for free – the perfect use of all that wind.3.  Accept food that locals offer you. Leave your self-imposed dietary restrictions at home. Saying no to a homemade meal because you are following a gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, or low calorie diet is considered rude in many countries. Food is an invitation to connect with people on a basic and universal level. Breaking bread together symbolizes good-will.Safe Travels!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Transform your credit union with technology: six tips

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Harness the power of advanced analytics.by: Craig SauerUse the power of the digital age to transform how you do business with these six tips from CUNA’s 2015-2016 Environmental Scan:1. Recognize that consumers’ rapid adoption of mobile payments means credit unions’ cards must battle for “top of device” status in addition to “top of wallet” status.2. Align your payments strategy with strong partners and proactively engage and inform interested members.3. Harness the power of advanced analytics through data gleaned from EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) transactions and the “Internet of Things,” which could produce 28 billion connected objects by 2020.Create systems that filter, process, and respond to this data by delivering customized services and information transparently to individual members. continue reading »last_img read more

The new law all credit unions should watch

first_imgCredit unions in all states should be paying close attention to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that took effect earlier this month, as it’s likely to lead to many CUs investing significant time and money addressing the data privacy of their members, one analyst is stressing.Why give the new law attention? The primary reasons, explained NAFCU Senior Regulatory Compliance Counsel Elizabeth LaBerge, is many credit unions outside the Golden State will be affected, and the CCPA will likely influence similar legislation in many other states.“This goes a lot further than just impacting credit unions in California,” said LaBerge. “This bill applies to anyone who has a California residence and has information floating around in the information ecosystem. That means you could have someone telecommuting or working with you remotely who has a California residence. That could mean you work with a local business that uses a California authorized signer. Maybe you have a few members who moved to California…The protections under the CCPA now apply to them. So this is a lot bigger than just credit unions that have a physical presence in California. This covers a huge number of credit unions within the industry.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Riding the many pandemic seesaws

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Because most people feel ambivalent about possible future pandemics, communicating effectively with them requires skillful balance on a wide range of communication ‘seesaws.’What I call the “seesaw” is a fundamental aspect of pandemic risk communication. People who are ambivalent—that is, people who are torn between two competing opinions—tend to resolve their ambivalence by favoring the viewpoint everyone else seems to be ignoring.The pandemic seesaw I discussed in my last column is the alarm-versus-reassurance seesaw. Here’s a brief summary: Some audiences for your risk communication are profoundly ambivalent about whether to shrug off the possibility of a pandemic or to worry about it and take precautions. Not all audiences are like that. Some are uninformed and uninterested and have no strong opinion. Some have already decided they’re taking pandemic risks seriously or they’re not. But some are ambivalent. And those ambivalent audiences will tend to worry all the more if your communications strike them as overly reassuring, while they’ll be inclined to shrug off the risk if your communications seem excessively alarmist.Effective risk communicators therefore try to adjust the level of alarm or reassurance in their pandemic messages on the basis of two factors: how alarmed or reassured they believe their audience currently is, and how alarmed or reassured they think it should be. You choose your seat on the seesaw with care, depending on which seat you want to entice your audience to choose.Alarm versus reassurance isn’t the only pandemic-related seesaw. There are many, including the following four.1. Confidence versus tentativenessIf you keep insisting you know what you’re doing and the situation is under control, stakeholders will start thinking you don’t and it isn’t. We’ll feel paradoxically more confident about your leadership when you point out (confidently) that influenza is always unpredictable, that managing a pandemic requires a lot of guesswork, and that there are bound to be some mistakes.As David Heymann (currently the World Health Organization’s executive director of communicable diseases) said during the SARS crisis: “We are building our boat and sailing it at the same time.” People tended to have a lot of confidence in Heymann. They had confidence not despite his acknowledgments of uncertainty but because of them. (Heymann is also very competent—but not all competent leaders generate confidence.)2. Your fault versus somebody else’sBlame is yet another seesaw. When things go wrong, there are almost always ways in which the trouble is genuinely your fault—and ways in which the fault lies elsewhere. If you blame yourself more, people blame you less. If you’re too quick to say it’s not your fault, people decide it is.This is one of the things Johnson & Johnson (J&J) got right during the 1982 Tylenol poisonings. The company blamed itself for having insufficiently tamper-proof packaging. So the ambivalent public decided the poisonings weren’t J&J’s fault, and the brand quickly recovered.3. Prepared versus unpreparedAs every business continuity manager knows, preparedness isn’t a toggle switch. You’re never fully prepared. You just keep trying to get more prepared. You always have a list of additional steps you could take. Some of them are low on your priority list; others you really expect to get to when you find the time and the budget.Have you prepared enough? Not enough? Too much? That’s the preparedness seesaw. If you tell ambivalent people you’re ready to cope with a pandemic, expect them to reproach you with everything on your list that you haven’t done. If you tell people you need a lot more resources to get ready, expect them to look hard at all the money you’ve already spent. Continuity managers would do well to think about this seesaw before heading into a budget meeting.Ironically, emergency preparedness experts have spent decades haranguing anyone who will listen that “We’re not prepared enough!” Usually the public and the money people aren’t listening. Once in a while, though, the whole society starts wondering if maybe we’re not prepared enough. That happened after Katrina, and it happened when people first woke up to the risk of pandemic flu. And that’s exactly when many emergency preparedness experts started feeling defensive—and found themselves claiming that they were really quite well prepared already. Instead of managing the seesaw, they let themselves get seesawed.4. Low frequency versus high magnitudeA severe pandemic is a low-frequency, high-magnitude risk—horrific but unlikely in any given year. Since “horrific” and “unlikely” lead to opposite conclusions about the importance of precautions, people are torn. You need your management, employees, and other stakeholders to keep both halves of this ambivalence in mind. If they forget it’s horrific, they’ll consider precautions a waste of time. If they forget it’s unlikely, they’ll blame you when it doesn’t happen soon.People new to the pandemic issue have no opinion. You need to teach them that a severe pandemic would be horrific, and you need to teach them that it’s unlikely in any given year. Then they’ll start to feel some ambivalence.Presumably, you want them to resolve their ambivalence in the end by putting more stress on “horrific” than on “unlikely.” You want them to think, “Yeah, a severe pandemic probably won’t happen soon, but look how bad it could get.” So you need to locate yourself on the seesaw’s other seat. Your core message to your ambivalent audiences: “Yeah, a severe pandemic could get really bad, but it probably won’t happen soon.”You still need to explain why you believe it is important to prepare for that low-frequency, high-magnitude worst-case pandemic. But you need to ground the explanation in an accurate (and vivid) depiction of how horrific a worst case might be, not in a misleading claim that it’s likely.And you need to stay firmly on the low-probability side of the seesaw. Give people the information they need to reach their own judgment that not preparing would be unconscionably irresponsible. Tell people you agree with this judgment—but come closer to “admitting” your agreement than to “proclaiming” it. Keep reminding everyone that a severe pandemic will probably never materialize anytime soon, that many pandemic precautions, though absolutely essential, will very likely be wasted.A playground of seesawsThese four are the tip of the iceberg. Once you start looking for seesaws, you’ll find a lot of them. Is everything a seesaw, then? Nope. When people are uninterested and uninformed, they’re unlikely to have two conflicting opinions. They probably have no opinion at all. Then the game is follow-the-leader, not seesaw. You can offer up your opinion without getting a paradoxical response.But as people start paying closer attention to pandemic issues, they are likely to acquire some ambivalence. And as soon as you sense ambivalence rather than apathy, start playing seesaw.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site, which includes an index of pandemic-related writing on the site.last_img read more

This Caboolture home backs on to a strawberry farm and has mountain views

first_img31-33 Lyndhurst Tce, CabooltureTHIS Caboolture home is set on a 3005sq m block that backs on to a strawberry farm. Norovic and David Kent built the home at 31-33 Lyndhurst Tce in 2002 to be a family home for their three children. “We wanted it to have plenty of space and make the most of the views across to the mountains,” Mr Kent said. The two-storey property has a grand entrance with study, a formal living area and a formal dining room with chandelier. 31-33 Lyndhurst Tce, CabooltureThe open-plan kitchen has a dishwasher, stainless steel stove and oven and plenty of bench and cupboard space while the meals area and family room look out over the pool and yard. There is a powder room on the bottom floor along with a laundry and storage room. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a parents’ retreat, walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with dual basins, spa bath and separate toilet. The other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and ceiling fans and there is also a casual living area on the second storey. 31-33 Lyndhurst Tce, CabooltureMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Outside, there is an in-ground Roman-style swimming pool, gazebo, landscaped gardens with fruit trees and vegetables, a shade house and a chicken coop.“There is plenty of room for the kids to spread out and they spend a lot of time outside and in the pool,” Mr Kent said. “My favourite place is probably the front of the home where we have the fountain and garden, which is nice and cool in the summer time.” Mrs Kent said the home was in a friendly neighbourhood with a lake at the end of the street. “Everyone stops and talks in the street like it’s the 1920s,” she said. “The neighbours even mow each other’s front yards.” center_img 31-33 Lyndhurst Tce, Caboolture DETAIL Price guide: $695,000Inspect: March 4, 10-10.30amAgent: Sue Dewar, Richardson & Wrench Caboolture, 0409 636 473last_img read more

‘Mystery shoppers’ find huge failures in fight against problem gambling

first_imgOneNews 4 December 2014The Department of Internal Affairs will be keeping a closer eye on gambling venues after a massive failure by pubs, hotels and casinos to identify problem gamblers.It spent three months collecting information from undercover gamblers at more than 100 venues across New Zealand, with only one stopping the operator acting as someone unable to control their betting.Venues are supposed to be able to identify those with gambling problems, but the investigation showed this was not occurring.“To be honest we were somewhat surprised at the extent of the issue that we have now uncovered,” Maarten Quivooy from Internal Affairs told ONE News.“To then come back and find that actually all of those situations our mystery shoppers were not approached, were not offered assistance. I think is really concerning.“We’ll now be working with them and watching really closely to make sure they step up to the plate.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mystery-shoppers-find-huge-failures-in-fight-against-problem-gambling-6187653last_img read more

Some good news for public officers

first_imgDPSU’s General-secretary Thomas Letang The newly amended Dominica Social Security (DSS) Act which gradually increases the pensionable age to sixty five by increments of six months remains a concern for many public officers since it took effect in March of this year.However General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Thomas Letang, which represents a number of public officers on island, said at a recently held meeting with government, he received assurance that government will compensate retirees within the public service until the stipulated DSS age of sixty five. Thomas Letang said the proposal made by government reflects the Unions’ position.“We had concerns and we wrote to Government in that regard, and we submitted a resolution to government requesting that they do something about the pension age of public officers. What was presented to us we were satisfied with that because it reflects some of the things that we were concerned about and that have to do with the age at which public officers can retire from the service and that is set at sixty”.He said government has also agreed to “bridge the pension gap” between their retirement date until the time they would be “eligible” to receive their social security pension.Letang said another matter of grave concern was the fact that some persons had already retired from the public service and expect to receive their pension from social security.He further stated that since the Act was amended it meant there would be a delay as to when these persons would receive their pension.He said however government has agreed that the period during which persons will wait to receive their pension from the scheme, government will “also pay” them for that period.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share 21 Views   no discussions LocalNews Some good news for public officers by: – June 13, 2012last_img read more