Real World News Radio, Tuesday, 5:30pm – Indictments, Protests and Trolling

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Real World News is hitting all the hot buttons of today’s news, covering the latest on the Paul Manafort and Rick Gates indictments and the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos; the ongoing protests of NFL Players and the continuous FBI trolling of today’s Black Civil Rights groups.

Join Reggie Kearney and Chara Ann Tappin on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET, live streaming on Facebook, as they discuss the most current controversial news stories of today.

View the live broadcast by going to .https://www.facebook.com/RealWorldNewsRadio, Or access the show by going to www.hottopicstalkradio.com/RealWorldNews.html.

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IRS Announces 2018 Tax Brackets, Standard Deduction Amounts, And More

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the annual inflation adjustments for a number of tax-related provisions for 2018, including, of course, the latest tax rate schedules and tax tables.
These are the numbers for the tax year 2018 beginning January 1, 2018 (assuming that there are no big changes as the result of tax reform). They are not the numbers and tables that you’ll use to prepare your 2017 tax returns in 2018 (you’ll find them here). You’ll use these numbers to prepare your 2018 tax returns in 2019.
If you aren’t expecting any significant changes in 2018, you can use the updated tax tables and other tax numbers to estimate your liability. If you expect to make more money or have a chance in your circumstances (i.e., get married, buy a house, start a business, have a baby), consider adjusting your withholding or tweaking your estimated tax payments.

Tax Brackets and Tax Rates. The big news is, of course, the tax brackets and tax rates for 2018. The top tax rate remains 39.6%. The other marginal rates are: 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33% and 35% (there is also a zero rate). Here’s how it breaks out:

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TOURNAMENT OF ROSES ANNOUNCES 100th ROSE QUEEN ISABELLA MAREZ

Today the Tournament of Roses named Isabella Marie Marez as the 100th Rose Queenat the Announcement and Coronation ceremony presented by Citizens Business Bank. The event took place at the Pasadena Playhouse and was hosted by radio personality Ellen K of KOST 103.5FM. The announcement follows a month-long selection process with nearly 1000 people participating in interviews.
2018 Rose Queen Isabella and the Royal Court will attend numerous community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses and the Pasadena community at large. The grand finale will be their appearance on the Royal Court float in the 129th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and attending the College Football Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual, both on Monday, January 1, 2018.

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The Rose Queen and Royal Court were selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, youth leadership, community and school involvement.
“Queen Isabella’s life changed the moment I announced her name. She has now become part of the tradition and legacy of the 99 Rose Queens before her,” said Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet after the Coronation. “Not only will Queen Isabella and the Royal Court be wonderful ambassadors, these young women will be making a positive impact by contributing kindness to others within our community. They have committed to make a difference by supporting Elizabeth House, a non-profit that provides shelter, hope and support to homeless, pregnant women and their children. We all have the ability, power and responsibility to help one another. I encourage us all to practice kindness and make a difference.”
During the coronation ceremony, Tibbet presented Rose Queen Isabella with a Mikimoto crown featuring more than 600 cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds. Prior to the public event, all members of the Royal Court received a pearl necklace from Mikimoto.
Queen Isabella is a senior at La Salle High School and lives in Altadena. She is a leadership service commissioner at LSHS and a Youth Ministry leader. Isabella is a member of Support Our Troops Club, Key Club, Unbreakable Club, Hispanic National Honors Society and National Arts Society. She also serves as a Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She participates in varsity softball, varsity golf and a travel/club softball team. Isabella enjoys painting, singing, golfing and hiking. She plans on studying social justice and human anatomy and would like to attend Seattle University, Manhattan College, Regis University, Villanova University, Drexel University, Notre Dame University, University of Pennsylvania or Sarah Lawrence College. Isabella is the daughter of Jesse Marez and Christine Marez; she has four siblings, Alexandra, Jennifer, Justin and William.
Coronation and Royal Court Sponsors
Presenting Sponsor of Coronation – Citizens Business Bank.
Flowers provided by Jacob Maarse.
Royal Court wardrobe provided by Macy’s.
Rose Queen crown and Royal Court tiaras provided by Mikimoto.
Royal Court gowns provided by Tadashi Shoji.
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Obama makes surprise appearance at his foundation’s first program initiative for youths

 

Former President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at his foundation’s first program initiative on the South Side on Saturday evening.

Obama told the 175 youths gathered from around the city to participate in the Training Day program that he wanted to stop in and discuss how they could continue the next stage of his work.

The reason I wanted to come by is because this is the first of what we’re calling field days,” he said. “When I left the White House, I thought to myself, ‘What’s the single thing I could do to be most impactful in the next phase of my life?’

“I realized the best way for me to have an impact is to train the next generation of leaders so I am passing the baton.”

Obama’s appearance at the Gary Comer Youth Center in Greater Grand Crossing came after the group of 18- to 24-year-olds spent the day in workshops learning many of the principles of narrative storytelling and community organizing. In their workshops, the young charges talked about how to tackle food deserts, fight for affordable housing and lobby for resources for better schools and mental health facilities.

When Obama arrived, he was greeted by thunderous applause and screams. The students rushed to the stage, taking photos and videos.

But rather than deliver a speech to the students, Obama stood as a teacher conducting his own workshop. He allowed several of the students to make short presentations on community issues they wanted to tackle, and he listened intently.

Then he peppered them with questions, coaching them using a Socratic teaching style.

When Chynna Hampton, a student from Bronzeville, talked to him about her desire to get more fresh fruits and vegetables sold in under-resourced communities, Obama pushed back to help her and her working group figure out a strategy.

“This is organizing 101,” he said. “How do you find out what will incentivize a small business owner … you have to ask them.”

Saturday’s event was one of two major programs the Obama Foundation has planned in Chicago that reflect the former president’s legacy. Later this month the group will host a two-day summit that will train leaders from around the world. That event will end with a community concert featuring Chance the Rapper, Gloria Estefan and The National.

The groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center is scheduled for late 2018, foundation officials said. But they want the programming to begin having an impact now.
At the training session, nearly half of the participants were from the South Side. Fourteen percent were from the West Side, about a quarter were from the North Side and 14 percent were from the suburbs. About 30 of the participants didn’t graduate from high school, but foundation leaders wanted to pour into them as well, said Michael Strautmanis, the foundation’s vice president of civic engagement.

Obama spent nearly an hour at the training session, on stage but talking with the students.

He said the day was also an opportunity for his staff to learn what parts of the programming work, so they can improve the next programs.

“I’m really excited about what you guys are doing. You’re going to change the world.”

SOURCE: CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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How To Make Amazing Naturally Flavored Water

 

Say goodbye to soda, juice, and bottled water with these refreshing, healthy flavors! I’m keeping 2-3 flavors of this “spa water” in my fridge now, so I have a variety to motivate me to drink more water.

I was a hardcore Dr. Pepper girl for years. Then I gave up regular soda because of the high sugar content and switched to diet soda. Next we were warned to avoid the chemicals in diet soda; and more recently studies have indicated that diet soda actually causes rather than prevents weight gain (source). Geez. Lots of us moved on to bottled water, but that has landfill and environmental consequences and can be less healthy than regular tap water (source). Juice has more nutrition than soda, but is comparable in sugar, carb, and calorie content (source). Dang. It’s hard to keep up.

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At the end of the day, regular old tap water–or at least a filtered version of it–seems to be the way to go.  I’m fortunate that St. Louis is considered to have some of the best tasting tap water in the U.S. I still prefer the taste of it filtered through a Brita Water Filter Pitcher–we’ve been using one for years. But, I still don’t drink enough water.

Aside from my morning coffee, I honestly forget to drink fluids throughout the day. I know that it’s important for my health. I don’t dislike water, but I do get kind of bored with it. That was the motivation for starting to make flavored waters.

Subtle flavor without sweetness
These aren’t sweet waters, so they’ll be disappointing if that’s what you’re expecting. This is water with subtle flavors infused into it. Water with a little something extra. A touch of flavor–not an explosion of flavor–with little or no sweetness. You’ve probably had pitchers of ice water with lemon served at restaurants. This is the same idea, but with more variety. Many spas serve fancy waters like these, and it turns out that they couldn’t be simpler to make. And, they are oh-so-refreshing.

The KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach to Flavored Waters
My natural tendency is to go overboard and overcomplicate things, so I really have to fight that when I’m developing recipes. I read about and was tempted to try all kinds of methods for flavoring water that involve blenders, boiling, specialty infuser pitchers, and lots of different ingredients. But, I know myself. If I truly want to transition completely away from soda & juice and drink more water throughout the day, I have to make this simple so it can be an easy routine for me to maintain. When I read celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s quick and uncomplicated approach to making flavored waters, I was inspired to follow his lead and keep it simple. My easy formula for making KISS flavored waters is to use only fruit and herbs, water, ice, and a jar or pitcher. This is something I can make in a minute or two so I can always have flavored waters on hand in my fridge.

How to make
Naturally Flavored Water

Supplies Needed:

  • fruit — whatever kind you like (except no bananas); make sure it’s good and ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor.  I like to use all kinds of citrus and berries. I also found pineapple and watermelon to work well for flavoring water. If you don’t want to buy whole ones, many grocery stores sell small containers of pre-cut fruit.
  • herbs — these are optional, but many herbs are a surprising complement to fruit flavors; almost any herb will work depending on your personal preference
  • jars or pitchers — I use 2 quart mason jars primarily, but any 2 quart pitcher will do.
    fruit infusion pitcher–I recently purchased one of these–it’s another option if you think you’ll be making infused waters regularly; a very easy, tidy way to strain fruit from water.
    fruit infusion water bottle–I love using this for a portable, on-the-go option.
  • muddler or wooden spoon for mashing fruit and herbs
  • water — I use filtered water, but regular tap water is fine if yours tastes good to you

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Fresh vs. frozen fruit. When in season, I prefer to use fresh fruit. However, when fruit is out of season, the fresh version can be tart or flavorless. Because fruit that is to be frozen is picked at the peak of ripeness, it is often the better option for the best flavor, sweetness, and nutrients. I find this to especially to be the case with berries and peaches.

A variety of fresh herbs. Use whatever herbs you like or happen to have on hand. I picked all of these from my herb garden and have tried them in flavored waters. It’s surprising how well they blend with most fruit flavors, and they amp up the refreshing factor of the water. Mint is the most obvious herb choice. I also have tried basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, and tarragon. All good.

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I’ll share some of the fruit and herb combos that I’ve recently tried for flavoring water. But, honestly, you can combine most fruits and herbs according to your favorite flavors and what you have on hand in your fridge. I’ll show you how to make 5 flavor combos. You can take it from there, creating endless flavor combos of your own.

Quantities: The quantities in my flavored water recipes are all for 2 quart jars or pitchers. However, I ran out of the 2 quart jars and used a few 1 quart jars, halving the recipe ingredients. So, don’t be confused by the different jar sizes. It’s easy to make a full or half batch depending on your jar or pitcher size.

The first 2 waters are
flavored with fruit only (no herbs)

WASH FRUIT THOROUGHLY! The citrus and berries need to be really, really clean to keep contaminants and bacteria out of your flavored water. I recommend organic fruit, if it isn’t going to be peeled.

1. All Citrus Flavored Water (adds refreshing tartness to water) — slice 1 orange, 1 lime, 1 lemon into rounds, then cut the rounds in half. Add to jar, press and twist with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Press enough to release some of the juices, but don’t pulverize the fruit into pieces. Fill the jar with ice. Pour in water to the top. Stir it with the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick. Put a lid on it, put it in the fridge, and chill.

  • click here to view plastic lids for mason jars on Amazon — these are long-lasting and easier to screw on and off than the metal rings and lids that come with the jars; they fit all wide-mouth mason jars.

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You can drink it right away, but the flavor intensifies if it’s made an hour or two ahead. It’s even better the next day. 24 hours later straight from the fridge, the ice still hasn’t melted completely in mine. The ice at the top serves as a sieve so that you can pour the flavored water without getting fruit bits in your glass.

2. Raspberry Lime Flavored Water (beautiful color and mildly tart) — Quarter 2 limes; with your hands, squeeze the juice into the jar, then throw in the squeezed lime quarters. Add raspberries. Press and twist with a muddler to release some of the juices (don’t pulverize the fruit). Fill the jar with ice, then add water to the top. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.

 

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The next 3 waters are
flavored with fruit and herb combos

3. Pineapple Mint Flavored Water (a hint of minty sweetness). Add a sprig of mint to the jar–you can throw in the whole sprig; or, remove the leaves from the sprig, if you prefer to have the mint swimming around and distributing in the jar. Muddle the mint–the goal is to bruise the leaves and release their flavor–don’t pulverize them into bits. Add pineapple pieces, press and twist with the muddler to release juices. Add ice to the top and then water. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.

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4. Blackberry Sage Flavored Water (subtle, refreshing flavor). Add sage leaves to jar and bruise with a muddler. Add blackberries; press and twist with muddler to release their juices. Fill jar with ice cubes, add water to the top, stir, cover and refrigerate.

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5. Watermelon Rosemary Flavored Water (lovely flavor combo). Add a sprig of rosemary to jar and muddle gently (rosemary releases a strong flavor without much muddling). Add watermelon cubes; twist and press gently to release juices. Fill jar with ice cubes, add water to the top, stir, cover and refrigerat

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Here’s the whole gang. It’s hard to pick a favorite, because they all have a different, distinctive flavor. The all citrus and raspberry lime are both quite tart (and refreshing!), the watermelon rosemary and pineapple mint are the sweetest, and the blackberry sage has the mildest flavor (that may be because my out-of-season blackberries weren’t very flavorful). I enjoyed all of these and love having a variety in my fridge. You can get creative and use this same simple method for combining all kinds of fruits and herbs.

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How long will they keep? Put a lid on them, put them in fridge, and they will keep for up to 3 days. It only takes a few minutes to make several varieties to keep on hand. No more boring water for me!

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Pour a glass. When there’s still ice left in the jar (my ice lasts up to 24 hours in the fridge), it will filter out the fruit/herb bits as you pour the water into a glass. After the ice melts, if you don’t want to drink fruit bits along with the water, use a small wire strainer to remove them as you pour the water into your drinking glass. UPDATE: Another option that was suggested by reader Kelley is to use a sprout strainer lid made to fit wide mouth mason jars. I bought one, and it works great! (Thanks for the tip, Kelley!)

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Sweeten it up, if you must. If you have a sweet tooth and find these flavored waters undrinkable without some sweetener, go ahead and stir in some simple sugar syrup, honey, agave syrup, or whatever sweetener you prefer. 1 teaspoon of sugar only has 15 calories, so go ahead and add one to your glass. Given that a single can of soda or juice has the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar, you are still way better off drinking slightly sweetened water. If you are hooked on sweet tasting drinks and want to reduce or eliminate sugar or artificial sweeteners, you may need to wean yourself gradually. Unsweetened beverages are an acquired taste. I prefer them now, but it took me awhile to get there.

Great for entertaining! Flavored waters are very popular now, as more people are avoiding soda and juice. Make a variety of flavored waters to offer at your next party. Look how gorgeous they are! Refreshing, healthy, inexpensive, and beautiful. Plus you can make and refrigerate them well in advance of the party.

For more ideas for flavoring waters and ice cubes, I recommend:
COOL WATERS
 Cookbook
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SOURCE: THE YUMMY LIFE

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Free Legal Help Available to Low-Income African Americans

Fleeing domestic violence? Seeking child support? Pursuing parental rights? Solutions to these problems and more are available at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law (HBCFL).

HBCFL offers free legal assistance to eligible low-income families in L.A. County, specifically in the area of family law.  Since its founding in 1982, the nonprofit has aided thousands of indigent victims facing challenges caused by extreme abuse, mental and physical disability, language barriers and legal complexity.

The primary way the Center delivers legal assistance is by having lawyers teach low-income individuals how to prepare their own cases and represent themselves in court.

logo“We offer free family law to low-income people, which means it has to do with custody of children, domestic violence, support, and property.  We try to find out what legal problems they (people) have, give initial advice and decide if we can help them or refer them to other places,” said Betty L. Nordwind, HBCFL executive director.

Outlining the type of clients HBCFL assists, Nordwind explained, “You may be a woman, your husband left you, you’re 54-years-old, your income is $800 a month and you want to get half of your husband’s pension or perhaps you’re younger and your husband beats you and threatens to kill you if you try to leave. You may be a father who wants custody of your children although you weren’t married to their mother. We handle all things you may want to ask a lawyer about family situations.”

The organization began in South L.A. as a project of the Black Women Lawyers (BWL) and Women Lawyers Associations of Los Angeles (WLALA) and the LA County Bar.  Under the leadership of then-BWL president Mablean Ephriam, the project received assistance from then-State Assemblymember Maxine Waters and a location to operate from Danny Bakewell, Sr., then-president of the Brotherhood Crusade. In 1984, the project was officially named after Harriett Buhai, a staunch supporter and advocate for poor women and disadvantaged persons.

The mission of HBCFL then and today remains the same, which is to utilize the services of 200+ volunteer legal professionals to “protect victims of domestic violence and improve the well-being of children living in poverty by assuring them meaningful access to the courts.”

The Center’s core legal aid program requires prospective clients to undertake an initial interview that can result in offering on-the-spot legal advice, referrals, or case acceptance for intensive legal analysis, ongoing case management, or full-scale legal representation. Last year, 837 individuals and their 645 children were served.

An additional 3,419 incarcerated women received help in 2016 through HBCFL’s Mothers Behind Bars program offered at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility and the Century Regional Detention Facility.  The student inmates participated in interactive legal education courses on child welfare, child custody and domestic violence. Since its inception in 2004, the Mothers Behind Bars program has presented 1,783 classes to 30,086 attendees and has issued 6,770 certificates of achievement.

While HBCFL’s main office is in the Mid-Wilshire district, the Center also operates sites at six neighborhood centers and community colleges throughout L.A. County. The newest location will open Oct. 19, at the Rita Walters Learning Complex in South Los Angeles.

The new site, which is intended to increase availability of family law services to low-income African American families, is named in honor of Vera Brown Curtis, a member of the HBCFL, BWL and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Links, Inc. Brown Curtis was a teacher, then a lawyer, who spent her life championing the rights of disadvantaged persons.

Nordwind noted that the Vera Brown Curtis site is part of a new outreach collaborative with The Children’s Collective, Inc., (TCCI).  “TCCI is a perfect partner for us,” said Nordwind, “because our essential missions are devoted to improving the lives of poor parents and those of their children and providing the structural supports they need to succeed.”

Sharing equal excitement, HBCFL Staff Attorney/Pro Bono Manager Rehema Rhodes Williams added, “We are helping people who come to us at one of the most vulnerable and personal times in their lives.  Whether it is for a divorce, custody, or restraining order, people entrust us with their most private information and rely on us to help them rise above (sometimes horrific) situations with grace and dignity.

History of the Center

bw1-2-300x242The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law was founded in 1982 and is a co-sponsored project of Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (BWL), the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA). In 1981 due to federal funding cutbacks, the largest legal aid program in LA closed its family law program. Envisioning the impact this action would have on poor women and children, WLALA, under the leadership of Patsy Ostroy, approached BWL, under the leadership of Mablean Ephriam, and invited them to form a joint project offering assistance for low-income persons in Los Angeles County.

The “Family Law Project” was born and opened its doors in late 1982 at a location on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles. A fundamental tenet of the Project was self-help; teaching low-income persons to prepare their family law cases and represent themselves in court, with much of the help provided by volunteers. Now common place, at the time it was a revolutionary concept in family law. In 1984 The Family Law Project was re-named the “Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law”. During that time the LA County Bar determined to join the two other pioneering bar associations as a sponsor, resulting from the efforts of Susan Stockel, an early Buhai Board member. In 1985 WLALA and BWL achieved national recognition as recipients of an award from the National Conference of Womens’ Bar Associations for their work establishing the Center, in an historic ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court. Now an icon in family law, the Center is truly the product of untold numbers of persons; its founders, boards, staffs, volunteers, donors and others, working together to successfully create a living and still growing institution dedicated to helping those without means and power.

“The fact that we provide free legal services to the community and empower low-income individuals to navigate a very complicated court system, is what makes our organization so special.”

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law is located at 3250 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles. To learn more, call (213) 388-7505 or visit hbcfl.org.  Call (213) 388-7515 for client appointments.

SOURCE: LA SENTINEL

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California Greenworks Inc. Awarded Grant to Create Unique Play Space

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM! and the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office Award Grant to Create Unique Play Opportunities in Everyday Spaces. California Greenworks Inc. is one of 10 Let’s Play Everywhere LA selected.
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LOS ANGELES – Oct. 12, 2017 – PRLog — California Greenworks, Inc. has been selected as a winner of Let’s Play Everywhere LA, a competition led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM! and the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office that is awarding 10 grantees a total of up to $200,000 to fund creative ideas that will transform everyday spaces into fun, safe places to play.

The design of the Western/Gage “Let’s Play Everywhere” uses the concept of pollination to encourage play and exercise, while also educating visitors about the natural environment.

Pollination is a critical process for the fertilization of plant materials, specifically many found in food-base agriculture. Humans depend on the pollination process to produce some $40 billion worth of US food products annually. Recently there has been a decline in pollinator populations, especially in urban environments like Los Angeles.

The Western/Gage installation will encourage children to participate in physical activities that mimic the movements of pollinators and better understand the connection between their food, health and the natural environment.

A graphic hexagon pattern will be applied to the sidewalk using SportMaster Surfacing, a durable acrylic based paint used on sport courts and recreational facilities. The pattern represents hives constructed by nature’s primary pollinators, bees

All children deserve safe, fun and creative places to play where they can be inspired to dream,” said California Greenworks Founder, Mike Meador. “With the support of Let’s Play Everywhere LA, we will use the power of creativity to awaken the imaginations of community youth and promote healthy activity in our neighborhoods.”

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We’re thrilled with the creativity the grant winners have brought to these projects,” said Vicki Draughn, vice president – corporate affairs for Dr Pepper Snapple. “A place to play can be so many more places than we ever imagined and we can’t wait to see these ideas come to life.

Let’s Play Everywhere LA helps to address the barriers to play. This is the first city-wide initiative to award out-of-the-box solutions to make play a way of life in everyday and unexpected places – on sidewalks, in vacant lots, at bus stops, in open streets and beyond – especially in communities where families struggle to make ends meet.

About California Greenworks, Inc.

California Greenworks Incorporated is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization chartered to promote environmental protection urban watersheds, community revitalization and economic development throughout southern California urban communities.  Our motto “Greening Communities one Neighborhood at a Time” reflects our efforts to help grow environmental outreach and educationa programs that improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Through collaborative efforts with community groups and other non-profit organizations, California Greenworks establishes partnerships that are fundamental to effective development and successful implementation of locally-driven community programs and projects. For more information, please visit California Greenworks, Inc (http://californiagreenworks.org/)

About Let’s Play

Let’s Play is an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority. Through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple partners with two non-profit organizations, KaBOOM! and Good Sports, to build and improve playgrounds in underserved communities and provide grants for sports equipment. In this way, Dr Pepper Snapple is doing our part to help eliminate the play deficit by making active play possible for more kids. Since its launch in 2011, Let’s Play has provided more than 10 million children with more opportunities to play via safe, accessible playgrounds and sports equipment. For more information, please visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have seven of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and nine of our 10 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Bai, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, IBC, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose’s, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit DrPepperSnapple.com (http://www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com/). For our latest news and updates, follow us at Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve more than 16,700 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.5 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives. To learn why #playmatters and why cities are embracing #playability: visit kaboom.org or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

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Today is World Mental Health Day: This Year’s Theme: Mental Health in the Workplace

This year’s theme on World Mental Health Day is Mental Health in the Workplace.

Key facts

Work is good for mental health but a negative working environment can lead to physical and mental health problems.
Depression and anxiety have a significant economic impact; the estimated cost to the global economy is US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity.
Harassment and bullying at work are commonly reported problems, and can have a substantial adverse impact on mental health.
There are many effective actions that organizations can take to promote mental health in the workplace; such actions may also benefit productivity.
Overview

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability, with many of these people also suffering from symptoms of anxiety. A recent WHO-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity. Unemployment is a well-recognized risk factor for mental health problems, while returning to, or getting work is protective. A negative working environment may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity. Workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and benefit from associated economic gains.

This information sheet addresses mental health and disorders in the workplace. It also covers difficulties that may be created or exacerbated by work such as stress and burnout.

Work-related risk factors for health

There are many risk factors for mental health that may be present in the working environment. Most risks relate to interactions between type of work, the organizational and managerial environment, the skills and competencies of employees, and the support available for employees to carry out their work. For example, a person may have the skills to complete tasks, but they may have too few resources to do what is required, or there may be unsupportive managerial or organizational practices.

Risks to mental health include:

inadequate health and safety policies;
poor communication and management practices;
limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work;
low levels of support for employees;
inflexible working hours; and
unclear tasks or organizational objectives.
Risks may also be related to job content, such as unsuitable tasks for the person’s competencies or a high and unrelenting workload. Some jobs may carry a higher personal risk than others (e.g. first responders and humanitarian workers), which can have an impact on mental health and be a cause of symptoms of mental disorders, or lead to harmful use of alcohol or psychoactive drugs. Risk may be increased in situations where there is a lack of team cohesion or social support.

Bullying and psychological harassment (also known as “mobbing”) are commonly reported causes of work-related stress by workers and present risks to the health of workers. They are associated with both psychological and physical problems. These health consequences can have costs for employers in terms of reduced productivity and increased staff turnover. They can also have a negative impact on family and social interactions.

Creating a healthy workplace

An important element of achieving a healthy workplace is the development of governmental legislation, strategies and polices as highlighted by recent European Union Compass work in this area . A healthy workplace can be described as one where workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees. A recent guide from the World Economic Forum suggests that interventions should take a 3-pronged approach:

Protect mental health by reducing work–related risk factors.
Promote mental health by developing the positive aspects of work and the strengths of employees.
Address mental health problems regardless of cause.
The guide highlights steps organizations can take to create a healthy workplace, including:

Awareness of the workplace environment and how it can be adapted to promote better mental health for different employees.
Learning from the motivations of organizational leaders and employees who have taken action.
Not reinventing wheels by being aware of what other companies who have taken action have done.
Understanding the opportunities and needs of individual employees, in helping to develop better policies for workplace mental health.
Awareness of sources of support and where people can find help.
Interventions and good practices that protect and promote mental health in the workplace include:

implementation and enforcement of health and safety policies and practices, including identification of distress, harmful use of psychoactive substances and illness and providing resources to manage them;
informing staff that support is available;
involving employees in decision-making, conveying a feeling of control and participation; organizational practices that support a healthy work-life balance;
programmes for career development of employees; and
recognizing and rewarding the contribution of employees.
Mental health interventions should be delivered as part of an integrated health and well-being strategy that covers prevention, early identification, support and rehabilitation. Occupational health services or professionals may support organizations in implementing these interventions where they are available, but even when they are not, a number of changes can be made that may protect and promote mental health. Key to success is involving stakeholders and staff at all levels when providing protection, promotion and support interventions and when monitoring their effectiveness.

Available cost-benefit research on strategies to address mental health points towards net benefits. For example, a recent WHO-led study estimated that for every USD $1 put into scaled up treatment for common mental disorders, there is a return of USD $4 in improved health and productivity.

Supporting people with mental disorders at work

Organizations have a responsibility to support individuals with mental disorders in either continuing or returning to work. Research shows that unemployment, particularly long term unemployment, can have a detrimental impact on mental health. Many of the initiatives outlined above may help individuals with mental disorders. In particular, flexible hours, job-redesign, addressing negative workplace dynamics, and supportive and confidential communication with management can help people with mental disorders continue to or return to work. Access to evidence-based treatments has been shown to be beneficial for depression and other mental disorders. Because of the stigma associated with mental disorders, employers need to ensure that individuals feel supported and able to ask for support in continuing with or returning to work and are provided with the necessary resources to do their job.

Article 27 of The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) provides a legally-binding global framework for promoting the rights of people with disabilities (including psychosocial disabilities). It recognizes that every person with a disability has the right to work, should be treated equally and not be discriminated against, and should be provided with support in the workplace.

WHO response

At a global policy level, WHO’s Global Plan of Action on Worker’s Health (2008-2017) and Mental Health Action Plan (2013-2020) outline relevant principles, objectives and implementation strategies to promote good mental health in the workplace. These include: addressing social determinants of mental health, such as living standards and working conditions; activities for prevention and promotion of health and mental health, including activities to reduce stigmatization and discrimination; and increasing access to evidence-based care through health service development, including access to occupational health services.

To assist organizations and workers, WHO has produced the “Protecting Workers’ Health” series which provides guidance on common issues such as harassment and stress that can affect the health of workers. As part of the Mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), which provides tools for evidence-based health care, WHO’s technical instruments for early identification and management of alcohol and drug use disorders and for suicide prevention can also be useful for improving mental health in the workplace. WHO is developing and testing IT-supported self-help tools to address common mental disorders, harmful use of alcohol and psychological distress in low-and middle-income countries.

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