Statewide—Radon, a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most soil, is the second-leading cause of lung cancer among smokers and the number-one cause among non-smokers. It is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates.January is National Radon Action Month, and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging homeowners to test their homes for radon because this tasteless, colorless and odorless gas can build up in homes without residents’ knowledge.“You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “By testing, Hoosiers can determine whether a high radon level is present and take steps to fix the problem and ensure their families are breathing safe and healthy air.” Test kits also can be purchased at most home improvement and hardware stores and through some online retailers.Radon enters homes and other buildings through small cracks and holes in the foundation, where it becomes trapped and accumulates in the air. When people breathe in radon, it damages the lungs. Long-term exposure can eventually cause lung cancer.Because radon has no taste, smell or color, a home must be tested to find out how much radon is in the air. There is no safe level for radon, but the EPA and U.S. Surgeon General recommend fixing homes that have levels at or above 4pCi/L (picocuries per liter). More than two-thirds of Indiana counties have predicted average indoor radon levels of 4 pCi/L, according to the EPA.If high levels of radon are detected, licensed contractors can install mitigation systems to eliminate the problem and protect the occupants of the home.To learn more about radon, visit the ISDH’s radon page at http://www.in.gov/isdh/24346.htm and the EPA’s “A Citizen’s Guide to Radon” at https://www.epa.gov/radon/publications-about-radon. To find out what levels of radon have been found in your community, see ISDH’s map here.
On Thursday night, the bipartisan political group No Labels held its first policy think tank at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Members of the Roosevelt Institute, USC College Republicans, USC College Democrats and Political Student Assembly attended to discuss and formulate solutions regarding broad economic growth and job creation.Luke Phillips, a junior majoring in international relations and founder of the USC chapter of No Labels began the conversation by addressing students’ views on infrastructure.“We’re not spending enough on investment in infrastructure,” said Diana Xu, a freshman majoring in business.Despite the attendees’ differing political views, all agreed that more needs to be spent on infrastructure, which includes anything from broadband connection to disaster preparation. In addition, the attendees agreed that a uniform approach to the corporate tax rate is necessary, so that some corporations aren’t getting taxed at 35 percent and others at 0 percent. They decided that closing the loopholes of the corporate tax rate so that it’s easier to start a business would be a good solution. Though much of the think tank was spent talking about infrastructure and the tax code, No Labels also delved into education.“I think the more choice, the better when it comes to schooling,” said Alexander Kludjian, the president of USC College Republicans.No Labels, a national social welfare advocacy organization founded by Republican political adviser Mark McKinnon and Democratic Party fundraiser Nancy Jacobson, encourages bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., by bringing legislators of various parties together at breakfast panels and other types of congressional outings. These outings allow representatives and senators to get to know one another better. In addition, No Labels is crafting a National Strategic Agenda, a policy platform that tackles some of the pressing problems America faces today.“No Labels is trying to get its National Strategic Agenda looked at by as many big power players in D.C. as possible, so that there will be real chances of the elements of the National Strategic Agenda to be turned into law,” Phillips said.Phillips first heard about No Labels after attending a conference at Harvard last fall that was centered on bipartisan political solutions. At the conference, Phillips had the opportunity to speak with McKinnon about getting his own No Labels club set up on campus. He created a No Labels chapter at USC after the organization announced that it was launching a campaign to increase university students’ political engagement in advance of the 2016 presidential election.“I just responded to the call because it looked like a good opportunity to get some good political dialogue here on campus and to bring national politics more closely into USC,” Phillips said.A self-declared progressive Republican, Phillips enjoys voicing his ideas and participating as much as he can in the bureaucracy.“I’m too liberal to be a Republic and too conservative to be a Democrat,” Phillips said. “It’s hard for me to talk about policy solutions in either of those parties, so one of the things I like about No Labels is that it is a bipartisan group that opens its door to everybody — from Republicans to Democrats to Libertarians to Socialists and Independents like me.”Since No Labels was only created this semester, Phillips plans on setting up a table on Trousdale every week with information packets and sign-ups to encourage students to join. He is also planning on having more policy think tanks throughout the semester to provide policy thinkers from various on-campus organizations with an opportunity to discuss and provide solutions to big issues, such as job creation, entitlement reform and a balanced budget. After coming to an agreement on a solution, the participants will write a policy paper together and look for outlets to get it published.Though Phillips doesn’t mind the fact that No Labels is still a small group, he hopes to expand it with the future policy think tanks he’s planning for the semester.“We’re not looking to have the masses show up,” Phillips said. “We’re looking for people who are sincerely interested in policy and people who can bring good problem-solving ideas to the table.”
A well-known Donegal bar is to go under the hammer with a selling price of just €130,000.The Shamrock Bar on Main Street in Manorcunningham comes with a seven day license. The bar, which has been closed for some time, also has living accommodation including three bedrooms, a kitchen and a sitting room.The bar also has a small beer garden.The bar is close to a number of housing developments including Churchlands, Greenhills and Orchard Close.The selling agent, Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey, says the bar is “ready to go.” The property incorporates public bar, lounge bar, toilets, keg room, store and a small beer garden / yard to the rear. Owners / managers accommodation includes a sitting room and kitchen to the rear of the ground floor with three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.“This is an ideal opportunity for prospective purchasers seeking a “ready to go” licensed premises in an established village location with the added advantage of living accommodation,” said a spokesman for the selling agent. DONEGAL BAR WITH FULL LICENSE GOES UNDER HAMMER FOR JUST €130,000 was last modified: August 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:for salemanorcunninghamShamrock Bar