February 27

One-Legged Man Hops Into Funny Annual Halloween Costumes–LOOK

first_img“In high school I wore a prosthesis all the time and didn’t want anyone to find out I was missing a leg,” Josh says on his website. “But now I’m more comfortable with who I am and what I look like, and I guess with these Halloween costumes you could even say that I celebrate what makes me different.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAs a motivational speaker and author, he has spent his life helping people look on the bright side of life–and for years his Halloween pranks have helped them look at the funny side of having only one leg.Josh Sunquist, who lost a leg at age nine, has dreamed up some seriously humorous costumes. Last year, using a sign and a wooden frame, Josh hopped around on Halloween as an IHOP restaurant (Oh, the irony).WATCH: Rescued Baby Owl Dancing to ‘Monster Mash’ Is Halloween TreatIn years past, he’s been the one-legged lamp from A Christmas Story, a foosball player, a flamingo, and a gingerbread man with his leg eaten, from Shrek. This year, he dressed up in gold to become Lumiere, the candle-holder from “Beauty and the Beast.” Several people on the internet have accused him, assuming he is taking money from IHOP for doing the costume, yet Josh says the pancake restaurant is in no way connected and that he doesn’t even eat there due to their lack of gluten-free food.WATCH: Dirty Joke Doll Proves 98-Year-old Grandma With Dementia is Still a CharmerSince losing his leg to a rare form of bone cancer, Josh has published two books, attracted ten million views on Youtube, and been a member of the US Paralympic Ski Team and the US Amputee Soccer Team.(WATCH his video below demonstrating his Halloween ‘hoppiness’)SHARE the Humor! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

December 31

Dunne unveils plan to overhaul Vermont’s healthcare system

first_imgMove the state to a system of universal primary care. Dunne believes Vermonters are paying too much for something that is a right, not a privilege. As governor, he will support legislation that would provide universal primary care for all Vermonters. Universal primary care will help reduce the overall cost of healthcare in the state, as well, because chronic and emergent conditions will be treated and managed before they become costly health crises.“The current system is just broken. We need to start paying for public health, not the number of MRIs a hospital can jam in at the end of their fiscal quarter,” Dunne said. “Doctors know what we are doing isn’t sustainable, and the hospitals know it too. My plan will implement practical steps to address the rising cost of healthcare, change the way we pay and ensure all Vermonters have access to affordable, high quality care.”“Universal Primary Care is the best investment Vermont could make to improve the health of our population, lower overall costs, and improve quality,” said Deb Richter, M.D.“Healthcare is a human right, and Rights & Democracy was excited to endorse Matt Dunne for Governor because he is committed to putting that idea into action,” said James Haslam, Executive Director of Rights & Democracy. “Matt has been organizing people around that idea for years. He’s the right candidate, with the right healthcare policy to be our next Governor.”“Matt and I agree that healthcare is a human right. I’ve been a registered nurse in Vermont since 1988, and I’ve witnessed firsthand how a political system hijacked by private, corporate interests has an impact on the health and well-being of Vermonters,” said Mari Cordes, RNIII VA-BC, and former President of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. “Matt has a plan to help turn this around, starting with a system of publicly funded universal primary care. He’s also right to prioritize community health programs. Our current system is broken, and we need a new approach to turn it around. I have confidence in Matt’s plan to put us back on track and implement policies that will improve access to high quality care for all Vermonters.”Dunne has long been an advocate for healthcare for all. As a member of the legislature in the 1990s, Dunne co-sponsored a universal healthcare bill and has fought for healthcare reform throughout his political career. Oversaw the self-insurance contract when he was at AmeriCorps*VISTA and worked on healthcare IT issues in the Senate. More recently, Dunne has served on the board of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.Source: Dunne Campaign 6.30.2016.  http://www.MattDunne.com/healthcare/(link is external) Address the cost of healthcare. The state’s healthcare spending is increasing at an unsustainable rate, rising $650,000 per day. Dunne is proposing a shift in the way healthcare providers are reimbursed, moving from a volume based system to a system that pays for positive health outcomes. This will give hospitals and clinics a set amount of resources to deliver the best possible health outcomes for the community they serve. His plan increases support to community public health programs that are proven to help lower healthcare costs and make more Vermonters well and supports the creation of affordable care organizations (ACOs) to allow for the coordination and collaboration among healthcare providers to invest in localized walk-in clinics and other holistic strategies that would avoid expensive emergency room visits. Vermont Business Magazine Matt Dunne, Democratic candidate for governor, today unveiled a comprehensive plan for overhauling the state’s healthcare system. Dunne released his healthcare plan at an event at the State House, where he was joined by universal healthcare advocates, including Deb Richter, MD, and James Haslam, Executive Director of Rights & Democracy.“Healthcare is a human right, but unfortunately our state policy has taken a wrong turn when it comes to ensuring every Vermonter has access to affordable, high quality care” Dunne said. “As Governor, I will begin on day one to put us back on track, starting by fixing the Vermont Health Connect website once and for all and laying the groundwork to move us to a model of funding public health.”Dunne’s plan, issued by his campaign, to address the state’s healthcare system is built around three core strategies:Fix the website. Vermont Health Connect failed Vermonters, resulting in a loss of trust that has set the state back. Dunne will put his unique private and public sector experience to work on fixing the website, building an expert team and holding them accountable. Dunne will take a fresh approach to Vermont Health Connect to ensure both the right people and the right technology are in place and that core operating standards are being met.last_img read more

October 1

JCB backhoe gets Stage V upgrade

first_imgThe new JCB 3CX backhoe loaderUK-based construction equipment manufacturer JCB has released an updated version of its 3CX backhoe loader, with an EU Stage V-compliant diesel engine.The company said the new 55kW machine offers a combination of improved operator comfort, plus increased productivity and performance.The new engine incorporates a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) and promises an operating life of approximately 8,000 hours.Its sealed-for-life crankcase ventilation module and hydraulic tappets, says JCB, need no manual adjustment, which lowers service and maintenance requirements, potentially reducing the overall cost of ownership.The company says the 3.0-litre engine delivers 10% more torque than the previous model and estimates a fuel saving of 7%.In terms of productivity, the machine boasts automatic levelling, ensuring a horizontal operating position on uneven terrain, while an upgraded auto drive lets operators easily select engine speed for road travel.JCB says both tyre wear and fuel consumption on the 3CX can be reduced with new auto two-wheel drive (2WD), which switches the transmission from 4WD to 2WD when additional traction is not required.The company says, if the machine needs to dig into a pile or a face, then 4WD can be selected, as maximum tractive effort is required.When the machine backs away and starts to travel at speed, the transmission automatically changes to 2WD.The 3CX’s new Command Plus cab comes with four integrated LED beacons as standard, removing the need for the operator to climb up and improving site safety with the beacons visible from all angles. A total of 10 lights are now available as an option, which, along with larger mirrors, offer operators improved all round visibility.As well as a new interior colour scheme, the loader’s cab has a new seat (plus a headset on the Advanced Easy Control model) and a three-spoke steering wheel that gives an improved view of the redesigned front display screen.The new model also benefits from the first stereo radio to be factory-fitted by JCB. It includes Bluetooth telephone compatibility, plus USB, AUX and SD card capabilities.Radio functions are displayed on the new side display screen, which also provides access to various operating menus. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more