Two watch phrases guide compliance officers as their credit unions navigate a steady stream of regulatory guidance and changes in serving members during the COVID-19 pandemic:Stay tuned.Document everything.Federal and state agencies are rolling out updates at a sometimes-dizzying pace as credit unions work through operational changes to protect the health of employees and members in the wake of the coronavirus; develop temporary loan products, policies and procedures for members in need; and plan alternatives for in-person board and annual meetings. And that’s just a partial to-do list.“All of this guidance is really helpful to credit unions and their members, but at the same time, you have to be able to process and use it,” says CUES member Bernard G. McLaughlin, president/CEO of Point Breeze Credit Union. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Topics : Forgot Password ? Indonesia employment compensation laid-off-workers omnibus-bill-on-job-creation BPJS-Ketenagakerjaan premium-income ILO LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) needs financial help from the government to pay for the social security schemes of laid-off workers (JKP), one of workers’ benefits proposed under the omnibus bill on job creation. the agency’s senior executive has said.BPJS Ketenagakerjaan’s strategic planning and information technology director, Sumarjono, said in Jakarta on Monday the agency proposed that workers and employers share the responsibility for paying premiums for the compensation scheme for laid-off workers as stipulated in the proposed bill, which is currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives.“All social security concepts are based on premium payments. How could we pay the benefits without them?” Sumarjono told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of the National Conference on Workers Social Security that was organize… Log in with your social account Google Facebook Linkedin
Image Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement 5kjzNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnvpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1xa( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bxiWould you ever consider trying this?😱iceCan your students do this? 🌚aoaxcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India’s start of the 4 match One Day International series against New Zealand begins with a loss as the hosts clinched a swift chasing victory at Seddon Park cricket ground. While it was the veteran Ross Taylor setting the stage with his swashbuckling century, it wasn’t all loss and no gain for the Men in Blue, as the young Shreyas Iyer clocks his first ODI hundred, and Virat Kohli becomes the third highest run scoring captain for India in ODIs, overtaking the legendary Sourav Ganguly.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIScoring his 58th ODI half century, Virat Kohli usurps to become the third highest run scoring captain for Team India in the format. Sourav Ganguly, who is the current BCCI president, held the position previously with 5082 runs out of 142 ODI appearances for India as a captain.Kohli, who took the captaincy of the Indian cricket team in 2013, has scored a stunning 5,123 runs from 83 ODIs as the captain. The 31 year old still has Mohammed Azharuddin and Mahrendra Singh Dhoni ahead of him.Advertisement Mohammed Azharuddin has scored 5239 runs in 162 ODI appearances as Indian captain. Dhoni, currently out on a hiatus from international cricket, is leading the list with a monumental 6641 runs out of 172 ODI matches as skipper.While Kohli reached his rank with a fine 63-ball-51, Shreyas Iyer in 4th stole the show for the visitors in the first innings. The 25 year old scored a marvellous 103 runs from 107 balls, including eleven boundaries and one over boundary.Advertisement Making his ODI debut back in 2017 against Sri Lanka, this was Iyer’s maiden ODI century. The youngster was also impressive in India’s unbeaten run in the T20 series, where he scored a total of 153 runs, including a fifty in the first T20.Following Kohli’s departure in the 29th over against Ish Sodhi, Iyer continued his partnership with KL Rahul till the 46th over, before losing his wicket against Tim Southee. Rahul himself was stunning in the first innings, keeping his strike till the end and putting up a stunning knock of 88-off-64 with three fours and six sixes, achieving his seventh ODI fifty.The second ODI takes place this Saturday at the Eden Park stadium.Also read-NZ vs IND 1st ODI Review: A stunning century from Ross Taylor gets New Zealand the lead in the seriesVirat Kohli reveals what’s the biggest lesson he’s learned in 2 super over wins against New Zealand Advertisement
It will be Beacon Hills playing White Rock and Dunbar battling Hastings as the B.C. Little League Baseball Championships enter the playoff stage Friday at Andy Bilesky Park in Trail.The final playoff spot was detemined Wednesday when Beacon Hills of Victoria pounded Trail pitching for 10 first inning runs en route to a 13-11 decision over the Allstars.The win moved Beacon Hills into the fourth, and final, playoff spot.Trail Allstars, with one win in five games, finished the tournament in fifth spot. After yeilding the 10-spot in the opening frame, the Allstars pushed across seven runs in the next two innings to cut the margin to 10-7.However, Trail could not get over the hump as Beacon Hills managed to hold off the charge from the home side.White Rock and Hastings finished in a tie for top spot, each with 4-1 records.However, White Rock was awarded first place after defeating the Vancouver squad 7-6 during the round robin draw.Semi Final Friday begins at noon with White Rock hosting Beacons Hills.The two Vancouver teams meet in the second semi final at 3 p.m.The two winners advance to the championship game at noon Saturday.The B.C. Champ represents the province at the Canadian Championships next month in Edmonton.
The Bombers play host to the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hangar for all the marbles and a berth at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Championships in Langley.Despite missing Eberle and Kingdon, the Bombers blasted the Storm by 20-plus points in the opener.Bjorn Morris and Zhou led the Bombers with 17 and 12 points, respectively. Josh Matosevic and Ethan Perkins each added 10 points.Against district rivals from Mount Sentinel, the Bombers once again ran the ball up and down the court to victory.Morris led the charge with 21 points while Wang had 11 and Perkins 14.In the final, Morris and Matosevic combined for 35 points to lead the Bomber attack.Zhou had 12 and Perkins eight.OVERTIME: The Bombers are hold a 50/50 draw during Wednesday’s zone final to help defer costs should the squad land a spot at the provincials. Admission is $2. . . . In Castlegar, the LVR Junior Girls won the Damsels in the Castle Basketball Tournament. The squad, coached by Chris Dergousoff, defeated host Stanley Humphries Rockers, Nakusp Cougars and Grand Forks Wolves en route to the overall title. The L.V. Rogers Bombers tuned up for the Kootenay High School Boy’s AAA Zone Basketball Championships by capturing the Falcon’s Tournament Saturday in Fernie.After disposing of Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 69-44 and Mount Sentinel Wildcats 73-49 in the semi final, the Bombers dumped the host Falcons 66-48 to claim the title.”Competition was good for us because we were missing Tobin Eberle and Isaiah Kingdon for the weekend,” Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan said after returning to Nelson.”Sida Wang and Leo Zhou (our exchange students) really stepped up and we were able to start to run some of our fast break offense so it was a good weekend for us.”
12 May 2011A new Trucking Wellness Centre based along the busy truck route in Epping, Cape Town will provide HIV/Aids counselling, testing and condoms to truck drivers using the route. Such centres are planned for major trucking routes throughout South Africa.Services extended to womenSpeaking at the launch of the centre this week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the services would also be extended to women and young girls who may be at risk of getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).All services will be provided after hours in a confidential setting to secure the dignity of the user.Motsoaledi said the department was fully aware of the dangers that long-distance truck drivers were exposed to as a result of being away from their spouses for long periods, and that it was important to provide them with primary healthcare services including counselling to minimise the risks to themselves and their spouses.“I commend the South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids and Mercedes-Benz SA for working with us in this regard,” Motsoaledi said.High-risk groupsLast year, Motsoaledi visited India to learn about integrating high-risk groups such as long-distance truck drivers into HIV/Aids prevention programmes.“What we saw in India forced us to think much more broadly in our fight against HIV/Aids and rolling out of primary healthcare services,” he said.Motsoaledi has since made a commitment to launch such wellness centres on major trucking routes throughout the country.Source: BuaNews
Keynote address by Deputy Minister Buti Manamela to the National Union of Mineworkers National Youth Council, Birchwood Hotel, EkurhuleniDeputy Minister in Presidency Buti ManamelaThe General Secretary, Comrade Frans BaleniSabelo Mgotshwa, National Secretary of NUM youth councilLeaders of the NUM and National Youth CouncilComrades and friendsIt is indeed a pleasure and a privilege to address the NUM National Youth Council meeting today. The General Secretary has requested me to speak about the National Youth Policy 2020. I am mindful that I am speaking to youth activists who have always championed a progressive youth development agenda.Before I speak about the NYP 2020, I would like to make a few comments on the attacks on foreign nationals that have been taking place recently.These images of violence and criminality directed at foreign nationals have been splattered over the front pages of our newspapers and our television screens. They have tugged at our hearts and sometimes brought tears to our eyes.We have seen young people at the forefront of these attacks often displaying the most brute and thuggish behaviour. There can be no justification for this. This is not the South Africa we know. The majority of South Africans are peace loving and want good relations with our brothers and sisters on the continent.We have also seen young South Africans stand up and boldly declare “NOT IN MY NAME”. These young people have courageously said that they will not be silent in the face of xenophobia and attacks on foreign nationals. They will not allow the name of South Africa to be associated with these dastardly acts committed by the few.As youth leaders gathered here today we have a responsibility to provide direction and education to our young people. We have to guide young people to live out the values within our Constitution and within the African Youth Charter.Without us providing leadership, our young people will be at the command of selfish populist voices that do not share in the values of our Constitution. These selfish populist voices will not be there when our young people have to face the consequences of their criminal actions.So I encourage you today, let’s take our responsibility as leaders of youth seriously. We must stand up and boldly declare that xenophobia and attacks on foreign nationals will not happen in my name. And we must mobilise our young people to stand up and clearly say: NOT IN MY NAME.I am reminded that it was in this very same venue on 29 and 30 March, the Presidency held a National Consultation with youth organisations and other stakeholders on the NYP 2020. We directly engaged youth in provincial, regional and local consultations across the nine provinces. We went to schools, shebeens, taxi ranks, bus stations and workplaces speaking with young people. We met with key youth formations from across our diverse youth sector. We received over 100 written submissions on the NYP 2020 from varied youth voices across the country.We could not meet all young people face to face. So we used social media platforms extensively. All NYP 2020 activities were put on the Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Presidency to ensure that young people were always kept abreast of the consultative meetings happening in their area.We reached about 100 000 young people with the # NYP 2020 campaign and got young people talking through the photos they took holding up boards and a message of what they want to see in the National Youth Policy 2020.We consulted extensively because we believe that the National Youth Policy 2020 is about the youth, for the youth and by the youth of South Africa. Nothing for us without us. Our consultations were rooted in the unwavering assurance that young men and women have a critical role to play in their own development. Their views matter and their voices must be heard.The draft NYP 2020 will shortly be submitted to the respective cabinet committee for review and subsequently be submitted to cabinet for approval. We expect the NYP2020 to be launched by the President in June 2015.The objectives of the NYP 2020 are clear. These objectives are to:• Consolidate and integrate youth development into the mainstream of government policies, programmes and the national budget• Strengthen the capacity of key youth development institutions and ensure integration and co-ordination in the delivery of youth services• Strengthen the capacity of young people to enable them to take charge of their own well-being through building their assets and ultimately realising their potential to the fullest• Strengthen a culture of patriotic citizenship among young people and to help them become responsible adults who care for their families and others• Foster a sense of national cohesion, while acknowledging the existence of diverse circumstances and inculcate the spirit of patriotism by encouraging visible and active participation in different youth initiatives or projects and nation-building activitiesOf course all these policy objectives must lead us to the desired policy outcome. This outcome is “to produce empowered young people who are able to realise their full potential and understand their roles and responsibilities in making a meaningful contribution to the development of a non-racial, equal, democratic and prosperous South Africa.”Through the initial research we have undertaken we identified five priorities for the NYP 2020.These five priorities are:• Enabling economic participation and transformation• Facilitating education, skills development and second chances (quality and access)• Health care and combating substance abuse• Facilitating nation building and social cohesion• Optimising youth machinery for effective delivery and responsivenessThere are many policy proposals in each of the 5 identified priorities. I encourage you to read the draft NYP 2020. However I want to outline some key policy proposals in each area.In the priority area of economic participation and transformation, the NYP 2020 calls for:• Improved public employment schemes leading to better exiting possibilities for youth. These include the Youth Brigades, Expanded Public Works Programme and Community Works Programme.• Better and faster implementation of the Youth Employment Accord including a vigorous and robust monitoring and evaluation framework that must support the implementation of this youth policy.• Development of the Youth in ICT Strategy.• An impact study to examine the effectiveness of the Employment Tax incentive in stimulating job creation for new entrants into the labour market.• Scaling up of public service internships to create 60,000 internship opportunities.• A National Jobs Fair drive to support the integration and coordination of public and private sector work placement services.• A National Campaign to place university students and graduates who need work experience into Technical and Vocational Education and Training as part of completing their studies.• A mass youth enterprise creation programme.• Training young people on skills relevant to agriculture and agro-processing.• Improving small scale and commercial agriculture through stimulating and supporting young farmers.In the priority area of education, skills and second chances, the NYP 2020 calls for:• The performance of schools should improve to ensure that the majority of learners achieve above 50% in all learning areas.• The existing incentives to attract young people into the teaching profession should be retained at least for the next 5 years and teacher salaries should be competitive.• All learners should learn an indigenous language with sign language being progressively introduced in schools.• After school programmes to support learning and life skills.• Scaling up of programmes that provide learners with a second chance to pass matric.• Expansion of TVET colleges to increase the participation rate to 25% and the graduation rate to 75%.• Progressive introduction of free education for poor learners until undergraduate level with increased funding options available to support students at post-secondary level.• An expansion of career guidance offerings at all levels of schooling.In the priority area of health care and combatting substance abuse, the NYP 2020 calls for:• Increasing the access and availability of social workers with particular reference to mental health promotion and prevention.• Enabling access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services.• Expanding recreational facilities and diversion programmes.• Expanding access to drug prevention, treatment and rehabilitation centres.• Breaking down barriers through innovative healthy lifestyle campaigns on key health care themes.In the priority area of nation-building and social cohesion, the NYP 2020 calls for:• Young people must know and understand the National symbols in fostering a common identity.• Confronting racism in all its forms utilising social media platforms and other innovative campaigns and programmes initiated by youth.• Supporting youth leadership develop for active citizenry.• Better implementation of the National Youth Service.• Broadening sport and recreation opportunities including compulsory schools sports.In the priority area of optimising the youth machinery for effective delivery and responsiveness, the NYP 2020 calls for:• The re-establishment of the Youth Presidential Working Group to provide political support for the implementation of the NYP 2020 and its integrated youth development strategy.• Establishment of youth desks at national, provincial and local levels with adequate, capable and competent personnel and resources.• The amendment of the NYDA Act to allow for a more focused and responsive NYDA.• Strengthening of the South African Youth Council to enable it to discharge its mandate effectively.• The revival of the Youth Development Forum to promote greater commitment from the private sector towards youth development.I have highlighted a few of the key policy proposals. There are many more proposals and interventions within the NYP 2020 and I encourage you to read the policy document.A policy document, irrespective of how well it is crafted and consulted on, is not worth the paper it is written on if the policy is not effectively implemented and monitored. Strong and effective implementation and monitoring will help us learn lessons so that we can do things better.I made the call at the National Consultation Forum and I will re-iterate it today. We cannot implement this policy without the co-operation and partnership of civil society organisations like you.You can cooperate and partner with us in many ways. Some of these may include:• Identifying a niche area in the policy that the NUM can contribute to and advance. This may be a particular programme or campaign that NUM can develop to address a priority area.• Popularising the NYP 2020 with stakeholders in your domain. This may include education sessions with young workers and private sector companies that you are in contact with.• Directing resources, both financial and human capital, towards a particular priority area within the NYP 2020.• Holding government accountable towards the effective implementation of the NYP 2020.You have participated in the consultation process leading towards the development of the NYP 2020.I invite you to partner with us in the implementation and monitoring of the NYP 2020.I want to conclude with some remarks that I made to delegates at the National Youth Policy Consultative Conference. I concluded my address at the conference by stating a concern that I have. It’s a concern that has been with me for a while now. We know young people to be a special type, with unique characteristics. They are vibrant. They are energetic. They are creative. They are robust. They are resourceful. They are imaginative. They are original.So my concern and my question is this: Why is it that our youth engagement and our youth programmes do not reflect these unique characteristics.Have we become boring and unimaginative• Have we resorted to the safe and sterile• Have we put too much emphasis on the tried and tested• When I look around I see youth engagements and youth programmes, both in government and civil society, lacking vibrancy, energy and creativity.It makes our youth development stale. This is not what we want because it does not reflect the unique characteristics of being young.So I challenge you, as I challenge myself – Lets re-imagine youth development. Let’s push the boundaries. Let’s put ourselves out there. Let’s embark on this journey towards re-imaging youth development.Let’s take youth development to that place where it encounters and fuses with the unique characteristics of being young. We want our youth development to be vibrant, energetic, creative, robust, resourceful, imaginative and original.Let’s re-imagine youth development together.Issued by: The PresidencyPretoriaWebsite: www.thepresidency.gov.zaOperation Phakisa: www.operationphakisa.gov.za
Tsabeng Nthite – Brand South Africa has partnered with Umalusi to contribute to the improvement of assessment methods and processes in the field of education. Umalusi is currently host to the 12th Southern Africa Association for Educational Assessment (SAAEA) Conference , in the city of Tshwane.Hosted under the theme “Local context in global context: encouraging diversity in assessment” – the conference aims to engage regional academic stakeholders from the African continent on the following focus areas: sustainable assessment practices and standards; innovative assessment opportunities and challenges; diversifying assessment; assessment and the development of critical thinking; as well as the impact of stake holding on effective assessment. Brand South Africa’s GM for Stakeholder Relations – Mpumi Mabuza said: “Assessment is an integral part of instruction in the field of education, as it determines whether or not the goals of education are being met. Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, curriculum, and, in some cases, funding. “The ultimate goal, through a series of presentations and panel discussions at the SAAEA Conference is to collaborate on a way forward to solving challenges and identifying opportunities that will further encourage practices and standards in educational assessment.”The partnership is also aligned to South Africa’s National Development Plan which aims to ensure that by 2030 – all South Africans will be enriched by universal early childhood education, high-quality schooling, further education and training that allows them to fulfill their potential, and expanding higher education that accelerates the shift to a knowledge economy.
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Sacramento Kings’ George Hill (3). APBOSTON — Jaylen Brown has already figured out he’ll receive a lot less attention from opposing defenses when he’s on the floor with Kyrie Irving. Brown has also realized he’ll get some open shots, too. “This is about where we’re going to be two years from now. I have to look at it in a broader lens on a day-to-day basis.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “Kyrie and (Al) Horford are going to draw so much attention, especially Kyrie,” Brown said. “I’m just licking my chops anytime they double-team Kyrie. I’m just trying to be as ready as possible to take the pressure off them.”Irving also scored 22 for the Celtics, who posted their 11th consecutive win over the Kings in Boston, dating to their last loss on Jan. 19, 2007. Terry Rozier added 12 points, and Daniel Theis had 10 points with 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You know what was interesting? I thought that he only took eight shots, but obviously 22 points on eight shots is great,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said about Brown. “I thought that he took all the right ones.”Buddy Hield scored 17 points and Zach Randolph 16 for the Kings, who lost their sixth in a row — the last three by an average of 24 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Warren has career-high 40, Suns rally to beat Wizards QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES “Despite these losses, I think we’re playing better. We’re moving the ball, playing with each other,” Hield said. “It can mentally break you down. We’ve just got to be mentally strong each and every day.”Boston led 58-45 at halftime and took complete control early in the third quarter, pushing it to 66-47 on Irving’s second 3-pointer in the opening two minutes.Brown hit consecutive 3-pointers 27 seconds apart during a 17-2 run that made it 87-56 late in the third. Irving had seven points during the spree, including his third from beyond the arc in the quarter.The Celtics led 89-60 after three.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Kings: Have been held to 100 points or fewer in four of their seven losses. . Sacramento was outrebounded 52-26 and shot only 43 percent. “We just struggle to score,” coach Dave Joerger said. “When you play a team that can score, sometimes that inability lets them be even more free and more loose.”Celtics: F Marcus Morris, who has not played this season due to a sore left knee, worked “really hard” on Wednesday and the team expects to see him play “sooner than later,” Stevens said. Morris is scheduled to go on the upcoming road trip.HAYWARD UPDATEStevens talked about star Gordon Hayward’s progress from a gruesome broken left ankle suffered in the team’s opener at Cleveland.“He’s going to be in a boot for however long,” the coach said. “It’s going to be a while before he’s allowed to put any weight on it.”Stevens said Hayward is in “good spirits” and “has been doing his chair shooting every day.”The injured forward has visited the team’s practice facility a few times.STAY CALMJoerger talked about the need to stay positive before the game despite his team’s rough start.“I try not to hit them over the head every timeout, being negative,” he said, breaking into a smile. “Very rarely have I lost it this season, which I think you can do twice a season — you can go temporarily insane. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brown scored 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting in three quarters, and the Boston Celtics coasted past the skidding Sacramento Kings 113-86 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for their sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments
Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 14 2018A randomized trial by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers indicates that magnesium optimizes vitamin D status, raising it in people with deficient levels and lowering it in people with high levels.The study reported in the December issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is important because of controversial findings from ongoing research into the association of vitamin D levels with colorectal cancer and other diseases, including a recent report from the VITAL trial. It gave confirmation to a prior observational study in 2013 by the researchers that linked low magnesium levels with low vitamin D levels.The trial also revealed something new — that magnesium had a regulating effect in people with high vitamin D levels. The research provides the first evidence that magnesium may play an important role in optimizing vitamin D levels and preventing conditions related to vitamin D levels.Qi Dai, MD, PhD, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, the study’s lead author, described the ideal level as being in the middle range of a U-shape because vitamin D at this level has been linked to the lowest risk of cardiovascular disease in previous observational studies.However, vitamin D was not related to cardiovascular disease in the recent VITAL trial. He and Martha Shrubsole, PhD, research professor of Medicine, Division of Epidemiology, are investigating the role that magnesium may play with cancer as part of the Personalized Prevention of Colorectal Cancer Trial.”There’s a lot of information being debated about the relationship between vitamin D and colorectal cancer risk that is based upon observational studies versus clinical trials,” Shrubsole said. “The information is mixed thus far.”Related StoriesVitamin D supplement does not prevent type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk, study findsWinter prevents the Swiss population from producing daily doses of vitamin DLow vitamin D associated with potentially harmful vaginal bacteria in pregnant black womenThey became interested in a role for magnesium because people synthesize vitamin D differently with levels of the vitamin in some individuals not rising even after being given high dosage supplements.”Magnesium deficiency shuts down the vitamin D synthesis and metabolism pathway,” Dai said.The randomized study involved 250 people considered at risk for developing colorectal cancer because of either risk factors or having a precancerous polyp removed. Doses of magnesium and placebo were customized based on baseline dietary intake.”Vitamin D insufficiency is something that has been recognized as a potential health problem on a fairly large scale in the U.S.,” Shrubsole said. “A lot of people have received recommendations from their health care providers to take vitamin D supplements to increase their levels based upon their blood tests. In addition to vitamin D, however, magnesium deficiency is an under-recognized issue. Up to 80 percent of people do not consume enough magnesium in a day to meet the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) based on those national estimates.”Shrubsole stressed that the magnesium levels in the trial were in line with RDA guidelines, and she recommended dietary changes as the best method for increasing intake. Foods with high levels of magnesium include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, fatty fish such as salmon, nuts, and avocados. Source:http://news.vumc.org/2018/12/14/study-shows-magnesium-optimizes-vitamin-d-status/