first_img Read Full Story Throughout history, more women have died in childbirth than men have died in battle, Mahmoud Fathalla, founder of the Safe Motherhood Initiative, told attendees at the recent Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, co-sponsored by Harvard School of Public Health’s Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and Management and Development for Health (MDH), a Tanzanian nonprofit. Fathalla and other speakers urged the more than 750 audience members, who represented 59 countries and work in more than 110 countries, to continue working for the health of the 200 million women who become pregnant each year.Conference attendees collaborated on a maternal health manifesto that was published in The Lancet on Feb. 22. Ana Langer, director of the MHTF and professor of the practice of public health at HSPH, Lancet Editor Richard Horton, and Guerino Chalamilla, executive director of MDH, co-authored the piece, which incorporated ideas raised during the conference and feedback from the participants. The authors hope to keep maternal and women’s health part of discussions during the High-level Dialogue on Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, held March 5-6, in Gaborone, Botswana. Representatives from the World Health Organization and United Nations will meet with government officials and experts from around the world to develop suggestions for the development framework that will follow the Millennium Development Goals.last_img read more

first_img View Comments Related Shows The complete creative team for the creationism of An Act of God has been announced. Or something. The new Broadway comedy starring Jim Parsons will have scenic design by Tony winner Scott Pask (The Book of Mormon), costume design by Tony nominee David Zinn (Fun Home), lighting design by Hugh Vanstone (Matilda), sound design by Fitz Patton (It’s Only A Play) and projection design by Peter Nigrini (Here Lies Love). Casting of two angels will be announced later.The Creator Himself has written the Play, which has been transcribed by Emmy-winning The Daily Show head writer and executive producer David Javerbaum. God (through His press agent) has billed the show as such: “A 90-minute conversation in which I will reveal the mysteries of the Bible and answer some of the greatest existential questions that plague mankind.” In an early statement, He said, “This Play will help clear up the fallacy that I’m old fashioned…and instead reveal the true Me: up-to-date and holier-than-you.”Directed by Joe Mantello, the stage adaptation of The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, will begin a limited engagement on May 5 with opening night set for May 28. Although the show is playing at the holy locale of Roundabout’s Studio 54, it is not a Roundabout production. This is the Word of the Lord. An Act of God Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 2, 2015last_img read more

first_img Age: 33Hometown: Damascus, MDCurrent Role: Making his Broadway debut as the charismatic Bait Boy, who returns to his former residence at the rundown Hummingbird Motel for a “living funeral” in Lisa D’Amour’s Airline Highway.Stage & Screen Cred: Tippett has appeared in the world premiere of Bull Durham, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, off-Broadway’s Ashville, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and numerous regional credits.”My brother got me into theater when they were shorthanded for the school production of Bye Bye Birdie. I was just picking up girls—lifting them, not hitting on them. Well, maybe a little of both.””I got a full tuition scholarship to West Virginia University. It’s like the Juilliard of Appalachia. I started taking acting seriously. Then I dropped out of college because I was also taking drinking very seriously. My BAC was higher than my GPA.””I shit you not, any job I’ve had is just six degrees from the Williamstown Theatre Festival. I did an apprenticeship there and got some parts since I was like, the only asshole who could play guitar. I also made a lot of New York contacts.””I had a buddy whose dad worked for Goldman Sachs and had an amazing apartment in Alphabet City but was never there. He was always skiing in Aspen or Bolivia or some shit, so I had this great place but no money. I was scraping change out of his ashtrays.””Being directed by Joe Mantello is like how my mom taught me to swim: She takes the floaties off and throws you in the pool—and you know she’s not going to let you drown. He’s good at getting what he’s looking for by making you think it’s your idea.””Airline Highway is written in columns; it looks like a spreadsheet. I didn’t really know how to read it at first. When we had our first read-through, everything started to sing. The musicality of the language just popped.”Joe Tippett photographed by Caitlin McNaney at Bourbon Street for Broadway.com View Comments Airline Highway Joe Tippett photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.comcenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015last_img read more

first_imgFor many Georgians, the ritual preparations for freezing temperatures and possible snowfall include a trip to the grocery store to stock up on milk, bread and other basics. But University of Georgia experts say to keep in mind that frost, ice and snow often result in loss of power. Without power to keep appliances working, food stored in refrigerators and freezers can quickly begin to go bad.As Georgians prepare for freezing temperatures and possible snowfall, University of Georgia experts say to keep in mind that frost, ice and snow often result in loss of power. Without power to keep appliances working, food stored in refrigerators and freezers can quickly begin to go bad.”Ideally, when the power goes out, the first thing you should do is place a refrigerator/freezer thermometer in the freezer, if there isn’t one already in there,” said Elizabeth Andress, a food safety specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.The recommended temperature for food storage in refrigerators is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. If the freezer stays as cold as the refrigerator, many foods will be safe to use or refreeze, Andress said. To help protect once-frozen foods, buy dry ice and place it in the freezer. “A 50-pound block of dry ice will protect food in a 20-cubic-foot freezer for three to four days,” Andress said. The amount of food in the freezer also determines, in part, how long the food will stay frozen. The fuller the appliance, the longer the food will stay frozen while the power is off. If it’s packed full and remains closed, Andress said, the freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours. If it’s half-full, it will hold its temperature for about 24 hours. “The question of safety becomes a bigger issue the longer you’re without power,” she said. If the freezer temperature rises above 40 degrees, perishable foods should be thrown away. Different foods show specific signs of when they should be kept or discarded.Meat and poultry – If the freezer stays 40 degrees or lower, meat and poultry may be refrozen if it has no signs of spoilage, like bad odor and off color. Dispose of food that shows any sign of spoilage or if the freezer or food has reached more than 40 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, refreeze only meat or poultry that still contains ice crystals. If any foods in the refrigerator or freezer have come in contact with raw meat juices, throw them away. Shellfish, vegetables and cooked foods – If the freezer maintains a temperature of 40 degrees or below or if the food still has ice crystals, it may be refrozen; otherwise, discard it. If any vegetables show signs of spoilage, throw them out, regardless of temperature. Fruits – If the fruit doesn’t show signs of spoilage, you may safely refreeze it. Fruits have the least amount of quality damage during thawing. However, the texture won’t be the same after refreezing. Thawed fruits may be used in cooking or making jams, jellies or preserves. Ice cream – Throw out ice cream if it’s partially thawed. Freezer or ice cream temperatures higher than 40 degrees could cause ice cream to be unsafe. Creamed foods, puddings and cream pies – These products are safe to refreeze only if the freezer has stayed at 40 degrees or below. If it rises above 40, discard them. Breads, doughnuts, cookies, cakes and nuts – These items may be refrozen as long as they show no signs of mold growth. They typically refreeze better than most foods. While refrozen food is safe to eat if you follow these tips, you may need to offset some degree of quality loss by using it sooner than you may have originally planned. You can also choose to prepare the foods that have begun to thaw.”First make sure the food has maintained a temperature of 40 degrees or below. And use it within two to three days,” Andress said. “Treat it as if you had been deliberately thawing it in the refrigerator.” For more information on food safety topics, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

first_imgFor the complete packet of state results, including the Power Point from today s press conference, visit http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/dept/press_releases.html(link is external).For school-by-school results, visit: http://www.education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/data.html#necap(link is external).To view some of the actual test items from this round of assessments, visit http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/necap/resources/rel(link is external)….Source: Vermont Department of Education. 2.2.2010 Vermont grade school and high school students have shown gradual improvement in New England Common Assessment Program test scores over the last five years, but the percent of students in the “proficient” or better categories continues to fall under 75 percent for both math and reading, with math at, especially, the high school level showing quite low scores. Girls did better than boys in reading and writing, with math scores being about equal. The disparity between those students on free/reduced cost lunch non-FRL students showed a dramatic difference, scores much lower for the FRL students, with boys doing relatively worse, especially in reading. However, all math scores were lower, with math suffering even more for low-income students. FRL is used as a socio-economic marker for low-income. See charts below for results.The statewide assessment results for Fall 2009 were released by the Vermont Department of Education today at a special press conference held at U-32 Junior-Senior High School in East Montpelier. The NECAP exams are given to Vermont public school students in grades three through eight and 11. Students were tested in Reading and Mathematics in all seven grades, and in Writing at grade 11 only.The following table illustrates the percent of Vermont students proficient in the content area by grade span: These results show that we continue to improve instruction and slowly but surely see better outcomes for students, noted Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. Efforts to improve instruction in schools are paying off for kids. However, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure this is happening in all Vermont schools, not just the ones like U-32 that have risen to the challenge.U-32 was chosen as the site of the press conference because of impressive student results on the exams. U-32 s 11th graders had the highest overall performance in the state. Compared with the prior year, eleventh-grade scores increased 11 percentage points in Reading, seven in Math and 21 in Writing. Eleventh-graders closed the achievement gap between students in poverty and their peers in Writing by more than 20 percentage points. Those same students also scored above the state average in all three content areas (+5 in reading, +15 in math and +14 in writing). The high school NECAP results are particularly important because they reflect the cumulative effects of a decade of instruction going all the way back to elementary school, said Michael Hock, Assessment Director for the Vermont Department of Education. U-32 can be proud of these test results, but credit can also be shared across the entire Washington Central Supervisory Union whose students come to U-32. The improvement in our NECAP scores was realized by enhancing an academic environment that encourages students to demonstrate what they have learned, said Principal Keith Gerritt. U-32 has had a long-standing focus on writing across the curriculum. Over the past few years, our professional development has concentrated on reviewing and understanding assessment and how teachers can use assessment results in regular classroom work.In preparation for NECAP this past Fall, a number of initiatives were implemented at U-32 to foster student engagement, such as consistent encouragement, assemblies, dedicated testing times, and providing test takers with food and drink during the testing. This created a supportive and effective testing environment, and proved that student engagement, especially at the high school level, is critical to true demonstration of achievement.The NECAP exams are given in collaboration with Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. These exams are designed to specifically assess how well Vermont students have learned the skills and content contained in Vermont s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities. This is the fifth year of results on the NECAP exams for grades three through eight and the third year for grade 11. As required under the No Child Left Behind Act, a science assessment is given in May in grades four, eight and 11.last_img read more

first_imgDemocratic membership representation is a hallmark of the credit union movement. Common-bond groups long have elected people from among their ranks to serve as their voice in credit union decisions.These volunteers understood first-hand their constituency’s needs because they were part of the same socioeconomic demographic.But the makeup of many credit union boards hasn’t kept pace with the changing face of membership demographics. Statistics indicate—and first-hand experience confirms—that older, white men continue to predominate boards.These volunteers provide valuable service to their credit unions, but may lack a personal understanding of many current and prospective members’ needs and preferences. Increasingly, credit unions view board diversity as a competitive advantage. Diversity reflects more than just race or ethnicity. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_img continue reading » The NCUA board deserves thanks for its work on risk-based capital, but more work is needed, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote in Credit Union Times Tuesday. The board is scheduled to vote on the final RBC rule at its Thursday meeting.“The NCUA’s proposed rule is good, albeit imperfect. It would provide credit unions additional time to comply with the RBC rule, and, most importantly, it would narrow the focus of the rule, exempting 90% of credit unions,” Donovan wrote. “While CUNA supports a longer delay and other substantive modifications to the rule, the proposal’s changes are important and will provide relief.”Donovan thanked NCUA Chairman J. Mark McWatters and board member Rick Metsger for working through different stances on risk-based capital to find “common ground to secure important regulatory relief” for credit unions. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgWelcome to episode 10 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of CUInsight.com. A few weeks ago, I was registering for this year’s CO-OP THINK conference (see below for a special discount code for listeners of the podcast), and was chatting about how amazing the event is and what a treat it would be to have a conversation with Samantha Paxson about her audacity to create this event over a decade ago. I immediately invited her onto the show, she accepted, and here we are!Sam is the Chief Experience Officer for CO-OP Financial Services and the founder of CO-OP Think. For the first ten years of her career, she worked in strategic and marketing consulting for sport, luxury, automotive, and hotel brands. These brands, she explains, were all about innovation and standing out. When she came to the credit union industry, she noticed how conservative and cautious it was in comparison. Sam wondered where leaders in the industry got new ideas and inspiration, and she started CO-OP Think to fill that need.If you’re not familiar with the conference, you might be amazed with the history of incredible guests, from Cory Booker to Gary Vaynerchuk to Michael Phelps. She looks for people who have had the audacity to have a crazy idea, go against the status quo, and make a huge difference. In our conversation today, she’ll chat today about how these guests’ expertise and experiences apply to the world of credit unions.We’ll also talk about the changes that Sam has seen in credit unions, as well as what she expects to see in the relatively near future. She’ll also talk about what she says so often that her team can finish her sentence, the greatest strength on her team, the evolution of her leadership style, and one of the most powerful life lessons she has learned. Don’t miss this episode that I hope will inspire you, too, to have the audacity to think big!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Sam:Samantha PaxsonChief Experience Officer of CO-OP Financial Servicessamantha.smythpaxson@co-opfs.orgwww.co-opfs.orgTwitter | LinkedinShow notes from this episode:This is pretty cool: As a special thank you for listening to this podcast, CO-OP is pleased to offer 25% off of the registration rate for THINK 19. Join hundreds of credit unions in beautiful Miami Beach, Florida May 6-9 for the premier thought leadership event of our industry. Register here (use promo code: GRAND19).Past CO-OP Think headliners mentioned on the podcast: Cory Booker, Randi Zuckerberg, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Hawk, Michael PhelpsThe Forbes article of Sam’s that Simon Sinek shared with his followers (read it!): Human Up: Why Human Leadership Skills Are Critical In A Digital Age by Samantha PaxsonFavorite album of all time: Rumours by Fleetwood MacBook mentioned: Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead… But Gutsy Girls Do by Kate WhiteShout-out to previous guests mentioned: Jill and Chuck. You can find all past episodes here.In This Episode:[00:03] – Randy welcomes listeners to the episode and introduces today’s guest, Samantha Paxson.[01:19] – We hear about some of the topics that Randy and Sam will chat about in today’s episode.[03:05] – What motivated Sam to imagine and start a completely different, new conference?[05:10] – Randy draws out and elaborates on a couple of the points that Sam has been talking about, specifically where she gets her insight.[06:30] – Sam talks more about where she came up with the audacity to bring in the amazing guests she’s had at the conference, and whether there was instant buy-in to her idea.[09:20] – Is there a person who Sam still can’t believe that she got to come speak?[12:55] – Sam has a whole list of people she would like to have at the conference in the future, she explains, and lists a few.[15:07] – Has there been a big change over the last 12 years of the conference? What can people look forward to this year?[19:28] – Sam chats about what she feels proud of after the THINK conference, and what she feels like she could have done better.[21:38] – Are there long-held beliefs about credit unions that Sam thinks will change in the next year or so?[24:30] – We learn about what it was about credit unions that inspired Sam to build a career at CO-OP.[26:16] – We hear about the biggest change in credit unions that Sam has seen over the past 14 years.[30:42] – Sam shares her thoughts on whether human integration has changed in the past decade because of technology.[32:53] – Does Sam think that her leadership style has grown in her over time, or was it always there and constant?[34:20] – Sam talks about the greatest strengths in her co-op team as a whole.[36:21] – Is there something that Sam has said to her team so many times that they can finish her sentence?[37:56] – We learn about some things that Sam isn’t good at.[39:18] – Sam shares a powerful life lesson that she finds herself referring back to over and over again.[41:07] – What does Sam do to break through the frustrating times when she runs into a wall?[42:49] – We learn about what Sam does to recharge, and what work/life balance looks like for her.[43:55] – We move onto the rapid-fire questions, starting with whether Sam has any daily routines without which her day feels off.[45:04] – When was the first time that Sam got into (memorable) trouble?[45:44] – What’s the best album of all time?[46:21] – Is there a book that Sam has given away or recommended a lot over the course of her life?[47:59] – As Sam has gotten older, what has become more important to her? Has anything gotten less important?[49:05] – When Sam hears the word “success,” who is the first person who comes to mind?[50:35] – Does Sam have any asks of listeners, or any final thoughts?[51:22] – What’s the best way for listeners to get in touch with Sam with any additional questions? 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgFor 21 years, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has been awarding prizes and recognitions to the best economic entities in tourism Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia 2017.The goal is to encourage the improvement of the quality of tourist products and services and raise the competitiveness of the tourism sector, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony at the end of October at the Days of Croatian Tourism in Lošinj, the largest gathering of tourism professionals in Croatia.As before, the evaluation is conducted in nine categories, using financial and physical indicators of business entities, and a strong emphasis is placed on the quality of services. As part of the Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia 2017 campaign, an evaluation will be conducted this year Hotel in 10 different categories, destination management companies – travel agencies in three categories and hostel who can apply do 30. June here: SubscribeIn three categories are also evaluated marine : small up to 250 berths in the sea, medium from 250 to 450 berths in the sea and big marinas with more than 450 berths in the sea. I can apply until July 5th, and you can read more about the detailed application procedure hereAn evaluation will also be conducted charter company. In the case of more than ten applicants for each category the assessment would be conducted in two categories of small up to 25 vessels and large charter companies above 25 vessels. Charter companies can apply until July 5. See more about the detailed application process hereOne of the grading categories are and catering facilities – restaurants which characterizes year-round operations. I can apply until July 5th, and find out more at the next one connectorsCamps this year they are evaluated in the categories of large camp, small camp and camp with the best glamping offer. More about the detailed camp evaluation process can be found at the following hereAn evaluation will also be conducted spa/spas. Special hospitals and spas can apply until July 5, and more about the evaluation process can be found at connectorsApplications for the category will also be open until the end of August family accommodation.Related news: INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO HELD TOURISM DAYS IN SLAVONIA NEXT YEAR!last_img read more