Students raise funds for research

first_imgSorin College’s second annual Kick It for Kevin kickball tournament Sunday raised enough money to lead to a donation to pediatric cancer research. The tournament is held in memory of former resident Kevin Healey, who died two years ago after a battle with cancer. “Kevin was really a charismatic person, and a kickball tournament kind of epitomizes the type of guy he was,” Sorin College president, junior Andrew McKernan, said. Healey was a member of Notre Dame’s class of 2011 and a Sorin College resident. He died of osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in 2009. Sorin College vice president junior Max Maier, who organized the event, said the tournament really proved the strength of community present at Notre Dame. “I think it says a lot about the men of Sorin College as a whole that we can come together to remember one of our own every year through a fun-loving game of kickball,” Maier said. “I don’t think such an event would be possible without the tight-knit community present both in Sorin College and at Notre Dame.” For $3 per person, teams of 5 -10 players could compete, with all proceeds going to the CureSearch for Children’s Cancer research fund. Most of the competitors were Sorin residents, although several teams from other dorms participated as well. The kickball event was held at McGlinn Fields. Freshman Sorin resident Justin Dancu participated in the tournament, which he said was a success overall. “It was a fun way to help a good cause,” he said. “It was pretty relaxed which made it fun too.” Even though Healey passed away before Dancu arrived at Sorin, Dancu still found the event moving and meaningful. “I thought it made people remember and sometimes even ask about Kevin’s story, and it helped raise awareness for pediatric cancer research,” Dancu said. McKernan said enough teams signed up to cover the event’s costs, and have money left over to donate. He said the idea for a kickball tournament came from the success of other campus-wide athletic events, such as the Bookstore Basketball tournament or the Lose the Shoes soccer tournament. “It’s only the second year, and we had a pretty good turnout,” McKernan said. “We’re very happy that we made money to give to the fund, but in the future, our goal is to make it a more prominent campus event like the Fisher Regatta or Muddy Sunday.” Sorin College plans to improve advertising and work on increasing participation in the future. “It’s really a question of advertising and persuasion,” McKernan said. “We’d be set for a tournament if we had one team, 5-10 people, from every dorm.” The logistics of this year’s event included poster printing, organizing sign-ups in the dining hall, and getting the necessary snacks and kick balls. “Fortunately, we had a great group of guys this year who were more than willing to help out,” Maier said. “Most of the work just went into advertising.”last_img read more

New Miss Saigon Star Rachelle Ann Go has Lea Salonga to Thank for Her Big Break

first_img Check out Salonga and Go duet on “The Movie in My Mind” together below, then catch Miss Saigon, opening May 3 at the Prince Edward Theatre! Pop-singer Go opened up about the challenges of the role. “I’m a solo artist, so I can do what I want. But when it comes to performing with a group in a musical play, you can’t commit mistakes, there’s a script and you can’t do ad-libbing.” Rachelle Ann Go, who is to star as Gigi in the upcoming London revival of Miss Saigon, has revealed that it was the original Kim, Tony winner Lea Salonga, who was pivotal in her getting the gig. Go told Hola! Philippines, “it’s Miss Lea who really told me to go for the audition.”center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee to Build Vermont’s Largest Solar Power Array

first_img–WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) will build Vermont s largest solar array on top of the distribution center of its Green Mountain Coffee facility in Waterbury. Construction of the 100 kW photovoltaic array is expected to begin in the spring of 2009 and be completed by summer.The solar array is the result of an innovative partnership between the coffee company, the State of Vermont, Green Mountain Power, and groSolar, North America s premier provider of solar energy solutions. The electricity generated by the approximately 530 solar panels will produce a small percentage of the total electricity Green Mountain Coffee needs for its production facilities in Waterbury. Company officials say the greater benefit is in showing what is possible for the future. Renewable energy must be a part of our overall energy strategy, says Paul Comey, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. We want to show our state and federal governments that solar energy works, and that we need a policy that provides a broad-reaching structure for renewable energy.The array will produce its power during the day, when Green Mountain Power needs it most. Solar power offers a unique value to the electric grid, as most of the power is generated during hot summer days, when the system is strained and other sources are expensive. GMCR will benefit from Green Mountain Power s groundbreaking SolarGMP program, which provides financial incentives to its customers to install solar generation at their homes and businesses. We’re excited to help one of our largest customers embrace solar generation in a meaningful way, says Mary Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Mountain Power. We believe solar power will play an important role in Vermont’s energy future. By working with GMCR on this project, and by creating SolarGMP, we hope to encourage more solar generation in Vermont. We expect other customers will follow soon.groSolar was selected to design and install the solar arrays at Green Mountain Coffee. As one of the largest solar installation companies in the US, groSolar is dedicated to energy independence and fighting global warming. CEO Jeff Wolfe says Vermont s tax incentives for commercial solar systems, coupled with grants from the Vermont Department of Public Service s Clean Energy Development Fund and Green Mountain Power, made the economics of the system very attractive. Vermont has a great solar resource and great incentives for commercial solar energy. Green Mountain Power, GMCR, Vermont s Department of Public Service, and groSolar have shown that solar will be part of Vermont s energy solution, he says.”We are very pleased to see this solar installation become a reality, says David O Brien, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service. Governor Douglas places a high value on commercial-level solar applications. We commend GMCR for taking this step.”About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business units: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee business unit sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified ¢ organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee® and Newman s Own® Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® single-cup brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups® through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont s population. It serves approximately 94,000 customers.About groSolargroSolar is North America s premier provider of solar energy solutions focused on designing, distributing and installing high quality solar electric and solar hot water systems. groSolar provides residential installation in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states and commercial installation in California as well as the eastern US, serving other areas through an extensive dealer network. groSolar was recently recognized as the second fastest growing company in Vermont and one of the best places to work in Vermont. For information, contact Kevin Ellis 1-800-498-5390 or Kelli Pippin at 1-800-374-4494 x3085. groSolar.com.About the Vermont Clean Energy Development FundThe Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF), administered by the Vermont Department of Public Service, was established in 2005 through ACT 74 and is currently funded through proceeds to the state from Entergy. The CEDF will receive payments from Entergy through 2012. The CEDF offers a portfolio of funding opportunities to accelerate the development, commercialization, and production of clean energy in Vermont including: grants and contracts; loans; equity investments; and direct incentive payments through the Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program. Additional information on the CEDF and current funding opportunities is available on the Department of Public Service website at: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/energy/energy-efficiency.html(link is external).last_img read more

TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS

first_imgToward the end of 2010 I recall saying out-loud *(and regretting it) “Life is peaceful right now and I am fearful that cannot last.”Well, I had reason to worry. Although there are great blessings in the world, we all will face trials and tribulations. Many of them. In the last 3 weeks, the following has happened in my small little world:a friend was hospitalized because her baby boy was trying to come 7 weeks early, before his lungs were readya friend lost her grandfather, only to find out his wife of 61 years is now suffering from a most awful cancerfriends packed their home in one city, for a new home, new jobs , new everythinga loved one with a chronic illness experienced renewed pain and difficultymany friends have spent long hours, weekends and days off at work rather than spending time with their familiesa Member of Congress is targeted and shot in the headLet’s face it.Life is hard.At some point, we will all face trials and tribulations, experience pain, sadness and loss. That is not in question. What is in question however, is how we handle these trials and tribulations when they happen to us or others around us.Do we receive support and give support?Do we love & encourage without question?Do we reach out to our loved ones and ask for help?Do we lift one another up in prayer?Do we help carry the burden by making meals, acts of service, holding hands and LISTENING?I am currently reading a book written by Henri Nouwen. If you don’t know him, look him up. Anyway, he was a Priest spending a few months at a monastery trying to rebuild after a difficult year. And while walking in damp upstate New York woods one fall afternoon, he realized something.He realized there was much beauty in the world he had not yet seen.His observation was encouraging to me this week and last as I spent 14 days in a row at my desk. There is much beauty in the world I have not yet seen.Like the small hands of a little boy born 6 weeks early, and the smile on his mother’s face when he opens his eyes – orThe miracle of gun shot victim opening her eyes and smiling at her husbandThe peace of sitting by the fire with your family, even if you are in a new town, with new peopleor knowing that even if you are in pain, or ill, you are loved and supportedI know I am constantly giving advice. I am sorry.  It’s actually my job most days. But today’s advice is a little bit softer, and more like an observation.There is much beauty we have yet to see.  But you have to seek it out sometimes. You have to look for it, in the woods, in the NICU, in a laugh, a smile, an encouraging email, in the small places where you least expect it. Keep looking, I know it will be a blessing to us all.last_img read more

A Tribute to Fallen Climber Kayah Gaydish

first_imgSeveral days have passed since we lost a dear friend, mother, and eco-warrior to one of her greatest joys – rock climbing. Kayah Gaydish was a remarkable young woman, and I was fortunate to call her my friend. Much of our time together was spent exploring the wilds of Western North Carolina while working for a regional non-profit conservation organization called Wild South. Wild South was just one of several conservation organizations Kayah devoted her time towards, and it was lucky to have her as its full-time North Carolina Conservation Coordinator over the past several months.In the days that followed Kayah’s passing, someone asked if it would be hard for me to return to the trails and wild places where we had shared our time and made our memories. “Of course not”, I said. I will cherish and celebrate these places because I experienced them with her. I cannot think of a better way to honor Kayah than to revisit the landscapes into which she poured her heart and soul to protect.One such landscape is the Linville Gorge Wilderness, and every time I visit the Gorge I will think of her. Kayah spent countless hours there and gave her all to protect this special place. When I say gave it her all I mean it; blood, sweat, tears, and at least one Subaru suspension. Kayah was Wild South’s Wilderness Ranger for a couple of years and was entrusted with leading volunteer expeditions to eradicate exotic and highly invasive plants. These plants, such as the princess tree, threaten the native plants of the area, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.This was an important project and Kayah took it seriously. She introduced people to the fragile and challenging landscape of the Linville Gorge and motivated them to steward it. She did this in her own unique way, with a smile, an air of confidence, and peaceful reassurance that built trust and enthusiasm. It was magical to see how easy Kayah could lead people, and I always marveled at what she and her merry band of volunteers where able to accomplish.Kayah GadishWhen we speak of wilderness we speak of self-willed landscapes that stand as a testament to freedom and represent nature’s intrinsic qualities that command our respect. Like the Wilderness, Kayah was a free spirit with a strong will. Through her words and actions, she passionately and reverently advocated for this place and earned the respect of everyone who knew her. She honored and valued wilderness and it was a part of who she was.Linville Gorge Wilderness is also a landscape full of challenges with rugged terrain, strenuous trails, and harsh weather. Like the Wilderness, Kayah’s own life was full of challenges, obstacles and rough spots. She was a single mother working to provide for her family while following her passions and serving her community. She approached these challenges much as she approached the Gorge — with grace, optimism, and regard for the beauty in all things.Linville Gorge Wilderness is a uniquely beautiful place that inspires all who experience it. Like the Wilderness, Kayah was a beautiful person who inspired many. With her infectious smile, loving attitude, and patience it was easy to admire her. She had a genuine warmth and her presence always gave people comfort and cheer.Linville Gorge Wilderness is also a place that heals the soul and gives many benefits to our community. Like the Wilderness, Kayah was a healer and a giver. As her friends know, she never asked for anything and yet would be the first to give or lend a hand. She worked as a Doula and was an herbalist. She celebrated a life of service and brought this to the places she loved. Her work in the Wilderness significantly reduced the populations of invasive plants and has allowed the land to heal in remarkable ways.Kayah’s legacy of healing and hard work in the Linville Gorge Wilderness will continue to require vigilance to maintain its resilience. Yet Kayah’s most resilient and treasured legacy is her two children. They are admired and loved for many of the same reasons as their mother. She did an amazing job raising and supporting them and she was very proud of the wonderful people they turned out to be.All of us who cared for Kayah honor and celebrate her life, for it was a life of service, sacrifice, joy, laughter, and strength. It was a life to admire, to remember, and to appreciate. We love you Kayah.I ask that those who are reading this tribute consider making a contribution to her memorial fund which will be used to support her children into the future. To do so click here.last_img read more

Phantom of the Pines: The Future of the Florida Panther

first_imgIt’s a story that might sound familiar— similar versions have unfolded with only slightly different characters. The species that we now call the Florida Panther used to roam throughout the entirety of the southeastern United States, but due to conflict with humans and our penchant for development, by the 1970s it survived only in a single breeding population of about 30 individuals in Southwest Florida.In the 1980s, the state of Florida and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service initiated a research and monitoring program to determine the possibilities for a recovery of the species which would allow it to expand beyond South Florida. Recognizing inbreeding and a genetic bottleneck as the panther’s greatest threat, officials brought in eight female Texas Cougars, the closest living relative of the Florida panther and another sub-species of puma, which had historically bred with their Floridian counterparts. In 2003, after producing 20 kittens with the native Florida panthers, these Texas Cougars were removed from Florida and their kittens were left to refresh the genetic flow of the species.The combination of this new genetic diversity with the conservation of public land and the investment in coexistence programs enabled the Florida Panther population to continue on the road to recovery, climbing from its decimated population of 30 cats to an official estimate of 120-230 individuals.But the real boon came in 2016, when the first female Florida panther since 1973 was observed north of the Caloosahatchee River, which flows 67 miles from Lake Okeechobee out into the Gulf, effectively dividing Southwest Florida in half and marking an unofficial transition from the wilderness of the Everglades to the rest of the state.Male panthers have been known for years to cross the Caloosahatchee, but the movement of this first female was of incredible significance to those following the Florida panther’s story. It showed for the first time irrefutable evidence of the species’ northward expansion, and gave hope for its long-term survival. For a species whose individual male needs a 200 square mile home range, and whose numbers in South Florida have been steadily growing, the outlook has for some time been hopeful but uncertain: for the Florida panther to survive, it would need to expand north, across the river and beyond.While the Florida panther may not yet inhabit the hazy hills of the Blue Ridge, it would be short-sighted to dismiss this species as irrelevant to the region. This is an animal that is representative of our species’ attempt to restore an ecosystem to balance. The story of the Florida panther reveals the level of cooperation and understanding necessary to achieve equilibrium between humanity and the natural world.Carlton Ward Jr.Room to RoamThe world of the Florida panther grew in size when the first female crossed the river, casting out years of scientific uncertainty of when or if females would overcome this obstacle. Now, with two confirmed broods of kittens born north of the river, Panther expansion throughout the state is inevitable—although this brings with it its own unique challenges.Chief among these challenges is the mechanics of the expansion itself. “If there’s going to be a future for the Florida Panther, we need to save a wildlife corridor that keeps the Everglades connected to the rest of the state and the rest of the country,” says Carlton Ward, Jr.,  founder of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, a non-profit organization that works with conservation organizations and private landowners to connect, protect, and restore an intact wildlife corridor through the length of the state.While about 9 million acres of the corridor are already protected, some of these connections are very tenuous. “There are places where the corridor is a half-mile or less in width, and it’s being squeezed off on all sides by development,” explains Lindsay Cross, former executive director of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. “Road crossings, underpasses—fatalities from road collisions are one of the biggest threats to Florida panthers right now. Some of these places are really hanging in the balance.”Panthers Cross The CaloosahatcheeBlood on the RoadJen Korn was Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s first wildlife biologist north of the Caloosahatchee. Today, she works for a private engineering firm and coordinates the construction of wildlife crossings with the Florida Department of Transportation. Instead of attempting to build the crossings from the ground up, much of their work revolves around utilizing what’s already there.“We find places that already have a water-control structure like a bridge, a crossing that already may be being used, and just go in and make it a little safer—add ledges and fencing beneath it. It’s a lot cheaper.”Crossings like these are instrumental in preserving a functional wildlife corridor for panthers moving north. Death by road strike is arguably the greatest threat to individual panthers, with 30 panthers killed by vehicle strike in 2015 and close to 35 in 2016. But the crossing itself is only half of the solution—the land on either side still needs to be protected.Korn explains that for a wildlife crossing to be truly effective, it requires the cooperation of private landowners, who could hopefully put their land into conservation easements to protect it for the panther. But in order for this to happen, these landowners must be amenable to having panthers on their land at all—a situation that often proves difficult to accept.Can we Coexist?It’s an unfortunate fact of nature which would be disingenuous to brush aside: Florida panthers are wild animals, and when looking for a meal, will hardly discriminate between wild and domesticated prey. Liesa Priddy is a rancher in the heart of Panther country, and has lost calves to predation.“When my family started ranching on this property in the 1940s, there weren’t any panthers—they’d been extirpated from this area,” Priddy explains. “So it is new for us. I think people need to be very open-minded as to what the actual situation is. Panthers are beautiful animals, but you have to be realistic in this situation.”Nearly all conservationists in South Florida will agree that ranchers are incredible stewards of the land and provide ideal habitat for panthers. But their willingness to do this relies on their opinion of the species, which can be hurt by panthers who take a bite out of their living.“I’m not going to underestimate the challenges,” says Elizabeth Fleming, the senior Florida representative for Defenders of Wildlife. “If that’s your livelihood, it can be expensive.”There do exist government programs for reimbursement in the case of confirmed depredation, but Priddy warns of the difficulty in trying to comply with all of the red tape in these circumstances. “It’s very easy for the federal government to say, ‘we have programs that are going to help you,’ but what they don’t tell you is how hard it is.”For their part, Defenders of Wildlife has provided landowners with cameras to document the level of calf predation, to help expedite this process. Furthermore, Defenders works in suburban areas with families to prevent depredations against pets and hobby livestock. In cases of confirmed panther attack, Defenders works with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to fund the construction of livestock pens, splitting the cost three ways among the conservation organizations and the family, and sometimes covering up to half the cost.This sort of outreach and support is crucial for the panther’s future as it moves north. As Priddy warns, “until people see that their lives are not going to be negatively impacted, you’re not going to see welcome mats put out for Florida panthers north of the river.” Actions on the part of Defenders of Wildlife and other conservation organizations can help landowners feel supported rather than abandoned, and can help them see the panther as an integral part of the environment, rather than an enemy or a nuisance.“I’m not happy that my goat’s been taken,” says Salem Philippi, whose family had one goat killed and another wounded by an interloping Panther. “But what am I going to do? Am I going to go out there and kill every one of them because they did something to me? I don’t see it that way. Every animal plays a part in the ecosystem. We support one another. We need each other to grow.”Salem PhillippiAnti-PantherAs the panther continues its northward migration, coexistence is essential. But in order for residents in its path to be open to the idea of coexistence, a full understanding of the species itself is necessary first. Misinformation has been rampant in recent years, spread by a small but vocal contingent of panther opponents, who more often than not are more anti-government-interference than they are anti-panther. The transformation of areas like Big Cypress has led to a backlash from a few local residents and Gladesmen over land that they feel the panther now has more rights to than they do themselves.Media has been a powerful tool for the spread of this misinformation through various anti-panther Facebook pages which characterize panthers as dangerous predators, and a threat to every Florida resident. In fact, there has not been a single confirmed instance of Florida panther attack on a human in over one hundred years.But media can also be a tool for fostering understanding. For Carlton Ward, this belief is at the heart of his current work with National Geographic. His forthcoming Path of the Panther project aims to utilize extensive camera-traps and storytelling to bring about a more powerful and personal connection with a species known for its elusiveness.“The panther is a symbol,” Ward says. “It captures people’s imaginations.”By combining the tools of biology and photography, Ward hopes to shine a light on the unseen corners of his home state, and display the value of wild Florida to those who have not experienced it for themselves.“These parts of Florida are hidden in plain sight,” Ward says. “Not everyone has a chance to get out on a cattle ranch or head out into a swamp. Through media, we can bring these stories to people in a way that helps them understand what these animals and these lands mean to them—so that they can have the profile they need in people’s hearts and minds, and have a place in our future.”Wildlife CrossingThe Future of the Florida PantherIt’s difficult to estimate the rate of the panther’s northward expansion. What we do know is that the Caloosahatchee has been crossed, and kittens have been born on the far bank. We know that male panthers expand their territory rapidly whenever they can, and that they have in the past been spotted deeper into Central and North Florida than they are currently confirmed to occupy. And we know that there does exist a Florida Wildlife Corridor stretching the length of the state, with biologists and conservationists working to ensure its continued existence.The Florida panther will move north as quickly as it is able to escape the congestion of South Florida. The future it will face is difficult to discern. Are we as a species and as communities ready for the panther’s return? Are we ready to practice what we preach, and live next door to these animals we claim to want back?There are clear preparations that need to be made—education and outreach are solid first steps, followed by coexistence plans that must be laid before the first panther leaves its print in fresh mud. But along with these concrete goals exists the foundation beneath them, which should by no means be neglected. And this foundation is the understanding that nature itself comes at a cost—but it’s a cost that we also must pay in order to survive ourselves.It’s easy to see our two species at opposite ends of a spectrum: competitors for the same resources in a limited space. But this is not a zero-sum game. What’s good for the panther is often good for the person. Setting aside wild land and clean water for the panther also safeguards our own future. Protecting ranch land—prime panther habitat—from development simultaneously preserves human heritage and vital food sources. Person and panther are linked closer than many might care to imagine, and what fate awaits the panther might likely await us as well. As the human race works tirelessly to transform the landscape to suit itself, the panther comes as a reminder for balance—our two species share the same needs for survival: clean air, fresh water, open spaces, and above all an understanding that we are in fact a part of nature, not apart from it.last_img read more

White House says reg burden not pushing FIs’ decline, NAFCU disagrees

first_imgThe Dodd-Frank Act and its regulations are not to blame for the decline in the number of community banks, according to a report released Wednesday from the White House Council of Economic Advisers, but NAFCU’s Carrie Hunt said common sense dictates otherwise.While the report makes no mention of credit unions, Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel, said “a substantial number of the credit unions that closed or merged did so due to overwhelming compliance costs related to stifling regulatory burden.“Without exemptions from rules designed to rein in bad actors, credit unions are being forced to comply with regulations that only the largest banks can afford,” she added. “In fact, many big banks view these regulations as a competitive advantage.”NAFCU and its members have testified on the damaging impact of Dodd Frank on credit unions numerous times before Congress. Excerpts of the testimony were referenced yesterday in a House Financial Services Committee Republican blog post in response to the report. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 free and interesting courses for “all who wish to learn”

first_imgI’m not sure who coined the phrase “learning can be ‘fun’damental” but I am pretty sure the first time I heard it . . . I rolled my eyes. But as you get older, learning does indeed become more fun (probably because you get to learn the things you want to learn and not the things you have to learn). Right now, we’re all at home a lot more than usual. If you’re interested in learning while you can’t be out and about, look no further than Open Yale Courses. You can learn about a variety of subjects taught by “distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University.” Each lecture is provided in HD video and audio-only formats. Here are three interesting topics you could start with…The American Revolution: I’ve always enjoyed war movies, especially ones about the Revolutionary War, but I don’t remember studying the American Revolution in great detail in high school or college. I do recall the flames of interest being stoked about the time the Hamilton soundtrack came out. If you’re a history buff and you have an interest in learning more about this time in our nation’s history, check out HIST 116 taught by Joanne Freeman. “This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2010.” There are 25 lectures in this class.Death: This is an interesting subject, but probably one that a lot of us don’t ponder on too often. PHIL 176 taught by Shelly Kagan looks at “a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality.” If you’re a philosophical person, you may enjoy pondering questions like “What does it mean to say that a person has died?” and “How should the knowledge that I am going to die affect the way I live my life?” If this is you, check it out. “This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2007.” There are 26 lectures in this class.Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600: As we’re right in the middle of battling a pandemic right now, you might be interested in learning more about the “impact of epidemic diseases on western society and culture.” We’re all thinking a lot about COVID-19, but if you’re interested in some more in-depth study on these kinds of diseases, you should check out HIST 234 taught by Frank Snowden. “This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2010.” There are 26 lectures in this class.For a list of other options available, click here. 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Croatia is still not sufficiently recognizable in health tourism

first_imgHotel “Omorika” in Crikvenica on Thursday, November 16, 2017, was a meeting place of health, tourism and knowledge. The reason for this was the fifth CIHT (Crikvenica International Health Tourism) conference, held in the organization of the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica and the co-organization of the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster and Thalassotherapy Crikvenica.This year’s international conference gathered an enviable and record number of participants, about 150 of them, from Croatia, the USA, China, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Slovenia. In the introductory speech, the director of the Crikvenica Tourist Board, Marijana Biondić, introduced the audience to the Crikvenica Riviera, the best health destination in Croatia in 2017. Interesting and educational presentations by lecturers from Croatia, USA, China, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Germany presented current trends in the business world and medicine and provided answers to various questions. Many of them reiterated the importance of connecting everyone whose activities are related to health tourism as quickly, efficiently and with quality as possible, as well as the necessity of constant investment in human resources and promotion.There was talk about patients’ expectations, experiences from different world markets, concrete examples for new opportunities for cooperation in the field of health tourism (for example, cooperation between Croatia and Russia), but also successful international cooperation, such as between the Chinese Houliping TCM Hospital Group and Croatian. How to increase your profits by knowing your clients, what are the possible methods of financing health tourism, how does a satisfied client become an ambassador, what is a virtual 360 and Healing Hotels of the World?The central part of the conference was a round table on “Health tourism – yesterday, today, tomorrow”, which was attended by Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Denis Kovačić, Deputy Minister of Health, Vladimir Mozetič, President of the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, Nevenka Kovač , director of the Polyclinic “Medico” and Vlasta Brozičević, head of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Polyclinic “Terme Selce”. A short introduction was made by Alfred Franković, manager of the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, and then a dynamic discussion began. Among other things, issues related to the proposal of the new Law on Health Care are open, primarily the position of health tourism and the need for compliance with the Law on the provision of tourism services. Assistant Minister of Health Denis Kovačić said that more intensive cooperation between the two key ministries – tourism and health – has finally begun, legislation is being harmonized and preconditions are being created so that entities can operate normally and offer their services on the market.Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić emphasized that the intensive development of health tourism is finally supported and, after the long-awaited legal framework, its strengthening and expansion is expected, as well as Croatia’s positioning on the world health tourism map. Emphasizing that Kvarner is the flagship of health tourism in our country, Director Staničić praised the successful work and initiative of private clinics, such as Terme Selce. It was said several times during the discussion that Croatia is still not sufficiently recognizable in health tourism, regardless of the comparative advantages and rich tradition, and that more should be invested in the promotion and intensification of the presentation of health tourism. The participants also agreed that the strengthening of health tourism in Croatia can have a significant impact on the decline of seasonality and increase income, and that in the development and promotion of this selective type of tourism, other segments are extremely important, such as outdoor, sports, gastronomy, cultural and historical sights… In the concluding part, it was repeated that positive changes are visible, that health tourism has finally started to gain in importance in terms of legislation that is a necessary prerequisite for further development and growth.Also, it is especially important to efficiently and quickly connect, network and cooperate all those involved in the “chain” of health tourism – from the creators of the service, who must constantly invest in quality, while maintaining authenticity and introducing modern world trends, through the legislator who must provide adequate financial and logistical support to those whose main role is the intensive promotion of Croatian health tourism.


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​UK should focus on flexible DB over collective DC, Mercer says

first_imgThe UK government should focus on offering defined benefit (DB) pension funds greater flexibility over the time-consuming launch of collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes, Mercer has said.While admitting that any reform proposals need to be mindful of “placing all the financial risk” on either a company or employees, the consultancy’s head of DC Brian Henderson stressed that any plans to introduce guarantees into DC would come at a cost.“Essentially,” he said, “a good pension is far more about how much more money can be saved and where that money gets invested rather than simply providing expensive guarantees or risk sharing.”Commenting on the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) consultation paper on the shape of defined ambition (DA) pension schemes – which last year outlined how greater elements of risk-sharing could be introduced into DC pensions – the consultancy called for a focus on simplified DB provision. It backed a previous suggestion by pensions minister Steve Webb that indexation could fall away on any future DB accrual in the wake of reforms to the state pension, and said that the government should introduce a statutory override to allow plan sponsors to introduce it and other changes, including the removal of survivors’ benefits.Glyn Bradley, a consultant at Mercer, added that, while the proposed introduction of CDC is an “appealing ‘third way’ alternative” to existing DB or DC schemes, launching such a pension plan would be a time-consuming undertaking.“A more sensible priority would be to give existing DB schemes more flexibility by addressing some of the current restrictions,” he said.“CDCs are very successful when market conditions and membership are favourable, but overseas experience demonstrates that difficult funding problems can occur when they are least able to cope.”He also noted that some of the “perceived advantages” of CDC could be achieved in the UK if existing legislation were only slightly amended.“The issue is more about trustees and sponsors stepping forward to adopt them,” he said.However, there is little consensus within the industry over CDC.Rival consultancy Aon Hewitt previously argued in favour of collective vehicles, while Barnett Waddingham also suggested the changes would not lead to a “massive” additional legislative burden.last_img read more