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  • US ski Paralympian overcomes rare disease

    first_imgWHISTLER, British Columbia — No one knew if Caitlin Sarubbi would live through her first night.Twenty years later, she’s on leave from her freshman year at Harvard to race on the U.S. Ski Team at the 2010 Paralympics.Born with a very rare disease, no eyelids and several other facial deformities, Sarubbi’s journey to the Winter Games involves 57 reconstructive surgeries…Read more herelast_img

  • It’s title time!

    first_imgOliver McNally made four free throws in the final seconds and scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, while Brandyn Curry drained four 3-pointers, finishing with 12 points, as the Harvard men’s basketball team clinched at least a share of its second straight Ivy League title with a 67-63 win at Cornell Saturday evening.Harvard, which concludes its regular season at 26-4 and 12-2 in the Ancient Eight, will await Tuesday evening’s matchup between Penn (11-2 Ivy) and Princeton in Princeton, N.J. A Princeton win could clinch the outright Ivy League title for Harvard, as well as the NCAA tournament’s automatic berth, while a Penn victory would force a one-game playoff between the Quakers and Crimson at a date and location to be determined.Kyle Casey scored 11 (4-7 FG), while Keith Wright had eight points (3-6 FG) and 11 rebounds. The Crimson shot .49 (21-43 FG) for the game, hitting 12-of-26 3-point attempts (.46) including 7-of-13 in the second half. Harvard’s 26 victories establish a program record for a single season, and the Crimson ties last season’s squad with 12 conference victories. Harvard has won two Ivy League crowns in program history (2010-11 and 2011-12).Chris Wroblewski shook off a 6-for-16 shooting night to lead Cornell (12-16, 7-7 Ivy) with 19 points, to go with seven assists. Harvard’s hot-shooting second half was matched in every way by the home-standing Big Red, which connected on 6-of-11 from deep to keep the game close. But it wasn’t enough to stop the Crimson.To read the full story, visit read more

  • Schumer: Canada Dodge Hurts New York Dairy Farmers

    first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock Image.WASHINGTON — After advocating for federal aid for New York’s dairy farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is citing concerns that Canada is using unfair trade practices to hurt New York dairies.Schumer urged U. S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to raise concerns about Canada evading its commitments under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to eliminate harmful dairy trade practices.“New York’s dairy farmers are the lifeblood of the Upstate economy, but unfortunately, they have been squeezed by the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Schumer. “That is why I am calling on Ambassador Lighthizer to do everything in his power to ensure that Canada abides by its dairy trade obligations and eliminates its unfair and harmful pricing programs and practices that unfairly impeded Upstate New York dairy farmers from freely selling their product – as agreed to in the new trade agreement with Canada, the USMCA. As the trade deal enters into force next week, it is imperative that our New York dairy farmers are able to sell their products into Canada and churn up profits that mitigate the huge losses they have suffered this year.”Photo: Senator Charles E. Schumer“USMCA requires Canada to provide new market access for American dairy products and to eliminate its destructive Classes 6 and 7 milk pricing schemes,” said Jaime Castaneda, senior vice president for Policy Strategy and International Trade with the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “While not unexpected, Canada’s efforts to manipulate its agreed upon trade obligations to protect its tightly controlled dairy market are unacceptable. Canada needs to live up to the commitments it made to the U.S. on dairy. America’s dairy industry appreciates Senator Schumer for his leadership on this issue and we support Ambassador Lighthizer and Secretary Purdue as the U.S. works to hold Canada accountable to its commitments under USMCA.” Schumer explained that under USMCA, Canada agreed to eliminate Class 6 & 7 pricing within 6 months. However, the Senator revealed, Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO), which represents approximately 4,000 Canadian dairy farmers, has recently requested that Ontario’s tribunal which provides an avenue of appeal on agriculture issues grant restricted access to DFO’s pricing regulations. Schumer argued that with only a few days left until the USMCA is set to enter into force, the lack of transparency and timing of DFO’s request raises questions about whether or not Canada is seeking to circumvent its dairy commitments in USMCA.Additionally, Schumer pointed out, under USMCA, Canada agreed to an expansion of tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for several categories of U.S. dairy products. However, the U.S. dairy industry has raised concerns that Canada’s recently-released TRQ allocations weaken the intent of USMCA and will prevent New York dairy farmers from fully benefiting from the agreement’s expanded market access opportunities.In a letter to the ambassador, Schumer wrote:“We must ensure that hardworking dairy farmers in New York and across the country, who rely on strong trade enforcement from the U.S. government for protection against other countries’ unfair policies and practices, benefit from the changes in USMCA as intended. As such, I urge you to expeditiously raise these aforementioned concerns about Canada’s dairy obligations with your Canadian counterparts, and in particular, ensure Canada reaffirms its commitment that Class 6 and 7 will be fully, and permanently, eliminated.”last_img read more

  • Hot Shot! Bruce Willis Sees Benjamin Scheuer Roar in The Lion

    first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Bruce Willis spent February 13 in the company of a lion! The Lion, to be exact—the legendary star of Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, Twelve Monkeys and many more headed to the Lynn Redgrave Theatre to catch Benjamin Scheuer’s gripping one-man musical about love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music. Check out this Hot Shot of Willis and Scheuer backstage after the show, then see The Lion off-Broadway. The Lion View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

  • Frozen Will Storm Broadway in Spring 2018

    first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Related Shows ‘Frozen’ (Photo: Disney) View Commentscenter_img For the first time in forever (OK, in about a year), we have an update on the highly-anticipated Frozen musical! The Broadway adaptation of the Oscar-winning blockbuster will hit the Great White Way in Spring 2018. As previously speculated, Alex Timbers will direct. Tony winner Peter Darling will choreograph.The Disney musical, featuring the beloved tunes (and some new ones) by married songwriting duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and a book by screenwriter Jennifer Lee, will first play an out-of-town tryout in summer 2017. A location will be announced at a later date.Timbers received a Tony nomination for directing Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as for the book of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (which he also directed). His additional directing credits include Rocky and Here Lies Love. He is also the co-creator and co-writer of the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. Darling won a Tony Award in 2009 for choreographing Billy Elliot; he also earned a nomination for Matilda—and won Oliviers for both.The production has an all-star design team lined up: set and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Peter Hylenski. Stephen Oremus will serve as music supervisor. Frozen follows two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, whose relationship is put to the test when Elsa’s magical ice powers are unleashed during a power anthem that you’re still singing under your breath. Also in the mix are a strapping iceman, his reindeer, a fast-talking snowman and a too-good-to-be-true prince. We probably didn’t need to explain that to you.The film won Oscars in 2013 for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Let It Go”) and featured the vocal talents of several Broadway favorites, including Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Kristen Bell.No word yet on casting for the musical, so start lining up, belters. Frozenlast_img read more

  • Empathy Lesson.

    first_img “The two biggest obstacles these families face in getting and keeping jobs are child care — finding quality, affordable child care for the shifts they work — and transportation,” Peisher said. “Having reliable transportation to get to a job on time is an especially big obstacle in rural areas, where they don’t have public transportation,” she said. “Even in some urban areas, public transportation is unavailable.” A lack of basic life skills will keep people from holding onto a job after they get it. But education is perhaps the biggest roadblock. “Some studies have shown that if women aren’t making more than $8 per hour, the chances of their staying employed more than three years are low,” Peisher said. “The biggest obstacle in getting a high-wage job is the lack of education,” she said. “So you have a complicated web of obstacles.” A million Georgians live in poverty, trying to support a family on less than $15,000 a year. In a new University of Georgia educational program, the people they rely on for help trade places with them, at least for one day. Understanding must come first The simulation isn’t intended to actually develop those programs and policies. It’s designed to help people feel more able to make those plans. It is a precursor to having better programs and policies for low-income families. To find out more about the training, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call (706) 542-1671. Many programs to help Obstacles not easily overcome Helping the helpers Helping the people who work in agencies designed to help these families get past the roadblocks is what the UGA training is all about. So far, the program has had good marks. “We’re looking for better understanding of low-income families and their challenges,” Peisher said. “We’re looking for improved community programming and policy-making for poverty families.” Of the people who have taken part in the program so far, she said, more than 90 percent say they understand the low-income obstacles better. “In early feedback, 65 percent said they see their jobs and the people they work with differently,” Peisher said. “More than 70 percent felt more able to develop plans for community action. And more than 60 percent had ideas they wanted to discuss with others about community action.” “Welcome to the State of Poverty,” a UGA Extension Service program, shows what it’s like to live in poverty for a month. The program helps sensitize people who work with those in need to the stresses of everyday living. “One of the biggest obstacles poverty-level families face is that the people who work with them don’t understand what they face,” said Ann Peisher, an Extension Service associate professor with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Peisher and others began the program in November. Education vital New welfare reforms have many communities developing programs and policies to help people move from welfare to work. The UGA program is designed to better equip community leaders to address the issues they will face. “There are lots of definitions for self-sufficiency,” Peisher said. “Typically it has an economic definition. But from a family standpoint it’s broader. Getting a job isn’t a big deal. Keeping a job is. We help people acquire skills to reach a state of well-being so they can keep a job.” Some of the skills they teach are money managing, food and nutrition, getting good child care and finding and keeping good housing. last_img read more

  • 3 simple steps to a financially strong start in 2016

    first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many of us have great ambitions to start the new year on the right foot financially. But many people fail to meet their goals or keep their new year’s resolutions because they are too ambitious. Changing habits in a short period of time requires a level of focus and commitment that many of us can’t afford in our hectic lives.But resolutions don’t have to be big to have an impact. Small wins early on can help boost your confidence and prepare you for the year ahead. Here are three simple steps you can take today to reduce your stress and improve your financial well-being for the rest of the year.1. Talk to your advisorDiscuss major changes in your personal and professional status with your advisor. Are you changing jobs? Have you added a new family member? Are you retiring or have you received a windfall? In most cases these changes will have a significant impact on your tax situation, your cash-flow and your insurance and estate-planning needs. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Facility Solutions: Selling your brand with branch videos

    first_imgWe know that creating and delivering a powerful and consistent user experience across all delivery channels is critical for a credit union’s success. UX managers and engineers are leading the charge with increasing involvement in all aspects of the business process, technology applications, staffing, training and marketing. As UX budgets increase, so does the pressure to drive performance to new levels in terms of metrics like net promoter score as well as decreased costs and increased ROI.Developing a new branch prototype and member and staff experience are the most tangible expressions of a credit union’s evolution. Such a project often coincides with new business strategies, brand analysis and significant change. The process of creating a new bold branded experience must integrate all delivery channels, technologies, and human resources to be succesful. But even the most brilliant efforts will remain dim unless the results are sold to the target market.There are a number of ways to take advantage of all the time, effort and resources you are putting into your new brand. You can hold an open house as a one-time event, which typically draws in a modest number of existing members, contractors and a few local officials. You can conduct staff training to help members of your internal team understand the new brand and how to deliver the elevated experience. Marketing can be conducted online and through the media. But what is the secret sauce that binds all this brand re-energizing together and conveys it in a way that sticks in members’ hearts and minds? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • The case for sustainability and wellness certifications

    first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: Details In the pursuit of healthier, more sustainable facilities, many credit unions are investing in WELL and LEED building certifications. Pursuing these certifications sets a high standard that your built environment must meet and increased your investment in project, a decision which must be justified to your team and board. We believe that there is a compelling case for sustainability and wellness certifications that more than justifies the upfront cost. These certifications demonstrate a commitment to your values, your staff and members’ values, and make your facilities more operationally efficient. Here’s the case for investing in sustainability and wellness certifications: Commitment to Values The fundamental core value of credit unions can be found in their motto: “people helping people.” Showing your commitment to people can sometimes be an abstract concept, but a LEED or WELL certified building demonstrates in a tangible way that your credit union puts people first and is committed to the wellbeing of staff and members. It shows that throughout the design and construction process that you took the time, energy, and resources to focus these processes on creating a facility that truly serves them. Importance to Staff and Members Your staff and members choose to work for and bank with a credit union for a reason. They value financial institutions that are focused on more than maximizing profits; they value institutions who put people and the issues they care about first. When you demonstrate your commitment to healthy people and a better environment, people take notice. When HAPO Community Credit Union branch in Vancouver, Washington earned WELL Certification, their story was told on the local news.  When it comes down to choosing an institution to bank with or submit a job application, the members of the community who share your values will put your credit union on the top of their list. Operational Efficiency What often gets lost in budget discussions is that while the upfront cost of building a WELL or LEED certified building is higher, the increased operational efficiency pays for itself many times over throughout the building’s lifecycle. Life-Cycle Cost Analysis is a method of estimating the overall cost of a project by taking the entire lifecycle cost of a building into consideration.  Over a 30 year period, this helpful analysis shows the initial building cost—the design and construction— makes up only 2% of the total lifecycle cost of the building.   Operations and maintenance costs are three times that at 6%, and the people who work in the building account for 92% of the cost. Investing up front in buildings that save energy and focus on users’ wellbeing barely makes an impact on the overall lifecycle cost of a building, but these efforts have a massive impact on the operational costs and staff productivity. Take lighting systems as an example. The dollar value of a high-efficiency circadian lighting system may seem high compared to alternatives, but consider that cost next to 30 years of lower electricity bills and more awake, energetic staff. Making the Case Demonstrate your commitment to values. Become the credit union that today’s members and workforce are looking for. Lower lifecycle costs with better operational efficiency. When you add up the benefits of pursuing wellness and sustainability certifications, they make a compelling case. last_img read more

  • Death toll from East Nusa Tenggara dengue outbreak rises to 32

    first_imgThe most affected area is Sikka regency, with 1,145 people hospitalized and 13 dead.Erlina said the agency had formed a team to oversee the handling of cases, especially in Sikka where most patients were concentrated.Sikka Regent Robby Idong declared an Extraordinary Occurrence (KLB) in relation to the dengue outbreak in January. Sikka Health Agency acting head Petrus Herlemus said earlier this month that the KLB had been extended to March, the third such extension since the KLB was first announced. (gis)Topics : The death toll of the dengue fever outbreak in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has risen to 32 as the number of people infected by the dengue virus continues to increase.According to the East Nusa Tenggara Health Agency, 2,697 people are currently hospitalized due to dengue fever across 20 regencies and one municipality in the province.“In NTT, only Central Sumba regency is free of dengue,” the agency’s disease control and prevention head, Erlina R. Salmun, said on Sunday as quoted by read more