How work and home environments shape health

first_imgCassandra Okechukwu, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences, studies how different environments—such as our homes and our workplaces—shape our health. She sat down with Christiana von Hippel S.D. ’19 to talk about her life and work.How did you first become interested in academic public health?I always knew I would become a professor—it is the family business! Nigerians, especially my tribe, the Igbos, have high regard for professors, and many family members are professors. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1993, I learned quickly that a successful academic career required not just intelligence but adequate funding, so I pursued an undergraduate degree in nursing because of the high hourly wage and flexible schedule. Nursing is a common occupational entry point for African immigrants in the D.C./Maryland area where I grew up.My first exposure to public health was through occupational and environmental health courses that I took at Johns Hopkins. I became interested in the health effects of work environments on workers. As my own career trajectory was shaped by occupational segregation, noting these forces and their effects on workers’ opportunities for optimal health has continued to be a theme in my research. I loved the focus on creating social change in my occupational health courses so much that I ditched my original plan of pursuing a Ph.D. in nursing after my M.S.N./M.P.H. degree. Instead, I took a job as a project coordinator at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental and Occupational Health Justice. Working alongside nurses with doctoral degrees in public health inspired me to follow the same path. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Shakespeare in the Park’s Much Ado About Nothing Opens

first_img Happy opening to the cast of Much Ado! Show Closed This production ended its run on July 6, 2014 The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing celebrates its opening night on June 16 at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. The free production, directed by Jack O’Brien, brings the Bard’s comedy to sunny Sicily at the turn of the 20th century. The play stars Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell and Steel Burkhardt. Lily Rabe Related Shows View Comments To celebrate the season launch of the New York summer tradition, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait of Shakespeare’s princes, lovers and more. The sketch features Rabe as Beatrice and Linklater as Benedick, as well as Ismenia Mendes as Hero, Jack Cutmore-Scott as Claudio, John Glover as Leonato, Mitchell as Don Pedro and Pedro Pascal as Don John. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Hamish Linklater Much Ado About Nothing Star Fileslast_img read more

Nine work habits to avoid

first_imgAre you guilty of these?“Achieving success requires more than just doing the right thing,” says Geoffrey James, contributing editor and award-winning blogger at and author of Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know. “Success also means changing the behaviors that hold you back.”Here are nine habits you can do without:1. Doing the bare minimum. If you accept a task, you owe it to yourself and to others to make your best effort. If you don’t want to do something, have the courage to refuse the task. Doing a half decent job is just being passive-aggressive.2. Telling half-truths. Honesty is the best policy. However, if you’re afraid to speak the truth, it’s cowardice to tell a half-truth that’s intended to mislead but leaves you “plausible deniability.” Either tell the whole truth or tell a real lie—and accept the consequences if you’re found out. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Advocacy training for credit union employees is essential

first_imgWhen the people of the credit union movement stand together, we are most effective. Issues concerning us, our choice to be members of the nation’s credit unions and the unique structure of our chosen financial institutions are a rallying point for a grassroots effort that has historically been one of the most impactful groups in our country.When our people stand together, we lead with a loud voice, and we can change the world. Rallying those voices within the credit union movement is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal. But exactly how does that happen? It is relatively simple and well worth the effort.Credit unions employees, and their members share a common bond. We call it ownership. When people are educated regarding the credit union difference, they understand that they own something. Ownership fosters a strong desire to protect and preserve. From there, it is a natural progression to engage in grassroots advocacy. The league’s efforts to train and engage advocates can pay off because when we have an issue to support or fight against, their passion drives action.Advocates can and should be everyone in a credit union, from young professionals, to front-facing employees, all the way up to the board, and executive leadership. No one group of employees can drive engagement – again, it’s an ownership question. When we train advocates at our credit unions, we want to focus on the entire employee base, because their passion will mobilize them.So how do leagues train grassroots advocates? It starts with understanding what it truly means. Making a heart connection helps illustrate the very definition of the words grassroots advocate. Simple questions about their children and families are very effective. When employees think about the people they care most about – their families – their inner advocate rises up. People would do just about anything to ensure and protect their children’s safety, education, activities and so on – it’s a similar picture to paint for advocacy. Ownership. When someone understands they have ownership, they tend to invest in something one hundred times over.In training advocates, once they grasp the ownership piece, the rest can fall in place fairly easy. Defining the process of what an advocacy program is, and the very definition of power to display the size of our movement, helps paint the picture of how we as owners have the right to speak out, stand up and defend our movement. It’s very empowering.Grassroots advocacy programs and engaged credit union employees and members are our most effective means to educate, communicate & mobilize our power to shape public policy. With a proactive and aggressive grassroots advocacy program, we will be more effective in the legislative & political arena. Effective programs illustrate membership by congressional district and use data to help impact legislative relationships.To be most effective, any grassroots program needs buy in from the top. Management at the credit union needs to take ownership and have a belief in the credit union movement. This allows key personnel to be point persons within credit unions and help communicate action items, relay information and help mobilize when needed. Our people are our power. Training and engaging them is critical to the success and growth of our movement.The Mountain West Credit Union Association is a proud partner of the AACUL League System engaging best practices and collaboration between state and regional credit union leagues and associations. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Earl Scott Earl serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. This association is a combined entity comprising the Arizona Credit Union League, the … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Adapting your payments to today’s consumer behavior

first_imgIn this episode, we’re talking about how to align your payments strategies with shifting consumer behavior. This process is more complex now than ever before, as credit unions face a slew of pandemic-related revenue disruptions. Gain insights on recent data, shifts in the payments landscape, and how to address upcoming deadlines in critical vendor contracts.Key Takeaways:[02:41] 51% of consumers are now using contactless.  Credit unions need to make sure contactless is no longer a luxury item that is not going to be used. [06:43] Education is going to have a big role moving forward especially with senior members. What mobile offering are you going to have for them and how are you going to educate them on the offerings?[12:21] The chances of fraud are higher because a signature or pin is not required, so look at the contactless transfer limit you have on cards and provisional limit. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

The World Olive Picking Championship on the island of Brač won the award for creative event of the year

first_imgPhoto: Postira Tourist Board Creative Tourism Network is an international non-profit organization that specializes in the development of creative tourism, and their expert jury decided among 160 applications and events that the World Olive Picking Championship is the most creative and the first event of its kind in the world. tradition of the area and brings it closer to the local population and many tourists. As part of the FITUR fair in Madrid, which lasts from January 22 to 26, the eternal award ceremony of the Creative Tourism Network was held. This year, the 4th World Olive Picking Championships will be held from 8 to 11 October 2020 in Postira, and applications for teams are open HERE. The news of the day from Madrid is certainly how the award for the creative event of the year went to Croatia, which was won by the World Olive Picking Championship in the municipality of Postira on the island of Brač, which took place in October last year. Cover photo: Postira Tourist Board So far, teams from Poland, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, France, England, Northern Macedonia, Germany and South Africa have applied.last_img read more

Tallebudgera Valley “piece of paradise” hits the market

first_imgThere’s no shortageof space in this Tallebudgera Valley house.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe single-level house features an open-plan design with the interior living areas flowing out to the alfresco pavilion overlooking the pool. The property features 100m of creek frontage and plenty of visiting wildlife. “We’ve got seven grandkids and when the come over they love playing on the gokarts or pushbikes up the driveway or swimming and fishing in the creek. 761 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera Valley is going to auction on August 9.IT’S peaceful, luxurious and there’s plenty of space.Welcome to Billeroy — a sprawling acreage retreat nestled in the beautiful Tallebudgera Valley. Maree and Ted Bagnall swapped their beachfront home in Wonbarra, a seaside suburb of Wollongong, for a 3.64ha “piece of paradise” in 2002. Cook up a feast here. ON THE MARKET: 761 TALLEBUDGERA RD, TALLEBUDGERA VALLEY Agent: Katrina Walsh, Harcourts CoastalFeatures: Pool, media room, fenced paddocks, separate self-contained accommodation, two sheds, water tanksArea: 3.64haAuction: August 9, 11am, Harcourts in-rooms, 16 Queensland Ave, BroadbeachInspections: Saturday and Sunday, 12.30 to 1pm Relax in the pool.“It’s a lovely environment for kids. “We also have a family of kangaroos that have been with us as long as we’ve been here and well over 150 birds,” she said.And Mrs Bagnall said the starry nights were a standout feature. “Sitting by the firepit and looking up at the stars, there’s no stree lights so the view is just unbelievable,” she said. “It really is so beautiful.” Welcome home — 761 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera Valley.“When we retired this was our project and so we put our heart and soul into it,” Mrs Bagnall said. “It was the best change and we have thoroughly loved living here.”The pair had the home designed so there was a view from every room of the five-bedroom house. “Each room you look out and see a paddock or a nice private garden,” she said. “You feel very connected to the whole property.”last_img read more

Construction Begins on K Line’s LNG-Powered Car Carrier

first_imgJapanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding has started construction works on an LNG-powered car carrier for compatriot shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K Line).The works started after K Line placed an order for the ship in December 2018.Imabari is scheduled to deliver the 199.9-meter newbuild in the fall of 2020.According to K Line, the yet-to-be-named 73,800 ton ship will have a capacity to carry 2,020 vehicles and will sail under the flag of Japan.K Line said the decision to build a LNG-fueled car carrier was part of the company’s long-term environmental management vision called the “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 “Securing the Blue Seas for Tomorrow.”The company started introducing environmentally-friendly vessel into its fleet with the 2016 launch of Drive Green Highway, a car carrier equipped with energy-saving technologies and SOx scrubbers.last_img read more

Sex Ed for 5 y/o’s – And the homework is?

first_img3News featured a concerning story on their news bulletin on Saturday night regarding a new sex education programme being offered to primary school children as young as five. The Every Body Education programme has so far been picked up by five North Island primary schools. A brave mother Carla Smith spoke up and you can read her summary of what’s being covered .She says “I’m just a mum who cares about my kids.” We think she’s a hero for speaking up and alerting us to this.What’s in the programme for 5 year olds up?“We talk about how the baby grows in the uterus, [and] we talk about how the penis’s job is to deliver the sperm to the egg through the vagina. It’s all very matter of fact.” Other information covered in the programme aimed at year 1 and 2 primary school students includes how a baby is born, that sex is an adult activity and what condoms look like.If you’re a parent or grandparents, please watch this short clipREAD a summary of the programme provided by CarlaHopefully you’re motivated now to ensure that your children are never ever exposed to groups like Family Planning, Rainbow Youth and programmes like these.You simply can’t take the risk. Their agenda is clear. They want to sexualise children and even toddlers and take away their moral innocence.They also want to undermine your role as parents. Parents know their children the best and should determine the best timing and most appropriate way to tackle topics such as keeping themselves safe and ‘where do babies come from.” There seems to be an assumption here that parents know nothing about sex, nothing about puberty, nothing about wanting to keep their children safe, and that only Family Planning and so-called ‘experts’ know.This is a myth and should be rejected by every good parent and by politicians who fund these groups.PLEASE SPEAK UP NOW. Find out if your local school is using this programme, and if they are, tell them to get rid of it!Kind regards Bob McCoskrieNational Directorlast_img read more

Geraldine K. Goodpaster

first_imgGeraldine K. Goodpaster 74, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday November 8, 2018 in Aurora, Indiana.She was born June 14, 1944 in Dearborn County, IN, daughter of the late Edgar Nelson and Edna (Kraus) Chase.Geri worked as a Line worker for Anchor Glass, retiring after over 45 years of service.She was a member of Aurora Auxiliary and VFW, as well as the American Legion and Eagles.Geri was a wonderful sister, aunt and great aunt. She was also our best friend. The most important thing to Geri was her family, she was always there for us. Geri had many, many friends that she spent time with. She loved going to lunch and a movie. She loved animals, especially Boxers. Geri loved BINGO, and Music on the River, which she never missed. She loved her yard and flowers.Geri is survived by her sister, Jackie (Kenneth) Greive of Aurora, IN; brother, Frederic “Ric” (Gilma) Nelson; step father, Paul Chase; nephews, Kenneth Greive, Jr., Mark Greive; niece, Jennifer (David) Farmer; great nephews and nieces, Zachary, Jacob, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Seth Greive, and Bennett & Brooke Farmer.She was preceded in death by father, Edgar Nelson, mother, Edna Chase, husband, Jack Goodpaster, great-nephew, Joseph Greive.Friends will be received Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home Tuesday at 2:00 pm with Pastor Edward Davis officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to PAWS or St. John Lutheran Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more