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3 honored at annual Alice Hamilton Award lecture

first_img Read Full Story People in low- and middle-income countries are willing to travel and pay for health care at a higher quality facility rather than use a free clinic closer to home — a convention-busting finding that changed the course of Associate Professor Margaret Kruk’s career. She was honored for her work on improving health care quality around the world at the eighth annual Alice Hamilton Award lecture on May 8, 2018, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Kruk was presented with the 2018 Alice Hamilton Award by Jane Kim, professor of health decision science and chair of the Committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty (CAWF). The award recognizes the impact in public health and the future promise of a woman faculty member, and honors the memory of Hamilton, a pioneer in the fields of toxicology and occupational health who was the first woman appointed to the faculty at Harvard.Donna Spiegelman accepts the Mentoring Award.In her award lecture, “Access is not enough: Learning from users to build better health systems,” Kruk called Hamilton an inspiration. She advocated for people without power and dug deep to understand their lives, Kruk said, noting that this approach motivates her own work. Speaking to poor women in rural Tanzania first led her to conclude that health systems may not be providing the care that people want, she said.Since last year, Kruk has been the chair of The Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG [Sustainable Development Goals] Era. In that role, she has led an effort to develop policy recommendations for improving health care quality in low- and middle-income countries.Jane Kim presents Paige Williams with the inaugural CAWF Service Award.During the event, the CAWF also recognized Donna Spiegelman, professor of epidemiologic methods, with its annual Mentoring Award. She received the award from three of her many mentees: Lindsay Jaacks, assistant professor of global health and population, Judith Lok, associate professor of biostatistics, and Molin Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Lok praised Spiegelman as an “enthusiastic advocate for our professional growth.”In her remarks, Spiegelman shared advice that she has offered to the many women she has mentored over the years. “Speak up, take risks, be visible, and take advantage of opportunities” at work, she said, and “expect equality with your spouse.”Paige Williams, senior lecturer on biostatistics, received the inaugural CAWF Service Award. She was recognized as a founding member of CAWF’s predecessor, The Committee on the Concerns of Women Faculty, established in 1992. As part of her work with CAWF, Williams conducts the School’s annual analysis of faculty promotion and salary by gender.— Amy Roederlast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Steven Pasquale Lands Role on The Good Wife & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Steven Pasquale Lands Role on The Good Wife Broadway vet Steven Pasquale will guest star on The Good Wife, opposite Tony winner Alan Cumming. According to Deadline, Pasquale will appear in two episodes playing a top campaign manager called Elfman, who is being wooed by Eli Gold (Cumming) to run Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) potential campaign. As previously reported, The Bridges of Madison County star will also soon be seen in an untitled Netflix drama alongside Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz. We still wish Pasquale was playing eight shows a week on the Great White Way, but this will have to do for now. Tom Stoppard’s Hard Problem Tom Stoppard has finally revealed that his first new play since Rock’n’Roll in 2006 will be called The Hard Problem. The show is set to begin performances in January 2015 at the U.K.’s National Theatre, directed by Nicholas Hynter. “It’s a bit premature to say much about it, to be honest,” the Tony-winning playwright told the Daily Mail, “but it’s not about erectile dysfunction, anyway.” Imogen Stubbs Will Star in Little Revolution at the Almeida Imogen Stubbs (great first name!), Rufus Wright and Ronni Ancona will star in Little Revolution at London’s Almeida Theatre. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, Alecky Blythe’s new play is inspired by the 2011 London riots. The cast will also include Melanie Ash, Alecky Blythe, Bayo Gbadamosi, Lloyd Hutchinson, Rez Kempton, Barry McCarthy, Lucian Msamati, Clare Perkins and Michael Shaeffer. The production will play a limited engagement August 26 through October 4, with opening night set for September 3. View Comments Star Files Steven Pasqualelast_img read more

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Consumer centric product design

first_imgAt their core, effective insurance products and financial services must be customer-centric, benefiting both credit unions and their members. Offerings need to be easy to understand and simple to apply for and administer. Most importantly, coverages need to protect customers in their time of need. We know that credit unions work hard to ensure the products they offer are the right match for the members they serve. And the events of this year have made the need for that focus even more clear: To serve members best, we must further emphasize a consumer needs-based approach to developing the solutions we offer.As chief financial and product officer at CUNA Mutual Group, I’m charged with leading a diverse product portfolio. Through what we’ve learned in today’s environment, we must ask ourselves, “How do our products level the playing field?” “Do we provide access and opportunities to protect all families and individuals, regardless of their backgrounds?” and “Where can we break down the barriers that prevent us from serving more members, and making financial security accessible to all?”A consumer-needs approach tells us that as more members face financial barriers, we can help credit unions serve them with a solution that helps them overcome those challenges.  It tells us that the increasing demand for seamless online experiences means accelerating digital projects for credit unions is essential. And it tells us that we must find more ways to provide access to a brighter financial future for all, through all stages of life.This is critical work that I believe CUNA Mutual Group must help lead to strengthen our collective future – for credit unions and for members. Three essential areas where we are guided by consumer-first design principles include home ownership, life insurance and retirement. Home ownership remains a primary avenue for people to achieve financial security and build the lives they desire. In fact, seventy-eight percent of non-owners believe homeownership is a good financial decision. (Source: National Association of Realtors, “2019 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers”) And, 81 percent of non-owners want to own a home in the future. (Source: National Association of Realtors, “2019 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers”)But, prior financial commitments like student loans, credit card debt, or auto loans can slow the path to home ownership. To help more Americans achieve their dreams, we recently teamed up with MGIC to provide private mortgage insurance to credit unions. Private mortgage insurance helps members purchase a home sooner by eliminating the need for a 20 percent down payment. In turn, the program protects lenders with a financial guaranty against defaults on mortgages with loan-to-value ratios greater than 80 percent. Life insurance is another key aspect to achieving financial security. And while it shouldn’t come as a surprise that expectations for seamless, digital-based interactions are no longer new to financial services, the move to an entirely digital life insurance enrollment process is still relatively new. One result we’re already seeing in response to the pandemic is an even greater emphasis on online experiences as the primary channel for customer connection. A smooth user interaction – or one that’s not – can determine whether a customer chooses your solution, or a competitor’s. While it was already under development prior to the pandemic, our fully revamped consumer-facing TruStage website focuses on providing unbiased education, transparent life insurance coverage options and quotes, and a quick, simple application and enrollment experience for all consumers.Finally, when the initial shocks to the financial markets hit in March, many investors worried if their hard-earned retirement savings would all be lost. While the markets have since rebounded, the consumer-first design of our annuity products helped plan participants maintain peace of mind through the swings. Easy-to-understand, consumer-based language is a consistent feature across our annuity portfolio. A variety of features – ranging from downside risk protection with upside market growth potential, to guaranteed lifelong income streams – allow consumers to select the retirement solution that is right for their unique financial situationThese are just three of many areas where, throughout the credit union industry, we can work together to break down barriers to financial security. I am confident that consumer-first insurance and financial service product design will continue to accelerate in the future. Our industry has a tremendous opportunity – and responsibility – to ensure that the next chapter in our evolution will focus on making brighter financial futures accessible to all. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Winger Laurie Winger is the executive vice president and chief financial and product officer for CUNA Mutual Group – an insurance and financial services company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. 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NAPF backs £65m hike in PPF charges for transitional arrangements

first_img“The NAPF recognises this redistribution is the result of moving to a more accurate measure of the insolvency risk of PPF employers, and, therefore, it could be argued that ‘losers’ have not been paying their fair share of the levy so far, and vice versa for the ‘winners’,” the response said.It found that transitional arrangements would see the scheme-based levy rise to nearly 20%, rather than 10%, of total levy income, taking it close to the current limit allowed and resulting in £135m of income stemming from the scheme-specific charges, up from £70m.The response said the redistribution could have “profound” consequences for a limited number of outlier schemes and that the PPF should engage with those most affected on a case-by-case basis.Nevertheless, the industry body concluded: “On balance, the NAPF supports the proposed transitional arrangements in the consultation.”The proposed transitional system would compare a fund’s 2014-15 levy score from the current Dun & Bradstreet system with that of the proposed Experian model, had it been in place for the same period.The PPF consultation said that, if the increase suffered because the Experian model exceeded 200%, then it would abate the 2015-16 payment.However, the fund also cautioned that the proposal should not be viewed as a hard, 200% cap, as any further deterioration in risk between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 levy periods would need to be accommodated.Consultancy Towers Watson raised further concerns with the PPF consultation, questioning whether the bespoke model was fulfilling its potential.Joanne Shepard, senior consultant at the company, welcomed changes to the way not-for-profit sponsors are assessed, the creation of which will offer a “fairer assessment of the overall risk of this group of employers” according to the NAPF.Shepard said it was unclear if standalone score cards for other types of sponsors had been considered, which she argued contributed larger sums toward the levy than the charity sector.“For example, should financial services companies be marked down for not holding any ‘stock’ to sell in future?” she asked. “Does this concept really make sense for their business?”The consultant also criticised the PPF for proposing restrictions on asset-backed contributions that would see a ban on assets outside of the UK.“The proposed restriction to UK property is too onerous,” Shepard said, as certain infrastructure or land assets could fall outside the strict definition.“Overseas property, receivables and in some cases stocks are assets worth considering for asset-backed funding, and the PPF appears to have excluded cash and securities purely because it has not identified any existing structures that use these assets,” she said.The new levy system, which comes into effect for the three-year levy period to 2017-18, will see the first year’s levy charges based on only six months of a scheme’s activity.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to NAPF consultation response A £65m (€82m) increase in scheme-specific payments should not deter the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) from offering transitional arrangements to schemes hardest hit by its new levy, according to the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).The industry body also said it did not support introducing an override that would allow schemes with sponsors assessed by ratings agencies to use the firm’s creditworthiness in place of the lifeboat fund’s new, tailor-made levy formula, as it would complicate the system.Responding to a consultation on the new fund levy formula developed by Experian Credit Services, the NAPF said the impact of what the PPF viewed as a “material shift” in the ranking of plan sponsors should be offset by proposed transitional arrangements.It said that while scheme-based levy income would gradually fall by £20m under the new approach, there would be a redistribution of overall levy costs – covering both risk-based and scheme-specific charges – amounting to £200m across the entirety of the PPF universe.last_img read more

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U.S. Offshore WIND Act Back on the Table

first_imgU.S. Democratic Senators Edward Markey, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressman Jim Langevin have reintroduced legislation that would extend tax credits for the offshore wind industry beyond 2019. The Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development (Offshore WIND) Act would extend the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind through 2025.The 2015 omnibus bill extended the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for wind until 2019.But because of the longer planning and permitting times currently needed for offshore wind, the Department of Energy has found that no additional offshore wind projects are projected to be able to qualify for these tax credits before they expire.The first offshore wind project, developed by Deepwater Wind near Block Island, Rhode Island, began operations in December 2016 after being initiated nearly nine years ago.“The WIND Act puts the ‘win’ in wind energy,” said Senator Markey, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “Offshore wind projects are a crucial part of America’s energy future. Offshore wind has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs in Massachusetts and up and down the East Coast, encourage local innovation, and reduce carbon pollution. But in order to realize this potential, we need to provide this nascent industry the long-term certainty in the tax code that it needs.”Other Senators co-sponsoring the legislation are Senators Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren, Jack Reed, Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown.In April 2016, Senators Markey and Whitehouse led a group of Democratic Senators in calling on Senate leadership to extend tax programs to help spur the development of offshore wind energy.last_img read more

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WFN Strategies Nets EAUFON Subsea Cable Survey Deal

first_imgWFN Strategies has received a contract by Kativik Regional Government, Canada, to provide cable route survey for the proposed Eastern Arctic Undersea Fibre Optic Network (EAUFON) submarine telecoms cable system.EAUFON is a planned submarine cable with landing points at multiple communities in Canada’s Nunavik region.The EAUFON has an initial ready for service date of 2020 with multiple extensions planned subsequently, WFN Strategies informed.Although final funding has not yet been approved, initial work is already underway to expedite the process to have the route survey completed during the 2018 open water season.“We are excited to be working again with the Kativik Regional Government in support of the EAUFON submarine cable project,” said WFN Strategies managing director, Wayne Nielsen. “We look forward to supporting this new system and its goal of enhancing connectivity to the Canadian Arctic.”last_img read more

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Dutch Gate terminal receives two cargoes from Vysotsk terminal in Russia, plans new small-scale project

first_imgRail tank car small-scale LNG project Coral Anthelia at Gate (Image courtesy of Gate)Dutch Gate terminal in the port of Rotterdam has received two shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Novatek-operated mid-scale liquefaction facility in Russia’s Baltic Sea port of Vysotsk.Novatek launched full-scale production at the Cryogas-Vysotsk project, jointly owned with Gazprombank, in April this year with Novatek’s Mark Gyetvay revealing on Monday that the company could even triple the capacity of the plant.The 6500-cbm Coral Anthelia brought two LNG cargoes from the Vysotsk facility to Gate “last weekend and the week before… It takes about eight days for a round trip voyage,” Stefaan Adriaens, Commercial Manager at Gate told LNG World News on Wednesday at the sidelines of the Flame conference being held in Amsterdam.The LNG coming from Vysotsk has been stored into Gate’s tanks, such as the majority of cargoes Gate received this year from Novatek’s giant Yamal LNG project in the Arctic.The Yamal cargoes have been previously mainly transshipped at Gate to other terminals all around the globe but since the last quarter of the last year, this changed quite a bit, mainly driven by gas prices in Europe.The reasons behind unloading Yamal and Vystosk volumes in Gate’s tanks is a huge increase in regasification activity at the Dutch first LNG facility.“Currently we are regasifying at full capacity, the first time in eight years since the facility launched. In April, we regasified 940 million cubic meters and May is so far even higher than April,” Adriaens said.Gate has currently an annual regasification capacity of 12 Bcm and three storage tanks.LNG throughput volumes at the Gate facility rocketed in the first quarter of this year, rising 143 percent compared to the same period in 2018.So far this year, Gate received 58 LNG carriers, of which two were these small-scale unloads from Vysotsk, Adriaens said. The facility also conducted one large LNG transshipment and fifteen small LNG loadings. Besides working on a feasibility study for the fourth jetty, the second small-scale dedicated jetty aimed at catering for the growing interest in small-scale services, Gate is also preparing a feasibility study for another project in this growing market.Gate shareholders, Gasunie and Vopak, approved a feasibility study looking into the transportation of LNG via rail tank cars and to make a connection with railways which are close by, Adriaens said.‘This would be an interesting addition as there are no many projects around the world transporting LNG via rail tank cars as most of the LNG rail transport is handled via ISO containers,” he added.center_img By Mirza Duranlast_img read more

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Pornography not an ‘overwhelming problem’ for NZ’s young – PM

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 9 March 2017Family First Comment: “Earth to Bill. Earth to Bill. Hello?”The Prime Minister doesn’t see pornography as being a significant problem for our young.Auckland Grammar has introduced a healthy relationships programme, tackling the sticky topics of online pornography and consent.The school started the programme last year, involving seminars for both teachers and parents, as well as their pupils.The news follows revelations this week that boys from Wellington College were posting inappropriate comments about women on a secret Facebook page.An investigation has been launched, and Rape Crisis and other agencies were called in to the school to educate pupils on healthy relationships and consent, after the posts were exposed.The morally conservative Prime Minister Bill English was asked questions about the issue today. He said schools and families are the appropriate people to deal with the issue.“Well look, it’s not an easy problem for people to speak about or to see,” he said.“We don’t see evidence of it being a fast-growing or overwhelming problem. Clearly there’s been a big increase in access to pornography through the internet.”READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/pornography-not-an-overwhelming-problem-for-nzs-young-pm/last_img read more

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Satanist group launches campaign to buy warm clothes for the disadvantaged

first_imgNewstalk ZB 26 March 2017A “Satanic” campaign to buy warm clothes for disadvantaged people has been blessed by an Auckland reverend, while drawing the ire of Family First.Satanic New Zealand has launched a “Soles for Satan” Givealittle page to “buy new socks, hats, and warm clothing for homeless shelters and children living in poverty”.Co-founder Frankie Astro Seven Vegas said the group aimed to challenge religious authority while encouraging public good.“We’re not in any way anti-Christian, we’re just pro-Satan,” the Dunedin resident said.The clothes would be donated to KidsCan, Women’s Refuge and a number of homeless shelters.Reverend Frank Ritchie of the Wesleyan Methodist Church said he supported the campaign as a way of promoting public discussion.“We would entirely disagree on some world view stuff, but if they’re out there looking to help disadvantaged in New Zealand, then we’re entirely in agreement on that, and I would support it.”He said Satanists often had “humanistic” views, and he urged people to be open-minded.“I would encourage people, rather than embracing this in anger, to actually look at where the common ground is and applaud what the group are trying to do.”Family First director Bob McCoskrie was scathing of the idea. He said it was “no different to a ‘good cause’ promoted by gangs.”“Based on the little-known and questionable details of this group, they may struggle to win credibility and trust.”READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/satanist-group-launches-campaign-to-buy-warm-clothes-for-the-disadvantaged/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Batesville Youth Wrestling Camp

first_imgBatesville Wrestling is sponsoring a summer “Wrestling Camp”. The camp is open to athletes entering the 3rd – 8th Grade during the 2015-2016 school year.The camp will be conducted at the Batesville High School Wrestling room.2015 Batesville Youth Wrestling CampContact Chris Deal at 933-0259 or wjdeal@msn.com for details.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img

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