Patients heed warning on antibiotic resistance

People are becoming less inclined to pressurise their doctors into prescribingantibiotics for conditions such as sore throats, research has found. The survey of 100 GPs in England, Wales and Scotland for Crookes Healthcareshowed patients were getting the message that they do not always needantibiotics. More than half the GPs had reported less pressure from patientsfor antibiotics over the past two years. And one in five (20 per cent) had noted a definite reduction in requests forantibiotics, while 36 per cent had seen little reduction. But nearly one in 10 said the vast majority of their patients still expectedan antibiotic for a sore throat. The main reason for the decline was that more people were now prepared toleave without an antibiotic. Dr Ian Williamson, senior lecturer at Southampton University, said thesurvey showed concern over antibiotic resistance continued to grow among thepublic. But he added: “With nearly one third (31 per cent) of GPs saying thathalf their patients still expect an antibiotic for a sore throat, there isstill a need for further education of patients.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Patients heed warning on antibiotic resistanceOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. read more


first_imgPhysician – HospitalistWVU Medicine seeks a Hospitalist qualified for appointment at theInstructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor,or Professorrank. The successful candidate will be expected to practice in theprimary locations of Wheeling, WV, Barnesville, OH Bridgeport, WV,Parkersburg, WV, Uniontown, PA, and will also be expected toperform services at several satellite clinical sites in the statesof West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia andadditional sites to be determined based on expansion and growth ofour services and sites.Both day and night shifts available. Ideal candidates will possessexcellent interpersonal, diagnostic and clinical skills. Multiplepractice sites create career opportunities for Hospitalists lookingfor a variety of clinical experiences anchored by affiliation withthe WVU School of Medicine.Duties: The successful candidate will practice in the area ofInternal Medicine. For appointment at the Associate Professor orProfessor rank, it is expected that candidates sustain anoutstanding, extramurally supported research program.Qualifications: applicants must have an MD or DO degree or foreignequivalent and be eligible to obtain an unrestricted West Virginiamedical license. Candidates must be board certified / eligible inInternal Medicine. Employer accepts Family Medicine boards withsignificant Hospitalist experience. For appointment at theAssociate Professor or Professor rank, a demonstrated track-recordof leadership, excellent communication skills, and publications inhigh-impact journals are required. All qualifications must be metby the time of appointment.WVU Medicine is West Virginia University’s affiliated healthsystem, West Virginia’s largest private employer, and a nationalleader in patient safety and quality. WVU Medicine includes thephysicians, specialists, and sub-specialists of the West VirginiaUniversity School of Medicine; four community hospitals; threecritical access hospitals; and a children’s hospital that is underexpansion, and all anchored by a 645-bed academic medical centerthat offers tertiary and quaternary care. WVU Medicine has morethan 1,000 active medical staff members and 15,000 employees whoserve hundreds of thousands of people each year from across thestate of West Virginia and the nation.West Virginia is widely known for is beautiful scenery and outdoorrecreational activities, along with safe, family-friendlycommunities.For additional questions, please contact Angel Greathouse, SeniorPhysician Recruiter & Talent Advisor,[email protected] Virginia University & University Health Associates are anAA/EO employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – and WVU isthe recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.Notes To Applicants Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c)last_img read more

Ocean City Historic Museum Prepares Two History Camps

first_imgMuseum Volunteer Al Crescenzo works with the 2016 History Campers to prepare them for their responsibilities as tour guides for Children’s Day at the Museum, which will take place this year on July 21, 2017. The Ocean City Historical Museum will be hosting two week long history camps this summer, one in July(17-21) and one in August(7-11). With last year’s success and sponsorship from the Friend & Volunteer of the Ocean City Free Public Library, the kids will have two opportunities to learn what makes Ocean City America’s Greatest Family Resort. Spend your mornings with us from 9 to 11am.The first session, July 17-21, will have the campers learning how to be a tour guide in the Museum and all that you have to know to be ready to answer people’s questions, because, on July 21 they will need to, that day the Museum will get turned over to the kids. The second session, August 7-11, will challenge the campers to select their own topic to research and by the end of the week present their research to the public. Ifyou participated last year, the second session would be a great choice if you are looking to come back. Snacks will be provided. Register your camper, today by calling 609.399.1801.  Registration is $25.The Museum is located in the spectacular Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave. The Museum is currently open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Beginning July 6, the Museum will also be open Thursday evenings until 7pm.The Museum is free and donations a greatly appreciated. Museum and Gift Shop are open year round.last_img read more

Press release: New figures show larger proportion of strokes in the middle aged

first_img I know first-hand the importance of recognising signs of stroke and acting fast, having had to do so for my husband, Stephen. I was about to head out of our home to work, when Stephen stumbled into the house from the garden saying his left arm felt like cotton wool. My dad had suffered a series of strokes, so recognising the warning bells, I knew I had to act fast. Not many of us realise how quickly the clock is ticking for someone who is suffering stroke – thankfully Stephen got to the hospital in time to receive clot-busting treatment within the crucial 3-hour time window. Whether it’s just one symptom or more, and no matter how subtle, it’s absolutely essential to call 999 at the first signs of a stroke. I dread to think what could have happened if Stephen was too late – his outlook could have been much worse. Fortunately, he fully recovered. Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile? Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there? Speech – is their speech slurred? Time – to call 999 Strokes still claim thousands of lives each year, so the message of this Act FAST campaign remains as relevant as ever. The faster you act, the greater the chance of a good recovery. That’s why I’m urging everybody, and we must remember stroke can hit at any age, to familiarise themselves with the signs of a stroke and be ready to act fast. People aged over-30 are being encouraged to take Public Health England’s online ‘Heart Age Test’ to find out their ‘heart age’ which will show their potential risk of having a heart attack or stroke and gives them the opportunity to take action. To calculate someone’s heart age, they will need to share some lifestyle information, including weight, height and smoking habits. They will then be able to see how their real age compares to their heart age and find out how many years they can expect to live without developing cardiovascular disease Gloria Hunniford, television and radio presenter and supporter of the Stroke Association, said: We fully support Public Health England’s Act FAST stroke campaign. This is an important message and we urge people to call 999 immediately if they notice the signs or symptoms of a stroke in themselves or in others. Even if it is not a stroke, it is likely to be something that needs medical advice and attention, so calling the ambulance service is the right thing to do. Mobile 07701 395 471 Additional symptoms of stroke and mini stroke can include sudden: loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes weakness or numbness on one side of the body memory loss or confusion dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms I considered myself to be fit and healthy, so when I was 40 and had a stroke it was a shock. I woke up one morning and found it really hard to see; I had absolutely no idea what was going on. You never think it’s going to happen to you, especially not when you’re young, but strokes can happen at any age so it’s important that people know the signs to look out of so they can act quickly. The faster you act, the less damage that is done and the better the person’s chance of a good recovery.” Celebrity campaign supportersCelebrity supporters of this campaign include Shelley King, Gloria Hunniford, Marcus Birdman and Alastair Stewart. Quotes from the celebrities are included below and interviews are available upon request.Shelley King, actress who plays Yazmeen Nazir on Coronation Street and supporter of the Stroke Association, said: Steve Brine MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care, said: Martin Flaherty OBE, Managing Director of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives said: The FAST (face, arms, speech, time) acronym has featured in the advertising for a number of years and is a simple test to help people identify the most common signs of a stroke.Background The Act FAST campaign will run nationally from 1 February. The campaign includes advertising on TV, press, radio, bus interior posters and digital, supporting PR and a social media drive. Some activity will specifically target black and minority ethnic audiences because African, African-Caribbean and South Asian communities have a higher incidence of stroke. Twitter: @ActFAST999, Facebook: My father had a stroke and it was devastating for my family. He was my hero and to see him struggling with disabilities afterwards was heart-breaking. I’d encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with the Act FAST acronym so they can act quickly when they see a stroke happening and hopefully avoid someone experiencing the same difficulties as my father. The Stroke Association is a charity that believes in life after stroke and together we can conquer stroke. It works directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. They campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. They fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. Tony Rudd, National Clinical Director for Stroke with NHS England and stroke physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, comments: The Act FAST campaign videos and pictures can be found on Dropbox. Interview opportunities with PHE, healthcare professionals and case studies are available upon requestcenter_img Markus Birdman, stand-up comedian and supporter of the Stroke Association, said: Telephone 020 3003 6527 A stroke is a brain attack that happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. A mini stroke is also known as a transient ischaemic attack (TIA). It is caused by a temporary disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain. Email [email protected] Both my mother and grandmother have been affected by a stroke so it’s something incredibly close to my heart and I want to do anything I can to encourage people to be aware of the signs of a stroke and to act quickly if you notice them, either in yourself or in other people around you. Back in the 90s when my mother had a stroke, there was very little awareness – many people wouldn’t have spotted the signs or known what to do, delaying action that could have saved lives. But today, with campaigns like Act FAST, we can be empowered to do more. A stroke can strike at any time – it might be someone just walking down the street who needs your help – so it’s crucial that all of us take notice of the FAST acronym and know to call 999 immediately if we see any single one of the signs. As the UK’s leading stroke charity, we have said time and again that stroke devastates lives in an instant. Almost two thirds of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The faster you seek and receive emergency specialist treatment for stroke, the better your chances of making a good recovery. Knowing the signs of stroke and being able to Act FAST could save a life – your life. Thanks to improved NHS care, stroke survival is now at record high levels. Urgent treatment for strokes is essential, so friends and family can play a key part in making sure their loved ones receive care as quickly as possible. Every minute counts and knowing when to call 999 – if you see any one of the signs of stroke – will make a significant difference to someone’s recovery and rehabilitation. Alastair Stewart OBE, journalist and newscaster and supporter of the Stroke Association, said: Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. It does this through world-class science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. PHE is an operationally autonomous executive agency of the Department of Health. Twitter: @PHE_uk, Facebook: Adults aged 40 to 74 are eligible for a free NHS Health Check which is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk. Those in the age group can expect to receive a letter from your GP or local authority inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every 5 years. Stroke is still one of the leading causes of death in England. While it’s often associated with older people, the latest research shows that people are having strokes at a younger age. Everyone needs to be aware of the signs. Calling 999 as soon as you see even one of the symptoms develop – in the face, arms and speech – is essential. Speedy treatment will help prevent deaths and disability. Juliet Bouverie, CEO of the Stroke Association, said: freuds The One You campaign is a nationwide programme that supports adults in making simple changes that can have a huge influence on their health. Changes that could help prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease and reduce risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life Public Health England (PHE) today launches the Act FAST stroke campaign which urges the public to call 999 if they notice even one of the signs of a stroke in themselves, or in others: In England, one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime, and new statistics released by PHE show that 57,000 people had their first-time stroke in 2016. It is estimated that around 30% of people who have a stroke will go on to experience another stroke.Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the UK. There are around 32,000 stroke-related deaths in England each year. Deaths related to stroke have declined by 49% in the past 15 years. This has been accredited to a combination of better prevention, earlier treatment and more advanced treatment. Getting an NHS Health Check, for those aged 40 to 74 years, can identify early if you are at risk of a stroke.While the majority (59%) of strokes occur in the older generation, PHE’s figures also found that over a third (38%) of first time strokes happen in middle-aged adults (between the ages of 40 to 69). More first-time strokes are now occurring at an earlier age compared to a decade ago. The average age for males having a stroke fell from 71 to 68 years and for females, 75 to 73 years between 2007 and 2016.Awareness is crucial, so the campaign reaches out to people of all ages to highlight the risk of stroke and reiterates the signs and how vital it is that people call 999 and get to hospital as soon as possible. Around 1.9 million nerve cells in the brain are lost every minute that a stroke is left untreated, which can result in slurred speech and paralysis. If left untreated, a stroke can result in permanent disability or death.The Stroke Association’s latest State of the Nation report reveals that in the UK almost two thirds (65%) of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability. Around three quarters of stroke survivors have arm or leg weakness, around 60% have visual problems and around a half have difficulty swallowing and loss of bladder control. Communication is also affected in around a third of stroke survivors.Professor Julia Verne, Public Health England Director, said: Mobile 07912 515 997last_img read more

Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na & NOLA-Funksters Naughty Professor Discuss The Resurgence Of Jazz Fusion

first_imgJazz fusion is seeing a mainstream resurgence as of late. While hip-hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr first mixed the genre with jazz in the early ’90s, contemporary jazz acts like The Robert Glasper Experiment, BADBADNOTGOOD, Snarky Puppy, and The Stepkids have all not-so-quietly made names for themselves over the past few years. They have achieved a mixture of critical acclaim and creative freedom that most artists dream of having, with several of the acts winning Grammy’s along the way.With the explosion of artists like Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Kamasi Washington, the genre is growing to new heights. For the first time in decades, jazz is a major genre. When combined with R&B and hip-hop, jazz-fusion has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.Jurassic 5 frontman Chali 2na weighed in on this contemporary topic, explaining the sentiments surrounding his most recent project. “I am loving the resurgence of Jazz combined with this youthful mindstate that musicians have today. People like Naughty Professor, Galactic, and Snarky Puppy are pushing the envelope when it comes to this genre.”With that being said, we are beyond excited with what Naughty Professor has been up to. Hailing from New Orleans, they carry the jazz-fusion torch loud and proud. Mixing NOLA jazz with an amalgamation of funk and world music, the instrumental band have been dropping melodic, horn-heavy beats with interesting time signatures since their formation in 2011.“My first impression of Naughty Professor was one of amazement,” explained the J5 emcee. “New Orleans is full of musicians that are masters of their craft and Naughty P is no exception. They are also perfectionist and students of the game. This is immediately apparent once you hear them play.”The band is preparing to release their third studio album with several guest vocalists augmenting their jazz/funk sound. Expected in early 2017, the forthcoming project will feature David Shaw (The Revivalists), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Chali 2na, and many other talented musicians.To show this all off, Naughty Professor is hitting the road hard with Chali 2na for a full slate of tour dates this October. For a taste of what’s to come, check out this tour teaser:We recently sat down with Naughty Professor’s drummer Sam Shahin to discuss the upcoming tour, their building relationship with Chali 2na, and what to expect on the new album.Live For Live Music: As a primarily instrumental band, how do you go about choosing your cast of rotating frontmen?Sam Shahin: Between the six of us, we have a wide variety of influences and interests; and as musicians we enjoy stepping into new and different head-spaces. This mentality translates into a conversation with the featured artist that allows us to showcase our versatility as an ensemble.L4LM: With jazz, funk, and soul in your pocket already, hip-hop seems like a natural next step of progression — though may have been initially unexpected. With New Orleans being the melting pot of these genres, how did you come to the decision to include a hip-hop artist as your next touring frontman?SS: We have enjoyed pursuing every avenue of music we can get our hands on. Working with an established artist like Chali allows us to reach a new platform with our music, and the collaborative process with him has been so natural, regardless of whether we’re in the rehearsal room, studio, or on stage. That collaboration has a unique sound and energy that we have had a blast bringing to New Orleans and which we’re very excited to bring to the Northeast in October.L4LM: In terms of initial sparks, did you choose Chali or did Chali choose you? SS: We had the opportunity to meet Chali 2na and watch him perform with Galactic at a Brooklyn Bowl show in August of 2015. We were immediately impressed with his performance, stage presence, and overall vibe. Having considered pursuing an album that showcases featured artists, he seemed like a perfect fit personally and musically with the collaborative nature of the project. We have written two songs together and have arrangements of his solo work, Jurassic 5, and Ozomatli material that we perform live.L4LM: With your upcoming album featuring collaborations with Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville, David Shaw, and the J5 emcee himself, you have a clear connection to the worlds of funk, soul, and hip-hop. What can you tell us about the centerpiece of this upcoming record? How have you made the connection in tying all these themes together? SS: That’s a great question. It has been a unique and exciting challenge to allow each song to maintain its true personality while allowing for cohesion with a rotating cast of musicians. There are certain artists who we feature in multiple songs throughout the project, often in varying roles. We hope to represent a wide spectrum of textures, and diversifying the style and orchestration of the band allows us to speak with a collaborative spirit that defines the whole project.For more about Naughty Professor, check out the band’s website. You can also stay up-to-date with all things Chali 2na over here.last_img read more

Nominations sought for new Nieman curator

first_imgThe Office of the Provost is seeking nominations for a new curator to lead the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Bob Giles, who has served as Nieman curator for the past decade, plans to retire from the post in June 2011.All nominations as well as feedback and questions about the selection process may be sent to [email protected] Nieman curator is responsible for managing the foundation’s midcareer fellowship program, Nieman’s journalism awards, conferences and workshops, and all Nieman programs and publications. These activities include the Nieman Journalism Lab, an innovative collaborative that identifies emerging business models and best practices in journalism in the digital media age; “Nieman Reports,” an influential quarterly written by and for journalists since 1947; Nieman Watchdog, a project that encourages journalists to monitor and hold accountable all those who exert power in public life; and Nieman Storyboard, a website that showcases exceptional narrative journalism in every medium and explores the future of nonfiction storytelling.The Nieman Foundation administers the oldest midcareer fellowship program for journalists in the world. Each year, some two-dozen working journalists are selected to come to Harvard to study, participate in exclusive seminars and attend special events. Accomplished reporters, editors, writers, producers, filmmakers and photojournalists join together to share ideas, learn from each other and collaborate on new projects. More than 1,300 midcareer journalists from 90 countries have received Nieman Fellowships since the program was established in 1938.Under Bob Giles’ leadership, specialized reporting fellowships have been added to the Nieman program to increase coverage of issues often overlooked by the press including global health, business, arts and culture and community journalism. Giles also has arranged refuge at the foundation for a number of international journalists who have been persecuted and threatened on the job. The sanctuary the journalists have found on the Harvard campus has given them the freedom to write and speak openly about their experiences, make important new professional contacts and find the peer support they need to continue reporting.The Nieman Foundation was created with a bequest to Harvard from Agnes Wahl Nieman in memory of her husband Lucius, founder and longtime publisher of The Milwaukee Journal. Nieman’s mission is to promote and elevate the standards of journalism and educate persons deemed specially qualified for journalism.last_img read more

‘Run toward life’

first_imgDrawing inspiration from the first responders to the Boston Marathon bombings, Harvard President Drew Faust urged graduating seniors on Tuesday to “run toward” challenges, passions, and places in life where their help is needed, despite the risks that might entail.“My point today, as you prepare to graduate and take your Harvard degrees into the world, is that I wish for you, Class of 2013, lives of running toward,” Faust said. “Lives in which you are motivated, even seized, by something larger than yourselves, lives of engagement and commitment and, yes, risk — risk taken in service to what matters to you most.”Faust made her comments during the annual Baccalaureate Service in the Memorial Church. The Baccalaureate Service dates to Harvard’s earliest days and occurs early in Commencement week. Restricted to members of the graduating class, the service is intended as a farewell to seniors from the president and clergy, in a less-formal setting than that on Commencement Day.The Baccalaureate also allows members of the Class of 2013 to don their caps and gowns before graduation. Class members lined up in the Old Yard in front of Holworthy Hall before 2 p.m. and processed past University Hall and the John Harvard Statue and into the church.Presided over by Jonathan Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, the service featured readings from several holy books, including the Quran, Hindu scripture, the New Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Analects of Confucius.In his introductory remarks, Walton reminded students that, although they are about to achieve a goal long sought, their graduation is also a beginning, after which they will face more opportunities to learn as they meet the challenges of the world beyond Harvard.“Today, this week, is not one of culmination and conclusion concerning your education, but rather it is a commencement. It is only just the beginning,” Walton said. “Thus, we pray for open minds. We pray for humble spirits so that we might know that we always have more to learn.”In her speech, Faust extolled the class’ virtues as she reflected on events of the past four years. The Class of 2013 was the first enrolled after the global economic crisis that “rattled almost everything,” the first to experience Harvard’s new academic calendar, and the most socio-economically and internationally diverse class in Harvard’s history, representing 84 countries.The class saw the repeal of the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy involving gays in the military that triggered the return of ROTC to campus, included the rainy celebration of Harvard’s 375th birthday, and saw the men’s basketball team upset New Mexico in the NCAA basketball tournament despite a classmate’s own mathematical model that gave the team just a 4.6 percent chance of winning. The prediction and victory prompted The Wall Street Journal headline: “Harvard Outsmarts Harvard.”The Baccalaureate also allows members of the Class of 2013 to don their caps and gowns before graduation. Class members lined up in the Old Yard in front of Holworthy Hall before 2 p.m. and processed past University Hall and the John Harvard Statue and into the church. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFaust also mentioned the academic integrity case that roiled the campus in the fall of 2012, reflecting that the incident raised hard questions about trust, success, and integrity. She added that an attitude of winning at all costs can make life into an “endless string of contests” that loses sight of a larger purpose and the sense of what success really means.In thinking about that question, Faust sought to draw meaning from the carnage of the Marathon bombings and the split-second reaction of many people, including police, medical personnel, and bystanders, to lend a hand instead of dashing to safety.While not everyone is ready to run toward an explosion, Faust said, everyone is suited to and needed for something, though that may mean leaving what’s safe and certain for the unknown. It also means running not just toward your dreams, but also toward where you can help, Faust said.“Living a life of running toward is what a liberal arts education has helped prepare you to do,” Faust said.“The best kind of learning does not train you to win. It teaches you to ask what winning might mean. It cultivates curiosity and boldness — whether you’re tracking an elusive gene or boarding a bus in Mumbai — and it gives you a new capacity to act, despite the risks.”Senior Sachin Patel said he thought that Faust’s message spoke to the experience of the Class of 2013.“It was a great message, and [it] resonated with all of us due to the events of this past year,” said Patel, who will return in the fall to attend Harvard Medical School. “It’s bittersweet. I’m going to be here next year, but at the same time, it’s closing a chapter and beginning another chapter.”Senior Juhi Kuchroo said she was glad that the Baccalaureate Service was inclusive, with readings from different faiths. Faust’s message, she said, resonated with her.“Go where help is needed, and [don’t] just follow the same path, but take risks, and do what we’re really passionate about,” Kuchroo said. “I thought was really inspiring.”last_img read more

IBM awards more than $500,000 in grants to Vermont community organizations

first_imgIBM announced today it has awarded $525,540 in grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000, to more than 100 Vermont not-for-profit organizations and schools throughout the state. The grants were awarded as part of IBM’s celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2011, and made to organizations where IBM employees are volunteers. The grants fund organizations throughout the state supporting the arts, education, disaster and emergency response, the environment, health and youth services, and libraries. These grants bring the approximate value of IBM’s corporate and employee community support in Vermont to $2.7 million for 2011. This includes Centennial Celebration of Service grants and other corporate grants, employee pledges to the company’s annual Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign, and the value of more than 45,000 hours of recorded employee volunteer service. The Centennial grants include 20 IBM Community Impact grants for $10,000 each that support IBM employees’ involvement in local projects that link IBM’s community priorities with a school or not-for-profit organization. In addition, earlier this year IBM announced a $10,000 grant to the DREAM mentoring program and a $100,000 corporate Centennial Grant ‘ one of only 11 awarded worldwide ‘ for an energy efficiency project for HowardCenter and the Vermont State Colleges. IBM is providing nearly $12 million in grants worldwide to schools and not-for-profit organizations this year in recognition of its 100thanniversary. ‘Every one of these IBM grants came to Vermont based on the personal commitment and involvement of IBM employees to community organizations, both as individuals and teams,’ said Janette Bombardier, senior location executive for IBM in Vermont.  ‘IBM’s combined community support reached nearly every corner of the state and is representative of the positive impact made by IBM and its employees in Vermont every year, and particularly during this IBM Centennial year.’ The grants support organizations providing services both regionally and statewide. Some examples include funding for: — A swift water rescue team for Grafton Fire and Rescue — Emergency shelter project of the Northern Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross — Installation of e-911 signs by Fairfax EMS. — The annual Vermont State Science and Math Fair. — Creation of an environmental curriculum for YMCA’s Camp Hochelega. — Expansion of Linking Learning to Life’s career awareness program into Lamoille and Addison. counties. — Educational programs of Vermont Works for Women.  IBM Vermont 12.20.2011last_img read more

Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America

first_imgGeorgia’s Cumberland Island is a place few have heard of and even fewer have visited – but it’s the setting for a groundbreaking biography that will be published this coming May by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine Editor-in-Chief Will Harlan. Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island is Harlan’s latest achievement—a project to which he dedicated the past 20 years of his life. It’s the story of Carol Ruckdeschel, a woman who has called Cumberland Island home for the majority of her life and has spent the past 40 years helping to preserve the area as a true wilderness.The largest and most biologically diverse barrier island in the country, Cumberland Island’s future is uncertain at best. Heirs to the Carnegie family have clashed with Carol over the island wilderness, but she’s not afraid of to defend what she loves. After meeting Carol for the first time while working as a park ranger for Cumberland Island, Harlan decided he wanted to experience that passion himself.“I’ve waded into gator dens and chased wildfires with her,” Harlan said. “I tagged along while she uncovered island secrets, battled with park managers, sipped cocktails in Carnegie mansions, and defended herself in court.”For Harlan, the hard work and crazy adventures have paid off: Untamed has been selected as one of Barnes and Nobles’ 18 Discover Great New Writers books. It’s the only biography and one of only five non-fiction works on the list. Look for Untamed at the front of Barnes & Noble stores across the country beginning in May. It’s already available online and in many local bookstores.Harlan kicks off a book tour on May 1 at Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, N.C. For more tour dates and information on Untamed, check out his website.The book is the subject of his May 2014 Letter from the Editor:In my twenties, my girl friend Emily and I regularly escaped to Cumberland Island, a national seashore along the Georgia coast. We had explored the island’s every trail and pitched our tent at every campground. We listened to alligators bellowing from Cumberland’s tea-colored lakes and watched sea turtles nesting in the dunes.After six years together, I was finally planning to propose to Emily, and the wild sands of Cumberland seemed like the ideal spot to pop the question. As soon as we reached the beach, though, I locked up. My heart hammered. My head throbbed. The tide roared deafeningly in my ringing ears.We hiked north along the wide, windswept shore in uncomfortable silence. Emily glanced at me, and I faked an unconvincing smile. I swore that I would make my move at the next beach crossing, marked by black-and-white striped poles every few miles. But each time a checkered pole came into view, my throat clenched shut.Eventually, I ran out of real estate. The last checkered pole loomed in the distance. My heart swelled with the surf as I finally bit my lip, clumsily knelt down in the sun-warmed sand, and—trying to hide the quiver in my voice—asked Emily to marry me.“What took you so long?” she said, her blue eyes sparkling like the sea.We swam in the ocean until sunset, and then we finished our hike north to meet the island’s most elusive and enigmatic resident: Carol Ruckdeschel. She lives alone on Cumberland Island in a ramshackle cabin that she built herself using driftwood that washed ashore. Carol collects dead animals for her museum and eats mostly what she hunts, gathers, and grows. She is a hard-drinking, gun-toting, modern-day Thoreau who is even more outspoken in protecting her wilderness.On Cumberland, Carol has clashed with Carnegie heirs and park managers over the island’s future. She’s had three husbands and many lovers, one of whom stalked her until she shot and killed him. A self-taught scientist with only a high school diploma, she knows more about sea turtles than most PhD biologists, and her research is world renowned. She is the Jane Goodall of sea turtles and the voice of the wild.That night, Emily and I got really drunk and talked with Carol late into the night, mainly about the number of dead sea turtles we’d seen on our beach hike. The next morning, Carol would wake up before dawn and spend her entire day cutting open their smelly carcasses, as she had done every day for decades.“Do you ever lose hope?” we asked her that night.“I’m not saving anything here,” Carol said. “I’m just trying to slow down the rate in which things get worse. We live on a sinking ship. Get used to it.”“If it’s pointless, then why do you bother to keep at it?” I asked.Carol looked out across the dark island. “Because I know deep in my bones that it’s right. I mean, what else is there worth doing? At least I’ll go down fighting for what matters.”Carol has been fighting for what matters on Cumberland Island for over forty years, and I have been shadowing her for 19 of those years to write her biography. I’ve tagged along while she dissected dead sea turtles on the beach and sipped cocktails with Carnegie heirs in millionaire mansions. I’ve waded into gator dens and chased wildfires with her. Carol is as tough as the turtles she studies, but beneath her hard shell is a soft, bruised being.This month, her biography appears in bookstores nationwide. Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island, tells the story of an American original standing her ground. It’s already won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award—one of their top 18 books of the summer (and the only biography).What happens when one of the wealthiest families in America squares off against a scrappy, dirt-poor naturalist with turtle guts beneath her fingernails? It’s a turf war and a class war, a clash of science and society, nature and nurture. Mostly, though, it’s a love story—a heartbreaking saga of Carol’s enduring devotion to her wild island.last_img read more

How to frame a digital marketing blueprint for your credit union

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many credit unions today are dipping their big toes into the digital marketing diving well not really knowing what to do or expect. It’s still a somewhat ambiguous venture for most. Fortunately, there are a lot of digital marketing experts out there providing some practical information on how to approach the digital realm. One of them is CU Grow, which has been in the credit union industry forever — and doing a fine job. So we invited CU Grow’s President James Robert Lay on the show to give us the inside scoop how to frame an effective digital marketing blueprint. Check it out and let us know what successes you’ve experienced in this area. continue reading »last_img read more