Taking the temperature of climate change

first_img Read Full Story Antonella Zanobetti, principal research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health, discusses a new study that found that people appear to adapt over time as temperatures creep higher, but also may face increased mortality risk from extreme temperature swings—and their level of risk may depend on where they live.What did you discover that hadn’t been known before?It’s long been known that there is an effect of both heat and cold on mortality and that heat-related mortality is lower in warmer U.S. cities, and cold-related mortality is lower in colder cities. But, until now, no one had looked at how temperature changes over time were affecting health across the nation.We looked at the relationship between mortality and temperature by region, from the 1960s until now, to see how that relationship is changing. We looked at six different U.S. regions, grouping cities into those regions according to their seasonal temperatures and humidity. We found that, as average summer temperatures increased, the effect of very warm temperatures on mortality decreased. But we found the opposite effect with very cold temperatures—as average winter temperature increased, so did mortality. We also found that temperature-related mortality varied by region. For example, along the Pacific coast, the climate is milder than in other parts of the country, so when there’s an extreme temperature event there, people appear to be more susceptible.last_img read more

The Vagina Monologues to Return to New York…in Spanish!

first_imgGet ready for more Vagina, Nueva York! The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler’s popular collection of female empowerment monologues, will return to the Westside Theater, where it ran between 1999 and 2003. But this time, it’s getting a Spanish makeover. A Spanish version of the play entitled Los Monólogos de la Vagina, based on a production that has been running in Mexico City for over a decade, will play off-Broadway beginning May 6, according to The New York Times. Jaime Matareedona, the director of the Mexico City production, will make his New York directorial debut with the new production. View Commentscenter_img Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas.last_img read more

Kelsey Grammer Talks Fulfilling His Broadway Dreams in Finding Neverland

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Finding Neverland Related Shows Finding Neverland star Kelsey Grammer stopped by CBS This Morning to chat about his latest Broadway venture. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” The Frasier alum says of the new tuner, in which he plays producer Charles Frohman (who may or may not double as Captain Hook). Grammer insists that kids and kids-at-heart will love it just as much as he does, and jokes that “only hateful, inconsequential people don’t like it.” Catch Grammer, Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly and company in Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.last_img

What counts in leadership

first_img 52SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details When I think about what counts in leadership, I often reflect on the early years of my career when I worked at Procter & Gamble. When P&G has a product in a particular category—say, laundry detergent—it’s not interested in being fourth place. It wants to be the market leader.And it succeeds. In 2014, P&G sold more than $1.1 billion worth of its market-leader product Tide, more than twice the sales volume of the No. 2 product, according to figures from statista.com.Why do P&G and its products do so well?I think it’s because the company has developed a culture of having leadership at all levels. Developing the leadership of staff members throughout the organization, including at the top, fuels performance of both people and sales.To infuse leadership across the organization, P&G evaluates every employee on “what counts” in leadership (among other factors). Specifically, P&G asks managers to evaluate whether a particular employee:recognizes opportunities;forms a vision of what can be achieved, then challenges himself or herself and others to get the desired result;champions ideas and people to get breakthrough results; anduses a variety of resources effectively.This culture of leadership at all levels helps P&G grow mature businesses, launch new products, command globally recognized brands and manage a world class supply chain.How does all this apply to credit unions?Credit unions also benefit from developing leaders at all levels—including on the board—who identify opportunities, form vision, and challenge themselves and others to get the desired results. CUs can teach tellers, back-office staffers, executives in the C-suite and directors how to champion ideas and get amazing results. They can encourage them to improve processes and projects by using both resources on hand and creative new ones they come up with.There will be lots of practical applications of these ideas in every credit union shop. As an example, CUs will need leaders at every level to be able to offer a consistent omnichannel financial services delivery experience to members. Leadership on the part of your chief technology officer as well as your member service representatives will be equally important to a successful member experience.What are you doing to support having leaders at every level? What counts in your shop when it comes to evaluating employees on their leadership? How will you support your staff’s emerging leadership skills with mentoring, training and top-tier education?last_img read more

Croatia – The land of wine. What are Dalmatia and Istria without vineyards?

first_imgOne hundred years ago, the main source of life on my home island of Hvar and Dalmatia was wine.Almost every house had its own wine cellar TAVERN as a small winery and wine warehouse. The quality of both red and white grape varieties was top notch. Plavac Mali, Teran, Crljenak, Debit, Graševina, Pošip, Maraština, Bogdanuša, are just some of the many indigenous Croatian varieties of wine that have flourished throughout the country.It was customary to have a jug full of wine on the table in front of each house as a sign of hospitality and friendship. Wine was consumed in bulk at all public events and parties. The bunch, vine, vineyard or wine were imprinted in many emblems, stories, songs, as a kind of sign of recognition. Thanks to people like Miljenko Grgić, Croatia has played a significant role in creating world wine history.Wines Tomić, Jelsa, HvarWine is mentioned in the verses of the Croatian national anthem “Our Beautiful Homeland” written by Antun Mihanović. There is no doubt that Croatia is a wine country or a wine country. Nowadays, we are facing a serious influence and expansion of beer culture, which, aided by strong marketing activities, is increasingly influencing the creation of new trends to which the psychology of the masses is subject. We are surrounded by beer commercials in all possible events, especially sports ones, so it is unthinkable to watch a football match without beer.Of course, this is not about the intention of obstructing beer culture or enjoying drinking beer. The choice is necessary and necessary, as well as some kind of competition. But there is a need to ask some questions: Why do we so quickly give up what we are and become what we are not? Why are we losing the power of the traditional national historical story? Croatia is a tourist country. We should invest a lot in creating recognition in all aspects. Wine recognition is certainly one of the key aspects that should be worked on a lot and has great potential.There are many tourists in the world who would like to come to Croatia and get to know our history, tradition, gastronomy and listen to our unique stories. The wine story is one of those infinite ones, with so many dimensions, the most important of which is the human one; human contact with nature. Leaving our wine production we strongly influence nature and landscape change.What are Dalmatia and Istria without vineyards? Our UNESCO protected area “Starogradsko polje” which was founded by the ancient Greeks 2400 years ago had the primary role of a vineyard.Without wine production we put it in danger of disappearing and losing that primary role; be a vineyard. There are many arguments that cannot be stated in this small article, but let this be some starting point or initiation of conversations and reflections on the need for change in the Croatian wine scene.Croatian national jersey with red and white squares, our chessboard, has become our best national brand. Let our red and white wines be a kind of chessboard and let the whole world know that Croatia is a land of wine.Published by: Miki Bratanić Originally published in English on the portal Croatia Week.Related news:CUSTOMS, TRADITION, HERITAGE, RECOGNITION – WE LEARN ABOUT USWINE LAW IN PUBLIC DEBATENIKOLA BENVENUTI, VINISTRA: ISTRIAN WINERS HAVE LONG RECOGNIZED THE STRENGTH OF THE BRAND, THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY AND ASSOCIATION FOR POSITIONING ON THE WINE MAP OF THE WORLDSAŠA ŠPIRANEC: WINERS MUST BE ORGANIZED IN FOUR GREAT ASSOCIATIONS: SLAVONIA, DALMATIA, ISTRIA AND KVARNER, AND HILLY CROATIAlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces $2 million in State Funding for ‘Innovation Squared’ Expansion in Wilkes-Barre

first_img October 14, 2016 Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator John Yudichak and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski to announce a $2 million state grant for the expansion of a technology innovation project in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. ‘Innovation Squared’ is a four-pronged initiative to create an innovation district for the region, and will create and retain 200 full-time jobs.“Great work has already been done to improve the safety of and capitalize on the assets of the Square here in Wilkes-Barre, but this particular site remains outdated,” Governor Wolf said. “The renovation will make the center of Downtown Wilkes-Barre a focal point for a vibrant and active community, while creating good paying jobs that will attract talent to the area.”“These state funds will further advance the vision of Innovation Squared in transforming downtown Wilkes-Barre into a technology hub that will retain our talented college graduates, attract tech entrepreneurs and grow new businesses,” Sen. Yudichak said. “I am grateful for Governor Wolf’s support of this vital project which brings our academic, business and community leaders, along with our entrepreneurs together to make Wilkes-Barre a successful Innovation District.”The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds will allow the project — a joint venture between the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the City of Wilkes-Barre, the Diamond City Partnership, and other business and high education community leaders — to expand at its current site, 40 Public Square, and move forward in several areas:Pepperjam Retention/Expansion of the Innovation Center: In June 2015, Pepperjam (formerly eBay Enterprise Marketing) announced its intention to make the Innovation Center in Downtown Wilkes-Barre its corporate headquarters through 2021. The project features the retention of 75 employees in the area, and the creation of 125 new jobs at the Innovation Center.New Incubator Development: To ensure start-ups and technology firms have the necessary space to grow, Innovation Squared features the acquisition and renovation of the former First National Bank building on Public Square to house new and recently formed start-up companies.Wilkes-Barre THINK Center: This 6,000 square-foot technology workshop and multi-media center is located in the lower level of the Innovation Center. The THINK Center provides local professionals, businesses, and colleges and universities access to shared workshops for research and development; private conference rooms for training, presentations and virtual meetings; and a multi-service center to be utilized for virtual board meetings, podcasts, lectures, technology competitions, and mentorship activities. The center also features a co-working space focused on providing entrepreneurs the facilities and services they need to advance their concepts to the incubation stage.Wilkes-Barre Connect Initiative: Wilkes-Barre Connect is an entrepreneurial ecosystem that ensures start-ups and existing businesses have access to the providers, services, and facilities they need to grow in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The initiative aims to spur business and job creation, retention, expansion, and business attraction through the support services, including mentoring, training, networking, technical assistance, access to capital, and facilities. The Wilkes-Barre Connect Initiative serves as the necessary service-based component of the Innovation Squared Project – and will be housed within the Innovation Center Technology Workshop.“I would like to sincerely thank Gov. Wolf for awarding this important RCAP grant to our highly successful Innovation Squared Economic Development Project,” Rep. Pashinski said. “This RCAP award will retain 75 excellent paying jobs, create 125 new ones, and secure a dual entrepreneurial ecosystem and mentorship program for downtown Wilkes-Barre.”“Today provides validation for our Innovation Squared strategy – an effort brought forth by our academic, business and government partners to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in downtown Wilkes-Barre,” said Joseph Boylan, vice president Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. “Launching just 16 months ago, Innovation Squared has already featured the retention and expansion of 200 jobs at Pepperjam, the creation of a 6,000 square foot multi-media and technology center called the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center, and launch of Wilkes-Barre Connect. These components have paved the way for today’s announcement  – a commitment from Governor Wolf and the commonwealth to help bring a new incubator online in downtown Wilkes-Barre.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Gov. Wolf Announces $2 million in State Funding for ‘Innovation Squared’ Expansion in Wilkes-Barrecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Backs Casey Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Bolster Treatment

first_imgGovernor Wolf Backs Casey Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic, Bolster Treatment November 02, 2017 National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today urged Congress to swiftly pass the “Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act” introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Ed Markey. This bill would provide approximately $4.5 billion per year for substance abuse programs to states over the next decade. This $45 billion proposal is similar to the Republican-backed component of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017.“In Pennsylvania, our efforts to save lives and get people into treatment are making a difference but there is still more work do to and the federal government must be a bigger partner,” Governor Wolf said. “With 13 overdose deaths each day, a sense of urgency is vital and will continue. Washington must do more to give states resources and tools to get people help. We know that treatment works, and this legislation would pump important resources into states like Pennsylvania battling this scourge. “In Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf has made expanding treatment a priority: the governor’s Medicaid Expansion has provided treatment to more than 125,000 individuals and the governor’s Centers of Excellence initiative has implemented more than 45 treatment centers across the commonwealth.“Too many families are being torn apart by this epidemic and it is causing real pain for law enforcement, health professionals and all of our communities,” Governor Wolf said. “I urge Congress and President Trump to enact the Casey-Markey bill into law, as these resources will have an immediate impact on this crisis and help save lives and families.”Learn more about Senator Casey’s “Combatting the Opioid Epidemic Act” here.In addition to expanding treatment programs in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf has led a robust effort to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by:Securing a $26.5 million federal grant to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services to battle the opioid epidemic. Securing $5 million in funding for 60,000 additional naloxone kits for first responders in all 67 counties of the state.Receiving a $5.7 million federal grant for a comprehensive medication-assisted treatment program in western Pennsylvania.Awarding four $1-million grants for the creation of community-specific medication-assisted treatment programs.center_img Growing the number of drug take-back boxes  to more than 700 and destroyed more than 301,300 pounds of drugs.Equipping law enforcement, first responders, and schools with the overdose-reversing antidote naloxone, reversing nearly 4,000 heroin and opioid overdoses since 2014.Issuing a standing order — a prescription written for the general public, rather than specifically for an individual — for overdose-reversing antidote naloxone.Strengthening the use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) , which enables health care providers to safely prescribe controlled substances to their patients. 90,000 physicians have conducted more than 1 million searches since the program became operational in 2016.Improving prescribing guidelines for the safe and effective use of opioids, including in sports medicine, for minors, and Pennsylvanians on Medicaid, as well as improved education for medical professionals on opioid prescribing.Launching a 24/7 helpline, 1-800-662-HELP, for those who need immediate assistance with drug and alcohol problems. More than 15,000 Pennsylvanians have contacted the statewide helpline for assistance. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Parents have financially stepped in becoming the fifth biggest lender to first home buyers

first_imgRay White Queensland CEO, Tony Warland said parents wanted to help secure their children’s future and they thought helping buy property could do that.Mr Warland said this could help them grow their wealth to get a more substantial deposit together to buy a home they would like to live in.”“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing children entering into their first property investment whether it be a home or investment it is wanting to secure a future for them.’’The research found the most common way that parents helped was allowing their children to live rent free in their home and contributing money toward a deposit.Some acted as a guarantor, helped with repayments or bought as a partner with their children.About 9 per cent of parents delayed their retirement in order to help their children out and 4 per cent said they would sell some assets. Kirsty Lamont of Mozo said parents realised it was hard for their children to save enough for a deposit on their own.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoMs Lamont said this could be because parents realised it was just too hard for young people to pull the money together to service a mortgage and pay them back.She said not all parents were contributing money but many were doing what they could to help including allowing their children to move back home rent free, so they could save.The research found 29 per cent of Australian families offered financial assistance to their children with the average amount being $64,206.“For many first home buyers, house prices around Australia can be absolutely daunting. It can take years to scrimp and save for a home deposit, all the while house prices continue to skyrocket, becoming increasingly inaccessible,’’ she said.Ray White Queensland CEO, Tony Warland said it was something he had seen in past years with families of different cultural backgrounds but now it had become more widespread.He said it wasn’t always cash but often it could be offering their own property as equity.“I would say that a lot of family members are helping their children not necessarily into homes (to live in) but also to get into an investment property.’’ Parents have become major lenders to their children trying to get into the property market.ALMOST a third of home buyers have to rely on money from their parents to buy their own home with Queensland mums and dads digging deep.According to research by financial comparison website Mozo this makes the “Bank of Mum and Dad’’ the fifth biggest mortgage lender in Australia, behind the big four banks.And it appears the Bank of Mum and Dad are a generous bunch with 67 per cent not expecting to be repaid.New research by Mozo revealed Queensland parents kicked in on average $44,694 to help their children into the property market.Nationally parents had contributed $65.3 billion to their children to buy their first property.The research asked parents how they helped their children and if they did how much they contributed.Mozo director, Kirsty Lamont, said it showed the many first home buyers were unable to independently take their first step onto the property ladder.“I think it was certainly surprising that the Bank of Mum and Dad is such a major lender in the property market,’’ she said.“I think it is really interesting that the fact that many parents don’t expect their kids to repay them financially.’’last_img read more

More than half of Dutch schemes lack sustainability targets

first_imgThe lobbying organisation urged pension funds to speed up the expansion of their responsible investments, and to focus in particular on tackling climate change.The top performer in VBDO’s rankings was again healthcare scheme PFZW, with civil service pension fund ABP trailing closely. PFZW has come top of the rankings for 11 years in a row.The industry-wide schemes for the agricultural sector (BPL Pensioen), the building industry (BpfBouw) and housing corporations (SPW) were also among the best performers.In contrast, the three large KLM schemes, the pension fund for pharmacy staff (PMA) and the pension fund of steelworks Hoogovens ended up at the lowest end of the scale.In its latest report, the VBDO replaced its ranking system with a star rating, at the request of the pensions sector.“According to the pension funds, the traditional ranking system triggered too much competition, while, in their opinion, the sector would better be served with co-operation,” explained Rudy Verstappen, one of the authors of the VBDO report.The VBDO assessed pension funds for governance, policy, their accounting for sustainable investment as well as implementation, with a focus on the latter.Angélique Laskewitz, VBDO’s director, said that nine pension funds have joined the association. Until recently, its membership chiefly comprised asset managers, insurers and banks. Sustainable investment is still not seen as an obligation by many Dutch pension funds, according to the Netherlands’ Association for Investors in Sustainable Development (VBDO).In the 11th edition of its annual benchmarking report, it highlighted that, despite a continuing increase of pension funds factoring in environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into their investment policies, 56% of the surveyed 50 largest schemes still hadn’t set sustainability targets.It found that the ESG performance had primarily improved at the mid-section of the monitored pension funds, with the best- and weakest-performing schemes hardly making progress in 2016.However, the VBDO reported improvements on transparency, while noting that large differences remained on quality and depth of sustainability reporting.last_img read more

Aker BP set for appraisal well in North Sea

first_imgThe Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Aker BP a drilling permit for an appraisal well in the North Sea offshore Norway.Deepsea Nordkapp rig; Source: Odfjell DrillingThe well 25/2-22 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Nordkapp semi-submersible drilling rig. Aker BP has already secured consent from the offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), to use the Deepsea Nordkapp rig for this well. The drilling is planned to start in mid-January 2020.The drilling program for well 25/2-22 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production license 442. Aker BP is the operator with an ownership interest of 90.26 percent. Other licensee is LOTOS Exploration and Production Norge (9.74 percent).The area in this license consists of parts of blocks 25/2 and 25/3. The well will be drilled about 37 kilometers north of the Heimdal field.Production license 442 was awarded on June 15, 2007 (APA 2006). This is the 9th exploration well to be drilled in the license.The Deepsea Nordkapp is a semi-submersible drilling rig of the Moss Maritime CS 60E type, owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling. The rig was issued with Acknowledgement of Compliance by the PSA in April 2019.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more