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Harvard Hubway Stations to reopen March 15

first_imgAfter an extremely successful inaugural season in 2011, the popular regional bike share program Hubway will reopen Thursday, March 15, 2012 with approximately 60% of stations live and operational.All five Harvard-sponsored stations in Allston and Longwood will be operational and stocked with bikes Thursday morning:Longwood Medical area at the Avenue Louis Pasteur at Longwood Avenue.Soldiers Field ParkBarry’s Corner at 219 Western Ave.Harvard Athletics at the corner of North Harvard Street and Soldiers Field Road.The Harvard Innovation Lab (125 Western Ave)Hubway is funded through government grants, sponsorships, station advertising, and user revenue. Harvard’s sponsorship is part of its longstanding commitment to sustainability and its continuing effort to foster connectivity among Harvard campuses. In addition to the Boston locations, Harvard has initially committed to 4 stations in Cambridge as part of Phase II of Hubway.To read more about the Hubway reopening, click here.last_img read more

Court rules Irish 4 Reproductive Health’s lawsuit against University, Trump administration can proceed

first_imgIndependent reproductive rights group Irish 4 Reproductive Health (I4RH) announced in a Friday email the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana will allow the organization’s lawsuit against Notre Dame and the Trump administration to proceed.The lawsuit was filed on the group’s behalf by the National Women’s Law Center — which released its own statement — Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and law firms Fried Frank and Macey Swanson.Filed June 26, 2018, the lawsuit claims the Trump administration and Notre Dame reached an unlawful agreement which exempts the University from covering certain types of birth control on its insurance plans.“In February 2018, Notre Dame entered into a secretive deal with the Trump-Pence administration to impose unnecessary and burdensome costs on us and restrict our reproductive healthcare options to methods deemed acceptable by [University President Fr. John Jenkins’s] coterie of advisors,” the email said.The suit argues this agreement violates the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement.“Certain forms of IUDs and emergency contraception are not covered at all by University insurance plans, putting survivors of sexual assault and people experiencing intimate partner violence especially at risk,” the email said. “In direct violation of the Affordable Care Act, we now incur costs for all office visits, medications and devices associated with reproductive health.”The court ruled against the University and Trump-Pence administration’s efforts to have the suit dismissed.In an email, Paul Browne, University vice president for public affairs and communications, defended the legality of the school’s actions.“Our position is grounded in the autonomy of litigants, including the government, to settle claims, and we are confident that Notre Dame will prevail,” he said.I4RH also announced in its email that the group will travel to Washington, D.C. in March to be honored as the 2020 Students of the Year by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. The group is accepting donations to cover travel costs.This report was updated on Jan. 17, 2020, at 4:35 p.m.Tags: Affordable Care Act, Contraception, Irish 4 Reproductive Health, reproductive rights, trump administrationlast_img read more

Tony Awards, Stage Favorites & More Among 2015 Emmy Nominees

first_imgThe nominations for the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 16. Broadway fans had reasons to celebrate as the 2014 Tony Awards telecast, Peter Pan Live! and Live from Lincoln Center’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street picked up nominations, as did several Tony winners and stage favorites, including Alan Cumming, Jane Krakowski and Darren Criss.Numerous Tony winners picked up Emmy nods this year: Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Cumming (The Good Wife), She Love Me’s Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge) and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie).Additional nominees include Broadway alums Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black), Kyle Chandler (Bloodline), Claire Danes (Homeland), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Timothy Hutton (American Crime), Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman), William H. Macy (Shameless), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Allison Janney (Mom), Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall), Zoe Kazan (Olive Kitteridge) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones).Among the stage names to earn nominations for guest appearances are upcoming star of The Gin Game Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away with Murder), F. Murray Abraham (Homeland), Alan Alda (The Blacklist), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black), Beau Bridges (Masters of Sex), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Janney (Masters of Sex) and Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)Tony winner Mel Brooks received nominations for his guest spot in The Comedians and for Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen. FX’s A Tribute to Mel Brooks earned a nod for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program.The 68th annual Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman on June 8, 2014, received nominations in the following categories: Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for Glenn Weiss, Outstanding Special Class Program and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special.The NBC telecast of Peter Pan Live! also received three nods: Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming, Outstanding Music Direction for David Chase and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special.American Horror Story: Freak Show, which, in typical Ryan Murphy fashion, featured several stage favorites, received 19 nominations including Oustanding Limited Series. Broadway alums to receive nominations for their performances include Jessica Lange, Tony winner Denis O’Hare, Finn Wittrock, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates.The Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of Sweeney Todd picked up three nominations, including one for Thompson’s performance as Mrs. Lovett, as well as Outstanding Special Class Program and Outstanding Music Direction.Glee favorites Criss (currently on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and former Annie star Jane Lynch picked up nods for the original Glee song “This Time” and hosting Hollywood Game Night, respectively.Criss was not the only Broadway name to earn a nomination for his musical talents. Frozen duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez received nods for the song “Moving Pictures” at the Oscars and for the tune “Kiss an Old Man” from The Comedians. Elf composer Matthew Sklar earned a nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the NBC animated special, as did Tony winner Stephen Oremus for the Oscars.Click here for a complete list of nominations. The 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, will air on Fox on September 20. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards are set for September 12. View Commentslast_img read more

Governor orders state flags to half staff to honor 2nd Lt. Joseph Fortin

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas said Vermont will pay tribute to the service of 2nd Lt. Joseph Fortin by ordering flags to half staff. Governor Douglas ordered that the U.S. flag, the Vermont State flag, the POW flag, and any other flag flown at all state and federal facilities in Vermont be lowered to half staff beginning today – the day of 2nd Lt. Fortin’s funeral service.  All flags will be returned to full staff at sunrise on Thursday, September 3rd.“Joseph took it upon himself to join with others in the cause of liberty, in defense of freedom and to help ensure that others be provided the rights that we enjoy as Americans,” the Governor said.  “We thank him for his service and for the example he set for others.”last_img read more

Governor Shumlin, Public Safety announce revised bias-free policing policy

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin and the Department of Public Safety today announced a revised policy to strengthen bias-free policing to include direction regarding immigration status.  The new policy (see attachment) states that Vermont State Police troopers should not try to identify people whose only suspected violation is that they are present in the United States without proper documentation, but also makes it clear that officers should continue to investigate suspected criminal activity. The policy includes special provisions relating to law enforcement near the Canadian border, authorizing troopers to take actions concerning unlawful border crossings in progress, as well as to call for support from federal authorities when required to protect officer or public safety. ‘We have the finest state police force in the country,’ Shumlin said. ‘We owe it to our troopers to provide them clear guidance about state law enforcement priorities and parameters.’ The policy reaffirms ‘the Vermont State Police commitment to unbiased policing, to clarify the circumstances in which members can consider race, ethnicity, gender or other potentially improper criteria when making law enforcement decisions, and to reinforce procedures that serve to assure the public that we are providing service and enforcing laws in an equitable and impartial way.’ Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn said the enhancements to our existing bias-free policing policy were enacted to further ensure the fair and equal treatment of all individuals in Vermont, adding, “As policing in Vermont enters the next generation of law enforcement, it is important to provide meaningful direction and guidance to our members in a way that will best serve the department and individuals in Vermont, while at the same time furthering the leadership priorities set forth by Governor Shumlin.’ The State Police confirmed that they will develop training in cooperation with community leaders to reflect the changes to the policy. ‘This is good news,’ said Attorney General William Sorrell. ‘Now I hope more Vermont police departments will adopt bias-free policies that emphasize their primary role of enforcing Vermont criminal laws.’ The Vermont State Police undertook this review following an incident in which a state trooper identified and reported an allegedly undocumented migrant farm worker to border patrol.  Although an independent investigation concluded that the trooper had acted appropriately under the policy that was in effect, the incident revealed a need to provide greater clarity in the Vermont State Police policies. Governor Shumlin said the revised policy released today will provide clarity for Vermont State Police. But, he added, the local policy does not address the more serious issue ‘ that the federal government has not developed a sensible and fair immigration policy on the national level.Governor’s office. 11.4.2011   AttachmentSize Bias_Free_Policing_Policy_11110411231.pdf175.81 KBlast_img read more

Comfort Care Shapes Lives, Course for International Aid

first_imgBy Dialogo August 03, 2009 Since he was a small boy, Juan Carlos Manzanares wanted to be a surgeon. Growing up in Leon, Nicaragua, Juan admired the skills of the doctors on television and dreamed that one day he could join their ranks. But for most of his 17 years, it looked as if Juan would not be able to slip on a surgeon’s gloves. He was born with the skin on his two middle fingers on both hands fused together in a web-like fashion. In effect, he had only four fingers on each hand. Webbed fingers are the most common abnormality on a newborn’s hand. If he’d been born in the United States, Juan’s hands would likely have been fixed when he was child, probably before he started school. Last week, surgeons on this Navy hospital ship separated Juan’s fingers and at the same time opened the door for him to realize his dream. “If I didn’t have this type of surgery, I wouldn’t be able to study medicine,” Juan said, smiling and sporting two heavily-bandaged hands after the surgeries. “This way, I will be able to fit my fingers in the gloves.” The Comfort will pull back into its home port of Baltimore in the next few weeks after finishing up Continuing Promise 2009, a four-month humanitarian trip to seven Latin American countries. Nicaragua was its last stop, and the crew wrapped up there last week. During the mission, the Comfort’s physicians, dentists, nurses, optometrists and staff served more than 100,000 patients. Its surgeons conducted more than 1,600 operations aboard the floating surgical ward. More than 135,000 prescriptions were filled. Beyond direct medical aid, doctors and nurses set up 1,300 training sessions for more than 37,500 host-nation students. Veterinarians cared for more than 13,000 animals. Engineers took on 13 projects, helping to rebuild schools and the like. The ship even carried aboard a military band that performed in venues such as the ship’s waiting rooms and at local orphanages. At each stop, local residents massed in the streets and villages of some of the Western hemisphere’s poorest countries. They waited hours, and sometimes days, for a shot at being seen by health specialists from some of the world’s finest health care systems. Most of the medical problems were routine by U.S. standards: upset stomachs, near- or far-sightedness, tooth decay. But for many, the Comfort’s visit was their first, and possibly last contact with good medical care, officials said. And the patients traveled for miles and waited in the searing heat for a chance to be treated by the Comfort staff. “I feel that this is absolutely the most important [mission] I’ve ever been involved in. The tangibility of our work is so incredible,” said Navy Capt. Tom Negus, the mission commander. Negus has served in the Navy for nearly a quarter of a century and has deployed on several military missions. This is his first such humanitarian mission, though, at the helm of what he called “the most powerful ship in the Navy.” The Comfort’s mission was supported by nearly 20 civilian humanitarian groups offering up hundreds of volunteers. Doctors and nurses from 10 nations, nearly 100 medical providers, also joined its efforts. Teenagers and grandmothers worked side by side with military members from around the world to provide care. The result was a precision military operation delivered with somewhat of a summer camp atmosphere. The mess galley was a melting pot of languages and backgrounds. Surgeons and nurses in scrubs sat next to college students in T-shirts alongside sailors, airmen, Marines and soldiers, all in their combat uniforms. Military commanders briefed every evening on the next day’s operations. At the end of each section brief, the staff applauded. One lucky soul was recognized nightly as the “person of the day” for outstanding efforts. This joint, interagency, international, diversity was critical to the mission, Negus said, and symbolizes the way ahead for U.S. efforts in the region. “My sense is this is the future of operations,” Negus said. “If we as a nation are going to hope to have an effect, then we are going to operate in an arena like this, with [nongovernmental organizations] and partner nations … all collaborating, all focused on achieving a purpose, having that alignment, that unity of mission.” The United States traditionally has established individual relationships with countries, especially on a military level, Negus said. But working with the mix of agencies and nations — and learning to work through the bureaucracies of each — makes this mission unique. “We’re doing things now in this mission that haven’t been tried before,” Negus said. “Often times, it’s very easy for people to get along. It’s quite another for bureaucracies to get along or to understand each other. This is very helpful in doing that.” Negus said these relationships will prove valuable in the event the ship is called on for aid. Its sister ship, the USNS Mercy, was called on following the tsunami that struck countries in the Indian Ocean in 2004. “We know firsthand who to call – the people who can make things happen,” Negus said. “That capability makes all of us much more ready in the event of a disaster. But it also fundamentally strengthens the trust between our nations. And the more … that we understand each other on so many different levels, then the stronger our ties are with those nations.” This was the fourth time a U.S. military ship ventured into these waters to provide aid. Continuing Promise launched in 2007 with a trip here by the Comfort. Last year, the USS Kearsarge and USS Boxer, both Navy amphibious assault ships, provided aid. During the 2007 trip, the Comfort stopped at a dozen countries for only a handful of days each. This time, officials decreased the number of stops to seven, but averaged 11 days at each country. And at each stop, the crew honed their skills at providing care to as many as possible. In the first stops, they averaged about 7,000 patients. By the end of the mission, they were seeing 20,000 patients, and with no increase in staff, officials said. But the impact of the $25 million mission cannot effectively be measured in terms of gross numbers, but more so in the individual lives it changes, said Peggy Goebel, a volunteer nurse working aboard with Project Hope, one of the first groups to team up with the Navy for these types of missions. It was Goebel’s second trip on the Comfort. “The difference can’t be measured in bottles of Tylenol passed out … that’s not it,” she said. Goebel recalled a teenager she saw in a remote village in Nicaragua. She was 16, poor and hungry. Her baby was swaddled in rags, and at 2 months old, weighed less than a newborn. The young mother was trying to breastfeed, but hadn’t eaten enough to produce milk. The baby was starving, listless and covered in scabies, Goebel said. A Navy physician at the site took money from his pocket, gave it to an interpreter to buy formula and diapers, and asked the mother to return the next day. When she did, both mother and baby were bathed and clothed. The doctor and Goebel taught her how to mix the formula. They cleaned her only bottle and fed the baby. More importantly, Goebel made contact with a local Project Hope coordinator, who will follow up with the mother and child to ensure care. The formula the doctor bought was enough to last only a few days, but the follow-up care could mean the difference between life and death for the baby. “That baby may not have lived a week. That was a life-changing experience,” Goebel said. “We can’t help them all. We can’t do everything. But hopefully, we can plant a seed that we can make a difference.”last_img read more

Is organization excellence out of reach . . . still?

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Deedee Myers Deedee Myers is founder and CEO of DDJ Myers, Ltd. and co-founder of the Advancing Leadership Institute. For the past 20 years, she has been passionate about establishing and developing … Web: Details Strategic vs. Tactical: Let’s AlignEffective leadership requires a balanced attention to strategic and tactical requirements and outcomes. Strategy and tactics are two different and distinct business functions and practices. An easy way to remember the difference is that strategy is doing the right thing. Tactics enable us to do things the right way. Obviously, the tactics should be aligned with the strategy.Strategic planning facilitators are accountable for increasing the strategic intelligence of the credit union and increasing forward thinking. Future-oriented visions support your credit union in these ways.Building a learning cultureIncreasing futuristic thinkingSolving problems before the problem knocks on the doorExpanding capacity for making the right decisionsRecognizing emerging trends and patternsUnderstanding what possible future events may impact your business modelPredicting potential problemsForeseeing the outcome of planned projectsDeveloping and deploying sound backup strategiesPlanning future growth, typically within 3 – 5 years, that is aligned with the mission, vision, and values.Organizations strive for an operating model that leverages the competence of its team members. Technically, superb strategic plans are built at spring and fall strategic planning sessions and, for many organizations, fall short of effective deployment. Many employees still do not have clarity on how their role aligns with strategy. Therefore, there is a good chance that the tactics may not proactively support the larger strategic vision in pursuit of excellence.Relevant strategic planning and tactical actions align with organization excellence. Tactical intelligence is in the here and now—today—by providing:Analysis of competitive conditionsSteps to remain competitive and relevantActions to fulfill strategic objectivesAccountability assignments to fulfill strategic objectivesMost efficient use of current resources to achieve strategyMost efficient use of resources to manage risks and challenges related to strategic plansShort-term orientation, typically within a yearBoard members often declare that they will be more strategic and look for ways to shift their perspective on what “strategic” means in the form of board leadership. Distinguishing between a tactical versus a strategic conversation and decision type is a learned skill that strategic planning facilitators and CEOs can utilize to support the board members. When a board member starts to go tactical, a gentle nudge back to the strategic path is necessary.Tactical leadership requires analysis and action. Tactical plans are typically smaller in scale, short range, and serve a larger purpose. Strategic leadership requires the art and science of communicating a compelling vision and the enlistment of broad support for developing longer-range plans in service of the greater vision.Historically, too many organizational cultures have focused on results-oriented management in service of the customer or member—and such an approach often persists today. Buzz terms, such as “efficiency,” “measurable,” “rational,” “service oriented,” and “bottom-line-oriented,” are explicit in planning processes. Forward thinking in strategic planning is gradually being elevated. This higher-level strategic thinking at the board and executive level is conducive to a strong strategic partnership.Organizational excellence is sustainable with a strategic partnership between the “thinkers” and the “tacticians.” The “thinkers” are entrusted with, and accountable for, the use of credit union data to make strategic decisions to direct the company into the future. Tactical intelligence requires company-wide attention across multiple functional areas.Move into your spring strategic planning session with the right people in the right roles with effective coordination, collaboration, and communication. Strive for organizational excellence by seeking to increase strategic and tactical intelligence.last_img read more

Seven DOs and DON’Ts of strategic planning

first_imgIn two recent posts, I’ve talked about the “Seven Do’s and Don’ts of Branding” and the “Seven Do’s & Don’ts of Marketing.” In each piece I offered four ideas you should absolutely be doing in those key areas and three issues you should avoid.It’s the same way with strategic planning. There are several things you should DO and there are many things you should make sure you DON’T do.So what are the seven Do’s and Don’ts of strategic planning? Below are four Do’s and three Don’ts of planning.Be sure you DO the following:Say no—Steve Jobs famously said one of the secrets to Apple’s success was that he said “no” to lots of ideas. For every 100 investment ideas Warren Buffet hears, he says no to 99. When it comes to strategic planning at credit unions and banks the problem is we say “yes” way too much. Every idea seems to work itself into the plan. Stop doing that! At your strategic planning session ask not what can you do, but what should you do. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Women in leadership positions in credit unions: Working remotely – are you ready?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: Details Other than 2 years of my career, I have always been an entrepreneur working from home. Yes, I’ve gone to an office, facilitated training in an office, recruited in an office and had team meetings in an office…but the majority of my time, was working from home. I don’t remember if anyone gave me a manual of what to expect, but I did notice pros and cons of working from home. In today’s environment, many people have had no time to prepare or even think about getting ready for change. You were in an office one day and the next, you’re remote.I was thinking about how this new way of working will affect so many people and wanted to share some thoughts of my experiences with the hope that it may make this new journey easier and perhaps even fun.Mark your territory: This is easy if you have an empty room or spare bedroom. In many cases, you will need to adopt some space and call it your own. When we started in the insurance world, so many grabbed the kitchen or dining room table and decided this was their new office. Kind of reminds me of those that declare their table at the coffee shop as their own. I was once asked to move from a certain table in a certain coffee shop because this man said it was “his” . . . I didn’t see a nameplate but I knew it made him comfortable, so I moved to another table.If you are in a place that others will be using, you will need to make sure that your “office” can be moved to another area during family and mealtimes. If you are in an industry where there is any confidential and personal information, make sure that is not out in the open for anyone to see. My kids were always part of my business. Many have their children home with them as well and it might be fun to see how they can help and be part of what makes you successful. While I did have an office in my home, Saturday nights you would find the three of us sitting on my bed doing direct mail pieces together. They knew that they were a part of my business and were proud to see the results.Do not disturb: Again, not always the easiest to accomplish. If your family, spouse or roommate is home while you are working, remind them that you are doing just that . . . working. It’s not the time to chat or have conversations about solving the problems of the world.  You wouldn’t do that if you were in an office, so why now? We had an agent who was a single dad with small children. Many of you will remember that as soon as you picked up the phone (real phones not smart phones) it was an invitation to start an argument, have a burning question or just need your undivided attention at that moment. There is nothing more “professional” than being on the phone with a client when your children picked up the phone in another room yelling “Daddy, daddy, daddy.” While some clients understood . . . others did not.  This agent came up with a brilliant idea. He had a ball cap. When it was on, he was working. When it was off, he was daddy. Other than an emergency, his little ones were quiet and whispered to each other.  It was a simple and effective way to work.Give me a break: Do you take breaks when you are in the office? Then why not at home? Many times, it’s hard to get started and then, it’s hard to stop. When you work from home, you either become the King or Queen workaholic or the Guru or Maven of taking breaks. Think of something in the middle. When you are working, you should be working, not getting prepared to possibly start at some later point in the last hour of the day. Ok so that’s a bit of an exaggeration but you need to prepare yourself to work and to stop. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Pomodoro Technique. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. It is a time management system that encourages people to work with the time they have—rather than against it. Work 25 minutes and then take a break for 5. You must work in those 25 minutes and walk away from it for 5 minutes. Imagine how productive you can be.Can you just…: While you are working from home, if there is anyone else that lives with you, you will certainly hear something like “While you are home, can you just start dinner, do the laundry, call the repair person, run to the store etc.” Remember, you are working, so your mindset needs to be that you are working. It’s always nice to lend a helping hand . . . after you’re done working. If there are no humans living with you, unless you’re on your 5-minute break or having lunch, your furry friend will need to stay put and not learn a new frisbee trick.Let’s do lunch: Even though you are not in an office, you need to take a lunch break. Yes, this is the time to do those non-working tasks. It’s also the time to walk away from your work and have something nutritious, delicious, and yummy to break up the day. Once in a while you might have a virtual working lunch, but really try to claim this time for yourself.While working from home will take a little getting used to, also be aware that it can feel a bit lonely. Rest assured there are many others feeling the same way. With technology, you can have a meeting with your office mates, “see” your clients, and create educational sessions to share your brilliance.Things change quicker than you can imagine. If you don’t change, you will be left behind. Old ways won’t open new doors. Change is inevitable . . . growth is optional. Will you shine or will you let your light dim?last_img read more