HSPH’s Willett endorses sugary drinks ban

first_imgProf. Walter Willett, chair of the Department of Nutrition, joined Boston Mayor Thomas Menino at a City Hall press conference on April 7, 2011, announcing a new executive order requiring a phase out over the next six months of the sale and advertisement of sugar-sweetened beverages from city property. The move is intended to set an example for the city and to “create a civic environment that makes the healthier choice the easier choice in people’s lives,” Menino said.Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages account for up to 10 percent of total calories consumed in the U.S. diet, and are known to be major contributors to obesity. According to the Boston Public Health Commission, about 63 percent of black adults, 51 percent of Latino adults, and 49 percent of while adult residents in Boston are considered overweight or obese. Nearly 30 percent of preventable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, arthritis, heart attacks and strokes, are linked to obesity in adults.“There is abundant evidence that the huge increase in soda consumption in the past 40 years is the most important single factor behind America’s obesity epidemic. These steps will greatly assist in creating a new social norm, in which healthier beverages are the preferred choice,” Willett said.last_img read more

Jenkins receives 2011 Diversity Award

first_imgAccording to a University press release, University president Fr. John Jenkins was one of 14 individuals to receive a 2011 Champion of Diversity award from Indiana Minority Business Magazine (IMBM). Jenkins was recognized by the magazine at a Jan. 14 ceremony in Indianapolis. The magazine honored the award recipients as “leaders in their respective fields, not only because they excel at what they do, but also because they are inclusive,” according to Shannon Williams, president and general manager of IMBM. “This year’s esteemed group of awardees has promoted diversity with their hiring practices, outreach programs or have individually transcended racial or gender barriers,” she said. Jenkins, in his sixth year as University president, acted upon the recommendations of two University committees to enact initiatives designed to enhance support for a diverse faculty. These initiatives were based upon reports prepared by the University Committee on Cultural Diversity and the University Committee on Women Faculty and Students. Jenkins was recognized for the appointments of Don Pope-Davis, vice president, associate provost and professor of psychology, and Susan Ohmer, William T. and Helen Kuhn Carey Associate Professor of Modern Communication and assistant provost, to oversight roles for efforts related to faculty of color and women faculty, respectively. Their posts involve close coordination with deans, department chairs and others in faculty recruitment, hiring, retention, mentoring and development. The award also honored the creation of the Moreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which is a two-year research, teaching and mentoring initiative for scholars studying or representing diverse groups. Another initiative recognized by the magazine was the Dual Career Assistance Program, which assists the spouses of recently hired full-time faculty and staff find potential employment opportunities in the area or at Notre Dame. “The intellectual interchange that is essential to a university requires, and is enriched by, the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students,” Jenkins said last year. “Beyond the benefits diversity brings to all universities, we hold this commitment also because Notre Dame is a Catholic university.” Jenkins was elected president-elect of the University by the Board of Trustees on April 30, 2004, and became the University’s 17th president on July 1, 2005.last_img read more

Governor Douglas heads to Asia with EB-5 delegation

first_imgJay Peak putting EB-5 to work | Vermont Business Magazine Sep 14, 2009 … Known as the EB-5 program, this initiative also covers the immediate families of those who invest at least $500000 in a job-creating venture … Governor Jim Douglas yesterday departed for Japan on the first leg of a 12-day EB-5 trade mission to Asia to help Vermont employers attract foreign investment and create jobs.  The EB-5 program is a federal investment program run by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The goal of the program is to incent investment and create American jobs by setting aside a pool of green cards for qualified foreign investors that invest capital into approved EB-5 projects. The Vermont EB-5 Regional Center is run through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and has raised over $100 million in new capital for companies and projects.Governor Douglas and the delegation will be traveling to Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Vietnam between October 14 and October 26. Source: Governor’s office. 10.13.2010 http://www.thinkvermont.com/Programs/EB5/tabid/389/Default.aspx(link is external)last_img read more

VMEC elects board members

first_imgThe Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the election of Brenan S. Riehl to its Advisory Board.  Brenan (Ben) Riehl is the President and CEO of GW Plastics headquartered in Bethel, VT.  GW Plastics is a highly respected global manufacturer of very close tolerance plastic components and assemblies for Fortune 500 companies in the medical device market and the automotive safety market.  The company employs about 800 people, with 300 in Vermont.In addition, five current Board members were re-elected to additional 2-years terms, including: Dave Blittersdorf, President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables in Williston; Tommy Harmon, President of Sonnax Industries in Bellows Falls; Dr. Cy Jordan, MD, Administrator of Research and Educational Programs, Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation; Joe Perrotto, President and CEO of Country Home Products in Vergennes and Ed Townley, Executive Vice President and CFO of Agri-Mark, Inc. in Montpelier.  Mike Rainville, President of Maple Landmark, Inc. in Middlebury, was re-elected as Board Chairperson.About VMECSince 1995, VMEC has operated as a not for profit with a primary mission “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through confidential consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation assistance and training to help Vermont manufacturers achieve profitable growth through innovation, increased productivity, improved manufacturing and business processes, reduced costs, improved competitiveness, and creating and retaining good paying jobs. Through the VMEC PSG business unit established in 2006, VMEC also brings its process and strategy expertise to selected non-manufacturing sectors in Vermont, including but not limited to healthcare, higher education, government, and financial services. Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.last_img read more

FARC Negotiators Meeting in Havana Declare Unilateral Ceasefire

first_img BOGOTÁ – Colombia’s 48-year war has entered a new phase with the guerrillas declaring an immediate unilateral ceasefire and the Bogotá government pledging to continue its attacks on the rebels. Shortly before the two sides launched peace talks in Cuba on Nov. 19, Monday, Iván Márquez, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced a unilateral, two-month ceasefire which he said would last until Jan. 20, 2013. “The Secretariat of the FARC … orders its guerrilla units throughout the national territory to cease all offensive military operations against government troops and all acts of sabotage against public and private infrastructure,” Márquez said, reading from a prepared statement. Márquez said the ceasefire is a response “to the overwhelming demands of the Colombian people” to end the violence. He also said it’s aimed at improving the atmosphere at the negotiating table and helping bring about a peace accord. Colombian government says ‘no deal’ Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón shrugged off the rebel announcement and said the military would keep attacking FARC units. “Government troops have the constitutional duty to pursue the delinquents,” Pinzón told reporters. In the past, he added, the FARC, “has never honored the truces it has proposed.” The contrasting positions reflect the balance of forces on the battlefield, with the FARC battered and bruised amid a long-running military offensive and the Colombian Armed Forces holding the upper hand. Pinzón and other government officials remain concerned about the FARC’s motives. In comments to local media, they have expressed fears that a bilateral ceasefire would provide the rebel organization with breathing space to rest and recover from the military offensive that’s eliminated many FARC top commanders and cut its troop strength in half to about 8,000 fighters. “In the past, ceasefires have provided a significant advantage to the guerrillas and that must not be repeated,” said chief government negotiator Humberto de la Calle as he departed Bogotá for Havana on Nov. 18. Value of ceasefires a matter of debate Ceasefires may require the deployment of international observers to make sure both sides comply. Violations could bring the talks to an abrupt halt, said León Valencia, director of the Bogotá-based New Rainbow Foundation. For example, he said, in the 1980s, both sides called for a bilateral ceasefire during a round of peace talks between the government and FARC negotiators. But the two sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire, and eventually negotiations to end the war fell apart. President Juan Manuel Santos — who faces some opposition from his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe — for not being hard enough on the FARC rebels, is trying prevent what happened in the 1999 to 2002 peace talks. At that time, the Bogotá government agreed to withdraw troops from Caguán but the FARC made no concessions in those talks and used that region to train troops, produce drugs and hide kidnapping victims. Ending the bloodshed could also provide immediate relief for war-torn communities in rural Colombia, said Álvaro Jiménez, who heads a Colombian NGO lobbying for a ban on the use of land mines in the conflict. Reducing the intensity of the conflict could increase public support for the negotiations, he said. The FARC has said that it will no longer kidnap civilians for ransom, a pledge it has largely kept. President Santos must resign because he deceived Colombia pretending to be Uribist as everyone believed. Wanting to approve drug use which is poison and negotiating with criminal terrorists were his greatest errors. All the assassins from the FARC and other groups deserve only death penalty to give them eternal rest and to improve the lives of all future survivors relatives of the dead killed by the Farc and other groups of murderers. President Santos distinguished himself by being one of the worst Presidents and he will never be reelected. On the contrary he should be punished for lying. The story is that the FARC is the army of the people. I belong to the people and they definitely do NOT represent me! God willing those dialogues have some results but I don’t believe it, those of the farc are born liars and they only want to gain time for their criminal intents! Gentlemen on the Farc, for once take this seriously, don’t make us Colombians waste more time, and don’t tell us more stories…! JF you know that all the comments here are from civil servants and they speak against the farc, I am not with anyone but the one or the ones who benefit from the war are the soldiers, the police, the president, the secretary and all politicians who receive money as help. The President is more confused than a monkey just-captured, because he only can live off appearances Those who do not want peace are Colombian oligarchs. It’s them who benefit from war against the simple, hardworking people. HOW CAN WE EXPECT PEACE IN COLOMBIA WHEN WE OURSELVES ARE DENYING IT. PLEASE, LET’S BE REALISTIC, THE FARCs ARE NOT THE ONLY PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY AND THE PRESIDENT LIVES FOR APPEARANCES, HE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT NOT GIVING AWAY COLOMBIA TO THE AMERICANS OR ABOUT BOOSTING US ECONOMICALLY. THE TRUTH IS THAT PEACE IN THIS COUNTRY IS PURE ILLUSION. FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA. IF HE WANTS PEACE HE NEEDS TO START BY RECOGNIZING THE RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS, SPECIALLY OF THE RETIRED ONES FROM THE CAFETERO BANK. THEY STEAL OUR PENSIONS IN LONG BATTLES TO RULE WRONGFULLY, JUST BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAS MANY FEUDS. I AM A FORMER OFFICIAL OF THE CAFETERO BANK AND THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO STEAL MY PENSION, I WON IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, THE JUDGE AGREED WITH ME, IN THE SECOND INSTANCE THE COURT CONFIRMED THE JUDGE’S RULING BUT RIGOBERTO ECHEVERRY, THAT INHUMAN MAGISTRATE DENIES ME THE PENSION AND APPLIES THE LAW 100, WHICH IN MY CASE IS THE LAW 33 OF 1985. THIS IS NOT PEACE, PLEASE MR. PRESIDENT I ASK YOU TO REVIEW MY CASE OF INJUSTICE, THEY ARE ONLY A MERE 1,500 MONTHLY PENSION. TOTAL THEFT. The Heads of the Holy Government and its followers think that by repeating along with Uribe that the FAR—!!!! are drug terrorists via radio, press and television, they have already convinced us, 40 millions Colombians, of it, and what’s worse, is that in their tiny clam brains they only repeat the same formula to end with THEIR problem: LEAD AND MORE LEAD, mechanically repeating the same formula of Barco, Gaviria (Green house), Samper, Pastrana, (Colombian Plan) and of the Lord of the shadows (Patriotic Plan), who only managed to increase the outrageous figures of current guerrillas which are practically undeniably unstoppable throughout the whole national territory and no exactly the ” Dark One”, for them, Borders with Venezuela. We all need peace but the wealthy even more since they’re the ones with something to lose, at the end of the day, the poor people need to lose their tie to a system that in the last twenty years Has Given Us the following “Gifts” – Over 120 tolls – Managed also by foreigners – To go through the Country, – Increase of the age to retire (57 and 62 years old) when it used to be 55 and 60, and an increase in the number of weeks from 1000 to 1300 – Creating more taxes: 4 times a Thousand, Ica, non-payable valuations, just to name a few. Decline of the health system, accepted by the government itself and of the education one, more expensive and way worse. Creation of IVA (Belisaurio Government) and of the UPAC revamped as UVR by the Son of its implementer (The Meritorious and never satiated or properly understood or rewarded PASTRANA FAMILY). And they still repeat their other ONLY FORMULA which they think they have fooled us with. And this IS A DEMOCRACY!!!!!!!!! HO, HO, HO ………….. The guerrilla is fighting for the peasants and their rights, because all the politicians only want to steal and give away our resources…foreigners should leave Colombia… leave with your companies…long live the nationalization of the enterprises..specially the hydrocarbons, whoever likes the foreigners should leave, long live the Bolivarian Colombia By Dialogo November 21, 2012last_img read more

An example of an automated nurturing sequence for credit unions

first_img continue reading » Marketing automation is standard for many industries, but credit unions are only just getting started with it. Unfortunately, this means that many credit union marketers can’t visualize the benefits.One of the key abilities of the technology is the automated nurturing sequence. Let’s look at what it is, how it works, and what it looks like.What Is an Automated Nurturing Sequence?A nurturing sequence is a specific form of marketing outreach usually conducted through email. Essentially, it’s a series of 3–7 emails designed to educate someone about a product.Nurturing sequences should loosely follow the buyer’s journey. So, most of them start off with high-level information. Subsequent emails continue to inform as the buyer narrows down options. The final email might end with an offer or promotion. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NEST seeks asset manager for move into high-yield debt

first_imgThe UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) is to diversify its exposure to high-yield debt and is seeking an asset manager to oversee an actively managed mandate.The £1bn (€1.1bn) master trust’s CIO, Mark Fawcett, said global high-yield bonds offered “attractive” returns in a fixed income environment otherwise dominated by low-yielding paper.“Procuring a high-yield bond fund will also further diversify our members’ portfolios,” Fawcett added.“By including this asset class in our building block mandates, we will be joining the growing number of institutional investors holding high yield.” In a statement accompanying the tender, NEST added that it was looking for a manager with a robust risk management framework, able to consider environmental, social and governance factors.The tender also stated that NEST would invest using a pooled fund, rather than opting for a segregated mandate. Expressions of interest are requested by 12 December.NEST members are already exposed to high-yield debt, although the limited exposure to date forms part of the passively managed multi-asset mandate overseen by BlackRock.The pension provider last year pledged to expand the number of standalone, single-asset mandates in an effort to gain greater control over its asset allocation as its AUM has grown.Since then, it has named Amundi as its emerging market (EM) debt manager, sitting alongside standalone EM equity mandates and funds investing in global property.The eventual high-yield manager would join an increasing number of active managers employed by NEST, including Amundi and Legal & General Investment Management and BlackRock.NEST has to date largely opted for passive mandates in an effort to control costs, in line with its 0.3% annual management charge.last_img read more

Cornelius heading to Cardiff

first_img A statement on the Cardiff website said: “Cardiff City Football Club have today reached an agreement with F.C. Copenhagen for the services of Andreas Cornelius, the 20-year-old striker is set to join the club for an undisclosed fee on completion of his medical.” Cornelius has made the decision to move to the Premier League despite having the chance to feature in the Champions League with Copenhagen after his goals helped fire them to the Danish title. Everton and Stoke were also reportedly interested in a move for Cornelius, but he has instead opted to join the newly-promoted Bluebirds. Owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan had pledged to back manager Malky Mackay in the transfer market, and it is understood a club-record fee of over £8million has been spent on acquiring Cornelius’ services. A striker was always likely to be high on Mackay’s wishlist after veteran Heidar Helguson top-scored with just eight goals during their Championship-winning campaign. Cardiff are also chasing Celtic’s Victor Wanyama and Blackpool’s Tom Ince, while there is also reportedly interest in West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie and Reading and Wales winger Hal Robson-Kanu. Premier League new-boys Cardiff are set to complete their first summer signing with the acquisition of striker Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee. The 20-year-old made a big impression during his first full season in the Danish Superliga, racking up an impressive tally of 18 goals from 32 appearances and appearing for the full national side. The deal to bring him to Cardiff City Stadium will be completed once he passes his medical. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

NY Post: Epstein Failed to Check in With NYPD as a Registered Sex Offender

first_imgThe New York Post is reporting that convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein never checked in with the NYPD as a registered sex offender in compliance with the order from a Manhattan judge nine years ago. Espstein is a Level 3 sex offender (the worst-of-the-worst) and was ordered to report in every 90 days. But he didn’t, not once, according to the Post. Epstein’s defense attorneys argue that his New York home, a $77 million Upper East Side townhouse, is not his primary address and that mitigates the check-in requirement to the “Sex Offender Monitoring Unit” (SOMU) despite the judge’s orders.Since he plead guilty to prostitution charges and was labeled a sex offender, Epstein should have reported in person to verify his address with the NYPD 34 times before he was arrested Saturday on federal child sex-trafficking charges.Violating requirements of the state’s 1996 Sex Offender Registration Act — including checking in with law enforcement — is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison for a first offense.Subsequent violations carry a sentence of up to seven years each.Epstein registered as a sex offender in New York after the controversial 2008 plea bargain he struck in Florida amid allegations he sexually abused scores of underage girls in his Palm Beach mansion. However, he plead guilty to a single prostitution charge.Several current and former high-ranking NYPD officials were shocked to learn from The Post that the department had given Epstein a pass on his periodic check-ins, with one saying, “It makes no sense.”The NYPD maintains that Epstein, 66, wasn’t required to check in with New York cops because he claims his primary residence is a private island, Little St. John, in the US Virgin Islands.But state Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz considered and rejected that very argument by defense lawyer Sandra Musumeci during the Jan. 18, 2011, hearing.An NYPD spokesman added that this took place years ago, before much of the current leadership at the NYPD was in place.Meanwhile, Epstein has a bail hearing connected to sex trafficking charges today in Lower Manhattan.He is currently being held without bail after his arrest last weekend on accusations he abused dozens of girls in his New York and Florida homes. His defense is expected to propose a bail package and prosecutors will then have a few days to respond before another hearing on Monday.last_img read more