UVM’s Burack Lecture Series to host four events this month

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Men’s sports, urban and transportation futures and the American diet — the Burack President’s Distinguished Lecture Series will tackle these varied topics in four talks scheduled throughout April. All are free and open to the public.Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California, will speak Tuesday, April 12 at 4 p.m. in North Lounge Billings on “From Boys to Men: The Shifting Culture of Men’s Sports.”Messner’s teaching and research has focused on gender and sport, men and masculinities, and gender and violence. He is the author of several books, including most recently It’s All For the Kids: Gender, Families and Youth Sports.Joseph L. Schofer is associate dean of strategy and communications in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and applied science professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. His lecture, “The Future of Transportation — How the System Must, Can and Will Change,” will take place Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m. in 427 Waterman Building.Schofer, who serves as director of the Infrastructure Technology Institute, focuses his research and teaching on transportation policy planning, analysis, evaluation, and behavior.Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College of London, will speak on “All the World’s a Fractal: How Complexity Theory is Being Harnessed to Envision Urban Futures” on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman.Batty’s research work involves the development of computer models of cities and regions, and he has published many books and articles in this area, the most recent being Cities and Complexity and the edited volume Virtual Geographic Environments. He has received various honors for his work, including the Sir George Back Award by the Royal Geographical Society for “contributions to national policy and practice in planning and city design.” He was made a fellow of the British Academy in 2001 and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2009.Kelly Brownell, professor of psychology, professor of epidemiology and public health and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, will deliver a lecture on “Is there Courage to Change America’s Diet?” Thursday, April 21 at 4 p.m. in Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building. In 2006 Time magazine listed Kelly Brownell among “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in its special Time 100 issue featuring those “whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.” Brownell has advised the White House, members of congress, governors, world health and nutrition organizations, and media leaders on issues of nutrition, obesity, and public policy.  He was cited as a “moral entrepreneur” with special influence on public discourse in a history of the obesity field and was cited by Time as a leading “warrior” in the area of nutrition and public policy.                                                                             ###last_img read more

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Setauket Doctor Facing Upgraded Charges in Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A doctor has been indicted on upgraded charges for allegedly driving drunk, crashing into another car, killing a woman and fleeing the scene in Smithtown six months ago.Dr. Thomas Stavola, a cardiologist from Setauket, pleaded not guilty Monday at Suffolk County court to the new charges, which include second-degree manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. He was previously charged with driving while intoxicated.“What I found most troubling is the fact that a physician chose not to render any kind of aid or use his cellphone to call 911 to get some assistance for a seriously injured motorist,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “Witnesses who came upon the crash scene said the defendant suddenly left and began walking west on Route 25.”Prosecutors said Stavola was driving an Audi northbound on Route 111 when his car broadsided a westbound Mercedes at the corner of East Main Street shortly before 4 a.m. on Saturday, June 14.The other driver, 45-year-old Monica Peterman of Middle Island, was taken to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, where she died. At the time, the mother of three was driving to her job as an X-Ray technician at that hospital.Stavola’s had a blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent at the time, according to investigators.A police sergeant who was responding to the scene apprehended the suspect as he was walking briskly, with his head down, 500 feet away from the crash, authorities said.Judge Fernando Camacho continued bail for the doctor at $250,000. He is due back in court on Feb. 4.last_img read more

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A quick guide to credit union member acquisition costs

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a perfect world, the reputation of any given credit union would precede it, and people would flock from far and wide to join. Not a dime would be spent on marketing.Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect world: kids are eating Tide Pods, Firefly was canceled after one season, and it costs money to attract new credit union members. Acquisition costs are real.Any credit union growth strategy is going to rely on marketing to get the message out about their services. The real question is, how much does a new member cost? And, just as importantly, is it worth it?Average Credit Union Member Acquisition CostOne of the more telling issues that we’ve repeatedly seen is that credit unions don’t know how much it costs to acquire a new member. Probably, this is because of two variables.last_img read more

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The voice heard in the morning: Roger Neel retires from a 42 year career at WNBF

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Roger Neel signed off WNBF for the final time Friday morning, retiring from a 42-year career at the station. He says, “It’s difficult to leave something you’ve been apart of, for so long.” Roger’s four-decade journey at WNBF began with the Broome Dusters – the first professional hockey team to play in Binghamton. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Roger said he could never have imagined his career would evolve into what it did. From America East Championships, Calder Cup runs, and Section IV football, he said he had everything he needed right here, in the Southern Tier. “Most people get into the industry and the idea is, in my case if you’re not in the NHL, or major leagues or division one, it’s really a training ground,” he says. “And I would have thought that too. I had a lot of other opportunities here along with hockey, and it branched out from that it’s been over 40 years, it’s been a good ride.” As for what he will miss the most? Roger said it’s “a three-prong situation.” He told 12 News, “It was just time. You get to a point where you realize the effort it takes to be successful and you don’t want to back off on that. Your mind won’t let you even though your body may say stop it.” When it came to the decision to retire, Roger said it was simple. “These people have taken the time to send me texts, cards, emails and it’s very humbling to know they care that much. It’s very emotional to see them react like that,” he says. As a fixture in the community, Roger has left a lasting impact as he signs off on a remarkable career. The outpouring support he’s received, has been overwhelming. “The Broome Dusters needed a hockey broadcaster and WNBF was the station that carried the games. I thought somebody was pranking me, but they invited me up. I took the job, thank goodness,” he told 12 News. Congratulations Roger! Roger reflected on some of his favorite sports memories, saying his favorites were when the Binghamton men’s basketball team won the America East championship and when the Whalers made a run at the Calder Cup. “The people you work with. We have some great people. The people that sponsor you. We’ve had some sponsors that have been with me for 20-30 years. And the listeners. They have been so tremendous. I hit it off with them, and they hit it off with me,” he says. He says, “Hopefully they know I was sincere in what I did, and that I brought a work ethic every day and no matter what the energy level was, whatever was in the tank that day, they got.”last_img read more

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President to draft regulation to control ‘mudik’ this year in battle against COVID-19

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Jakarta to suspend interprovincial buses as ‘mudik’ persists”The President stressed that the public’s safety is the number one priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This means, the public’s safety is the highest law,” Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said in a statement on Monday.Jodi Mahardi, the spokesperson of the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, said the President also demanded officials in a Cabinet meeting on Monday to study ways to mitigate the economic impacts of the outbreak. The greatest concern is for the most-impacted segments of society, namely informal workers, daily wage workers and small businesses in Jakarta who have lost their source of income.”The results [of the studies] are expected to be ready within two days and the President will make a decision on the matter,” Jodi said in a statement. (trn)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is currently drafting a presidential instruction (Inpres) and presidential regulation (Perpres) as the legal basis to exert more control over this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) to curb the COVID-19 outbreak, officials have said.The President has called on the public to reduce travel between regions as the country struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus with many people beginning mudik early.Jokowi also called on those who have traveled between regions to alert authorities and to abide by health protocols.last_img read more

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Bhutan orders first coronavirus lockdown as cases hit 113

first_imgTopics : The lockdown was ordered after a 27-year-old Bhutanese woman, who returned from Kuwait and was discharged from quarantine after testing negative, tested positive at a clinic on Monday.”The unprecedented lockdown is enforced to identify and isolate all positive cases, immediately breaking the chain of transmission,” the government said in a statement, restricting movement of people and vehicles in the largely Buddhist nation of 750,000 people.”Everyone is asked to stay home to protect themselves and their families from the disease, should there be undetected, rampant transmission,” the government said.All schools, institutions, offices and commercial establishments will remain closed and exams will be postponed, while students and trainees in boarding facilities were told to remain on campus and follow COVID-19 protocols.Officials attribute the slow spread of the virus in the country to early screening and monitoring at entry points, testing and sealing of borders including the closure of the only international airport at Paro, near the capital. Flights repatriating stranded nationals are allowed.The outbreak has nevertheless crippled the tourism industry, which earned an average of $80 million in each of the last five years. Arrivals last year had risen 15% to 315,600. Bhutan ordered its first nationwide lockdown on Tuesday after a returning resident tested positive for coronavirus after being discharged from quarantine and coming into close contact with people in the capital Thimphu.The case took the total in the tiny Himalayan kingdom to 113, still the lowest in South Asia, and it has yet to record a fatality.Bhutan, which is heavily reliant on high-end tourists, banned tourism in March after an American visitor tested positive for the virus, and ordered a three week mandatory quarantine for everyone returning from abroad.last_img read more

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Governor Tom Wolf Applauds PLCB For “Freeing the Six-Pack” in Gas Stations

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Tom Wolf Applauds PLCB For “Freeing the Six-Pack” in Gas Stations May 25, 2016 Free The Six-Pack,  Government That Works,  Liquor Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf applauded the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for “freeing the six-pack” in gas stations by approving seven applications permitting businesses with appropriate protections to sell up to 192 ounces of malt or brewed beverages.“’Freeing the six-pack’ will make the commonwealth more inviting for customers and businesses,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I applaud the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for approving these applications and respectfully ask that they approve similar subsequent applications that otherwise meet PLCB standards in order to improve customer service and convenience for Pennsylvania.”Yesterday, Governor Wolf sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board requesting that they “free the six-pack.” A copy of the letter can be viewed here.last_img read more

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Haiti AIDS research clinic wins top global health prize

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional Haiti AIDS research clinic wins top global health prize by: – December 30, 2013 Tweet Share 18 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – A world-renowned clinic in Haiti that has become a leader in global health leading the fight against HIV/AIDS has won a top global health prize.The Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO) has been named a recipient of the 2013 World Health Organization’s (WHO) Stop TB Partnership Kochon Prize in Tuberculosis, according to the Miami Herald.Founder Dr Jean William Pape was informed of the honour in a December 20 letter from Partnership Executive Secretary Lucica Ditiu, the paper said.The annual prize is given to organizations that have made a significant contribution to combating TB.This year’s US$65,000 prize was designated for fighting TB in conflict and refugee areas.“GHESKIO’s leading work in HIV and TB for the past three decades and more recently for providing treatment services for the 1.5 million people who were internally displaced by Haiti’s earthquake in 2010 were especially commended,” says Ditiu in her letter.After Haiti’s devastating earthquake, four years ago next month, Ditiu noted that GHESKIO sent mobile teams into the newly-erected refugee camps to screen people for TB and opened a field hospital to provide care.Ditiu said the group has continued to work with those affected by the disaster, and a subsequent cholera outbreak.The Kochon prize is funded by the Kochon Foundation, a nonprofit organization, based in South Korea, with winners are selected by the Stop TB Partnership, an international body that is housed at the Washington-based WHO.Pape said the funds will help toward the construction of a TB hospital in Haiti.The award ceremony for the Kochon Prize will take place on January 31 in Cape Town, South Africa.Caribbean Media Corporationlast_img read more

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The return of ColtonT

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews The return of ColtonT by: – March 19, 2012 Tweet 139 Views   3 comments Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Colton TThe entertainment world is being told to brace itself for the return of “Di Cutest Ting”. Colton “ColtonT Thomas”, who returned home recently from his promotional tour in the United States will on Tuesday officially launch a hot new singe dubbed “Everything N’ More”.The song writer and artists from Goodwill made his first mix tape in 2010 with one of the biggest hits “Why should I”.ColtonT released several other much talked about tracks like “Girl of my Dreams”, “Gangsters fall in Love” and “Whine Gyal”.ColtonT performed at the 2011 Annual Creole in Park, and most recently made appearances at the Purple Lounge and Club Kubuli in New York City just to make a few, also making appearance in Miami and Texas.He recently released a video “Can’t be Friends” that has been rated the best quality ever coming from Dominica has also gained recognition on the local, regional and international markets.Everything N’ More will be officially launched on all radio stations on Tuesday.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Swans close to strengthening squad

first_img One of those new faces looks set to be Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond. Swansea have met the Blues’ valuation with an offer which included defender Kyle Bartley as a makeweight, and it is understood the deal is close to being completed. Real Betis midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo is also expected to follow his team-mate Jose Canas to south Wales, with £2million-rated Espanyol defender Jordi Amat another Primera Division player on Laudrup’s radar. Laudrup had made it clear from the outset that his main target this summer was a striker, and Swansea have made offers of over £8million for Lyon and France striker Bafetimbi Gomis and Vitesse Arnhem’s Wilfried Bony, who is reportedly also attracting interest from Newcastle and Everton. Gomis’ wage demands could yet be a stumbling block, but should either of those deals be completed it would break Swansea’s record expenditure on a player; dwarfing the £5.55million paid for Pablo Hernandez last August. The Welsh club are also in talks with Villarreal as they look to bring Jonathan de Guzman back to the Liberty Stadium for a second season-long loan after the Holland international’s impressive form last term. One man Swansea have brought in, in an off-field capacity, is former fans’ favourite Lee Trundle. The ex-striker, who scored 91 goals in 194 appearances for the Swans, has been signed up as a club ambassador. The 36-year-old will work with the current squad on community and charity commitments, host match day hospitality and become part of the academy coaching set-up. Swansea have tabled bids for a number of transfer targets as they and manager Michael Laudrup look to move on from the disagreements that hampered the start of their summer. Press Associationcenter_img A falling-out between the club and Bayram Tutumlu – Laudrup’s agent – over transfer policy had seemed to throw the Dane’s future into doubt. Laudrup, who has worked with Tutumlu since his playing days with Barcelona, has made it clear he wants to stay at Swansea, despite the club refusing to work with his representative. It is understood that since that decision was made, real progress has been made in identifying the players needed to strengthen the Swans’ squad ahead of a season which will see them compete in the Europa League. Press Association Sport understands the signings of some of those players could be completed by the end of this week. last_img read more

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