Physicians to receive guides about domestic violence

first_imgVERMONT PHYSICIANS TO RECEIVE GUIDES ABOUTDOMESTIC VIOLENCEBerlin, VT – A physician guide about domestic violence will be distributed to all Vermont primary care providers, emergency room providers and OB/GYNs as part of a New England-wide project, organizers have announced.The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, 4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services, according to a 2003 study by the CDC. The health effects of domestic violence are staggering. In addition to the immediate trauma and injuries caused by abuse, domestic violence contributes to a number of chronic health problems and can interfere with the management of other illnesses.This puts health care providers in a unique position to help victims of abuse if they know how to detect domestic violence and provide victims with referrals and support. This year Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has joined forces with the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans from across New England.To address this community need, a “physicians guide” will be distributed to all primary care providers (internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians) as well as Emergency Room providers and OB/GYNs in New England on October 14th in honor of Health Cares About Domestic Violence. 10,000 practitioners will receive guides and “victim safety cards” that outline safety tips for victims leaving a violent situation and the numbers to call for help. The guide is a joint production of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in New England states along with the individual state domestic violence support organizations.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

Every tree is like a gift

first_imgOboz Footwear knows that gifts are not just for the holidays, so they make the gift of trees everyday.For every pair of shoes the Bozeman, Montana-based outdoor shoe company sells, they plant one more tree through their partnership with Trees for the Future, which supports communities in need in East and West Africa with trees, seeds and the tools and know-how to ensure a sustainable future. The trees provide families and villages with an important source of income in the form of timber, fruit, and other products. These trees also reduce erosion, enrich the soil, provide shade, and provide shelter and breaks from wind. Trees for the Future’s motto—“Plant Trees. Change Lives.”—captures their passionate belief in the restorative power of trees. The charity has planted over 100 million trees since it was founded 1989. Tree planting is only a small part of their unique mission. The group also trains farmers about ‘forest garden’ practices that combine the benefits of trees with the productivity of agriculture, so that communities can use their gift of trees wisely for years to come.Training for the FuturePhoto Credit: Trees for the Future“Trees for the Future might be the coolest charity you may not have heard of,” said Josh Fairchilds of Oboz. “Their on-the-ground work directly improves livelihoods so every tree is like a gift.” All told, Oboz’ donations have enabled Trees for the Future to plant more than 500,000 trees. To put that number into perspective, Trees for the Future says that just 3,000 to 5,000 trees, planted in a dense forest garden, can give a large, impoverished family in the developing world just about everything they need to thrive.“Planting trees on degraded lands changes people’s lives in profound ways,” said John Leary, Executive Director of Trees for the Future. “And bringing degraded lands back into sustainable productivity requires a strong commitment. We, and the thousands of families and communities we serve, are grateful for Oboz’s continuous dedication to our tree planting projects over the years.”Oboz retail display and promoOboz couldn’t plant a single tree without the support of its retail partners. Every year, Oboz applauds their efforts with a progress report on how many trees, they, too, helped ‘plant’ for Trees for the Future. Additionally, retailers such as Footsloggers, Mast General Store and Nantahala Outdoor Center team up with Oboz to create ‘One More Tree’ events at stores to help spread awareness of Oboz’ tree-planting mission. Real trees are part of the fun at those events; anyone who tries on a pair of Oboz takes home a seedling to plant at home or in their neighborhood.PrintWho knew that one more tree—let alone thousands and thousands—can give so much, every day, for years to come?For more information on Trees for the Future, visit or watch for its fascinating story as told by its founder Dave Deppner. last_img read more

The top ten tips on handling difficult members

first_imgIt’s often a chaotic world we live in – attention spans are low and expectations are high. That makes for a perfect storm for members to be at their most difficult.The good news is that there are ways to keep your cool, turn member experiences around, and even come out looking like a hero. Let’s take a look at eight of those ways!Don’t take it personally. Most of the time when a member complains it’s because they are unhappy with the account or maybe something at your Credit Union – not you as an individual. It might be NOTHING at all to even do with the experience. Maybe they stubbed their toe? Spilled their coffee? Woke up late. Stop before REACTING to another person’s emotions and think – is it me? If not, let that emotion GO.Give yourself credit. Remember all those mad skills you possess? The kind way you handle member requests? The serious mojo you have when it comes to hitting your goals? Keep all of those things in mind when someone turns surley and never let anyone else make you feel less than you are.Write it down. Want to make an impression? Write down the complaint. That shows the member that you are listening and genuinely intersted in resolving their issue. If you’re on the phone, let them know that you are writing things down in detail. People want to be heard and documenting a concern is a good way to illustrate your listening skills.Get a supervisor in on the action. Got a REALLY tough member on your hands and things feel like they are escalating? Invite a supervisor to join you and the member will notice you are treating them as important by seeking additional help.Debrief with a trusted person when you’re done. When the member leaves, it may be a good time to talk over the encounter with someone you trust in order to release the frustration, let go of any negativity and learn what can be done in the future should it happen again.Master stress management. There are so many amazing techniques you can learn to manage stress and stay the voice of reason regardless of raised voices or irrational customer behavior. By learning to breath deeply, focus on the positives and also ensure your body doesn’t carry stress, you will be able to handle whatever (or whoever) the world sends your way.Chalk it up. Here’s the thing: working with the public? There are going to be THOSE moments or sometimes even days where someone is focused on you because they can. Chalk it up to human nature, let it roll right off you and move on.Look for the lesson. Sometimes there’s a reason for the temperment, right? Maybe a system or process is off. A complaint can be a queue to take a look at what may need to be changed. Analyze the situation and see what can be done differently in the future for a better response.Don’t lash out. It’s easy in the heat of the moment to lash out to anyone who will listen if you’ve been mistreated by a member (or anyone for that matter). Use caution. Breathe. Think before you speak to others so that you’re not taking your bad experience and transferring it to everyone in your wake.Remember the big picture. Truth is, without members we have no Credit Union. Even when they are less than fun to work with – they keeps our doors open. Give people the benefit of the doubt that they don’t MEAN to be challenging, and treat them with respect and understanding like the mature and successful professional that you know yourself to be.The nice thing to keep in mind if you’re in the people business (and most of us are) – is that whatever the grievance, pressure, irritation, aggravation – any of it might be? It will done and gone before you know it. A blip on the screen. Handle it in the moment then move on to the next. Who knows? The next one on the phone or in front of you might be the coolest member ever! 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Alan King holds Great hand at Cheltenham | Racing News

first_imgOne the same day as the latter he also won the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton with Sceau Royal, so there is no doubting his horses remain in excellent form.“You need the right ammunition for this race, bur Harambe won it last year and, together with Edwardstone, we go back with two solid chances,” said King.“Harambe had a run before he went there last year and though that has not been possible this time around, he has been moving very well and pleasing me at home.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Harambe has not been seen since the Betfair Hurdle in February when he was brought down at the final flight when still in contention.King told his website: “Harambe was brought down at the last at Newbury and was on the floor for a while. It has taken him a long time to recover, but he did his pre-training at AP’s (McCoy) and it is good to have him back in action here.”Edwardstone was beaten a neck in a Grade Two on heavy ground at Haydock before a respectable sixth in the Supreme in March last season and looks the right type for the race, although ground conditions could become a concern.- Advertisement – “He is an exciting prospect with untapped potential and though he can be a bit free in his races, he is beautifully relaxed at the moment, which is very encouraging,” said King.“He was a high-class novice last season and ran well in the Supreme at the Festival when our horses were not really firing. I hope the forecast rain does not materialise as he is more effective on better ground.“Both horses schooled on Monday and we’ve done as much as we can with them at home but while both would make lovely chasers, this is a great race in which to start back and I am very happy with them.”In contrast, top-weight Ballyandy would benefit from the forecast rain, according to his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.“I thought he ran a cracker under top-weight at Ffos Las to split Sceau Royal and Buzz last time out and I’d love to run him in this, but he does want it a bit softer,” Twiston-Davies told William Hill.Jamie Snowden registered one of the biggest winners of his career last weekend with Ga Law and chases another with Pisagh Pike.“He’s a highly-progressive sort since we gave him a wind op in the summer and he’s won his two novice hurdles well,” said Snowden.“He just got touched off in a Listed race at Market Rasen which arguably he perhaps should have gone on and won.“He’s got a nice handicap mark so hopefully we can try to exploit in a big race like this.”Thinking is massively unexposed for David Pipe, having his first run since being bought from France over 800 days ago.“We’ve had him since he was a three-year-old,” said Pipe.“His owner (Nick Shutts) has been very patient. He picked up a tendon injury. He was actually due to run last year when the lockdown happened.“He’s got an engine. He’s rated 132 so he’s at the right end of the handicap but he wants soft ground.“We like him and hopefully he can repay the owner’s patience.”Dan Skelton’s Proschema is another lightly-raced type and jockey Harry Skelton is another who will be watching the skies.“I’m looking forward to him and the drier the ground the better. It’s a bit of a wet forecast which could be a bit of a problem, but I’m sure we’ll take our chance,” he said on Racing TV.“The better the ground the stronger his chance. He ran a nice race the last day at Wetherby and he’s come forward from that.”Paul Nicholls’ Thyme White, who was impressive at Chepstow, and Tom Lacey’s Sebastopol are other fancied runners. Alan King saddles last year’s winner Harambe and the ante-post favourite Edwardstone in Sunday’s Unibet Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham.King enjoyed a fruitful summer on the Flat with three Royal Ascot winners, a success on Champions Day with Trueshan and the November Handicap through On To Victory.- Advertisement –last_img read more

The New Zealand Initiative invites guests to preserve the environment

first_imgThe New Zealand tourism industry has joined forces to launch a major tourism initiative that encourages visitors to take care of their environment and unique nature. TIAKI VOW WHILE TRAVELING IN NEW ZEALAND AND WILL CARE FOR LAND, SEA AND NATURE, TREADING LIGHTLY AND LEAVING NO TRACETRAVEL SAFELY, SHOWING CARE AND CONSIDERATION FOR ALLRESPECT CULTURE, TRAVELING WITH AN OPEN HEART AND MIND “New Zealand is known for its warm welcome to guests and the Tiaki Vow is based on that fact and invites the world to stand by us so that future generations of Kiwis and visitors can enjoy the natural beauty”, Said England-Hall and added:”The vow reminds people to act responsibly towards the goods that New Zealand offers, and under that they are expected not to pollute the environment, drive carefully and be considerate of everything”. Under the motto “Tiaki – Caring for New Zealand”, the industry has launched the “Tiaki Vow” initiative, which actively encourages visitors to care for nature and respect New Zealand cultures in order to preserve the country for future generations. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis presented the initiative on behalf of seven key public and private sector organizations whose collaboration has helped implement the initiative. Find out more about the whole project HERE New Zealand CEO Stephen England-Hall emphasizes that everyone is responsible for caring for New Zealand, and the Tiaki Vow encompasses the connection of New Zealanders with their home. Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon said the initiative cares about the country but also the people. “In addition to seeking the support of our visitors to care for our country, we want to provide them with a safe journey, but also a fantastic experience”. The Tiaki Vow will promote all organizations participating in the initiative, but also beyond. The information is currently available in English, Maori, German and Chinese, but a number of foreign languages ​​will be included over time.last_img read more

Virus yet to peak in Americas: WHO

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has yet to peak in the Americas, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday, as it said global infections were likely to hit 10 million within a week.The WHO said the length and height of peaks would be determined by government actions, without which a lurch back towards lockdowns was unavoidable.The UN health agency also warned that at the current rate of new cases, a shortage of concentrators — devices that purify oxygen — to help critically-ill patients was looming. Topics : ‘Hard choices’ Patients with severe and critical COVID-19 struggle to get enough oxygen into their lungs, needing higher concentrations and support to prevent organ failure and death.Medical oxygen is produced using concentrators that extract and purify it from the air.”Many countries are now experiencing difficulties in obtaining oxygen concentrators. Eighty percent of the market is owned by just a few companies, and demand is currently outstripping supply,” said Tedros.”WHO estimates that at the current rate of about one million new cases a week, the world needs about 620,000 cubic meters of oxygen a day, which is about 88,000 large cylinders.”Meanwhile, the WHO backed Saudi Arabia’s decision to scale back the annual haj pilgrimage to only 1,000 people, down from last year’s 2.5 million.The haj is one of the world’s largest mass gatherings.”This is another example of the hard choices that all countries must make to put health first,” said Tedros. Latin America surge WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan warned that the virus was still raging in the Americas and raised the prospect of fresh nationwide lockdown measures, in the absence of ultra-vigilance.”It’s particularly intense in Central and South America,” he said.”We’ve seen a steady and worrying continuation of trend, with many countries experiencing between a 25 and 50 percent rise in cases over the last week.”Unfortunately, the pandemic for many countries in the Americas has not peaked,” he said, and was “likely to result in a sustained number of cases and continued deaths in the coming weeks”.The Irish epidemiologist said that without isolating and quarantining contacts, “the specter of further lockdowns cannot be excluded”.Alas, “the only way, in some circumstances, to avoid that now, is a very, very, very aggressive investment in our capacity to detect cases”, he said.After the United States, Brazil is the hardest-hit country, with more than 52,600 deaths from over 1.1 million cases.President Jair Bolsonaro has been fiercely criticized for comparing the virus to a “little flu”.”The numbers respond to response,” said Ryan.The height and length of the peak, and the trajectory downwards, “is everything to do with the government’s intervention to respond”, he said. “In the first month of this outbreak, less than 10,000 cases were reported to WHO. In the last month, almost four million cases have been reported,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.”We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week.”This is a sober reminder that even as we continue research into vaccines and therapeutics, we have an urgent responsibility to do everything we can with the tools we have now to suppress transmission and save lives.”The novel coronavirus has killed at least 477,500 people and infected nearly 9.3 million since emerging in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.last_img read more

Barcelona preparing £70m move for Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette

first_imgBarcelona preparing £70m move for Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette Metro Sport ReporterMonday 6 May 2019 5:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link82Shares Comment Advertisement Rashford is a target for Barcelona but a deal would be difficult (Picture: EPAThat took the Frenchman’s tally to 18 goals for the season and Arsenal may struggle to hold onto him should they miss out on a Champions League slot.AdvertisementAdvertisementVictory in the Europa League appears to be the Gunners’ best route back into Europe’s elite competition but, in any scenario, Lacazette may struggle to turn down Barcelona.The striker is said to have a good relationship with Barcelona director Eric Abidal, though talks have not been opened just yet.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBarcelona could raise funds by offloading Philippe Coutinho.The club have publicly stood by the Brazilian since his £144m move from Liverpool but he’s struggled to make an impression at the Camp Nou and his own fans turned on him when he was substituted against Liverpool.Selling the playmaker could raise around £90m, which could help fund a move for Lacazette.MORE: Arsenal vs Brighton TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news Alexandre Lacazette is a target for Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Barcelona are ready to test Arsenal’s resolve to keep Alexandre Lacazette this summer.The Frenchman, who was named Arsenal’s Player of the Year earlier this week, has attracted Barcelona’s attention as the Catalans seek a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.The La Liga giants had identified Marcus Rashford as a viable target but United are keen to extend his contract and prising him away from Old Trafford will cost in excess of £130million.With that deal looking difficult, the Express claim Barcelona have switched their attention to Lacazette and were impressed by the double he scored against rivals Valencia on Thursday in the Europa League.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

IPE Views: China’s financial revolution

first_imgBut China’s decades of having a one-child policy does, however, mean that not only is China catching up and competing in manufacturing, it has caught up with the West in terms of an ageing population and an increasing dependency ratio. The final chapter of a one-child policy means a worker has two parents and four grandparents to look after. Pensions and savings in China, have become as important a subject as in the developed nations.Addressing the issues of an ageing population is one of China’s key challenges. We are in the midst of a financial revolution in China that should have a major and hopefully positive impact on the issues of pensions and long-term savings. It will also open up many more opportunities for foreign financial firms willing to adopt a long-term strategy to developing a footprint in China, as well as creating new sources of attractive investment opportunities for pension funds in Europe and elsewhere.What China will be seeing over the next 20 years is a transformative policy shift in all areas of finance following on from its agricultural reform, and its property reforms. This is resulting in the opening of numerous sectors alongside a gradual liberalisation of the renminbi and of the capital account.These changes have created a natural and robust underlying demand across all financial products with new markets, new users and high growth rates that had not previously been realised due to financial repression, restricted capital flows and a previously stultified financial system. It is in many senses analogous to the UK’s ‘Big Bang’ financial reformation in 1996. Many have argued that focusing on short-term stimulus misses the far more important trend of a swathe of coordinated reforms that will utterly transform the country’s financial system.The most recent development in the ongoing transformation of the financial sector is the news that absolute control of multiple mainland asset management platforms will be an option for foreign parties, according to draft regulations released by the China Banking Regulation Commission. The China-focused consultancy Z-Ben Advisors reports that foreign entities may now be permitted to own a controlling stake in mainland trust companies, a dramatic change from the previous ownership limit of less than 20%. As it points out, the trust license offers immediate access to institutional and high net worth money, and is an ideal entry point for those who want to establish a substantial and far-reaching China footprint.Crucially, these trust-specific reforms are the thin edge of the wedge. Z-Ben believes FMCs, brokerages and the whole spectrum of mainland asset management will be available for foreign ownership within the next three years. The UK’s Big Bang transformed the country’s financial services industry from a heavily protected sector, closed to outsiders, into a global powerhouse. Now it is China’s turn.Joseph Mariathasan is contributing editor at IPE Joseph Mariathasan reports on the ‘Big Bang’ in China’s financial services industryI remember walking into a Shanghai brokerage in 1997, ragged lines of plastic chairs in front of a wall of flickering share prices, solitary figures sitting glazed and transfixed, timing when to make their next transaction or reverse an old one, often on the same day. Capitalism had returned to China, although both Marx and Adam Smith would have been turning in their graves (in opposite directions, one would have supposed), whilst Mao may have managed a quiet chuckle. It is not surprising the government has been keen on setting up long-term savings institutions such as life insurance companies and mutual fund companies. China needs institutional investors to move investment away from the day traders sitting in Shanghai brokerages and focus on investing for the long term.The introduction of stock exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen was intended as part of the process of transforming China from a centrally planned command economy, with all the distortions and inefficiencies that entailed, into the fastest growing major economy in the world, even after adjustment for biased statistics.The transition from the ‘iron rice bowl’, whereby the State provided and guaranteed employment, education, healthcare and housing (albeit at minimum levels) to one where market mechanisms and the ‘invisible hand’ of Adam Smith decide on the allocation of resources has transformed China’s economy. It unleashed the power of the country’s manufacturing capacity to the world at large, exporting deflation and the creative destruction of many of the developed world’s cherished industries, as they wilt under the competition of China’s immense and cheap labour force.last_img read more

Virgin Atlantic Set to Launch New Service to Tobago

first_imgTobago (CJ Photo)Virgin Atlantic is set to launch service from London Gatwick Airport to the Caribbean island of Tobago.The service will launch beginning in March, and will operate as an additional sector between the carrier’s nonstop St Lucia service.That means a short stop in St Lucia before the flight continues to Tobago.The flight will operate weekly on Sunday mornings between March and October, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays beginning in October.In a statement, Virgin said the addition of the flight came in response to “an opening in the market.”“The Caribbean has long been at the heart of our leisure operation and we’re really excited to be offering our customers flights to beautiful Tobago once again,” said Joe Thompson, director of network and alliances at Virgin Atlantic. “We are always looking for opportunities to grow our network and provide our customers with even more travel options and with other operators withdrawing from this route, we believe our new services will be very popular with British holidaymakers.”The flights will operate on Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 33 upper class, 48 premium economy and 185 economy seats.Virgin Atlantic currently operates 23 peak return flights a week across the Caribbean. 378 Views   no discussions Share BusinessLifestyleTravel Virgin Atlantic Set to Launch New Service to Tobago by: Caribbean Journal – January 5, 2015 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Rangers fine Mbia

first_img The club acknowledged the message and revealed Mbia informed them he was not responsible for them, but Rangers have now fined the midfielder. QPR spokesperson Ian Taylor wrote on Twitter: “The club has concluded its investigation following a series of Tweets which appeared on Stephane Mbia’s official Twitter account. “Stephane has stressed to the club that he is not responsible for the Tweets. However the club is of the view that every player that has a Twitter account is ultimately responsible for what appears on it. “As a result, Stephane has been fined and warned in relation to his future conduct. The club will be making no further comment.” Midfielder Stephane Mbia has been fined and warned about his future conduct by QPR after a message on his Twitter account appeared to suggest he wanted to return to his former club Marseille. Press Associationcenter_img The Cameroon international moved to Loftus Road last summer, with Joey Barton making a loan move to Marseille as part of the deal. But – after being unable to help QPR avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League – there was a message sent to Barton from Mbia’s Twitter account asking him if he was interested in returning to the west London club. It read: “@Joey7Barton: Do you want to rechange (sic) your seat with me?” last_img read more