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  • Lecturer explores Syrian conflict

    first_imgThe Center for Civil and Human Rights hosted a lecture Friday afternoon by Radwan Ziadeh, a senior analyst at the Arab Center in Washington D.C., a visiting scholar at Columbia University, the founder and director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies in Syria and the head of the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice.Ziadeh said he has worked in the field of transitional justice since 2007.“When the Syrian uprising started in March 2011, it was a moment for not only Syrian scholars, but also for all Syrian people to start a transition in [the country],” Ziadeh said. “The martial law had been declared in Syria from 1963 until 2011, which is almost 49 years.”Ziadeh said Syria was under martial law, or military dictatorship, for longer than any other country in the world. “All [constitutional rights] had been suspended: freedom of association, freedom of expression, all of that had been under systematic attack by the Assad government. Syrians have, as they say, thousands of reasons to rebel against the government,” he said.Ziadeh said the uprising in Syria was inspired by the peaceful demonstrations that erupted in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya.“My hometown, Daarya, which is 70 kilometers south of Damascus … is quite famous because of the name Ghiyath Matar, who the Washington Post called ‘Little Gandhi,’” Ziadeh said.Ziadeh said Ghiyath Matar was inspired by the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Matar believed, “we are not in a war or fighting. … We need to build a better Syria.”Matar was arrested and died under torture and Ziadeh said, “His death was actually a milestone in the Syrian uprising. If the Assad government dealt with peaceful activists in this way, it pushed the Syrian uprising to turn to violence and to take arms against the government.”Ziadeh said more than 6,600 people were killed in the peaceful protests between March and Sept. 2011.“The total number of victims in Syria [now] exceeds 300,000,” he said. “The Syrian population dropped from 23 million before the uprising to 16 million. [There are] almost 8 million registered refugees in neighboring countries.”Ziadeh said the Asaad administration’s extensive use of air force has threatened the lives of Syrian civilians the most. “This is why when Syrians asked for imposing of the no-fly zone in October 2011, we saved thousands of lives,” Ziadeh said. “If we go back in history, in none of the cases of civil wars, in Latin America and in Africa, has airforce been used as extensively against civilians [as in Syria].”Ziadeh said there has been little help provided to Syrian citizens in order to protect themselves from these air strikes.“The only way for Syrians to get away from these missiles is to develop an early warning system … it’s a Facebook page,” he said. “All the missiles are launched in the south and need 14 to 15 minutes to reach [their] targets in the north. This is why activists in the south post on Facebook the time and the minute … for the people in the north, if they are lucky, to escape.”Ziadeh said the specific use of barrel bombs, or unguided bombs made from large barrels filled with explosives and shrapnel, led to millions of Syrians fleeing the country.“To stop the refugee crisis, basically, put a no-fly zone to stop the use of barrel bombs,” he said.There are three different crises going on in Syria, Ziadeh said.“There is the Syria transition [from dictatorship] in one hand, ISIS in another hand and the flow of refugees in the other hand,” he said. “It’s all connected to each other, and we have to see it this way. Otherwise, dealing with the refugee crisis is not enough, dealing with ISIS is not enough. We have to see the whole picture.”Ziadeh said the international community, unfortunately, does not have a grand strategy to tackle these three crises. “You can’t focus on ISIS with the Assad government still continuing war against civilians and you can’t focus only on the refugees and allow terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda to operate in the country.”Ziadeh said the implementation of a no-fly zone is critical in ending the crisis in Syria.“Without the use of force against the Assad government, [Assad] has no intention to come to the table to negotiate about transition or the end of the conflict,” Ziadeh said. “And the A-B-C of conflict resolution, if you are actually serious and committed to end the crisis and the conflict, is that you have to put all the players on the table … the people who have influence on the ground.”Ziadeh said he would like to see U.S. leadership approach the Syrian crisis like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.“This is an election year,” Ziadeh said, “The public can make a difference. Among the 17 Republican and Democratic candidates, 14 at least believe in the importance of a no-fly zone. If one of these 14 gets into the White House, we have to [ensure that] they keep their promise because that is essential and important. “Mislead action will lead to the same consequences and crises as inaction.”Tags: Refugee, Syria crisislast_img read more

  • Pilot Cove: A Slice Of Pisgah Paradise

    first_imgLooking up at this mountain, all you see are trees. That’s exactly the way they want it to be. It’s quiet. Granted, there is a humming diesel motor from the guys finishing the new amphitheater bathroom, but other than that, I feel like I’m in the woods. I can throw a rock into Pisgah National Forest from here. I love it!Today I’m at Pilot Cove, just outside of Brevard, North Carolina with photographer and friend, Roman Rusinov. We’re here to meet the owners, take a tour of the property, and god willing, ride some bikes.Upon arrival, we’re greeted by managing partners Collin O’Berry, Lane Lastinger, and his (giant) Great Dane puppy. Aptly named Zilla, she loved to lick your face when you crouched down to take a picture. We get a brief tour of the new amphitheater then hop into the side-by-side to explore the property. It’s a crisp and sunny March day, perfect weather for riding around in the woods.The Birth Of  A DreamlandFormer lawyers, Lane and his wife moved to North Carolina from Florida around three years ago. They wanted to do something different with their time but weren’t sure what. This is when they met Collin, their real estate agent. One year later, Pilot Cove was born.Approaching their second year in business, Collin and Lane are raising the bar for accommodations in the area.The CabinsPut simply, Pilot Cove’s cabins are pretty damn luxurious, but in an outdoorsy way. “We want our guests to have the perfect combination of relaxation and being outside,” says O’Berry. They are rustic and modern, beautiful and rugged. Each cabin was designed with the land in mind. The location, views, and topography were all taken into account during construction.Upon entry, there is a spacious mud room with lockers for gear. Coat hangers made from old spigot handles add to the rustic vibe. A washer and dryer are to your right and the bathroom is straight ahead. Walking into the great room, I was enamored by the natural lighting. Large sliding doors and windows bring the outside in. You feel like you’re in a treehouse. A really, really nice treehouse.Out on the deck, there are a couple of chairs for lounging and hooks to hang your hammock. Every unit has a set of ENO Hammocks to use. Even though highway 280 and 276 are just down the mountain, I can only hear the leaves rattling in the wind.Built on an Air BNB style booking system, guests let themselves in at their convenience. Cabin sizes range from smaller efficiency units to larger one and two-bed units. There are currently 10 cabins on the property with plans to add more in the future.All of the cabins are consistent with design. From the construction to the decor, materials were sourced as locally as possible. Blending into the forest, no one stands out more than the other.When asked about their clientele, “We’ve got a group coming from Barbados and Aruba,” says Collin. Lane adds, “A lot of folks come here from Canada during the winter months because we’re open year-round.” They have also hosted some celebrity guests, but if I told you who they were, you might get a visit from the cleaner.Even the chickens have stellar accommodations here. Their coop automatically closes at night, keeping them warm and safe from predators. Guests are welcomed to pick fresh eggs from the coop for breakfast. There are beehives on the property that provide honey as well, but don’t try and harvest that yourself.The PropertyWhile Pilot Cove is centrally located near infinite recreation opportunities, they have a beautiful property as well (67 acres of it). We were taken on a tour of property’s boundary trail, crossing creeks, bridges, steep climbs, and some fun descents. U.S. Forest Service and state wildlife signs dot the trees along the trail, bordering one mile of Pisgah National Forest.“Our goal was to have a minimal impact on the forested property. Efficient site design was a priority for sustainability and our intended guest experience. Plans at full build out call for only 17% of the property to be disturbed; the rest will remain in its natural state and will include trails.” – Collin O’BerryOn our trip along the boundary trail, we pass several springhouses, Lane drives up a steep and narrow path. After digging through some rocks, Collin pulls up a 50-year-old bottle of moonshine sealed in wax. One of the last remnants of an old still from decades ago.At the top of the boundary trail sits Sunset Point, the only vista on the property. It’s tucked away from the cabins with some picnic tables and a firepit. The perfect place for an evening get-together.Biking Pilot CoveFeeling The FlowAs mountain bikers, Roman and I were pretty stoked to see the flow track and get some tires in the dirt. Pilot Cove’s flow track is a great little session spot to enjoy some beers and biking. The track features whoops, water bars, a wooden berm, and a little tabletop in a continuous loop. It’s fast and fun! Collin and Lane brought in Todd Branham of Long Cane Trails to design and build the track. Todd is responsible for organizing some of the most prolific races in the region (ORAMM, Couch Potato, SWANK), and knows a thing or two about trail building.Exploring Beyond The CoveI spent the last year living in Brevard, NC, so I know the area pretty well. Pilot Cove is centrally located to everything. Literally, right at the entrance, you have a bike shop, bar, ice cream, food trucks, a brewery, bbq, a grocery store, and of course, Pisgah National Forest!The Hub and Pisgah Tavern is a great bike shop with a bar and revolving food trucks. Next door is Dolly’s ice cream. Across the street, you have Hawg Wild BBQ and Ecusta Brewing. About 15 minutes down the road is Dupont State Forest. It’s 10 minutes to Downton Brevard, and about an hour to Asheville.Pilot Cove Amphitheater Lane Lastinger at the newly constructed amphitheaterWhat’s Next For Pilot Cove?Cut into the mountainside sits their incredible new amphitheater. Working with Chris Faulkner of Wheelhouse Builders, the used as much material from the land as possible in the construction. White Oaks felled for the clearing now support the roof. It’s absolutely beautiful. The first event they’re hosting is a wedding in May. After that, it will be open to the public for events like concerts, yoga gatherings, weddings, movie nights and more.Future mountain biking guests will be happy to know that they are also planning to add more trails and tracks to the property.The team at Pilot Cove are great folks. You can tell that their love for the area and passion for the outdoors really shines through in the place. A huge thanks to Lane and Collin for taking the time to show us around, and for the lunch at Magpie!When you come to Western North Carolina, this is a place you want to stay. Speaking of, they offered to put us up for a night. We politely declined since we only live an hour away.We should’ve stayed.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

  • April 15, 2004 News and Notes

    first_img April 15, 2004 News & Notes April 15, 2004 News and Notes News and Notes Tamela Eady Wiseman has been re-elected to the Naples City Council and selected as the city’s vice mayor. Bruce Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale has been elected to the Constituency Board of the University of Miami Center For Autism And Related Disabilities. Brandon A. Rotbart of Miami recently spoke to Jewish law, medical, and pharmacy students at Nova Southeastern University regarding Florida divorce law. Paul H. Amundsen of Tallahassee has been elected to a four-year term on the board of visitors of Elon University in Elon, N.C. Sonja K. Knighton of Brady & Associates in Ft. Lauderdale has been appointed city attorney for the City of Miami Gardens. Donna R. Blaustein of Aventura has been elected board chair of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Barbara D. Auger of Tew Cardenas in Tallahassee has been appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida State Boxing Commission. Scott Mager of Ft. Lauderdale wrote an article titled, “‘ILE’ Telling You What’s Going On: Drafting More Informative Initial Legal Evaluation Letters,”which was published in the February issue of the Dispute Resolution Institute’s publication, For the Defense. He also wrote “Document the Truth: It Shall Set You Free!” which appeared in the February issue of Contemporary Long Term Care. Manuel Reboso of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, P.A., in Miami spoke on understanding and properly working with brain injury rehabilitation experts in catastrophic injury cases at the annual Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Workhorse Seminar in Orlando. Beverly L. Vesel of Ft. Lauderdale has been named president-elect of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center’s Alumni Association. Jay E. Auerbach of Hollywood has been appointed to the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Roma W. Theus of Edwards & Angell, Ft. Lauderdale, recently spoke about the downward departures under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, since enactment of the Protect Act, where the accused has not cooperated with the United States government, at the 18th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime presented by the ABA in Miami Beach. J. Thomas Cardwell of Akerman Senterfitt in Orlando, was honored by the Orange County Commission for his leadership and dedicated service on the Orange County Housing Finance Authority. Clifford Schulman of Greenberg Traurig in Miami, and Aventura Mayor Jeffrey Perlow were honored by the Anti-Defamation League at the 2004 Torch of Liberty Awards. José Omar Seda, general counsel to several Florida health care corporations and an adjunct professor at Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando, presented “Defensive Charting: Minimizing Frivolous Law Suits in the Nursing Home Health Care Setting Through Proper Documentation Practices” at a seminar in St. Petersburg sponsored by the Pinellas County Association of Nursing Administration/Long Term Care, Inc. Cathryn A. Mitchell of Miller Mitchell in Princeton, N.J., participated in the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Third Annual Law and Technology Conference held recently in Orlando. She spoke on global issues with respect to trade secrets, noncompete agreements, and employment. John R. Herin, Jr., of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Guedes Cole & Boniske, P.A., in Miami presented “Making Code Enforcement Work” at the 10th Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Carolyn Delizia of Henderson Franklin in Ft. Myers has been named president of the Association of Family Law Professionals, Inc. Ted P. Galatis, Jr., of Andrews & Galatis in Ft. Lauderdale was recently appointed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to a term on the Broward County Human Rights Board. Joe Englander of Malin, Haley & DiMaggio in Ft. Lauderdale recently presented “Trademark Law Pitfalls for the General Practitioner” at a Broward County Bar Association’s CLE program at the Norma B. Howard Conference Center. Christopher M. Shulman of Tampa, has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association panel of neutrals to serve as both Mediator and Arbitrator of employment disputes, and to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service panel of neutrals to serve as a labor arbitrator. Keith E. Rounsaville of Orlando’s Akerman Senterfitt has written a chapter titled “Preserve, Protect and Defend: Dealing Fairly and Squarely with Clients in Antitrust Practice,” which appears in Inside the Minds: Winning Antitrust Strategies, published by Aspatore Publishers. Michelle Jorge of Lillesand & Associates, P.A., in Miami, covered the topic of establishing guardianship at the spring conference of the Merrick Educational Center in Coral Gables. Alvin K. Brown’s Brown Security & Law Group, P.A., was recently named as a finalist in the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Business of the Year award. The firm was nominated in the Entrepreneurial Academy Graduate category for its innovative combination of security, intelligence, and legal consulting services. Louise B. Zeuli of Maitland recently presented “Health Ministries and Parish Nursing”, an international seminar sponsored by the North American & Inter American Divisions of Seventh-day Adventists in Orlando. Also, as a guest faculty member, Ms. Zeuli presented “Prevention of Medical Errors” at the University of Central Florida, College of Health & Public Affairs. William Corry has been elected president of the Tallahassee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Bruce Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale recently presented “The Paralegal’s Role in The Mediation Process: Ten Ingredients For a Successful Mediation Process” to the mebers of the South Florida Paralegal Association in Miami. Scott Dwyer of Melbourne recently presented “Bringing it Home, Let The Jury See, Touch, and Smell Your Evidence,” at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers winter seminar in Beaver Creek, CO. Sangita Patel of Baker & Hotstetler in Orlando has been elected to the board of directors of The Adult Literacy League, Inc. David Haenel of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, has recently been honored by MADD for his work in the area of DUI prosecutions. Joel Levine has been selected as an arbitrator to serve on the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel, which determines the rates and distribution of copyright royalties — including those for music and Web casting— when those rates cannot be determined in the marketplace through negotiation between copyright holders and users (broadcasters) of copyrighted materials. Albert E. Dotson Jr., of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, Miami, was recently elected vice president of the Orange Bowl Committee. Christine D. Hanley of West Palm Beach has recently been named a “Heavy Hitter in Human Resources” by the South Florida Business Journal. Edward H. Davis, Jr., of Miami has received a Certified Fraud Examiner certification from The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Barry Nelson of North Miami Beach presented “Transfers of Partnership Interests to Charitable Lead Trusts” at the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s 2004 Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Anne Marie Estevez and Beth S. Joseph, both of Morgan Lewis in Miami, have written Public Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Compliance and Litigation Manual, which was published by Westlaw. Renaldy J. Gutierrez of Miami has been appointed by the Republic of Nicaragua to the panels of Arbitrators and Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank, Washington, D.C. David H. Lowe IV, of Palm City has became the president of the University of Florida Alumni Association. Roberta Fox of Miami recently received the 2004 Company of Women Pioneer Award from the Metropolitan Miami-Dade County. She was honored for her contributions to the women’s right movement, and her work as a state representative and senator in the passage of legislation for children and families.last_img read more

  • CUNA calls for improved data collection policies in response to CFPB RFI

    first_imgCUNA expressed multiple concerns with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau data collection policies in a letter sent on Thursday, Dec. 27.The letter was sent in response to a request for information from the bureau on the efficiency and effectiveness of its data collection processes.“Although the Bureau’s authority to collect certain data is clear, CUNA still has concerns regarding the Bureau’s data collection, retention, and dissemination policies as well as the resulting obligations and burdens that may fall on credit unions and others involved in data exchange and management efforts,” the letter reads.The letter went on to outline four main recommendations regarding the collection and use of data. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • 2019 Trends in the Credit Union Industry: A return to more traditional growth strategies

    first_img continue reading » As technological advancements bring more channels, customization and convenience to financial services, new providers continue to enter the marketplace to capture consumers’ attention and patronage.Member loyalty and service will always be top priorities for credit unions. But in 2019, look for organizations to also focus on a return-to-basics approach to building memberships and stability, starting with a renewed focus on increased deposits. Here are four growth strategies to watch:1. Increasing Deposits in a Rising Rate EnvironmentDeposit acquisition hasn’t been a focus for the credit union industry in over a decade, but that seems to be changing in 2019. A rising rate environment, combined with the increasing risk associated with retirements of the baby boomers, is shining a light on the need to attract and retain deposits cost-effectively. Competition on the lending side has kept many credit unions from raising asset yields, and they’ll have significant margin degradation if cost of funds continues to rise in 2019.Increasing deposits is a clear enough goal, but the banking environment has changed considerably in the past 10 years. One obstacle credit unions could face is that many employees haven’t worked in this type of environment before and lack collective experience. New technologies, channels and competitors have changed the playing field, and credit unions will have to work hard for every dollar deposited. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • The biggest fair of healthy eating this year in Malinska

    first_imgThis year, too, the Food Revolution Day is being held in Malinska, which was launched in Croatia on the initiative of an enthusiast, Sabine Barbiš. This event, which was launched primarily for the purpose of educating people, is now gathering a large number of people for the third year in a row and enjoys the growing support of the Tourist Board. The rich program, which includes the fair, begins on Saturday, May 26, and on that day the Food Revolution, the movement of the famous chef Jamie Oliver, is celebrated all over the world to promote healthy eating, healthy living, local food production and purchase. public institutions.For the visitors of the event, which will be held at SRU Lastavice, the stars of the Masterchef show will cook again, some for the third year in a row, and some for the first time: Ratko Iveković, Časlav Matijević, Šime Sušić and Ante Martić. All of them, out of love for (real) food and faith in the goals of this project, volunteer to cook imaginative free meals!They will be joined by the medical staff of the Health Center of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, which will complete the whole of this health promotion from 14 pm to 18 pm, by testing blood pressure and blood sugar and talking to visitors. Also, there will be a mini eco fair throughout the day, where local producers of healthy food and natural cosmetics will present themselves.From 10 am to 16 pm, while the Masterchefs are preparing lunch, in the premises of the Municipality of Malinska, a series of lectures by nutritionists, doctors and psychologists was organized on the topic of healthy nutrition of children; lectures on basic foods and balanced adult nutrition; testing the proportion of muscle and fat tissue of the body and basal metabolism; presentation of effective exercises of a renowned personal trainer; a lecture on the importance of probiotics and lectures on soil fertility and organic food production and on the psychology of nutrition, for example, conscious eating and emotional craving for food.In cooperation with HACPN (Croatian Academic Center for Applied Nutrition), a survey on the nutrition of primary school children has been conducted for several years. Although they live on the island, where healthy food is available and the influence of grandma’s kitchens is still strong, although some schools and kindergartens declare themselves as “eco”, which includes a healthy menu for the little ones, it is surprising how unhealthy children actually eat.The Food Revolution is just aimed at children and their parents. Through such public actions, the community becomes acquainted with the movement and its goals. In small steps, a program of education of parents and children is created, so that they know the basics of a healthy diet and so that children grow into healthy people full of energy and potential for learning. You can join Food Revolution by cooking on Food Revolution Day (amateur chefs are also welcome), spreading the word about the event or as a sponsor, for example groceries. The movement is entirely voluntary and non-profit and as such depends on sponsors.As we have already written, the most beautiful feature of a tourist offer that has the greatest potential to cause all the consequent changes to the cultural offer, economic profit and the economy as a whole are manifestations. And this beautiful and healthy story from the island of Krk shows us that we can do a lot, that only will and work are important, and that work over the years is recognized and respected by institutions.We must mention that the pre-season is still going on, but this could not be a nicer overture to the summer season on Krk.last_img read more

  • Certificates of Integrated Quality Management in the destination – IQM were awarded on Lošinj

    first_imgIn 2017, the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj in cooperation with the City of Mali Lošinj and the company Interligo started the project of Integrated Quality Management in the destination – IQM. The project connects the entities in the destination that provide guests with the best service, recommends the highest quality facilities and partners that guarantee quality, which raises the overall level of guest satisfaction in the destination.All participants of the IQM Destination Lošinj project, in order to be in line with the qualitative development of the destination, meet the expectations of partners and guests, and connect – network with IQM Destination Lošinj partners tourist offer in the destination must meet the standards set for each group: , private accommodation, travel agencies, camps, shops, souvenir shops and wellness facilities.In November 2017, trainings were held with private renters where they were presented with the Book of Standards as well as the obligations they must meet in order to become part of the project. In February 2018, trainings were held for other stakeholders, including travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, camps, wellness and beauty salons, shops and souvenir shops. After the trainings, 75 agreements were signed, followed by an audit of all participants in April.The audit included a tour of 35 renters in which attention was focused on the equipment of accommodation units as well as the kindness of the hosts and their communication with guests. The project also includes 4 travel agencies, one of which is an online agency that also offers adventure programs in the destination. In Mali Lošinj, Veli Lošinj, Nerezine and Susak, guests will be able to choose their IQM hotel. The rich gastronomic offer is part of the project with 15 catering facilities.The IQM offer was complemented by the participation of wellness centers and beauty salons. After pleasant accommodation and relaxation, guests will complete their vacation by visiting local shops and souvenir shops where they will bring island products and original Lošinj souvenirs as a souvenir. “Precisely with the aim of creating recognition and raising quality, but also in order to network the best in the ‘circle of excellence’, we decided to start intensively with the implementation of the IQM project. Considering the considerable number of participants, I think that Lošinj can boast of a high quality tourist offer. The goal is that this offer is followed by the remaining stakeholders in the destination, which ultimately raises the quality and visibility of the entire destination. said the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj Dalibor Cvitković.IQM systematically and continuously monitors, monitors quality development, advises on how to improve destination quality and promotes integration, local indigenous story, local quality products, destination culture and focuses on quality and the guest who experiences the destination as a whole.last_img read more

  • Governor Wolf Announces $3.68 Million Youth Suicide Prevention Federal Grant

    first_img July 10, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Members of Governor Tom Wolf’s health agencies, including the departments of Human Services (DHS) and Health (DOH), today held the first meeting of Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force and announced receipt of a $3.68 million federal grant for youth suicide prevention.“Working together to prevent suicide is of paramount importance to all Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Wolf said. “By convening the Suicide Prevention Task Force today and on a regular basis, we are gathering the right people and organizations to listen, collect information and take action toward making a real difference in reducing incidents of suicide.”The meeting brought together representatives from more than ten state agencies, including DHS Sec. Teresa Miller; DOH Sec. Dr. Rachel Levine; legislative co-chair, Rep. Mike Schlossberg; and members of the General Assembly and Prevent Suicide PA to discuss the state of suicide prevention efforts around the commonwealth, the data needs to better inform prevention efforts, and opportunities for public engagement as the task force works to develop a comprehensive suicide prevention plan that represents Pennsylvania’s diverse communities and the common and unique challenges faced.Today’s meeting focused on establishing a series of listening sessions around the state to hear from individuals and families affected by suicide; reviewing current prevention efforts; and identifying opportunities for National Suicide Prevention Month in September.“Suicide can affect anyone at any point, and it is not limited to individuals with a known mental health diagnosis,” Sec. Miller said. “It is imperative that we consider diverse personal, socio-economic, geographic perspectives and experiences so that the task force’s work is an accurate representation of Pennsylvania. Since the task force’s initial announcement, we’ve heard from many people looking to share their personal stories to raise awareness, combat stigma, and help prevent suicide however they can. These voices will shape and strengthen a plan that can help the state and its partners do more to prevent suicide.”“As a pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist, I have seen the effect that mental health issues and thoughts of suicide can have on a young person’s health,” Sec. Levine said. “It is essential that we engage with the public to increase prevention and treatment efforts across Pennsylvania to help address the public health issue of suicide. Together, we have the opportunity to make a difference and help save lives that are cut short far too early.”During the meeting Sec. Miller announced a federal grant totaling $3.68 million over five years that will support efforts to prevent suicide among Pennsylvania’s youth. The 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey revealed that 16.5 percent of Pennsylvania middle and high school students had seriously considered suicide, and 9.7 percent attempted suicide one or more times within the past 12 months. The grant aims to empower communities throughout the commonwealth to implement a multi-component approach to identify, assess, and treat youth at risk of suicide.The grant, “The PA Resource for Continuity of Care in Youth-Serving Systems and Transitions,” was awarded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support youth suicide prevention efforts in K-12 schools, colleges, and health care settings around Pennsylvania.The funding will support increasing capacity and growing the work of existing suicide prevention efforts lead by DHS’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), including expanding the Suicide Prevention Online Learning Center, working with staff in schools, colleges, and primary care settings to identify risk of suicide, and engaging behavioral health providers trained in suicide-risk management and families to help screen and assess risk of suicide and ensure youth needing support are properly connected to treatment resources.Over the five years of the grant, DHS will also target five Pennsylvania regions for focused implementation of evidence-based suicide prevention strategies based on available data (e.g., suicide rates, prevalence of youth-reported ideation and attempts) and readiness (e.g., local infrastructure, partnerships) to improve care transitions for youth at risk of suicide. They will support a broader goal of developing systems and partnerships that promote a better continuity of care for youth entering and leaving a hospital or behavioral health treatment center. Counties identified in the five regions will be announced as they are determined.“With this federal grant and the efforts of the Task Force, we are committed to supporting and expanding prevention and screening efforts and bridging gaps in services to ensure that no child, no young adult, no Pennsylvanian feels disconnected from the care and support they need and deserve,” Gov. Wolf said.For more information on Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force and upcoming public meetings or listening sessions, visit www.dhs.pa.govcenter_img Governor Wolf Announces $3.68 Million Youth Suicide Prevention Federal Grantlast_img read more

  • Boutique three-level townhouse could be home of the future

    first_img3/28 Bute St, Sherwood.Carpeted internal stairs lead up to the second floor, where the main bedroom enjoys uninterrupted Brisbane views from its private balcony. The room also boasts a built-in wardrobe and elegant ensuite. The third bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and is positioned next to a bathroom. 3/28 Bute St, Sherwood.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoAdorned in travertine stone flooring, the first floor has open-plan living and dining rooms, which boast modern ceiling lights and a built-in TV cabinet. The sophisticated kitchen complements space with quality stainless steel appliances, an island benchtop and timber cabinetry. A powder room and study nook are tucked discreetly behind the kitchen. Large windows fill this level with natural light, while bi-fold doors create a flow to a covered balcony with northerly views of suburbia. THIS boutique three-level townhouse could be the type of property that most Brisbane homeowners call home in the future.The three-bedroom, two bathroom, single car space home at 3/28 Bute St, Sherwood, is surrounded by riverside parks, cafes, restaurants and shopping centres. 3/28 Bute St, Sherwood.Unit three, one of six townhouses available, has been designed with soft neutral tones, timber finishes, custom-feature joinery and 3m-high ceilings.An exclusive street-front gate with established gardens grants entry to the ground floor via a courtyard. Sliding glass doors connect the courtyard to a carpeted bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and contemporary ensuite. A single-car garage with additional storage space resides at the rear of the property. 3/28 Bute St, Sherwood.With five additional townhouses available in the same complex, there is a wealth of options for buyers. Although boasting an identical level of opulence, these townhouses have slightly different floorplans, with some featuring multipurpose rooms on the ground floor and three bedrooms on the second floor. Townhouses one and two also have space for two cars in the garage.Agent Cameron Crouch said this residence was a rare offering in a whisper-quiet neighbourhood, perfect for families or busy professionals seeking relaxed and low-maintenance living. Inspections are by appointment and the property is priced at over $595,000.last_img read more

  • Mandate roundup: IPE-Quest, Sutton, M&G, Berkshire, RWC

    first_imgA German corporate investor is looking for an asset manager to oversee a $100m (€79m) bond mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1462, the German client would appoint the best submission as a standby manager for one its current existing managers.The $100m high-yield US corporate bond mandate would be benchmarked against the Bank of America Merrill Lynch US non-financially constrained high-yield BB-B index, with investments hedged against euro currency risk.Interested managers should have at least $1bn in similar mandates and six years’ experience in managing portfolios, although a track record of 10 years would be preferred. Applications are welcome until 7 November, submitting performance data to the end of September.Meanwhile, M&G Investment Management has been hired by the London Borough of Sutton Pension Fund to manage an active bond mandate.The manager has replaced Aberdeen Asset Management.The divestment was completed by the end of the second quarter, according to minutes from Sutton’s pensions committee.The local authority scheme chose to invest 40% of the £74m (€92.3m) former Aberdeen mandate in M&G’s index-linked fund and the remaining 60% in its alpha opportunities fund.The mandate accounts for a significant chunk of the London council’s £431m in pension assets.Finally, the Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund has appointed RWC to a new equity income mandate.The £100m award aims for the portfolio’s dividend growth to outstrip the UK rate of inflation.For any questions regarding the IPE-Quest search, please email info@ipe-quest.com. Queries will not be accepted after 16 October. For full information, please go to IPE-Quest.last_img read more