Registration for ‘Baby & Me’ and ‘Story Time’ sessions begins Jan….

first_imgWEEHAWKEN – The Weehawken Free Public Library will begin registration for the second session of the popular Baby & Me and Story Time classes. Residents can register either in person or by calling the library at (201) 863-7823 beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. This program is open to Weehawken residents only; proof of residency and the child’s birth certificate or passport is also required. Residents choosing to register over the phone must bring their documents to the first class.Four different programs are being offered by the Library for Weehawken children between 6 months to 3 years of age.The Baby & Me program classes, which run from January through March, are designed to encourage socialization and early learning skills. Classes are limited to 15 participants. Two classes are offered: Baby & Me Junior, ages 6 to 18 months, on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Baby & Me Senior, ages 19 to 24 months, on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.The Story Time Tuesday’s program classes, which run from January through March, encourage creativity, socialization, early learning skills, along with the value of independent as well as together time. Classes are limited to 15 participants. Two classes are offered: Story Time Tuesday AM, ages 2 to 3 years, at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Story Time Tuesday PM, ages 2 to 3 years, at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.For more information please contact the library at (201) 863-7823 and ask for the 2nd floor Circulation Desk.last_img read more

Former Notre Dame football player to speak at Bethel University this June

first_img Facebook Pinterest By Brooklyne Beatty – February 4, 2021 0 210 (Photo Supplied/Bethel University) Bethel University will host its fourth annual Give Back Gala in June, with a familiar name set to be the keynote speaker.Tim Brown, a former football player for the University of Notre Dame, was the first wide receiver to ever receive the Heisman Trophy award. Brown is now a pro football hall of famer, a nine-time Pro Bowler and part of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.Brown plans to speak on faith, encouragement and reflect on his career and life lessons.The Give Back Gala raises money each year for the Bethel Fund, which supports student scholarships and areas of greatest need. Last year, the Gala raised more than $145,000.The event will be held in-person and as a virtual event and simulcast on June 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Wiekamp Athletic Center.For more information, visit Tickets will go on sale in April. Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Former Notre Dame football player to speak at Bethel University this June WhatsApp TAGSBethel UniversityfootballGive Back GalaIndianakeynoteNotre DameplayerSouth BendspeakerTim Brownuniversity center_img Google+ Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleCatalytic converter thefts in South Bend, St. Joseph County on the riseNext articleFour stimulus check scams and how to avoid them Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Aqueous Shares Pro-Shot Video Of “Realize Your Light” From Halloween [Watch]

first_imgAqueous was in full cartoon mode for Halloween, as they celebrated the costume-friendly holiday at Brooklyn, NY’s The Knitting Factory along with Mungion. The concert was professionally filmed and streamed live on Halloween night for fans outside of New York City to enjoy, following their night out of trick-or-treating.Each Halloween show, Aqueous challenges themselves to take on a theme to influence their performance. In the past, the band has chosen The Wizard of Oz, Back To The Future, and Super Mario Brothers as a template for their Halloween performances. This year, the four-piece decided to pay tribute to everyone’s favorite cartoon channel growing up, Nickelodeon.Amidst their cartoon-filled set, Aqueous delivered a roaring rendition of “Realize Your Light”, the third track off of their recently released Color Wheel album. The band opened up “Realize Your Light” with an upbeat, trancey groove, as they carefully moved out of the verse’s slow and powerful buildups into the chorus. Guitarist Mike Gantzer soared into a roaring guitar solo, with some angel-like harmonies layered behind Evan McPhaden and Rob Houk’s infectious rhythm section.You can watch pro-shot video of “Realize Your Light” from Aqueous’ Halloween show below:Aqueous – “Realize Your Light”[Video: Aqueous]Aqueous will continue jamming their way across the country on their North American tour in promotion of Color Wheel. The tour is scheduled to run until the end of the year, when the band will close out 2018 with their annual New Year’s Eve show in Buffalo, New York. Fans can head here for the full list of the band’s upcoming shows and ticketing information.Setlist: Aqueous | Knitting Factory Brooklyn | Brooklyn, New York | 10/31/18 Set One: Killer Tofu > Realize Your Light, The Median, Don’t Do It > Catdog Theme > Don’t Do It, Split the Difference > Rocko’s Modern Life Theme > Rugrats Theme > Split the DifferenceSet Two: Aldehyde > Ren and Stimpy Theme, Good Enough > Ocean Man > Origami > What’s the Connection? > Hey Arnold Theme > What’s the Connection? > Doug Theme > Weight of the WordEncore: Rocket Power ThemeAqueous Upcoming Tour Dates:11/14 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco #11/15 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 #11/16 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall #11/17 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In #11/28 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig +11/29 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop11/30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Miramar Theatre +12/5 – Ft. Collins, CO – Hodi’s Halfnote ^12/6 – Frisco, CO – 10 Mile Music Hall ^12/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Old Town Pub ^12/8 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre ^12/11 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room $12/12 – St. Louis, MO – The Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy $12/13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi $12/14 – Covington, KY – Madison Live $12/15 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern $12/31 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *^ w/ Mungion+ w/ EGI# w/ The Heavy Pets$ w/ Goose* w/ lespecialView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Audra McDonald is the First Lady of the Box Office

first_img FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($1,740,907) 2. The Book of Mormon ($1,602,733) 3. Wicked ($1,356,354) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,323,036) 5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ($1,295,796) Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending September 21: *Number based on four preview performances and four regular performances ** Number based on one preview performance *** Number based on eight preview performances UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Once ($407,108) 4. Rock of Ages ($337,242) 3. The Country House ($230,242) 2. Love Letters ($162,749) * 1. On the Town ($103,586)** Source: The Broadway League View Comments UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Matilda (67.88%) 4. This Is Our Youth (65.74%) 3. Love Letters (63.28%) 2. Once (59.41%) 1. Cinderella (48.06%) FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. It’s Only a Play (100.83%) *** 3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.65%) 4. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (100.45%) 5. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (100.05%) The First Lady of Broadway AKA six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald won big at the box office this week. Not only did Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill break the Circle in the Square box office record with $696,922, but the show had the fifth highest capacity of any on the Great White Way, at 100.05%. Meanwhile On the Town began previews, the starry cast of It’s Only a Play continued to bring in the crowds and This Is Our Youth has not yet seen quite the uptick it could have done from its excellent reviews. Perennial family favorite The Lion King once again reigned Broadway, coinciding with the news that the tuner is now the highest-grossing show in history.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week: Sutton Foster, Matthew Morrison & More

first_img Sutton Foster From countless live-action remakes to Full Fuller House, it’s been a very wacky week, and it was no different on the Great White Way. Butts vibrated, Hedwig crossed the Delaware and then some. Don’t worry; we went through it all and have you covered. So sit back, throw on your Smash Spotify playlist and enjoy the Lessons of the Week!Elisabeth Moss Wants to Be Your StarMad Men star Elisabeth Moss is back on Broadway, and as it turns out, she’s just as excited as we are. The Heidi Chronicles star revealed that though she’s currently in a play, she’s a huge musical theater nerd. Upon learning that Patti LuPone once sat in the same Show People chair, Moss sniffs the furniture (normal). She’s also obsessed with Smash and wants to send Megan Hilty fan mail. Good luck getting a ticket to that Bombshell concert, though!Sutton Foster Has a Busty Marketing StrategyBetween all that talk about lady gardens, mouthgasms and Lena Dunham’s ass cheeks, the Younger series premiere was crazy! But we, along with Sutton Foster’s character Liza, learned some very important lessons about life as a millennial. Like, the best way to sell a Joyce Carol Oates novel is to encourage women to tweet topless selfies. Your move, Julie Andrews.Boggess & Burtka Buzz Their ButtsWe’re switching from boobs to butts. Over at It Shoulda Been You, newlyweds-to-be Sierra Boggess and David Burtka are all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The secret? Their “exclusive” gym at the Brooks Atkinson, where they vibrate their backsides. So try it out, keep at it, and remember: Your butt is enough; your butt is so enough; it’s unbelievable how enough your butt is. Finally, a way to work off all those peanut butter cups!Hedwig Has Colonial RootsWe all know Hedwig’s iconic feathered do that the internationally ignored song stylist rocks at the top of her show, but were you aware that its look goes well past the days of Charlie’s Angels and all the way back to the Revolution? Hedwig wig and makeup designer Mike Potter describes the look as “George Washington meets Farrah Fawcett.” Hey, we’ve got a great idea for Hedwig’s next project…Harvey Fierstein Makes Funky Monkeys FreshEverybody rejoice, because Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion are officially easing on down the road to NBC this December (and we still need a Dorothy—help us!) Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein will give the book a revamp, so if Dorothy’s silver shoes are actually red boots, don’t act surprised.Julia Murney’s Legs Defy GravityAnything you can do, Julia Murney can do better. She can belt higher. She can bake a tastier chocolate cake. She can do a better porn voice. And she can extend her leg like no other. Seriously: Nobody in all of Oz—no wizard that there is or was—will ever bring those gams down. Now, can your legs hit a high F while suspended in mid-air?Helen Mirren Will Toss You In Subway JailHelen Mirren—judging by photographic evidence—is every bit as regal on the R train as she is on Broadway in The Audience. But apparently, the Dame’s altruism is merely an act. This week, Mirren admitted to accidentally getting someone kicked off the train by police, and is unsure of his fate. That’s no excuse, Mirren. We know all about royal pardons (she’s a real queen, right?).Rob McClure Gives Insane LaneMove over, Christina Bianco. On the latest Side by Side with Susan Blackwell, the Honeymoon in Vegas star prank calls Norm Lewis as Nathan Lane, and it’s uncanny. Too uncanny. During McClure’s I’m Not Rappaport days, he did his Nathan impression at Angus McIndoe, not knowing that the Tony winner was behind him the whole time. Honeymoon is closing on April 5, but something tells us he’d be a great James Wicker. Or Pumbaa. Or that chef in Mousehunt.There’s a James Snyder Museum in CaliforniaIn the for-sure-final-definitely-no-more-until-maybe-a-Christmas-special-but-we’ll-see last episode of Hey Kid (cue buckets of tears), James Snyder takes us to his childhood bedroom in California, which has since been transformed into a Synder shrine. The exhibit even includes a Polish poster for She’s the Man. We have a feeling it’s not the only James Snyder museum out there. We definitely don’t have one in our closet at HQ. Yep, no creepy shrines here…Matthew Morrison is, Simply…FunkYou thought the monkeys in The Wiz were funky? You haven’t seen the moves on Matty Fresh. Back in his college days, the Finding Neverland star took part in a dance instructional video by the name of Simply Funk. He even made the cover of the VHS. We will provide 1,000 peanut butter cups to whomever can supply us with a copy of said VHS. (On an unrelated note, please send all peanut butter cup donations to 729 7th Avenue, New York, NY. Please.) View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

US Surveillance Planes Back Peru Drug Ops, says Minister

first_img “They are intelligence aircraft. They are in the VRAE and the Upper Huallaga,” he said at a news conference with foreign correspondents. “They help to effectively fight drug trafficking and terrorism.” By Dialogo January 20, 2012 On his arrival in office last year, Humala ordered a review of Peru’s counter-drug policies, raising questions about the future of U.S.-Peruvian drug cooperation. Luis Alberto Ortarola said the aircraft were used to overfly coca-growing regions in the Apurimac and Ene River Valley, known as VRAE, in southeastern Peru and the Upper Huallaga Valley in the central region. Two U.S. surveillance planes are supporting Peru’s campaign against drug trafficking and remnants of a Maoist guerrilla group, Peru’s Defense Minister disclosed on January 18. Otarola said the government of President Ollanta Humala, in its first five months in office, had succeeded in reducing the area where drug traffickers and their rebel backers operate. The U.S. State Department said last August, however, that it had been assured that close cooperation between the two governments would continue on counter-drug efforts.last_img read more

Caught Between MTA and Feds, Long Island on Fast Track to Nowhere

first_imgThe federal government is proposing a multi-billion-dollar monumental expansion of the Northeast Corridor passenger rail line that, if realized, would run high-speed trains straight through the heart of Long Island.Surprisingly, aside from a few well-connected insiders, most Long Islanders haven’t heard about this project, but they’ll get their first chance to express themselves at public hearing in Mineola on Jan. 12.“We’re hopeful that we’ll get the turnout to hear what folks are thinking about the effort,” said Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, the Federal Railroad Administration’s Northeast Corridor Future Program manager.Since 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has been preparing a comprehensive plan for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to improve service and resiliency of the much-travelled route between Boston and Washington, D.C. The goal is the creation of an investment program that will guide passenger rail service improvement projects through 2040.The specifics can be found within the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Additional information is at The Foggiest Idea, my online land use resource, which first broke the story in December on how the proposal could impact Long Island.For us here, the proposal entails an all-new high speed rail network that stretches from Floral Park to the Village of Port Jefferson, where it travels 22 miles under the Long Island Sound via a tunnel to emerge in New Haven. Trains along the route might routinely reach speeds of nearly 160 mph, with stations placed at major existing transit hubs such as Ronkonkoma. According to the draft statement, “roughly 75 trains a day” would connect Ronkonkoma and Boston’s South Station through its proposed Alternative 3 route option.The draft statement raises significant questions that extend far beyond the realm of “how are they going to build it?” The most disconcerting comes from the seemingly lackadaisical public input process. For the length of LI, a lone public hearing is scheduled at the Nassau County Municipal Building, 1550 Franklin Ave., next Tuesday.Why are there public hearings set for Nassau County, New York City and other impacted areas, but not in Suffolk County, where a significant portion of this project is planned to be?This isn’t to say that some local officials aren’t aware of the NEC Future project.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (left) and his counterpart in Suffolk, Steve Bellone (center), join Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a breakfast unveiling the governor’s 2016 agenda. (Photo credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor)Politically, this project is both ambitious and unrealistic. It strives to set the tone for a developmental approach that local governments could take in the next five, 10 to 20 years. But hardly any input is being solicited for the 1.5 million or so residents who would be affected. This omission is especially troubling, considering that the public is being brought into the fold now, even though the planning process began in 2012. Starting that year, meetings were held with various transportation and railroad agencies, including the Port Authority of NY and NJ, the MTA and LIRR.In 2013, a meeting on the NEC future proposal was held with Nassau County’s Department of Public Works as well as with Suffolk County’s Department of Economic Development and Planning. Officials from both counties were briefed in September and October of 2014. Seemingly, these meetings outlined the project thoroughly, as the DEIS states: “Briefings on the program were also provided to Nassau and Suffolk Counties’ (New York) representatives to explain the program and discuss potential Long Island route options.”In October 2014, an economic development workshop was held in Farmingdale to discuss the NEC Future proposal. As its agency reported: “Private developers, local planners, economic development professionals, and academic institutions were invited to the workshops to help understand the key factors that affect station area development, broader economic development, and barriers to development.”Has anyone heard a peep from our two county executives about this high-speed rail plan? They’ve been briefed, supposedly, but not even a discouraging word has come from either Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone or Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, nor from their deputies or planning officials.This week at the Crest Hollow County Club in Woodbury they delivered their “annual state of the counties report” to 800 people at the Long Island Association’s Executive Breakfast, but the big story was Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of his sweeping infrastructure plan for the Island that highlighted his support for a 9.8-mile third track for the LIRR’s main line in Nassau between Floral Park and Mineola—an idea that’s only been kicking around since 1988. Cuomo said he would ask the State Legislature to include $7 million in the 2016 state budget for a feasibility study. Ultimately the third track upgrade could run as much as $1.5 billion, but he said he’d commit the MTA’s next capital program to funding it.Now, with the FRA’s ambitious plan for the Northeast Corridor coming down the line, what will happen to the MTA’s much-needed third track project? If Alternative 3, the option that uses Long Island as a viable option for increased rail service to New England, is selected, will the federal government utilize eminent domain to secure clearance on the new railway’s right-of-way? It certainly wouldn’t bode well for Stewart Avenue in Garden City, given what we know now.Here’s another question: are our local policymakers within Suffolk County and the Towns of Babylon, Islip and Brookhaven aware that the federal government is looking to tie together the Island’s large-scale regional projects with a high-speed rail network?When asked about the project, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) said in a statement, “Increasing long-term investments for passenger rail infrastructure is vital to the economic growth of New York and the entire region. I will continue to fight for increased federal funding to strengthen the Northeast Corridor’s critical infrastructure and improve the safety and efficiency of rail service.”The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was mum on the plans.“We have no comment on the NEC Future draft findings, which are still undergoing public scrutiny,” said Sal Arena, a spokesman for the MTA, which oversees the Long Island Rail Road. “The MTA has monitored the process from the beginning and will continue to do so going forward.”Understandably, the MTA preferred to keep the focus on Cuomo’s plan for the LIRR, as he unveiled it at the event sponsored by the area’s largest business organization.“Monies would be better spent to do the necessary studies for the LIRR’s Third Track,” said Kevin Law, president and chief executive officer of the Long Island Association. “The Third Track is real, albeit, it has been difficult to get off the ground. The NEC is a pie-in-the-sky alternative that will never happen, even if someone gives Long Island $100 billion or so to build it…. If you were starting Long Island from scratch, it could make sense, but not now.”Planners agreed.“The proposal makes no sense economically for the region, especially Nassau and Suffolk Counties, considering that we have more pressing priorities that have been around for the last half century that we haven’t been able to build,” observed Lee Koppelman, who served 28 years as the first Suffolk County Planner and 41 years as the regional planner for Nassau and Suffolk, and has been the executive director of the Center for Regional Policy Studies at Stony Brook University. “Those examples include double tracking the North Shore LIRR branches, creating an extension of the central main LIRR line to Calverton in Riverhead, or finishing up the Second Ave Subway, which would tie into the East Side Access project. All of these pre-existing projects would all have economic positives that Long Island would benefit from.”Koppelman raised an essential point that wasn’t addressed by Cuomo’s recent announcement at the Crest Hollow Country Club.“The MTA is short roughly $20 billion in funding to meet the current needs of their infrastructure,” said Koppelman. “Where will the money come from?”The master planner tried to look on the bright side.“I am all in favor of the mantra ‘make no little plans,’” Koppelman said, “but there has to be some rationale, evidence of need for this type of large-scale project. In this example, this is merely top-of-the head type of scheming.”Reached by CBS 2 News’s Carolyn Gusoff  for her on-air coverage of the NEC project, the LIA’s Kevin Law expressed his skepticism, whereas former Suffolk County Executive Pat Halpin, a Democrat, was optimistic.“Of course, it’s feasible,” Halpin told Gusoff. “They do this all over Europe. The Chinese are doing it all through China, and there they have billions of people.”But, as Gusoff discovered, most Long Islanders in the affected area had no idea this federal project was even in the works.Alternative 3 isn’t the only avenue the NEC Future project could take. The other options include improving and maintaining the current corridor so that it is in a state-of-good repair, creating new NEC rail linkages in Connecticut, or, the most ambitious, building a new NEC “spine” that either cuts through Westchester County and eventually through Connecticut or an offshoot that cuts through the heart of Nassau and Suffolk counties.According to Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, the FRA NEC Future Program manager, the costs range from $65 billion to $135 billion all the way up to $290 billion, but they’d be spread over time to make it less onerous. She told us that “the cost of doing nothing is so much greater,” explaining that all the current modes of transportation in the corridor, whether by rail, highway or air, are already at their capacity. What’s driving the federal effort, she stressed, are the number of choke points on the route now, plus the aging infrastructure—in some places more than a century old—and the region’s growing population.“Long Island is such an important market in the Northeast but it doesn’t currently have inter-city service,” said Reyes-Alicea. “We want to connect cities by rail… It is a challenging concept to absorb [because] it’s looking out to 2040.”Realistically, the NEC Future project faces enormous hurdles, thanks to the billions needed to build it, as well as the sizable expected pushback from residents and local elected officials up and down the corridor. For now, the main issue is the marked lack of input the public has had so far in the project’s promulgation.Planning, especially at the regional level, must include stakeholders across all levels of government and expertise. A project of this magnitude affects states, counties and, on Long Island, myriad local village governments. Further, the environmental impacts to our region’s sole-source aquifer were mentioned only briefly in chapter 7.7 of the draft.It is pretty damning that a project of this scale and breadth would not be mentioned once by any LI official during the various ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings or press conferences here.Unfortunately, it seems that keeping the public in the dark about this proposal is the typical business of “planning” on the Island, and for the vested interests and stakeholders involved, business couldn’t be better. All aboard?–with Spencer RumseyRich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea. Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: April Clobes – Mission moments (#73)

first_img 0SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Details Thank you for tuning in to episode 73 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.Over the last few weeks, credit unions across the county have had to make major changes to how they serve their members and community. On this week’s episode, I sat down with April Clobes, President and CEO of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, to discuss how she and her team have been able to successfully navigate this interesting experience for their members. In thinking about the challenges we’ve faced, April and I discuss some of the unique ways MSUFCU is working to keep their team motivated and engaged with their mission, while at the same time providing a robust digital service experience for their members. April shares that she attributes a lot of the team’s success to the strong culture the credit union has developed over the years. She believes this will continue to play a pivotal role over the next year as her team, and the credit union industry as a whole, begins thinking about and “creating new normals” of service for the future. Delving into April’s role as a leader and long-time credit union employee, we talk about her somewhat unlikely path from marketing executive to CEO, and how the inspiration has changed over the years, especially given our current circumstances. Drawing on those experiences, April shares some of the lessons and myths she’s learned about leadership, and reminds us not to be afraid to do a zig and zag from time to time in order to keep learning and growing. In the rapid-fire questions section, we learn that April is a Starbucks fanatic, who loves to read and enjoys spending time with family and friends in her spare time. In her final ask, she encourages us not to be afraid to collaborate and discuss ideas with other credit unions. You don’t want to miss this great episode!  Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find April:April Clobes, President and CEO of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union [email protected] | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramShow notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the outstanding work that April and her team are doing at MSUFCU hereBe sure to read the Detroit Free Press article about MSUFCU being named a top workplace hereShout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Chuck FaganShout-out: Rachel ProssShout-out: Todd ClarkAlbum mentioned: Joshua Tree by U2 Book mentioned: The Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinBook mentioned: Bel Canto by Ann PatchettBook mentioned: The Dutch House by Ann PatchettBook mentioned: The Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell by Eric SchmidtBook mentioned: Onward: How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing its Soul by Howard SchultzShout-out: April’s momShout-out: Aprils nieceShout-out: Delta Air LinesShout-out: Oprah WinfreyPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64), Chuck Fagan, Rachel Pross, Todd ClarkYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[02:26] – April, welcome to the show![03:48] – April shares how they have handled working remotely during this pandemic and how they are communicating with their employees.[06:10] – She speaks about the mission moments they share during meetings.[07:52] – How is everyone holding up at the credit union?[09:37] – April speaks about what she feels will change in credit unions from now on.[12:53] – April discusses what she will be proud her team has accomplished a year from now.[14:23] – April shares what inspired her to take the position as the CEO of MSUFCU.[17:32] – Has the inspiration changed since you took over as President and CEO?[19:46] – April tells us what her team has heard her say so many times they can finish her sentence. [21:23] – April says that there are so many myths about being a leader, but she shares a couple she wants to debunk.[22:41] – Is there a mistake you see young leaders make often? Any you made when you were coming up?[24:16] – April shares a life lesson or advice that she was given that she still uses today.[26:05] – She shares who her mentors were and how they have helped her in her career.[28:11] – April says she has self-doubt regularly, but she puts a 24 hours timeline on it, then she moves on.[29:24] – She speaks about the ability to make hard decisions.[30:51] – What do you do when you have a day off and recharge?[32:43] – April talks about being a nerd in high school, and she wanted to be an attorney when she grew up.[33:44] – Starbucks every morning is one of her daily routines.[34:33] – What is the best album of all time?[35:07] – What book do you think everyone should read?[38:04] – April says that time with her family has become more important and worrying about what others expect you to be is less important.[40:07] – Oprah is the person who comes to mind when she hears the word success.[40:54] – April shares her final thoughts with the listeners.[42:26] – April, thank you so much for being on the show!last_img read more

Leak from proposed ag lab could cost billions

first_img Estimated losses from disruption of the livestock industry vary by site and are highest for Kansas, at just over $1 billion. “It is the size of the livestock industry in the affected state that serves as the main discriminator among the candidate sites in terms of economic losses,” the report states. Such a leak would be extremely unlikely, but, if it occurred, the estimated economic damage could range from $2.8 billion to $4.2 billion, depending on where the proposed lab is located, says the DHS report. The report also looks at the possible consequences of a leak of Rift Valley fever virus and Nipah virus from the various sites. The economic impact would be smallest at the site of the US Department of Agriculture’s existing Plum Island Animal Disease Center, located on a small island off Long Island in New York. Estimates are higher for potential sites located closer to livestock industry operations, including sites in Kansas and Texas. The report says diseases likely to be studied at the lab include African swine fever, classical swine fever, contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, FMD, Japanese encephalitis, and Rift Valley fever—all requiring BSL-3 containment—and Hendra and Nipah viruses, which require BSL-4. Besides Plum Island, proposed sites for the facility are Manhattan, Kan.; San Antonio, Tex.; Flora (Madison County), Miss.; Athens, Ga.; and Butner (Granville County), N.C. Construction could start in early 2010 and would take about 4 years, according to DHS. However, a decision to build has not yet been made. Jul 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A leak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus at any of six proposed sites for a large federal laboratory to study foreign animal diseases could cost billions of dollars, according to a recent report by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The document says DHS examined the potential for accidental or intentional release of a pathogen from the lab and the potential that the pathogen would spread from each site. “The evaluation considered the accident scenarios with and without measures to prevent and contain a release,” it says. “The results indicate that for all sites the risk was none to low for all accident scenarios except an over-pressure fire, where an explosion would occur due to the buildup of a large amount of gas or flammable chemical in an enclosed area. The risk was moderate for all sites.” Risk for foreign bans on US meatFMD is a highly contagious livestock disease that devastated the British cattle industry in 2001. DHS estimates the economic hit from an FMD virus leak at the proposed sites as follows: Plum Island, $2.8 billion; Georgia, $3.35 billion; Mississippi, $3.4 billion; North Carolina, $3.5 billion; Texas, $4.1 billion; and Kansas, $4.2 billion. For each site except Plum Island, the estimated loss from foreign bans on US meat amounts to $3.1 billion; for Plum Island the corresponding estimate is $2.7 billion. In-depth environmental impact statementDHS released a lengthy environmental impact statement on the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) on Jun 20. The new lab would replace the Plum Island lab and would host research on the most dangerous foreign animal and zoonotic diseases, those requiring biosafety level (BSL) 3 and 4 containment. See also: The Plum Island lab is the only US facility that can handle the FMD virus, but it is too small for current research needs and has an outdated structure that is unsuitable for BSL-4 research, according to DHS. Currently the nation has no lab capable of doing BSL-4 studies on livestock. DHS is taking comments on the report for 60 days and plans to hold a public meeting near each of the proposed sites later this summer, according to the news release. A final environmental impact statement is expected in late fall, and a decision on whether and where to build the NBAF is expected a month or more after the final report is issued. DHS general description of the NBAF For all sites except Plum Island, the overall “risk rank” related to such a fire was classified as moderate “because of the potential easy spread of a disease through livestock or wildlife,” the report states. The risk for Plum Island was “low or none due to the low likelihood of any disease getting off of the island.” “The proposed NBAF would enable us to meet the challenges posed by the intentional or unintentional introduction of a foreign animal or zoonotic disease that could threaten the US livestock industry, food supply, and public health,” said Jay Cohen, DHS under secretary for science and technology, in a news release about the report. Final decision months awayA Jun 21 Washington Post report, however, said the selection of Plum Island as the site is considered unlikely because the government “spent considerable time and money scouting new locations and because of financial concerns about operating from a location accessible only by ferry or helicopter.”last_img read more

Think you know how to wash your hands? Doctors say use this method at 9 specific times

first_imgThe Association of Indonesian Emergency Doctors (PDEI) has released a practical guide for proper hand washing according to the international standard to help the public counter the threat of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).“The public should keep calm, stop panicking and stay alert. The most important thing is to maintain the body’s immunity and hygiene, as well as to keep a safe distance from the sick,” PDEI chief Mohammad Adib Khumaidi said in a release made available to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Topics : Read also: The dos and don’ts of wearing masks in our fight against COVID-19Quoting the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) organization, the PDEI suggested people wash their hands at these times:Before, during and after cooking or preparing food.Before eating.Before and after taking care of sick people.Before and after taking care of open wounds or blisters.After using the bathroom or toilet.After changing diapers or cleaning children in the toilet.After touching animals, feeding animals or cleaning up animal feces.After touching animal food.After touching garbage or throwing out garbage.In addition to those times, the PDEI recommends people wash their hands before and after using contact lenses, after sneezing, coughing or wiping off nasal mucus and after shaking hands with other people.Adib said washing hands with soap was the best way to eliminate germs from the hands. Read also: Panic buying hits Jakarta supermarkets as govt announces first COVID-19 casesIf you are in a place without water or soap, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel. Hand sanitizers in the form of a gel are effective at eliminating germs but do not kill all types of bacteria.Adib shared a detailed guide for effective hand washing:Wet your hands with running water, turn off the tap, and then apply an adequate amount of soap to your hands.Scrub your hands. Make sure to scrub between your fingers, the back of your hands and the skin under your nails.Join your fingers and your palm, and scrub the inner side of your hands.Place your left fingers on the back of your right hand and scrub – and vice versa.Scrub the left thumb using your right hand with a rotating move – and vice versa.Wash your hands for 20 seconds.Rinse your hands with running water.Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry.If possible, turn off the faucet using your elbow or tissue paper to avoid touching germs on the knob.last_img read more