7 May

Cairn Oil secures licence extension for Rajasthan oil block in India

first_imgThe block is operated by Cairn Oil & Gas with 70% stake while ONGC holds the remaining 30% interest Cairn to explore and produce oil and gas from Rajasthan’s Barmer field. (Credit: 272447 from Pixabay) Vedanta Resources subsidiary Cairn Oil and Gas has reportedly received an additional three-month licence extension for the Rajasthan oil block in India.Spread over 3,111km² in the Barmer district, the Rajasthan block is located in block RJ-ON-90/1.Cairn Oil & Gas operates the block with 70% stake while state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) holds 30% interest.Licence extension was due for renewal in May 2020The licence extension to the initial 25-year contract period allows Cairn Oil and Gas to explore and produce oil and gas from Rajasthan’s Barmer field. The extension was due for renewal in May.The extension is subject to clearance of a dispute of over $520m recovery. As a result of the dispute, the government has given five extensions, with the latest until 31 January 2021, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.In its second-quarter 2020 earnings statement, Vedanta said it believes that the firm “is eligible for an automatic extension of production sharing contract (PSC) for Rajasthan block on the same terms with effect from May 15, 2020.”In October 2018, the Indian government agreed to extend the contract for Barmer fields by ten years following the expiry of the initial contract period.This extension, however, was subject to Vedanta Group agreeing to increase the government’s share of the profit in the block by 10%, the news agency reported.Cairn challenged the government’s demand for the additional payout in a court.However, the government wants the dues to be cleared by the company before the extension of the licence.Last year, Cairn Oil & Gas secured a 10-year extension of the PSC for the Ravva block in Andhra Pradesh, a state in India.last_img read more

3 May

Architecture – Adjunct

first_img* Are you a Christian?YesNo A terminal degree in the field, or closely related discipline, ispreferred. Candidates working toward a terminal degree, or who havesignificant experience in the field, may be considered. Candidatesmust embrace the mission of California Baptist University, andevidence a clear understanding of, and commitment to, excellence inteaching through the integration of Christian faith. Successfulcandidates will have a history of quality University teachingexperience or significant professional engagement in the field, anddemonstrated relational skills. Position Summary Qualifications Nondiscrimination Statement Teaching Responsibilities Position TitleArchitecture – Adjunct Quick Link to Postinghttps://jobs.calbaptist.edu/postings/6195 If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar)center_img Posting Details Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law. Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsChristian Experience EssayCover LetterCurriculum VitaeOptional DocumentsLetter of Reference 1Letter of Reference 2Unofficial TranscriptUnofficial Transcript 2 * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo Teaching responsibilities will be in the undergraduate architectureprogram. Specific course assignments will be dependent uponapplicant qualifications. The College of Architecture, Visual Arts & Design ( CAVAD ) atCalifornia Baptist University invites applications for adjunctfaculty positions in the Architecture Program. Review ofapplications is conducted in an ongoing manner according toneed.last_img read more

2 May

Relay for Life Returns This Weekend for Sixth Year in Ocean City

first_imgAmerican Cancer Society Relay for Life luminary ceremonyThe annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life will return to Ocean City for its sixth year on Saturday (June 2) on the track at Carey Stadium behind Ocean City High School.The Relay for Life is an all-night celebration that honors the lives of people battling cancer, remembers those who have died of the disease and raises money in the search for a cure.Participating teams take pledges and take turns walking or running around the track from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday. But anybody is invited to attend, to donate and to remember. Participants camp out all night and enjoy an array of activities and entertainment.________________________________To sign up, donate or find more information: relayforlife.org/oceancitynj________________________________ New this year are activities for kids set up by the new Boardwalk Bounce attraction on the Ocean City Boardwalk.The tentative event schedule is as follows:4:30 PM – Registration/Campsite Setup/Luminaria Sales Begin6:00 PM – Opening Ceremony6:20 PM – Survivor/Caregiver Lap6:30 PM – Team Banner Lap/Survivor Dinner (Survivor Tent)6:30 – 10 PM – Activities with Boardwalk Bounce7:30 PM – “Ocean City: The Musical”8:00 PM – Water Balloon Relay/Introduce Ms. Relay Contestants8:30 PM – Zumba9:30 PM – Ms. Relay Winner Announced10:00 PM – Luminaria Ceremony10:30 PM – Green Lantern Glow Stick Lap11:00 PM – Fight Back Ceremony12:00 AM – Box Car Derby1:00 AM – Scavenger Hunt2:00 AM – Relay’s Got Talent Sign-Ups2:30 AM – Relay’s Got Talent4:00 AM – Pajama Lap5:00 AM – Litter Lap5:30 AM – Breakfast6:00 AM – Closing Ceremony on BoardwalkParticipants can sign up for text-message alerts about upcoming ceremonies, laps and activities.The event has raised as much as $124,000 in a single year. The local event was founded six years ago by Ocean City High School graduate Brittany Ang and a friend who lost her mother to brain cancer, Allison Iudica.One of the most emotional parts of the event will take place about 11 p.m. when participants display candlelit bags decorated to honor loved ones lost to cancer. This “Luminaria Ceremony” also includes a slideshow of friends and family affected by the disease.last_img read more

1 Mar

Champion of equity and social justice

first_imgIn nearly 30 years leading diversity initiatives at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Joan Reede has helped scores of mentees advance their academic careers, inspired thousands of young people to consider a future in medicine and science, and encouraged HMS to embed diversity and inclusion into its mission.As dean for diversity and community partnership, Reede is considered by many at HMS to be the heart and soul of diversity efforts at the School, by virtue of her keen intelligence, warm personality, ability to coalesce resources, and passion for equity and social justice — and for her penchant, as a trained pediatrician, for helping people realize their full potential.“Harvard Medical School is so lucky to have her,” said Nawal Nour, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), who has known Reede for 20 years as a mentee and colleague. “I have had the opportunity to work with Joan many times over the course of my tenure at BWH and HMS, and what makes her so unique is her ability to motivate and inspire those around her to share and continue the great work that she does. She is absolutely amazing.”Reede deflects credit for her accomplishments, preferring to focus on the team effort. “This is a story about we. I have done nothing by myself,” she said.That concept is echoed in the “Better Together” slogan of the School’s 38-member Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, appointed by HMS Dean George Q. Daley and led by Reede, who is also HMS professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.But there’s no denying that Reede, working with colleagues in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and beyond, has built a wide-ranging body of programs designed primarily to promote the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse faculty — especially those from groups underrepresented in medicine, such as women, LGBT, and people living with disabilities.From fellowships in minority health policy to visiting clerkships for medical students of color to career exploration for Boston-area middle schoolers, these 20-plus programs have touched tens of thousands of individuals, directly or indirectly. Reede’s office oversees all diversity-related activities involving HMS faculty, trainees, students, and staff.“She’s like a national treasure,” said longtime mentee Kathryn Hall, HMS assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s. “There are not many people who have been as effective for so long. It’s a testament to her will and determination and vision.”Equity, justice and ‘The Ladies’Driven by issues of equity and justice, and not by diversity for diversity’s sake, Reede believes every person has something worthwhile to contribute to HMS. She traces her values to “The Ladies,” three strong black women who guided her while growing up on the South Shore of Boston: her grandmother, her mother, and “Aunt” Amanda.Reede noted that her grandmother cleaned houses in the segregated South, had an elementary school education, and was raised by her great-grandmother, who was born into slavery. Reede’s mother earned her college degree when Reede graduated medical school, and was “probably the smartest person I’ve ever known,” she said. And the woman Reede called Aunt Amanda graduated from Radcliffe College, likely in the 1920s, and taught her about the power of people uniting for social change. “The Ladies” encouraged Reede to dream big but also kept her grounded.“These three women, who were very different in terms of their educational background, treated each other with equal respect,” she recalled. “I’m very much engaged in community, very much believe in treating everyone the same, very much believe that your life should have purpose. And that came from those three amazing women.”Diversity and inclusion are core to academic medicine and lead to better decisions, science, and patient outcomes, according to Reede. “When you have complex issues, linear and siloed thinking will not give you as good a result as having multiple voices, perspectives, and backgrounds at the table,” she said. “That’s part of what diversity brings. We do better when there’s a we.”HMS’ dean agreed. “Joan has recognized for many decades that for Harvard Medical School to be a leader in research, education, and service, we must reflect the diversity of our patients, our community, and our nation,” said Daley, who is also the Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine.“She founded the HMS Minority Faculty Development Program back in 1990 and has worked tirelessly since then to create programs that promote the recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented faculty at HMS. Her determination, spirit, and vision make her an inspiration to all of us. She has served as a true guiding light in our quest to create the diversity and inclusion at HMS that will, in the long run, advance our research endeavors and improve the health care we are able to provide to all people,” he said.As part of an exhibit titled “Dimensions of Harvard Medical School,” Joan Reede displayed photos of her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, daughter, and two grandchildren. Photo by Jennifer WaddellPath to Harvard Reede grew up in Hull, Mass., near the U.S. Army’s Nike Missile Site (Fort Duvall), where her father was stationed. At about seventh grade, inspired by popular TV physicians such as Marcus Welby (“Marcus Welby, M.D.”), Reede decided to become a doctor.“I never recognized that they were white, that they were men. I just knew they were in charge, and that I should be in charge — not of other people, but of my life. It never occurred to me that I couldn’t or shouldn’t or wouldn’t be whatever I wanted to be,” she said.Reede earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1980, and then completed a pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Returning to Boston, Reede worked in public schools and juvenile prison clinics and was struck by the children’s pressing needs and lack of services in the community. In 1986 she pursued a child psychiatry fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital — not to become a therapist, but to serve her young patients better. She then became medical director of Mattapan Community Health Center.In the late 1980s, while raising her daughter as a single, divorced parent, Reede was an HMS clinical instructor in psychiatry at Boston Children’s while earning her master’s in public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. During that period, she conceived of the Minority Faculty Development Program to enhance diversity at HMS and support junior faculty members’ career development. She was hired in 1990 to run the program, which in 2016 celebrated 25 years of success.Reede recalls how, in the early 1990s, she worked in tucked-away spaces, had no staff, and decorated with office furniture left in hallways. One weekend, she says, a group of empathetic HMS custodians came in and painted her dingy office as a surprise. As a black woman in a mostly white institution, “I knew who worked in the kitchen. I knew the custodians. I talked to the parking attendants. Those were the people who were like my family,” she said.Reede pressed on, expanding opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities and undaunted by those who viewed her work as peripheral to the HMS mission. Over time, diversity and inclusion gained traction on college and university campuses nationwide, including Harvard. Reede became the School’s first dean for diversity and community partnership in 2002 — one of the few African-American women to hold a medical school deanship in the U.S. — and was promoted to full professor in 2016.Since 1990, the share of full-time minority HMS faculty, including black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, and Pacific Islanders, has risen from 10 percent to nearly 25 percent, including more than 700 underrepresented minority faculty. The School has added the concept of diversity to its mission statement, crafted a community values statement, and, in October 2017, announced the HMS Diversity Statement, which affirms that, “Our unique perspectives, talents, experiences and contributions as HMS students, trainees, faculty, staff, and administrators are the foundation and drivers of our excellence.”A coveted colleague locally and nationally, Reede has served on numerous commissions, committees and boards, among them the University-wide Harvard Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. Her achievements have garnered accolades from such organizations as the National Academy of Medicine, Boston NAACP, Association of American Medical Colleges, and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Reede also holds a master’s in health policy and management from the Harvard Chan School and a master’s of business administration from Boston University.,The mentor as ‘mom’Whether coaching an individual or leading one of the myriad programs in her orbit, Reede has helped countless mentees navigate the Harvard medical system and discover opportunities they’d never before considered.“She’s always offering me a chance to grow and puts me in the spotlight to be seen as a future leader,” such as presenting at academic conferences, said Alden Landry, HMS assistant professor of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and faculty assistant director in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership.Landry has benefited from several programs that Reede created to widen the pipeline of minorities going into biomedical sciences and medicine. Among them was a Visiting Clerkship Program that enables medical students from across the U.S. who are underrepresented in medicine to do one-month rotations at HMS, thereby diversifying the pool of candidates who might apply to Harvard for residencies. Landry, then attending the University of Alabama School of Medicine, took part in 2005.“I wasn’t expecting it, but I felt amazingly comfortable at Harvard and was lucky enough to be matched here [at Beth Israel Deaconess] for my residency,” he said. He went on to complete a Harvard-based Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.Despite Reede’s impressive credentials and packed schedule, Landry said, “She makes herself available for her mentees. The fellows refer to her as ‘mom.’ We all look up to her, but she’s very warm and caring. She’s family-oriented and always talks about her grandkids and brother. It’s refreshing.”Hall, a molecular biologist at Brigham and Women’s, is grateful for Reede’s initiatives like the Biomedical Science Careers Program, which has supported some 14,000 high school and college students, postdocs, and junior faculty. Hall participated when she was an HMS graduate student and has become a mentor for the program herself. She notes Reede’s skill at running its large networking events.“Her conferences run like a ship in the U.S. Navy,” Hall said. “Everything goes on time, every panel is amazing. She sets a very high standard. Joan has also pioneered the giving of recognition awards. It’s so important to acknowledge each other as often as we can.”Hall took a break from academia and spent a decade in the biotech and film industries, and she remembers how Reede warmly welcomed her back to HMS in 2010. “It was really clear to me, when I reconnected with Joan, that I had come back to community. It meant so much to have a big hug from Joan that day. It helped me get grounded and back on track,” she said.Journey toward justiceReede takes enormous pride in her professional successes, but she says her greatest accomplishment, by far, is her daughter, Loretta Jackson, and two grandchildren, Layla and Carter. “The work I do here is important to me, and I care about it deeply, but family’s always priority,” Reede said.Reede doesn’t consider herself a trailblazer but rather part of an ongoing journey toward justice. “The work I do moving toward civil rights, equity, and social justice is a continuum of work,” she explained. “It’s building on others who led the way. And the individuals who are coming out of our programs will continue to carry it forward. You have to be vigilant. You cannot afford to think that we have arrived.”Reede’s strong faith in the intrinsic goodness of people sustains her during these polarized political times. “My faith is not about a specific church or religion,” she said. “It’s just an absolute faith that we have a purpose, that in the end what is supposed to happen will happen, and that we will always move toward good. I just believe it.”last_img read more

26 Jan

Political Speed Dating aims to spark civil discourse

first_imgTags: BridgeND, civil discourse, Political Speed Dating Students across the political spectrum will have the opportunity to meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for the 3rd annual Political Speed Dating to engage in political discourse. Hosted by BridgeND, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to provide a platform of diverse political opinions, this event offers students the opportunity to express their ideologies within a relatively contained setting, the club’s officers said.“We’re wanting to reach out to a variety of students from all different colleges to create a wide audience of political discussion from all different angles,” junior Christian McGrew, president of BridgeND, said.At the event, students will be put into groups of four to five where they will be provided with a prompt and then allotted several minutes to discuss among themselves. These prompts will vary in range of social, economic, political and international scope, McGrew said. Established in 2014, BridgeND preceded BridgeUSA, which was co-founded by Courtlyn Carpenter and Leigh Francia of the University of Colorado-Boulder, class of 2016 Notre Dame alumnus Patrick Kearney and current Notre Dame senior Roge Karma. BridgeUSA, which was then founded in the fall of 2015, now serves as an umbrella organization with chapters at multiple college campuses.Karma said the purpose of BridgeND was to empower students and meet the needs of the campus. He cited political apathy as the root of Notre Dame’s disconnect. In the past, Political Speed Dating has been held in the ballroom of LaFortune Student Center. But this year, it will take place in the Oak Room above South Dining Hall. Junior Kylie Ruscheinski, vice-president of BridgeND, said the group looks forward to seeing the effects the new venue has on the success of the event and hopes to build on the positive feedback it has received the past two years. “A lot of studies have suggested that you’re more likely to have a respectful conversation in a formal setting where you have to look each other in the eyes,” she said. “It helps open up the possibility of sharing your beliefs.”Karma said the main objective of Political Speed Dating is to define the foundation of responsible political discourse. “With the right to voice my opinions comes the responsibility to actively listen and entertain others’ opinions,” he said. Ruscheinski said the success of the local chapter — as well as the growth of the national organization — is proof of students’ desire for a place on campus where they can meet to discuss different viewpoints.“Political Speed Dating is a great way to get your first step into that realm of discussing politics,”Ruscheinski said. “It’s set up to be less intimidating than sitting in a class lecture and speaking your mind.”The event will allow students to engage in dialogue and seek solutions to important political issues, Karma said.“Political Speed Dating is about creating a culture that encourages talking about controversial issues,” he said. “The community makes it feel comfortable to express your beliefs, and when people contribute their opinions, they’re actually benefitting those around them. The first step to coming up with solutions to these issues is to talk about them.”last_img read more

18 Jan

The Humans Moves to a New Broadway Space

first_img Stephen Karam’s The Humans, which won four Tony Awards including Best Play on June 12, will pack up and move to a new, larger space. The show is set to play its final show at the Helen Hayes Theatre on July 24, and following a two-week hiatus, it will resume performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld on August 9.Once The Humans vacates the space, the Helen Hayes will undergo renovations under ownership of Second Stage Theater Company. The Schoenfeld seats almost 500 more theatergoers than the Helen Hayes, which, at a capacity of 597, is the smallest theater on Broadway. Following its wins on Broadway’s biggest night, the production reached 96.88% of its potential gross in the small space.The Humans follows Erik Blake, who, after a sleepless night, brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. Family tensions reach a boiling point as things start to go bump in the night. Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell picked up Tonys for their performances; the cast also includes Sarah Steele, Cassie Beck, Arian Moayed and Lauren Klein. Sarah Steele, Arian Moayed and Jayne Houdyshell in ‘The Humans'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Commentslast_img read more

19 Dec

Stresslines: Treatment is key to mental health recovery and justice

first_imgStresslines: Treatment is key to mental health recovery and justice Stresslines: Treatment is key to mental health recovery and justice Angela D. Vickers Mental illnesses affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When a person’s actions and moods change noticeably over a period of time, people should know enough about common brain illnesses to consider the likelihood there might be a mental illness. With the mood disorders of depression and bipolar, the changed behaviors must occur for a period of over two weeks. Checklists are used to teach us when to see a doctor about a suspicious mole or skin problem. Checklists help people recognize a stroke or the beginning of a heart attack. A checklist of the most common symptoms of mental illness could alert a person to the need to see a professional.Choosing the proper mental health professional is often where the real delay begins. What professional is right for recognizing a mental illness problem? Most families would think first of encouraging their loved one to see a “counselor” of some type. Most people consider a psychiatrist to be someone who sees only those “severely ill or crazy people.” The general public presumes that anyone might need to “talk with someone” every now and then. It is not viewed as being as threatening or as stigmatizing to talk with a social worker, a pastoral counselor, a family therapist, a school psychologist, or a clinical psychologist.However, too many people dangerously delay needed medical treatment, while trying to “talk away” biochemical problems found in common mental illnesses through counseling sessions. Missed diagnoses are often the result of people avoiding an assessment by a psychiatrist. Some avoid this medical doctor out of shame. People fear the discrimination, including a possible loss of employment, that comes from being labeled as a “mental patient.”Many citizens simply cannot afford to visit a specialist like a psychiatrist. Due to a lack of parity, health insurance policies often do not cover mental health treatment the way other illnesses are covered. Insurance companies may have restrictions and barriers to easy access to a psychiatrist. Many policies exclude mental health coverage. Most people cannot afford to pay for a psychiatric evaluation, the often expensive daily medications, and their follow-up doctor visits.Many seeking treatment for their behavioral issues are receiving ineffective nonmedical treatment. Many lay counselors working in churches lack the training to recognize mental illness symptoms. They are untrained about the possible deadly consequences, through suicide, of not referring a person to a needed medical professional. Untreated, or improperly treated, mental illness gets worse. The faith community encourages medical help for cancer and heart disease. Many faith communities associate the symptoms of mental illness with a person’s relationship with God. Symptoms are viewed as sin. The illnesses worsen without proper medical treatment.Talk therapies, without more, are often not sufficient to correct biochemical problems in the brain. Sure, the person may feel better after an office visit. Therapist and patient often discuss the patient’s past and find someone to “blame” for the patient’s problems. The person’s confidence is often boosted by having someone special with whom to talk on a regular basis. However, recovery for some people with mental illnesses requires more.Peer support groups like the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance — www.dbsalliance.org — have been successful for years in helping people recover. Participants all see their individual psychiatrists and take medications for their brain illnesses. The peer support groups are not professionally led. Group leaders have received training in facilitating and are knowledgeable about mental illnesses. Some counselors in substance abuse treatment and anger management programs are not knowledgeable about mental disorders. Many providers with mental health training never studied psychiatry and the medical model of understanding behavior. Peer groups offer a sense of compassion, accountability, and encouragement. A big plus is that they are free and confidential.The report of President George W. Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America, 2003, noted that much mental health treatment in America is 15 to 20 years behind the latest medical research and medical knowledge. A delay in receiving needed medical care can decrease a person’s chances of recovery. delaying recovery, improper treatment can put a patient at risk of substance abuse, acts of bad judgment, and even suicide. In conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar, major depression, and many anxiety disorders, it is well accepted that “best practices” show that medications are routinely needed to restore, and maintain, proper chemical levels in the brain.Trying to discipline away, punish away, or even reward and praise away symptoms of major mental illness is ineffective and inappropriate. If these treatments had been effective, we would not have a mental health crisis. The added stress of improper treatment can make brain illness symptoms worse.Many in the legal community and the media do not seem to understand the vast difference in education and in treatment styles between a psychologist and a psychiatrist. Most talk therapists and psychologists are liberal arts majors in college. After college, therapists study for an additional two or four years, depending upon which type of degree they were pursuing. These nonmedical mental health providers did not study the biochemistry of the brain. They did not study genetics. They studied behavior changes, when using therapies such as behavior modification. They based their treatment on the studies and teachings of others in the field.Psychiatrists are scientists and medical doctors who understand how behaviors, energy levels, sleep, and eating patterns are often tied to brain chemistry changes. The way a cardiologist looks at a person’s heart and how it affects health, a psychiatrist looks at the brain and how it affects behavioral health.A psychiatrist first receives a college degree as a science major, studying chemistry and biology. Then he or she goes to medical school for four years of graduate study. The person must receive a doctorate from the medical school before he or she can pursue a psychiatry residency. The studies include genetics, so they can track illnesses like mental illnesses, which are inherited, by noting symptoms in relatives. Information about suicides, suicide attempts, substance abuse, and violence in family members can assist physicians in diagnosing a patient.Psychiatrists understand how the brain affects thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in those persons who have inherited certain brain illnesses. Psychiatrists observe the changes in the chemical levels in the brain. Psychiatry understands how these changes affect a patient’s behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. They adjust levels that are either too high, or too low, using medications. When the brain chemical levels return to normal, the brain is restored to health. When the brain is well, the psychiatrist observes that the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of the patient return to normal.The talk therapists and the medical doctors should have a complimentary role in patient recovery. After the psychiatrist has the patient stabilized and recovering, the therapist can help the person understand his or her behaviors, and to decrease stress which may trigger episodes of illness. Since psychotropic medications can take a month or longer to become effective, therapists can monitor and encourage the patient who is waiting for the medicines to kick in. Therapists can spend the time it takes to educate the person about mental illnesses. This instruction will help explain how mental illness symptoms were affecting the person’s life. The therapist can also help their client understand how the behaviors and attitudes of others in their family might also be affected by symptoms of unrecognized brain illness. This type of knowledge helps a person develop proper coping skills. Forgiveness and acceptance is much easier when a person realizes that an undetected medical problem in the brain was the basis for much of the unacceptable behavior. Angela D. Vickers is a mental health advocate and educator, and a member of the Bar’s Quality of Life and Career Committee. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. October 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

18 Dec

Credit unions feeling pinch in Wendy’s breach

first_imgA number of credit unions say they have experienced an unusually high level of debit card fraud from the breach at nationwide fast food chain Wendy’s, and that the losses so far eclipse those that came in the wake of huge card breaches at Target and Home Depot.As first noted on this blog in January, Wendy’s is investigating a pattern of unusual card activity at some stores. In a preliminary 2015 annual report, Wendy’s confirmed that malware designed to steal card data was found on some systems. The company says it doesn’t yet know the extent of the breach or how many customers may have been impacted.According to B. Dan Berger, CEO at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, many credit unions saw a huge increase in debit card fraud in the few weeks before the Wendy’s breach became public. He said much of that fraud activity was later tied to customers who’d patronized Wendy’s locations less than a month prior.“This is what we’ve heard from three different credit union CEOs in Ohio now: It’s more concentrated and the amounts hitting compromised debit accounts is much higher that what they were hit with after Home Depot or Target,” Berger said. “It seems to have been been [the work of] a sophisticated group, in terms of the timing and the accounts they targeted. They were targeting and draining debit accounts with lots of money in them.” continue reading » 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

17 Dec

Keeping your credit union collection department compliant and up-to-date

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As we experience the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy and unemployment rates, an unfortunate result is the expected increase in delinquencies – which means an even busier collections department than usual for credit unions.Over the years, most collection departments have conscientiously gathered information about service providers, infrequently used data and helpful peer contacts. However, this information might be located on the supervisor’s desk, in a file cabinet, or on sticky notes around the workstation, and may not be readily available to collectors when needed. Add to that the uncertainty of how often the data is updated and the key question becomes: “How reliable is the information we have collected?”Maintaining Compliance and Staying on Top of New ResourcesIs your credit union struggling to achieve and maintain a solid compliance strategy when it comes to collections? Here are some best practices to get started.Develop a desktop resource manual and have one person in charge of its modification as new information is received.last_img read more

6 Oct

This three-bedroom home has undergone a major transformation

first_imgThe new master bedroom.Inside, the home now also features gleaming polished floors, which set a fresh contrast to the new custom-built kitchen by Condor Cabinets that included a tiled splashback, droplights, high-gloss cupboards, pullout spray hose and brand new appliances. There are also three generous sized bedrooms, including an oversized master with new split system and two stand-alone double cupboards. Plenty of room for the kids or office.One of the most impressive transformations is the new and improved, cleverly designed bathroom, adjacent to the main bedroom. It is separate in all three elements — with a shower room, separate toilet and separated double vanities with a large storage cupboard.“A really exciting part of the home is, when you go downstairs, we’ve created a man cave with a bar which leads to a separate under-house storage and laundry room. The home even comes with a purpose built man cave and bar.“Everywhere you walk on this property, you’ll notice different features and there’s still so much you can do to make it your own.”The property is listed with Living Here Townsville for $379,000 and will be open for inspection this Sunday from 10am to 10.30am Owner of Avenue Developments Sam Browning outside the property during renovations.“We took possession on April 19 and got the home professionally staged for sale on May 21,” Mr Browning said.“So over five long weeks, we removed a major, central wall to open up the main living space and created a third bedroom from a space where there used to be a cupboard.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We took all the original old decking off and replaced it with eco decking which has a lifetime guarantee and the new owners will never have to re-oil it.” 5 Diprose street, PimlicoPROPERTY envy comes to mind with this newly renovated family home which, only eight weeks ago, was the renowned ugly duckling in its well-presented and sought-after neighbourhood.Sitting on a traditional quarter acre block, the three-bedroom home has undergone a major transformation following its purchase by Avenue Developments.Business owner Sam Browning said he and his team worked tirelessly for five weeks to give the aged home a much-needed facelift that must be seen to be believed.last_img read more