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first_imgOn April 27th, alternative-R&B starlet Janelle Monáe will release her long-awaited third studio album, Dirty Computer. Today, Monáe has released a brand-new track titled “I Like That”, the fourth single from 2013’s Electric Lady followup album. Following previously released “PYNK”, “Make Me Feel”, and “Django Jane”, Janelle’s new tune reveals a confident new approach to her individuality.“I don’t care what I look like but I feel good/ Better than amazing, and better than I could/ Told the whole world ‘I’m the venom and the antidote/ Take a different type of girl to keep the world afloat,” she sings. “And I like that/ I don’t really give a fuck if I’m the only one who likes that.” Listen to the fresh new track below:[Video: Janelle Monáe]Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer is due out later this month on April 27th, marking her first album in five years. In addition to Grimes (who collaborated on “PYNK”), the album also features contributions from the Purple One himself, the late and great Prince. Like the other three singles off the album and this newest release, Dirty Computer sees Janelle Monáe solidifying herself as a feminist icon and outspoken civil rights activist. Describing the album as an “emotional picture,” Janelle defines it to be “a narrative film and accompanying musical album,” according to Rolling Stone.last_img read more

More than two billion people worldwide do not have adequate access to surgical treatment, according to a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The Harvard researchers also found that people living in high-income regions have far greater access to surgery sites (operating theatres) than do those living in low-income regions and that surgical facilities in low-income settings often lack essential equipment.A substantial amount of the global burden of disease comes from illnesses and disorders that require surgery, such as complicated childbirth, cancer and injuries from road accidents. The burden of treating surgical conditions is especially acute in low-income countries.  The wealthiest third of the global population undergoes 75 percent of the estimated 234 million surgical procedures done each year, the poorest third just 4 percent.“Our findings suggest that high-income regions have more than 10 times the number of operating theatres per person than low-income regions,” said Luke Funk, research fellow in HSPH’s Department of Health Policy and Management and a surgical resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  “Addressing this disparity will be a huge challenge, but global public health efforts have had a profound impact on other major sources of morbidity including malnutrition, infectious diseases, and maternal and child health. The same could be accomplished for surgical care.”The study appears online today on the website of the journal Lancet and will appear in a later print issue.The researchers, led by Funk and senior author Atul Gawande, associate professor in HSPH’s Department of Health Policy and Management and a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, obtained profiles of 769 hospitals in 92 countries participating in the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative, which aims to reduce surgical deaths and is led by Gawande.  Based on the profiles, they calculated ratios of the number of functional operating rooms to hospital beds in seven geographical regions worldwide.  The researchers used pulse oximetry, the measurement of oxygen in patients’ blood during surgery and an essential component of safe anesthesia and surgery, as an indicator of operating theater resources.The results showed that all high-income regions had at least 14 surgical sites per 100,000 people.  In contrast, those in low-income regions had less than 2 surgical sites per 100,000 despite having a higher burden of surgical disease.  In addition, pulse oximetry was unavailable in nearly 20 percent of the surgical sites worldwide and absent more than half the time in low-income regions.  The researchers estimated that around 32 million surgeries are performed each year without pulse oximetry, a basic standard of care that is available in more than 99 percent of operations done in high-income regions.Said Gawande, “It is not news that the poor have worse access to hospital services like surgery.  But the size of this population is a shock.  Our findings indicate that one third of the world’s population remains effectively without access to essential surgical services–services such as emergency cesarean section and treatment for serious road traffic injuries.  Surgery has been a neglected component of public health planning and this clearly needs to change.”The study is an important step in understanding the critical need for better access to surgical services and for safer operations in low-income settings worldwide.“It is important for the public health community to close the gaps between rich and poor regions if it wants to address the burden of surgical disease in developing countries,” said Funk.  “This will become even more important in the next several decades as chronic diseases—which are often surgical conditions—increase with the aging of the global population.”Support for this study was provided by the World Health Organization.Co-authors of the study are Thomas G. Weiser, William R. Berry , Stuart R. Lipsitz, Alan F. Merry, Angela C. Enright, Iain H. Wilson, Gerald Dziekan. read more

first_imgBy Dialogo June 20, 2011 To mark the end of their assignment as Partner Nation Liaison Officers (PNLOs) representing Colombia, Uruguay, and Canada, General Douglas Fraser, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, presided over an award ceremony on 17 June to honor the departing officers. “Having the Partner Nation Liaison Officers in SOUTHCOM allows us to recognize the partnerships we have and represents the importance of our partnerships,” said Gen. Fraser as he presented a Joint Service Meritorious Award to each of the departing country representatives. Captain Hugo M. De Barros, of the Uruguayan Navy, served SOUTHCOM from July 2009 to July 2011and was instrumental in furthering military relations between the United States and the Republic of Uruguay. Cpt. De Barros expertly assisted the SOUTHCOM Commander with strategic-level visits by the Uruguayan Government and Ministry of Defense to the United States and provided vital assessment on Uruguayan strategic posture. “For an old sailor like me, who is sailing the last miles in his career, this recognition has a huge emotional impact,” said Cpt. De Barros upon receipt of his award. “I have found I started referring to SOUTHCOM as ‘us’ instead of ‘you all’.” Gen. Fraser highlighted that Cpt. De Barros is a third-generation sailor and belongs to the only Uruguayan family to have four consecutive generations serve their country’s Navy, with his son currently serving as Lieutenant at the Uruguayan Navy. Colonel Oscar O. Lopez of the Colombian Army served as PNLO from July 2010 to July 2011, and distinguished himself by providing valuable insight to the military strategies of both countries, ‎resulting in enhanced ‎mutual understanding vital to the strengthening of the partnership between the United States and Colombia against Counter-Illicit Trafficking and Narco-Terrorism.‎ “It was your perspective and willingness to share and tell us how we can improve our participation in helping Colombia’s fight against the FARC, that makes the difference to us,” commended Gen. Fraser, upon presenting Col. Lopez’s award. “The enormous support you [SOUTHCOM] give us [Colombia] positions you as one of our strongest allies and a great friend,” said Col. Lopez. Lieutenant Colonel James D. Waddell, of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, was the longest serving PNLO at SOUTHCOM, serving in Miami since September 2006 to July 2011. “Lt. Col. Waddell welcomed me to SOUTHCOM,” said Gen. Fraser. “He is one of the longest serving members at the Command, even more so than many of our U.S. servicemen.” “I have dedicated close to 25 percent of my military career to working with the U.S. Military. …My experience during the last five years in SOUTHCOM has been wonderful; it has been an education, both professional and personal,” acknowledged Lt. Col. Waddell. In addition to SOUTHCOM personnel, the families of all three representatives were in attendance to bid them farewell, along with Consul General of Colombia Alvaro Gallardo and representative of the Canadian consul, Mr. Paul Cunningham.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Deer Park over the weekend.A man kicked in the door of an apartment on Long Island Avenue and pointed a gun at a woman inside at 1:20 a.m. Sunday, according to a police spokeswoman.The suspect stole a cell phone and fled the scene. The victim was not injured.Police have not made any arrests in the case. No description of the suspect was provided.First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

first_imgThe World Council of Credit Unions is working with a number of organizations to bring relief to Nepal, where a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Saturday and an aftershock hit Sunday, killing thousands and reducing buildings and infrastructure to rubble.Nearly 30 of the 75 districts in Nepal have been designated as crisis zones, as many people are still believed to be trapped under collapsed buildings in dense areas, or stuck in rural and mountainous areas, which, including Mount Everest, have experienced deadly avalanches.World Council is communicating with the Nepal Federation of Savings and Credit Cooperative Unions (NEFSCUN) and the Association of Asian Confederation Credit Unions to coordinate fundraising efforts to aid employees and members of local credit unions, known in Nepal as savings and credit cooperative societies.Rather than activating CUAid–a program organized by the National Credit Union Foundation to specifically help credit unions and their members–the foundation is asking that all funds be directed to the World Council’s efforts. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Credit Union Foundation so far has handed out more than $22,000 in direct financial aid to credit unions, their staffs and members that have been affected by wildfires in Northern California.The foundation has processed a number of disaster relief grant applications, including many that have requested aid for Mendo Lake CU, Ukiah, Calif., whose employees and members have seen some of the most harmful effects.“Heartbreaking stories of homes ‘burned completely’ down to the foundation and/or all personal belongings lost are pouring in,” the foundation wrote on its blog. “One application noted not just that they lost belongings, but 31 years’ worth of belongings. Some things you can’t put a price on.”In a comment on the foundation’s blog, Richard Cooper, Mendo Lake CU president/CEO, described what the funding meant to his credit union. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgUS Department of Labor continue reading » The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week approved the Department of Labor’s request to delay the effective date by 18 months, to July 1, 2019. CUNA sent several comment letters during the rulemaking process pushing for the delay, to give credit unions extra time to resolve any additional compliance challenges.The rule defines who is a fiduciary of an employee benefit plan.In addition to the delay, CUNA supports additional research efforts to ensure credit union members are not harmed by the unintended consequences of overly broad rules, and additional analysis into whether the rule may limit choices for moderate or low-income consumers.center_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgShining resilience in action. Pictured: Danielle Cruz, Tansley Stearns, Liz Webb (my mom), MacKenzie StearnsAll of us face challenges. Those challenges happen to us and sadly, they also happen to the people we love. My mom, Liz Webb, has Crohn’s disease. Her journey through this health challenge has been agonizing. It took us years to find a diagnosis. Along the way, her doctor of more than 30 years “fired” her, not believing that there was an issue. She has undergone unnecessary surgeries. She has gone weeks without eating. She has lost many pounds. She has learned to survive on a fairly restrictive and cautious diet. She has felt isolated, lonely, frustrated, and scared. Despite the struggle, if you had the opportunity to meet her today, you would encounter a vibrant, positive, smiling woman. My mother emanates resilience. Resilience also matters to our credit unions. As organizations, we face tremendous pressure and mounting challenges. Even with vision, extraordinary passion, exceptional teams, and operational mastery, bad days happen. New regulations are enacted. Talent can be hard to find, attract, and retain. Consumers demand more desiring advice, exceptional experiences, and ease of use. The competitive landscape has never been more complex. The broader world and economy presents uncertainties. Beyond the strategic, sometimes we just have a rotten day. The best organizations find a way to grow resilience. They experience the challenge, they face it head on, they learn from it, and they find their way through to a better place. That likely seems intuitive, but how do we move from knowing that resilience matters to our teams to providing mechanisms and a purposeful approach to building resiliency that sustains and supports our scaling credit unions?According to Harvard Business Review’s, “The 4 Things Resilient Teams Do,” resilient teams have these things common:“They believe they can effectively complete tasks togetherThey share a common mental model of teamworkThey are able to improvise, andThey trust one another and feel safe.”To help ensure these resilient teams grow in our organizations, we must invest in developing psychological safety. According to Google’s “Guide: Understand team effectiveness,” psychological safety, “refers to an individual’s perception of the consequences of taking an interpersonal risk…and in a team with high psychological safety, teammates feel safe to take risks around their team members.” Why invest in this effort? It drives bottom line results. According to Dr. Ranga Ramanujam’s, piece “Fostering psychological safety in collaborative work pays off,”  “At Google, individuals in teams with higher psychological safety brought in more revenue, were more likely to stay at Google, more likely to incorporate their teammates’ ideas in formulating proposals, and received significantly higher performance ratings from executives.”In my observation of my mom, her experience through the challenges of Crohn’s, and what we can apply as we build more resilient credit union teams, we can follow what I term the “REBOUND” model:R – Reel. One of my favorite Cameron Crowe movies, “Elizabethtown,” includes this line, “You have five minutes to wallow in the delicious misery. Enjoy it, embrace it, discard it. And proceed.” Reeling is about experiencing the pain. Feeling it deeply. For my mom, this was mourning the loss of living a life without chronic illness. It was enduring the frustration when simply going out to dinner. It included asking for special options that wouldn’t cause a flare-up. We have to feel the pain to move on from it. Whether it is change we create at the credit union or change that has been created by others, human beings struggle as things adjust. Just as when we grieve, we have to experience the feelings we have, or we can’t move past them. In our credit unions we can support one another as we reel. Some individuals experience changes and move on rapidly. Others may need more time. Understanding how and at what pace each of us moves through our “reeling” is crucial. E – Engage Your Tribe. Some of our reeling may be internal and we may need time and space. We will also need the support of our tribes. As my mom’s journey has progressed, her tribe includes friends who check on her, it includes family members who have helped drive her to treatments, and it has included me being the “heavy” with her doctors when we aren’t making progress. Our tribes know us, understand our foibles and love us without question. Sometimes this tribe may be a part of our credit union. Other times, our tribe may be friends or family that have no connection to our organizations. Either way, making sure that each individual on our teams have an opportunity to engage those people who know them, love them, and bring them comfort is crucial. B – Brainpower Boost. Once we’ve felt all that we need to and we’ve engaged our tribes to feel supported, our brains are ready to learn and bring in the power of other brains. In the case of my mom’s illness, this took us years. However, we have finally found a doctor who is an expert in digestive illnesses. Her expertise has brought my mom relief through treatment options and it has brought her peace of mind knowing she has someone with answers in her corner. In our credit unions, these experts might be internal and sometimes they may be external resources we rely on to help us gain knowledge that can inform what’s next. We can enhance the power of the whole credit union by bringing in individuals with experiences that fill the gaps in our experience.O – One foot in front of the other. Forward motion helps. At some point, we have to stand back up after our frustration and disappointment has been expressed, we’ve leaned on our tribe, and we’ve learned all we can and move into the next day. For my mom, sometimes this means finding a way, even when weak, to make it to church on Sunday. Sometimes it means going to dinner with a group of her former colleagues, even when she can’t order a meal. Sometimes it means making a trip from Michigan to Colorado to visit her family. Her doctor has shared with her this advice, “Live your life.” The same is true for our teams. Whether we’ve experienced disappointment, loss, or simply are adjusting to a changing world, we have to focus on serving our members. Moving forward, doing something, helps our brains adjust to our new normal. It also helps us feel like we are accomplishing something, even if it is small.U – Understand good still exists. When we experience change and loss it can feel hopeless. Some weeks, months and even years can feel like a pile on. During the early days of my mom’s experience with Crohn’s, we felt that exhaustion. I know my mom wondered if she would ever “get her life back.” Despite this, she has a magical ability to see the good, and I’ve watched her celebrate small wins like moving from eating only squash soup to adding in English muffins. In our credit unions, as leaders, we can influence our teams’ abilities to see the good that exists by catching them doing things well and elevating the wins that occur. Especially as those wins relate to the changes we are carrying forward, engaging with small successes helps change our collective mindset to a more positive view.N – Never give up. Persistence matters. There is also a reason that “never give up” comes nearly at the end of the REBOUND model. We have to have strength to persist. Today, as my mom has learned, grown, and experienced the ups and downs of Crohn’s, it is easier than it was at the beginning to push through. With support, knowledge, small wins, and progress, it was easier for her to handle the next obstacle, knowing that she had launched over the last. As our teams feel our support, observe us standing with them through the tough times, and experience their own ability to weather change and challenges, they will grow their persistence muscles and insist that there is not any hurdle they can’t gracefully avoid or leap over.D – Distract. Despite all of our best efforts, some days are dark. Throughout my mom’s illness, in order to receive treatment, she has had to go through testing and periods of waiting for test results to return in order for treatment plans to be put in place. The days and nights are long, tedious, and overwhelming. Sometimes the only answer is a Netflix binge or a long phone call to talk about what is happening with her granddaughter. As leaders, sometimes we have to build in some distractions and relief for our teams. It can be as simple as organizing a potluck or inviting a conversation that isn’t work related. Distraction can be a simple and important tool for helping all of us deal with the intensity of change.All of our worlds are changing rapidly. In order for our credit unions to win the war for talent, create value for our members, and grow to provide even stronger impact for the hard-working people we serve, we must build resilient organizations. My mom has inspired me her whole life. In the last eight years, as she has found her way through a debilitating disease, and she has inspired me even more. Let her example inspire you to lead using the REBOUND model to overcome challenges, develop resilience, and make your credit union team even stronger. 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tansley Stearns Tansley is a dynamic force of nature, fiercely crusading on behalf of all credit unions while tirelessly driving forward the brand image and family spirit of Canvas. She joined us … Web: https://www.canvas.org Detailslast_img read more

first_imgTracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow at 12 Parry St.BELGIAN GARDENS is becoming one of Townsville’s most in-demand suburbs with houses staying on the market for an average of only 20 days.Properties in the seaside suburb sell quicker than any other suburb in Townsville with the average days on the market well below the Townsville-wide average of 68 days, according to Core Logic figures.Homes in Belgian Gardens also fetch higher prices with the median house price sitting at $475,000 compared to the Townsville median house price of $340,000.Smith & Elliott agents Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow are selling several Belgian Gardens properties including 12 Parry St, which is listed for $869,000.They said properties in Belgian Gardens tended to receive strong interest from buyers and didn’t stay on the market for long.“It’s a really cool, breezy suburb and you get lovely breezes straight off the ocean and there is a lot of really good-sized blocks and different types of houses,” Ms Stack said.“Homes there are very popular and they don’t tend to sit on the market for a long time.“The Belgian Gardens State School has a lot to do with it as well because you’re in the catchment area,” Ms Nancarrow said.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 2020The city-fringe suburb is within walking distance of The Strand and is home to many stately Queenslanders, some of which have undergone ­dramatic renovations.About 1935 people live in the suburb and it is popular with families, with 65.2 per cent of homes being family households.The median age in the suburb is 38 while 19.1 per cent of residents are under the age of 15.Ms Stack said 12 Parry St was a prime example of a beautiful Belgian Gardens home that had been extensively renovated and she expected it to be popular with buyers.The six-bedroom, three-bathroom home sprawls over two levels and features large living areas, a pool, fire pit and a kitchenette.“This property has been built to the highest specs and it’s got so many extras like a television in the outdoor living area by the pool, another television up on the deck,” she said.“It would suit a family or someone looking for a dual living arrangement because there is a kitchenette downstairs with an under-bench oven, cooktop and room for a fridge.“There aren’t many houses we come across that have these amenities and such large-sized living areas.”last_img read more

first_img133 The Peninsula, Helensvale.“The house itself has quite a luxurious style. There are two big voids and the one towards the back of the house gives the main bedroom water views. It spills in and it is beautiful.” Mrs Kitto said the guest suite had come in handy to accommodate family and friends visiting from Sydney. 133 The Peninsula, Helensvale.A modern colour palette combines with soaring ceilings and trendy finishes throughout the home, while the ensuite in the main bedroom oozes luxury with a freestanding bathtub. “We are moving to another waterfront house on the northern end of the Gold Coast,” Mrs Kitto said. 133 The Peninsula, Helensvale.“It is located on a cul-de-sac and the kids play in the frontyard without having to worry about a lot of traffic going past. We really didn’t have to compromise when we moved here.” The mother of two said the family had taken advantage of their waterfront position.“We love to fish and throw out crab pots,” she said. 133 The Peninsula, Helensvale.“We were really excited to find a waterfront home that could fit our boat and caravan and … still had space for a swimming pool and the kids’ cubby house,” Mrs Kitto said. A synthetic grassed lawn is just the beginning of the low-maintenance lifestyle on offer at this glamorous house. Mrs Kitto said the family still have to mow the front lawn but the design was made for easy family living. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We haven’t looked back since moving to the Gold Coast,” she said. 133 The Peninsula, Helensvale.THIS house offers “effortless luxury” according to homeowners Ryan and Nicole Kitto. The couple who moved from Sydney 18 months ago said they decided to jump on to the Gold Coast lifestyle trend. last_img read more