A Raisin in the Sun Recoups on Broadway

first_img In addition to Washington, Jackson, Okonedo and Rose, A Raisin in the Sun features Stephen McKinley Henderson, David Cromer, Jason Dirden, Sean Patrick Thomas and Bryce Clyde Jenkins. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 Sophie Okonedo A Raisin in the Sun Anika Noni Rose Lorraine Hansberry’s classic American drama takes place in the late ‘50s in a south side Chicago apartment, chronicling the lives of the members of an African-American family. Matriarch Lena (Jackson) plans to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood when she receives a hefty insurance check. Her son Walter (Washington) dreams of buying a liquor store and being his own man, and her daughter Beneatha (Rose) dreams of attending medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face create the drama in this beloved play. Star Files Related Shows Hot off the heels of winning the Tony for Best Revival of a Play, A Raisin in the Sun has announced that it has recouped its entire capitalization. The show, directed by Kenny Leon and starring Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose, began previews on March 8 and opened on April 3. It will play its final performance on June 15 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Leon and Okonedo both won Tonys for their work on the production. Denzel Washingtonlast_img read more

Taye Diggs Will Star in Topher Grace’s Movie Musical One Shot

first_img Diggs has appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Chicago, Rent and Carousel. His screen credits include How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Wood, Ally McBeal, Private Practice, Murder in the First, The Good Wife, The Best Man and 2013’s hit sequel The Best Man Holiday. Taye Diggs is returning to the stage (sort of!). The Broadway alum has been tapped for Topher Grace’s previously reported musical comedy One Shot. According to Deadline, the film is scheduled to start shooting in December in Mexico City. One Shot follows a failed Great White Way alum (Grace) who now stage manages productions and is working on a new show. Diggs will play Malcolm, a flamboyant member of the cast.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Argentine Navy Conducts Nuclear Emergency Simulation

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz / Diálogo December 19, 2019 Service members applied prevention and decontamination measures around the Atucha Nuclear Power Plant, in Buenos Aires province.More than 200 Argentine Navy units participated in a red alert simulation at the Atucha nuclear complex on November 14, 2019, during the Nuclear Emergency Plan  Exercise. The complex, consisting of the Atucha I and II power plants, is located in Lima, a town 62 miles from Buenos Aires.“The goal of the exercise was to train emergency response organizations and the people of Lima about protective measures in case of an emergency at the nuclear plant,” Argentine Navy Lieutenant Commander Rodrigo Acuña Guinder, head of operations for the Riverine Area and the Zárate Naval Base, told Diálogo. “In this case, we simulated a radiological emergency.”The emergency plan also involved the Argentine Army, the border protection force of the National Gendarmerie, the Naval Prefecture (coast guard), the Federal Police’s Special Risk Brigade, and the Buenos Aires Province Police, in addition to firefighters and organizations such as the Argentine Red Cross.During the first stage, service members advised the surrounding population to stay home while they evacuated people within a 1.8-mile radius of the nuclear plant to the Zárate Naval Base.“We set up two field tents for the decontamination station, as well as four tents for the evacuees’ welcoming and registration center,” Lt. Cdr. Guinder said. Two other tents served as a command and communication center. Service members also set up five tents that could shelter five evacuees each, as well as 120 two-person tents. “We also have a heliport at the center,” the officer added.Red alertDuring the second stage, the nuclear plant issued a red alert, which implied radioactive emissions and the execution of protective measures. Evacuees were sheltered at Zárate Naval Base’s facilities and tents.“We simulated a radioactive cloud passing over the base’s facilities. The buildings and infrastructure were sealed to protect the evacuees and the Navy personnel,” said Lt. Cdr. Guinder.Service members sealed doors and windows in houses, offices, stores, and schools of Lima, and broadcast informational messages through local radios, using Nuclear Regulatory Authority equipment to detect radiation and decontaminate people and vehicles.Nuclear decontamination includes vigorous washing with water, which must then be treated as radioactive waste. “We also simulated taking stable iodine tablets to saturate the thyroid and mitigate the effects of radiation on the population,” Lt. Cdr. Guinder said.When the nuclear emissions ended, service members carried out radiological monitoring to increase or reduce decontamination measures, as needed.A nuclear benchmarkArgentina pioneered nuclear energy efforts in Latin America, with the construction of the Atucha I reactor in 1974, followed by the Embalse reactor in Córdoba province (1984) and Atucha II (2014).The country continues to be a benchmark in nuclear research and development, and the Navy and other military and security forces play a key role in avoiding disasters in the region.“An emergency at the nuclear plant is very unlikely, but the Argentine Navy personnel train constantly to contribute to the National Civil Protection Contingency Plan,” said Lt. Cdr. Guinder.last_img read more

December 15, 2004 Notices

first_img December 15, 2004 Notices Notice U.S. 11th Circuit to amend rules Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules and Internal Operating Procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after December 3 from the 11th Circuit’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov. A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, phone (404) 335-6100. Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by January 4, 2005. Calling all real estate and probate lawyers The Pro Bono Committee of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section is seeking real estate and probate attorneys to participate in a newly created state wide Clear Title Project to represent legal aid clients. For more information contact Andrew O’Malley at (813) 250-0577 or Adele I. Stone at (954) 925-5501. Board to appoint Foundation members The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its January 28, 2005 meeting: Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Two lawyers to serve three-year terms, commencing July 1, 2005, on this 29-member Board of Directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download and complete the application on-line from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or may call Bar headquarters at (850)561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business January 7, 2005. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Tavares petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Gerald Augustus Tavares of Temple Terrace has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for reinstatement to The Florida Bar.Tavares was suspended for 91 days effective April 4, 2003, for failing to respond to an order to show cause and failing to comply with the terms of his probation. Tavares was reprimanded and placed on probation for three years by order dated August 24, 2000, for failing to pursue court appointed criminal appeals and failing to respond to orders to show cause issued by the Second District Court of Appeal.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Tavares’ fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Lance Thompson, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 West Spruce Street, Suite C-49, Tampa 33607-5958, telephone (813) 875-9821. Stella petitions for Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10, C. Craig Stella has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement. On or about May 20, 2002, Stella was placed on the inactive list for incapacity not related to misconduct. Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Stella’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Lorraine Christine Hoffmann, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 N. Andrews Ave., Suite 900, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, phone (954) 772-2245. YLD seeks delegates for ABA-YLD assembly The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division is presently seeking 13 people to serve as delegates to the ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly. The ABA YLD Assembly is the policy- making arm of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Applicants must be a member of both the ABA and its YLD. Applicants will be required to register for the ABA Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City (no cost) and be able to attend both sessions of the assembly on February 11-12, 2005. There also will be a mandatory meeting of the entire Florida delegation while in Salt Lake City.All interested members should e-mail their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, and ABA membership number to Florida YLD President Michael Faehner at mfaehner@cox.net. The deadline to apply is January 1. For more information contact Faehner at mfaehner@cox.net. Foundation accepting 2005 Medal of Honor nominations The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking nominees for its Medal of Honor Awards, the Foundation’s highest honor.Recipients of the Medal of Honor award will fall into one of two categories, either a member of the Bar or a nonlawyer (including lawyers who are not currently practicing). All nominees must be Florida residents.Nominees for the first category must have a demonstrated dedication to the objectives of the Bar, which strives “to inculcate in its members the principles of duty and service to the public, to improve the administration of justice, and to advance the science of jurisprudence.”Last year, the Medal of Honor for the first category was presented to William J. “Bill” Sheppard for his championing the legal rights of the poor and unpopular.Nominees in the second category must have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the administration of justice in Florida through research, writing, or other deeds of sublime character and quality.Last year’s recipient of the Medal of Honor for a nonlawyer was Rosalie Heffernan, a Miami teacher who started an after-school program called “Constitutional Studies.” Through the program, Heffernan teaches many young women, primarily the daughters of Cuban exiles, the founding principles of our country.Nominations for the awards should describe the specific achievements that would qualify an individual for the Medal of Honor, and also should include a brief biographical sketch of the nominee. Nomination forms are available from the Foundation, or can be downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site (www.flabarfndn.org) under the “What’s New” section. Nominations should be sent to: The Florida Bar Foundation, Medal of Honor Awards Program, P.O. Box 1553, Orlando 32802-1553. Nominations also may be faxed to (407) 839-0287, or e-mailed to cwherry@flabarfndn.org. Nominations must be received by February 7.The Medal of Honor awards will be presented at the Foundation’s annual dinner during The Florida Bar Annual Meeting June 23 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.For more information call The Florida Bar Foundation at (800) 541-2195, or (407) 843-0045. Foundation seeks board of directors applicants A search is underway for eight qualified applicants to join The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors for terms starting in July 2005, under the Florida Supreme Court approved governance plan. The plan calls for 18 members of the Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar Board of Governors, and the board of directors of the Bar Foundation.Applicants should possess an unwavering commitment to the mission of The Florida Bar Foundation, which supports equal access to justice for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students.Six of the 18 at-large seats will be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2005. The positions currently are held by Michele Kane Cummings, Ft. Lauderdale, Reginald Luster, Jacksonville (Florida Supreme Court appointees), Daryl D. Parks, Tallahassee, Lawrence J. Phalin, Orlando (Florida Bar Board of Governors appointees), Patrice Pilate, Viera, Kathleen S. McLeroy, Tampa (Foundation appointees). Because of term limits, Parks, Pilate, McLeroy, and Phalin are not eligible for an additional term. Applicants for the at-large positions must be members of the Bar Foundation. Bar Foundation members include annual contributors, Foundation Fellows, and participants in IOTA.The Foundation also is seeking two public members for the board. One of the two public member seats currently is held by T. Glenn Jackson, Jr., Windermere. Term limits also make Jackson ineligible for an additional term. The second public member seat is a new position. A joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee will consider public member applications. The board must have at least two public members and may include up to four. In addition to Jackson, two new public members were selected by the joint committee for two-year terms that began July 1, 2004.Since 1981, the Foundation’s board has been the administrator of the Florida Supreme Court’s IOTA Program. The Foundation board also oversees the Foundation’s formal fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court and the Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seats) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church St., Orlando 32801-3440, or downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site: www.flabarfndn.org under the governance section. Completed applications for these seats must be received by the foundation by February 7, 2005. (The Florida Bar has given separate notice for the two positions to be filled by The Florida Bar Board of Governors. See Notice on page 3.)The Florida Bar Foundation board embraces the concept of diversity. A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live.The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for members of The Florida Bar, and full reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service for public members and members of the judiciary.” Applicants will be advised in writing by May 15, 2005, of action taken by the selecting authorities. Annual pro bono award nominations solicited Lawyers who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor are being sought for public recognition by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award is given to an outstanding attorney in each of the state’s judicial circuits. The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award is a statewide award presented by the Chief Justice to an individual attorney who exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession in assuring the availability of legal services to the poor. The award is named for the late Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon. The Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation is a statewide award that recognizes a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the provision of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services. The Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award presented by the Chief Justice is a statewide award to recognize, when appropriate, a voluntary bar association which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services.The deadline for nominations is January 7, 2005. Nomination forms and contact information for the circuit committee chairs are available on The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org.If you have any questions, contact the circuit committee chair in your area or contact The Florida Bar’s Public Information Office, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or call (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669. Court creates award honoring judges New to this year’s pro bono award lineup will be the Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award.Chief Justice Barbara Pariente created the award to recognize an active or retired judge for outstanding and sustained service to the public whether through legal or civic service or a combination of them, including, but not limited to, support of pro bono legal services.To qualify, a nominee must have completed at least five years of judicial service on a state trial or appellate court created by Article V of the state Constitution. The award will be given to the judge who best exemplifies the ideals embodied in the commentary to Canon 4B of the Code of Judicial Conduct, especially as it relates to pro bono publico. The commentary to Canon 4B states, in part: “[A] judge is in a unique position to contribute to the improvement of the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice.. . To the extent that time permits, a judge is encouraged to do so, either independently or through a bar association, judicial conference, or other organization dedicated to the improvement of the law. Support of pro bono legal services by members of the bench is an activity that relates to improvement of the administration of justice. Accordingly, a judge may engage in activities intended to encourage attorneys to perform pro bono services.. . . ”The deadline for nominations is January 7, 2005. Nomination forms and contact information for the circuit committee chairs are available on The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org.If you have any questions, contact the circuit committee chair in your area or contact The Florida Bar’s Public Information Office, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or call (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669. December 15, 2004 Noticeslast_img read more

Briefs

first_imgBriefs Bar members who delay seeking approval for unapproved CLE courses until just before their three-year CLE reporting deadline will soon find themselves paying a $50 late fee. The Board of Governors okayed in April a recommendation from the Budget Committee to impose the late fee. Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer said the Bar is having a problem from members who take unapproved CLE courses more than 60 days before the end of their CLE reporting period, and then do not request evaluation and award of credit until less than 60 days for the deadline. That has created a backlog of work that the committee hopes to discourage with the late fee, he said. That late fee becomes effective July 1. Briefs JUSTICE PEGGY QUINCE led a book club discussion in Tallahassee with 60 students at PACE Center for Girls by asking the girls to explain which of the main female characters they felt they shared characteristics with and why from The True Meaning of Cleavage by Mariah Fredericks. The Tallahassee Women Lawyers hosted the Breakfast & Books program as part of Florida Association for Women Lawyers implementation of a statewide mentorship program created at the PACE centers. “One of the great rewards of being a justice of the Supreme Court is having opportunities to interact and hopefully influence our young people,” said Justice Quince. “The book club at PACE was especially rewarding because both the girls and the lawyers read the same book and had an opportunity to discuss their differing views of people and relationships.” A. Mirielle Fall chaired and coordinated all the activities for the book club meeting. Six classroom discussions were facilitated by TWL members C. Sha’Ron James, June McKinney Bartelle, Kendra Davis, Maja Holman, Katrice Jenkins, and Karusha Sharp. YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION President Michael Faehner, right, presented The Florida Bar YLD 2005 Diversity Award to Diego “Woody” Rodriguez. The award recognizes an attorney who has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity. Rodriguez served as the national diversity director of the ABA YLD for 2004-2005, and directed and presented The Trial of the Century: A Re-enactment of Brown v. Board of Education. Rodriguez also is the past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and serves as a guardian ad litem and mentor to Hispanic families. The YLD donated $2,500 to the Florida Citrus Sports Foundation, Rodriguez’ charity of choice, which sponsors a camp for disadvantaged youth. THE FLORIDA GUARDIAN AD LITEM ASSOCIATION honored Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, with its “Legislative Voice for Children” award—presented annually to a legislator who has positively impacted the lives of abused and neglected children. Negron, an attorney, was “instrumental in securing additional funding for the program during the 2004 legislative session and helped to ensure a smooth transition for the program when it moved from the state courts system,” according to a statement from GAL Statewide Executive Director Angela Orkin. The award was presented on April 19 at a reception on the top floor of the Capitol, during Florida Guardian ad Litem Legislative Day when the program celebrated 25 years of advocacy for children. Pictured from the left are Orkin, Sen. Nan Rich, D-Sunrise, Negron, State GAL Association President Marilyn McLean, and Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville. THE LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL Mock Trial Team from Tallahassee recently captured its second straight Florida High School Mock Trial Competition championship. The event was held in Orlando and is sponsored by the Florida Law Related Education Association. Lincoln will now represent Florida in the national competition this month in Charlotte, N.C. Lincoln High teacher Rob Thompson and his wife, Kelly O’Keefe, who practices with Broad and Cassel, founded the team nine years ago. The team consists of eight members and three alternates. Katherine Davis received the Best Attorney Award in the competition and a $500 check. Pictured on the bottom row from the left are O’Keefe, David Grossman, Yao Yao Luo, Davis, Monica Marder, Gary Cooper, and Thompson. On the top from the left are Lauren Durden, Sonha Hoang, Courtney Aztalos, Kathleen Wade, Heather Milton, and Victoria Boselman.City, County and Local Government Section sets public finance seminar May 15, 2005 Regular News The City, County and Local Government Law Section will present its biennial seminar “Public Finance in Florida” July 29-30 at the Ritz Carlton in Manalapan. This year’s seminar includes presentations about the local government lawyer’s role in bond transactions, legal issues in derivative financial products, economic development matters, and a roundtable discussion concerning the proposed amendments to IRS Circular 230. Also scheduled is a panel presentation about the Sanibel Bridge litigation which disrupted Lee County’s planned bond financing. The public finance seminar has been held every other year since 1989 and provides an opportunity for city, county, and local government attorneys and municipal bond attorneys to learn about and discuss new developments in public finance law. For more information contact Sandy MacLennan at amaclennan@ssd.com or Carol Kirkland at ckirkland@flabar.org.Late fee for CLE reporting approvedlast_img read more

Cornerstones of strategic brand development

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Brands are symbols full of many different kinds of impressions and meaning. The ideas surrounding your brand provide the most valuable insights for helping any business differentiate, stay relevant and resonate emotionally.There are distinct advantages to using different perspectives to deepen the quality of your brand associations, relationships and meaning. Today we’ll look at metaphors that provide windows into analyzing and comprehending your brand meaning in new ways.Because all products and services are largely defined as brands, it follows that adeptly studying the meaning within your brand is the quickest way to simplifying complexity and focusing on the things that matter most in defining value with consumers. Success today absolutely requires a profound, focused and skillful effort in brand creation, development and management. With this in mind let’s begin with different ways you can view your brand as an aid to growth. continue reading »last_img read more

After the Equifax epic data breach fail – what next?

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One would have to have been hiding under a rock not to have heard about the massive Equifax data breach.  The credit reporting agency announced last week that a web application flaw exposed 143 million consumer records to hackers including credit card numbers for 209,000 U.S. consumers and what it described as “dispute documents” containing personal information for 182,000 U.S. consumers.   Equifax stated it discovered the intrusion on July 29.  On top of that, three senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the discovery on August 1 and August 2, although Equifax indicated the executives “had no knowledge that an intrusion had occurred at the time they sold their shares.”  Equifax’s response in responding to the situation fell short of expectations.There is no technical federal regulatory requirement for a credit union to notify its members or NCUA of a third party data breach.  A credit union is only required to notify members and NCUA when there has been a direct data breach of the credit union’s system maintained by it or its third-party service provider.  That being said, member notification, in any data breach context, may help to mitigate against the risk of fraudulent or unauthorized transactions.  A credit union might also review any contractual agreements with Equifax to see whether and how this situation (arguably, this eventuality) was addressed and whether there are any contractual obligations for either party. continue reading »last_img read more

CUNA continues push for BCFP guidance on S. 2155 provisions

first_imgCUNA applauds NCUA’s timely implementation of provisions in the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155) and continues to await fulfillment of several provisions by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. CUNA wrote to the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday for the record of its hearing on implementation of S. 2155, which was strongly supported by CUNA and signed into law in May.“CUNA further awaits the consumer protection-related provisions to be fulfilled by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, specifically relating to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Truth in Lending Act Qualified Mortgage requirements, and the Truth in Lending Act-Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (TILA-RESPA) Integrated Disclosures (TRID),” wrote CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Guidance in these areas would be welcomed sooner rather than later.”CUNA’s letter also notes:CUNA applauds NCUA for its quick implementation of the removal of one-to-four-unit non-owner occupied residential loans from credit unions’ member business lending cap; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

This one is for our unsung heroes

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details There are many awards and recognitions within the credit union space, lots of opportunities for credit unions to recognize great efforts and outcomes. The stories of these awardees are inspiring and motivate us to reach for more. No matter how many opportunities for public recognition there are, there aren’t enough to shine a light on all our worthy heroes. And even if we were able to recognize everyone who deserved it, many if not most would shy away from the attention.Alison and I are blessed to spend 100 percent of our time interacting with credit union teams across the credit union spectrum: large, medium, small, rural, urban, state, federal, international – you get the idea. A common theme among all credit union group types is an abundance of recognition-worthy heroes. The opportunity to see the passion, learning, stretching, growing, and herculean effort to do what is right is a constant source of inspiration for our team. There are too many “for instances” to share – we could literally write a book about the remarkable leadership and service examples.Thank you for inspiring usTo all the leaders who have quietly overcome what appeared to be insurmountable odds, those who:Fell down trying to do the right thing and managed to get back up again, dust themselves off, and fight another day;Carry on, even when they might feel underappreciated or undervalued by their boards;Wear so many hats and are spread so thin because they care about their teams and their members;Literally chase down members and staff, spending time they don’t have to make a difference;Are the first ones in and the last ones to leave nearly every single day;Draw a line in the sand for the right things because their values are non-negotiable;Jump in, fill in and are always the first to raise their hand when a volunteer is needed;Press on in challenging cultures, committed to make a difference;Take risks to accomplish the right things for their members and their teams;Navigate internal and environmental challenges to overcome capital, earnings, regulatory and human resources obstacles that most thought were impossible.You know who you are. Thank you for inspiring us. Thank you for reminding all of us why we do what we do and why this work matters. Thank you for making a meaningful difference in the lives of your teams, the lives of your members, and the quality of life for those in your communities.Why it mattersCredit unions are in the people business. A successful and vibrant credit union movement requires extraordinary people who are willing to push the envelope, work through tough challenges, volunteer as much as possible, and take a stand when necessary. These behaviors are at the core of our credit union movement. They have never been more visible or relevant than now, during a global pandemic. During these challenging times, servant leadership and the tenacity to do hard things have blessed the lives of millions.On their own, technology and world-class marketing will not give credit unions the edge needed for long-term relevance. It’s simple: it’s time to double down on people helping people. Leaders who embody the core values of credit unions and can consistently inspire action are our clearest strategic advantage. It’s these values, leaders, and behaviors that will give us the edge as we compete for relevance in people’s lives.If you haven’t recently, I encourage you to look around you. Take a moment to personally recognize someone who is behind the scenes, “doin’ the doin.’” Go out of your way to encourage someone who is struggling, fighting to make a difference. Reach out and let someone know you notice all that they are trying to do and, if you can, pitch in to help lighten their load. Personal recognition goes a long way to lift spirits, and it encourages the heart to keep going. Your attention today, to someone who deserves it, will be long remembered and will make a difference.last_img read more

New Web tool tracks H5N1 testing of US wild birds

first_imgAug 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US government announced yesterday the launch of a Web site that allows the public to view current information about testing of wild birds for H5N1 avian influenza.The site, available at https://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/ai/, is part of a database and Web application housed at the US Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., according to a press release yesterday from the USGS. The Web application, called HEDDS (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection Data System), allows scientists to share information on sample collection sites, bird species sampled, and test results.”HEDDS provides a critical comprehensive view of national sampling efforts at a time when the demand for this type of information is increasing, along with the growing interest in HPAI surveillance efforts in wild birds,” said project leader Joshua Dein, VMD, MS, of the USGS Wildlife Health Center.The national wild-bird surveillance plan, released in March 2006, is part of US efforts to prepare for a potential flu pandemic. The plan includes five strategies for early detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Sample numbers from three of these will be available on HEDDS: live wild birds, subsistence hunter-killed birds, and investigations of sick and dead wild birds. The other two strategies involve domestic bird testing and environmental sampling of water and wild-bird droppings.Agencies, organizations, and policymakers involved in avian flu monitoring and response can access the database. Scientists can use the data to assess risk and refine monitoring strategies if H5N1 avian flu is detected in the United States. Public access is more limited but includes a map showing the number of samples collected in each state.The 2006 surveillance year runs from April 1, 2006, to March 31, 2007. So far this year, 9,590 wild-bird samples have been entered into HEDDS. No cases of H5N1 have been detected. Most of the samples are from Alaska because it is the first US stopover for birds from Asia and other continents where the H5N1 virus is present. Federal officials announced on Aug 9 that surveillance efforts had expanded to the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands.A map on the new USGS site shows that 9,327 birds from Alaska have been tested so far this year, with only a few from most other states.  Last year officials tested just 721 birds from Alaska and none from most other states, another map shows.The goal of the surveillance program for 2006 is to collect 75,000 to 100,000 samples from wild birds and 50,000 environmental samples, officials have said.HEDDS was produced by the National Biological Information Infrastructure Wildlife Disease Information Node, part of the USGS National Wildlife Center. Several agencies are financially supporting the system, including the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the USGS, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Participants include state wildlife agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations.See also:Aug 24 USGS press release on Web site tracking H5N1 testing of wild birdshttps://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/ai/Aug 9 CIDRAP News story “US’s wild bird H5N1 monitoring expands beyond Alaska”last_img read more