The room was filled with powerful political operatives. These were the people who managed the campaigns of the 2012 presidential election, and they were shoulder-to-shoulder with Jasmine Burnett ’16.“Never in my life did I ever think I would be in the same room with these people. But there I was, and there was [former White House presidential adviser] David Axelrod,” said Burnett, who is on the special events committee at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. “You hear a lot about the resources that Harvard has, and the incredible opportunities that are here. Until you come here and until you experience it all, I don’t think you really realize … the opportunities that are here waiting for you.”While Burnett has always nurtured an interest in politics, she never dreamed she would come to Harvard College. A native of Atlanta, she didn’t initially consider applying to the school.“My mom told me from a very young age that I was going to have to work hard, not only to get into to college, but work hard to be able to pay for college,” Burnett said. “I was applying to a lot of schools, and I just thought that Harvard was so far out of my reach on both levels.”It was Burnett’s mother who strongly urged her daughter to apply to Harvard.“My mom said that Harvard has a great financial aid program and that I should apply. But I never thought I would get in,” she said.To keep the College affordable for students like Burnett and others from nearly every financial background, the school has made a strong commitment to its financial aid initiative. For the current academic year the College’s financial aid budget was increased by $10 million, or 5.8 percent, bringing the total to a record $182 million. Since 2007, Harvard’s investment in financial aid for undergraduates has increased 88 percent.Approximately 60 percent of College students receive need-based scholarship aid, and approximately 20 percent of families pay nothing. Many College students actually graduate debt-free.Funding for this important program is one of six top priorities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ (FAS) $2.5 billion Campaign for Arts and Sciences, which launched over the weekend. In total, the FAS is hoping to raise $600 million to fund financial aid. Currently, only about half of financial aid funds come from the endowment, requiring administrators to fund assistance out of the operating budget and through current-use donations provided by generous alumni. FAS Dean Michael D. Smith said he hopes to increase the percentage of endowment funding to about 80, which would put the program on a much more sustainable path.“Keeping Harvard affordable for every extraordinary student we accept is one of our fundamental commitments. That’s what our industry-leading financial aid program is all about,” said Smith. “Through the Campaign for Arts and Sciences, we want to ensure that our leadership in this area is sustainable for the long term, so that for generations to come we can continue to encourage incredibly talented students, regardless of means, to come take advantage of all that Harvard has to offer them.”For Burnett, even though she had been accepted, and financial aid would make Harvard an affordable option, it was when she set foot on campus that she knew Harvard was the place for her. “When I came to campus for Visitas,” the weekend program for admitted students, “I found people from very different backgrounds, yet we all had a lot in common,” she said. “And it doesn’t matter if I am a financial aid student, because most undergraduates here receive some form of aid. Whether you receive aid or not, we all eat in the same dining halls, and we all live in the same dorms.”For August Dao ’15, the path to Harvard started halfway around the world. Dao was born in Vietnam, but came to Portland, Ore., with his family when he was just 13 months old. Being a first-generation American with parents who do not speak English, Dao said the drive to attend college came from within.“My parents really weren’t in a position to help me out, so I really had to be proactive. When I was in middle school, I first really heard about Harvard and how it was the best school in the country, and it was my dream school for a long time,” Dao said. “My high school was one of the most poorly funded in the district, so not a lot of people in my school thought about going to a place like Harvard.”Financial aid would play a large role in Dao’s decision of where to apply to college. He said that from the beginning, it was clear Harvard’s financial aid program was the key to helping him realize his dream.“I was kind of amazed at how it worked and how easy it was to find information and apply for financial aid. It’s really very simple,” Dao said. Ultimately, he said, Harvard proved to be the most affordable of all the colleges that accepted him.Dao has flourished at Harvard. In addition to being a pre-med concentrating in chemistry, he is co-president of the Southeast Asian Coalition and a singer in KeyChange, Harvard’s R&B, hip-hop, and soul a capella group. Last summer, he studied in Italy. He also travels into Boston weekly on the T to work at Health Leads, a nonprofit social services program that connects families with much-needed resources.“What I would say to anyone applying to Harvard is that I was you at one point. You just really have to be open to the amazing possibilities Harvard presents,” Dao said.Austin Mueller ’17 has been at Harvard only two months, but already he’s heard a number of world leaders speak. It’s quite a change from life in Chilton, Wis., his hometown of less than 4,000 people located between Milwaukee and Green Bay.“The Harvard-Boston environment is much different than the one back home in Wisconsin,” he said.When he was looking at colleges, Mueller said he didn’t give much thought to applying to Harvard — that is, until he learned about the financial aid program.“I assumed that I wouldn’t be able to afford college, regardless of location or prestige. My parents wouldn’t be able to help me out with tuition, and I didn’t have much money of my own,” Mueller said. “I knew about Harvard’s financial aid program, and it is one of the main reasons that I applied. I knew that it was statistically unlikely for me to be admitted, but I took the chance because I knew it would be like winning the lottery academically and financially.”Mueller said he is finding incredible opportunities at every turn. And he feels he’s already making his mark at Harvard.“I think it’s important to have a broad cross-section of students at Harvard. There are talented and worthy students from all social and economic classes,” he said. “Socio-economic diversity complements racial, geographic, and all other types of diversity in creating a vibrant student body.”
Health Law Section nominations The Health Law Section’s Nominating Committee has released its recommended slate of officers and executive council members for 2005-2006.The nominations include: Harold Kaplan of Coral Springs for chair-elect; Laurie Levin of Orlando for treasurer; and Jeanne Helton of Jacksonville for secretary. Executive council nominations for seats that expire in 2008 include: Gregory A. Chaires of Winter Garden; George F. Indest III of Altamonte Springs; Monica Rodriguez of Coral Gables; and James A. Farrell of West Palm Beach. Also recommended to fill the term of Helton, who was nominated for secretary, is Spence Levine of Tallahassee (term to expire 2006) and to fill the seat of Leonard Dietzen, who stepped down from the council, is Rodney M. Johnson of Pensacola (term to expire 2007).Any section member who chooses to challenge these nominations and seek office must submit a petition of at least 15 voting members of the section and file it with Chair Allen Grossman, P.O. Box 11189, Tallahassee 32302-3189 by August 30. Health Law Section nominations August 1, 2005 Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Internet hacktivist group Anonymous plans to disrupt the 2013 State of the Union Address Feb. 12. (Long Island Press)Internet hacktivist collective Anonymous is planning to disrupt the online broadcast of President Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address, according to a communiqué received by grassroots activism publicity agency The Sparrow Project.The message was sent to an email address assigned to a Sparrow Project volunteer Tuesday morning, says a posting on The Sparrow Project’s homepage, and “details a planned effort by the group’s affiliates online to disrupt the online streaming and syndication of the President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, scheduled for 9pm EST.”“The communiqué goes on to elaborate that this action is in response to a proposed executive order that would reinstate the most protested elements of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Information Act (CISPA),” the publicity grooup writes. “In 2012 a synergistic movement of progressives, legislative reformers, online activists, and autonomous hackers successfully defeated CISPA and another controversial bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Many credit Aaron Swartz and the group which he cofounded, Demand Progress, with coordinating the successful campaign to stop these bills.”Previous Anonymous DDoS [Distributed Denial of Service] attacks have targeted the White House, U.S. Department of Justice, Internet pedophiles, the Church of Scientology, PayPal and the New York Stock Exchange, among many others. Members are known to don Guy Fawkes masks when appearing in public, as they’ve done throughout the Occupy Wall Street Movement and related protests.“We are Anonymous,” reads the introduction on cyber chat room AnonSet. “We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”“Welcome to Operation State of the Union,” it continues, additionally directing users to #SOTU Twitter feed, which was trending. “POST NOW — ENGAGE ALL MEMES — FULL TROLL AHEAD.”The following is the text from Anonymous’ communiqué sent to The Sparrow Project:“Article II, Sector 3 of the US Constitution, says the President ‘shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.’“At 9PM Eastern Standard Time, February , 2013 President Obama has planned to address a joint session of Congress to deliver the State of the Union Address. The following day, President Obama will be introducing an executive order, purportedly aimed at bolstering U.S. cybersecurity, after repeated failed attempts to pass legislation through Congress.“Anonymous has reached a verdict of NO CONFIDENCE in this executive order and the plans to reintroduce the CISPA bill to Congress on the same day. As such, President Obama and the State of the Union Address will be BANISHED from the Internet for the duration of live delivery. So as not to infringe upon the President’s free speech, subsequent broadcasts will be allowed to pass unhindered. This action is being taken to underline a fact that appears to be sorely unrecognized by the Obama Administration — that the Internet is a sovereign territory, and does not fall under the jurisdiction of any nation state.“We are the natives of this space, and its guardians, and we will fight until death to protect it as a neutral grounds for the unhindered interaction of all members of the human race, so long as they themselves act in harmony with this inviolable principle. Our determination is that President Obama is acting in direct contravention of this principle, and his brief exclusion is an educational, rather than a punitive measure. We hope that its lesson will be learnt. Punitive measures have not been ruled out. — Anonymous”
by: Keith LeggettThe National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) painted a bleak outlook for small credit unions in its proposal to raise the asset threshold for small entities to $100 million in assets.NCUA described these small credit unions with less than $100 million in assets as competitively disadvantaged and generally facing significant challenges.NCUA compared the performance of federally insured credit unions (FICUs) with less than $100 million in assets to credit unions with more than $100 million in assets between 2001 and 2013 across a number of performance metrics.NCUA found that smaller credit unions lagged behind the performance of their larger peers across these different measures during this time period. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
With video encroaching more and more in our professional lives and helping to market our businesses, one of the most powerful formats of this medium is the video interview. Whether you’re interviewing success stories from members (credit unions) or clients (industry vendors), these objective testimonies are powerful pieces of communication.To see the emotion and transformation from the interviewee causes an immediate connection with the audience. That’s the beauty of video. It captures facial expressions, voice inflection, body movement and so much more that enhances the message’s delivery and connection. It’s challenging to create that with text or audio.So if you are going to venture down the video interview road, here is the successful video interview trifecta that will sure to connect and possibly convert your audience.Be SuccinctAs with most successful online videos, brevity is key for high viewership. There’s a reason why so many people watch video, they’re short and to the point — at least the good ones are.So a timing rule of thumb is keeping your productions around two or three minutes. People are in a hurry these days. If you can get your point across in that amount of time — or less, the more views you will receive. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ten-term Republican Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, citing his arrest on federal corruption charges in October, announced Tuesday that he plans to resign the office he was first elected to 20 years ago.The announcement comes 76 days after a group of Republican New York State senators called on Venditto to resign following his Oct. 20 arrest. The senators also called for the resignation of fellow Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who was arrested the same day in connection with similar charges in the same indictment as Venditto. Mangano said immediately after his arrest that he refused to step down, but Venditto initially declined to comment on his plans.“Throughout my career in town government, one consideration rose above all others, namely, what is best for the Town of Oyster Bay and its residents,” Venditto said in a statement. “Accordingly, I have decided to leave my position as the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor. I now feel that it is in the best interests of the Town and its residents for me to do so, especially since it will be difficult, if not impossible, for me to function as the Town Supervisor going forward, as I focus on clearing my name. Therefore, I am forthwith submitting a letter to the Oyster Bay Town Board stating that I am leaving my position as of the close of business on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.”The supervisor’s announcement came seven weeks after he led his first town board meeting since his arrest. That November meeting fell on the same day that Mangano held his first news conference since being arrested.At his meeting, Venditto broke his silence on the case while speaking with reporters, but declined to discuss it with residents. Mangano declined to answer questions about the case at his news conference before exiting through a back door to dodge questions, according to reporters in attendance.Venditto’s announcement ends months of speculation since he had refused to say after his arrest whether or not he intended to resign. Mangano defiantly told reporters outside the courthouse that he would not resign, but has not said whether he would seek re-election to a third term when his current term expires next year.Federal prosecutors have alleged Mangano and Venditto conspired between 2010 and 2015 to use their power to back loans for and award contracts to a businessman, who in turn gave them kickbacks and a $450,000 no-show job for the county executive’s wife, Linda, who was also charged. All three have pleaded not guilty, are free on bail and face up to 20 years in prison, if convicted. They’re due back in court Feb. 7.Venditto’s arrest and his name recognition is believed to be partly responsible for why his son, freshman state Sen. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), was unseated by Democratic challenger John Brooks, who will be sworn in on Friday after a lengthy recount.The arrests of Mangano and Venditto are the latest in a string of federal corruption cases involving public officials on Long Island.Ex-Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke was sentenced last month to 46 months in prison for beating a suspect and covering it up, former Nassau County Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) served three months in jail last year for bilking $2.3 million from a client of his law firm and former Oyster Bay Planning Commissioner Frederick Ippolito was sentenced in September to two years in prison for failing to claim $2 million in income on his taxes.Appealing their convictions are disgraced New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who was found guilty of soliciting bribes in November 2015, and former Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Edward Walsh, who was convicted last March of fraud for golfing, gambling and politicking when he was on the clock at his job as a corrections lieutenant.Federal authorities are also reportedly investigating Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office in connection with Burke’s cover-up, prompting calls for Spota to resign from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a fellow Democrat, but Spota rebuffed those calls.
Sep 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Though the pandemic H1N1 virus never faded from the scene during the summer, illnesses are starting to pick up again, particularly in the southeastern states where school has already started, Thomas Frieden, MD, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Frieden’s comments came the same day the CDC released a report on pediatric deaths from novel H1N1 infections in children, which seem to be striking those with neurodevelopmental conditions the hardest and showing a bacterial pneumonia coinfection pattern, even in previously healthy children. The report appears in the Sep 4 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).Though there’s no sign that novel H1N1 is becoming more deadly, the CDC is vigorously monitoring the virus and is prepared to change its approach to fighting the virus if needed, Frieden said.The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today also issued an update on the pandemic H1N1 virus activity in five southern hemisphere countries, available on the flu.gov Web site. Though patterns there resemble the experience the United States had in the spring, the assessment suggests that indigenous populations may be disproportionately affected, he said.”This information, plus the information on children, shows who is at highest risk and who we need to reach out the most,” Frieden added.The MMWR report includes 36 pediatric deaths that occurred from April through August 8. About two-thirds of the children had at least one underlying medical condition, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or chronic cardiac problems, which is higher than the percentage reported during recent flu seasons. CDC investigators found that, of 23 children who had lab results reported, 10 (43%) had bacterial coinfections. (Three involved methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.)Of 31 children for whom medication treatment is known, 19 received antivirals, but only 2 were treated within 2 days of illness onset when the drugs are known to be most effective.Frieden said though the pneumonia findings aren’t unexpected, it’s important for physicians to consider prescribing antibiotics for young patients who were ill and seemed to be recovering but then come back in with a high fever.”The take-home message is that kids with underlying conditions are first in line when the vaccine is available,” he said, adding that he will have his own kids receive the vaccine when campaigns begin. “I recommend all school kids get the vaccine.”In advance of the vaccine’s arrival, expected in mid October, the CDC will be making efforts to give the public more information to assess vaccine risks, Frieden said. For example, the baseline rate for miscarriages the week after women receive the seasonal flu vaccine is just over 1,000 in 500,000 who receive the shot, about the same as the rate in unvaccinated women.Until the vaccine arrives, the CDC is also asking Americans to take extra efforts to reduce the number of illnesses and the burden on the healthcare system, he said. Staying home when sick, hand washing, and proper cough and sneeze hygiene are vital, he said.Most people, except for those with underlying conditions, will typically recover without testing and treatment. However, those who have severe symptoms such as trouble breathing or a recurrence of fever should contact their doctors.CDC. Surveillance for pediatric deaths associated with 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus infection, United States, April-August 2009. MMWR 2009 Sep 4;58(34):941-7 [Full text]See also:HHS report: “Pandemic H1N1 assessment from five southern hemisphere countries”
Log in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Police arrested two men in February for allegedly vandalizing heavy equipment belonging to a logging company operating in a forest on Seram Island, in the eastern province of Maluku.They joined 24 other indigenous Sabuai people who were arrested the previous week for similar offenses as they tried to stop CV Sumber Berkat Makmur from felling trees on what they claimed to be their tribal land, in the vicinity of historic sites in eastern Seram.The Maluku Forestry Agency defends the company, claiming it has licenses for both logging and cultivating the area.However, the Sabuai people dispute this.“This forest and mountain are part of our land. How can we give them up to be exploited?” community chief Nicko Ahwalam asked.This is one of many ongoing conflicts pitting indigenous people against the government and corporations over land rights.The Indige… land-conflicts indigenous-people indigenous-people-rights customary-forest Maluku Halmahera AMAN forest Jokowi Topics :
May 18, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: Federal Funding Available for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for Uninsured Patients Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that through the federal stimulus bills providers of COVID-19 testing and treatment services will be able to be reimbursed for providing those services to uninsured patients.“All Pennsylvanians should have access to necessary testing for COVID-19 and this federal funding will help eliminate any financial burden on those both providing and receiving tests,” Gov. Wolf said.The Department of Human Services (DHS) also reminded Pennsylvanians of the continued availability of health coverage through the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medical Assistance (MA), or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).“We are also pleased to work with the federal government to ensure that people who are uninsured can receive COVID-19 testing and treatment without worrying about how to pay for it. No Pennsylvanian should forego medically-necessary testing for fear of what it might cost, and providers will be able to collect payment for testing and services directly from the federal government,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “Affordable health care and access to it is a necessity at all times, but it is especially vital during a health crisis. DHS is always working to make sure that people who need coverage to protect themselves and their children have it. I encourage anyone who may need coverage to apply for Medicaid or CHIP.”As part of the Family First Coronavirus Relief Act and CARES Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide reimbursement to health care providers generally at Medicare rates for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19 and treating uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Payments for uninsured individuals will be administered through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).HRSA is accepting claims as of May 6 and will accept claims for services dating back to February 4, 2020. Providers should access the HRSA website at https://coviduninsuredclaim.linkhealth.com/ to learn what services are covered, determine who is eligible, submit claims, and find more information.COVID-19 testing is mandatory coverage for individual and marketplace insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Pennsylvanians can apply online for both Medicaid and CHIP at www.compass.state.pa.us. Medicaid and CHIP enroll individuals throughout the year and do not have a limited or special enrollment time, so people needing health coverage can apply for these programs at any time. There are income limits for Medicaid, but no income limits for children to qualify for coverage through CHIP.“The Affordable Care Act has ensured that we have health insurance options available, even if people lose the coverage they currently have,” Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said. “Individuals and families can sign-up for health coverage through the marketplace at healthcare.gov, outside of the annual open enrollment period, if they experience a life change that qualifies them from a Special Enrollment Period. These circumstances include the loss of health insurance provided by an employer, which many individuals may experience during the COVID-19 outbreak. There are several resources available for displaced employees during this difficult time, so I encourage those affected to reach out for guidance and assistance.”The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) offers free, personal, no pressure, no obligation, non-biased enrollment assistance. PACHC and its network of Community Health Centers are available to assist you in navigating and enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medical Assistance (MA), Medicare and CHIP. Certified Exchange Assisters are available throughout Pennsylvania to help residents enroll in these programs.Pennsylvanians can find exchange assisters in their area here. Individuals can also search by using the find a health center page. Individuals with additional questions or in need of further assistance can contact the PACHC’s Navigator Hub at 1-866-944-CARE (2273).Visit pa.gov for a “Responding to COVID-19” guide or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.Guidance to DHS providers related to COVID-19 is available here.Ver esta página en español.