AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe fourth annual Volvo for Life awards were announced and the 2006 grand prize winner is Dr. Ingida Asfaw of Pontiac, Michigan. Asfaw is a medical doctor who has galvanized over 550 medical and non-health professionals in the U.S. and Canada to give their time and talents to address the profound health care crises in Ethiopia. With donations of money and time, he founded the nonprofit Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA). His prize, awarded on April 12, is a new car from Volvo for the rest of his life. One hundred semifinalists were also chosen from more than 4,000 nominations.A humble man but a brilliant surgeon, Dr. Asfaw has led volunteers from the health profession into Ethiopia on semi-annual medical missions since 1999.During the May 2005 mission, the delegation performed nearly 100 surgical procedures; conducted advanced training for 250 Ethiopian health care professionals; donated 32,400 books; and provided lifesaving medical equipment, instruments, and supplies to several specialized hospitals, three universities, and a leprosy research training center.Dr. Ingida Asfaw embodies the American dream of the impoverished immigrant who achieves extraordinary success and skill in their adopted land. But he also has educated a generation of health care professionals back in his native country and inspired others to reach beyond borders to bring hope to those in desperate need.ENAHPA serves 1700 adults and children living with HIV/AIDS by providing free anti-retroviral treatment and soon will include 8,000 more. The group supports orphans and maternity wards (with donations of sterile maternity kits) and is building a new Maternal and Child Health Care Center in the city of Awassa.In 1958, at the age of sixteen, Asfaw traveled two weeks from Ethiopia to America aboard a cargo ship, arriving with little money, but a big dream: to become a doctor and return to Ethiopia with healing hands. He has achieved his dream against extraordinary odds, always returning to his homeland to tend the needs of so many of its impoverished and suffering citizens.Ethiopia is the land of beautiful faces. Get involved with the many projects at ENAHPA to help an orphan, save a baby, or help extend the life of someone with HIV/AIDS. Read the Good News Network report featuring the 2005 Volvo Hometown Hero, Hope Bevilhymer, from Utah, who helps people in developing countries to receive prosthetic limbs. The Limbs of Hope Foundation was born out of the difficulties in her own life raising money to buy a prosthetic limb when it was not covered by insurance.Volvo invites you to nominate your hero for 2008. They could win a Volvo for Life.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The Student International Business Council (SIBC), the University’s largest student organization, changed its membership requirements at the start of the school year to permit only students pursuing a major or minor in the Mendoza College of Business to join.Dr. Angela Logan, SIBC’s faculty advisor, said these changes occurred after SIBC came under the purview of the Mendoza College of Business. Previously, the Student Activities Office (SAO) had authority over SIBC, which has about 500 members and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.“Due to its commitment to ‘ask more of business,’ and its emphasis on providing Mendoza students with opportunities to gain educational experience around the world, the Student Activities Office and Office of Student Affairs asked the Mendoza College of Business about the possibility of SIBC returning to its original oversight in Mendoza,” Logan said in an email.“After conversations with key leadership in Mendoza and the benefactor regarding the current challenges and future opportunities for growth of the organization, the Mendoza College of Business welcomed SIBC under its stewardship,” Logan said. “As the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are excited and poised to continue SIBC’s commitment of ‘peace through commerce’ across the globe.”Senior Alessandro DiSanto, one of SIBC’s co-presidents, said the council’s move to Mendoza forced it to limit its membership.“As of the end of August, we were officially moved from under SAO to the Mendoza College of Business,” DiSanto said. “As an organization officially housed within the college of business, our membership is excluded specifically to those … who are either majors within the Mendoza College of Business or have minors or concentrations in a program that requires courses in Mendoza as part of their mandatory curriculum.”DiSanto said the student leadership of the council was informed of the decision to move into Mendoza on Aug. 24. He said no students were involved in the decision-making process.“We were informed of the decision after they were made, at the end of August as we arrived onto campus,” he said. “We were not privy to the discussions as they were being had over the summer between SAO, Development and Mendoza.“It is our understanding that the justification is that now that SIBC is housed under Mendoza, when students go out and represent themselves as SIBC members to companies through these projects, they are representing, implicitly, the Mendoza College of Business, and the [Mendoza College of Business] Dean [Dr. Roger Huang] would not want any students representing themselves as the Mendoza College of Business without having the education certified and provided by Mendoza courses.”DiSanto said though he and other members of the council respect the decision, he feels open membership offers SIBC constituents a more integrated experience.“Previous to this year, we were housed under SAO, and one of the requirements of SAO to be a club is that you must be open to the entire campus,” he said. “That’s something we prided ourselves on was that we allowed ourselves to be an opportunity for students across campus who might be of a specific technical discipline like engineering or a broad social discipline perspective [like] PLS or any Arts and Letters discipline and allow them to enter into the business environment, to learn that language, and see if that’s something they might want to apply into their own lives.“We certainly understand the perspective of the Dean from a liability and quality management perspective, but it is our overall philosophy that we feel that a broad membership criterion is more in line with the mission of the University, as far as diversity of opinion and diversity of thought,” DiSanto said. “We feel that within a real-life business world, a group of individuals with a diverse background can produce better results than those with a limited technical training.”DiSanto and fellow senior and SIBC co-president Alisha Anderson estimate SIBC’s current membership is 20 to 30 percent non-business students. DiSanto said the outcome of the new membership requirement will be most visible in the consulting and global development divisions.“I think the largest impact on the council will be within the global development and consulting divisions,” he said. “Our consulting division has historically drawn a large number of interdisciplinary students, including engineers, who are both drawn to consulting companies because of their multifaceted, big picture approach to company problems, as well as consulting companies, which are very much drawn to people with engineering backgrounds because of their technical training.“Within the global development division, we anticipate a very large impact. A large number of the students draw from more socially-conscious training programs within the College of Arts and Letters. … The [global development] projects normally have large international service-based aspects, which make them a big draw to students not only studying business.”Anderson said SIBC established a “pretty generous” grandfather clause, which allows any non-business students who have been active in the club to remain members, to accommodate previous members who do not meet the new requirements. Freshmen who have yet to declare a major must show intent to enter the Mendoza College of Business at the end of the year, she said.“All those who have participated in the past [and have been] active in the past, typically meaning [they] paid dues, regardless of your college or your association, you are allowed to participate. … Freshmen just have to be business intent this year.”Freshman John White, who intends to major in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), said he “was definitely surprised about the new requirements.”“Despite not having a major within Mendoza, I am very interested in a career in business, and I believed SIBC would be a great way to pursue that interest,” White said.White said he joined the Notre Dame Wall Street Club, which helps students network and find careers in business, to continue that pursuit.Amidst the changes, Anderson said she looks forward to the opportunities Mendoza can provide SIBC and its members.“We are excited to return to Mendoza,” she said. “We are a business club, and we had previously been housed in Mendoza, so this is sort of returning home for us.“We see this as a great opportunity to engage more with the extensive faculty and staff on hand. Especially for our founder, this move is important to him, too. We are excited to return home and have this opportunity to improve upon our organization and programming.”Monica Laidig, SIBC’s program manager, said despite some negative reactions to the membership requirement change, the council will still strive to excel in its mission to spread “peace through commerce.”“For 25 years, SIBC has been open to all students at the University of Notre Dame,” Laidig said in a written statement. “The new membership requirements were administratively designated when SIBC was brought into the Mendoza College of Business at the beginning of the semester.“This has understandably created a strong reaction by SIBC members and alumni as well as the student body. The Student International Business Council’s vision of ‘peace through commerce’ will continue to encourage discussion regarding the restrictions, while at the same time moving forward in a professional manner.”Tags: Membership, mendoza college of business, SIBC, Student Activities Office, Student International Business Council
5. Edward Lewis, Pretty Woman: The Musical 2. Kyle/Grandmaster Chad, Legally Blonde Pretty Woman: The Musical officially opened at the Nederlander Theatre last week. The screen-to-stage adaptation of the 1990 film stars Andy Karl and Samantha Barks in the roles made famous on the big screen by Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. In honor of three-time Tony nominee Karl’s return to the Great White Way (alongside his wife and fellow Tony nominee Orfeh), we asked the fans to rank their favorite roles he has taken on. Take a peek at your top 10 picks!10. Sgt. Mike Dodds, Law & Order: SVU 4. Rocky Balboa, Rocky 8. Neville Landless/Mr. Victor Grinstead, The Mystery of Edwin Drood 1. Phil Connors, Groundhog Day Andy Karl in “Groundhog Day,” “Pretty Woman: The Musical” & “Wicked”(Photos: Joan Marcus & Andrew Eccles; Composite by Ryan Casey) 3. Fiyero, Wicked 6. Tommy DeVito, Jersey Boys 9. Danny Zuko, Grease 7. Bruce Granit, On the Twentieth Century View Comments Star Files Andy Karl
Vermont Business Magazine Rath, Young and Pignatelli, PC, based in Concord, NH, has announced that Mary N Peterson, former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Taxes, has joined the Tax Practice Group in its new Montpelier Office. Peterson’s practice will focus on state and local tax, energy and other regulated industries, administrative practice and public policy. Peterson has extensive experience in state and local matters, as well as utility regulation, commercial contracts, lender liability, bankruptcy, and securities.Peterson will be working out of Rath’s new Montpelier office located at 26 State Street. She served in the Shumlin Administration and was previously a state representative and selectboard member in Williston.Rath, Young and Pignatelli Tax Practice Group serves multistate clients throughout New England.Source: Rath, Young and Pignatelli, PC
Vermont Business Magazine This morning an email sent from a fake account meant to mimic an official Vermont Secretary of State email address was sent to some municipal officials soliciting donations for a family “in dire need” claiming a 3-year old girl “desperately needs your help.” Anyone with a heart is likely to be moved by such a plea, especially around Thanksgiving, a time when Vermonters actively look to help their neighbors in need. But, this Thanksgiving season, Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan and Secretary of State Jim Condos are warning Vermonters about a scam targeting municipal officials that preys on the good intentions of others.Secretary Condos says the email purporting to be from his office to help a child in need is false. “My first priority is always to help Vermonters engage with state government and to assure them of the integrity of state government,” said Secretary of State Jim Condos. “So, it’s especially important to raise the alarm when we see a phony email misusing the name and logo of state government for fraudulent purposes,” he said. “It’s especially alarming that whoever sent this email is preying on the sympathies and generosity of Vermonters.”The email solicits money “to help support Linda,” a 3-year old girl supposedly suffering from a rare disease. It does so using the Secretary of State’s office name and logo without its knowledge or permission. The email is sent from an address designed to look like a Vermont Secretary of State email. It is in no way affiliated with the Secretary of State’s office. The email appears to be targeting municipal officials, whose email addresses are publicly available.There is no indication that the state system has been hacked to obtain email addresses to send this fraudulent request. IT specialists at the Secretary of State’s office say the email originated in Nigeria and then bounced off of a Godaddy server hosted in Singapore. The Secretary of State immediately contacted the Fundly.com website operators to request that it suspend any activity on the account, as well as the Vermont Attorney General’s office to work together to ensure the public is aware of this fraudulent activity.“Vermonters should not donate to any scam fundraisers that misappropriate the name, seal, or office of any state agency,” said Attorney General T.J. Donovan. “We encourage Vermonters to help their neighbors in need during the holidays,” he said. “But be cautious and know that your charitable dollars are going to legitimate causes serving real families,” he said. The Attorney General said he has referred the scam email to the Vermont cyber-crimes unit of the FBI, and is partnering with the Secretary of State to get the word out to local officials and other Vermonters who may receive the scam email.Source: Condos. Donovan 11.21.2017
All the nature studies conducted to date demonstrate that access to nature—both outdoors in natural settings and indoors through filmed footage, paintings, and photographs—can help people manage the stress and anxiety of modern life, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the whole story: Forbes More of our Members in the Media > A groundbreaking 2019 study in Scientific Reports found that spending a minimum of two hours a week in parks, woodlands, or beaches promotes physical and mental health and well-being and gives you a bigger perspective of your life circumstances. In the study, those who spent 120 minutes per week had better health and higher psychological well-being than the ones who didn’t spend any weekly time in nature or those who spent less than 120 minutes per week. The lead author, Mathew White, reported that it doesn’t matter how the 120 minutes are achieved. It can be done in one block or spread out over the entire week to get the benefit. It doesn’t seem to matter what activity you’re involved in, either, as long as you’re outdoors: sailing, biking, kayaking, walking or tennis. The types of news outlets, TV shows, movies, magazines, and newspapers we consume on a regular basis frame our perspective and impact our mental health and well-being. Long-standing research shows that chronic TV watchers and news followers have elevated fears because the events they observe start to seem as if they are happening outside their front door. And once we consume too much chronic, negative, and catastrophic information, we can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. It stays in our minds, forming a template for how we think, feel, and respond to seismic events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, scientists have found an antidote: watching nature documentaries. … Scientists have amassed a body of research that shows exposure to natural green spaces such as parks, woodlands, mountains, and beaches has healing properties on your mental and physical health and well-being. It reduces anxiety and rumination and improves depression. Living in greener urban areas is linked to lower incidences of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, asthma, mental distress, and mortality rates. The decades-old Japanese practice of forest bathing or shinrin-yoku (which means “taking in the forest”) is believed to provide stress reduction, relaxation, and deeper insights into life. Scientists have discovered that forest bathing lowers cortisol and depression in adults and boosts the activity of killer cells that fight off infection and cancer. American journalist Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe the human costs of living disproportionately indoors alienated from nature. Hence, the importance of connecting with nature and letting it transport and calm you—infuse you with mental clarity to replace the stress and recharge your batteries. Studies show that simply viewing an aspect of nature from an office window is restorative. Patients with a view of nature from their hospital window heal quicker than patients without a nature view. Studies also show that bringing nature indoors does the trick. If you live in an urban area, you can bring in potted green plants, fresh flowers, or a terrarium. And research shows that a tabletop trickling waterfall, an aquarium, fishbowl, or a CD with nature sounds contain stress-relieving and restorative properties. One of the most recent studies indicates that you can get nature’s benefits without even leaving your sofa, that simply watching a nature documentary reduces anxiety and raises your mood. Psychologist Dachner Keltner of the University of California, Berkley collaborated on a study with the BBC Worldwide. The study, known as The Real Happiness Project, was a joint effort between Keltner and the British Broadcast Company’s (BBC) in-house research team. The study included over 7,500 nationally represented participants from numerous countries who watched footage from Planet Earth 2. Scientists used cutting-edge facial mapping technology to measure emotional responses to the nature videos before and after participants viewed them. Results showed substantial decreases in stress, nervousness, anxiety, fear, stress, and fatigue and significant increases in relaxation, contentment, excitement, enthusiasm, joy, and awe. …
May 3, 2010E coli strain in three-state outbreak identified, source notThe strain of non-O157 Escherichia coli that has caused recent illnesses in Ohio, Michigan, and New York has been identified, but the food source remains unknown, according to health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the strain as O145, which, like O157, produces Shiga toxin, according to Jennifer House, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health. A CDC team arrived in Ohio yesterday to assist in the investigation, House told CIDRAP News. About 15 cases have been confirmed in the outbreak so far. House said Ohio has 6 confirmed, 2 probable, and 5 suspected cases, all in the Columbus area. In Ann Arbor, Mich., Washtenaw County Public Health has reported 8 confirmed cases, with 13 more awaiting confirmation. One case has been reported in New York. College students, including some from Ohio State and the University of Michigan, have been among the patients in all three states, according to press reports.South Korea battles foot-and-mouth diseaseSouth Korea is stepping up quarantine efforts after foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) struck a state livestock research institute and forced the culling of all the animals there, Agence France-Presse reported today. The highly contagious disease hit the Livestock and Veterinary Science Institute, 96 miles south of Seoul, leading to the destruction of 1,549 beef cattle and hogs. The outbreak there—the 10th FMD eruption in South Korea since Apr 9—prompted the establishment of more roadblocks and quarantine posts, the report said. The institute is close to areas that have major cattle farms. On a visit to the institute yesterday, Agriculture Minister Chang Tae-Pyong called for “all-out efforts” to contain the outbreak. About 49,000 animals have already been killed to contain the disease, and the government has paid farmers about $49 million in compensation so far this year. In 2001 a major FMD outbreak in Britain led to the destruction of 7 million cattle, crippling the nation’s livestock industry.Indonesian girl dies of H5N1 infectionA hospital official said a 4-year-old Indonesian girl has died from an H5N1 avian influenza infection, Reuters reported today. The girl, from Pekanbaru, Sumatra, died on Apr 28, Azizman Saad, head of the avian flu unit at Pekanbaru’s Arifin Achmad Hospital, told Reuters. If her illness is confirmed by the World Health Organization, she will be listed as Indonesia’s 164th H5N1 case-patient and 136th fatality. Saad said three other people from an area northeast of Pekanbaru have been hospitalized with suspected H5N1 infections. The patients did not have contact with the girl who died, but came down with high fevers after they touched dead chickens. He said mass poultry deaths had been reported in the area. The suspected cases are in a mother, her 7-year-old child, and a 5-year-old girl from the same district. They were hospitalized on Apr 30, and hospital officials are awaiting the results of H5N1 tests, Saad said.
U.S. Sen. Martin HeinrichWASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement this afternoon after voting for the interim COVID-19 emergency relief package, which passed the Senate today. A summary of the legislation is available here.“This stopgap legislation is designed to quickly shore up the economic relief programs targeted for small businesses, provide more funding to our health care providers, and set the foundation for a much larger, national testing infrastructure that is absolutely critical to restoring confidence and reopening our economy. Resuming normal life relies on making COVID-19 testing readily available in every single community in every corner of the country, and ensuring that data is accessible and transparent.“It was clearly urgent to get more funds into programs like the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans that can serve as critical lifelines for small businesses and nonprofits. I am disappointed and deeply frustrated with the shortcomings in the delivery of these programs by the Trump administration. I hope the additional funding and key fixes to these programs in this legislation will allow the small businesses who need help–not just those who are well-connected–to finally receive it.“We still need to do so much more to invest in a broader public health response that’s rooted in science, and a strong long-term economic recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic. I am not done fighting for New Mexico’s priorities as the negotiations continue between the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the White House on the next major bill to protect our health and rebuild our country.”
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