Paul McCartney has worn many hats throughout the course of his half-century long career, from acting as half of The Beatles‘ iconic Lennon/McCartney songwriting team, to launching his own post-Beatles projects like Wings, to an extensive solo career. Sir Paul is one of the most famous and culturally influential people on Earth, and now he’s using his platform to try and help save it. In a new short film entitled One Day a Week (seemingly a nod to the Beatles’ “Eight Days A Week”), McCartney plays the role of narrator, helping to educate viewers about the devastating impact of the animal agriculture industry on climate change.Paul McCartney Finally Regains Beatles Rights After Near 50-Year-Long Battle“Perhaps it’s time to ask ourselves, ‘what can I as an individual do to help?’…There’s a simple but significant way to help save the planet and all its inhabitants, and it starts with just one day a week. One day without eating animal products can have a huge impact in helping maintain that delicate balance that sustains us all.’” The video shows the various ways in which animal agriculture is negatively affecting our climate, and recruits Paul and his family as well as A-List actors like Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson to help advocate for taking one day a week off of animal products in an effort to decrease the industry’s massive carbon footprint. McCartney explains that it’s a difficult prospect to convince people to give up animal products altogether, but it’s much easier to convince them to do so for a single day a week once they know the impact that it has. As Paul professes: “One day a week can make a world of difference.”To learn more about the message of Meat Free Monday, launched by McCartney and his daughters in 2009, head to the initiative’s website.Watch the official “One Day A Week” mini-doc featuring narration by Paul McCartney below courtesy of YouTube account SupportMFM:If you want to hear more on the subject from McCartney, watch his extended interview with National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg about his “Meat Free Monday” campaign, as well as how a NatGeo photo inspired him to write Beatles hit “Lady Madonna”:[h/t – National Geographic]
Greensky Bluegrass has revealed that Marco Benevento, The Wood Brothers, The War & Treaty, May Erlewine, and The Go Rounds have been added to the lineup for their inaugural Camp Greensky Music Festival. The Michigan-based bluegrass jam band will play three shows when they host the new event, which is slated to take place May 31st – June 2nd at the Hoxeyville Festival Grounds in Wellston, MI.In addition to the newly-confirmed artists and three nights of Greensky Bluegrass, the festival will also feature sets from Mike Gordon, Jeff Tweedy, Trampled by Turtles, Billy Strings, Fruition, Rayland Baxter, Joshua Davis, and Cris Jacobs Band.Tickets for the first-ever Camp Greenksy Music Festival are now on sale, and the event is currently accepting vendor applications via its website.
Saint Mary’s hosted a meeting Monday to provide interested students with information about starting College recognized organizations. Tamara Taylor, assistant director of multicultural services, said one of the College’s goals is to have student organizations focused more on global and social justice issues. “We want to nurture the creative side of you,” Taylor said. “The recognition process [for student organizations] starts with ideas.” After coming up with an idea, a student interested in creating a club must create an executive board, consisting of at minimum a president and vice president for the perspective organization, Taylor said. A faculty member who is willing to advise the organization must be found, and a written constitution for the club must be submitted to the Office of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services, along with a completed recognition application. “Mainly what we are trying to say here is that you have a lot of support for your club on campus,” she said. When asked to share ideas at large, students named several ideas for potential clubs including a student organization for volunteer work, a club for future math teachers and a Saint Mary’s boxing club. Sophomore Theresa Siver wants to organize “Wishmakers on Campus” as a chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. “Our main [goal] is to fundraise for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Siver said, “So we can help them continue to do all the wonderful things they do to help those kids.” Other students, like junior Theresa Her, have a more global idea. “I plan to start a Korean club, which will be a part of a multicultural club,” Her said. “We will be learning about Korean culture, and … about the language.” Along with brainstorming, Taylor outlined the benefits student organizations will receive by gaining recognition from the College. Benefits include the approved use of College facilities, a club mailbox in the Student Involvement Office and the ability to fundraise and hang promotional fliers around campus. One of the greatest benefits, Taylor said, is the access to funding from the Student Government Association. This money comes from the student activities fees Saint Mary’s students are charged. Senior Maureen Parsons explained the club funding process. “We’ve changed a little bit of the process,” Parsons said. Each club at Saint Mary’s will be given a $100 budget for the year. This funding is not to be spent on clothing, food, or club merchandise, she said. For those optional expenses, clubs are expected to fundraise separately. “They’re really going to push and let you know that these are for things that will benefit all the students on campus,” Taylor said, “They won’t fund something just for your club.” Athletic clubs are allowed to submit a proposed budget plan to the Student Government Association detailing other expenses such as sports equipment, for which they may receive funding of up to $1,000. “We also have a sponsorship process for events and travel,” Parsons said, which is not limited to athletic clubs. Contact Tabitha Ricketts at email@example.com
Scientists from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Arkansas will share their expertise, too.The institute trade show will have exhibits from more than 50 turf-related companies and associations, with silent auctions each day. Plus, appearances by the Atlanta Falcon cheerleaders.The cost to attend both days is $230 ($180 for Georgia Turfgrass Association members). One-day fees are $190 ($140 GTA). The fee for the trade show and luncheon only, for either day, is $25 ($20 GTA).For more on the Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show, or to register, call (800) 687-6949. Or e-mail the GTA office firstname.lastname@example.org. GTA presents the institute in cooperation with UGA and 11turf-related associations. Experts from across the Southeast will share their knowledge Dec. 10-11 during the annual Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show at the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center in Duluth, Ga.This year’s institute includes educational workshops presented by some of the turf industry’s top speakers. Leading companies will also be on hand at the institute trade show.University of Georgia scientists will present workshops on: Turfgrass weed management Integrated pest management for ornamentals and turfgrass Erosion and sediment control Field diagnosis and management of turfgrass diseases Pest management on athletic fields Transition herbicides for removing overseeding Managing turfgrasses for maximum root growth Turfgrass wear and soil compaction Effects of drought on plant health Environmental impact of landscapes Turfgrass management for Hispanic employees University of Georgia
Through a special camp offered by Georgia 4-H, children of soldiers experience what life is like for their parent during active duty.Operation Military Kids is a week-long camp designed for children whose parents are currently deployed, soon to be deployed or have recently returned from deployment by any service branch or component. It takes place this summer at Georgia 4-H’s Camp Wahsega in Dahlonega.Free to military familiesThe camp is free and funded by a grant from the 4-H National Headquarters and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. OMK is a partnership between 4-H and the Department of the Army. More than 150,000 youth participated in national OMK events across the country last year. In Georgia this summer, campers visited nearby Camp Frank D. Merrill, an Army ranger camp in Dahlonega.“If you are an Army ranger, Camp Merrill is one of your stops,” said Marcus Eason, the Georgia OMK coordinator. Camp Merrill is the home of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion and the mountain phase of the U.S. Army Ranger School. “They’ve been doing mountain training there since the ‘50s, and our campers used the repelling wall there and used the wire bridge to cross the river.” Making new friends with shared lifestylesCampers learned skills to help them cope with the stress of their parent’s deployment, Eason said. “And they got to spend time making friends with other military kids who are also missing their mom or dad.”Thirteen-year-old Katrina Petersen’s father, Staff Sergeant Robert Petersen, has served two tours in Iraq. She has lots of friends at Academy of Richmond County in Augusta, Ga. Thanks to the OMK camp, she now has friends who can relate to her home life.“(The camp) helped me a lot because I got to meet other military kids,” she said. “They all live about three hours away from me, but we keep in touch by texting each other, and we’ll see each other at camp next summer.”In the past, Georgia guard and reservists have sacrificed time with their families by spending one weekend a month and one training week each summer away from home, barring any state or national disaster.A need during current times”With Operation Enduring Freedom and the Overseas Contingency Operations, our country is relying more and more on guard and reservists,” Eason said. “When a parent leaves for duty, it impacts the entire family. These OMK summer camps are designed to help them cope.” Petersen knows this first hand.“When you are in the military, you have to make a lot of commitments. You have a lot of responsibilities, and so does your family,” she said. “My dad was away from home for a year and then for 15 months. I’m really glad he’s home safe now.”Most of the children who attend OMK camp in Georgia have parents stationed at Ft. Benning, Ft. Gordon and the Ft. Stewart area. “But there are also a lot of military in our state that aren’t necessarily assigned to a military installation,” Eason said.The kids experience military life and gain confidence in themselves and their abilities, he said. But they are still at 4-H camps. Campers swim, make crafts, climb the ropes course, play sports and participate in environmental education classes. Swimming and having fun, too”The kids get to do all the things we do in every other 4-H camp across our state,” Eason said. “Except, OMK campers made a special trip to raft down the Ocoee River and go spelunking in Tennessee. We want these kids to be able to just get away from home and be kids.”Each year, more than 700 military families and youths participate in Georgia 4-H camping programs specifically designed for military families, like OMK.To learn more about Georgia 4-H’s military programs, visit www.georgia4h.org/omk .
Three employees of TPW Management, Inc. attended a Professional Management Development course held in Mass. last week. Daniel T. Riley, Portfolio Manager, Adam Kimball, Board Liaison, and Susan Van Horn, Customer Service Manager, attended a communications course provided by Community Associations Institute.TPW Management, celebrating its 20th anniversary, has been managing community associations since 1998. The company employs 33 people in the Burlington, Manchester, Stratton, Killington, and Ludlow areas, managing 25 communities and 30 water systems. TPW, recently named among the Best Places to Work in the state, is dedicated to providing its employees with the opportunity to reach the highest levels of certification in the industry. The PMDP courses offered by CAI focus on such relevant topics as finance, leadership, governance, insurance, communications and facilities maintenance. Seven TPW employees already hold the certification of Certified Manager of Community Associations. In addition, one employee has attained the next level of Association Management Specialist. Several employees are currently scheduled for the additional course work and certification testing required to reach the CMCA and AMS goals.The Community Associates Institute is a nonprofit association created in 1973 to educate and represent the nation’s 2,400 community associations, condominium associations, homeowner associations and cooperatives. CAI members include homeowners, associations, related professionals and service providers.
It is hard to believe that New Orleans, the city that just eight years ago was devastated by one of the deadliest hurricanes in American history, was named America’s Fastest Growing City by Forbes magazine in 2012. And precisely this emerging city welcomed over 230 representatives from 28 countries in the Western Hemisphere who participated in the 36th Annual Conference on Caribbean and Central American Security, from November 28-30, 2012. Organized by the non-profit organization Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA), the event looked for ways to close the gap between the private and the public sectors to promote security and development in the region. It also provided the perfect scenario for two U.S. agencies committed to that same goal, the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Unit assigned to SOUTHCOM, to be introduced to attendees from regional and international government and non-government organizations, businesses, and academic institutions. Among the topics covered during the event was the relevance of enhancing and developing economic links between the Caribbean and Asia, as well as issues related to regional trade agreements, the expansion of the Panama Canal, and energy security. SOUTHCOM’s participation at the conference included a panel on port security conducted by U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Unit Lieutenant Commander Matthew Haynie, and directors from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. LCDR Haynie provided an overview of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and emphasized that “meeting security standards at all key gateways (seaports, private marinas, river front facilities, etc.) is key to addressing threats to stability and to build a safe and predictable environment that permits economic growth opportunities”. In this sense, he said, SOUTHCOM, the U.S. Coast Guard and interagency counterparts work closely with the ISPS program to assist foreign partner nations with the implementation and administration of these regulations. The round table discussion continued with an introduction of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, the role it plays in port security efforts and the resources available on its Partnership against Terrorism Program web site. The online tool offers updates on improvements to policy, scanning technologies, and services provided under the program. The topic of strengthening the relationships between the public and private sectors was also covered by representatives from SOUTHCOM’s Partnering Directorate during a second presentation. Jeffrey Pashai, business engagement coordinator at SOUTHCOM, said that the Command places an emphasis on enhancing security cooperation activities in the region in collaboration with businesses. According to Pashai, this is not something new, since the Command has conducted integration activities as far back as 2007, and has successfully established a solid working relationship with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Executives for National Security and several Fortune 500 companies. Cooperation in disaster relief operations, such as the one organized after the earthquake in Haiti, also was brought up during the interaction of SOUTHCOM and U.S. Coast Guard representatives and subject matter experts from the private sector attending the event. Among those, were Haitian business leaders, Port Authority members and members of the CCAA who expressed interest in participating in the upcoming conference on International Airport, Ports/Waterways and Border Areas Security that SOUTHCOM will hold in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2013. Sally Yearwood, Executive Director of the CCAA, expressed that this year’s Conference on Caribbean and Central American Security benefited from the participation of representatives from the U.S. Military since it provided the opportunity for organizations all over the Hemisphere to establish the basis for collaboration in the near future. By Dialogo February 07, 2013
Group organizes to help stem prosecutor turnover The Friends of Florida Assistant State Attorneys — a new grassroots organization — has dedicated itself to educating the public about the detrimental effect high prosecutor turnover has on public safety.Juan Carlos Arias, president and founder of the two-month-old, Broward-based FFASA, said the combination of high law school debt, high cost of living, and depressed salaries makes it impossible for prosecutors to consider their job a career. He also cited repeated unsuccessful attempts by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and others to achieve legislation that would encourage experienced prosecutors to remain in public service.“FFASA’s mission is to complement the FPAA’s efforts on behalf of state prosecutors by taking the message to the general public,” said Arias, a former assistant state attorney in the 17th Circuit. “We believe that when legislators realize that there is a public voice and that citizens are holding them accountable on the issue of prosecutor turnover, the issue will be taken seriously in Tallahassee.”Arias said the public must be made aware that Florida loses more than 50 percent of its experienced prosecutors before five years of service and that the effect of this high turnover compromises the safety of communities statewide.“I cannot think of a public safety issue more important than that, because criminals are walking out everyday. They are beating the system because we do not have the experienced prosecutors trying the cases,” said Arias, a former Army JAG officer who now works as a staff attorney in The Florida Bar’s Ft. Lauderdale office. “Our judicial system is being compromised and that is what people need to know.”FFASA plan to drive that message home with newspaper advertising campaigns and presentations to local civic clubs and organizations. The FFASA also has launched a Web site at www.FFASAonline.com, and will produce a free e-newsletter to keep its members and others informed of legislative efforts, newspaper articles, studies, and reports relating to prosecutor turnover.Because the state will never be able to compete with private-sector salaries, he said the FFASA proposes a combination of incentives that would encourage prosecutors to make their job a career, including salary increases, a loan-repayment program, and retention bonuses.Arias said FFASA’s nine member board – eight of whom are former assistant state attorneys – also hopes to expand the organization to other large Florida cities in the near future. Group organizes to help stem prosecutor turnover June 1, 2006 Regular News
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA joined other financial trade associations Wednesday to urge Congress to move forward on legislation that would put a strong national data security standard in place. The letter was sent to House Financial Services subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit for the record of its hearing on data security.“In our view, it is critical for Congress to move forward on legislation that puts in place one strong national data security and breach notification standard eliminating the current inconsistent patchwork of state law,” the letter reads. “Any legislation enacted into law must ensure that all entities that handle consumers’ sensitive financial data have in place a robust process to protect data, which can help prevent breaches from happening in the first place.“This standard should apply to all industries that handle sensitive information and would provide meaningful and consistent protection for consumers nationwide,” the letter adds.
Jun 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An experimental DNA-based flu vaccine that is propelled into the skin on tiny particles instead of injected showed promise in a phase 1 trial involving 36 adults, according to a report published in the May 22 issue of Vaccine.All volunteers who received a 4-microgram (mcg) dose of the vaccine had a sufficient immune response at 21 days, according to the study. The DNA vaccine, developed by the biotech firm PowderMed of Oxford, UK, contains the hemagglutinin gene from a 1999 Panama strain of influenza A(H3N2).”This study is the first successful demonstration of immunogenicity of an influenza DNA vaccine in humans,” said senior author Hansi J. Dean, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in a May 31 PowderMed press release.Researchers divided the study participants (aged 19 to 50; mean, 31) into three groups of 12, with each group receiving one dose of either 1, 2, or 4 mcg of the vaccine. Vaccines were administered using a PowderJect XR-1 device, which employs pressurized helium to propel gold particles coated with plasmid DNA into the epidermis, according to the PowderMed Web site.At 21 days, only the 4-mcg group met one of the criteria for immune response used for vaccine licensure by the Committee for Proprietary Medical Products (CPMP) in the European Union. By day 56, the 4-mcg group met all three immune-response criteria, even though only one criterion is required to meet CPMP standards.By day 56, 64% (7/11) of patients in the 4-mcg group seroconverted, and 100% (11/11) achieved seroprotection, defined as an antibody titer of 40 or greater.Neither of the lower-dose groups met CPMP standards for antibody response by day 21, but both groups had by day 56. The 2-mcg group met all three criteria by day 56, while the 1-mcg group met one criterion.In addition, no volunteer reported serious side effects. Twenty-seven of the 36 participants reported mild to moderate local adverse events, and 23 reported mild to moderate systemic adverse events.The study authors concluded, “While the results of this study are promising, further development will be required for a commercially feasible DNA vaccine for influenza.””DNA vaccines have the potential to significantly limit the burden of disease,” said PowerMed CEO Clive Dix, PhD, in the press release. “The advantage of a DNA-based approach is that the vaccines can be manufactured very rapidly and in large quantities, while yielding an efficacious immune response at low doses.”In addition, according to a Reuters story published yesterday, the vaccine is stable and does not need to be refrigerated, or even administered by a healthcare professional.PowerMed will begin phase 2 trials later this year using both avian flu and annual flu strains, according to the Reuters article. A marketable vaccine is years away, according to Reuters.Drape RJ, Macklin MD, Barr LJ, et al. Epidermal DNA vaccine for influenza is immunogenic in humans. Vaccine 2006;24(21):4475-4481 [Abstract]