They came out of the woodwork almost overnight. Angry, indefatigable, they were a burgeoning faction gaining strength in 2009, and their mission to undercut new President Barack Obama was clear. In the mad dash toward the 2012 elections, the Tea Party has grown from a grassroots movement into a full-fledged political force.Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Vanessa Williamson, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, have spent countless hours investigating the party’s rise, traveling the country interviewing members of this potent new enterprise for their new book “The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.”“The thing that was new about our research is that we actually sat down and talked to Tea Party people,” said Skocpol, who, along with Williamson, attended local Tea Party meetings in New England, Virginia, and Arizona. “You learn a lot more about the whole person because the first question we’d ask would be ‘Tell us about yourself, and how you got involved with the Tea Party.’ ”The Tea Party, made up of “mostly older, white conservatives in the middle class,” said Williamson, has grown enough that it can sway midterm elections and pressure politicians to embrace more right-leaning policies.“One of the strongest emotional reactions we heard was a generational concern. Again and again, we heard that these people felt their country was being taken away from them — this feeling that young people, particularly minorities and unauthorized immigrants, and other people that just seemed different to them, were taking advantage of government services and not working as hard as they had,” said Williamson. “As older people, they were recipients of programs like Social Security and Medicare; they felt that those benefits they had earned, while there were other people who hadn’t earned those benefits who were somehow getting ahead unfairly.”Theirs is a fear-based uprising, said Skocpol, hinged around the 2008 election. “They find the moment of Obama’s presidency and the things that were being done by the Democratic Congress very scary, and we wanted to know a lot more about what exactly was so scary,” said Skocpol.“Obama is really at the center of a vortex of concerns,” added Williamson.Tea Partiers perceive Obama not just as black, but as not actually American, said the authors, because of his foreign-sounding name and his foreign-born father.This quest to preserve what is authentically “American” is essential to the Tea Party members, and so immigration policy is at the forefront of their anxieties.“Furious about immigration, they think a lot of it is illegal, more so than it really is, and they want the government to crack down, both at the border and in terms of denying access to benefits and college loans. They’re completely against the DREAM Act and spending tax money sending immigrant children to college,” said Skocpol.“When I asked some members what our immigration policy should be, they said it should be a 12 million-passenger bus back to Mexico,” said Williamson. “It’s a hard-line stance.”But the authors said they genuinely liked their interviewees, and sent them copies of the book, which “presents them in a full human light,” said Skocpol. Even though many of those interviewed subscribed to some strange conspiracy theories — like the idea of “death panels” in the Affordable Care Act, boards they imagined, incorrectly, would decide which patients live and which die — “we found most of them in person to be intelligent and often very pragmatic about politics. They just had some crazy, mistaken ideas about the content of policy.”As for the November election, it’s going to be close, Skocpol and Williamson agree. “I do think Mitt Romney will be the nominee, and I think it will be a nasty election. Romney is perceived as the most moderate, but he’s signed on to the full menu of Tea Party-backed priorities. They’re being backed up by some very wealthy lobbying forces who have a very clear policy agenda they’ve been pushing for a long time, and they intend to push it through,” said Skocpol.She noted that Romney isn’t the favored Republican candidate. Tea Partiers simply don’t trust him, but they will support him as the nominee who can beat Obama.“It’s probably going to be one of the most important elections in American history because it’s going to determine whether we have things like health care, Medicare, Social Security, college loans. … Tea Partiers want to get rid of college loans and college grants for low-income students,” she added. “This is a very important moment.”
Rutland Regional Medical Center has been granted accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP), according to Mike Dowdy, Director of Public Relations.Accreditation for AABB follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained assessors and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, Rutland Regional Medical Center joins approximately 2,000 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB Accreditation.“The AABB’s Accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Dowdy explained. “Rutland Regional Medical Center has sought AABB Accreditation because this program assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance.”Since 1958, the AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. The Accreditation Program assists blood banks and transfusion services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet established requirements. The minimum requirements for accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services are based primarily on the AABB’s Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. These standards not only reflect the level of professional proficiency for blood banks and transfusion services in the United States, but also provide the basis for practice in similar facilities around the world.Established in 1947, the AABB is the international association of community blood centers, hospital blood banks and transfusion and transplantation services. Individual members include health care professionals in blood banking and transfusion medicine. Its member facilities are responsible for collecting virtually all of the nation’s blood supply and for transfusing more than 80 percent of the blood used for patient care in the United States. The AABB sets standards, assesses and accredits blood collection and transfusion facilities, and provides continuing education and information.RRMC LABORATORY RECIEVES ACCREDITATION FROM COLLEGE OF AMERICAN PATHOLOGISTSRutland Regional Medical Center’s Laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.Dr. Victoria Bessinger, the laboratory’s medical director, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” Rutland Regional Medical Center Laboratory is one of the more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960’s is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. Participation is voluntary, and only a small percentage of all the medical laboratories in the country are CAP certified.Inspectors examine the records and quality control of the laboratory for the preceding two years, as well as the education and qualifications of the total staff, the adequacy of the facilities, the equipment, laboratory safety, and laboratory management to determine how well the laboratory is serving the patient.The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the worlds. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.
“GOOOOOOOL!!” The crowd inside São Paulo’s Morumbi Stadium goes wild. Amid the revelry, a military police officer scans the crowd. His mirrored sunglasses aren’t just shading his eyes; they’re comparing the thousands of fans against a database of criminals and missing persons at a rate of 400 faces per second. One face in the crowd makes a match to the million-strong database. A blinking red light goes off in the officer’s field of vision, and the facts appear: This man is wanted for murder. Now the officer must decide what to do. Where to apprehend the suspect? Does he need backup? He weighs his options with the potential disruption to the crowd. It’s Robocop, Brazilian-style. With crime on the rise in major cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, some greeted the news that Brazil would play host to not only the 2014 World Cup but also the 2016 Summer Olympics with skepticism. To assuage those security concerns, the country is ramping up its technological crime-fighting capabilities. “The Military Police is on a constant search for new technology and equipment that can help and complement activities linked to the protection of citizens,” said Maj. Leandro Pavini Agostini, chief of Sao Paulo’s Military Police. Face recognition technology is used in a variety of applications around the world, including automated border crossings in Great Britain, Finland, Portugal, Germany and Israel, and at passport and visa issuance locations in the United States and Great Britain. By Dialogo May 20, 2011 How face recognition works The technology uses one of two methods: facial geometry comparison or eigenface comparison. Facial geometry takes the distance between the eyes and measures facial features and angles from that point of reference. Eigenface compares the scanned faces to a database of about 150 abstract “archetypal” faces. The rate of false positives is about one in 1,000, said Dr. James Wayman, director of the National Biometric Test Center at California’s San José State University. “The other side of the coin is that the false negative rate can exceed 10 percent, depending on how carefully imaging conditions can be controlled,” Wayman said. Optimal imaging conditions for face recognition are the same as for passport photos: No smiling or frowning, no raised eyebrows or squinting. Eyes must be looking directly at the camera. And it’s not just expressions that must be controlled. The background should contain no shadows, texture, lines, or curves, and should be one color. Any departure from these conditions causes the search algorithm to perform poorly, meaning the false negative rate increases. Maintaining these standards of accuracy in a stadium of inebriated, cheering soccer fans can be more than a little difficult. However, as Wayman points out, casinos have been using face-recognition technology since the late 1990s to spot banned players. Proponents of the technology say it has performed well even against aging, weight changes, or changes in hairstyle or facial hair. Application in the field Pavini said the glasses help identify people at a distance of 50 meters with normal lenses, and 20 kilometers with good lenses. “I know of no existing applications of automated facial recognition that operate beyond about five meters, and the five-meter application had stationary cameras with good lenses,” he said. In São Paulo the technology has passed tests with a simulated database with flying colors, said Pavini. Now it’s being used with the official police database. He said the technology should be implemented right away, prior to the World Cup. “If further tests are successful, we suggest acquiring the technology immediately for installation in the more than 270 cameras operated by the Military Police in São Paulo; in cars, and with glasses for police officers to wear at public events,” Pavini said. “This technology makes it possible to search with better agility and without initial contact with suspects, adding to the security of police officers and those around them,” he said. That should make about 500,000 tourists coming to Brazil for the upcoming sporting events feel a lot safer.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was arrested for allegedly driving while high on drugs and causing a crash that killed a 56-year-old motorcyclist in Coram, Suffolk County police said.Sabelo NdalaSabelo Ndala, 22, of Port Jefferson Station, was driving a Volkswagen Jetta southbound on Old Town Road when he struck a northbound Harley Davidson while Ndala was making a left turn onto Hyson Way at 1:55 p.m. Saturday, police said.The motorcyclist, Thomas Heissen Buttel, of South Setauket, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he died from his injuries.Ndala, who was not injured, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.Both vehicles were for safety checks. Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded both vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-852-6555.
When you think about what will make your credit union successful in the future, there are numerous keys to success. To some extent it could be marketing, products, financial management, pricing, and, of course, member service. And as you prepare for strategic planning in this extraordinary time you’ll need to strategize on ways to maximize performance in each of these areas (and still others, of course).However, there’s one success key that trumps them all. Meaning optimal performance in this one area will make up for any performance deficiency in all the others. As we know all too well today, strive as you may to meet or exceed goals in every business component, you will always be at risk of something outside your control taking firm control in determining your success … can you say, pandemic?!Strangely, the majority of key success factors for your credit union are largely out of your direct control. They’re mostly dependent on the winds of economic change in your markets, current and shifting political environments, compliance and regulatory burdens, and, of course, competitor aggressiveness and performance, among others. Even meeting your stretchiest stretch goals won’t be sufficient for making a successful year if a wave of these external circumstances swamps your credit union.Ready to hear what the king of keys-to-success is? At first, you’ll probably say you already know what it is and that you’ve already been focused on it. Individually and as an industry, credit unions often talk about the important role their employees play in their overall performance. Many leadership teams and Boards have talked proudly for years about how much they value their employees and the critical role they’ve played in the credit union’s growth.Today, however, we’re not just talking about the importance of employees … we need to be talking about a new dynamic: creating cultures where employees can THRIVE. In the past we’ve focused on “satisfied” employees and in more recent years the talk has been about “engaged” employees; but, starting today, we need to be focused on thriving employees. A single thriving employee will make a noticeable impact on your credit union’s success; but a credit union full of thriving employees is a transformational force and creates a differentiation impact no external force can offset.What do we mean by “thriving” employees? It can take many forms, depending on the individual: employees who clearly feel good about themselves or are consistently performing at a high level or are a pleasure to be around or are infectious with their happiness. They regularly have a genuine vitality for their life and their job; their production is steadily at a high level with rare, if ever, hiccups; and they are your most dependable employees – rarely sick and always present.Thriving employees don’t have to worry about work/life balance because their work life and personal life are blended in an obvious state of harmony. They work vigorously to attain greatness at work and at home. They’re consistently finding new and better ways to up their game. They exude optimism and confidence in themselves today as well as their prospective accomplishments in the future … even in the midst of a pandemic!Why are thriving employees so important to your near-term success in 2020? Because those outside factors that have always influenced your performance are now directly affecting your employees, as well. If the past four months has shown anything, it’s that your employees’ lives can quickly careen out of balance, directly impacting their ability to continue to perform and produce at consistently high levels. The one thing you can control as a credit union leader is how you deal with those employee’s distractions and challenges and put them in a position to thrive (not just survive!) in their life. Focus on the whole person, not just what you’re seeing at work. Focus on making them happy in their entire life, not just their work life. In any time, but especially during these stressful times, if you don’t have the whole person, you likely won’t get their whole effort or performance.Following are four things you can do today to create a culture that will make sure you get the “whole person” and produce a thriving culture that differentiates your credit union:Maximize Empathy – Whether it’s in your coaching or just regular communications, try to acknowledge the personal challenges and hardships each employee is experiencing. This isn’t about sympathizing; it’s about putting yourself in their shoes and respecting what they’re feeling both at home and work. Let them know that you’re feeling with them.Make a Difference – Once you understand what they’re feeling, create solutions to help them improve the situation(s). And personalize these solutions whenever possible. Working from home may be the best way to help some employees but not others. Show each employee you’re willing to accommodate their unique challenges by developing unique solutions.Get Consistent Feedback – There has never been a greater time to be conducting employee surveys and focus groups across your organization. Especially in a time like this, keeping your finger on the employees’ pulse is critical to knowing their issues and gathering their ideas. Now is not the time to skimp on employee feedback channels!Involve Them in Changes – As employees have adjusted to their new working routines over the recent months they’ve experienced first-hand what’s worked and not worked. Rely directly on them for critical insight on what processes need to be changed going forward to best serve your members and make everyone’s life easier. Don’t make systemic changes without their involvement – now is the time to collaborate with them on changes.Richard Branson is credited with saying: Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.We’ve often been focused on taking care of our employees while they’re at the office and haven’t given too much concern to their life away from it. As long as they were productive, we were happy. But that dynamic is changing right before our eyes – worries about finances, family, and health are threatening every employee’s work performance to some degree and credit union leaders need to act quickly and decisively to ward off the potentially corrosive impact.We’re instructing our clients to begin today on creating thriving employees, focused on developing the whole person. If you need help strategizing to create this type of transformative culture at your credit union, let’s talk. Please reach out to www.fi-strategies.com/contact-us or call 636-578-3280. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Details
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dania Buchanan Dania Buchanan is Head of SmartVault and has served in leadership roles since the company was founded in 2008. In her current role, Dania is responsible for the culture, vision … Web: https://www.smartvault.com Details This post is currently collecting data… Increasing compliance and security requirements across the financial services industry are, ideally, designed to provide consumers, financial institutions and governing bodies with peace of mind that sensitive data is being adequately protected and key regulations are being followed. However, the resources needed to meet these demands are also escalating and putting significant financial pressure on the industry. Credit unions, with their non-profit structures, bear an even heavier financial and human resource burden from compliance and security requirements than many of their profit-generating competitors such as banks and investment brokerages. This is a key area where utilizing the right cloud-based document management system, designed to meet the specific guidance from the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)—if third-party investment partners are involved—can offer relief and reinforcement for your credit union’s internal and external stakeholders.Cloud-based document management supports NCUA information security guidelines. The NCUA’s Interagency Guidelines Establishing Information Security Standards (NCUA Rules & Regulations, Part 748, Appendix A&B), clearly state the Security Guidelines that credit unions must follow. At a high level they require credit unions to:Develop and maintain an effective information security program tailored to the complexity of its operations, and Require its service providers that have access to a credit union’s information, by contract, to take appropriate steps to protect the security and confidentiality of this information. In addition, the guidelines state that, “Each credit union must identify and evaluate risks to its information, develop a plan to mitigate the risks, implement the plan, test the plan, and monitor the need to update the plan.”It is clear, given the NCUA information security guidelines that credit unions need to proactively consider solutions that will allow them to efficiently meet these requirements and remain in compliance with other regulations related to how member data and institutional information is protected, shared and exchanged. Selecting a document management platform provider who can not only deliver the right technology for a seamless, secure, compliance-ready workflow and file exchange capabilities, but also acts as a proactive partner in the process, is a key component of your credit union’s information security and compliance strategy.Cloud-based document management mitigates internal and external security risks. Your credit union’s digital document management vendor should be able to help you identify information security issues and how a cloud-based document management system can help you reduce the risks associated with them. Member-facing document exchange is just one area of focus for credit union compliance and security requirements as detailed in the NCUA’s guidelines which also, “require credit unions to implement an information security program that includes administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed to achieve the following objectives:Ensure the security and confidentiality of member information. Protect against any anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such information. Protect against unauthorized access to or use of such information that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to any member; and Ensure the proper disposal of member and consumer information.”This underscores the importance of having the right process and platform in place for securely storing and sharing information internally and to external parties. SmartVault enables credit unions to meet these guidelines with its FINRA-compliant platform with the ability to:Store all documents in the cloud eliminating the risks and expense associated with storing them locally on credit union servers or desk top computers.Set customized levels of access for each individual or entity needing access to files to perform critical functions for the credit union including staff, board members, examiners, accountants, lawyers, and investment firms, thereby preventing unauthorized access to information and protecting members and the credit union from its negative consequences. Allow for tracking of changes and access to information and real time updating of files, preventing issues related to file security and integrity. Facilitate the encryption of electronic member information, including while in transit and while stored in the cloud, preventing unauthorized access.The usage of a cloud-based document management system will also help to alleviate the strain on staff related to managing the exchange of sensitive data with third parties such as during examinations or member-service interactions involving third-party providers, including third-party investment brokerages. For example, SmartVault’s implementation and support teams can assist credit unions in assessing the ways that cloud-based document management can be configured to create operational efficiencies and meet security and compliance needs both within the credit union and outside of it as documents are shared with members and vendors including accountants, legal firms and other third-party providers who have direct access to sensitive information. This will help your credit union directly address the Security Guideline requirements.Cloud-based document management is a key component of credit union information security and compliance. The NCUA Security Guidelines provide an important framework for credit unions to identify and take action to reduce the internal and external threats related to information security and maintaining compliance with related industry regulations.The right cloud-based document management platform provides the capabilities credit unions need to implement a plan based on the NCUA’s recommendations, including a secure file and information management system, the ability to control access to information, a portal through which documents can be exchanged with external parties, and the ability to transmit encrypted information. This allows credit unions to remain in compliance with key NCUA security and FINRA regulations while mitigating potential data security risks. This is placeholder text
May 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists investigating a family cluster of at least seven cases of H5N1 avian influenza have asked 33 close contacts to quarantine themselves at home in their North Sumatra, Indonesia, village, according to a Reuters report today.In addition, a World Health Organization (WHO) official speculated that the first person in the cluster might have contracted the virus in a local market where she worked, according to the Associated Press (AP).Meanwhile, in Bandung on the Indonesian island of Java, local health officials have confirmed that a 10-year-old girl who died May 23 tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, according to Reuters.In North Sumatra, WHO spokesperson Dick Thompson told Reuters, “There are 33 people identified as close contacts. We’ve asked them to observe home quarantine. That’s something they are willing to do to protect themselves and their families.”Thompson added, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today, “We will monitor them for a week or two to see if they become sick. If they do, they will immediately be put in isolation in a hospital.” He said the 33 might be given oseltamivir (Tamiflu).The cluster triggered speculation that the WHO might raise its pandemic alert status from phase 3 to phase 4, but no steps in that direction were reported today.One of the major puzzles about the cluster, in which human-to-human-to-human transmission is suspected, is the lack of an identifiable animal source of infection for the first case. Steven Bjorge, a WHO epidemiologist in Jakarta, told the AP that the 37-year-old deceased woman who is regarded as the first case-patient might have picked up the virus in her home or workplace. She died April 29 and was buried before samples could be collected for testing, but the WHO believes her illness was avian flu.”We believe she may have had some contact either with dead or dying chickens in her household or through her activities as a vegetable grower and a seller in a market,” Bjorge said of the woman.Bjorge described the Sumatra investigation as very thorough. “We are very concerned about this large outbreak, and we’ve taken it very seriously, as has the government,” the AP quoted him as saying. “We want to find out if there is any possibility of even one person having mild symptoms that might have been overlooked.”In West Java, a 10-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother were admitted to a hospital in Bandung earlier this week with avian flu–like symptoms, according to a Reuters report today. The girl died May 23, according to Reuters, but the status of her brother was unclear.Nyoman Kandun, director-general of disease control for Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, said that local tests revealed H5N1 infection in the girl, telling Reuters, “The younger one is positive. We are looking into the other one.”Local tests must be confirmed by tests in a WHO-affiliated laboratory to become official. For now, Indonesia’s avian flu case count remains at 42 (25 in 2006), and its death toll is 33 (22 in 2006), second only to Vietnam, which has registered no human cases since November 2005, according to the WHO.Iranian situation unclearElsewhere, the WHO today asked Iran to supply further details on the tests that were run on two dead patients in the northwestern city of Kermanshah, according to Reuters. An official at the treating university hospital in Kermanshah had said on Monday that tests on the two had revealed H5N1 avian flu, according to news reports.But an Iranian health official denied that claim. “Fortunately,” Health Minister Kamran Lankarani told Reuters May 23, “these two cases were negative for avian flu.”Samples from the two—a 41-year-old man and 26-year-old woman described as brother and sister—have been sent to labs outside Iran for confirmatory testing.See also:May 24 CIDRAP news story “Two generations of spread possible in Indonesia H5N1 cases”
Seawind Systems and Enzen Global have formed a partnership through which Enzen will contribute to funding and resourcing Seawind’s hurricane proof, 2-bladed offshore wind technology. The partnership is expected to help Seawind accelerate commercialisation of their technology globally, including the development of the 6.2MW demo wind turbine. “This is a key milestone for our company as we move from proof of concept to commercialisation of our revolutionary 2-bladed offshore wind energy systems,” said Martin Jakubowski, Founder & CEO of Seawind.The company will reveal the details of the investment and outline its strategic plans at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 in London where the 2-bladed offshore wind system will be presented through a 3-D video.
Located some 23 kilometres off the coast of Zeeland in the Netherlands, the 752 MW Borssele 1 + 2 wind farm will feature 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines installed on monopile foundations. DEME Offshore’s jack-up Innovation is currently installing the foundations at the site, while Van Oord is installing the inter-array cables. Source: Port Esbjerg DEME Group’s installation vessel Sea Challenger has started loading the first wind turbine components for the Borssele 1 + 2 offshore wind farm at the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark. The wind farm will be connected to the Borssele Alpha offshore converter platform. Owned and developed by Ørsted, the wind farm is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.