New director of charitable events at WCIT

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New director of charitable events at WCIT Howard Lake | 27 April 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) has appointed Paula Wallington as director of charitable development.Paula will focus on strengthening the ‘culture of giving’ among all 650 WCIT members and will seek to maximise the organisation’s potential by ensuring that member’s available time and resources are matched with the most appropriate and relevant opportunities available within the voluntary sector. Paula joins WCIT from Crime Concern where she was director of communications, fundraising and marketing. Previously, she was employed as director of communications and fundraising at ACRE. Advertisement Tagged with: Management Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

Memoir of a midwife delivers wisdom, wit

first_imgEllen Cohen, who delivered 1,400 babies over nearly three decades, has written an engaging, poignant memoir, “Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife” (CreateSpace, 2013, 159 pages, $15.95). Her purpose is “to illuminate the pain, joy and occasional heartbreak of childbirth, as well as shed light on the challenges facing both mothers and midwives.”Cohen succeeds heroically. Starting the book with a bang, Cohen describes a daunting scene: helping an obviously psychotic woman, full term but in complete denial of her pregnancy, to deliver a healthy baby on a hallway floor. To do that, she relied on a teacher’s instruction: “Always ask the patient … what she thinks is the problem.”Listening to women lies at the heart of midwifery, which has been practiced for centuries in cultures the world over. Cohen explains why she, a mother of two, wanted to become a midwife: “I would bring empathetic and empowering care to birthing mothers, my hands and voice the gentle instruments I could offer my sisters in their vulnerable, and most powerful, moments.”Cohen explores dozens of moments as she chronicles experiences at three New York City hospitals and an HIV clinic, where she participated in research that led to the first breakthrough in preventing mother-to-child transmission of the AIDS virus. Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, the first place Cohen practiced, may have been understaffed and poorly funded, but, as Cohen witnessed, the team of labor and delivery workers provided the highest quality of care to the multinational population of working and oppressed people it served.What drives the book is Cohen’s description of different situations, like guiding a woman, whose first birth had been a cesarean, to successfully deliver her second child without invasive surgery. One patient, who knew the drill on prenatal care after having five children, was surprised but delighted to deliver twins. During one 12-hour shift, Cohen delivered her personal best: five babies. Imagine the focus and dedication needed to do that!Dealing with unpredictable demands of the job were taxing and exhilarating. To fulfill her promise to a young man that he could attend his child’s birth, Cohen had to do some quick maneuvering when the baby arrived very fast. With a nurse’s help, she adroitly enabled the new father to cut the umbilical cord and hold his child. In one very demanding case, the woman started hemorrhaging after expelling the placenta. Cohen had to reach inside to massage her uterus until she felt it become firm, indicating she’d stopped the bleeding — and saved the mother’s life.Empowering womenIn addition to delivery, Cohen addressed the whole range of women’s gynecological needs, providing counseling on prenatal concerns, breast feeding, sex education, contraception and sexually transmitted infections. One example of such counseling reveals Cohen’s humor, which she sprinkles generously throughout the book. After urging a noncommittal new mother to think about birth control, the woman admitted she was gay. “That’s an effective method,” quipped Cohen.Dealing daily with blood, sweat and other bodily fluids; diverse patients and family members in a highly emotional situation; and the frantic pace of coaching mothers and catching babies, Cohen conveys the chaos with excitement, energy and abiding compassion. It’s easy to understand why she loved the many challenges of the job as she rose to meet them.The title of the book,“Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife,” is an apt play on the word “laboring.” It conveys not only the work mothers invest in the birthing process, but the work of the midwives who enable and encourage them.The book makes a valuable contribution to the women’s health and reproductive justice movements by revealing, through exciting real-life stories, the midwives’ mission: “to give our patients confidence in themselves and make every woman feel valued as we guide them safely through birth.” Such empowerment of women in this society is unusual, though it should be every woman’s right.Ellen Cohen’s tales of multinational teams of workers serving working women of all colors are truly inspiring. Her vision of how best to serve mothers and babies is ideally what should happen in a caring, supportive, egalitarian society.“Laboring” is available on online bookseller websites. Davis, a longtime reproductive justice activist, wrote the pro-choice novel, “Love Means Second Chances.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Freddie Mac Announces Second Seasoned Loan Transaction

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: Risk of Default Jumps in Q1, Q2 Next: Distressed Properties Contribute to Low Average Market Time Freddie Mac announced Tuesday it has had its second Freddie Mac Seasoned Loan Transaction (SLST) via auction of 1,262 seasoned re-performing loans (RPL) and moderate delinquent loans serviced by Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc. Through its advisors, Freddie Mac began marketing the transaction to potential bidders May 17, 2017, and is expected to settle in July 2017.The SLST securitization program is an important part of Freddie Mac’s seasoned loan offerings initiatives meant to reduce less liquid assets in its mortgage-related investments portfolio and shed credit and market risk via economically reasonable transactions. Similar to FHFA’s requirements applicable to the sale of nonperforming loans, the servicing of the loans will be in accordance to RPL requirements, which will prioritize borrower retention options in the event of a default and promote neighborhood stability.The transaction, which is a two-step structured sale of seasoned loans, will first require a competitive bidding process, subject to a securitization term sheet. Second, the purchaser of the loans will securitize them. Freddie Mac will guarantee and purchase the senior tranche of the securitization. The first loss subordinate tranche will initially be retained by the loan purchaser. A key requirement of this transaction is that the buyer of the loans, and therefore the subordinate tranche, be an investor with substantial experience in managing both performing and moderately delinquent mortgage loans as well as securitizing mortgage loans.The collateral is comprised of fixed- and step-rate modified seasoned loans. These loans were modified to assist borrowers who were at risk of foreclosure to help them keep their homes. The aggregate pool is geographically diverse and has a loan-to-value ratio of approximately 101 percent, based on Broker Price Opinions.Unpaid Principal Balance was reported at $291.6 million with a loan count of 1,262. BPO CLTV, weighted by BPO, was 101 and the average loan balance was 231.1. The winning bidder, Towd Point Master Funding, LLC, was followed by a bid in the high $70s. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 20, 2017 1,333 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Freddie Mac 2017-06-20 Brianna Gilpin The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Announces Second Seasoned Loan Transaction Freddie Mac Announces Second Seasoned Loan Transaction in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Freddie Mac Subscribelast_img read more

United Airlines flight diverted to Texas airport after cockpit screens went blank

first_imgAzmanL/iStock(DALLAS) — Passengers on a United Airlines plane received disconcerting news from the crew after they were diverted to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Thursday evening when mechanical issues arose mid-flight, according to an airline representative.Flight 4390 departed from Knoxville, Tenn., and intended to land in Houston, before trouble arose in mid-air.A passenger recorded what they said was the pilot or copilot making an announcement to passengers over the cabin loudspeaker, saying the aircraft had lost a pair of cockpit screens — and would have lost them all if they hadn’t landed immediately. “So you may be able to see we lost two of our screens,” the man is heard saying in the recording. “Now, if we kept flying, we’d lose them all, eventually, because there’s not enough cooling. There is tremendous heat behind those screens.”“If we had continued, eventually, I’d be flying blind,” he continued. “So, that’s why we are in Dallas right now. It is unlikely this aircraft is going anywhere tonight.”The plane landed safely on the tarmac and passengers were ultimately rebooked on a different flight to Houston, according to the airline representative. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Family-friendly working is the most overused phrase

first_img At every HR event, speakers and delegates have been eager to drop words like flexible working into the conversation at every opportunity.The media have been full of articles on the work-life balance; nor have politicians been slow to jump on the bandwagon of what looks like a votewinner.The DTI has been busy canvassing views, and its review of the issues concerning parents at work, which was launched in June, closes next week. The next step will be a Government consultation paper, which is expected at the end of next month.The idea of a “baby bonus” for employers is one of the better ones that have been floated (news, p1). Companies would welcome a payment that funds training and updates the skills of women returners. In a buoyant recruitment market, where there are skills shortages and a fight to keep the best talent, any initiatives which encourage employers to make sure women return to work are essential.What is important is that HR professionals have their say. Practitioners were surprisingly reluctant to comment on this issue when Personnel Today sought their views this week.Proposals such as extending maternity leave from 40 weeks to a year have a direct effect on the business, and HR should ensure it makes its views known.Been there, done thatThe Hollywood comedy Groundhog Day is about a man permanently trapped in the same day. Every time the alarm rings in the morning he checks the date on the digital monitor, and discovers he is about to relive the previous day.When veteran delegates to CIPD conferences wake up in their splendid Victorian hotel rooms next week they might well experience a similar sensation. This feeling will intensify if, over the full English breakfast, they happen to scan the conference programme.Many of the names of keynote speakers will be familiar – and the themes will ring a bell, too. It can feel as if the organisers get the themes for this year’s conference by jumbling up the words for last year’s. Last year it might have been “Putting people into strategy”. This year, perhaps, “Putting strategy into people”.The format of the CIPD’s conference has served it well. But might it be time to ring the changes? Family-friendly working is the most overused phraseOn 10 Oct 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Political Science Adjunct Position

first_imgPosting Details Nondiscrimination Statement The Department of History & Government at California BaptistUniversity invites applications for an adjunct position inPolitical Science. Quick Link to Posting * Do you attend church regularly?YesNo The candidate will have earned a Graduate Degree (Master’s orabove) in Political Science. Position Summary Qualifications State and Federal law permit California Baptist University todiscriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill itspurpose. The University does not discriminate contrary to eitherState or Federal law.center_img Position TitlePolitical Science Adjunct Position Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). The appointment will include teaching lower and upper-divisionclasses Teaching Responsibilities If no, please explain (required):(Open Ended Question)* Are you both familiar with and not in conflict with thefundamental doctrines and practices of the California SouthernBaptist Convention as stated in the Baptist Faith and Message datedJune 14, 2000? (Please see above link for more information)Yes (I am familiar and not in conflict)No (I am in conflict or not familiar) * Are you a Christian?YesNo Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents Optional DocumentsChristian Experience EssayResumeCover LetterCurriculum VitaeLetter of Reference 1Letter of Reference 2Letter of Reference 3Unofficial TranscriptHigh School Diploma/G.E.D.Other DocumentRelevant URLUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Unofficial Transcript 4Other Document 2Other Document 3Other Document 4last_img read more

Christian Union banned from Balliol freshers’ fair

first_imgBalliol JCR prevented Christian Union (CU) representatives from attending its college freshers’ fair, a leaked email chain seen by Cherwell reveals.The JCR committee initially attempted to prevent any CU representation whatsoever, stating that it wanted the freshers’ fair to be a “secular space” as it “couldn’t guarantee every major belief system” would be represented, which risked “alienating” new students. Following discussions between the CU and the JCR Vice President Freddy Potts, permission for a single multifaith stall was granted, but only on the condition that it had no representative of any society manning it. This meant that no member of any religious society was able to exhibit at the fair or speak to freshers.While JCR President Hubert Au stated that this conclusion had been reached through discussions with the JCR Welfare subcommittee and the college CU, his comments were described as “misleading” by a CU representative. The ban has led to a backlash within Balliol, with a JCR motion passed unanimously tonight accusing the JCR of “barring the participation of specific faith-based organizations” and describing the step as “a violation of free speech [and] a violation of religious freedom”.It states: “the Balliol JCR should not make judgements regarding the legitimacy of faith groups or religious expression.”The motion prohibits the JCR from barring any official religious societies from participation in the Balliol freshers’ fair in future.During the initial email exchange, JCR Vice President Freddy Potts, on behalf of the JCR Welfare Subcommittee, justified the ban by telling a CU representative: “We recognise the wonderful advantages in having CU representatives at the Fresher’s Fair, but are concerned that there is potential for harm to freshers who are already struggling to feel welcome in Oxford.” He added: “Our sole concern is that the presence of the CU alone may alienate incoming students. This sort of alienation or micro-aggression is regularly dismissed as not important enough to report, especially when there is little to no indication that other students or committee members may empathise, and inevitably leads to further harm of the already most vulnerable and marginalised groups.“Historically, Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice, and is still used in many places as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism.”The CU representative replied that they were “not sure that it was appropriate or relevant for the JCR Committee to point this out in a discussion about Balliol CU; in the same way this would be inappropriate in conversion with many other faith groups”.According to a Facebook post by JCR President Hubert Au, a single multifaith stall did ultimately go ahead with “representation” from four separate Christian groups. It is understood that as a result of the ban the Balliol CU refused to attend the fair or license any material distributed on behalf of the CU.Au said: “Ultimately, it was reached to have a multifaith stall rather than a CU stall specifically, in light of both concerns raised by members Welfare Sub and by an undergraduate survey conducted last term which indicated a lack of familiarity as to where non-Christian societies, events and services were located.”He added: “We didn’t want to monopolise the presence of any individual faith/belief society at the Balliol freshers’ fair.” Neither Au nor Potts have responded to Cherwell‘s requests for comment.The Balliol Christian Union is affiliated to the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, a society which represents Christian undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the University. The Union states its main aim as “giving every student in Oxford University the chance to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”Correction: An earlier version of this article was amended to clarify that comments made by Balliol JCR Vice President Freddy Potts conveyed the collective view of the JCR Welfare Subcommittee.last_img read more

College receives service honor

first_imgWith 80 percent of students participating in community service prior to graduating, Saint Mary’s was nationally recognized as a member of the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll on Feb. 25, a College press release said.The Honor Roll is the highest achievement that a college or university can accomplish for its dedication to community service. The College has received the award in each of the past four years, said Carrie Call, director of the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE).“This is a national designation awarded yearly to institutions of higher education that meet certain requirements for community engagement and volunteer service,” Call said. “We gained it by the extensive involvement of our students.”Call said OCSE hopes to continue the tradition of service on campus by offering a variety of opportunities for student engagement at many different levels within the community. “The opportunities have grown in the past years for our students and we want to continue that,” Call said.Call said the College believes it is important for students to participate in service.“It helps students come to understand what their passions and what they want to do in their lives,” she said. “Another important reason is that it gives us the opportunity to give something back to our communities. Catholic Social Teaching tells us that we are ‘all really responsible for all’ and so our service in the community allows us to act out that sense of responsibility and solidarity.”Call said she was excited about the award because it reflects the actions of the students.“Awards like this are important because they are a public recognition of our students’ dedication to the common good,” Call said.The level of student participation at the College is higher than the national average, Call said. OCSE plans to offer several community service opportunities within the next few weeks, including Walk for the Hungry on March 28 and Rebuilding Together on April 17.Call said OCSE offers a variety of other opportunities throughout the academic year for student involvement in community service.last_img read more

Easier access

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaFarm crops worldwide have a tough time getting enough phosphorus for healthy growth. An international guest scientist at the University of Georgia is looking to solve this problem with a common food item.To grow, plants pull elements from the soil through their roots. Phosphorus is one of the hardest elements for their roots to soak up, especially in acidic tropical and subtropical clay soils, like those of Georgia and Kenya.This is due to chemistry and how phosphorus interacts with other elements in the soil, said Charles Gerroh, a soil scientist from Kenya conducting research at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Science campus in Tifton, Ga.Common concern”Phosphorus availability to plants is considered a major soil fertility problem around the world,” he said.Gerroh is head of the horticulture department at Maseno University in Kenya and a Fulbright scholar working with Gary Gascho, a UGA CAES crop and soil scientist.The Fulbright grant program was established in 1946. Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, its mission is to increase understanding between the United States and other countries through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills.Phosphorus, Gerroh said, is essential for healthy plant growth, especially when the plant is young. Phosphorus helps roots develop and gives a plant a good head start.It’s one of the three major fertility elements, along with nitrogen and potassium. Depending on conditions, it’s the most expensive fertilizer element farmers apply.FixedThe study of soil fertility can be complicated. But to put the phosphorus problem simply, it doesn’t move through the soil as other elements do.Phosphorus can become fixed in a form that’s not easily accessible to plants. If it’s not applied directly around a plant’s root area, the plant has little chance of getting it into its system.”Only about 5 to 10 percent of the phosphorus in low-pH soil is able to be used by plants,” Gerroh said. Plants can access and use 50 percent to 60 percent of the nitrogen applied in the soil.But another element, silicon, holds the answer, Gerroh said. Silicon can interact in the soil to make phosphorus more available to a plant.UnfixedUsing silicon this way is nothing new, he said. Several Asian countries are doing it. The difference is Gerroh’s silicon comes from rice.Rice hulls, generally considered trash after rice processing, have a large concentration of silicon. Gerroh is working to find the best way to get and apply this form of silicon as a soil amendment to fix, or unfix, the phosphorus fertility problem.Gascho has worked in the Southeast using silicon as a potential solution to the fertility problems here. This is one reason the two soil scientists have joined forces through the Fulbright program.last_img read more

Dairy Food Safety

first_imgThe University of Georgia has received a $700,000 grant from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety to help improve food safety in Senegal’s rapidly growing dairy industry.The project is part of a larger $2.9 million parent grant from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety, based at Cornell and Purdue Universities and funded by USAID as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.Led by Manpreet Singh, professor in the UGA Department of Poultry Science and interim head of the Department of Food Science and Technology, the project will raise awareness of food safety issues, create training programs for dairy operators and coordinate comprehensive food safety regulations in the country.While Senegal relies on importing dairy products to meet the country’s needs, there is significant potential to enhance economic development in rural areas by organizing small dairy producers — who are predominantly women — and providing research and training to support and strengthen food safety in the value chain and to overcome barriers to the adoption of food safety practices, Singh said.“Prioritizing food safety in Senegal will enhance public health and empower youth and women via capacity-building efforts. This collaborative project will enhance existing dairy processing technologies and their adoption for safety and improving market access, strengthen the capacity of food safety research related to the dairy value chain, and build strong public/private partnerships in enhancing food safety and reducing foodborne illnesses,” Singh said. “It also will empower women and increase youth participation in processing and safety of the dairy value chain, and ultimately increase access to safe dairy products.”Co-principal investigators on the project include UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences poultry science Professor Harshavardhan Thippareddi, Coordinator of International Programs Victoria Collins McMaken and Postdoctoral Research Associate Jessica Marter-Kenyon; Gopal Reddy and Woubit Abebe at Tuskegee University in Alabama; Cheikh Ndaye of the Institut de Technologie Alimentaire (ITA) as the lead co-principal investigator in Senegal; Younoussa Diallo at ITA; and Mamadou Bocar Thiamat at the Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research. Momar Thiam is the Senegalese government representative on the team with the Unit for the Fight Against Malnutrition.“Like any food, dairy products are only nutritious if they are safe. We see a timely opportunity to support Senegal’s dairy sector in the early stages of its economic growth, so these grassroots efforts in food safety can develop into long-term, sustained food safety practices and policies in this important, nutrient-dense food,” said Haley Oliver, Food Safety Innovation Lab (FSIL) director and professor of food science at Purdue University.For more information on the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology, visit Feed the FutureFeed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty and undernutrition. For more information, visit read more