Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers released an incredible video earlier today in honor of “one of the funkiest bands in all the land,” as he describes Vulfpeck. The mastermind performs the band’s hit “Back Pocket” only using a talk box, a cappella, in a similar fashion to Jack Stratton‘s recent online performance where he only uses a talk box to perform the four voices of the Bach fugue, “Contrapunctus IX.”Listen to Mr. Talkbox’s version of “Back Pocket,” which also includes a fresh remix of “Funky Duck” at the end. Too cool!For those who can’t get enough of the Vulf, the band will be making an appearance at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise this April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL. Performing alongside Lettuce, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power, and Goldfish, this is one destination festival that you won’t want to miss! Tickets are on sale now and available here.
Lauded legal scholar, best-selling author, and Harvard’s Alphonse Fletcher University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be honored at City University of New York School of Law’s annual Public Interest Law Association Gala and Auction benefit March 23 at Judson Memorial Church in New York City.Students will present Gates with an honorary degree to recognize his scholarship, achievements, and unwavering commitment to civil rights and social justice. Gates, director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard, has written extensively for The New Yorker and The New York Times. He is author of numerous books, most recently “Black in Latin America” and “Faces of America,” which expand on his critically acclaimed PBS documentaries. He is also editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com, a daily online magazine focusing on issues of interest to the African-American community, written from an African-American perspective.
Read Full Story A new free online course from Harvard University will explore the principles guiding humanitarian response to modern emergencies as well as the challenges faced by responders when providing aid.Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster—offered through HarvardX, the University’s branch of the online education platform edX—begins Aug. 30, 2016. Already, more than 9,000 students from 175 countries have enrolled.Through interviews, discussions, and case studies, the course will cover topics such as rapid population displacement, violence against civilians and aid workers, civil-military engagement, and neutrality of humanitarian workers during combat. The course will be co-taught by Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights and director of Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and Michael VanRooyen, chair of emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Other course contributors will include experts from Harvard, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Oxfam America and the U.S. Naval War College.“From the Syrian refugee crisis to the West Africa Ebola outbreak, humanitarian emergencies have reached unprecedented dimensions and proportions,” said VanRooyen. “This course is designed to raise the bar for leaders in the humanitarian field, in policy roles, and in the armed services who will face increasingly difficult challenges while serving vulnerable populations around the globe.”VanRooyen and his team at Harvard have responded to some of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history—in Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
Forget diamonds—a gay man is a girl’s best friend! Jason Michael Snow, Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Andrew Brewer had cause for celebration on February 9, when the raunchy new comedy Sex Tips For a Straight Woman From a Gay Man officially opened off-Broadway. Based on the bestselling book of the same name, the onstage how-to guide by Matt Murphy welcomes audience members into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves, filter-free observations and insider advice from a gay man. After the show, the stars gathered for a sexy company photo. Check out this Hot Shot of the stars celebrating on the red carpet, then catch the show at 777 Theatre! Show Closed This production ended its run on June 23, 2018 Related Shows View Comments Sex Tips For Straight Women From a Gay Man
Agents walked away from the conference with new ideas about what is possible for UGA Extension, said Wade Hutcheson, county Extension coordinator for Spalding County. Hutcheson presented a poster on a community garden and community revitalization project he helped start in Griffin, Georgia. “The opportunity to share the programming that you’re proud of and get feedback from an outside perspective is really valuable,” Hutcheson said. “It can help you see an approach or strategy that you didn’t before. Feedback from colleagues serves as useful evaluation.” For a full a listing of the workshops and posters presented at this year’s conference, visit urbanextension2015.com. For more information about UGA Extension, visit extension.uga.edu. More than 300 Cooperative Extension agents, some from as far away as Norway and American Samoa, converged in Atlanta May 4-7 to share ways that Extension is making an impact in the cities where they live. Hosted this year by University of Georgia Extension, the biennial National Urban Extension Conference allows Extension agents from across the country to share the work they are doing in their communities and what can be done better. “(Being here) is the opportunity to talk with people who have the same idea, globally, about the future of Extension.” said Keith Nathaniel, county Extension director for Los Angeles County for the University of California Cooperative Extension. “America is continuing to urbanize, and as Extension agents, we need to be there to help.” The U.S. Congress set up Cooperative Extension Service in 1914 to provide on-demand research-based education to farmers and homesteaders, and that work is still a major part of the service’s essential mission. However, today’s Cooperative Extension System also provides valuable programs for city dwellers — from science enrichment programs for school children to water conservation strategies for the green industry and classes for beginners and advanced gardeners. Over the course of the three-day conference, agents hosted workshops on everything from capacity building and engaging new audiences to working with county and city governments to tackle environmental issues. “We’ve got three big categories this year, said Sheldon Hammond, district Extension director for UGA Extension’s northwest district, which serves the metro-Atlanta area. “One is making communities healthy through food and nutrition programs, through working with youth and community gardens. We also have a lot of environmental programs being highlighted, having to do with water quality and big urban issues. And of course, the third one would be working with volunteers to expand our efforts in urban communities.” UGA Extension and faculty from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences presented on several topics, including:Outreach methods for growing diverse audiences. Program evaluation for those new to measuring the impact of their programs. Zoonosis prevention curricula for children developed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Georgia 4-H’s work combating childhood obesity and hunger. Working with school officials to create a wide-ranging leadership conference for students. Securing federal grant money to pay AmeriCorps workers. Teaching limited resource families to prepare healthy meals on a budget through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Collaborating with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division through water-centered science curriculum for students, Project WET.Extension agents for across the nation presented on similar topics, providing real world examples of programs that are proven to work, Hammond said. “We have people here from 47 different states so we’re able to highlight the University of Georgia Extension programming to those folks. However, they’re also bringing in programming and expertise that our folks can learn from. So it’s a two way street that we have going on here and it’s been well worth it to host it,” he said.
You’ve probably heard of The Five Love Languages, a bestselling relationship book by Gary Chapman. In it, he talks about better ways of engaging with your romantic partner based on how you each express yourself romantically and by understanding each other’s needs.Some people really like being surprised with a gift. Others would rather you show your affection by helping out around the house – nothing says I love you like emptying the dishwasher or cleaning out those rain gutters! While some need to hear how much they are loved, others just want to sit together and enjoy the comfort of being close… while binge watching Game of Thrones of course.Understanding what makes our partners tick and being able to give them what they want, in a way they will appreciate, helps forge stronger relationships. If you know who your partner is and what they need to thrive, you are also better prepared to prevent and resolve conflicts. It’s why the love languages have become so popular over the years, and why people keep coming back to those core traits.Much attention is paid to love languages, but figuring out your Work Language is something that is often ignored.As much as people hate to admit it, we spend more time during our average week at work, and interacting with our co-workers, than we do at home with the people we love…which is why it is important to understand the people you manage to ensure that the environment you are creating within your office thrives as well.Much like problems within a relationship, a lot of problems at work come from A) not being able to read minds (we can’t help with that) and B) not understanding the underlying “work language” of your employee. We can help break down that barrier.A behavioral assessment, like The Omnia Profile, forms that Work Language. It translates a person’s traits and preferences into a how-to guide on properly incentivizing, communicating and engaging your employees.The first trait is assertiveness. Individuals can have varying degrees of assertiveness, from the bold and forceful to the meek and mild. Naturally, assertive employees are focused on personal accomplishment. These are the kind of people who excel in commission-based sales positions and are on the lookout for opportunities for advancement, whereas cautious employees are team oriented and look for ways to help others.The “assertives” can come off as being pushy, especially to your cautious workers, not because they are being jerks, but because, based on past successes, they are motivated to get the job done their way. On the flip side, someone with a high level of caution could be seen as a pushover because they are willing to compromise and take direction. Neither are necessarily fair assessments.The next trait is often simplified as Extrovert vs Introvert, but that really just scratches the surface. Socially reserved employees are analytical and fact-driven; their conversations tend to get to the point and give you just what you need to know. When you want specific information imparted to a customer, clearly and concisely, the analytic is the one to go to every time. Sometimes they can seem aloof to their gregarious counterparts, though.Socially confident employees are more emotionally based in their responses. It’s about how things make them feel and the connections they make with other people. They are great in networking positions that have a lot of face time in order to build and maintain relationships. They can come across as being needlessly chatty to an analytic, though. The analytics want to get right to the task, while the sociables want to get to know each other better first; that is how they build the bonds needed to feel a part of the team.Then there’s pace, which is all about a sense of urgency and patience.I’m sure everyone knows that person who, if they aren’t working on ten things at once, they aren’t happy. Those are the multi-taskers; they tell you they work best under the pressure of a deadline. Single-taskers, on the other hand, needs to have things ordered and deal with them one at a time. They often seem overwhelmed in a hectic workplace, because they most likely are. They need to be in a job or environment where they can get through each thing on their plate before moving on to the next. This can be frustrating to someone with a dizzying sense of urgency, who may not understand that everyone is not wired the way they are. They often run into folks who see them as a whirlwind who takes on more than they should.The last language clue comes from an employee’s need for structure and their attention to detail. Look at this as having either “results oriented” or “procedure oriented” priorities. An independent, big-picture person is not about “Is this done perfectly?” but rather, “Is this done?” A structured, meticulous person, on the other hand, is a perfectionist who wants to make sure every procedure is carefully followed, because “That is how things get done right.” Often they end up with the same result, but take different ways to get there.Structured workers are often annoyed with an independent’s inclination to “wing it” and wonder why they have to go back over procedures with them to correct mistakes. Whereas an independent is more likely to wonder “Why are we still talking about this?” and if a mistake is made, where possible, correct it and move on.Each of these areas is a potential for conflict, but when you understand the people you are working with, it is also a tremendous opportunity. Very few people are completely off the charts in any of these four categories, but seeing where each individual is, and how that relates to the rest of team, can help a manager better assess where personnel resources are being allocated and how to get the best out of them. It can also help co-workers understand why people do things a certain way, and what they can do to assist each other in a way that would be constructive rather than counterproductive.Using an assessment as a pre-hire tool can also help you avoid making costly mistakes, like hiring an aggressive competitor for customer service or a methodical single-tasker for a job where workload priorities are constantly shifting. Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t hire them; there are many reasons why someone might otherwise be a great fit for their position. But having an understanding of where potential conflicts are, can help you smooth out concerns before they become an issue.Much like a love language, it is not just a single component that makes a relationship work. We have to think about how all the components of behavior interact with each other inside the same person. It’s about understanding what motivates each unique member of your team and how to use that to make sure everyone is getting what they need to be the best they can.Knowing your Work Language, and those of the people around you, and being able to use that information appropriately, strengthens not just individual relationships, but the entire company. If you don’t know your Work Language, it’s time to find out. Contact the Omnia Group today to discover the assessments, such as the Omnia Profile, available to fit your needs. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carletta Clyatt Carletta Clyatt, a popular seminar speaker, is the SVP at The Omnia Group. She offers clients advice on how to manage more effectively and gain insight into employee strengths, weaknesses … Web: www.omniagroup.com Details
58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Thank you for tuning in to episode 91 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.Randy has Mina Worthington as his guest on the show today. She is the President and CEO of Solarity Credit Union in Yakima, Washington. We talk about digital transformation, the future of credit unions, remote work, what the workplace looks like going forward, and how to keep the credit union culture intact with all the changes. Listen as Mina shares how she keeps her team connected during this crisis, how she has grown as a leader because of it, and the biggest changes at her credit union that she plans on carrying over once the pandemic is over. Mina also discusses how she maintains the credit union culture with everyone working remotely and what she will be most proud to have accomplished a year from now.Additionally, Mina discusses why she took the position as President and CEO of Solarity, how the inspiration has changed, and some tips for new CEOs dealing with uncertainty. Mina also speaks about some leadership myths she wants to debunk and that she loves to spend time with her family, boating, or traveling when she has time away from the office.In the rapid-fire questions section, we learned that Mina wanted to be a graphic designer when she grew up, she was a slacker and partier in high school, and that she loves Guns & Roses as much as I do. When she hears the word success, she thinks of her husband because of everything he has accomplished. This was a fun conversation you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Mina:Mina Worthington, President and CEO of Solarity Credit Unionmworthington@solaritycu.orgwww.solaritycu.orgLinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Show notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the outstanding work that Mina and her team at Solarity are doing here.Shout-out: Mina’s team at Solarity Credit UnionApp mentioned: YammerShout-out: Chuck PurvisShout-out: CUNAShout-out: Sheryl SandbergShout-out: Jill NowackiBook mentioned: Lean In by Sheryl SandbergShout-out: Steve SwanstonShout-out: Karin Sand & Fred JohnsonShout-out: Mina’s husband and childrenShout-out: Victor CorroShout-out: Tansley StearnsAlbum mentioned: Appetite for Destruction by Guns & RosesBook mentioned: Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by James C. CollinsPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Chuck Purvis, Steve Swanston, Victor Corro, Tansley Stearns, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) This Episode:[01:53] – Welcome to the show, Mina![02:05] – Mina shares how her team is holding up.[03:04] – Mina speaks about how she keeps her team connected with emails and video recordings.[05:03] – Listen as Mina shares how she has grown as a leader during this pandemic.[07:24] – What are your credit union’s biggest changes, and how will they change going forward?[09:00] – Mina speaks about how to maintain the culture when everyone is working remotely.[12:09] – Mina discusses what she believes that credit unions need to do to stay relevant in the future.[13:19] – What will you be most proud of that your team has accomplished twelve months from now?[15:01] – Mina speaks about what inspired her to take the job as President and CEO of Solarity.[18:24] – Mina says that the inspiration hasn’t changed over her years as CEO.[20:12] – Do you have any tips for new CEOs going through the pandemic?[21:27] – Mina shares what her team has heard her say over and over.[21:46] – Mina speaks about the myth about leadership that she wants to debunk.[22:22] – Listen as Mina discusses some mistakes she sees young leaders make today.[23:07] – Mina shares some advice that a mentor gave her she uses to this day.[24:07] – What do you do to recharge when you have a day off?[25:11] – Mina shares how she was in high school, and the first time she got into memorable trouble.[25:57] – What did you want to be when you grew up?[26:18] – Mina speaks about her morning routine and how she needs to exercise or her entire day feels off.[26:45] – What is the best album of all time?[27:18] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[27:30] – She says that her weekends have become more important, and friends have become less important.[28:42] – Mina says that the first person she thinks of when she hears the word success is her husband.[29:51] – Mina shares some final asks for the listeners.[30:51] – Thank you so much for being on the show!
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New York Times 2 February 2017Family First Comment: Often pregnant women presume that cannabis has no consequences for developing infants. But preliminary research suggests otherwise: Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — can cross the placenta to reach the fetus, experts say, potentially harming brain development, cognition and birth weight. THC can also be present in breast milk. “There is an increased perception of the safety of cannabis use, even in pregnancy, without data to say it’s actually safe.”During her pregnancy, she never drank alcohol or had a cigarette. But nearly every day, Stacey, then 24, smoked marijuana.With her fiancé’s blessing, she began taking a few puffs in her first trimester to quell morning sickness before going to work at a sandwich shop. When sciatica made it unbearable to stand during her 12-hour shifts, she discreetly vaped marijuana oil on her lunch break.“I wouldn’t necessarily say, ‘Go smoke a pound of pot when you’re pregnant,’” said Stacey, now a stay-at-home mother in Deltona, Fla., who asked that her full name be withheld because street-bought marijuana is illegal in Florida. “In moderation, it’s O.K.”Many pregnant women, particularly younger ones, seem to agree, a recent federal survey shows. As states legalize marijuana or its medical use, expectant mothers are taking it up in increasing numbers — another example of the many ways in which acceptance of marijuana has outstripped scientific understanding of its effects on human health.Often pregnant women presume that cannabis has no consequences for developing infants. But preliminary research suggests otherwise: Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — can cross the placenta to reach the fetus, experts say, potentially harming brain development, cognition and birth weight. THC can also be present in breast milk.“There is an increased perception of the safety of cannabis use, even in pregnancy, without data to say it’s actually safe,” said Dr. Torri Metz, an obstetrician at Denver Health Medical Center who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Ten percent of her patients acknowledge recent marijuana use.In the federal survey, published online in December, almost 4 percent of mothers-to-be said they had used marijuana in the past month in 2014, compared with 2.4 percent in 2002. (By comparison, roughly 9 percent of pregnant women ages 18 to 44 acknowledge using alcohol in the previous month.)READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/health/marijuana-and-pregnancy.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fhealth&action=click&contentCollection=health®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=1
Health officials are reporting Indiana’s first influenza-related death of the season in Marion County.The Marion County Public Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health reported the death Tuesday and urged people to obtain flu shots to better protect themselves against the respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu shot. It says vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from the flu, including people age 65 and older; people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease; pregnant women; and children under the age of 5.The Ripley County Health Department will host a public walk-in flu clinic this Friday, 10/25/19 from 11 am-2 pm.