Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail In his viral 2015 Ted talk “Bring on the Female Superheroes!” Christopher Bell (PhDMediaSt’09) uses his own experiences shopping for his daughter to discuss issues that affect kids across the country and the world. There’s a huge lack of female superhero merchandise on toy shelves, Bell explains, and this has a real impact on children as they play and learn about the world. Not long after the TED talk, Bell became a diversity and inclusiveness consultant for Pixar Animation Studios. The first project he consulted on with the company was the movie Coco, which earned the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature earlier this year, among other awards.This week, Bell will return to CU Boulder’s campus for a discussion with the Department of Media Studies in the College of Media, Communication and Information. Along with media studies faculty, he will discuss how being critical of media can lead to more informed cultural production that helps companies produce more responsible and effective content for diverse audiences. The discussion will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, in Eaton 150 and is free and open to the public.Bell, a CMCI alumnus, is an associate professor of media studies in the Department of Communication at The University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He specializes in the study of popular culture, focusing on the ways in which race, class and gender intersect in different forms of children’s media. In addition to his work with TED and Pixar, Bell is a 2017 David Letterman Award-winning media scholar and the 2017 Denver Comic Con Popular Culture Educator of the Year. Published: Nov. 12, 2018 Tags:alumnimedia studies
Joined by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Green Mountain Power today announced a new initiative called “eHome,” a first in the nation holistic home energy services program. The first home in the program is in Rutland and is called the Energy Home of the Future. This is the first of a 100-home pilot project. It will serve as the model for energy efficiency, weatherization, and the use of innovative new alternative energy technology tools such as high tech thermostats and smart electrical plugs. As part of the program, Green Mountain Power will work with customers to update existing homes to help them use less energy, save money, improve comfort, and reduce fossil fuel use.Secretary Moniz was in Rutland on Friday and toured the Energy Home of the Future as part of his visit. He called the home the “pathway to the future” and lauded GMP and its partners for the important work they are doing to demonstrate the full value of energy efficiency and innovation.”Efficiency and the emphasis on efficiency, including in this house, is really, really the pathway to the future. We cannot solve our energy and climate challenges without efficiency playing a huge role. So that’s what you see being played out here in front of us and I want to thank the Borkowskis,” said Secretary Moniz after touring the Energy Home of the Future.US Energy Secretary Addresses Vermont Energy SummitPrior to the Rutland visit, Secretary Moniz was up Route 7 in Middlebury. There, he spoke at a Vermont Energy Summit as part of a first-hand look at how Vermont is on the cutting edge of transforming its energy systems from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.In remarks at Middlebury College, Moniz focused on the need to reduce the cost of clean energy. Vermont, he added, “really looks unique” in terms of public and private cooperation on energy issues.Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) welcomed the energy secretary to the state. The department Moniz heads, the delegation said, is an “indispensable partner in almost all of Vermont’s clean energy success stories,” including the first-in-the-nation statewide smart grid, Montpelier’s district heat project and Rutland County’s path-breaking efforts to improve energy efficiency at homes and businesses. During the 90-minute energy summit, Moniz was joined by the congressional delegation and Goverrnor Peter Shumlin for the wide-ranging discussion of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change. The delegation highlighted Vermont’s role in leading the nation in developing advanced energy storage, smart grid integration and resiliency, cold weather heat pumps, efficiency retrofits, clean energy research, and agricultural methane digester technologies.“I believe this small state can lead the nation, which can lead the world. And that is, in fact, what we need to do,” said Sanders, a member of the Senate energy and environment committees.“The Third National Climate Assessment shows the fast-evolving impacts of global climate change – effects we have already felt in Vermont,” Leahy said. “The Secretary’s strong comments make it clear that not much time remains for us to get this right. We’ve made a strong case this weekend for the strengths that add up to make the City of Rutland, our dairy farms and Vermont as a whole ideal partners for the Energy Department on a variety of energy solutions.”“The secretary’s visit today demonstrates that Vermont is a model for the nation in our approach to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change,” said Welch. “I applaud his strong leadership on these issues and am confident he will be going back to Washington with some practical Vermont ideas to make progress for the country on these issues.”RUTLAND, VT–(Marketwired – May 16, 2014) – GMP. Senator Sanders office. PHOTO: Secretary Moniz, right, with Governor Shumlin.
Vermont Business Magazine New York residents pay the most for basic health insurance and Vermont is second, but has the highest monthly premium at $469 a month, compared with New Mexico, which has the lowest monthly premium at $181 a month. New Mexico pays the least for basic health insurance, according to a new study released today by leading personal finance website GOBankingRates.com. The study compared silver plans ― the most popular plan according to the Department of Health and Human Services ― offered through the national or state-level insurance exchanges administered through the Affordable Care Act.The lowest-cost silver plans for each state were ranked based on the favorability of the following cost factors:The plan’s monthly premiumThe deductibleThe emergency care copayThe copay for care from a primary physician”Higher insurance costs in many states are tied to high costs of living or being in rural areas,” said Elyssa Kirkham, the lead GOBankingRates reporter on the study. “Where costs of living are high, like New York or Vermont, care is also likely to be more expensive, a cost which insurers pass to enrollees through higher premiums.””Competition is another key factor of health insurance costs,” said Kirkham. “In rural states like Wyoming and Oklahoma, fewer residents means a smaller health insurance market with fewer options, where insurers can charge more without losing customers. Of course, subsidies can offset these costs, but this form of assistance also varies widely from state to state,” she said.The 10 States With the Highest Health Insurance CostsNew YorkVermontSouth CarolinaAlabamaNew JerseyMississippiOklahomaIndianaDelawareWyoming2. VermontVermont’s cheapest silver option, the Silver CDHP Plan from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, has the highest monthly premium of any state, charging $469 a month, or $5,628 a year in premiums. The yearly cost on this plan is estimated at $7,317 on average by Vermont’s exchange site and up to $11,377 in a “bad year” with many health expenses.These high costs are offset somewhat by a low deductible of just $1,425, one of the lowest of the silver plans included in this ranking. The policyholder is still responsible for some costs once the deductible is met, however, such as a 25 percent co-insurance on emergency care and a 10 percent co-insurance charge for visits to a primary care physician. Vermont’s health insurance exchange, Vermont Health Connect, added a comparison tool to its website in December 2015 that allows shoppers to compare out-of-pocket costs and premiums on different plans.The 10 States With the Lowest Health Insurance CostsNew MexicoUtahCaliforniaTexasPennsylvaniaMichiganDistrict of ColumbiaHawaiiOregonIdahoAdditional insights:The state with the highest monthly premium is Vermont, at $469 a month, compared with New Mexico, which has the lowest monthly premium at $181 a month.Primary doctor copays vary widely by state. West Virginia and Indiana have no copays, but Californians’ copays are the highest ― $250.Deductible costs range from $1,300 in North Dakota to $6,850 in South Carolina, which is more than five times the price.Despite New Mexico’s low costs, many residents have encountered difficulties in January 2016 getting their health coverage due to a high volume of December 2015 health insurance applications still being processed.50 States and D.C. Ranked by Health Insurance Costs Here is the full ranking of the 50 states and the District of Columbia from best to worst, according to their health insurance costs for the silver plan with the lowest monthly premium in each state.1New Mexico18Minnesota35North Carolina2Utah19Virginia36Georgia3California20Iowa37Florida4Texas21Nevada38Alaska5Pennsylvania22New Hampshire39Tennessee6Michigan23Maine40Missouri7District of Columbia24Kentucky41Colorado8Hawaii25North Dakota42Wyoming9Oregon26West Virginia43Delaware10Idaho27Washington44Indiana11Wisconsin28Ohio45Oklahoma12Connecticut29Montana46Mississippi13Arizona30Maryland47New Jersey14Louisiana31Arkansas48Alabama15Illinois32South Dakota49South Carolina16Kansas33Rhode Island50Vermont17Massachusetts34Nebraska51New YorkAbout GOBankingRatesGOBankingRates.com is a leading portal for personal finance and consumer banking information, offering visitors the latest on everything from finding a good interest rate to strategies for saving money, investing for retirement and getting a loan. Its editors are regularly featured on top-tier media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Business Insider, Daily Finance, Huffington Post and more. It specializes in connecting consumers with the best financial institutions and banking products nationwide.LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — GOBankingRates.com
Vermont Business Magazine Lyndon State’s News7 has again been recognized by the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences. The organization selected Lyndon State College’s daily student newscast and two stories that appeared on those newscasts for awards in their 2016 College/University Awards programs.The November 19, 2015 newscast, anchored by Camille Delongis ’15 and Dominic Amato ‘16, directed by Adam Donnelly ‘16 and produced by Ryan Jenot ’16 received the Best College/University Newscast Emmy Award. This is the second year in a row News7 @ 5:30pm has won the regional NATAS student award for excellence in the college/university newscast category. Lyndon’s News7 has won seven of the NATAS student awards for excellence in all.Reporter Alex Paduch ‘17 and Photojournalist JJ Murphy’s ‘16 piece titled “Wheeled Strikers” won in the General Assignment-Light News category edging out a story from Boston University. Video Journalist Taylor Young ‘15 received an honorable mention for her serious news piece called “The Story of Victory.”Young is now working as a photographer and multimedia journalist at WCAX 3 CBS, Burlington, Vermont, and will soon be joined at WCAX by the director of the winning newscast, Donnelly. Murphy will graduate in May and has already accepted a photographer’s position at WGHP 8 FOX, High Point, North Carolina.Each year the Boston/New England Chapter honors outstanding student achievements in production by conferring awards of merit. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those studying media and journalism and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertain, news and informational achievements by students.Student Winners will be invited to receive their awards at the 39th Boston/New England Emmy® Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Westin Copley Place Boston.
Here are the Top 10 brokerage firms in Arizona, based on public voting for the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Ranking Arizona is based purely on opinion and ranks companies based on how voters answer this simple question: with whom would you recommend doing business?Don’t see your favorite on the list or do you want to make sure your favorite stays on the list? To make your vote count in the 2020 edition of Ranking Arizona, click here to vote.Want to buy a copy of the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona? Click here.Here are the Top 10 brokerage firms in Arizona, as featured in the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona:Brokerage firms (24 brokers or more)1. CBREBackground: CBRE Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2017 revenue). The company has more than 80,000 employees (excluding affiliates) and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.2. Colliers International3. NAI Horizon4. Lee & Associates5. Commercial Properties Inc.6. Cresa7. Cushman & Wakefield8. JLL9. West USA Realty10. KeyserBrokerage firms (23 brokers or fewer)1. Avison YoungBackground: Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 2,700 real estate professionals in 85 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality properties.2. Commercial Plus3. ORION Investment Real Estate4. ZELL Commercial Real Estate Services Inc.5. Cardon Commercial6. LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide7. SRS Real Estate Partners8. Commercial Property Connect9. VWP Realty10. Kidder MathewsIndustrial1. Cushman & WakefieldBackground: Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value by putting ideas into action for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with 48,000 employees in approximately 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2017, the firm had revenue of $6.9 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services.2. Colliers International3. CBRE4. NAI Horizon5. JLL6. LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide7. Avison Young8. Commercial Properties, Inc.9. Kidder Mathews10. ORION Investment Real EstateLand1. Land Advisors OrganizationBackground: Land Advisors Organization is the nation’s largest brokerage company focused exclusively on land. Land Advisors’ highly specialized agents use a combination of publicly available and private information, cutting-edge mapping technology, deep market knowledge and extensive transactional experience to help their clients identify and capitalize on valuable land opportunities in all kinds of economic environments. Land Advisors Organization employs a true collaborative brokerage model with offices located throughout Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas and Washington. Other service lines in place to compliment Land Advisors’ brokerage operations include Land Advisors Capital and Land Advisors Resort Solutions.2. CBRE3. Avison Young4. Colliers International5. Commercial Properties, Inc.6. SVN Desert Commercial Advisors7. NAI Horizon8. Nathan & Associates9. Marcus and Millichap RE Investment10. Cushman & WakefieldMedical1. Avison Young2019 outlook: “Avison Young is poised to continue to lead the industry as the fastest growing commercial firm. The growth will happen both in the United States and internationally with a substantially larger European presence in the first quarter of the year.”2. GILE Healthcare Realty3. CBRE4. Colliers International5. Benchmark Commercial Real Estate6. ORION Investment Real Estate7. LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide8. Keyser9. Arizona Medical Office Brokers10. Commercial Properties, Inc.Multifamily1. CBRE2019 outlook: “In an environment where investors are concerned that rising interest rates could diminish returns, market fundamentals are more important than ever. With leading job, population and household formation growth, and limited single-family completions, Phoenix is ideally positioned to continue to attract strong capital flows throughout 2019.”2. Colliers International3. NAI Horizon4. Commercial Properties, Inc.5. ABI Multifamily6. Lee & Associates7. Cushman & Wakefield8. ORION Investment Real Estate9. Avison Young10. SVN Desert Commercial AdvisorsOffice1. Colliers InternationalBackground: Colliers has served clients globally for more than 35 years. With an enterprising culture and significant insider ownership, Colliers provides a full range of services – brokerage, corporate solutions, investment sales, capital markets, project management, workplace solutions, property management, valuation and appraisal services – to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Colliers International Group Inc. is a global leader with more than 13,000 professionals operating in 69 countries. Colliers has been ranked among the Top 100 outsourcing firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals’ Global Outsourcing for 13 consecutive years – more than any other real estate services firm.2. CBRE3. Lee & Associates4. Newmark Knight Frank5. Avison Young6. NAI Horizon7. Andrea Davis, CRE8. LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide9. Cresa10. SVN Desert Commercial AdvisorsRetail1. Zell Commercial Real Estate ServicesBackground: Alan Zell started the company in 1977 after being transferred from New Jersey to Arizona by a shopping center developer in 1974. The company has always focused on providing shopping center management and leasing services on open-air shopping centers in Arizona. The current portfolio includes more than 4 million square feet of retail properties throughout the Valley, Payson and Show Low. Biltmore Plaza (32nd Street Camelback), Arrowhead Palms (75th Avenue and Bell) and Foothills Park Place (I-10 and Ray Road) are some signature properties. Zell’s staff of 20 professionals is dedicated to exceeding the expectations of clients.2. Cardon Commercial3. Colliers International4. De Rito Partners Inc.5. Avison Young6. Catalyst Commercial Group7. SVN Desert Commercial Advisors8. CBRE9. Keyser10. LevRose Commercial Real Estate/TCN Worldwide
NPR:In my post last week, I wrote that “weak evidence is still better than no evidence.” The statement prompted some thoughtful comments from readers:I find that weak evidence is often worse than no evidence. (Chris Harlan) Is weak evidence a positive or a negative? Does weak evidence accomplish anything? My glass is half full on this point. (Bobbi Wilson)Weak evidence often does something, but what that something is may be quite destructive, from the invasion of nations to needless surgeries. A lot of damage can be done by a few misplaced assumptions based on something that appears to be there, but isn’t. (Chris Harlan)The kind of situation I had in mind was one in which the evidence points to one answer over another, just not very strongly.For example, suppose you have two identical bags full of candy. You’ve filled one bag with 45 caramels and 55 red candies. You’ve filled the other with 55 caramels and 45 green candies. But you’ve forgotten which bag is which, so you decide to sample a candy at random from one of the bags to attempt to figure it out.Read the whole story: More of our Members in the Media >
NBC:Every day in the United States about 120 people commit suicide. At nearly 45,000 suicides annually, it’s the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S. and its rate is increasing year by year, national data shows. Healthcare providers have ways to prevent a suicide attempt, but often they don’t know in advance who needs the intervention most.“We’ve been doing this for 50 years, and our ability is still at chance level,” says Jessica Ribeiro, a psychologist and researcher at Florida State University.…So far the results are promising. Using AI, Ribeiro and her colleagues were able to predict whether someone would attempt suicide within the next two years at about 80 percent accuracy, and within the next week at 92 percent accuracy. Their findings were recently reported in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.Read the whole story: NBC
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(Image Courtesy: ALCOTT GLOBAL) Author: Baibhav Mishra The Guide provides a practical framework, including best practices forcreating a maritime sustainability report, for both listed and non-listedmaritime companies. The need for the Guide was spurred by industry feedback on the growingneed for sustainability reporting guidelines, given that sustainabilitydevelopment practices bring various benefits to businesses. The Guide alsofeatures MPA’s own sustainability reporting journey as a case study, includingits internal sustainability initiatives through the years. Sea News, August 20 Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA said, “The Guide attests to MPA’sefforts to champion sustainability reporting for the maritime industry andserves as a platform to reach out to the maritime community on sustainability.It is also aligned with MPA’s efforts to serve the needs of our customers,create stronger partnerships in the new world and build a more sustainablefuture for Singapore and the region.” Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX said, “SGX is pleased to support MPA inenabling higher-quality sustainability reports from maritime companies. Globalinvestors are increasingly focused on how companies manage Environmental,Social and Governance factors. The Guide and the exchange’s own initiatives onthe sustainability front are efforts that will help elevate interest inSingapore-listed companies as a whole.” Goh Swee Chen, President of GCNS, added, “The salient value of thesustainability reporting process lies in its ability to ensure thatorganisations consider and disclose the impacts of their business practices,including consideration of longer term opportunities and risks.” The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), together with itspartners – Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), Global Compact Network Singapore(GCNS), Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), and sustainabilityconsultants from Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG and PwC Singapore, have launchedthe first sectorspecific Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide today at anevent witnessed by around 150 guests. “The maritime industry is a key driving force in Singapore’s andthe global economy and has great potential to make waves as a front-runner insustainable development. GCNS is delighted to co-create Singapore’s firstMaritime Sustainability Reporting Guide with MPA to steer businesses towardsaligning strategies and operations with the United Nations’ SustainableDevelopment Goals,” Chen added.
Upd. at 23:55 It was not a comfortable victory because the hosts played well, despite defender Tano suffering a double leg break early in the game after a challenge with Isco. Sport EN Eventually Madrid went ahead again when Isco finished neatly after Benzema ran into trouble in the box and the ball broke loose for the midfielder to latch on to. 11/02/2017 CET Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a drilled effort that Salvatore Sirigu should have saved, before Sergio Leon got the hosts level with a neat dink over Keylor Navas. Lucas Vazquez rounded things up with a late chip as Madrid eventually shook off the hosts and sealed their win. Karim Benzema missed a huge chance before the break with Sirigu denying him from close range, while Navas denied Leon from an angle. Real Madrid went back top of La Liga as they saw off Osasuna at El Sadar.