The New England Secondary School Consortium is a regional partnership working to advance forward-thinking innovations in secondary education that will empower the next generation of citizens, workers, and leaders. The Consortium’s goal is to ensure that every public high school student receives an education that prepares them for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of the 21st century. Big Picture South Burlington created a set of proficiency-based graduation requirements that help teachers personalize instruction and make sure all students acquire the essential knowledge and skills they need to succeed in adult life. At the school, students pursue an individualized course of study that is built around their interests and aspirations, and that incorporate internships, college-level courses, independent projects, workshops, travel, and volunteerism. New England Secondary School Consortium. 319.2012. ‘These three schools represent what is best about Vermont education and the work of the Consortium,’ said Armando Vilaseca, commissioner of education. ‘The personalization of learning experiences for students, which makes their education more relevant and expansive, is a key factor in educational innovation and the success of these school. I am also proud that Cabot, Essex, and South Burlington will have a chance to present to their peers from across New England’it’s an exceptional opportunity for our school leaders and teachers.’ The conference, High School Redesign in Action (newenglandssc.org/conference), will take place March 22’23, 2012, in Norwood, Massachusetts. It is sponsored by the New England Secondary School Consortium, a regional partnership committed to high school innovation, in collaboration with the departments of education for Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. All the selected schools have made significant progress raising student achievement, graduation rates, college-enrollment numbers, or other indicators of educational success. The Consortium is funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (nmefoundation.org), the largest philanthropy in New England focused exclusively on education, and it is coordinated by the Great Schools Partnership (greatschoolspartnership.org), a nonprofit educational-support organization in Portland, Maine. The Nellie Mae Education Foundation has committed more than $2 million to support the Consortium, which includes $1 million in partnership grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of its transformation process, Essex High School made a commitment to supporting students, personalizing learning, and developing ‘multiple learning pathways’‘that is, creating more diverse learning experiences both inside and outside the school walls. To help the school achieve its goals, Essex also created two ‘schools within a school’‘one focused on the visual and performing arts and the other on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics’to engage student interests and aspirations through strategies such as senior projects and career internships. All three presenting schools are also members of the Consortium’s League of Innovative Schools, a multistate network of secondary schools working together to improve their programs and performance.In Vermont, the League comprises 11 secondary schools from across the state, and their work is supported by grants from the Vermont Department of Education. The League’s goal is to promote the exchange of best practices and innovative improvement strategies among schools region. Cabot School has created a project-based teaching and learning model in grades 7’12 that allows multiage groups to investigate problems through long-term research, Socratic-style seminars, hands-on discovery, the arts, and community connections’many of which take advantage of local resources, opportunities, and experts to make learning come alive. Students also present their projects and what they’ve learned to teachers, parents, and community members. Three Vermont public schools’Cabot School, Essex High School, and South Burlington High School’have been invited to represent their state at a regional conference on effective strategies for improving teaching and learning in the 21st century.
In today’s Facebook world, everyone wants consumers to “like” their credit union or bank on Facebook. After all, you often judge your social media success and ROI by the number of members or customers who “like” you on Facebook. So can you buy “like” at your credit union or bank? Hardly.At least that is the premise behind the book Can’t Buy Me Like by Bob Garfield and Doug Levy. The book hits on a major social media theme today: building authentic customer connections. It’s not about your messages on social media; it’s about authenticity and connections. If you want to improve your financial institution’s social media efforts, then reading Can’t Buy Me Like will give you several ideas how to do so.Below are some quotes from the book and how we can apply them.(1) “Simple truth: if you are still selling goods and services by blanketing the world with advertising…you are doing things all wrong.”Ouch. That puts things pretty bluntly. The authors argue that traditional advertising has gone the way of the Betamax and Yugoslavia. We have to change our marketing efforts because they believe we are in a digital revolution and now living in a relationship era. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Huffington Post: I just returned from NYC from an invitation only conference on the third metric for success: beyond money and power, hosted by Arianna Huffington. I’m not one for mindless flattery, so it is with great sincerity that I say that Arianna is a force to be reckoned with. She’s extremely bright and incredibly effective so perhaps it’s no surprise that the event was so successful. For me, however, the event cut both ways.It’s been forever since I attended a conference without being a speaker. This was even more unusual since the event was really a conference on the importance of being mindful. Not being acknowledged by speaker after speaker was a blow to my ego. At times I felt like saying, maybe shouting, “yes, yes, I couldn’t agree more since I’ve been studying this since the 1970’s and making all the recommendations that were being presented as new.”Read the whole story: The Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >
The Croatian Chamber of Commerce has been continuing the tradition since 1997 of conducting the “Let’s buy Croatian” campaign, and this year through the specialized project “Let’s buy Croatian – Croatian products for Croatian tourism”. The project will take place on April 20 and 21, 2016 on 2.500 square meters in the Žatika sports hall in Poreč.In the fair atmosphere, domestic producers will present their products and services through several thematic areas defined according to the needs of hotels, caterers and other providers of accommodation and other services in tourism.Objectives of the project “Buy Croatian – Croatian products for Croatian tourism” through direct networking of producers and end customers – service providers in tourism, through an exhibition of Croatian products in the fair atmosphere and through B2B meetings identifying obstacles and finding solutions for better cooperation between domestic producers and service providers tourism, through panels and presentations and educating the youngest generations and citizens about the existence of quality Croatian products: Encourage better cooperation and better placement of domestic products on the domestic market Influence the competitiveness of the Croatian economy Influence tourism to become the bearer of Croatian identity through the offer of Croatian products Preserve existing and create new jobs Promote quality domestic products, bearers of the signs Original Croatian and Croatian qualityThe official opening will be on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, while for citizens and group school visits, the doors will open on the second day, April 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. On this occasion, visitors will be able to see the exhibited Croatian products, touch, taste, but also buy and listen to numerous promotional and educational presentations, while admission is free.You can apply for participation in the status of exhibitors until April 10, 2016, and all details and accompanying documents for exhibitors can be viewed hereSource: HGK
Pinterest Share on Facebook “Patients who experience pain and anxiety may move during the procedure, which can reduce the effectiveness of biopsy, or they may not adhere to follow-up screening and testing,” Soo said.She added that the study comes at a time when federal reimbursement requirements are increasingly focusing on patient care and adjusting payments based on patient satisfaction.“It’s important that we address these issues to provide a better experience and more compassionate care for our patients,” Soo said.Soo and colleagues enrolled 121 women undergoing breast cancer diagnosis at Duke and randomly assigned them to receive one of three approaches as they underwent stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy: a recorded meditation, music, or standard care with a technologist offering casual conversation and support.The meditation was a guided “loving/kindness” script that focused on building positive emotions such as compassion towards oneself and others and releasing negative emotions.Patients in the music group listened to their choice of instrumental jazz, classical piano, harp and flute, nature sounds or world music.Standard-care patients received supportive and comforting dialogue with the radiologist or technologist.Immediately before and after biopsy, participants completed questionnaires measuring nervousness and anxiety, ranking biopsy pain between a low of zero to a high of 10, and assessing feelings of weakness and fatigue.Patients in the meditation and music groups reported significantly greater reductions in anxiety and fatigue after biopsy than those receiving standard care. The standard-care patients reported increased fatigue after biopsy.The meditation group also showed significantly lower pain during biopsy when compared to the music group.“Listening to guided meditation resulted in significantly lower biopsy pain during imaging-guided breast biopsy, and both meditation and music reduced patient anxiety and fatigue,” Soo said. “There are medical approaches to this — providing anti-anxiety drugs — but they sedate patients and require someone to drive them home.“Meditation is simple and inexpensive, and could be a good alternative in these settings,” Soo said. “We would like to see this study scaled up to include a multi-center trial, and see if the findings could be generalized to different practices.” Meditation eases anxiety, fatigue and pain for women undergoing breast cancer biopsies, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute. They also found that music is effective, but to a lesser extent.The researchers note that adopting these simple, inexpensive interventions could be especially helpful in light of recent reports citing anxiety and pain as potential harms from breast cancer screenings and testing.“Image-guided needle biopsies for diagnosing breast cancer are very efficient and successful, but the anxiety and potential pain can have a negative impact on patient care,” said Mary Scott Soo, M.D., associate professor of radiology at Duke Cancer Institute and lead author of the study published online February 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. LinkedIn Email Share Share on Twitter
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Ezra Holdings Limited, a leading contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas (O&G) industry, sees recovery of performance in 4QFY13 as EMAS AMC, Ezra’s Subsea Services business, establishes a solid operational foundation for the Group.For the financial year ended 31 August 2013 (“FY13”), the Group posted revenue growth of 28% to US$1.26 billion from US$984.2 million in the previous corresponding period (“FY12”). Fourth-quarter revenue in FY13 (“4QFY13”) also increased 28% to US$419.2 million from US$326.3 million in the same period last year (“4QFY12”).The Group’s revenue growth was led by the Subsea Services division, which independently contributed US$236.0 million of the Group’s revenue increase of US$277.9 million for the financial year. The significant increase in the number and value of projects undertaken by EMAS AMC in FY13, in comparison to the previous year, were the main drivers for the revenue increase.The Group’s Offshore Support Services (EMAS Marine) and Marine Services (which includes engineering and fabrication activities under TRIYARDS) divisions also recorded increases in revenue which in turn, contributed to the overall revenue growth.The growth in revenue contributed to the 62% jump in the Group’s 4QFY13 net profit after tax to US$13.5 million from US$8.3 million in 4QFY12. In FY13, net profit after tax stands at US$64.1 million, dipping slightly from US$66.0 million recorded in the previous year.On the Group’s performance, Ezra’s Managing Director, Mr Lionel Lee, said: “Compared with the preceding quarter, we have rebounded operationally. We have successfully laid the foundation for a new chapter of growth for the company and are already beginning to see the fruit of our labour with contract wins from major industry players for major projects in various parts of the world. Moving forward, we will continue to focus our energies on effective and prompt execution of our order book of more than US$2 billion worth of contracts.”To position itself for the uptake in subsea activities, the Group added project-enabling assets Lewek Express and Lewek Centurion to its existing subsea fleet in 4QFY13, and has also boosted its project management and engineering teams. Such investments have pushed administrative expenses up in the past few quarters, and any future increase is expected to be moderate. However, these investments in assets and capabilities have been recognised by the offshore oil and gas industry, with an increase in the number of projects undertaken and a significant increase in value of contracts awarded. In FY13, the Group has won subsea contracts worth in excess of US$1.4 billion.Going forward, the Group expects to benefit from improved economies of scale and associated benefits to margins as it ramps up project activity utilising the core business infrastructure that has been put in place in FY13.Ezra has also continued to strengthen its capabilities to service the growing demand for offshore and marine services in Southeast Asia. EMAS Marine, added the newly delivered offshore support vessels Lewek Teal, Lewek Avior and Lewek Alkaid to its existing fleet in FY13. The division has also added to its management team and focused on improving vessel management in FY13, and its strategy going forward will be to maintain a high rate of overall deployment in key regions within South East Asia, as demonstrated by its contract awards for charters during the year. The division is also looking to further strengthen its management team in the coming new year.TRIYARDS has achieved a new milestone in FY13 with the launch of its newly designed Premium Class 400 HPHT (high pressure, high temperature) Drilling Jack-up Rig, the TDU-400, making it one of the only three Singapore yards to design and build its own proprietary drilling jack-ups and Self Elevating Units (SEUs). TRIYARDS also introduced its new proprietary-designed third generation SEU, the TSU 475. The TSU 475 is a high specification SEU, with leg lengths of nearly 110m (475 feet). It can operate in water depths of almost 110m (350 feet) and can accommodate up to 320 personnel. It is DP-2, self-propelled with speeds of up to seven knots, comes with heavy lift equipment, and is able to execute a variety of platform servicing operations such as repair and maintenance, well intervention and servicing, and crew accommodation.On the prospects for the coming year, Mr. Lee noted: “With diminishing energy supplies from conventional onshore sources, capital expenditures by energy majors in the offshore subsea services sector is expected to remain firm. I believe our foothold in the global subsea sector will be “fast-tracked” with our increased assets and capabilities.“The Group’s order backlog reached a record high in FY13 and with approximately US$8 billion worth of projects being tendered, I am excited and anticipative of Ezra’s long term prospects. We have also not neglected our traditional areas of strengths, consolidating EMAS Marine activities in the region, winning good charters and maintaining a high vessel utilisation rate. Furthermore, TRIYARDS has done well in its first year as a listed company, expanding its products and services offerings, and winning a number of SEU orders.“I want to thank our shareholders and stakeholders for being patient with us as we grew the business during the last three years. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I am fairly optimistic about the prospects for FY14.”[mappress]Press Release, October 25, 2013
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The new facility will replace the existing site in Sofia and serve as a new distribution centre for the Balkans and Central Asia. The development is scheduled to open at the end of 2014. The 57,000 sq m development will have a modern logistics centre and warehouses (6,000 sq m), handling areas (1,880 sq m) and office space (1,300 sq m). “In addition to an ideal infrastructure, the new distribution centre in Elin Pelin offers above all more space for the logistics business and the transhipment towards the Balkans and Central Asia. Its role will be to drive forward the current growth in these regions. Moreover, the centre will be an important interface for the most recent branches in Turkey and Georgia,” explained Thomas Moser, regional manager South-East/CIS for Gebrüder Weiss. www.gw-world.com