3BL Media releases ‘theCSRminute’ video on social responsibility

first_img3BL Media , the experts in corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and cause marketing communications, today announced that it has begun production and distribution of “theCSRminute,” a daily video digest focusing on corporate social responsibility. Produced by 3BL Media in high-definition, the segments cover important events, initiatives, issues, trends, campaigns, awards, and breaking news.Receiving thousands of views each week, theCSRminute can be viewed athttp://3blmedia.com/theCSRminute(link is external), as well as on the 3BL Media CSR Network – the largest network of CSR channels on the Internet. TheCSRminute was also recently launched as an RSS feed that allows anyone to put it on their site.”3BL Media is committed to creating and disseminating news related to corporate social responsibility, green business, and sustainability,” said Greg Schneider, co-founder and CEO, 3BL Media. “TheCSRminute is quickly establishing 3BL as an invaluable and credible resource for information related to all things ‘CSR’.””This site keeps getting better and better,” observed Chris Jarvis, CSR Blogger/Consultant, Realizing Your Worth Blog. “TheCSRminute, a daily video digest covering relevant CSR and Sustainability news, is a fantastic idea. The 3BL team scours the global media to cover some of the most important events and news in the world of CSR.”Produced in-house by 3BL Media’s team of researchers and correspondents, theCSRminute recently covered news from such major companies as Nike, Gap, Phillips, Wal-Mart, Intel and Procter & Gamble as well as privately held companies, small businesses and start-ups, non-profit organizations and philanthropies.For additional information on theCSRminute, please contact John Howell, Producer, jhowell@3blmedia.comor(link sends e-mail) 866-508-0993 x121.About 3BL Media3BL Media is the leading CSR, Sustainability, and Cause Marketing Communications company. The company’s experienced team of professionals helps organizations — from nonprofits to multinational corporations — have a positive influence on society and the environment through information sharing that leverages the most cutting-edge technology and social media. 3BL Media defines, builds and refines the tools and methods necessary to help organizations communicate their commitment to the Triple Bottom Line in the way stakeholders want and need to know. For additional information, please visit http://3blmedia.com(link is external). SOURCE: 3BL Media. BRATTLEBORO, Vt., Oct. 8, 2009. /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims finally recede

first_imgWeekly unemployment claims fell last week after rising briskly five of the previous six weeks. For the week of November 13, 2010, there were 893 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an decrease of 484 from the week before. Altogether 8,768 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 273 from a week ago and 2,160 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,265 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 4 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 712 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 49 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

The Old Ball Game

first_imgJust for Kicks: Huarache-clad Tarahumara combine soccer and running in a 50-mile ball-kicking race. Photo: Tania MaldonadoIt was the second-most amazing athletic performance I had ever witnessed. And though I was in Mexico’s Copper Canyons with the Tarahumara, it had nothing to do with barefoot running.I was waiting for Arnulfo—yes, that Arnulfo, the huarache-clad Tarahumara runner featured in the bestselling book Born to Run. The most successful Tarahumara athlete of all time lived in a one-room, mud-brick adobe hut, where he and five others shared a single bed and open-fire stove. In the ox-plowed fields outside his hut, stubbles of corn stalks clattered in the dry wind. A wiry goat bleated.Arnulfo was hauling water from a nearly dry spring two miles down the canyon. While awaiting his return, I wandered over to my friend Rod, who was hunkered in the soft shade of an old-growth pine forest. Rod picked up a pine cone and threw it at me. I grabbed a rotted, knotted pine branch and swatted at it.“This is how baseball must have started,” Rod said. We felt primeval in the ancient forest, swinging our club and shattering pine cones. But really we were two pasty-white gringos with video cameras, hoping to document the last vestiges of Tarahumara traditions before they were destroyed by drug trafficking, clear-cutting, mining, and the worst drought in Mexico’s recorded history.A Tarahumara woman watched us quietly from the edge of the forest. Her scarlet blouse and sapphire skirt flapped in the canyon breeze. Her night-black hair was pinned back by a hand-carved wooden barrette. She tried not to make eye contact. It was taboo for Tarahumara women to speak or even look at a chobochi (their word for all non-Tarahumara people).Rod drew a five-sided plate in the dry earth with the broken end of the pine branch. Instead of pine cones, I grabbed an old, dog-chewed tennis ball from my backpack. Rod swung too hard and fouled off several pitches. He blamed it on the bat. One foul ball landed near the Tarahumara woman. She pretended not to notice.“Do you want to play?” I asked her in broken Spanish. She sat stoic and motionless, eyes forward, hands folded in her lap. But her eyes betrayed her. She sneaked sideways glances at the gringos swatting at a ball with a pine stick.“Come on, take a few cuts,” Rod said.Finally, she stood and walked over to the home plate we had drawn in the dirt. Her name was Josefa, and she had never swung a bat. She held it with one hand, low and parallel to the ground. I tossed an underhand pitch as gently as I could. She clobbered it over the trees with a vicious one-handed swipe. Rod’s jaw dropped to the pine-needled floor of the forest.I threw the next pitch overhand, and again she crushed it over the trees. I peppered her with fastballs, curveballs, spitballs. She hit every one.“She’s a friggin’ slugger,” Rod said.Josefa tried not to smile.Finally Arnulfo returned with water, and we were on our way to an athletic feat even more astounding than Josefa’s home run derby. Arnulfo and 50 other Tarahumara runners were competing the next day in a rarajipari, a centuries-old ball-kicking race. It was a hybrid of running and soccer: two teams each kicked a wooden ball for dozens of miles along steep canyon paths. If the ball went off trail, runners used sticks to dig the ball out of thorn bushes and rocky gulches. As always, the Tarahumara wore their traditional handmade huaraches, which consisted of worn tire tread strapped to their feet with goat leather.Arnulfo carves a wood ball from a sacred tree. Photo: Tania MaldonadoBefore the race, I watched the teams carve wooden balls out of a sacred ash tree. I figured the ball-kicking would be easy, like dribbling a soccer ball. Not quite. After a few kicks, I hobbled off with a bruised foot, splintered toenail, and a bloody, swollen toe.“That ain’t no soccer ball,” I mumbled to Rod. “That’s solid wood.”The next day, I ran alongside Arnulfo’s team in the rarajipari. An hour before the race, Arnulfo handed me a traditional Tarahumara blouse and a loincloth, both of which were made for a five-foot Tarahumara runner, not a six-foot American. I felt obligated to wear traditional Tarahumara huaraches as well. My feet screamed with each step. The crowds laughed at the costumed gringo limping farther behind.Even though I never once kicked the ball, I could barely keep up. The Tarahumara ran faster kicking a hard wooden ball over rocky singletrack than I could run flat-out. They flung the wooden ball thirty yards ahead with spot-on accuracy, like a golfer dropping a tee shot next to the hole, then chased it down and slung it again.As the fifty-mile race wore on, teammates held torches to light the trail. Tarahumara onlookers wagered with piles of clothes and crafts. They cast spells on the opposing team using rattles and drums.At dusk, when Arnulfo’s team kicked their ball across the finish line first, I trailed several meters behind, feet blistered, eyes wet. Never before had I witnessed such endurance. It was true: the Tarahumara really were the toughest people on the planet. No one else could endure 50 rugged miles at breakneck speed kicking a wooden ball while nearly barefoot. Put Meb or Geb—or Pele or Rinaldo—in a pair of huaraches, and they would get dusted by the Tarahumara.They weren’t born with callused feet and gritty resolve. The Tarahumara earned their toughness every day of their hardscrabble lives. There was nothing genetic about it.There was nothing romantic about it, either. They may be the world’s toughest runners (and most promising baseball prospects), but they feel pain just as much as we do. They still wince when they stub their toes. They hurt with hunger pangs when their crops fail and their corn cribs are empty.Millions of Americans are now wearing minimalist running shoes, and that’s probably a good thing. We chabochi don’t need as much cushioning—in our shoes or in our lives. But it will take more than changing our footwear to tap the Tarahumara’s toughness. Their endurance goes far beyond running. They are as deep as their ancestral canyons, pure as the water that carved them. And as vulnerable.last_img read more

NCUA open to more dialogue on 18-month exam cycle

first_imgNCUA, in response to NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger’s urging the agency to adopt an 18-month exam cycle, didn’t rule out the change and noted all the processes and systems that would need to be in place for the agency to move to such a cycle.“We appreciate NCUA’s thoughtful review of our recommendation,” Berger said. “We urge them to implement the ideas and processes outlined in their letter as expeditiously as possible to help credit unions benefit from the noted efficiencies. Going forward, we welcome continuing the dialogue with the agency on this critical issue.”Berger urged NCUA in a letter last month to return to an 18-month examination cycle to cut down on duplicative examination expenses, including high spending on airfare and auto rentals for examiners. He explained that an 18-month exam program would allow NCUA more flexibility in balancing staff and resources without compromising the safety and soundness of the industry.In the agency’s response to Berger, NCUA Director of the Office of Examination and Insurance Larry Fazio noted it would have to address workforce management needs, enhance its data and modeling capabilities, establish new technologies and techniques to improve the AIRES examination platform and design a framework for the examination program. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘Unsustainable’ for EIOPA to continue taking on unplanned tasks

first_imgThe approved budget for last year was €19.95m, a 7.6% reduction from the final 2014 budget of €21.6m, although it was bumped up by some €265,200 in September to take the final 2015 budget to €20.2m.Some 60% of its budget was allocated to staff expenditure in 2015, 15% to operational expenditure and the remainder to administration.A new funding model for EIOPA is due to be unveiled this year.Parente said staff turnover was high last year, at 14%, but that EIOPA managed to increase the number of experts and managers, from 134 in December 2014 to 137 in December last year.The supervisory authority identified expensive housing in Frankfurt, where it is based, and a “lack of financial attractiveness” compared with other European bodies as making it difficult for it to hire and retain qualified staff.It said the high turnover rate, unsuccessful recruitment campaigns and “non-acceptance of contract offers by selected candidates” were the main reason why EIOPA failed to achieve the target it had set itself for the number of certain types of staff positions it wanted filled by the end of the year (EIOPA’s ‘Establishment Plan’).It was close, however, with 95.6% of positions filled (four short of the target).It met its target for the level of job satisfaction (66%), which is higher than the EU agency average (60%). EIOPA’s budget and workload has become a contentious issue in recent years, and the authority’s annual report is peppered with references to the amount of work it has and the struggle to deliver on this with the resources made available to it.Chairman Gabriel Bernardino said the board of supervisors “acknowledges the challenges EIOPA faces in terms of its constrained resources in the face of a demanding workload and welcomes EIOPA efforts to manage this challenging situation”.In a section on risk management, the annual report says it is “unsustainable” for EIOPA to take on new tasks during the year in addition to those already planned.An increasing workload without “a commensurate increase in resources” puts at risk being able to meet deadlines and quality criteria, as well as staff motivation and well-being, according to the report.EIOPA has been taking steps to address these challenges – by strengthening its approach to planning and management of work and revising human resources processes, for example.Executive director Parente said a 360-degree feedback exercise conducted with all line managers had yielded “insightful results and development at individual, peer and corporate level”. The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) continued to struggle with a demanding workload last year given limited resources, and experienced another year of high staff turnover, according to the supervisory authority. In the authority’s annual report for last year, Fausto Parente, executive director at EIOPA, said: “The year 2015 became a real quality check for EIOPA’s management and governance system.”He noted that EIOPA’s budget was cut by 7.6% last year and said this caused the supervisory authority to carry out a “severe” re-arrangement of priorities, including the “reallocation of human resources and funds”.This enabled EIOPA to meet the objectives of its work programme for 2015, he said.last_img read more

Adoption reform is not a big issue, says Key

first_img3 News 22 July 2012Prime Minister John Key isn’t ruling out reforms that would allow some same-sex couples to adopt, but he says it’s not the biggest issue facing the Government. During a closed-door session yesterday, delegates at the National Party’s annual conference in Auckland passed a remit, backed by the party’s youth wing, for the 1955 Adoption Act to be extended to include civil union partners. Mr Key told reporters today the remit could be adopted as a Government bill, but it would need to be considered against the rest of the Government’s work programme. “You have to think through the amount of parliamentary time that would be chewed up on that issue.” Mr Key said the remit showed the National Party is modernising. “But realistically it’s just not the biggest issue that we face. I know it’s important to those people, but they’re a very small group,” he said.http://www.3news.co.nz/Adoption-reform-is-not-a-big-issue-says-Key/tabid/1607/articleID/262190/Default.aspx?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterlast_img read more

Greens want full legalisation of cannabis use

first_imgNewsHub 9 December 2016Family First Comment: Greens confirm their unelectability – but more importantly, they are using medicinal marijuana (which has merit as a controlled and researched drug) as a smoke-screen for fully liberalising drug laws. #saynopetodope The Green Party is pushing for the full legalisation of cannabis as part of an overhaul of New Zealand drug laws, they announced on Friday morning.Their proposal would see medicinal cannabis regulated for the chronically ill, with eventual plans to allow the legalisation of personal use.“Many New Zealander’s recognise that creating criminals out of cannabis users does more harm than the occasional use of marijuana does”, says health spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.Ms Genter says the party’s policy has changed from simply calling for decriminalisation of the drug, to setting out more specific targets and frameworks that focus on medical marijuana, which she says are in line with the Law Commission’s 2011 recommendations.It remains to be seen whether the policy would be at the forefront of a Labour-Greens coalition government, or whether it will be a central policy for the party heading into what’s likely to be a gruelling election campaign.“We haven’t yet determined what our policy priorities will be, that will be up to the party and will be all up for negotiation”, says Ms Genter.The Labour Party says it’s on the same page when it comes to the regulation of medicinal cannabis, but that’s not the case when it comes to legalising the drug for recreational use.“In terms of legalisation and decriminalisation of marijuana, it is not an issue we are working on in terms of policy, we are dealing with the bread and butter issues that New Zealander’s are concerned about”, says health spokesperson Annette King.Ms King would like to see a conscience vote held for any law changes that go further than medicinal regulation.The New Zealand Drug Foundation believes based on their research that Kiwis are ready for a change to the misuse of drugs act, but acknowledges those tasked with making the changes aren’t as willing.“The public is ready for change, we’re seeing that around the world and we’re seeing it in New Zealand. Politicians aren’t yet ready, but the public is” executive director Ross Bell told Newshub in a recent interview.http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/greens-want-full-legalisation-of-cannabis-use-2016120912Julie Anne Genter: Criminalisation of cannabis causing NZ harmNewsTalk ZB 9 December 2016A criminal approach to cannabis is not having any success in eradicating drug abuse.That’s the word from the Green Party who today released an updated drug law reform policy, which would regulate access to cannabis and allow for medicinal cannabis.Health spokesperson Julie Anne Genter told Larry Williams the current laws are out of date.“We’ve got hundreds of people who are in prison simply for using cannabis, and that’s costing taxpayers huge amounts of money, it’s hurting those people and their families.”Ms Genter said cannabis needs to be controlled just as tobacco and alcohol are.“Regulating, controlling, taxing it and using the revenue to fund health promotion and services for people is the best way to deal with substance abuse, and that’s been proven in other jurisdictions.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive/audio/julie-anne-genter-criminalisation-of-cannabis-causing-nz-harm/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Setien was Barca’s fourth choice to replace Valverde—football expert

first_img Loading… Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Most Beautiful Chinese Women7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Setien signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Catalan club on Monday after Ernesto Valverde was sacked by the La Liga leaders. The former Real Betis head coach admitted he was surprised to be offered the role, which he described as beyond his “wildest dreams”, and Hunter believes he was only approached after Barcelona had failed to convince three other candidates to replace Valverde. Speaking to the Transfer Talk podcast, Hunter said: “They went out to Qatar to try and persuade Xavi, who they should have known wouldn’t come, couldn’t come. “They tried to persuade Ronald Koeman, who had already told them previously he wouldn’t join them. He thinks he’ll coach the Netherlands to the European Championship and victory this summer.Advertisement Quique Setien was “fourth choice, at best” in Barcelona’s hunt for a new head coach, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter. “They sussed out what Mauricio Pochettino had previously said, that he’d rather go back and work on his farm in Argentina than go and coach Barcelona, they tried to persuade him. “Quique Setien is an attractive coach with a [Johan] Cruyff mentality but he is fourth choice, at best. It has been a risible Keystone Cops affair from start to finish.” Hunter believes Xavi could eventually return to Barcelona as head coach after the club’s presidential election next year. He said: “Xavi is very aligned to a presidential candidate who wants to take over the club when there are elections in 2021. His name is Victor Font. read also; Setien admits taking Barcelona hot-seat was beyond his ‘wildest dreams “They work together, they are a team. It is anticipated that is when Xavi will come back. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Vanessa R. Reynolds

first_imgVanessa R. Reynolds, 42, of Lawrenceburg, IN, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016.She was born Thursday, April 12, 1973 in Dearborn County, Indiana, daughter of the late Cletus Reynolds and the late Bonita Draper Reynolds.She worked as a Warehouse Associate for Amazon.She enjoyed adult coloring books and reading. Vanessa liked butterflies and owls, she loved animals, especially her beloved dog Rudy, and she was an animal advocate. Vanessa loved to be with family.Surviving are son, Jonathan (Jennifer) Wynn of Lawrenceburg, IN; grandmother, Betty Draper of Aurora, IN; uncles, John (Sherry)Reynolds, Ron (Cindy) Draper; brother,David (Karen) Draper; sister, Patty (Perry) Oak of Dillsboro, IN; several cousins, nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by parents, Cletus and Bonita.Memorial visitation will be held from11:00 am – 12:00 Noon, Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, at 12:00 Noon at the Funeral Home.Contributions may be made to the Family for Funeral Expenses. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more